Category Archives: Topplers News

Got 2 Hours to Help a Student Succeed?

Mapleton school district is seeking volunteers to help on with their Mock Interviews. Volunteers sign up at a schooInterviewl of their choice, helping prepare students for professional and college interviews. It’s easy to participate and a great way to help a student get great feedback to help improve their interview skills.

See the attached form to sign up for one of these sessions:

Thursday, February 20th 2-4 pm Mapleton Early College

Tuesday, March 11th 8:15am-10:00am Academy High School

Tuesday, March 11th 10:00am-12:00pm Academy High School

Tuesday, March 11th 1:00-3:20pm MESA High School

Thurday, March 13th 8:45-11:10 am Global Leadership Academy

Friday, March 21st 8:30-11:45am York International

Friday, March 21st 12:15-2:25 pm York International

Wednesday, April 16th 10:30- 11:00am North Valley School for Young Adults

Thursday, April 17th 10:30-11:00am North Valley School for Young Adults

Wednesday, May 14th 10:30-11:00am North Valley School for Young Adults

Thursday, May 15th 10:30-11:00am North Valley School for Young Adults

Mock Interview Sign Up Sheet 2014

Posted in Higher Achievement, Topplers News.

Be The First to Get an Invitation to the New Topplers Community and Get a Free Domino

Pretty dominos croppedWe’re excited to share with you our latest project here at Topplers – an engaging new community website that will make it even more fun and easier than before to help set BIG THINGS in motion!

Sign up for an invite to this community using at join.topplers.org – the full community experience will launch later this spring!

As a member of the Topplers community, you:

  • Will receive a commemorative Topplers Domino
  • Will enjoy showcased stories of passionate people and the causes that inspire them
  • Will see easy suggestions for helping those people make a difference in the world
  • Will be able to invite your friends and others to join the community and lend their help
  • Will see the impact of your actions – Topplers tracks your progress along the way!

It’s free to join and reserve your Domino at join.topplers.org

Sign up today to receive an invitation to join the community this spring.

Posted in Topplers News.

The Travels of Domino #3453

1452370_10151749580242267_1931349199_nWatching a Domino travel as it inspires person after person to do a Random Act of Kindness, is amazing as it is fun. Inspired by Dakota I sent Domino #3453 out into the world and love seeing the updates. I passed along this domino to a friend, telling her how Dakota’s story had inspired me to take action. My friend, in turn, passed along the domino with Dakota’s story to her friend.  Reading about the travels of the domino, show how Dakota’s story is inspiring others to help her reach her goal of 100 Random Acts of Kindness. Here’s hoping that domino keeps up the momentum:

&lquo; I received the Domino from my coworker who shared the details and story =) Upon receiving it, I invited our neighbor (who recently experienced a difficult breakup) to mass and coffee with my wife and me on a Sunday morning. We talked about the experience and it seemed to be good timing to help lift his spirits!
&lquo; My dear friend, Ashley, gave me Dakota’s domino and explained the program while we were on a beautiful summer hike at Hessey Trailhead. I was really touched and of course wanted to be a part of things. I am so sorry it has taken me so long! I brought the domino and card with me to work last week, thinking it would be a good inspiration to do something on one of my breaks. Today, I was out for a stroll on the 16th street mall. I saw a Denver Voice vendor open the door for a gentleman in a wheelchair leaving a store. I thought this was very sweet and polite of him, so in return for his good deed I bought a paper from him 🙂
&lquo; It was a surprise treat when I received this domino from Storey. We were catching up, sharing what we’re passionate about in our lives and giving each other encouragement for our endeavors. So, when Storey handed me the ” domino” I was excited to share the spirit of random acts of kindness. I thought about what I’d do for some time and then one day In an ” act in the moment” I was reminded of the domino – and of Dakota. I saw a car trying to pull out of the gas station. I waved him on and we had this great exchange of smiles and waves like we were old friends; a nice reminder that we don’t need to be strangers on the road.
&lquo; I’m excited to be part of Dakota’s Random Acts of Kindness. For this domino I stopped to let a car cross the highway after watching for 5 minutes up the traffic jam that no one was letting them through.
Posted in Making A Difference, Topplers News.

More Random Acts of Kindness Inspired by Dakota

Dakota’s story has been spreading! Be sure to check out the Topplers webpage for updates on the Random Acts of Kindness that Dakota has been inspiring. Here are a few more highlights that we’ve seen:

In Denver, campbece just claimed domino 3453.

&lquo; My dear friend, Ashley, gave me Dakota’s domino and explained the program while we were on a beautiful summer hike at Hessey Trailhead. I was really touched and of course wanted to be a part of things. I am so sorry it has taken me so long! I brought the domino and card with me to work last week, thinking it would be a good inspiration to do something on one of my breaks. Today, I was out for a stroll on the 16th street mall. I saw a Denver Voice vendor open the door for a gentleman in a wheelchair leaving a store. I thought this was very sweet and polite of him, so in return for his good deed I bought a paper from him 🙂

In Henderson, Leanne just claimed domino 3377.

&lquo; I received this Domino from Victoria, an amazing friend and someone who knew how much I would love this type of project. I know a young woman who was moving out of her shared apartment to live with her younger sister. Her former roommate had owned most of the household items. She had a bit of furniture but no kitchen items. Her plan was to use her student discount at Goodwill and slowly get what she needed. I texted her one day telling her to meet me at Wal Mart and not to ask any questions. When she arrived, I set her up with a shopping cart and told her to go pick out her new kitchen. She started crying right there in the isle. She was thrilled, as was I to see her so happy and thankful of the gesture. Random acts of kindness warm my heart and soul. Thank you Dakota for inspiring others.

In Louisville, herb  just claimed domino 3449.

&lquo; I’ve been waiting for a moment of inspiration to add a random act to Dakotas branch. I started carrying the domino in my pocket in hopes that it would remind me that all it takes is a quick simple decision to make an impact. Today it wasn’t much: I gave $10 to a guy holding a sign at an intersection. But he definitely appreciated that it wasn’t simply $1. And my daughter got to enjoy the moment with me. More to come but it feels great to be helping Dakota see her big idea becoming a reality.
Posted in Making A Difference, Topplers News.

Checking In With Our Book Scholarship Winners

Half-way into the fall semester, we checked in with our 2013 Book Scholarship winners to see how they’ve adjusted to college life. We were excited to hear that they are thriving and finding ways to overcome the financial challenges of paying for their educations:

I’ve been doing great! I’m loving the college life thus far. It isn’t a really big transition for me because I believe that all the habits I created in my previous years in high school have made this transition smooth for me. College requires hard work, organization, and dedication, and I was making sure that those requirements were fulfilled with the habits that I created in my junior and senior year. For example, using a planner and creating a to-do list really helps. This scholarship is a very big part of aiding my purchases of books. I’m a bio major, so the thick science books that cost $150-200 a piece really was a struggle. Thanks to Topplers, I had $350 off of the total of the text books that i purchased which took up about 30% of my total costs for books. This goes a long way and I’m very appreciative of your help.

 

I’m doing well. Stanford is definitely very different from high school but all the changes are exciting and refreshing. I have a job on campus as a freshmen liaison, organizing events for El Centro Chicano. I am also trying out for the Polo team (though I’ve never ridden a horse), playing with the scatter band, and on the competitive cross country club team. The opportunities here are vast and
it’s incredibly hard to choose between all of the amazing experiences available.

As far as challenges go, it has been a little hard for my family financially because my father had a stroke around three months ago and was out of work for two months. The Topplers scholarship has been very helpful already in covering my book expenses for this quarter and more than likely the next quarter (maybe the whole year if I’m thrifty). It has also been interesting and a bit challenging to find time to sleep amid all the chaos and excitement!

Again, thank you so much for the help and your generosity! I’m sure the MESA seniors this
year will benefit immensely from your contributions!

Posted in Higher Achievement, Topplers News.

Domino Award Featured in NCWIT’s Academic Alliance Newsletter

NCWIT logoThe National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Academic Alliance featured the Domino Award  in their recent newsletter. As we begin our preparations for the 2014 Domino Award, we are looking for universities interested in bringing this unique program to their students. For 2014, our goal is to partner with 10 universities, offering 10 Domino Award prizes to students around the country.

If you are interested in learning more about how easy it is to bring the Domino Award to your computer science students, please contact us: dominoaward @ topplers.org

Posted in Topplers Domino Award, Topplers News.

Volunteers Needed: 1 Hour to Help Prepare a Senior for College Interviews

York International School in Thornton, Colorado is looking for community/business volunteers to assist their seniors (class of 2014) in reviewing their resumes and critiquing their professional dress:

When: Wednesday, September 11

Times: Anytime between 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: York International K-12, 9200 York St, Thornton, CO

Contact: Misti Gossett-Thrower, Post-Secondary Options Coach/Counselor, throwerm@mapleton.us

This experience is INVALUABLE to the seniors as they write their first resumes to help them prepare for college/scholarship/job applications. Please consider volunteering on this day, even if you can only spare an hour or so.

Posted in Higher Achievement, Topplers News.

Be A Mentor: MESA High School Seeking Volunteers for the Class of 2014

MESA is seeking mentors for the graduating class of 2014. The senior year is a busy time filled with excitement and anxiety surrounding preparation for life after high school. All MESA seniors will be applying to at least four colleges and four scholarships. This process includes; filling out college applications, writing a personal statement, editing essays for scholarships, requesting letters of recommendation, retaking the ACT or SAT, applying for FAFSA, preparing a resume, practicing interview skills and making a lot of tough decisions about the future. If you would like to help a small group of seniors (4-5 students) as they navigate through this process please see the time commitment below.

Volunteer Commitment

Informational Meeting: Wednesday Aug 28th from 5:30-6:30 pm at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts. The new MESA building is located at 8980 York Street, Suite A, Thornton, CO 80229. We will meet on the third floor in the Post-Secondary Options room. We will provide more detailed information about the MESA Mentors program and offer insight from former students and mentors who have participated in the program. This is also a time we can answer any questions you may have about this opportunity.

Mentor Responsibilities:

Monthly meetings: Mentors will come to MESA once a month to meet with their mentees. Mentors will spend the first half hour with the Post-Secondary Coach and Transition Coordinator for a 30 minute training on the day’s topic. Mentors will then have 90 minutes of work time with their group of students to check in with each of them, help them with the project we are working on that day, and make goals for the coming month. The last 20 minutes is spend in a class debrief and celebrations. Monthly Topics are outlined below.

Email and Phone Communication: We hope that students and mentors will keep in touch between monthly meetings. We would like mentors and students to correspond with each other via email, texting or phone every other week if possible.

Tentative Dates for 2013-14 Finalized Dates will be reviewed at Information Session

Tuesday Sept 17th 1:00-3:20 Introductions and getting to know your students-Resumes and Personal Statements

Tuesday Oct 8th 1:00-3:20 Editing the Personal Statement and the College List

Tuesday Nov 5th 1:00-3:20 College Application Day

Tuesday Dec 10th 1:00-3:20 College Application Day

Tuesday Jan 14th 1:00-3:20 Understanding Financial Aid/ Mapleton Scholarship

Tuesday Feb 11th 1:00-3:20 Mapleton Scholarship

Tuesday March 11th 1:00-3:20 MESA Mock Interview Day

Tuesday April 15th 1:00-3:20 PSO Portfolio for Passages

Tuesday May 6th 1:00-3:20 Decision Making Time and End of Year Celebration

Optional: Friday May23rd (Time TBD) Senior Passage Presentations

Optional: Thursday May 29th 6:00-9:00 pm MESA Graduation Ceremony

Contact Us and Register for Information Session:

The feedback from students is overwhelmingly positive and mentors have expressed that the experience is very rewarding. Please consider this opportunity. If you think you can make this commitment please contact Katie Bailey at baileyk@mapleton.us or 303-908-3400 to register for the information session on Wed Aug 28th from 5:30-6:30pm.

MESA is located at 8980 York Street, Suite A, Thornton, CO 80206, 10 miles north of Denver.

 

Posted in Higher Achievement, Topplers News.

2013 University of California Santa Cruz Domino Award

Brittany Arthur

The first Domino Award at University of California Santa Cruz was recently awarded by Topplers to Brittany Arthur, a junior in the Game Design program in the Computer Science department at the Baskins School of Engineering.

Brittany’s essay on Alan Turing was a standout in the submissions we received. She received a $500 scholarship and will join winners Alex Tsankov from University of Colorado and Nithin Jilla from University of California Irvine on an all-expenses paid trip to experience innovations in technology first-hand.

Brittany told us that one of her greatest interests has been in designing, testing, and observing learning environments for 4th-7th graders in science and math. After college she looks forward to being involved in developing STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) educational games and learning tools.

Topplers would like to thank our sponsors for generously supporting the Domino Award:  Adeptive SoftwareApplied TrustClickBank, and Gold Systems. Our sponsors have been vital in expanding the Domino Award this year and we are grateful for their continued support. And a special thanks to Jim Whitehead Chair of the Computer Science department and Charlie McDowell Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Affairs for their work in bringing the Domino Award to their students.
Posted in Topplers Domino Award, Topplers News.

2013 University of California Irvine Domino Award Presentation

Nithin UCI 2013

Nithin Jilla (c) is presented with the 2013 Domino Award by Hal Stern (l), Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science and Tony Givargis, Associate Dean for Student Affairs (r).

Topplers was very excited to present our first Domino Award at University of California Irvine this past May. With the help of André van der Hoek, the Chair of the Department of Informatics, the Domino Award was offered to students in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

We had lots of great submission and the winning essay on Grace Hopper’s impact on computer science was submitted by Nithin Jilla. Nithin just graduated this spring and already has an impressive resume of accomplishments.

Nithin received a $500 scholarship and will join winners Alex Tsankov from University of Colorado and Brittany Arthur from University of California Santa Cruz on an all-expenses paid trip to experience innovations in technology first-hand.

Topplers would like to thank our sponsors for generously supporting the Domino Award:  Adeptive SoftwareApplied TrustClickBankGold Systems, and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. Our sponsors have been vital in expanding the Domino Award this year and we are grateful for their continued support.

Posted in Topplers Domino Award, Topplers News.