Zendaya and Trevor Jackson Hang At SAC High
What did the students at Sacramento Charter High do to earn the celebrity principal double whammy of Zendaya and Trevor Jackson? They took first place in the Fall College Challenge of course! Check out photos from their big day!
The day started with an announcement that Principal Zendaya Coleman was in the building! Belive it or not, Zendaya was nervous when she got on the loudspeaker.
"I've never done this before," she joked with the school front office staff. "You had to be really important to do this at my school. I can't believe I get to make the announcements!"
Once she got over the initial shock, Zendaya welcomed the students and told them how excited she was to hang out with them and celebrate their first-place victory in the Challenge. First up on the agenda was a dance class with a few Sacramento Charter High students. They met with Zendaya and surprise guest Trevor Jackson in the auditorium to learn a quick dance routine to Zendaya's "Replay" and Trevor's "New Thang." The students split into teams to learn and then compete later during the all-school assembly.
Next it was off to talk to the Fashion Club and the Drama Club students where both Zendaya and Trevor answered students' questions about personal style, acting and breaking into the entertainment industry.
"When you think about being an actor or singer, you have to do it because you love it," Trevor advised the students. "This is not about wanting to be famous. It's about wanting to change people's lives with your gifts. If it's not that, you're doing it for the wrong reasons."
Both Zendaya and Trevor advised the students to learn as much as they could in school and apply that to their future success.
The last stop of the day was the all school assembly where Zendaya and Trevor took questions from the students, performed with the dance, judged the dance contest and took a ton of selfies with the students of SAC high!
In the midst of all the fun, the students were rewarded for achieving a 95 percent college application rate for their senior clas and of course dominating on the Get Schooled site during the challenge.
"This victory was a team effort," said Sabrina, a senior and Get Schooled Student Ambassador. "This victory means as a community, if we see an opportunity we should take it."
Fellow Student Ambassador and classmate, Tianna, agreed. "If you work together as a community, you really can accomplish your goals."
In addition to earning a celebrity principal for the day, the students at SAC high have $5,000 to spend however they want. Since the challenge was all about college, senior student Chantay wants to to see the money spent on scholarships.
"I would like to provide scholarships for each grade level," she said. "Everyone should have access to apply for the scholarships because this was a school-wide effort."
No matter how the staff and students decide to spend their prize money, we're sure it will reinforce their belief that all students should have access to a college education. Congratulations to the staff and students at Sacramento Charter High School!
Tyrese Hangs Out With Locke Students
It Feels Good To Be Number One
This time last year, the students of New Era Academy, in Baltimore, MD, were having a good time as regional winners of the 2012 Fall Attendance Challenge. This year, they decided runner-up just would not do. The students and staff worked together to take the top spot!
Scoring 473 out of 500 points, and improving their student attendance rate by more than 3 percent, New Era outpaced more than 149 other schools. Their hard work earned them not only a $5,000 grant to spend however they choose, they hosted Atlantic Records R&B recording artist Trey Songz as a celebrity principal!
Coolest Principal you've ever seen!!!! http://t.co/nKoAF6Yxv0— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) February 12, 2014
So is Trey Songz the coolest principal ever? The students at New Era probably think so!
Thomas Jefferson Parties All Night
The students at Thomas Jefferson High School know how to enjoy a party. As regional winners in the Fall Attendance Challenge, they enjoyed one awesome night of fun featuring an obstacle course, a dodge ball tournament and the Mr. Thomas Jefferson Pagent!
Here are just a few photos from our awesome day at Thomas Jefferson High! Stay tuned for a full recap of the day.
LA International's Lunch Time Fun In The Sun
Teamwork makes the dream work should be the motto of Los Angeles International Charter High School. The students and staff joined forces to take first place in their region for the Fall 2013 College Challenge.
At first, they were a little nervous about the challenge. “It was new for me,” said Ms. Obdulia Moreno, Academic/College Advisor. “ I didn’t know how to have the students buy into it.” But once the ball started rolling, it never stopped!
A big incentive for the school was the $5,000 prize for the regional winner. The school wants to give more to its students by sending them on college visits or providing college prep classes. A fund shortage put those plans on hold. The cash prize was a way to make that happen!
The students banned together and started pushing each other to sign up for Get Schooled and start doing the activities online, such as their favorite games Financial Football and Mind Games. As students pushed themselves up the ranks, the prize came within their reach.
“When we jumped up to number one regionally and second place nationally,” said Ms Obdulia, “and seeing the big gap between the local schools, they felt validated and they felt focused.”
It was sweet victory for Los Angeles International when they found that they won. “Even though we didn’t win nationally,” said Student Ambassador Leslie, senior, “it feels good to know that the students were involved.” “It was amazing because we actually won something,” said Student Ambassador Liz, senior. “We never get a chance to do something like this. It brought our school together in winning.”
Coming out as number one in the region is more than just a win for the school, especially for Ms. Obdulia. “[Victory means] validating that we are on the right track to teaching and prepping the kids about college.”
For the students of LA International Charter we lived it up in true Cali fashion with an outdoor lunch party. DJ Rhythm and some of his friends who’ve been making a name for themselves in the Alhambra area provided the tunes and Get Schooled let them opt out of cafeteria food for the day.
During the lunch party, students showed a lot of love to @getschooled on both Twitter and Instagram. In return we we showed them some love too with prizes and giveaways for the best photos or posts with the #levelstothis tag.
Congrats Los Angeles International Charter High School! We’re excited to see how you will do during the Spring College Challenge!
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Transformers: Age of Extinction Co-Producer Visits Durfee
As the winners of the Detroit Public Schools Attendance Check In Campaign, the entire eighth-grade class at Durfee Elementary-Middle School got an exclusive sneak-peek of the making of Transformers: Age of Extinction, filmed in Detroit.
Rocsi Drops In for the LA Cash for College Convention
Every year, tens of thousands of students attend the LA Cash for College Convention because it offers workshops and information about college for local students who want to attend college and pursue high wage careers.
James Harden Visits Bethel with Kendrick And Sway!
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Kendrick Lamar, Celebrity Principal
In the midst of his 37-city tour, hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar dropped by Mount Pleasant High School, in Providence, Rhode Island, to serve as their Celebrity Principal for the Day.
Kendrick Lamar Skypes With Bethel
It’s not every day that students get to sit down for a one-on-one with the number one hip hop artist in the game, but that’s exactly what happened at Bethel Regional High School.
As the first place winners of the Future Forward Challenge, the Alaskan school chopped it up with Kendrick Lamar!
The OMG Girlz Shut It Down At Stony Point!
Their new hit single might be called “Baddie” but the OMG Girlz’s stop at Stony Point High was anything but bad! Find out just how much fun we had with the fly students, teachers and administrators at Stony Point!
Diggy Simmons is in the Building!
“Diggy is in the building!” That simple loudspeaker announcement changed this normal school day at New Era Academy in Baltimore, MD, into a major celebration.
Bella Thorne Shakes it Up at Bethune
The Harlem Shake or the Dougie?! Bella Thorne decided to bring both to her visit to Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School’s Get Schooled Victory Tour Stop!! Of course she mixed that in with some classroom visits and a whole lot of fun at Bethune.
Nat Wolff Drops In At Validus Prep!
For the 400 students at Validus Prep, school was anything but business as usual. The students earned a private screening of the upcoming Focus Features film, Admission and a live Q&A with star Nat Wolff!
Leander High School Brought the House Down!
Leander High School students and teachers know how to rock a party! As part of our Celebrity Victory Tour, we dropped in to celebrate, dance, cheer and make some noise! Check out the great story, photos and video from the days events!
Browne Education Campus, Washington, D.C.
We're kicking off the 2013 Celebrity Victory Tour in the nation's capitol at Browne Education Campus! Although they are small in size, they brought the competition and finished on top in their division! This win is well deserved.
Like many schools around the country, Browne E.C. was having issues with attendance. In particular, they struggled with students coming to school consistently throughout the school year. They turned all of that around when they participated in the Get Schooled Fall Attendance Challenge.