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Keeping the Global in Global Learning

(Earlier this summer, a team of our educators traveled to Cabo Verde to learn more about the country and to share best practices with educators there. GLCPS Executive Director Dr. Stephen Furtado wrote a first person account of his experience.)
When two of our staff members approached me about an educational and technology exchange with schools on the island nation of Cabo Verde, it did not take much convincing to get me on board. After all, New Bedford has a rich and storied connection with this West African nation that can be traced back to the whaling days. After eight months of planning, we traveled there to share our teaching methods and our technology with two schools: a high school and an elementary school. As the executive director of the Global Learning Charter Public School and former superintendent of a public school system, I have been around education for over 30 years. I’ve also done quite a bit of traveling, so I’ve seen a thing or two. I never could have imagined that this experience would be so emotional for me.
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From the Desk of Principal Lena Pires

We hope you are enjoying your summer! Our GLCPS team is busy getting ready for the 2019-2020 school year. We're excited to see each and every one of you! We are looking forward to greeting our new students and welcoming back all of our current students.
We will kick off the school year with our 13th annual Back to School Night BBQ on Tuesday, August 20th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Our Back to School Night BBQ will be held here at the main campus, 190 Ashley Blvd. We will once again have a traditional barbecue prepared by Sodexo, our food service provider.
We encourage all families to attend this event. We will be sharing important information regarding homeroom assignments, schedules transportation and uniforms.
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Jacobs Scholarship Recipient Sierra Bealac: "We Are The Next Generation of World Changers."

GLCPS Class of 2019 graduate Sierra Beaulac is one of five New Bedford students to receive a $35,000 scholarship from Qualcomm founder and former New Bedford resident Dr. Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan. The Jacobs scholarship is awarded each year to one GLCPS student, one GNBRVT student, and three NBPS graduating seniors pursuing college degrees in a STEM field. Sierra Beaulac will major in Biology. She plans to be a pediatrician.
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GLCPS Celebrates Class of 2019 at Commencement Ceremony

GLCPS celebrated its 2019 graduating class during commencement exercises on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The ceremony was held on June 9th in the auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. State Senator Michael Rodrigues was the keynote speaker. New Bedford City Councilor Brian Gomes congratulated the graduates on behalf of the City of New Bedford. Families, friends and GLCPS current and former staff joined in the celebration.
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Five GLCPS Students Spend Summer in Scotland College STEAM Program

Four current students and recent graduate Ryan Santos are attending the inaugural program for high school students at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. GLCPS high school history teacher Heidi Eastman worked with professors from the university to plan the program and its curriculum. She and Executive Director Dr. Stephen Furtado will both teach in the program that is open to students from around the globe.
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Enrollment Lottery Held for 2019-2020 School Year

The enrollment lottery for grades 5 - 10 was held on Thursday, March 7 in the school's auditorium. There were 390 families who applied for their children to attend the school for the 2019-2020 school year. There were 88 seats available. At this time all of the seats have been offered to the first 88 children whose numbers were pulled for the 5th grade. Waiting lists have been established for all the grades in the order that the assigned numbers were randomly selected from the lottery bin.
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Enrollment Applications Deadline, Lottery Near

The Global Learning Charter Public School will hold the enrollment lottery for grades 5 - 10 on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 6:00 PM at the main campus, 190 Ashley Boulevard (entrance on Nye Street). The lottery, which is open to the public, will be held in the school’s auditorium.

The deadline to submit an application to participate in this year’s lottery is Thursday, February 28th.
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Using Their Noodles:‘Pasta-bilities’ endless at Spaghetti Bridge Challenge

Hold the red sauce and pass the glue. The competition for the Spaghetti Bridge Challenge at Global Learning Charter Public School (GLCPS) was stiff as an uncooked lasagna noodle.
“Students in grades 5 through 8 worked in teams to design and construct bridges from pasta and adhesive within certain parameters,” explained Polly Zajac, 5th grade science teacher. “Their supplies consisted of one pound of spaghetti and four ounces of wood glue per bridge-building team.
The judging began on December 18th.
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Internet for All Students

Students will no longer have to search for Wi-Fi to complete assignments when they don't have internet access. GLCPS recently received a Homework Gap Grant from the wireless provider Kajeet® for SmartSpot® which provides safe mobile connectivity so students can access the internet.  GLCPS is one of only 30 schools nationwide to receive this grant, and one of three in Massachusetts. .
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