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IDEA Public Schools Welcomes Nearly 36,000 Students throughout Texas on the First Day of School

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San Antonio, TEXAS (August 14, 2017) – Today, IDEA Public Schools kicked off its 17th school year across Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, Austin, and San Antonio. Over 4,000 employees welcomed back 36,000 students for the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.

This year, IDEA Public Schools opened five new campuses: IDEA Rio Grande City and IDEA Tres Lagos in Rio Grande City and McAllen, and IDEA Brackenridge, IDEA Ewing Halsell, and IDEA Harvey E. Najim in San Antonio. Collectively, these schools will serve nearly 8,300 students when they serve students in grades Pre-K to 12 by 2024.

Over the last 17 years, IDEA has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States. From Pre-K – 12th grade, IDEA Public Schools is focused on sending 100% of students to college. For the last 11 years, 100% of IDEA graduates have been accepted to college.

Today, 2,600 IDEA students are starting their first day in Pre-K. IDEA’s Pre-K program teaches the foundational skills every student needs. As IDEA Academy students persist each year, they are exposed to a combination of intimate, individualized instruction, and web-based, support from the nation’s leading educational technologies and software. Last year, IDEA had nearly 3,000 academy students qualify as Royal Readers for reading more than 1 million words.

Through IDEA’s AP For All initiative, every IDEA college preparatory student is required to take at least 11 AP courses as part of their core coursework. This strategy provides equity of access to rigorous and challenging coursework for all students. Not only does the coursework help prepare students for college, it allows them the opportunity to earn college credit before ever stepping foot onto a college campus.

“We take pride in the fact that as we continue to grow to serve more students in San Antonio, our results continue to get better year after year,” said Rolando Posada, executive director of IDEA San Antonio. “Everyone, from our school leaders and teachers to campus operations staff, are committed to sending 100% of our students to and through college, and we are looking forward to another great year ahead.”

IDEA is home to six of the best high schools in Texas and the nation, according to US News and World Report and the Washington Post and the demand for IDEA schools in new communities continues to grow.

To learn more about IDEA Public Schools, contact Kisella Cardenas at kisella.cardenas@ideapublicschools.org, or (956) 998-9120.

 

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About IDEA Public Schools

IDEA Public Schools believes that each and every child can go to college. Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States. Currently, the network serves nearly 36,000 college-bound students in 61 schools across three Texas regions. Additionally, IDEA boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college.

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Ep 17 | Pastor Keely Petty Gives an Encouraging word for the New Year!

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We kick off 2018 with Pastor Keely Petty! Want to start the new year off right? Listen to Pastor Keely Petty’s message on living a productive life and establishing a relationship with God.

Pastor Keely Petty serves alongside her husband Sr. Pastor Lee Petty in various Ministry capacities at Bethel International Christian Fellowship in San Antonio, TX. She is an ordained Elder/Prophet/Teacher in the body of Christ, Author, International Conference Speaker, and frequent host on various programs for the Trinity Broadcast Network, and various media outlets. She is the Program Director of bethel Community development Corporation, Inc., a Faith-Based Community Organization serving the disenfranchised in San Antonio, TX and surrounding counties.

She is the founder of several community based and international initiatives such as: Girl Worth Mentoring, which empowers teen girls to fulfill their God-Given destiny through Life Skills Empowerment Training Sessions. The Self Esteem Initiative 4 Women helps women from all walks of life become competent to live productively for themselves and others through the 6 Pillars of Self Esteem and Emotional Freedom Techniques. Faith Connections which assist Ministries and Churches to become a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) Non-Profit Organization through Strategic Prevention, and Capacity Building Leadership Development and Training.

Pastor Keely also work with several AIDS Service Organizations and has been appointed to the Ministers Roundtable of Texas who mission is to reduce HIV/AIDS among women of color through the Texas Black Women’s Initiative and Worth Life. She is the host of a community dialogue “Conversations on Sexual Health” in an effort to reduce HIV infection rates among women of color. She is a member of the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Christian Business Women’s Association, and the Professional Women of Faith Network.

She has received acknowledge for her contributions to her community from:

The San Antonio Business Journal Women’s Leadership, San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Top Ladies of Distinction, Gems of Faith in Who’s Who Women’s Edition, and has been featured on the cover of ReFocused Magazine. Pastor Keely has been appointed as Commissioner on the Mayor’s Status of Women, and holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of the Incarnate Word, and is a graduate of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

This beautiful woman of God is the mother of two young adult sons Jirah and Jonathan Petty, and resides in Cibolo, TX with her lifetime sweetheart and agreement partner Sr. Pastor Lee Petty.

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Ep 16 | Bay Bay McClinton Owner of All Sports Speed and Conditioning and Texas Tech RB Justin Stockton

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I am Refocused Podcast Show is brought to you by RefocusedMagazine.com live at Rockafellas Barber Shop every Thursday!

Today’s guest on I Am Refocused Podcast is Bay Bay McClinton and Justin Stockton!

Bay Bay McClinton Bio:

Bremond “BayBay” McClinton has been the top sports performance trainer for athletes of all ages and genders in San Antonio since opening up All Sports, and has sent the most athletes to college and profession sports in all San Antonio. BayBay was the assistant strength and conditioning coach to the World Champion San Antonio Spurs for 5 years and was the head strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars for one year. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville, TX. In 2009 Bay Bay also appeared in VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club as a guest trainer. Bay Bay is considered by some to be the most intense and demanding trainer in the business. His Style is a straight forward approach, challenging the most talented athletes mentally and physically. Having competed at the highest level of competition himself, Bay Bay undoubtedly understands the demands placed on the body and more so the mind of a professional athlete. He believes that when fatigue sets in, it is not just the stamina challenged, but mostly the mind. In pushing athletes to the point of fatigue, his goal is to perfect technique and teach absolute body control. Bay Bay has held strength and conditioning clinics for pro teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans and more.

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Justin Stockton Bio (via Texas Tech Athletics):

PERSONAL
Justin Stockton … born in Zephrhills, Fla. … son of Melissa Stockton … has a sister, Brianna Stockton … married the former Michele Garcia in March 2017 … couple has one son, Zazzariah Stockton … a human sciences major at Texas Tech.

CAREER HIGHS
Touchdowns: 3, vs. Kansas State (2015)
Rush Attempts: 11, vs. Louisiana Tech (2016)
Rush Yards: 135, at UTEP (2014)
Rush TDs: 1, 10x, at Arizona State (2016)*
Longest Rush: 75, at UTEP (2014)
Receptions: 5, twice, vs. West Virginia (2016)*
Receiving Yards: 95, at Arizona State (2016)*
Receiving Touchdowns: 2, vs. Kansas State (2015)
Long Reception: 75, at Arizona State (2016)
All-Purpose Yards: 135, at UTEP (2014)
Kick Returns: 6, vs. Baylor (2014)
Kick Return Yards: 105, vs. Baylor (2014)
Long Kick Return: 30, vs. Baylor (2014)
* Indicates most recent high

Read more on Justin Stockton’s football stats here: http://texastech.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=442
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Justin Stockton was on the front cover of Refocused Magazine’s July Issue 2014: www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/779641

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Ep 14 | Coach B Michele

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I am Refocused Podcast Show is brought to you by RefocusedMagazine.com live at Rockafellas Barber Shop every Thursday!

Today’s guest on I Am Refocused Podcast is Coach B Michele!

B Michele’s Bio
Michele Thomas is an Event planner and Business Brand Coach who
helps small business owner to grow their personal and professional
brands, through Events, Print and Coaching. After spending a decade
and half as an Elementary Teacher and Education Coordinator for
Public school in The United states and United Arab Emirates, Michele
knows what truly drives conversions, business growth, and branding
—and it’s not mastering the marketing $avor of the week. It’s how
well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help
and communicate
After 15 years as an educator, Michele decided to follow her dreams
and start her own event planning company B Michele Events. She
launched the company while still teaching in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates in 2013 with the help of a few friends. She has gained
valuable expertise working with agencies, corporate and
entrepreneurs in the UAE planning and hosting signature events as
the co-founder of MBT Promotions.

After launching B Michele Events, Michele moved to San Antonio,
Texas where she boldly made her presence known and began
branding her company with the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show. Since
then she has planned, marketed and produced over 20 shows in San
Antonio and around the country in the past 4 years.

Michele now uses her knowledge of creative marketing, promotions,
fundraising strategies, and building professional relationships with
the media, sponsors and key partners to help entrepreneurs grow and
brand their businesses as the CEO of B Michele Professional Services.

Michele has landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets in San
Antonio including Black Focus Magazine, Tha1 Radio, KROVFM.com
and Engaged. In addition to her extensive event planning and
marketing experience, Michele also serves as a mentor to new
entrepreneurs.

Michele holds a BSW and MSW in Social Work from Tarleton State
University and the University of Houston.

Photo by Travus Stokes of IStheCity

www.facebook.com/CoachBMichele

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