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Breakthrough is pleased to announce that Evan Marwell, founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway, will deliver the keynote address at our upcoming fundraiser, Raise Your Hand, on February 6, 2014 at San Francisco Day School. EducationSuperHighway is an innovative non-profit working to provide high-speed Internet access to every public school in the nation by 2020, recently awarded $9M in philanthropic dollars from Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Mr. Marwell is a long-time entrepreneur who previously founded a number of telecom, software, hedge fund, and consumer retailing companies, including INFONXX (now KGB) and Criterion Capital Management.


In summer 2013, our students made huge strides. Performance on our literature, writing, and math assessments increased by 17% on average. On average, 80% of our eighth graders met the critical levels of performance for Algebra Readiness on the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project – a tool developed by the University of California system – by the end of their fourth summer with us, positioning them well for success during eighth grade algebra, a key predictor of Bachelor's degree attainment.


Breakthrough is pleased to welcome Joyous Bey to our program staff. Joyous grew up in Tennessee and upstate New York and is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, where she majored in American Studies. As a college student, Joyous spent two summers as an intern teacher at Breakthrough Norfolk, receiving the Jessica Glasser Outstanding Teacher Award her second summer in recognition of her stellar work in the classroom and experiencing the power of education as a tool for social change.


Our first-ever class of eighth graders has been working hard since May, getting ready to submit high school applications later this fall. They’re taking an SSAT prep class, crafting personal statements, refining the list of schools to which they’ll apply, and hearing from admissions directors at top-notch high schools including University, Urban, and St. Ignatius.


Breakthrough welcomed District 5 Supervisor London Breed to our program on July 25. A San Francisco native who grew up just down the street in the Fillmore, Supervisor Breed has a lot in common with our students. She spoke with our rising eighth graders about the importance of working hard in school to expand your future options - and also to be of service to your community.


We put an exclamation mark on our 2013 summer program with our Celebration, held on August 1 at San Francisco Day School. The evening began with Presentations of Learning, science fair style, by our 134 Breakthrough students, who shared selected pieces of work from their literature, writing, math, and science classes. We then moved to the gym for performances by elective classes such as Drumming, Choir, and Step, as well as the much anticipated student and teacher songs.