Sunday, January 31, 2010
I have got to take a moment to express my gratitude to the COSA and chaperones who bound up the steps of the tour bus to watch over the seniors on the annual senior trip. Basically, a principal gets to see teachers who are young at heart, with an amazing amount of energy volunteer to stay awake for the length of the trip - 72 hours. They watch over a bus load of seniors excited to bound through the snow at the Hudson Valley Resort.
While I sit safely in the warmth of my apartment over the weekend, I get a daily phone call as a check in that the students have arrived safely, eating (which is what teenagers do, remarkably well) and are enjoying falling down in the snow. It says snowboarding and skiing but what it comes down to is students finding new and improved ways to making snow angels. The senior trip gives city kids a chance to giggle with glee and it's positively cool.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I just looked at this amazing video about a competition that combines gaming with math. Click here to see the video clip.
Here's the low down:
NYC Mega Bowl Overview
The DimensionM Mega Bowl is a student tournament featuring Tabula Digita’s immersive video gaming software (a tool to increase student engagement in math and generate school spirit, team-work and excitement). The tournament will be held at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall, on Friday, March 12, 2010 from 10 am – 12 pm. A boxed lunch will be provided at the end of the tournament for students to take with them. Schools will be responsible for transportation to and from the NYC Mega Bowl event. .
Mega Bowl winners will be awarded various prizes such as Nintendo, iPods, gift certificates, and additional DimensionM™ licenses, thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors.
Getting to the NYC Mega Bowl: Participation in the 3rd Annual NYC Mega Bowl will be based on the frequency of DimensionM™ online use, either team-based or individual, for the pre-qualification period of February 1-28, 2010:
- Individual Competition - the two (2) top elementary(grades 3-5) and the two (2) top middle schools (grades 6-8) in the five geographic DOE boroughs (Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn North, Queens & Brooklyn South/Staten Island) with the highest online frequency will be invited to send individuals to compete in the Meltdown II multi-player math game.
- Team Competition - the top two (2) middle schools (grades 6-8) and the top two (2) high schools (grades 9-12) with the highest online frequency will be invited to send a five-member team to compete in the Swarm II multi-player pre-algebra game.
Schools are welcome and encouraged to send students from Mega Bowl participating classes to support the competing students.
Note that qualification will be based on use of the new DimensionM game, version3. You may request a copy of the new game by contacting Elissa Seto at: firstname.lastname@example.org .Next Steps
- Schools to increase their game usage to qualify for the Mega Bowl
- Schools to begin planning for transportation, should they qualify (sample permission slip and media consent forms are attached and are required for all participating students)
- DOE & Tabula Digita announce participants and the specific math skills to be covered in tournament by March 3rd.
Support: Should you have any questions regarding the NYC Mega Bowl tournament, please feel free to contact Valrie Edwards at VEdwards@schools.nyc.gov for assistance. We look forward to your participation in this wonderful event.
I had a chance to speak with the school's PENCIL Partner, Ms. Valarie Contrino, who is the CEO of Contrino Travel, Inc.
I tell you it is a wonderful shot in the arm when a school is able to exchange ideas with a business person. Ms. Contrino is presently in the early stages of collaborating with other business women to create a network that focuses on business opportunities as well as community service options.
Stay tuned as this principal learns a thing or two or three about the power of networking through observing Ms. Contrino.
Friday, January 8, 2010
In the 2nd picture, Ms. Elaine Huffman is on the left, also in construction, and Mr. Dennis O'Connell is to the right and is McKee's Construction teacher.
In the 3rd picture both Mr. Chiarelli and his daughter, a student at Duke University, spoke to the 9th grade AVID class.
In the 5th picture, Mr. Agostino, is talking to Mr. Coppi's math class. He also had a chance to talk to the students in the Automotive Technology program.
The Career Day took a month of planning. Let me tell you, there is a big shout out to Ms. Joyce Ippolito, guidance counselor and Career Day coordinator and Ms. Brigitte Watson, Legal Momentum lawyer.
Who are the ladies on the top right. They are members of the 12th grade cosmetology students who embraced "Dressing for Success.
Teacher and student buy in is a must. What was important was connecting Dressing for Success to the event: Career Day. A select group of professionals would travel to different classes and do a presentation linking their life's journey to their chosen career.
Ms. Zambrano's English class took the challenge to heart. Ms. Zambrano is standing to the far left. The two young men next to her in suits made a very significant impression on a construction manager who gave them her business card.
We are involved in a 9th grade Writing Initiative.
Rita Kelly, our intrepid UFT Coordinator has created a powerpoint that has step by step directions. As we continue to brainstorm how we will make the project an interdiscplinary event, we will log our efforts and products both on the school blog and on ARIS.
Click here to see the site.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Day of Service for MLK Day on Monday, January 18, 2010.
Save the date for the eighth-annual Grow Involved on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18, sponsored by Children for Children and the Hands-On Network. Join us and more than 2,500 volunteers at two Manhattan locations for a day of service and giving that honors Dr. King’s legacy of community activism. Children, teens, families, and school groups are welcome. The event is free and open to the public and engages volunteers of all ages in hands-on service projects that benefit our community and those in need. For more information, call 212-850-4170 or e-mail email@example.com.