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Sumner is.... 4 Replies

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SUMNER SAVED with the help of the Friends with a Better Plan program 2 Replies

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Sumner High School teens are being left behind as the school threatens to close! Please let your voices be heard in an effort to demand better education efforts NOW for SUMNER TEENS! Be a voice for those who don't know they have one.

Location: 4248 Cottage Avenue, St Louis, MO 63113-2597‎
Members: 19
Latest Activity: Dec 26, 2011

Sumner High School is threatening to close--so what happens to the teens?

St Louis Public Schools offers to bus students to rival schools. So what's the problem?
Teens from Sumner are singled out already and teens in rival schools are playing with guns!

An "Honor Roll" student at Sumner High has openly exclaimed to the District Superintendent of Sumner High school that if/when Sumner closes, he will strongly consider quitting school. [In fact, the principal of Sumner High already quit (transferred from) Sumner a few months ago!]
So why would a Sumner teen quit school? With childish school rivalries turning into gang related murders...some teens feel that being sent from Sumner High into neighboring schools now, with such strained relations, could be dangerous. That deserves attention in and of itself.

Also deserving attention, however, is that a future HOPE needs to be instilled into the
hearts of these young adults who are the future hope of our country and, indeed,
the future hope of our world.

Change can come quickly with PROJECT "RAISE THE GRADE"

A student representative board of each Sumner High School students has been interviewed
with a list of questions that probe into the heart of concerns as to what improvements
Sumner students feel are needed at Sumner High. The survey is intended to help uncover
how widespread the problems might be and how willing the students are to be an active part of
Project RAISE THE GRADE! designed to instill HOPE in the hearts of Sumner High school students.

CLICK HERE to view the INITIAL FINDINGS including the answers to the questions
below from a sampling of the students in various grades that currently attend Sumner High school!


Sumner faculty can IMMEDIATELY respond by preparing these teens for an uncertain future.
As Sumner High prepares to close...teens need to know that they can and should pursue an
education. By acting quickly to change the current failing classroom environment to one that
encourages interactive curriculum content learning, teens will be excited and involved--and
obtain a desire to continue after education!
Two proven methods that should be considered to implement cost-effective and
immediate change at Sumner High School include:

- Encouraging the use of *KAGAN Structures in all applicable classes

- Augment In-School Suspension (I.S.S.) with *ACHIEVEMENT LABS
(Subject specific Computer labs
designed for student and mentor support
using computer monitored skill evaluation games/curriculum )

** Achievement Labs can be created using currently empty class rooms and
select computers from other locations already in the school.


KAGAN Structures:

Computer monitored skill evaluation games/curriculum:

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Full Service Schools budding in St Louis 1 Reply


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Started by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G. Last reply by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G Oct 17, 2010.

Sumner is open, but now what? 1 Reply

Sumner High school is open for school.  Unfortunately, in-fighting, dangerous violence, unruliness, and many other negative activities are still occuring within the walls of Sumner.  Ironically, the…Continue

Tags: outreach, School, High, Sumner

Started by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G. Last reply by St Louis Metro East CARES Sep 1, 2010.

SUMNER SAVED with the help of the Friends with a Better Plan program 2 Replies

 The student’s of Sumner High School are intelligent, inspiring, and passionate.Despite the recent dis-cussion of the possible closure of Sumner High Schooldue to low at-tendance rates, graduation…Continue

Tags: Saved, Sumner

Started by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G. Last reply by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G Jul 3, 2010.

SUMNER HIGH efforts ending... 2 Replies

Having met with the student leaders of Sumner High School and hearing more from the students perspective,  I seem to be coming to a place of peace with the situation at Sumner.  The initial goals of…Continue

Tags: Evangelism, Ministries, Outreach, High, Sumner

Started by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G. Last reply by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G Mar 13, 2010.

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Comment by Doc Thomas on July 2, 2010 at 11:32am
Praise the Lord that Sumner was saved. Pray that God's mighty hand will be upon that school, the children, faculty, workers, and parents.
Comment by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G on June 14, 2010 at 5:38pm
St Louis Department of Education shut down six schools this year....
SUMNER HIGH SCHOOL is still OPEN!!! Praise be to God for all
He is doing...this benefits the current teens by relieving them of the
iimplied threats that faced them in this current unstable environment.
Thank you Jesus for your covering! We now pray for God to spread
a cohesive spirit amongst the students in the surrounding schools so
that should Sumner High be in danger of closing in the future, the
students won't be in danger when transferring to other schools.
Again, thank You, Lord, for Your protective covering!

Thanks New Life Music Network for your intercessory prayers
and helpful suggestions!!!
Comment by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G on March 13, 2010 at 8:34am
Comment by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G on February 21, 2010 at 3:09pm
(Retired Coach) Tony Dungy commented on your link:

"I was there last spring with Reach Out, St. Louis which is an education project aimed at city schools. It is a wonderful, historic school. I hope you will be successful in keeping it open."

To see the comment thread, follow this link
Comment by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G on February 21, 2010 at 6:20am
We have returned from the Kagan Professional Development Course on "Higher Learning" using Cooperative Learning Structures. It was an excited and invigorating
seminar that opened the eyes of Sumner Vice-Principal Crystal Ford Gale. (314)371-1048. She and I discussed possible ways to introduce Kagan Structures to the faculty. She is considering hosting a training coarse for the faculty. She has agreed that we can work together to introduce structures to a freshmen math class as a pilot!
God is moving hope forward. What do we pray for? That Cooperative Learning floods Sumner High School. That there will be 100% buy-in from the Principal to the students. That a spirit of cooperation overtake Sumner in short order and improvements are reflected on quickly approaching assessment tests.
Comment by Patricia Ann Blaine on February 20, 2010 at 1:58am
Glory and honor they all belong to Him for all His done for us. Thank you Lord.Amen
Comment by Patricia Ann Blaine on February 18, 2010 at 7:59am
God is good all the time and He is good right now.
Look at God work in this Sumner situation Great is Thy faithfulness , morning by morning new mercies I see .Great is thy faithfulness Lord to me. Amen
Comment by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G on February 17, 2010 at 5:12pm
Comment by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G on February 13, 2010 at 1:12am
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers and for those who called Sumner High School's district office to ask "What effective steps are being taken to help the kids raise the grade at Sumner High?"
I had a wonderfully blessed conversation with the Sumner High School principal on Thursday, and a separate meeting with the District office of St Louis Public Schools on Friday. I left both meetings incredibly enthused about their willingness to
consider implementing the Cooperative Learning Structures for use at Sumner High. The District office even committed to considering sending a Sumner High School faculty member to the Kagan Professional Development conference on Feb 19th! This is a huge step in the right direction for Sumner. I am fully confident that this is the equivalent of the fist sized cloud in the distance bringing wonderful rains of change to St Louis' at-risk schools! Let's remember to pray that the St Louis Public School's District Office confirm the appointment of a trusted representative to attend next week's Cooperative Learning Professional Development seminar in Springfield, MO. Thank you so much for your support for the kids and for being a voice for those who don't know that they have one.
Comment by Gerald Peoples Jr ~~ DJ G on February 8, 2010 at 8:56am
Give these children hope--currently - NO PLAN HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED with
only months left.

Demand that St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams support efforts of the Sumner High School staff to move quickly to implement strategies that educate and give hope to Sumner students.

Attn: Warice Davis
St Louis Public Schools, District Representative
314-345-4692 -- (try to get an answer from a human)

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