Monday, October 7, 2013

School News Oct 7-11

  • Vivica Henry for acceptance as a recreational assistant with the Hartley House, working with Success Academy students
  • PSAL Tryout Success! To Jack Calle and Alex Lageer for Cross Country, Kenesha Taylor for Volleyball, and Nathaniel Nieves for Bowling
  • The UA Soccer Team for having a 2-0 Record!  

This Week at UAG

Monday, Oct 7:

*UAG School Wellness Council October Meeting (Students Welcome), Lunch, Cafeteria
*Sign up to be a UAG Ambassador at our Open House 10/8, 6-7pm (Main Office)
*Stoked Free Skate for ALL - Participate as member, prospectives also welcome 
*AP Center Open for Studying in Library, 3-4pm (6th Fl) - come to celebrate opening!
*Come see the first home volleyball game in 3 years!!! Your Lady Devils will DEFEAT School of the Future on Monday, October 7 at 4:30pm

Tuesday, Oct 8:

*Oppnet Prep Info Session, Lunch in Room 721: Learn more about networking in your career field of choice, access to special opportunities throughout the year!
Lunch Info Session: Tue, Rm 721
*UA Open House Ambassador Orientation, 11:10-23, Rm 749
*UA Open House for Class of 2018, 6-7pm
*UAG Parent Association Meeting, 6:15-7:30pm

Wednesday, Oct 9:
*PSAL JV Baseball Informational Meeting w/Mr. Rigney, 3:30pm, Rm 240A

Thursday, Oct 10:
*Dig up your T-shirt to wear on Friday! 

Friday, Oct 11:
*T-shirt Day Friday!

PSAL News!

  • We need people on the Athletic Council (the student government), photographers, videographers, website designer, graphic artists, reporters, sports announcers, clock operators, etc. Athletics are not just about the athletes!!! Please email Ms. Reynolds at if you are interested!
  • Doctor on Campus on October 16, 2013 - bring in signed consent forms to Room 625 NOW to reserve a slot
Gamer Haven:721

Media Crew: 711

Intramural Sports: Yard

Mouse Squad Nov: 736

Men of Strength: 744

Stoked FREE SKATE for all (745)

UA Soccer Practice (Yard)

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

Running Club: 716

UA Soccer Practice (Yard)

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

Student Opportunities

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

Citizens' Committee for Children: Youth Action NYC Community Leadership Course
Starts 10/21/13 - Apply Today!  New deadline: 10/11/13
Description: The YouthAction NYC Community Leadership Course (YCLC) is offered to youth interested in affecting positive change in their communities and becoming empowered advocates for children, youth, and families. CCC's YouthAction NYC engages youth in learning the value of civic participation by practicing skills such as public speaking, written communication, and effective critical debate. Students attend weekly afternoon sessions for 10 weeks. Program activities include street polling, interviews with influential elected officials and community leaders, and visits to important community organizations. The process culminates with participants formulating policy recommendations and presenting them to community members and policy makers.
Program Dates: 10/21/13 Start, Mondays, 4-7pm, 10 Week Program
Cost: Free w/ Stipend

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 In your email be sure to include student’s name, high school, and name of this program (Queens County DA). 

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.

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.

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.

NY Exploring Programs Website:
( Deadlines Below)
Consolidated Edison 9-27 (trades and engineering)
Denihan Hospitality Group 9-18 (hospitality and tourism)
CUNY TV NEW! 10-1 (TV production, lighting and set design)
Tishman Construction 10-1 (engineering and architecture)
Structuretone 10-2 (engineering, architecture and construction management)
American Management Association 10-3 (resume writing and career readiness)
Citi Personal Wealth Management 10-8 (business, banking and accounting)
Harlem Hospital NEW! 10-10 (health care careers)
The Queens District Attorney 10-16 (law and civil service)
Primeview NEW! 10-23 (technology, design, marketing and sales)

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.

Pratt Institute: Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE)
October 15, 3-6pm, In Person Registration
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 for registration form.

American Museum of Natural History
The After School Program (ASP) offers courses to New York City high school students interested in the sciences. There are courses in anthropology, astrophysics, earth science, genetics, biodiversity, and more. Each course makes use of the Museum's unique resources through hall visits, lab and collections tours, talks and lectures by scientists, and hands-on activities. ASP offers multiple sessions throughout the school year. Each session is six weeks long, and courses meet once or twice a week from 4:30 - 6:30 PM.
The deadline for students to submit applications for Session 1 is currently September 1st (but check for openings after!)
The deadline for students to submit applications for Session 2 is currently October 8th.
For more information about the program, the course list, and the online application please click the link below.

Saturday Academy at the Museum of the City of New York Deadline: October 8th
Saturday Academy is a free six-week program for students in grades 8-12 interested in American History or SAT preparation. There is no homework or testing and all course materials are provided. Fall 2013 courses meet on Saturdays October 26th, November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and December 7th. Course offerings include:

 Bell Curves SAT Skills

 Photography in America: Modern History Through the Lens

 Equality Now! The History of Social Activism in New York City

 Dancing Through History: Social Dance in American Culture

 Building Work Class Power: The History of the Labor Movement in America

All applications must be received online. To apply, please click here and complete all the required information. The application deadline is October 8th. 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.

Futures and Options Career Essentials Program Deadline: October 9th
Students in the Futures and Options Career Essentials Program participate in 12 supervised workshops that focus on communication, presentation and workplace etiquette skills. Workshops are held once a week after school for two hours during a 12-week span. Participants in the program learn interviewing skills, presentation skills, workplace etiquette, time management, resume writing, and have the opportunity to explore careers. Two career exploration field trips are included to offer students exposure to different career options. Students also have the opportunity to network and learn with fellow peers from different boroughs and high schools. We have 70 open spots this fall. The program is open to all students, though we mostly target 9th and 10th graders as we feel the program can really help prepare them for internships and the world of work. The fall program begins the week of October 21st, and the application deadline is October 9th. Please click here to access a program flyer. To apply, please click here, or apply via the online application. If you have any questions, contact Tes Cohen, Program Coordinator, at 212, 601, 0002 or by email at

Smack Mellon's Art Ready Artist Mentorship Program 
Deadline is October 9th 
Art Ready is a program that matches NYC high school students in grades 10-12 with professional artist mentors, for a series of studio visits, field trips, and 4-month mentorship in the spring, in which the students work alongside artists in their studios. Through this process, students experience firsthand what it's like to be a working, professional artist in NYC. Students who complete Smack Mellon’s Art Ready program are well informed, educated and prepared to make a decision about pursuing a future career in the arts. This promises to be an especially exciting year because we are beginning a new partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation, who is helping to fund the program as well as match us with qualified students and teaching artists and help facilitate some of our workshops. We are thrilled to be combining the resources and expertise of both our education programs! More information about Art Ready, and samples of past student work, can be found on our website and blog: Our application can be downloaded at the above sites. Deadline is October 9, 2013, but we encourage students to apply early, as we'll conduct interviews on a rolling basis. If you would like for someone to give a classroom presentation, attend an after-school opportunities fairs, etc. please contact Katherine Gressel / 718.834.8761.

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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