Monday, February 4, 2013

School News Feb 4-8

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  • To Bryan Valarezo and Michael Gonzalez for holding their own on the UAG Cybersecurity Summit panel on Thurs, Jan 31 with Assistant District Attorney John Bandler, Goldman Sachs VP Joel Ruffin, and UAG Tech Coordinator Mr. Kayon Pryce!
  • To all students who impressed the organizations hosted during our Summer Opportunities Fair on Fri, Feb 1!  
  • To members of Stoked who hit the slopes of Belleayre this weekend to snowboard!
  • To students who stepped up for the first of three MOTH Storytelling Workshops to practice for the first ever UAG StorySlam - happening on Wed, Feb 27, 3-5pm!

This Week at UAG

Monday, Feb 4, 3-4pm:  UAG Yoga Info Session with Ms. Hernandez in Room 746, 3-4pm
Tuesday, Feb 5: 
*UAG Big Brother Big Sisters Meeting - first half of LUNCH! 745 (10th Grade only)
*First of the NEW! GOLD options:  9th & 10th Grade Study GOLD + Achieve 3000 GOLD
*First meeting of Spring semester Opening Act, 3:55-5:30pm, Rm 325
Wednesday, Feb 6, 3-5pm:  Second of Three MOTH StorySlam workshops with Mr. Kunka, Rm 720
Thursday, Feb 7, 3-4:30pm:  UAG Flag Football Tournament in the Yard! Sign up with Mr. Rigney/Joshua Maddox to participate.
Friday, Feb 8, 3-4pm:  Ninth Grade College Tour to the New Community College (NCC), departing at 1pm with Ms. Braderman

 Student Government Updates:  On the Horizon!
  • Get ready for a March Staff/Student Basketball Showdown!  Families welcome, Concession Available - speak to Skyler Radellant about eligibility.
  • Talent Show!  Currently auditioning 10 performers for this upcoming UAG Extravaganza!  Plesae contact Alyssa Koutellos if interested.
  • The UAG June Dance is in planning - have a dream of what this will look like?  Share it with a Student Gov rep!

NEW!  Student Opportunities

From the Museum of the City of New York!  The Saturday Academy is a free six-week program for students in grades 8 - 12 interested in American History or SAT preparation. There's no homework or testing and all course materials are provided.  Spring 2013 courses meet on Saturdays April 6, 13, 20, May 4, 11, and 18. Course offerings include:
  • Activist New York
  • Public Art in East Harlem: Interpreting Latino-American History in the 20th Century
  • Performing History: The Federal Theater Project and the Great Depression
  • The Many Meanings of Feminism in the 20th Century
  • Freedom and Slavery in the Age of the American Revolution
  • Bell Curves SAT Skills
All applications must be received online. TO APPLY, please click on the link below and fill out all the required information:
The application deadline is Tuesday, March 12. Enrollment is first-come, first-served, so please apply early since space is limited!  Should you experience any trouble applying online, you may email or call 917-492-3401 to request that an application be mailed to your home address for you to fill out and return to the Museum of the City of New York.

    2/6: Final Deadline for Exeter Summer Program Applications (talk to Ms. Hogarty if you have not already received pre-approved application and instructions).

    2/9:  Deadline for Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program - FREE after school opportunity for NYC teens to explore the arts - 10 weeks attending theater, dance, music performances and more!  Come to TRaC Open House on 1/31, 4:30-5:30pm - RSVP to for location!

    2/9:  Deadline and Open House: New York Botanical Garden: Teen Explainer Program

    The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at The New York Botanical Garden is now seeking teen
    applicants for our competitive internships program which takes place on weekends during the school
    year. Teen “Explainers” have an integral role educating children and families visiting the Everett
    Children’s Adventure Garden.
    Learn about the program and fill out the
    online application before the February 9th deadline:
    There will be an Open House Saturday February 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. sharp here at the Adventure Garden.
    It is not required that applicants attend the Open House, but all are strongly encouraged.
    ● Applicants who are invited to be interviewed will be contacted via e-mail within five business
    days of the application deadline.
    ● Group interviews are interactive and take place at the Adventure Garden. Applicants accepted
    into the program will receive an e-mail within five business days after the interview.
    ● Explainers accepted into the program are required to complete four weekend days of training
    at the beginning of the internship before they may begin actively volunteering. Training
    includes “shadowing” sessions working side by side with experienced mentor/educators.
    Required Training dates for the Spring 2013
    Explainer Program: February 23 & 24 and March 2 & 3.
     If you have any questions, contact 
    Andrew Bakonyi
    Coordinator of the Explainer Program at 718-817-8079 or or go to:

    2/13:  Deadline for Citizens Committee for Children YouthAction Leadership Course (meets Mondays, 4-7pm starting March 4).  Learn more and Apply Now! 
    ● Gain the skills to advocate on behalf of yourselves, your schools, and your communities.
    ● Learn how to conduct hands-on research, such as public polling and site visits.
    ● Meet with government officials to discuss their ideas for improving New York City.
    ● Become better leaders through problem solving and critical thinking.
    ● Strengthen your communication and public speaking skills.
    ● Make lifelong friends peers from all over the city in the program!
    The Spring 2013 YCLC will begin on Monday, March 4th. Space is limited.

    2/22:  Deadline for Princeton Summer Journalism Program

    Coming up Next Month:  Tue, Feb 26!

    WebVisions ( is offering a free, all-day Arduino workshop for High School students on Tuesday, February 26th at Theatre for the New City.   Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. Students will work with tech experts to learn about circuitry, robotics and programming, and build a robot that follows a course that the students create.  

    WebVisions is held in four cities around the globe, and our goal is to offer students a fun opportunity to learn about technology and programming and interact with tech experts and leaders who are active in mentoring and training programs.  Qualifying participants must be enrolled in high school and have at least a 2.0 GPA. We will work with your school to ensure an excused absence for the day. Sign-up by contacting Jennifer Jones ( at 503-230-2058.

    3/1:  Deadline for Future Latino Leaders Law Camp - Summer 2013

    3/1:  Deadline for Cornell University: Catalyst Academy, a one-week summer residential program for high school students who excel in math and science, enjoy solving problems and want to learn more about careers in engineering.
    Cornell's world renowned faculty and graduate students lead classes, lab sessions and project research. Participants work in teams to solve problems that mirror real-life situations. Participants have additional opportunities to network with each other, Cornell faculty, staff and students at social events and panel discussions.

    3/1:  Deadline for Cornell University: Curie Academy, a one-week summer residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. The focus
    is on sophomores and juniors who may not have had prior opportunities to explore engineering, but want to learn more about the many opportunities in engineering in an interactive atmosphere. Cornell University's world-renowned faculty and graduate students will lead CURIE participants in classes, lab sessions, and project research. Social events, panel discussions, and other out-of-classroom activities will provide participants with opportunities to network informally with Cornell faculty, staff, and students. Join us for the CURIE Academy and spend a week making new friends, experiencing life on a university campus, and exploring the many exciting possibilities awaiting you in engineering.

    3/15:  Deadline for the The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center’s 2013 Girls’ Leadership

    Worldwide Summer Program

    The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center's 2013 Girls' Leadership Worldwide (GLW), an international leadership development summer program for girls, is now accepting applications. During this nine-day, residential program, girls from diverse cultures and backgrounds come together to engage in workshops and activities designed to fully awaken the leader within them, using the leadership model of Eleanor Roosevelt. GLW seeks to empower the next generation of principled leaders who will create a just and

    sustainable world. Applicants must be 9th or 10th grade girls who have the potential to be leaders and would like to enhance their self-confidence and leadership skills so that they can make a difference in their community and the world.


    Global Kids Play for Keeps (P4K) Program.  Play and Create Games on Wednesdays, 4-6pm, 137 E 25th St, 2nd Fl (between Lexington and 3rd Ave).  RSVP to  Tool: Stencyl

            X Theatre Program and Paid Internships - Times Square

            Rolling Deadline for the BlueStamp Engineering Program!
    ● High School students find an amazing project they want to build
    ● An experienced staff guides students in their project development
    ● Guest speakers from industry and academia offer insights from their careers
    ● Students keep all projects after the program
    ● Students maintain professional documentation on a BlueStamp hosted webpage to showcase their work
    The Blue Stamp curriculum is designed to empower students with the ability to build projects they are excited about. Students will learn to take products from concept to prototype. Similar to a real world technology setting, the products will be built stepwise with achievable milestones. Each session will begin with a short discussion based on where the students are in their build process. This can be general approaches that may be helpful, motivating hints on how to overcome challenges, or potential pitfalls to watch for in the design process. Students will then be given ample time to work on their projects, supported by hands on instruction from the lead instructor and TA’s, when
    necessary. This help may be in the form of recommending the right tool to use for a certain task, brainstorming or troubleshooting an error, or simply providing motivation and ideas to continue researching the topic and trying new solutions. Ultimately, we believe the strength of the BSE program comes from its singular goal – building real products that work. What kinds of projects would BSE suggest for its students? Alternative energy devices, laser projects, and robotics are all on our list of over 100 project ideas.
    Applications are now being accepted for 2013 in New York, Houston, and San Francisco!

              PACT (Power Action Change for Teens) is a FREE ongoing after-school self-defense and
    physical training in Goju karate & self-defense, as well as discussions and community projects  leadership development course for teen women and transyouth ages 12-19. This course offers  about violence prevention. This course runs on Thursdays from 4:30- 6:00pm and follows the  school calendar. Teens who complete the course can become paid peer educators at CAE.  Please email or call 718-788-1775 to register. Applications can be obtained in main office.   For more information on either program, please visit or email, or call

               Row New York is currently recruiting 9th and 10th grade boys to try out for its rowing team based out of their Harlem boathouse.  The program is mostly free and no experience required.  Contact!

              Summer Alert!  NYS Summer School of the Arts Auditions starting NOW in the areas of Choral Studies, Dance, Media Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts and More!  Check schedule at

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