Monday, October 28, 2013

School News Oct 28 - Nov 1


  • Principal April McKoy for giving keynote speech at Career and Technical Education Partner Recognition Event on 10/22/13 with Chancellor Walcott & Co! 
  • To Rigney/Feliz Advisory, for kicking off College Tour season at CUNY-Hunter last week!
  • AG Kickmasters, esp. Aboubacar Traore, Roberto Dutan, and Tajah Waite Middleton, for bringing UAG to the Number 1 spot in the UA League! 
  • To Dylan Nanton, participating in Animation and App Design Programs with Tech Kids Unlimited!
  • To Programming Club for attending a Field Trip to General Assembly on Thursday!  

Thank you!

  • Parents attending Parent Teacher Conferences for supporting your children and talking to teachers!
  • Jason Zheng for assisting with the Annual MS 131 High School Fair on Friday, Oct 25!

This Week at UAG

Monday 10/28
First Day of Stoked Mon/Wed
745, 3-5pm
Wacky Tacky Day
All Day
ELA Interim Assessments
Tuesday 10/29
SEO Scholars Info Session
707, Lunch
UAG Open House for Prospectives
Aud, 6-7pm
American Express BBBS Cohort Departs
Sports Madness Day!

All Day
Social Studies Interim Assessments
Wednesday 10/30
CEO Day - Dress up like the Chief Executive Office you’ll be!
All Day
Science Interim Assessments
Thursday 10/31
UAG StorySlam Kickoff with Mr. Kunka
Halloween - Costume Day!
All Day
Math Interim Assessments
Friday 11/1
Backwards Day!
All Day

Volunteer! at the NY Marathon this weekend:

Student Opportunities

YOUTH TRUTH: Young People Speak Out! 
October 30, 2013 
 In an innovative and bold initiative to hear, support, and amplify the voices of young people, BK Nation, a new national organization focused on education, leadership, violence prevention, jobs, and civic engagement, is partnering with popular brands Vibe, Hot 97, Russell Simmons’ Global Grind, and Prezi to launch “YOUTH TRUTH: Young People Speak Out!” The kick-off event will take place Wednesday, October 30, at the NYIT Auditorium located at 1871 Broadway, between 61st and 62 Streets. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the event begins at 5:30 p.m. This is a free event and ALL young people of all backgrounds are welcome. YOUTH TRUTH will be a regular quarterly event beginning in 2014 (March, June, September, and December) featuring djs, music, poetry, dance, skits, demonstrations and most importantly, a very real and lively conversation for and by young people. Kevin Powell will serve as moderator of this first gathering and every YOUTH TRUTH will focus on “action steps” and “solutions”; and the importance of younger people getting involved in their communities, schools, college campuses, as well as other ways to affect social change, for themselves and for their peers. There will be a few dozen organizations and agencies tabling at YOUTH TRUTH with a wide range of information, resources, and tools around education, violence and bullying, HIV/AIDS, conflict resolution, jobs and internships, and more. Additionally, given the huge impact of their brands on young people, Vibe, Global Grind, and Prezi will also actively engage social media during YOUTH TRUTH. Live streaming will happen at the websites of BK Nation (, while Vibe (@VibeMagazine) and Global Grind (@GlobalGrind) will live tweet. Visuals for the event are made using Prezi, the innovative zooming-presentation software ( So while local in location YOUTH TRUTH will be national and global in its impact on youth and young adults everywhere. For more information on BK Nation please visit

STEM Matters NYC Career Day Registration 
Deadline: October 31st
High School students interested in learning more about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), come learn first-hand about career pathways in these fields by visiting up to two New York City companies for an inside look. There are so many STEM careers in unexpected places. Sign up now for this amazing experience! All participants will receive a free t-shirt and a round-trip metro card. Click here for more information and to register. Contact: Katherine Brown at

BAM Interns for Arts and Culture
Deadline: November 1
The 2013-2014 Brooklyn Interns for Arts and Culture Program, is a paid internship program 3 days per week, for 3 hours per day. You pick the two days that you will work in the department, and Tuesdays interns attend a mandatory career and college readiness workshop from 3:30pm-6:30pm. We are looking for high school JUNIORS to intern from November 12th – May 30th!  Applications in the Main Office.

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 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, or by phone at 718-755-6225.

Exploring: Silvercup Studios
Deadline: November 4th
Are you interested pursuing a career in TV production and entertainment? Join the Exploring Program at Silvercup Studios. Silvercup Studios is the largest film and television facility in New York City. Located in Long Island City, the studio has been in operation since 1983 and is named after Silvercup Bakery, which formerly occupied its studio space. Silvercup has been home to numerous episodic television shows as well as feature films, music videos and photo shoots. Learn about and interact with professionals from the TV and film production industry.

Target Students:

 Ages 14-21

 Have an interest in exploring a career in entertainment and TV & film production

 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: November 6th, 13th and 20th; 4:30-6:00pm

Where: 42-22 22nd Street, Long Island City (Queens), NY

For additional information or to register, please contact Jordan Segal at In your email be sure to include student name, high school, and name of this program (Silvercup Studios). 

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:

Exploring: Price Waterhouse Coopers Deadline: November 6th (h)
Are you interested pursuing a career in accounting or business? Join the Exploring Program at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC). PwC is a top 4 accounting firm in NYC! Join us in their NYC office to learn about career opportunities. The program includes workshops on financial literacy, financial planning and green initiatives.

Target Students:

 Ages 14-21

 Have an interest in exploring a career in accounting or business

 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: November 7th, 14th and 21st, 4:30-6:00pm

Where: 300 Madison Avenue (at 42nd Street); go to security desk and ask for Anita Lazar.

For additional information or to register, please contact Laura Saunders at In your email be sure to include student name, high school, and name of this program (PwC). 

Exploring: Bloomingdale’s
Deadline: November 6th

Are you interested pursuing a career in fashion or retail? Then join the Exploring Program at Bloomingdale’s! There is more to retail and fashion than you think. Come and learn from different departments about professions in fashion, design, retail and apparel, to see if a career in this exciting and vibrant industry is right for you! This program will give you an overview of the many aspects of retail, as well as an opportunity to meet, network and ask questions from professionals in the fashion business.

Target Students:

 Ages 14-21

 Have an interest in exploring a career in fashion or retail

 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: November 7th, 14th and 21st

Where: Bloomingdales, 1000 3rd Avenue; Meeting at “International Visitor’s Center” on Lexington Avenue side of the store

For additional information or to register, please contact Travis Smith at In your email be sure to include student’s name, high school, and name of this program (Bloomingdale’s).

92nd Street Y “Teensgiving” Deadline: November 8th 
The 92nd Street Y holds “Teensgiving”, an annual event in which hundreds of teenagers and adult chaperones participate in community service projects all throughout NYC, on November 24, 2013. Sample projects include park cleanups, painting park benches, planting gardens, visiting and playing with underprivileged children, assembling craft kits for children in hospitals, assisting at animal shelters, working at soup kitchens, and delivering meals and celebrating with families at homeless shelters, among others. Teen volunteers receive six hours of community service credit, which can be used toward Honor Society, high school graduation, and college application requirements. Youth may register on their own or as part of a group of up to 25. Registration forms must be received by November 8th. For more information please email Josh Hyman, or call him at 212-415-5614.

The Black Man Can Institute Register Now!
The Black Man Can Institute is a one day series of workshops designed to uplift, empower, educate, and motivate young men of color. The purpose of The Black Man Can Institute is to provide comfort and support for boys of color. Boys of Color attending The Black Man Can Institute can be assured that their cultural needs will be addressed and they will be free to express themselves while fostering brotherhood. Workshop and activities include: Being Well-Dressed, Art Therapy, Living the Dream, Financial Literacy, Dealing with the Police, Educational S.W.A.G., Developing Positive Self Identity, and Leadership. This event will take place at Hunter College on Saturday November 16th from 8:30am-3:30pm. Registration begins at 8am. To register visit: For more information, please contact: Brandon Frame . For a flier: 

The POINT Community Development Corporation: Hip Hop & Production Therapy Ongoing 
Beats, Rhymes and Life is taking it back to the birth place of Hip Hop, the South Bronx! Featuring its renowned Therapeutic Activity Groups, BRL introduces youth to Freestyle Therapy and Music production workshops alongside both teaching artists and social worker. Final outcomes include albums, videos, collaborations with Oakland-based BRL youth, and performances throughout the city.

Freestyle Therapy - Wednesdays 6:45 - 8:30pm.

Producer Lab - Thursdays 6:45 - 8:30pm.

Instructors: Earl Skinner, Myrto Gardiner & Inksalonius.

Visit for more information.

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 or call 212-336-9330. To register online, click here:


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 or by phone at 646-395-4295. 

Columbia Splash 
Apply Now! 
 Columbia Splash is a program run by college and graduate student volunteers who teach students on topics of personal and academic interest. Usually the students who have the most fun at a program like Splash are students who are flexible, curious about topics they'll never see in a high school classroom. It takes place on November 16, 2013 from 1pm-6pm at Columbia University’s Morningside Heights Campus- in Pupin and Mathematics. To register, please visit 

UpBeat NYC
Apply Now! 

UpBeat NYC uses the pursuit of musical excellence and ensemble performance to bring about positive change in the lives of children in the South Bronx. UpBeat offers an orchestra program for children 8 through 21 years of age. Students enrolled in the orchestra program receive instruction on a string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument three or more days per week. Classes include private lessons, group lessons, and ensemble rehearsals. Eligible students will reside in the South Bronx, typically in the Mott Haven section, and will be able to make a commitment to attending at least 3 days of classes per week after school. Instruments are provided on loan free of charge, and there is no cost to participate in the program. There is currently a waiting list for acceptance into this program, so interested students should apply now! To apply, parents or students should call UpBeat NYC at 718-766-5291 and leave a message, including the student’s name, age, phone number, instrument(s) they are interested in, and their after school hours of availability. Students should also indicate they attend an Urban Assembly school. UpBeat NYC will follow up with students to let them know about available schedules and wait-list times. Available instruments include the violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet/saxophone, trumpet and trombone. Visit for more information.

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

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:

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 (<>), Erodita Agard (<>) 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: 

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 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 High school students, parents, educators are welcome to contact us - 212-566-2522. Students can register free here:

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, email, or call 518-218-NYRC.

Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute
Open to: 11th and 12th grade high school students of all Hispanic descent
Deadline: December 20, 2013
Applications for the 2014 Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLY) program are now available online . *The institute begins in January and is open to juniors and seniors of any Hispanic background. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn how a bill is passed in the State Assembly; it culminates in a weekend trip to Albany. Students also learn resume writing, debating, and leadership skills. Please urge all eligible students to participate in this exceptional program. Applicants must submit a 400-word essay on a historic example of bullying and how they, as Hispanic/Latino leaders, can take active roles in ending bullying in their schools and communities. For more information contact Miguel Cordero at

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