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January 2016 Parent Newsletter

posted Jan 26, 2016, 11:27 AM by William Malin

Our latest Newsletter is up and running. If you have any questions contact Lisa Morales at 646-826-8174 ext. 1631

To get your own copy, download from the PDF link at bottom of the page.


Support our school and Parent Association by donating your gently used clothing to SCHOOLA.COM. This unique fundraising solution turns quality clothing into money for our school! Just request a Postage Paid bag from the website: www.schoola.com

Search for Richard R. Green from the list of schools by name or search by the school zip code: 10004. Fill in your name, address & e-mail address. In a few days, you will receive your bag. Fill it with gently used clothing (Unfortunately, only women and children's clothes are accepted -- sorry guys!) and drop it off at the post office. It couldn't be easier! Of every $10 they sell we make $4! It's a win/win situation. You empty your closets and we make money!

Schoola.com was founded by parent, former teacher and school principal, Stacey Boyd of Boston, MA. .  The money raised will be used  to help fund after school activities, create scholarships and fund Parent  Association  activities.  


DATES TO REMEMBER

Tuesday, January 26-Friday, January 29 – Winter Regents Examinations. Students will be given their Regents invitations and should not come to school if they do not have an examination. 9th graders have no exams.

Tuesday, February 2  - Spring Semester commences. Report Cards will be distributed to students
Monday, February 8 – Schools are closed to celebrate The Lunar New Year
Monday, February 15 - Friday, February 19 - School is closed for Midwinter Recess

Tuesday, February 23 - Parent Association Meeting  -  5:30pm – 7:30pm - Keeping It Cool: Managing Conflict and Anger - Participants will develop the skills to prevent and intervene in situations of conflict. Parents will learn how to identify different behavioral models related to life occurrences and practice strategies on how to deal with them. This workshop can be customized to address dealing with adults or children .

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER

Many parents and students consult Inside Schools.org when selecting a high school. We have a new review published last week with new photographs. The review is upbeat and makes our school sound nurturing and attractive – which it is! Check it out – either Google Richard R Green High School Inside Schools or click on this link: insideschools.org/component/schools/school/110

From time to time I take parents into classes so they have a glimpse of what it’s like to be a student and teacher here. Let me know if you would like to join me on one of these visits. I can accommodate your schedule.

On any given day, about 25% of our students are late to school. Please help us by ensuring your child gets to school by 8:30 am.


 WHAT’S GOING ON AT  RRGHST

 

Pete our Dean wants parents to know that communication devices and all electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, PSPs and iPhones are not permitted in the classroom without teacher permission and during school hours: 8:30 to 2:50. When these items are seen or heard, they will be confiscated and returned to parents or legal guardians.

 

Nicole, Emily, and Homer write - The freshman students are in the process of creating their own science experiments. Each month of the school year they have been working on creating a different part of the science method. In October and November, they chose a topic for their experiment and explained why they chose this topic. In December, they wrote a hypothesis to test in their experiment. In January, they decided on the materials they needed and wrote a procedure to follow. Now they are working to carry out their experiments at home or with friends. In the coming months, they will analyze their results and then suggest improvements for experiments in the future. They will showcase all they have learned during a Science Fair exhibit at the end of the school year.  Please keep supporting them at home by asking them how their experiment is going.

Kim writes  - In Teaching Seminar, students are having a good time reading the book Educating Esme which is a diary of a first year teacher. They are getting a kick out of seeing not only how she handles the students but administration and parents as well. Through this book, students are discovering a variety of strategies for dealing with different situations and seeing what is required of teachers beyond just planning lessons.

In The Power of Stories, students are finishing the memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. While the book has received mixed reviews from the students, it has shown them the power of narrative writing and has provoked a range of discussions about how to overcome a variety of hardships and come out a stronger, wiser person.

Hello Parents! It's Joyce, RRG's Dream Director (ext 1651). In my role, I work with many students through the Future Project, a national education non-profit that works to make high school a place where anything is possible. I coordinate both the DreamTeam and the Future Fellows, two student groups committed to our organization's mission. RRG's Future Fellows are working on building projects to achieve their biggest goal for this year and the DreamTeam is working on a project to show gratitude to local businesses and to find ways for students to connect during the month of February.

In addition to these two programs, our community has also been hosting Hot Topics with Hot Pockets, a space for students to drop in during their lunch periods and talk about current events that have been on their mind, CoffeeHouse, our weekly open Mic, the Equality League, a bi-weekly safe space for students to talk about and strategize around respect at RRG, The Music Factory, a student lead bi-weekly music class, the Anime Club, a student lead bi-weekly music class. Finally, we will be launching a program this Thursday in collaboration with the CATCH ProgramCATCH is offered through the Nurses Office and provides birth control and pregnancy tests to students at no cost and confidentially, where we will be creating a space for our female students to ask questions about communication, sexual health and relationships with a professional health educator.

If you ever have any questions, concerns, ideas or dreams of your own you want to pursue, remember I am here to serve our entire community - including the parents. Thanks for all of your support! 

COLLEGE READINESS AND SAT PREP

Sylvia (ext 2113) writes - It is our goal at RRGHST to have every student college ready, by the time they graduate from our school. Students  can achieve college readiness by thier SAT scores or Regents Exam score.  We strongly advise any junior who is not yet college ready to attend Prep; SAT prep or Regents Prep so that they can get the help that they need to achieve college readiness. We have had SAT prep in our building since October 2015 and continue to provide prep. We encourage all students to take advantage of the resources available in our building.  For those students looking for free SAT Prep we have the following resources available:

There is PSAT prep available at the BMCC STEP programs on Fridays after school. BMCC STEP is taking applications for its spring semester.

The BMCC STEP Application can be found at: BMCC/CUNY/STEP


Fordham University Lincoln Center DELLS College and Career Readiness Program:

Saturday Mornings from 8:30-12:30 At Fordham University (60th Street and Columbus Avenue)
they are supplying Free SAT Prep Materials, Breakfast is served every Saturday and there are free metro cards. Students take English, Mathematics and  college readiness courses. Please  have your child see Sylvia  in room  211B if they are interested in attending.


The NYU Liberty partnership will be conducting free SAT prep for students who are already  participating in the Liberty Partnership program. Because of the limited number of seats, students will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis with the priority going to students in the program who have attended the first sessions and received their certificates. If your child  needs to apply for the liberty partnership, please have them see Sylvia  in room 211B for an application.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

 

Hi, my name is Jeremy Watson (ext 2361) and this is my 11th year teaching at RRGHST. I chose to become a physical education teacher because I want to share my love of physical activity and "play" with others. Many people don't realize just how much children (and even adults) learn about themselves and about one another through active engagement in sports, games and recreational play. It is not only vital for physical development, but also for the development and maintenance of social and emotional well being. I believe social and emotional support is the key  to better living which is why it is central to my teaching philosophy. I also believe that we have to overcome our fear of failure and instead embrace those moments as learning experiences for us to build off of. I try to instill these themes in all my students through my teaching as well as through my roles as the College For Every Student & Leadership Development Coordinator

 

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William Malin,
Jan 26, 2016, 11:27 AM
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