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Students of Alma Del Mar Charter School head to voting booths Tuesday afternoon. MICHAEL SMITH/STANDARD TIMES SPECIAL/SCMG

Students of Alma Del Mar Charter School head to voting booths Tuesday afternoon. MICHAEL SMITH/STANDARD TIMES SPECIAL/SCMG

‘Everyone gets to vote’ in mock election at Alma del Mar in New Bedford – Standard-Times, 11/3/15

It was just like a real voting precinct at the Alma del Mar Charter School on Election Day.

Six students sat at a table checking names and addresses before directing voters to 24 colorful cardboard booths. The votes were cast into ballots divided by grades at one end of the gym.

“Welcome to the elections. Please check in at the table,” said Alisia Cubero, 6, shaking hands with the students and staff coming in to vote at noon.

It was a lesson in American democracy, complete with counting the ballots and a winner being declared.

Alma del Mar breaks ground in New Bedford’s North EndGroundbreaking ST – Standard-Times, 9/18/15

An “unimportant” event occurred at the Alma del Mar Charter School Thursday in the city’s North End, near the feast grounds.

That’s how the school’s executive director, Will Gardner, characterized the groundbreaking ceremony that took place at the school at noon, attended by local officials and others. Standing on dirt where the school’s parking lot and playground used to be, with construction equipment in the background, Gardner spoke about the new school that will be built and is expected to open in late fall of 2016.

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Alma del Mar Students Travel Back in Time to Learn Lessons – Standard Times, 10/16/14

In two Grade 3 classrooms at Alma del Mar Charter School, students imagined what it was like crossing the ocean to escape tyranny and make a life in a new land.

The students are creating a brochure to let pilgrims know about the pros of traveling to America in the 1620s to escape the King’s rule.

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Independent candidate for governor lays out job-creation plan – Standard Times, 9/23/14

McCormick spent an hour touring Alma del Mar charter school in the North End, looking over students’ shoulders and answering more than a dozen questions from the school’s fourth-graders.

The candidate expressed his admiration for the public posting of individual test scores and grade-level achievement, described by school officials as a means of “accountability” and “holding ourselves to a higher standard.”

 

ELL Students: Off the ‘backburner,’ now front and center – Standard Times, 9/7/14

Kristina Soprano, the English Language Learner Coordinator and a teacher at Global Learning Public Charter School, is a lot busier these days. Soprano said more teachers at the school have been telling her that they have a student who has a hard time reading, and that they know at home the family speaks Spanish.

 

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 Parents learn who makes the grade at New Bedford charter school – Standard Times, 11/20/13

 “Berta and Mario Herrera won the lottery Tuesday night. Their daughter, Melissa, was picked in a random drawing out of 150 applicants for one of 27 open slots for next year’s kindergarten class at the Alma del Mar Charter School.”

thumbnail Build a new playground? No sweat – Standard Times, 7/20/13

 “Two days of hot and sweaty work will be rewarded by a school year of play for students at Alma del Mar, where volunteers started building a brand new, high-end playground Friday.

‘I feel happy because… we will actually have a playground, not just gravel and soccer balls. We don’t have to just play with grass,’ said incoming second-grader Joscelyne Russell, 7.”

A New Routine – Standard Times, 9/6/11

“At 7:20 a.m. on Thursday morning, the front hall of the Alma del Mar charter school hummed with barely-suppressed anticipation.

Will Gardner, the school’s executive director, stood at the front door, keeping an eye out for students; Principal Rolandria Justice and some of the school’s teachers waited in the hall behind him.”

Alma del Mar School charts new course for city education – Standard Times, 8/16/11

“The school’s name translates to “Soul of the Sea,” and if this school is a boat, its founder wants its students to know one thing:

“There are no passengers here; we’re all crew,” said Will Gardner, founder and executive president of Alma del Mar.”

Even in summer, Alma del Mar Charter School focused on mission – Standard Times, 7/19/11

“School doors don’t officially open for another month, but several hundred members of the Alma del Mar community recently came together for a second Family Day of Service.

The first was held this spring at Gifts to Give in New Bedford. This time, at the Sharing the Harvest Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA, students, family members, and school staff transplanted seedlings, picked vegetables, and pulled weeds to support the operation of the farm, the mission of which is to feed the hungry.”

Alma del Mar Students get a jump on their duty to serve – Standard Times, 4/17/11

“Alma del Mar, the city’s new charter school, has yet to open its doors — or even nail down a location — but it held its first all-school event Saturday with a day of service at GiftstoGive, a local nonprofit.

The students from the school’s founding kindergarten, first- and second-grade classes, along with their families and school staff, spent a couple hours at GiftstoGive, cleaning toys, assembling puzzles and decorating paper to wrap birthday presents.”

New Charter School Aims for Learning Expeditions – Standard Times, 3/1/11

“The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Monday to grant a charter to the Alma del Mar Charter School, a planned 360-student, K-8 school that will open in New Bedford this fall.

The school will start with 120 students across three grades — kindergarten, first and second — and will expand to its maximum size over six years, according to information on the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.”

Our View: Approve new charter school for New Bedford – Standard Times, 2/20/11

“If we believe that competition brings out the best in people, then we all should hope that the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves a proposal for the new Alma del Mar charter school of New Bedford.

Proposed by a group of local leaders, Alma del Mar would be the second charter school in the city and would serve 360 children up through grade 8. It was one of 14 charter school proposals endorsed last week by state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester.”

Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner to Recommend 17 New Charter Schools Across the Commonwealth – Massachusetts Department of Education, 2/17/11

“Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester today announced he will recommend that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education grant 17 new charters this month to groups seeking to open schools in Boston, Chelsea, Lawrence, Lynn, New Bedford, Salem and Springfield.”

Founders of proposed charter school to hold information sessions at Immigrants’ Assistance Center – O Journal, 1/14/11

“While prospect founders of the city’s second charter school wait for their last hurdle to be cleared next month, the parents of about 200 children have already expressed their interest in enrolling them at the new Alma del Mar school, according to its Lead Founder William Gardner.”

At Charter School, “Mr. O” Stands Out – Standard Times, 1/4/11

“Victoria Souza, a ninth-grader at the Global Learning Charter Public School, admitted she hasn’t always loved school as much as she does now.  ‘Mr. (Hugh) O’Mara was my 8th grade teacher last year. He changed my life so much I can’t even explain all of the things he has helped me with,’ Victoria wrote.”

Our View: Consider this Charter – Standard Times, 8/19/10

“A plan to create a new charter school in New Bedford was one of 42 proposals submitted this month to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the highest number of applications for state charters since 1997, the education department announced this week.

The Alma del Mar Charter School Founding Group, led by Fairhaven resident Will Gardner, plans to open a 360-student, kindergarten-through-Grade 8 school that will create service-oriented leaders who are on a path to college, according the group’s application.”

New K-8 Charter Proposed for New Bedford – Standard Times – 8/19/11

“A plan to create a new charter school in New Bedford was one of 42 proposals submitted this month to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the highest number of applications for state charters since 1997, the education department announced this week.

The Alma del Mar Charter School Founding Group, led by Fairhaven resident Will Gardner, plans to open a 360-student, kindergarten-through-Grade 8 school that will create service-oriented leaders who are on a path to college, according the group’s application.”

A Charter Voyage: Will Gardner & Alma del Mar – The Second Shift, 11/1/10

“Will Gardner and I first met when he applied to become a Campus Director in early 2007. From that first conversation his heartfelt commitment to youth and his thoughtful and determined yet somehow easygoing approach to his work had me thinking he could do great things as an educational leader. He led Citizen Schools at the Keith Middle School in New Bedford, Massachusetts after working for 5 years as an elementary teacher – originally as a Teach for America corps member, in Greenville, Mississippi.

Will and I caught up by phone this week – and by no means has the man been standing still. He left the Keith and Citizen Schools to join Harvard’s School Developer Program and earn his M.Ed. in School Leadership. His master’s project? Alma del Mar – what he hopes will soon be New Bedford’s newest charter school.”

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