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The Pathways Blog

The Pathways Blog gives our scholars the opportunity to express what they are passionate about and discuss their connection to the Pathways community, all in their most authentic voice.
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June 30, 2017
My Time at Pathways
By Tristen

“I have to be honest–I did not have a lot of fun last year, but this year [at Pathways] was better. One of my favorite classes was gym. Gym was my favorite class because we got to play a lot of sports. At my homeschool we did not have gym class. I learned some new things in Pathways. For example, in Math Operations, I learned how to do long division and multiplication problems. I wasn’t able to do this at my homeschool.

In addition to growing enthusiastic as an academic scholar, I have grown as a person. For example, I’m more enthusiastic than I used to be. When I was in sixth grade, I was not ecstatic in school. I use to be indifferent in every class I went to. But now this year I have been more enthusiastic. Even though I get bored in some of my classes, sometimes when I’m in class I raise my hand a lot to answer the questions. I try to show enthusiasm in all of my classes but I hope to be more enthusiastic next year.

My goal for the future is to be a train conductor. I want to have a good job so I can have a nice home and clothing. So when I  grow up, I need to be disciplined. I want to take things seriously when I have a good job. I want to show respect because having a good job would mean I have to take things seriously and I also would have to do a lot of work.

I have learned lots of things from Pathways to DPE. All of the teachers have helped me in Pathways.”


June 30, 2017
My Time at Pathways
By Samaria

My time at Pathways has been amazing. At first I thought I wasn’t going to pass my classes, but now I’m passing and getting good grades in most of my classes. I made improvements in math. For example, I learned how to skip count and I also learned how to regroup. In Lit Skills I learned many new vocabulary words and many definitions. I have done well at Pathways and continue to improve. I am more confident now and hope that I will do better in my home school.

    In addition to becoming a more disciplined scholar, I have grown socially. I am more than I was in my old school. In my old school in the sixth grade, I didn’t understand the work that they were teaching me except for reading class which I understand the most, and maybe I understand a little bit in math class. But in history and science, I didn’t understand it well and I’m understanding most in my classes. And I like that there’s less kids in Pathways than in my homeschool.

In theater, Mr. Gould wanted us to act out a scene and my scene in theater was being sad. When the scholars had acted out their scene, I was pretending to act sad while Mr. Gould was laughing and recording me while I was doing my scene. In my old school, I wasn’t able to do theater and get up on stage and act out a scene.

   My long-term goal is to get my education, doing homework every single day, and going to high school and college. I would like to go to an art high school and an art college so that I can become a professional artist and learn how to draw real people. And to meet my goal I have to get better grades in my classes and move on to high school and college. I want to become successful in school and show grit. And when I go back to my old school, I want to do better and pass.

   Overall, I am thankful for my teachers for helping me throughout the whole school year and I am grateful for my teachers wanting me to pass and achieve my goals and becoming successful. And I also had fun doing fun activities and experiencing things that I never done before. Even at gym I had fun playing new different sports. And so far, Mr. Velarde has always wanted me to be the best scholar and be a champion and never giving up and always show grit throughout the whole school year. In math, I wasn’t very good at subtracting and doing multiplication problems and now I am getting better and better  in subtracting and multiplying. I think Pathways is the best school out of all the other Democracy Prep schools, and I think kids from other Democracy Prep schools should come to Pathways.”

June 29, 2017
My Growth In Pathways
By Aldo

“I have to be honest that I did not want to be here at first. I thought that Pathways was going to be the worst, but while I was here I became a better scholar. My reading improved the most. I used to read really slow, but now I can read faster. I used to only read at school, but now I read at home for 20 minutes each night. Now that I’m a better reader I like to read out loud in class.

In addition to growing as a scholar, I have grown as a person. For example, I am more disciplined than I used to be. When I was at DPH I used to be really lazy and didn’t do my homework at all. I had a lot of send outs. Although I struggle to complete my homework, I complete more assignments than I used to. I have more enthusiasm in class.

My long-term goal is to have a great job. To reach my long-term goal I need to put my best effort in school. I would like to go to college and study Reading. I would also like to learn to speak another language. I think it would help me in my career. I will also need reminders of directions so I could follow them and succeed.

Overall, I am thankful for all of the teachers and friends I made here. I am grateful for the help of my teachers. I will always remember one lesson from Mr. Picott and Mr. Velarde, for pushing me to do my homework. They want me to succeed. They want me to pass my grades and assignments. They give me a lot of advice that are helpful. I want to pass all my classes and my grades with at least a 90% and I can maybe 100% I want to continue to grow to  academically. My MAP test math went up and my Reading MAP test went up I was so surprised when I saw my MAP tests went up I was so proud that I met my growth target. I will always be grateful for all my teachers. I learned many  new things.”

June 21, 2017
D'z Time at Pathways
By Denzel

“My time at Pathways has been difficult, but I have enjoyed my time here. I have a hard time with some assignments, but I have made some improvement in reading. I am reading words correctly and fixing my mistakes. Math is still difficult for me. Sometimes, I try to work hard. It’s something that I need to work on.

In addition, I have grown up by being more accountable. In Pathways, I have been honest all the time. Also, I owned up to my mistakes. I enjoy helping out other people that needed help. I’m respectful to my classmates and teachers. I don’t laugh at childish things like people being silly and doing kindergarten stuff. I don’t react to other people’s comments, either. Also, I don’t earn deductions or react to them as much. This is how I have grown as a person at Pathways, so far.

For the future, I look forward to being a wrestler or movie star. The only way to do that is by working hard in middle school, high school, and college. This is what want, by graduating in middle school, high school, and in college is what I got to do. In addition, I have been working hard in every class in Pathways. I still need to work on math. That’s the only subject I have trouble with. I will try to work on math.

I am thankful to my friends and teachers for everything they taught me. One thing I learned from Delsin is that he had told me, if I want to become something when I’m grown up, I’ll do it and no one can stop me. He is right. I’m getting sick and tired of people doubting me. If I want to become something, I’ll become that thing and no one can stop me from doing what I want to do. That’s what I always think about.”

May 17, 2017
Delsin's Finding His Passion
By Delsin

So, what do you think FYP stands for? It means Find Your Passion. But there is more to that, so here are the reasons why FYP is the best. During this time we are learning new skills and being introduced to the new and interesting facts. But it’s a time to be relaxed and have fun with others.

It’s the greatest because we get to talk and let loose with our bodies. FYP is really about finding your true passion in life. My favorite FYP is Music Production because I get to learn how to make music, like beats, write lyrics, and more. 

April 6, 2017
Adventure Time: A Day in the Life of Donovan Phoenix
By Donovan

“One day, a man named Donovan Phoenix went to school. Then he found an enemy called Mr. Directions. Then he saw that Mr. Directions was giving out deductions. So then it was time for Donovan Phoenix to come in. He used his Fire Fist to defeat the enemy, Mr. Directions. 

So after Mr. Directions was defeated, Donovan Phoenix went home to face his worst nightmare, his homework. The first three were easy: Math Operations, Math Reasoning, and Math Skills. Then the fourth was Lit Skills. So he copied the word in his notebook. Then came the sentences. So he fought and fought. 

He was done with that after an hour. Next was Guided Reading. It was tough, and the racer was harder, but he got through it. The last was the hardest, History. Donovan Phoenix said, “Oh no! It’s 9 o’clock.” But he had to finish it, so he did it. Now it was time for bed. And that’s one day of the Donovan Phoenix story.


March 29, 2017
What's Happening at Pathways?
By Mr. Hopson

Pathways Families, 

After a brief hiatus, the Pathways Blog is BACK with more exciting posts from our scholars! Check out what we’ve been up to in the meantime. 

December 12, 2016
The Joy of Drawing (featuring Alynne)
By Alynne

Hi! My name is Alynne. I’m 12 years old and I am in the 6th grade. Today I will be talking to you about how much I like drawing. On Fridays I do FYP (Find Your Passion) and I like doing Drawing Club with Mr. Velarde. He teaches me different ways how to draw letters. Mr. Velarde comes up with new ideas so that I can do better.


What I like about drawing is that you can come up with your own ideas and be creative. It takes a lot of time to get better at my drawing. It’s fun because you can share your ideas and learn from other people. My habit of drawing is fun because I get to see what’s out in the real world. Drawing is my thing because it’s like you’re being an inventive person.




November 28, 2016
My Pathways Experience: Tabbouleh, Traveling, and Factoring!
By Andre

I really do like Pathways because of the teachers! They make my days feel like a good day to learn something new. One example is cooking club. It is very joyful to be in. Like last week, we made tabbouleh. Let me try to explain how to make it. First, you need some couscous, sliced tomatoes, mint leaves, a lemon, and some water. Boil the couscous in water, and then add in the sliced tomatoes. After that, put the couscous mix in the fridge for fifteen minutes. Then, you add more tomato, some squeezed lemon juice, and mint leaves. There you have it: tabbouleh!


Besides cooking, I like the trips we’ve taken, like the Six Flags trip, DC trip, and many others. I also like the stuff we learn at Pathways. For example, in math we’re learning about factors and how many there are for each number. This is kind of fun. I also think all of the other subjects are cool, too. The fact is that I like this school, and this is where I am going to stay to learn. In the end, Pathways is a very good school.