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Principal's Note - April 2017

Dear Families,

This month, Academy of the City's project based learning was featured in the Charter Schools Weekly section of the DOE Chancellor's weekly memo.

"Academy of the City Charter School (AoC) was founded with the mission of fostering community, supporting families, welcoming children of all backgrounds, celebrating diversity and promoting social justice. AoC aims to provide students with a challenging, hands-on liberal arts experience that helps students grow into joyful, creative, independent and successful lifelong learners. Their progressive academic and social/emotional curricula have helped the school develop well-rounded students who are passionate about learning. 

AoC’s hands-on curriculum engages students in Project Based Learning across all grades, integrating reading and writing with the visual arts and music. Students spend a full semester on projects, going deep into subject matter and culminating in a public product that is shared with the community. Past projects have explored family study, school study, understanding of culture and tradition, careers, and government. This year, students argued positions that the Presidential candidates took during the debates to better understand the issues and the election process. AoC also welcomed state senator Jose Peralta, who discussed his work in New York State government.

AoC also seeks to empower its parents with ongoing training workshops, including Spanish classes, English as a Second Language classes, and and information about accessing continuing education resources."

We are proud of the projects our students produce and the effort they put in to it.

 

  

Take care,

Richard Lee

Principal

 

Principal's Note - May 2017

Dear Families,

 

Academy of the City Charter School has been named as a Reward School by the NYS Education Commissioner.  This honor was given to only 5% of all schools in New York State including charter schools.

We are very proud of the hard work of children, parents, teachers and staff who make our school a wonderful place to learn!


185 Reward Schools identified by State Education department

The Rewards schools include 79 in New York City public schools, 88 public schools in the rest of the State and 18 are public charter schools.

To be identified as a Reward School, a school must:

  • Be among the top 20 percent of schools in the state for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years or be among the top 10 percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2015-16 school year;
  • Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments; and
  • Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on accountability measures between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.
  • In addition, elementary and middle schools must demonstrate that more than 50 percent of students are making annual growth in ELA and math; and that more than 50 percent of the school’s lowest achieving students are also making gains

 
Take care,

Richard Lee

Principal

 

Message from the Principal - April 8, 2017

 

 

Dear Families,

This month, Academy of the City's project based learning was featured in the Charter Schools Weekly section of the DOE Chancellor's weekly memo.

"Academy of the City Charter School (AoC) was founded with the mission of fostering community, supporting families, welcoming children of all backgrounds, celebrating diversity and promoting social justice. AoC aims to provide students with a challenging, hands-on liberal arts experience that helps students grow into joyful, creative, independent and successful lifelong learners. Their progressive academic and social/emotional curricula have helped the school develop well-rounded students who are passionate about learning. 

AoC’s hands-on curriculum engages students in Project Based Learning across all grades, integrating reading and writing with the visual arts and music. Students spend a full semester on projects, going deep into subject matter and culminating in a public product that is shared with the community. Past projects have explored family study, school study, understanding of culture and tradition, careers, and government. This year, students argued positions that the Presidential candidates took during the debates to better understand the issues and the election process. AoC also welcomed state senator Jose Peralta, who discussed his work in New York State government.

AoC also seeks to empower its parents with ongoing training workshops, including Spanish classes, English as a Second Language classes, and and information about accessing continuing education resources."

We are proud of the projects our students produce and the effort they put in to it.

 

  

Take care,

Richard Lee

Principal

 

Senator Peralta Visits AOC

Today New York State senator Jose Peralta visited AOC to speak with fifth grade. They have been studying different forms of government throughout history, comparing old and new rules. Senator Peralta answered questions about the rules as well as his role as a senator in a state government.

     

Straight from the Classroom: Met Musuem - 12/15/2016

"They were making a piece of art together, as a group, using aluminum like one of the African Artist did. Then they examined a Greek Sculpture. They also sketched a piece of art from a painting made in Paris." - Ms. Hawkins, 3rd Grade Teacher

                  

Highlight of the Week - 12/7/2016

Astoria Bowl with 5th Grade!

Last week, 5th grade had an amazing time at Astoria Bowl, and everyone left a winner!

                  

Highlight of the Week- 12/21/2016

Art/Science/Spanish Expo!

It was just yesterday that our Art, Science and Spanish specialists held an expo for the brilliant work done by some of our students.

   

      

    

        

  

 

   

    

    

    

 

100 Days

On Friday February 11th, AoC celebrated 100 days of school. Ms Camarata and Incantalupo's kindergarten class posed with their crowns.

  

Clubs: Fall Crochet Club- 11/2/2016

"This week in crochet club we practiced the slip knot and chain stitch. We are learning how to stitch to make our very own infinity scarves." - Ms. Talbot, 4th Grade Teacher

    

      

Highlight of the Week - 11/16/2016

Literacy Centers!

"Here are the students of 3-204 working in Literacy Centers. We have centers almost every day. When working in centers, students get to work on vocabulary, editing, genre reading and writing, dictionary work, and so much more! They love their daily center work because it gives them a chance to apply their knowledge in a variety of ways!" - Ms. Cardillo, 3rd Grade Teacher

        

Straight from the Classroom: Greek Mythology Project - 11/16/2016

Collaborating and Researching!

"Here are our kids researching, preparing, and collaborating for our Greek Mythology Project. For this project, they're learning how to analyze, research, and collaborate. They really enjoy working together to problem solve and the autonomy the project work gives them." - Ms. Cardillo, 3rd Grade Teacher

              

 

Highlight of the Week- 10/26/16

Art - Collages & Self Portraits

This week we've launched webpages for a few of our classes including Art , Music, Science & Spanish. Here are a few photos from the Art page.

         

If you want to see more pictures like these, please click on Academics in the sidebar, and choose a subject.

Highlight of the Week- 11/9/2016

Peers teaching peers!

"2nd Graders visited 1st Graders to teach them how to make and use a power bracelet to help them learn about numbers. Concepts covered included: what makes a ten, how addition and subtraction are related, adding 3 addends, and the break apart to make a ten and count on strategy." - Ms. Diamand, 2nd Grade Teacher

            

Turtles in 4-202

In October, Lily and Charlotte, two red-ear slider turtles came to live in 4-202 Ms Talbot's classroom. A tank with excellent materials were purchased for their home and a wonderful family from second grade (Alex, his father Orlando, mom and younger sister, Katie) dedicated their time and some of their own resources to make a beautiful oasis for our girls to live in. Mr. Alex works hard to maintain the tank by giving it weekly water changes and making sure the turtles have a healthy living environment. 

      

    

NYS Test Scores

We're proud to share with you a bar graph showing how the New York State test scores for AOC compare to District 30 since we have started taking them in 2013-14.  Our goal is to continue the upward trend in testing above the district. We have been charged with having AOC be 10-15% above the district average over the next three years and take this very seriously. 

The analysis is as follows:
-Positive growth in every year of testing in both ELA and Math

ELA:
-Above District 30 by 6.1% in ELA for 2015-16

Math:
-Above District 30 by 10.6% in Math for 2015-16

 

Highlight of the Week- 11/2/2016

Clubs, clubs, clubs!

20 clubs have been up and running for several weeks now. Our students have been learning a lot, and the results show! Can't wait to see their final products!

        

Highlight of the Week - 12/15/2016

Cooking with the Cooking Club!

    

    

    

Straight from the Classroom: Cursive Writing Club - 12/21/2016

"Here are the students from 3rd to 5th grade proudly showing their work in progress. At the beginning, they were able to write the letters of the alphabet in cursive. Once they had enough practice, the students wrote in a small journal demonstrating their new acquired skill of cursive writing by answering to a prompt from the teachers Ms. Ileana and Ms. Tejeda." - Ms. Tejeda, Learning Specialist

                        

Highlight of the Week - 1/4/2017

We Ended 2016 Really Well!

         

                   

Highlight of the Week 3/1/2017

The 2017 Academy of the City Chili Cookoff!

Thanks to everyone who came out and tried the chilis on offer, and to those who dropped a few dollars in the donation box, thank you very much! We'll be donating $41 to the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. While not a jaw-dropping amount, every little bit helps!

Special thanks to our judges: Viviana, Jennie, Brandon, Marisol, Caren, and Santi.

And extra special thanks to our Makers: Angelina, Orfelina, and Pily, who gave their time and chili so that everyone could have a nice time together!

The awards handed out were as follows:

The "This Contest Was Totally Not Fixed" Grand Prize went to me, with a total of 145 out of a possible 168 points. (All the scores were shared with the judges, so I promise there were no shenanigans.) The recipe is actually my mother's, which I ate all through my childhood and have made very few changes to.

The "I Need To Get A Slow Cooker Before The Next Chili Cookoff" Award went to Angelina Torres and her heroic effort at a baked chili.

The "Best Use of Bison" Award went to Pily Quintanilla, which should be self-explanatory. There was bison in it. It was awesome.

"The Adam Hunt Memorial Prize - For the chili Adam liked the best that he didn't cook himself, (because that wouldn't be fair)" went to Orfelina Cisneros' delightful Caribbean-style entry.

The "Toughest Judge" Award was presented to judge Brandon Faulkner, whose average score awarded was just 16.5 out of a possible 28 points. A hard man to impress.

The "Swimming Against the Current" Award for awarding the lowest score to the winning chili, was given to judge Marisol Campos, who awarded just 19 points out of a possible 28 to my chili. FINE. BE THAT WAY. SEE IF I CARE.

(Fun Fact: Although Marisol gave me the lowest score of 19, Brandon actually only gave me 20 points, and that was the highest score he handed out. Fellow artists make the toughest critics.)

Again, thanks so much to everyone who participated to make this as fun as it was.

Best of luck next year!

 
                        

            

Second Grade at Carnegie Hall - December 2016

    

Bikeathon October 14, 2017

The PCO presented their annual Bikeathon on October 14th. Participants could learn to ride a bike or get in more practice. 

      

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Highlight of the Week: Snug Harbor with 1st Grade!

One of our first grade teachers, Alicia Latman, shared a few words on this amazing trip. "The first grade went to the snug harbor cultural center in Staten Island for the Autumn moon festival. We learned about why and how people in China celebrate the autumn moon. We walked through the Chinese scholars garden, bamboo forest, and made autumn leaves."

                          

Snug Harbor 1-105

Highlight of the Week: A Trip to the Waterfront Museum w/ 1st Grade!

Alicia Latman, first grade teacher, recently shared nothing but good things about her class' trip to the Waterfront Museum.

"First grade went to the Waterfront Museum in Red Hook. The museum is an old barge that the captain and current owner purchased for $1 years ago. We learned about how trade commerce worked years ago and how the waterways of NYC were so important. The captain put on some entertainment for us as he trained in being a clown in Paris. In one of the photos, you can see the Statue of Liberty behind us."

            

Clubs Week One 10/26/2017

Highlight of the Week: First Week of Clubs!

This week we kicked off our Fall session of clubs! We have plenty of clubs, such as Fashion, Journal Writing, Painting, and Zumba.

Here are some photos from two of our clubs: