A Message From Editors & Staff
have a conundrum. Longtime
Friends of SSFP know we rarely print in hardcopy anymore. But SSFP
has doubled the number of students enrolled in its programs. We had to
make choice, more students or our precious hardcopies. We chose more
kids -- for now. SSFP students publish five separate newspapers,
including a new bilingual paper – La
Our students operate a network of youth book clubs and create online
book trailers. We teach at several south Madison sites, including a
SSFP newsroom at Capital Newspapers.
of SSFP is an important group. You have supported us for 22 years.
This monthly newsletter will help you (and your kids) follow SSFP.
Unrestrained by column inches, SSFP students publish far more written
work than ever before. We can only offer a small tease here, but what
these local kids do is extremely impressive. We encourage you to read
online at simpsonstreetfreepress.org. You’ll see our community
through a fascinating, new lens. You can also follow us on facebook.
assured, SSFP students still get the same high-quality academic
instruction. Our lesson plans emphasize writing, literacy, and core
subject knowledge. Students learn science, geography, and history
through the intricate process of writing and publishing. In
2014-15 local kids enter the Common Core era. More than ever they are
compelled to take the ACT. SSFP is uniquely positioned. We
deliver high-quality academic instruction that matches new research
and all new academic standards.
Core or otherwise, new standards will come to Wisconsin. Whatever
standards are installed, they will be more rigorous, and will
certainly emphasize writing proficiency and literacy. Literacy is the
SSFP brand. We teach college readiness through productive use of
out-of-school time and an organized approach to academic work. SSFP
methods are backed by evidence. Data confirms results.
A writing across the curriculum approach works. The
SSFP newsroom process: inquiry, close reading and research, planning
and drafting, multiple rounds of revision. Build confidence and
pride, always be curious, and “never hand in your first draft.”
you know, we’re proud of our students. They get good grades and
encourage their peers to do the same. What you might not know is that
anchor site at South Towne Mall has doubled in size. This is Dane
County’s first all-academics youth center. We hope you will visit.
You’re of course welcome to bring kids. In the meantime, thank you
for supporting our work.
-- Jim Kramer and Deidre Green