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Career Prep Workshop at CCI

A group of seniors participated in a Career Prep Workshop on May 11th at our new College and Career Institute. Volunteers from Moody's Financial Corporation provided individual career counseling for 13 of our seniors through our partnership with New York Cares. Our students did a fantastic job asking and answering questions, receiving feedback on their résumés, and practicing interview skills. There was even a tie tying workshop where students received a tie of their choice. Moody's also provided students with professional portfolios to use on interviews and in professional settings. The day ended with a delicious lunch and networking time. Great job scholars!
Colleges from Across the Country Present at OCS College Fair

The Opportunity Charter School's annual College Fair took place on Thursday, May 12th. Our High School students met with over 25 college representatives from across the country. The College Fair offered students an opportunity to introduce themselves to the myriad of post-secondary educational choices such as universities, colleges, and military branches. Students received information regarding admissions, areas of study, scholarships, financial aid, and career opportunities. The fair was an exceptional way for our students to gather literature, ask questions of the admission counselors, and learn more about their post-secondary options. 
OCS Students Spend Spring Break in Spain

Six students (Dellanaira Diaz, Niree Garcia-Sims, Jennifer Urias, Bryan Paulino, Aboubakary Diaby, and Said Abrajan) had the opportunity to go to Spain during Spring Break 2016 accompanied by Ms. Nunez and Mr. Greene. The purpose of the trip was for students taking Spanish classes to experience different cultural influences, food, and historical landmarks. They visited many places like Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada, Costa del Sol, and Marbella. Toledo was a favorite destination and the students were amazed at how beautiful the Cathedral of Santo Tome was. In Alhambra, Granada, students were divided into groups for a scavenger hunt around the city and had to ask locals to take their pictures. They also attended a traditional Flamenco performance in Seville, and the students really enjoyed themselves watching the cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance), jaleo (vocalizations), palmas (handclapping) and pitos (finger snapping). Their faces were priceless. 

"Spain was a great experience. The culture, the food, and also the people were different. I ended up loving it. Everything in Spain is just so beautiful.️" -Dellanaira Diaz

Interpreting Poetry through Digital Media

Mamadou Diabete's Salvador
The Little Boy, Salvador.  A video poem by Mamadou Diabate
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Digital media has become increasingly important in receiving, processing and producing information. Connecting the word and the world is an integral first step in analysis, and this is especially true where poetry is concerned. To be able to decode and articulate what is read is imperative to discourse. Digital, social and cultural literacies identify both written and visual codes and relate them to the larger world. Mrs. Mackey-Williams asked her 11th grade students to undertake the task of interpreting and synthesizing their understanding of several poems in the form of digital poetry.

The poems used are: Sandra Cisneros’ “Salvador Late or Early,” Pat Mora’s “Immigrants,” and Martin Espada’s “Tony Went to the Bodega but He Didn’t Buy Anything.”

To view more video poems click the links below:

James Mifflin's Poem:

Alina Ramirez's Poem:

Eric Martin's:

Bryan Paulino's:

Akisha Kamara:

CCI Culinary Class Represented at James Beard House

Junior Eric Martin was invited to represent this year's CCI Culinary class at the world-renowned James Beard House. Eric seamlessly joined in and held his own with seasoned professionals in preparing a three-course meal for the board of directors of The Food Bank for New York.

"It was such an honor to be invited here [James Beard House]! I was a little nervous in the beginning, but working with Chef Max has given me so much more confidence in the kitchen.” –Eric Martin
OCS Youth Leaders Attend New York Cares Conference

Two of our New York Cares Youth Leaders, Caleesea Campbell (10th) and Peter Gonzalez (9th), joined 300 other students from across the city at the New York Cares conference at Pace University on May 27th. These students have helped lead our 9th and 10th grade students in 289 hours of community service through seven projects this year. They volunteered at senior centers, stocked shelves at food pantries, painted murals, and helped make children's Christmas wishes come true. Great job scholars and thank you for your service!

Internship Spotlight

Senior Sindra Dejesus was ready for her close-up as she wrapped up her year-long photography internship with NYC SALT. Sindra engaged in professionally-led volunteer instruction in photography and digital technology, and was exposed to the professional world of the visual arts, as well as opportunities in higher education. She displayed her photos in an art exhibit this month, and will continue her photography studies in the Visual Arts Conservatory at SUNY Purchase in the Fall.
Middle School Award Ceremony

On Thursday, May 26th, Middle School had its third quarter award ceremony to recognize 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who have achieved Honor Roll status (earning a third quarter GPA of 3.0 - 3.4), High Honor Roll status (earning a third quarter â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹GPA of 3.5 - 4.0), and our new award, the All Star Action Award, which recognizes students for positive behavior displayed in the school setting. A total of 54 Middle School students took home a certificate and a medal to celebrate their achievements.

May Music Showcase

On May 24th, OCS celebrated its first May Music Showcase with an in-school concert showcasing the Middle School and High School after-school bands led by music director Mr. Hollander. Middle School performed Adele's Hello followed by Kiss' Rock & Roll All Night, while High School performed Justin Bieber's Love Yourself and AC/DC's Back in Black. Here's to our performers for a great show: Erasmy Arenas Ramirez (keyboard), Darius Evans (keyboard), Yunior Rufino Santos (bass, vocals), Andrew Velazquez (guitar), Lynette Hernandez-Nunez (vocals), Jonathan Steel (guitar), Jamar Walters (bass), Jowen Campbell (drums, vocals).

UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 

The OCS track team participated in the 1.7m race at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K on Saturday, May 14th.  Students were able to watch some of the fastest distance runners in the world, who come to Central Park each year to participate in The Healthy Kidney. Our Students had a lot of fun as usual.
This month our track students received medals and awards from last month's Spring Forward Race which was held on April 9th. We would like to congratulate Ryan Mack for placing 4th and Ivan Franco for placing 10th in their age group. Our boys also captured 3rd place overall in their age group!

Student of the Month Winners

We would like to highlight and congratulate last month's Student of the Month winners. These students had perfect attendance, no behavior referrals, and an 85+ average in their classes.

Congratulations to:
9th - Mark Marte
10th - Macdege Dessources
11th - Hassanatou Barry
12th - Christian Medina
PA Meetings
June 1, 2016
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 25 - Friday, June 3rd
8th Grade Science Performance Test

Monday, June 13th
Last day of classes for High School Students

 Monday, June 14th - Wednesday, June 22nd
NYS Regents Exams

 Monday, June 27th
8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony

 Monday, June 28th
High School Graduation
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