MYcroSchool Gainesville principal Randy Starling holds the proclamation from the Gainesville mayor that it is Gainesville SIATech and MYcroSchool weekMYcroSchool Gainesville kicked off National School Choice Week (Jan. 27 – Feb. 2) with an open house. The event on the evening of January 29 welcomed community partners, prospective students, and parents to the school.

The Open House was hot on the heels of Gainesville’s Mayor Craig Lowe‘s announcement of the week as “Gainesville SIATech and MYcroSchool School Choice Week.” This proclamation recognized MYcroSchool Gainesville and SIATech Gainesville as premier dropout recovery programs in the city and praised the schools’ highly qualified teachers, rigorous curriculum, and individualized learning model.

Pictured above with the Proclamation are (left to right): Randy Starling, Principal, MYcroSchool Gainesville; Christal Blue, Principal, SIATech Gainesville; Professor Gerald Zagaiski, MYcroSchool Board President and SIATech Gainesville Board Member; and Tony Jones, Chief of Police, Gainesville Police Department and MYcroSchool Board Member.

The Open House had students and staff on hand to welcome several dozen visitors who were curious to see what MYcroSchool was all about. Guests at the open house included visitors from such diverse organizations as The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, FloridaWorks, Gainesville Job Corps, the Gainesville City Commission, the Gainesville Police Department, Gainesville Fire Rescue, employees of several area high schools, and SIATech Gainesville.

Guests were greeted by one of several Student Ambassadors, who gave tours of the building and answered questions about the school. MYcroSchool Student Ambassadors are shown below, left to right: Jade Taylor, DeKwante Ellis, Theresa Williams, Jasmine McQuay, Jhakeecee Stokes, and Charlie Fomby.

MYcroSchool Gainesville ambassadors welcome the community at the school's open house for national choice weeek

One such guest, Gainesville City Commissioner Randy Wells, invited MYcroSchool Principal Randy Starling to participate in a special committee dedicated to working with the area’s at-risk youth population.

Student Jade Taylor was one of the student ambassadors present at the Open House. Jade came to MYcroSchool from a school in Ocala, FL. Her time in Ocala was hindered due to bad influences. Jade welcomed her beautiful daughter into this world during her “traditional” high school tenure. She was unable to focus both on being a mother and student, so had to withdraw from her Ocala School.

MYcroSchool Gainesville ambassador and student Jade Taylor demonstrates some of the school coursework to a city commissionerJade eventually moved to Gainesville to get family support and decided to re-enroll in school here at MYcroSchool. Photo: Jade shows Gainesville City Commissioner Randy Wells an example of her work.

Jade has excelled in her classes and is on track to graduate before the end of 2013. She loves the close family atmosphere here at MYcroSchool and depends on the consistent support and concern from the staff. After graduating from MYcroSchool, Jade plans on continuing her education to become an interpreter for the deaf and blind.

National School Choice week is a yearly event intended to highlight the important need for “effective education options for all children.” MYcroSchool Gainesville has been working hard with the local community to build strong, positive relationships with other organizations who serve the at-promise community.