Tuesday, October 15, 2013

School News Oct 14-18


Thanks!
  • To our UAG Ambassadors for service at a packed first Fall Open House on Tue, Oct 8! Younesse Hassi, Therese Henry, Lissette Garcia, Nickesha Taylor, Kenesha Taylor, Pablo Cuellar, Jade Rodriguez, Andres Leyva, Matthew Santiago, Johan Ortega, Alec Cruz, and Gianni Adrian.   Next Open House Volunteer Opportunity: 10/29/13, 6-7pm
  • To Kiara Floyd and Deniquwa Keitt (and Banschick/Hogarty Advisories) for providing valuable feedback for the UAG School Wellness Council Meeting this month!
  • To Emily Bernard, new Student Representative on the UAG School Leadership Team

Congratulations Athletes!

  • Jack Calle for placing 12th in Van Cortlandt Cross Country meet last week! 
  • Boys Bowling on their victories against Chelsea CTE, Seward Park HS and Norman Thomas HS! 
  • Girls Volleyball for victory against School of the Future! Watch them against Pace HS on campus Friday, 10/18, 5:30! 
Don’t miss: 
  • Doctor on Campus 10/16 (requires signed consent form and sign up in Rm 625) 
  • JV Baseball Practice, Wed @ 3:30 in the Yard 
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This Week at UAG
Monday, Oct 14 - Columbus Day

Tuesday, Oct 15
*Lunch Info Session:  The Light Show Club with Sophia Gonzalez & Leigh Duignan.  Learn more about this exciting opportunity to showcase electric talent on stage!  Rm 721, Meet at 11:50!

Wednesday, Oct 16
*PSATs at UAG (10th & 11th Graders) - 8am-11:23 (Bring two No. 2 pencils, Student ID/#, calculator optional)
*Build Lego Robots! with Mr. Bijesse, 3:00-5pm, Rm 747
*JV Baseball Practice with Mr. Rigney, 3:30pm in Yard
*Kickoff of American Express Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC (current members only) 

Thursday, Oct 17
*Media Crew Info Session, 2:40-3pm, Rm 746 with Ms. Santillo!

Friday, Oct 18
*Yext Field Trip with TEALS, 2:10-4pm (depart from Yext @ 23rd St)
*No UAG Afterschool Programming on Fridays

Club Schedule

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Gamer Haven:721

Media Crew: 711

Intramural Sports: Yard

Men of Strength: 744

UA Soccer Practice (DeWitt Clinton Park)


Columbus Day!
Drama Club (Library, 3:45 start)

Programming Club*: 747


Intramural Sports: Yard

Mouse Squad Adv: 736

Gamer Haven: 721

Media Crew: 711

Intramural Sports: Yard

Mouse Squad Nov: 747

Cooking Club*: 750


Stoked Free Skate (Yard)

UA Soccer Practice (DeWitt Clinton Park)

Martial Arts: PAL at 52 St b/w 10 & 11
Drawing Club: 746

Gamer Haven: 721

Programming Club*: 747

Intramural Sports: Yard

Mouse Squad Adv: 736

UA Soccer Game #3 (Seward Park Fields)

No Clubs

*3:30-5pm

Student Opportunities

UAG Freshmen!
Help shape tech tools for high school choice and be a part of the NYC tech revolution.
The NYC Department of Education has done a lot of work to support student choice, but we know the high school choice process is still pretty complex. To help improve the experience, the DOE’s iZone is looking for 8th and 9th grade students and their families to give us feedback on new tools we’re developing.
Each student should be accompanied by at least one adult, and everyone should be comfortable using apps like Google or Facebook. We’ll provide snacks and give each family a $25 gift-card for your time.
Saturday, 10/19 from 10:00am-12:00pm
@ the NYU Poly Incubator - 137 Varick Street
Sign up here: <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TnDdApbcvwiiKYQziR5856NFKtv4DjqkTWuJtZ-Ojj8/viewform>
Pratt Institute: Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE)
October 15, 3-6pm, In Person Registration
Website:
Description: The Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE) is a design program for NYC public high school students offered by Pratt Institute. It provides students with a supportive and professional environment to explore the field of design. These after school classes include field trips, guest speakers from the NYC design community, portfolio development, and an end of year exhibit of your work. Each class explores design from a local perspective - as a means of problem solving and change within one's community. Classes are offered in textile/fashion, digital design, and product design. DICE students come from selected local high schools and are recommended by their art teachers or school administrators. Students are encouraged to participate yearlong, and new students are welcome to join in the spring. Program Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30.
Cost: Free
Application Available: E-Mail dice@pratt.edu for registration form.


New York Public Library: Innovation Labs Apply Now!
Innovation Labs (IL), a new program of the New York Public Library (NYPL), is an interdisciplinary program about critical engagement with the world around us. Using blogging, podcasti0ng, and video game design, participants will observe, investigate, and assess issues pertaining to the spaces and situations with which they interact every day. Participants will hone their research, analysis, and presentation skills as they refine the critical thinking that is essential to the Common Core Standards. They will become producers of informational media rather than consumers, and be able to express their opinions about and solutions to issues that matter to them.

Program Details:
 Located at 3 sites: Columbus Library (10th Ave. and 50th Street); St. George Library (by the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Staten Island); Bronx Library Center (Fordham Section of the Bronx)
 Each site will host two cohorts of up to 25 students. One cohort will attend the program on Mondays and Wednesdays; the other on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Fridays are open days for trips, special projects, and guest speakers
 Enrollment is open to students in grades 7 through 10
 Enrollment is ongoing until the 25 slots per cohort are filled
 Each program meeting lasts from 3:30-6:00pm
 Program sessions will include time for students to complete their school homework, as well as completion of IL work

Platforms Used by Students:

 WordPress
 Wix
 Soundation
 PodOmatic
 Scratch (MIT Media Labs)
 Design Software, including 3D modeling
 Mozilla Backpack, for tracking technology skill development and acquisition

We will be assessing student mastery of our learning technologies and communication platforms through a series of digital badges, which are awarded after successful completion of a task or assignment. Think of digital badging as similar to acquiring a Girl Scout or Boy Scout badge, except they exist in the digital realm. Mozilla Backpack is the platform that we will use to track badging. Badges will be awarded for skills like writing a coherent blog post and sharing it with three other individuals (hard skills) but also for being able to collaborate i0n a group, provide constructive feedback on another’s work, overall attendance and participation, and other “soft” skills. For more

information about this program and to see how your students can get involved, please contact Bridget McCormick, Education Coordinator at the NYPL, at 212-340-0916 x.50916, or by email at bridgetmccormick@nypl.org.


Exploring: Queens County District Attorney Deadline: October 15th
Are you interested in becoming a lawyer, court room reporter or district attorney? Join the Exploring Program at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. This is your chance to visit the DA’s Office and learn about the many legal careers that exist. Program includes tours of the DA’s Office, and speakers will include Assistant DA’s, the Medical Examiner, court room reporters, and more! 

Target Students: 
 Ages 14-21 
 Have an interest in exploring the various careers in the legal field 
 Mature and responsible enough to behave appropriately in a corporate setting 

Cost: $15 per student* (unless the student has previously paid to be registered in programs with Exploring for the 2013-14 school year) 

When: October 16th, 6:00pm (following sessions will be announced on October 17th) 

Where: 125-01 Queens Boulevard; Enter at the 82nd Street entrance, and ask for Tara Chester 

For additional information or to register, please contact Travis Smith at tsmith@bsa-gnyc.org. In your email be sure to include student’s name, high school, and name of this program (Queens County DA). 



New York Historical Society: Student Historian Internship
Deadline: October 18
Description: The New-York Historical Society offers the Student Historian Internship program for high school students in grades 10, 11 and 12 in the tri-state area. The New-York Historical Society is able to offer a select number of New York City high school students’ compensation for participating in the Student Historian Internship Program. All applicants attending NYC high schools will be considered for this opportunity, but unpaid internships may be offered to candidates who are not offered paid positions. Program Dates: November through June
Cost: Paid internships may be offered to interns who are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school. All applicants attending NYC high schools will be considered for this opportunity.


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CodeNow Computer Programming Training Program 
Deadline: October 23rd
CodeNow is a nonprofit offering free extracurricular training to high school students who are interested in computer programming. CodeNow makes learning about technology awesome with our hands-on, project-based approach to programming.
Who: NYC high school students grades 9-12. Students should qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Female students are given priority but male students should also apply.
When: November 2nd, 3rd, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th. *All dates required! The next session starts on Saturday, November 2nd. Program is a total of 6 full day sessions and meets on Saturdays and Sundays.
Where: Downtown Manhattan at Tech companies.
Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm. Free lunch and snacks included! Students are also provided with subway passes.
Our program consists of:

 Weekend Training: On the first day, students are taught Hackety Hack, an open-source application for youth to learn software design via Ruby. On the second day, we use Arduino motion sensors to teach students how to build and program microcontrollers.

 Online Homework: Students are assigned online homework to develop their programming skills. They watch videos, answer quizzes and earn badges online.

 Bootcamp: Students attend a 4-day training over consecutive weekends, during which each student will receive intensive training in the programming language Ruby. At the end of the bootcamp each attendee will have built a project.

 Laptops: Each student has an opportunity to receive a free laptop. This can be earned by arriving on time, completing homework and finishing assignments.

 Alumni Network: Every student who graduates from CodeNow is welcomed into our Alumni Network. You’ll receive invitations to regular meetups with other students and special events like College Readiness Day. Keep your new skills fresh with free online material!

To apply go to: www.codenow.org/apply. The deadline to apply is October 23rd. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply for competitive summer fellowships interning at NYC-based tech companies for which they are paid a weekly stipend. For more information contact Mesha Lockett, CodeNow Program Coordinator, at mesha@codenow.org.

Students for Service: Teens Food for Justice Program Deadline: October 23rd

Join our student volunteer team and work alongside partner NY Sun Works to help build, plant and maintain a classroom hydroponic greenhouse at Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School (BSNBCS) in Brooklyn. And, Be a Seed of Change for healthier, more sustainable communities. Through your work, the farm and its harvests will provide nutritious fruits and vegetables for the school and its families and a fantastic hands-on environmental science lab for its students and you. Your team will learn about urban and hydroponic farming, composting and green science, and will lead local community outreach around foot literacy, nutrition, and resources for healthier living. The Teens for Food Justice Program runs for the entire school year through June 2014. All volunteers must be willing and able to commit attending all sessions and be responsible for their own transportation to and from BSNBCS.

Program Schedule:

 November 9th, 9:00am-2:30pm: on-site training and installation/planting of greenhouse

 November 23rd, 9:00am-2:30pm: complete training/installation/planting

 December 14th, January 11th, February 8th, March 8th, April 12th, May 10th, June 14th, 9:30am-2:30pm: ongoing farming and community outreach programs

To apply, visit www.studentsforservice.org to access the online application form. You will be asked for a teacher recommendation and a brief personal statement of interest. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis up to the deadline for a maximum of 20 volunteer positions, so we encourage students to apply as early as possible. The final application deadline is October 23rd. For more information, contact Rosa Ammon-Ciaglo at raciaglo@studentsforservice.org. 



Girls College Bound Informational Seminar Registration Deadline: 0ctober 25th; Seminar: November 9, 2013
This fall, get closer to the college of your dreams! Learn about applying to college from admissions officers, demystify the truth about paying for college from financial aid experts, receive professional advice on how to write a stellar essay in your own voice and style, and talk with current college students about what college life is really like!

The seminar is Saturday, November 9, 11 am- 4 pm at Macaulay Honors College at CUNY (35 West 67th Street between Columbus & Central Park West). Open to all NYC high school girls in grades 10-12 at no cost. Parents, guardians, mentors, and educators welcome. Limited space available - register early to reserve your spot. Questions? Email college@girlswritenow.org or call 212-336-9330. To register online, click here:  www.girlswritenow.org.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/collegeinformationalseminar2013
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1st Annual Brotha-2-Brotha Youth Summit: "CELEBRATING THE BROTHA WITHIN" October 26, 2013
The Brotha-2-Brotha Youth Summit empowers 125 high school boys of Pan-African descent to reach their full potential by engaging them in workshops, live entertainment, and reflective activities. Utilizing a 3 step-process of self-awareness, self-appreciation, and self-actualization the workshops and activities equip participants with fundamental tools to make well-informed decisions today and in the future. This year’s theme is Celebrating the Brotha Within. The event will take place at St. Francis College, located at 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY from 9am - 7:30pm. The 2013 BROTHA-2-BROTHA WORKSHOPS include:

My Foundation: The BLUEPRINT
This workshop aims to support participants with tapping into their purpose and passion. The young men will leave clearer about their purpose and passion, they will create a purpose statement, and they will create a 10-day action plan/blueprint consistent with this purpose. In this workshop the young men will learn that their purpose and passion may shift from moment to moment, but that power comes in standing for something.

Passion to Profit
In this workshop participants are challenged to think in a way that will show them that no matter what they love to do or what their passions are, they are able to create viable, profitable and legal revenue streams from them.

Winning the Game: On and Off the Court
This panel consists of a straightforward conversation with the young men about the importance of proper nutritional intake, being still, exercising, and how each of these effect the growing diagnosis of cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, STI, and other ailments within the Pan-African community. They will have a profound understanding of how ones health can either support their dreams, or kill them off. Each of the young men will leave the workshop declaring a new commitment to their health that is consistent with their ability to fulfill on their purpose and passion.

Boys-2-Men
This workshop will provide the young men with a blueprint for what to expect as they step into manhood. They will explore concepts of integrity, financial responsibility, leadership, communication, and how their choices and actions of today can and will impact their future. They will leave with a plethora of resources and avenues to support their purpose and passion.

Contact: E-mail b2b@EmpowerMeGNEP.org for information regarding Student Registration, Sponsorship, Press Inquiries or Entertainment.


National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship Deadline: November 5th
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Previous language study is not required, and language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information:  http://www.nsliforyouth.org/

 

New York City High School Journalism Conference 
Registration Deadline: November 1st; 
Conference Date: November 15, 2013 
High school newspaper advisers and students are invited to join the New York City High School Journalism 
Collaborative and members of New York City’s press corps in a day-long series of workshops and presentations designed to educate, inspire, and transform student journalists and their leaders. The conference is a great resource for schools with existing newspapers, or for those schools who are hoping to learn more about what it takes to publish a school newspaper. This conference will feature more than 30 workshops for advisers and students. This event will feature the 4th Annual award presentation for The Newsies!, NYC’s high school journalism competition. For the first time ever, this will include an award for the best middle school newspaper in NYC! Please note that each school is permitted to bring one adviser and up to 5 student journalists to the conference. 
To register, advisers should email their name and their school to hsjournalism.conf@baruch.cuny.edu. The 
deadline to register is November 1st. The conference will be held on November 15, 2013 from 8:00am-2:30pm. If your school does not currently publish a school newspaper but is interested to learn more about how they can and to receive some support and esources, please contact Katina Paron by email at Katina.paron@baruch.cuny.edu, or by phone at 718-755-6225.

NY Exploring Programs Website: www.nyexploring.org
( Deadlines Below)
The Queens District Attorney 10-16 (law and civil service)
Primeview NEW! 10-23 (technology, design, marketing and sales)


THE DOOR'S THIS WAY AHEAD (TWA) PROGRAM
TWA is a retail internship opportunity with the Gap / Old Navy stores.
In order to apply participants must:

·        Attend a NYC GED, High School or College

·        Be 16-21 years of age (Must be 16 by April 16, 2014)

·        Have proper documentation (SS Card, Proof of Age, Authorization to Work, and Proof in school)

·        Willing to make a 9 month COMMITMENT to the TWA Program

During the 4 months of Career Exploration and Job Readiness training (February to May) Gap Inc. Old Navy and Gap managers teach customer service and retail supplements to the program participants.  The top 55 participants will attend a 1 month of TWA Retail Boot Camp (June) and in the final 4 months of the program (July to October) work in Gap and Old Navy stores making $8.75 an hour all throughout New York City!  TWA starts February 2014.  For more information about The Door’s This Way Ahead program please view our website:

http://www.door.org/programs-services/job-internships/-way-ahead

Info Sessions are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays for 1 hour between 4-6pm or Thursdays for 1 hour between 4-7pm.Feel free to contact Matthew Hayward (mhaywrd@door.org<mailto:mhaywrd@door.org>), Erodita Agard (eagard@door.org<mailto:eagard@door.org>) or myself directly should you have any questions regarding This Way Ahead.



Skidmore Invite Program
November 11, 2013
Skidmore’s Invite Program is a day program for high achieving, qualified, and interested students from underrepresented backgrounds. The day consists of opportunities to attend classes, tour the campus, meet faculty, and engage with students. Interested students are required to obtain a recommendation from a school counselor. The program will begin and end in NYC, and students will be provided transportation, meals, and support while visiting our campus. For more information, including how to request a spot in this program, click here:  http://www.skidmore.edu/admissions/invite_program/index.php. 



Educational Alliance Teen Center 
Since our inception in 2005, the Educational Alliance Teen Center (known affectionately as “Edgies Teen Center” or “Edgies” for short) has quickly become a hugely successful center for teens who live or go to school on or near the Lower East Side. We offer a variety of activities in a healthy, safe, and fun environment – all free of charge to members. Activities include cooking and nutrition classes, sports, arts, College Prep, and discussion groups. The College Prep program includes SAT classes, college advisement, financial aid / scholarship support, college application support, college visits, essay writing guidance, and an early college awareness program for 9th and 10th grade students. The arts programs include visual art, singing, hip hop, spoken word, dance, beats music production, drama, and more! The Edgies Teen Center is open Monday through Friday from 3-7pm. You can also contact Amarilis Perez, Program Director, at amarilis_perez@edalliance.org or by phone at 646-395-4295. 

MoMA Teens: Think Inside the Box
Apply Now!
MoMA Teens presents “Think Inside the Box,” an online course about creative prompts and artistic action. This free five-week online course, created for teens by alumni of our MoMA Teen Programs, takes participants through a series of artistic themes and creativity-enhancing experiences. Explore the secret techniques of modern and contemporary artists, learn the basics of in-gallery exploration, delve into the personal and professional lives of art’s most intriguing characters, and try your hand at a variety of creative experiments. Join an international community of other artistic teens and make your voice heard! No prior art history or art-making experience is necessary. The course begins on November 2nd, but students must apply in advance. Applications are available at teens.moma.org. Please note that all applicants must be 13-19 years old, with a valid email address. Space is limited to the first 75 applicants, so apply now!


Ventures Scholars Program Apply Now!
The Ventures Scholars Program is a national nonprofit membership program designed to promote access to higher education for young adults interested in pursuing math- and science-based careers. The Ventures Scholars Program targets high achieving underrepresented students and first-generation college-bound students and invites them to join the Ventures Scholars Program. As Ventures Scholars, they are provided with the academic recognition, information, and resources needed to successfully reach their career goals. This is accomplished, in part, through the collaborative relationship formed by the Ventures Scholars Program with a nationwide consortium of undergraduate colleges and universities, professional schools, graduate schools, professional associations, and organizations. Member institutions and associations are provided with opportunities to recruit, enroll, and prepare participating Ventures Scholars for undergraduate and graduate studies, and ultimately careers in these professions. Ventures Scholars are also provided with a variety of informative resources to help them learn about the college and career planning process. Ventures Scholars are invited to utilize the Ventures Scholars Program services at the high school and undergraduate levels. To learn more, visit http://www.venturescholar.org/ High school students, parents, educators are welcome to contact us - 212-566-2522. Students can register free here: http://www.venturescholar.org/hs/register.php



New York Rugby Club High School Program Apply Now!
Our program mission is to build excellent young women and men by using rugby to develop life skills, including goal-setting, accountability, money management, responsible decision making, and by holding players and coaches to high expectations. We create opportunities to apply these life skills to rugby, academics, and character development and provide the support needed to take advantage of them. This program is open to boys and girls ages 14 through 19 with no experience necessary, and includes rugby training, a workshop series, college prep, and more! Fall practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday at Randall’s Island from 5-7pm for girls and from 5:30-7:30pm for boys. The cost of the program is $75 for the year. For more information, visit www.newyorkrugby.com, email vphighschool@newyorkrugby.com, or call 518-218-NYRC.





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