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Title: HIGH SCHOOL UNWRAPPED


1
HIGH SCHOOL UNWRAPPED
  • MARCH 4, 2015

DRAFT
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Renaissance is committed to graduating
individuals who are competent, powerful thinkers,
engaged citizens, and life-long learners who will
create the renaissance of New York. This line
from our mission statement sums up our
high-school in a nutshell. We want our HS
students to be leaders who challenge the
status-quo, people who care about the world
around them, and want to make their communities,
both in and out of school, better places to live
and learn. We strive every day to teach students
to be proficient writers, readers, artists,
critical thinkers, geographically literate,
imaginative problem solvers, scientific analysts,
physically and emotionally healthy, and
proponents of social justice. We care about
your childs character as much as their academic
rank.
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  • A word about small
  • Renaissance HS is a small school.
  • No doubt about it. We have about 220 students
    9-12.
  • And thats just the way we like it. Why?
  • We know you from teachers to office staff to
    school safety officers to
  • Your teachers know how you learn, what your
    strengths are, where you need help.
  • We have the flexibility to add experiential
    learning to your plate whenever the opportunity
    arises--which means more artists and other
    experts in your classes, more trips, more
    leadership opportunities and internships.
  • Students in small schools perform better
    academically, graduate at higher levels, are
    more likely to attend college, and earn higher
    salaries later on in life.
  • You heard about that BIG fish in the small pond?
    That could be you.
  • Raywid,Small Schools A ReformThat Works,
    Educational Leadership, 55(4),p.34-39

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  • We can prove it, too. For the last several years
  • The percentage of Renaissance high school
    students meeting standards on Regents exams
    exceeded the district levels by 6 to 19
    percentage points.
  • We have maintained a school attendance rate of
    above 95.
  • We have maintained a 92-98 graduation rate.
  • 97-100 college acceptance rate, with 100
    happening more often than not.
  • We received an A for college Career Readiness
    from the DOE
  • We were the only charter school named as one of
    NYCs top high schools by Daily News, AM NY and
    US News World Report

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  • Not to mention some of our fantastic alumni. They
    are
  • Artists - Cathy Messier (class of 2007) a
    graduate of Brandeis, playwright actor. Lisette
    Lopez (class of 2010) won a prestigious
    internship with the art department of the Museum
    of Natural History.  Daniel Sanchez (class of
    2006), working in the film industry in NYC as a
    production assistant, and writer/producer of
    documentaries. 
  • Health Professionals Samantha Aaron (class of
    2006), working as a research scientist at the NYC
    Department of Mental Health after finishing her
    masters in Public Health.
  • Law Professionals Sam Gauthier (class of 2008),
    getting his law degree from CUNY Law after
    graduating from Trinity College, Hartford.
  • Engineering Professionals - Jonathan Rivas (class
    of 2008), working as Engineers Assistant at
    Hazen Sawyer Environmental Engineers
  • Education Professionals Claudia Martinez (class
    of 2006), got her Masters in Education from
    Harvard. Jose Mane (class of 1999) is teaching
    Global Humanities at Renaissance, and is doing
    post-graduate work at Columbia. Pierre Dizon
    (class of 2005) is teaching MS Social Studies and
    has his education degree in Special Education.
    Alex Smith (class of 2000) is our Sports
    coordinator and teaches recess here at
    Renaissance. Girelle Guzman (class of 2002)
    developed our Leadership Internship program at
    Renaissance, now working for a global
    construction firm.
  • Entrepreneurs Deep Patel (class of 2005), owns
    a chain of convenience stores in upstate New
    York, AND the fuel company that supplies his gas
    stations!
  • Innovators Luvana Chowdhury (class of 2009),
    was a Fulbright Scholar finalist for developing a
    micro-chip to detect Dengue Fever Tsechu Dolma
    (class of 2010), received a Brower Youth Award in
    recognition of her efforts to create a model for
    sustainable food security in Nepal.
  • And more alums like Brandee Williams (class of
    2005) who is here tonight, is a public relations
    professional or Conor McCoy (class of 2004), an
    investment broker, is talking to us about giving
    back to his alma mater, by joining the Friends of
    Renaissance board.

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ACRONYMS!
  • TRCS (RENAISSANCE)
  • CSG (COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL GOVERNANCE)
  • ELL (ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS)
  • ELA (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
  • TLC (THE LEARNING CENTER)
  • ICT (INTEGRATED COLLABORATIVE TEACHING)
  • AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT)
  • SAT (SCHOLASTIC APTITUTE TEST)
  • ACT (AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST)
  • TREA (TEENS FOR RACIAL AND ETHNIC AWAKENING)

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Why TRCS?
  • Staff and Curriculum
  • Advisories
  • AP Courses
  • College and Career Office
  • Leadership Program
  • College Now
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • College Acceptance
  • Student Government
  • Individual Attention
  • Your Student Has a Voice!

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English Language Arts (ELA)
Miyo Tubridy, ELA Coach Ariel Sacks 9th
Grade Humanities (ELA) Miyo Tubridy 10th
Grade ELA, 12th Grade ELA Sandra Fritz 11th
Grade ELA, AP English Literature Vincent Chen
11th Grade ELA Ellie Shrier ELA ICT Nicole
Jollon Literacy All the above staff also
teach writer's workshopssmall groups of students
working on targeted writing skills based on
students' needs. Additional writing workshop
teachers often include Jose Mane Humanities,
Tammy Park ELL and other literacy teachers as
needed.
Ariel
Miyo
Vincent
Ellie
Nicole
Sandra
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Math
Ram
Ram Buenaventura, Math Coach Erin Chae
Pre-Calculus, Integrated Algebra, Algebra
2/Trigonometry Tara Gangarossa Calculus,
Geometry, Algebra 2/TrigonometryEdward Tan
Algebra and Geometry ICT Yianna Vasiliou
Geometry All the above staff also teach
9th grade math skills classessmall groups of
students working on targeted math skills based on
students' needs.
Tara
Erin
Edward (ET)
Yianna
10
Science
Dan Fanelli, Science Coach Richard Doherty
Physics Riaad Etheridge Living Environment,
AgricultureDan Fanelli Earth Science Yaacov
Levy Chemistry, AP Biology Danielle Randone
Science ICT All the above staff also teach
science skills classessmall groups of students
working on targeted science skills based on
students' needs.
Richard
Dan
Yaacov
Riaad
Danielle
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Social Studies
Jose Mane, Social Studies Coach Jose Mane 9th
Grade Humanities (Global History
Geography) Jason George 10th Grade Global
History Geography, AP World History Thandi
Guimaraes 11th Grade US History, 12th Grade
Economics, AP US History In addition to the
above core classes, we offer 10th grade Global
Labs small group, project-based learning
experiences that support the content in Global
History Geography. Global labs are taught by
various staff members who come with a variety of
content knowledge from the arts, science,
language arts and social studies. Current Global
Lab teachers are Curtis Anderson - TLC, Lisa
Burns - TLC, Robert Evangelista Art, and
Everett Boyd Music.
Jose
Thandi
Thandi
Jason
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Arts
Everett Boyd, Arts Coach Everett Boyd
Music Robert Evangelista Art Rebekah Slotnick
Drama 9th grade students take an
introductory course in all three HS arts classes
before choosing an Arts major to follow through
11th grade. In addition, there is an arts
elective for 8th-12th grade students that meets
once a week during the Wednesday Leadership
program time that offers students the opportunity
to explore another arts medium or get involved in
a multi-media project. Teachers Curtis
Anderson - Drama Stage Direction Lisa Burns -
Singing Songwriting Robert Evangelista Art,
Costuming Set Design Everett Boyd Music
Sound Design.
Everett
Robert
Rebekah
Curtis
Lisa
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Foreign Language
Marta Bolivar, Coach Marta Bolivar 9th, 10th,
11th Grade Spanish AP Spanish Literature Lisjane
Gaviria - 9th, 10th, 11th Grade
Spanish In addition to helping students
gain fluency and preparing students to take the
Spanish Comprehensive Regents exam, Renaissance
often offers advanced Spanish Honors courses in
Spanish Literature and Language, culminating in
students taking the AP Spanish Literature and AP
Spanish Language exams. Each year we schedule
Honors or AP classes depending on the demand. We
have also facilitated individualized online
learning courses in other languages, such as
French and Arabic. Students interested in
pursuing another foreign language should speak to
their Advisor.
Lisjane
Marta
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Physical Education
Vinny Garelick PE Teacher Boys Varsity
Baseball and Basketball Coach Alex Smith
Sports Coordinator
PSAL (Public School Athletic League) and Charter
School Athletic League team sports offered at
Renaissance include Boys Varsity Basketball, Boys
Varsity Baseball, Girls Varsity Volleyball, Boys
Soccer, Girls Soccer and Girls Softball. Teams
are formed depending on student interest and
commitment.
Vinny
Alex
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Curriculum
Typical program
  • 9th Grade
  • Algebra (Erin)/Geometry (Tara)
  • Global Studies/Humanities (Jose)
  • Living Environment (Riaad)
  • ELA (Ariel)
  • Spanish (Lisjane/Marta)
  • Health (Suzanne)
  • College Bound (Maura)
  • Arts
  • Advisory
  • Physical Education (Vinny/Raymond)
  • 10th Grade
  • Geometry (Yianna/Tara)
  • Global Studies (Jason)
  • Global Lab
  • ELA (Miyo)
  • Chemistry (Yaacov)
  • College Bound (Maura)
  • Spanish (Lisjane/Marta)
  • Arts Major
  • Advisory
  • PE (Vinny/Raymond)
  • AP Classes (various)

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Curriculum
Typical program
  • 12th Grade
  • Senior Seminar
  • Pre-Calculus or Calculus (Tara/Erin)
  • ELA (Miyo)
  • Government/Economics (Thandi)
  • College Bound (Ana/Maura)
  • Advanced Agriculture (Riaad) or Physics (Richard)
    or AP Bio (Yaacov)
  • Spanish (Lisjane) or AP Spanish Literature
    (Marta)
  • Additional AP classes
  • PE (Vinny/Raymond)
  • 11th Grade
  • Algebra 2/Trig (Tara)
  • US History (Thandi)
  • ELA (Sandra/Vincent)
  • Spanish (Lisjane/Marta)
  • Physics (Richard) or Agriculture (Riaad)
  • College Bound (Ana/Maura)
  • Arts Major
  • Advisory
  • Physical Education
  • AP Classes (various)

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Advisories
The advisory program focuses on creating a
safe space where advisors can enhance
students social-emotional development and
work on team -building. Three major goals
guide the work of Advisory
  • Support Students In Monitoring Academic Goals
  • Support Students Social-Emotional Development
  • Promote Community Service Through An
    Advisory-Developed Project or Initiative
  • HS Advisors are drawn from the entire
    middle and high school staff, in order to
    keep the size of the groups small. Students
    in 9th and 10th grades start every day with
    an advisory. 11th and 12th graders meet with
    their advisory groups weekly, and seniors
    have Senior Seminar and College Bound to
    address senior-specific issues, plans,
    college applications and scholarship
    essays, among other things.

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AP Courses
  • Biology
  • World History
  • Human Geography
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Literature
  • Spanish Language
  • U.S. History
  • English Literature
  • English Language

Advanced Placement Courses Students are
encouraged to take AP classes, to challenge
themselves and develop a competitive transcript
that will attract the college of their
choice. Advisors will inform students when there
is an option to do higher level work in a
particular class. Because classes are weighted, a
students rank in the graduating class will
reflect the level of difficulty of his or her
coursework.
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College and Career Office
Literacy Skills/ Senior Seminar Teacher
Leadership Program Coordinator
College/Career Counselor/HS Coordinator
Ana Falla Riff
Maura Malarcher
Vacant
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College and Career Office
  • We strive to help students create an academic and
    career portfolio that reflects her/his
    aspirations, goals, dreams, and skills.
  • How?
  • Create curricula that reflects our students
    needs.
  • 9th Grade
  • 10th Grade
  • 11th Grade
  • 12th Grade
  • Engage parents as partners in their childrens
    education.
  • Grade meetings
  • Financial Aid Workshops
  • Individual meetings with parents/guardians
  • Work with faculty and staff to create
    individualized student plans.
  • College and Career Office http//trcscollegeoffi
    ce.blogspot.com/

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College and Career Office
  • Exposes students to academic and extracurricular
    leadership opportunities
  • City University of New York (CUNY) College Now
    Program
  • Queens College
  • Bronx Community College
  • School of Professional Studies
  • John Jay School of Criminal Justice
  • The Opportunity Network
  • OppNet Prep
  • OppNet Fellows
  • The Posse Foundation
  • Lafayette
  • Trinity (CT)
  • Brandeis
  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project
  • Saturation Model
  • Role Models Mentoring Program
  • Summer Leadership Institute
  • Social Justice Day
  • Career Day

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College and Career Office
On-site Leadership Programs
  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project
  • Move This World
  • Students Care
  • Engineering for Kids
  • Global Kids
  • Culinary Arts
  • Teens for Racial and Ethnic Awakening (TREA)
  • Staff Assistants
  • Check out the video below, about ourLeadership
    Program

https//vimeo.com/82225260
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College and Career Office
Off-site Leadership Programs
  • Jamaica Hospital
  • Possibility Project
  • Police Athletic League
  • 82nd Street Academics
  • NYU High School Law Institute
  • Good Guides Mentoring
  • Urban Arts Partnership
  • Cerami and Associates
  • Corona Vision
  • Michael Cervini Law
  • Noguchi Museum Teen Board
  • Ace Mentor Program
  • NYPD Explorers
  • READ Alliance
  • YMCA
  • Super Kickers
  • Childrens Big Apple
  • Zanys Furry Friends
  • Faith in New York
  • Ins and Outs Music
  • Queens Library
  • NORC Roots Branches Program

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Extracurricular Activities
  • Robotics Club
  • Tech Crew
  • Rensizzle
  • Sports Teams
  • Student Government
  • Peer Mediation
  • Yearbook Committee
  • Future Farmers of America
  • National Honor Society
  • Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
  • Curtain Up! Drama Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Photography, Graphic Novel, Computer Animation
  • or got another idea? Let us know!

START YOUR OWN CLUB
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  • Rensizzle Week
  • There is nothing like it it's a Renaissance
    original! Over a dozen years ago, founding
    teacher and current Board of Trustees Chairperson
    Sandra Geyer came up with the idea of a full week
    of immersion experiences. "Rensizzle Week" was
    born!  It has grown to an average of 20 groups
    who spend a week out of traditional classes
    engaged in an in-depth exploration of one
    subject, with an emphasis on its' relation to New
    York.  
  • Last year we had groups investigating Asian
    culture, cultural impacts on cuisine, culinary
    arts, dance, music, drama, human rights through
    arts, geology astronomy, the graphic novel,
    Lego robotics, journalism media, water
    nature, science, art and NYC-themed museums NYC
    landmarks, nutrition fitness, survival skills,
    and permaculture (Urban Farms).

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College Acceptance
  • City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Macaulay Honors at Hunter College
  • Baruch College Honors
  • Brooklyn, Queens, Hunter, City, BMCC, LaGuardia
  • State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Binghamton, Stony Brook, Albany, Buffalo, Fashion
    Institute of Technology, Cobleskill
  • Private
  • Barnard
  • College of St. Rose
  • Cornell
  • Hofstra
  • Juniata
  • Wellesley
  • New York University
  • Swarthmore
  • Union
  • Syracuse
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