Monday, November 4, 2013

School News 11/4-8

  • *  UAG Students showing school spirit last week!

*ROTC students participating in the Battleship Field Trip this Saturday to Philadelphia!

*Masai Williams-Rivera for impressing rep at NYCDOE Admissions Focus Group so much - he was offered an internship for Summer 2014!

*Valentino Gordon for participation in the Tishman Exploring Program for careers in engineering & architecture!

Thank you!

  • UAG Students and ROTC for assisting with our October 29 Open House >>>Next Open House opportunity: Tue, Nov 12, 6-7pm!

This Week at UAG

Monday 11/4
Google Code-In Info Session @ Lunch!
11th Hour Week - Work Session (ALL WK)                 No Clubs
745, 9th Gr LE;     707, 10/11 Gr
Tuesday 11/5
Wednesday 11/6
11th Hour Week - Work Session (ALL WK)           No Clubs
745, 9th Gr Alg/Art;     707, 10/11 Gr
Thursday 11/7
11th Hour Week - Work Session (ALL WK)            No Clubs
745, 9th Gr ELA, Span, Tech;     707, 10/11 Gr
Friday 11/8
High School Women in Tech @ PyData (offsite)  + West Point HS Leadership and Ethics Event (offsite)

Clubs This Week*  No clubs during 11th Hour Week! Marking Period End


11th Hour Week:  Working Sessions

745: 9th Gr LE

707: 10/11 Grade


11th Hour Week:
Working Sessions

745: 9th Gr Algebra & Art

707: 10/11 Grade

Cooking Club: ON, Meet in 750 @ 3:15pm

11th Hour Week:  Working Sessions

745: 9th Gr ELA, Span & Tech

707: 10/11 Grade

No Clubs

Student Opportunities

DIIT Internship Program (Juniors!)
Deadline: November 12UAG has been selected to participate in the DIIT Internship Program, established as a partnership between the Work-Based Learning Resource Center and the NYC Department of Education's Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT).

The program takes Junior and Senior high school students from selected CTE schools and places them in part-time, paid internships with various teams in the DIIT. The interns also participate in bimonthly seminars and showcase what they learned in a final project that is presented to supervisors and representatives from their school. *If you are participating in an extended day program, sport or extracurricular program which currently requires afterschool commitment, this may not be the internship for you.*

The website for students to apply for DIIT internships is now live. The link is:

The application is entirely online and the deadline is November 12. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible!

Baruch College Now (Juniors!)First come first serve through Jan 10, 2014
College Now is a CUNY program in which you can take real college level courses, for free, on a CUNY campus. Taking this kind of course work has many benefits. Not only can the credits you earn transfer to whichever college you eventually attend, but taking this kind of coursework in high school makes you a more appealing candidate for selective colleges and universities and many scholarship programs. it is also a great way to hone your skills and work habits in preparation for college.
Students who are candidates for employment, varsity sports, or after school programs should NOT apply. FAXED applications will NOT be accepted. 9th and 10th grade students are ineligible for the program. 

Here are the logistics: Dates: January 27, 2013- May 22, 2014 All three credit courses are offered MON/WED or TUES/THURS from 4:10pm-5:25pm All four credit courses are offered MON/WED or TUES/THURS from 3:45pm-5:25pm 

Application Deadline: Friday January 10, 2014 (Seats will fill quickly so don't wait to apply) Attendance Policy: Students will only be allowed (3) overall absences. More than 3 absences will result in student being withdrawn from the program. NO EXCEPTIONS. Incomplete applications will not be processed: Baruch College Now Immunization records MUST be signed by a parent or guardian and stamped by a physician or school nurse. Prospective participants MUST submit English and Math scores to be considered NO EXCEPTIONS. Please let us know if you would like to arrange a recruitment presentation at your respective high school or organization. Tony Davis Director of College Now and Collaborative Programs 646-312-4295.
Baruch CN Spring 2014 Application.doc

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).

Radio Rookies
November 6, 2013
Radio Rookies invites teens from around NYC to a live chat about relations between young people and the police, giving young people the opportunity to share their own stories and voice their ideas for restoring trust and improving relations between police and the communities they serve in NYC. 18-year-old Sarah Murslim from the Resilence Advocacy Project (RAP) hosts the live chat with Jennifer Fratello, Research Director at the Vera Institute of Justice, joining the conversation. Afterward, teens integrate what they learned and shared in the live chat to create their own Message to the Mayor. This live chat will take place on November 6, 2013 (the day after the mayoral election) from 4:00-5:00pm. For more information and to RSVP to this event, email Courtney Stein at

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. 

City Tech Open House 
November 10, 2013
Interested in learning all about the degree programs and other educational opportunities available at CityTech? Mark your calendar to attend our Fall 2013 Open House on Sunday, November 10, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, in the College's Namm Building, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn.

This event is open to all prospective students (high school juniors, seniors and graduates, transfer students, adult learners and others). Those attending will be able to meet with faculty and current students to discuss academic majors and tour selected campus facilities. Information on financial aid and other student support services will also be available.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admission, at 718.260.5500.

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: 

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.

Exploring: Smart Technologies
Deadline: November 12th
Join the Exploring Program at Smart Technologies, the creator of the SMART Board. More than two million SMART Board interactive whiteboards are used by over 40 million students and their teachers. Learn more about this innovative and interactive company. The program will focus on careers in sales, marketing, technology and industrial design.

Target Students:

 Ages 14-21
 Have an interest in exploring a career in the technology field, including the design, sales and marketing sides of this industry
 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 13th & 20th; December 4th; 4:30-6:00pm
Where: 200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1115

More information and a flyer for the program can be found by clicking here.
For additional information or to register, please contact Laura Saunders at In your email be sure to include student’s name, high school, and name of this program (Smart Tech). 

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.

The New York Botanical Garden: Bronx Green-Up: Farm Building Workdays
November 15, 2013
Volunteer with the Bronx Green-Up and the International Rescue Committee in their continued efforts to build a farm. This will take place at New Roots Community Farm at Grand Concourse and East 153rd Street in the Bronx. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. To reserve your space please contact Bronx Green-Up at 718-817-8026 or at Space is limited at preference is given to Bronx Green-Up gardens and NYC Compost Project sites in the Bronx. For more information on this occasion and other great November events, please visit the website at

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

NYC CollegeLine Fall Contest
Deadline: November 30th
NYC CollegeLine ( is running a contest through November 30th for New York City High School students! Students are encouraged to submit either a short story (400-500 words) or a poem (21-32 lines) responding to one of the following prompts:

 As a high school student, how will attending college help you to achieve your dreams and aspirations?

 Tell us about a time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you? What lesson did you learn?

 Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there? Why is it meaningful to you?

Students who submit winning entries will win either a new MacBook or tablet. Entries must be submitted by November 30th. Click here for more information:

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.

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:

All Star Code: Design a Startup in a Day November 23, 2013
All Star Code (ASC) is a new non-profit initiative that seeks to attract, prepare, and place high-potential, qualified young Black men in the tech-career pipeline and help them achieve full-time employment at technology companies early in their careers. We are dedicated to closing the systemic opportunity gap between young Black men and the tech industry. ASC is thrilled to announce our second Fall Workshop at General Assembly. On Saturday, November 23, 2013, students will come to General Assembly (GA) and learn to “wireframe” a mock startup company, tour the GA facilities in the Flatiron district, meet mentors who are active technology professionals, and learn more about our upcoming summer program. This program is for creative Black males, ages 14-17, who are curious about tech, coding, and startups. This event will take place on November 23, 2013 from 9am-5pm at General Assembly, located at 10 E. 21st Street in Manhattan. Click here to apply for this event. For more information on this program or All Star Code, visit the ASC website at

The Cooper Union School of Art: Outreach Program, On-Site Interview

December 14, 2013

The Outreach Pre-College Program accepts high school students who live in New York City and surrounding areas, in grades 10-12, and who are enrolled in either a public or private high school. Each seasonal program is designed for a specific grade level. Please refer to the calendar for complete portfolio review dates and grade eligibility for each session. In order to apply, students must come to campus to be interviewed in person. If you are unable to come to the portfolio review at the scheduled time, please contact the office before the review date to set up an individual appointment. (The office IS open Monday- Wednesday, 9-5pm. The office is NOT open Thursday or Friday.) Each season has a separate application and portfolio review date. Please refer to the schedule and eligibility requirements to make sure that you are applying for the correct session.


 The Portfolio Review is held at 41 Cooper Square, 1st Floor (7th Street @ 3rd Avenue).

 The reviews run from 10am to approximately 2pm.

 Arrive according to your last name:

o A-M: 10am-12pm

o N-Z: 12pm-2pm.

 Your portfolio should include 10-20 original artworks (you may include proper documentation for artworks too big or unable to be brought in person)...As well as any sketchbooks, to include drawing from observation.

 Artwork for the portfolio does NOT need to be matted.

You can download the application at home or call 212-353-4202 to request that an application be mailed to your home address. Applications will also be available on-site, the day of the Portfolio Review. Bring the completed application with your portfolio to the review on the specified date, (see calendar). Please call 212-353-4202 with any questions, or write to

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

C-Span's StudentCam Deadline: January 20th
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. The 2014 theme is “A Message to the U.S. Congress: What’s the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?” The competition is open to all students in grades 6-12, divided into middle school and high school categories. The grand prize is a $5,000 award for the student(s) and $750 for the school to spend on digital video equipment. Runners up will receive lesser prizes. The deadline to apply is January 20th. Click here for more information about this competition, including competition requirements and application and documentary upload instructions:

New York City Housing Authority Digital Vans Ongoing
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) offers Digital Vans – free computer labs on wheels for NYCHA residents and other community members to link up to the Internet, search for job opportunities, or touch up resumes. The vans travel around the city, stopping in areas that have limited or no access to broadband high-speed internet service. Its eight laptop computers have wireless Internet access and connect to printers. WiFi also allows people with their own laptops to be outside the van and access the Internet for free. To find out which developments the NYCHA Digital Van is scheduled to visit, call 212-306-8090, email, or visit the NYCHA website at

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