Monday, October 24, 2016

School News October 24 - October 28

Calling all storytellers!

Mr. Kunka is looking for 8-10 students to join UAG's story slam team. Stories can be serious, hilarious, or both, but they’re always honest. No public speaking or acting experience is necessary. And if you don't think you have a story-- you have lots of them! We'll help you find them. 

Our first meeting will be Thursday, October 27th from 3:15-4:15 with our final performance taking place on November 17th. Snacks and beverages will be provided. See Mr. Kunka or your English teacher if you are interested.

YES Abroad applications are now open!

Study abroad on a full scholarship with the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. High school students and recent graduates explore a new country by living with a host family, studying in a local school, and participating in community activities.

Applications are due by December 1.


Congratulations to our 10th and 12th Grade Big Brother Big Sister cohorts for kicking off another year of programming at American Express! 

See more UAG photo albums and get real-time updates at our Facebook page.

Spirit Week activities will be held in the cafeteria during lunch all week!

  • October 24: Glasses Day 

                         SUNY Potdam and Medaille College visits UAG.
  • October 25: Mustache Day 
                         Big Brothers Big Sisters 10th Grade orientation in Room 721 at 2:40pm.
                         GCSA 11th Grade meeting in Room 710 @ 3:10pm.
                         School Leadership Team meeting @ 5:00pm.
                         Boys Basketball Varsity tryouts @ 5:00pm
                         Girls Basketball tryouts @ 3:00pm.
  • October 26: Hat Day 
                         Washington and Jefferson Colleges visit UAG.        
  • October 27: Crazy Hair Day 
                         GCSA 10th Grade meeting in Room 721 @ 3:10pm.
                         Boys Basketball Varsity tryouts @ 5:45pm    
  • October 28: Borough Day 
                         FRIGHT FEST!!
                         Boys Basketball Varsity tryouts @ 5:45pm
                         Boys Basketball JV tryouts @ 3:00pm
Updated UAG Club Calendar

Student Enrichment Opportunities

Need help with your application or resume? See your guidance counselor or Ms. Cai in Room 716.

C21 STEP Scholars
Open to: Juniors
Deadline: 11/1/2016
Apply here:

Participating students will meet at the NYU School of Medicine for an intensive 40-hour SAT prep course and college workshops twice a week and some Saturdays. Scholars will also be participating in STEM workshops, local college trips, mentorship sessions, and School of Medicine events at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

Noguchi Museum: Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Open to: All
Deadline: 11/2/2016
Apply here:

The Noguchi Museum offers up to 15 high school students a school-year-long internship as members of the Museum's Teen Advisory Board. TAB interns learn about the Museum, gain an understanding of the different departments and concerns of an art museum, plan programs for other teens, create collaborative projects, and advise the museum staff on teen-related matters.

2017 Global Citizen Scholarship
Open to: All
Deadline: 11/7/2016
Enter here:

In July 2017, recipients of our annual Global Citizen Scholarship will travel for free to our Global Leadership Summit addressing the Future of Food. Selected students will experience Europe through the lens of food and collaborate with other globally-minded students at the two-day leadership conference in Milan, Italy, to design solutions to help feed our growing world.

[PAID] Explainer Program @ New York Botanical Garden
Open to: Ages 13-17
Deadline: 11/12/2016
Apply here:

Explainers facilitate experiences with nature and plant science for children and families. Using seasonal lessons and explorations of the garden, Explainers prepare children to use their senses as tools for exploring the garden. Explainers rotate through activity stations that are located both outside in the garden and inside the Discovery Center. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art Internship
Open to: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Dealine: 11/15/2016
Apply here: (Application available 10/1)

Application available 10/1. Each intern spends 40 hours of the internship observing, assisting, and being mentored by a staff member in one of the Museum's departments. The placement is chosen according to the intern's interests and experience.

[PAID] Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program
Open to: All
Deadline: 11/30/2016
Apply here:

Apply now for Summer 2017! The apprentice program is designed to encourage students to pursue science and engineering careers; acquaint qualified high school students with the activities of Department of Navy (DoN) laboratories through summer science and engineering research experiences.

[SCHOLARSHIP] Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Open to: All
Deadline: 12/15/2016
Submit here:

The 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards open for submissions on September 14! Get your sketchbooks, notepads, easels, and pens ready because it’s almost time to enter your masterpiece for the opportunity to receive recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships! With 29 categories of art and writing, there’s a place for whatever you create.

[SCHOLARSHIP] NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Essay Contest
Open to: All
Deadline: 12/31/2016
Submit here:

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.

[SCHOLARSHIP] Courageous Persuaders Award
Open to: All
Deadline: 2/9/2017
Submit here:

Create a TV commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking. Win scholarship money and trophies, have fun, and gain valuable experience. The grand prize-winning commercial will be broadcast on TV and the team that created it will work with Pluto Post and the Detroit Auto Dealers Education Foundation to upgrade their spot for air.

[PAID] The Employment and Technology Center
Open to: Freshmen, Juniors, Seniors
Apply here: See flyer in front of Room 716

Harlem Children's Zone offers a variety of services to our students, which include but are not limited to; tutoring, SAT Prep, Regents Prep, college exposures, scholarship opportunities, and internship opportunities. The Employment and Technology Center program is  participation based, meaning that students get paid based on their participation.

Open to: All
Deadline: Rolling deadline during the fall
Apply here:


The mission of Math-M-Addicts is to enrich students who have an interest in math beyond what is offered as part of school curricula and competitive math teams.  The goal of the program is to teach problem-solving skills needed to tackle challenging mathematical concepts in a collaborative setting. The value is placed on the process of thinking critically and communicating clearly.  There is less focus on speed.

[PAID] Futures & Options: Internship Program
Open to: Juniors and Seniors, ages 16 and up
Deadline: Rolling
Apply here:

Futures and Options interns work in paid, mentored internships that best match their skills and interests.  After submitting the online application, applicants interview with Futures and Options program coordinators.  Applicants who are accepted into the Internship Program will also interview with supervisors at our business partners for specific internship positions.

[PAID] Brooklyn Botanical Garden Apprenticeship
Open to: Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors
Deadline: TBD
Apply here: (Applications open in October 2016) 

Application available in October 2016. The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great way for teens to learn about urban agriculture and the environment while working in one of the most exciting public gardens in the world! Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier program, potentially earning a paid position as a Tier 4 apprentice.

High School Classes at FIT
Open to: All
Deadline: Rolling
Price: One Course: $320/ Two Courses: $625
Apply here:

Fashion Institute of Technology's Precollege Programs prepares students for the FIT admissions process, including creative arts portfolio development, and features the unique experience of being part of FIT's dynamic and diverse college campus and the cultural vibrancy of New York City that informs and enriches the college, its history and its campus community.

New Settlement Apartments College Access Center
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Deadline: Rolling
Apply here:

New Settlement Apartments College Access Center provides one-to-one college access and success counseling and financial aid services to high school students, young adults, and adults. The program's free services for current and future college students include: One-to-One College Advising, Assistance with Applying for Financial Aid (ex. FAFSA, TAP, and CSS Profile), College Visits, SAT Prep Classes, Early College Awareness Programs, Success Advising for Current College Students, and Fee Waivers.

CMA’s Young Artist Kollective (YAK)
Open to: Freshmen
Deadline: Rolling
Apply here:

CMA’s Young Artist Kollective (YAK), is a free program that provides emerging young artists in 6th-9th grade with exclusive studio space and materials, artistic and technical guidance, opportunities to meet with guest artists, monthly art parties, and a chance to learn about professional opportunities across the art world.

ProjectArt After-School Art Classes
Open to: Ages 17 and under
Deadline: Rolling
Apply here:

ProjectArt offers after-school art classes at 23 public libraries across New York City. Each trimester, teachers design their own curriculums tailored to each community and incorporate a wide array of media, including graphite, oil pastels, markets, watercolor, acrylic, and tepera paint, cardboard, scrap and collage materials.