Jewels Academy Gazette - June 2020
Calendar of Activities:

*5/19 - 6/30 Virtual Math Tutoring

*6/15-7/23 - Virtual App Camp

10/3  -  Y.E.S. Girl Scouts Collaboration

10/10 & 10/17  -  Y.E.S. Fall Reconnect

*Note:  Programs are Currently Virtual.  

A Day in the Life:

6/04/780 BC - China becomes the first to record a solar eclipse.

6/10/1752 - Benjamin Franklin flies a kite in a lightning storm and discovers electricity.

6/11/1880 - The first woman elected to congress, Jeanette Rankin, was born.

6/18/1964 - Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.                                                

Jewels Academy Goes Virtual!

We at Jewels Academy believe that even isolation cannot stop inspirational education. With this goal in hand, we are so pleased to announce Jewels Academy's second virtual event: a team-based virtual app camp! Over the course of six weeks, each team of 2-3 students will work together to imagine, design, and create a working app that in some way fulfills a need within their community, thereby promoting teamwork, goal-based learning, and community engagement. 

Our computer and electrical engineering instructor will guide students throughout their app's development, teaching them about computer science, applied math, and critical problem solving during weekly classroom sessions and individual group check-ins. Between check-ins, each team can rely upon a personal team mentor selected from our Jewels Academy high school graduates for assistance.

To top it all off, we have brought the spirit of entrepreneurship and competition! Completed apps will be presented to and judged by the Jewels Academy board and special guest judges from our sponsors, Cognizant and Microsoft, according to the app's functionality and overall benefit to the community. The winner will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card, so be sure to do your best! 
Click here for our commercial for this summer program.  
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"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." 
— Shirley Chisholm


Hello! My name is Mattea M. and I'm the new media intern at Jewels Academy. Currently, I'm a junior at Iowa State University studying Chemical Engineering with minors in Spanish Language and Culture as well as Biomedical Engineering. I'm very excited to take on this new role and continue to work with all the wonderful people at Jewels Academy.
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Jewels Academy College Scholarship Sponsored by Cognizant

Congratulations to Ashlynn P., Hannah H., Hannah I., Lidia O., Madeline E., Cimone W-H., and Nichelle'Le C. (left to right).

We are so pleased to announce the winners of the Jewels Academy's Cognizant Scholarship Recipients! Each of these young women has exhibited a great commitment to academics, especially when it comes to STEM majors. 

"I believe diversity is a challenge because there are so many voices to listen to. Some may not agree with each other. Yet diversity can be an opportunity for all to use their voices. There should be input from everyone in order to figure out the most efficient solution to any problem." - Ashlynn Phongsavanh

"Jewels Academy has provided me with the opportunity of working in a fast-paced environment and I loved every minute of it. [They] inspired me to continue my education at Grand View University." - Madeline Edmonds

Thank you Cognizant!

For the first time, Jewels Academy has expanded its summer math program to encompass virtual math tutoring! Students from 4th-10th grades may apply for biweekly sessions which will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4-6 p.m from the end of May through the month of June. 

4th-10th grade
5/19 - 6/30
Tuesdays and Thursdays
4 - 6 p.m.

$80/mo or 20/week (two 45 minute sessions/week) with certified teachers and Math Professionals as overseers.  Scholarships are available.

Click here to apply now





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