Team & Family Newsletter
September 2017
Dear Friends of KIPP Baltimore, 

No matter how old we are, September always feels like back to school time! At KIPP Baltimore, we are excited to embark on a new yearlong adventure dedicated to teaching, learning, and growing as a Team and Family. Though students and teachers got a jump on the year through two weeks of summer school in August, September 5 marked the official start of the new school year.
To kick the school year off right, this September newsletter features a look back at our KIPP Through College college prep program called Countdown to College, a "To and Through" alumni spotlight, a first look at Conversations with KIPPsters, and KIPP Baltimore's Giving Day on November 9. Thank you, as always, for all you do for our KIPPsters!                                 
With gratitude,    
Marsha Reeves
Executive Director
KIPP Baltimore
15 for 15 
Giving Day 
Celebrate with us on November 9!

Mark your calendars - this year, KIPP Baltimore's Giving Day will be held on Thursday, November 9. To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we are excited to announce the 15 for 15 Campaign!

Help support KIPP Baltimore by inviting 15 friends to give $15, $150, or $1,500 in honor of KIPP Baltimore's 15th Anniversary. Check out the KIPP Baltimore Facebook page in the coming weeks for more information!
KIPP Baltimore welcomes five new members to the Board of Directors

KIPP Baltimore elected new Board members, Tom Berlin, Eric Bryant, Bishop Kevia Elliott, Jennifer Grossman, and Dee Sawyer at our June 6 and September 19 Board meetings. Tom Berlin is the Director of the Department of Medicine at Lifebridge Health. Eric Bryant is a partner at Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC. Bishop Kevia Elliott serves as Pastor of The Lord's Church in Park Heights. Jennifer Grossman is the co-founder of Shalom Tikvah and leader of KIPP Baltimore's Junior Board. Dee Sawyer is the head of HR for Distribution and Product at T. Rowe Price. Welcome to the Team and Family!
KIPP School Summit
Zoe Saunders, our very own 5th grade KIPPster, ignited the stage at the KIPP School Summit in Las Vegas 

"We are more than just cute kids. We are listening and learning. Teach us and prepare us to change the world around us."
Zoe Saunders lit up the stage in front of more than 3,000 guests at the KIPP School Summit in Las Vegas this summer. Her speech, themed "More Than Ever," left us feeling pumped for a new school year. KIPP School Summit is an annual gathering of the entire KIPP Team and Family to connect, learn, and share with our colleagues and friends from across the country.

To listen to Zoe's speech, Click here!
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Conversations with KIPPsters!
Interested in learning more about or re-connecting with KIPP Baltimore? 

Come spend a morning and tour our school with our KIPPsters and hear about their climb up the mountain to and through college. Click HERE  to RSVP.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 25, Wednesday December 13, Wednesday, February 21, and Wednesday, April 18 from 8:00am - 9:00am. 
To and Through
Mitchell Beverage, Pride of 2016, reflects on his  KIPP experience
Mitchell Beverage, Pride of 2016, is currently a sophomore at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Through a Personal Finance course that he took his senior year in high school, Mitchell was offered an internship opportunity at First Financial Credit Union. Mitchell is building on that experience through his Economics classes, and says that he is considering a career as an accountant.

When asked to reflect on his KIPP experience he said, "KIPP taught me integrity, accountability,  responsibility, and the importance of getting your education. KTC counselors truly care about me.  They c ame to visit me twice during my freshman year at St. Mary's College just to check in on me and offer their support."

This summer, Mitchell was one of 12 KIPP alumni who provided personalized support for his peers as a coach in the Countdown to College program. 

"As a coach, I mentored and led my advisees through telling them my personal experience to help better prepare them for the overall college experience."
KIPP Through College
Countdown to College Summer Program supports 50 students on their path to and through college
Delegate Antonio Hayes speaks during the Countdown to College Speaker Series
For the fourth summer in a row, our KIPP Through College team partnered with the University of Baltimore and Youthworks to execute our Countdown to College program. Countdown to College is a five week intensive summer session where KIPP alumni build relationships with our KTC staff and reconnect with each other while completing a full college application portfolio and taking classes on a college campus.

A'Daysia Griffin, Pride of 2018, is a currently a senior at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. A'Daysia, who came to KIPP in the 5th grade, appreciates the KIPP Team and Family and the KIPP Through College team for teaching her to believe in herself and work hard for whatever she wants to accomplish. She enjoys coming back to KIPP often to visit students and help around the KTC office during mid-terms. 

A'Daysia, who participated in the Countdown to College program this year, reflected back on her experience saying, "Because I will be a first generation college student, I did not have the knowledge about college resources and tools to apply for financial aid and scholarships. My mother, who is a single parent, is incredibly thankful for the support of the KTC team and the Countdown to College summer program. Countdown to College taught me about the college application process, how to apply for financial aid and scholarships, how to write college essays, and how to network with diverse groups of people."