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Middle School Honor Roll Ceremony


On February 10, 52 middle school students were recognized for academic achievement during the quarter 2 Middle School Honor Roll Ceremony. Seventeen of the students achieved “High Honor Roll” status, earning an overall GPA of 3.5 or better. With the continued support from teachers, staff and families, students are maximizing their potential and excelling academically.

High School Honor Roll Ceremony


Following the middle school ceremony, it was time to recognize the achievements of OCS’ high school students. In addition to celebrating students on the “Honor Roll” and “High Honor Roll,” high school students were also recognized for having perfect attendance, most improved behavior and completing a full semester internship. There were more than 60 award recipients in total. Each student received an award certificate and medallion. Family members were in attendance and everyone was treated to breakfast following the ceremony.

Manhattan College and Columbia University Visit


On February 12, OCS sophomores and juniors visited Manhattan College and Columbia University. During both visits students were led by an admissions officer and student tour guide who gave students access to classes, dorm facilities, libraries, international club houses, cafeterias, and admissions offices. Students asked questions about campus life and were most excited about Manhattan College's list of notable alumni, which includes OCS' very own staff member Mr. Gomez. They were also impressed with Columbia University's academic curriculum, study abroad program and beautiful campus. 

Order Up!


The OCS Culinary Team has been hard at work learning exciting new skills, cooking up delicious recipes and giving back to the community. The students were recently trained on how to use knives skillfully and then applied their new techniques to create some classic French cuisine, such as shrimp bisque. The culinary teens continued to hone their skills by volunteering as guest chefs at the Food Bank for New York, in Harlem.

And the students are learning more than cooking. They have been busy learning what it takes to manage and start a restaurant. Each student is currently developing a business plan in hopes of winning a scholarship for college. The hard work of the students and importance of the program is gaining recognition. Reboot NYC, a new online magazine set to debut in March, will feature the culinary team in action, along with Chef Max, for its inaugural release.


Black History Month Celebration


OCS closed out Black History Month with one of the best annual celebrations to date! On February 26, the entire high school and middle school came together to witness 58 amazing student performers educate and energize the auditorium crowd. Against an exquisite backdrop handmade by the high school art classes, sisters Shantae and Ariel Brown opened the show with an impressive acapella of "Amazing Grace" that was followed by a powerful old school/new school remix piece by the middle school band.

The high school cheerleaders brought the house down with a fierce step dance and four passionate sixth graders explained the history of the tradition. The celebration had a new twist and featured OCS' first ever African fashion show. Students and staff from different backgrounds collaborated to share their respective cultures in a beautiful display of traditional African garb.

A group of high school students then introduced the crowd to some lesser-known but equally influential Black leaders, including individuals from the LGBT community. The show ended on a high note as students performed an energetic performance that brought together Hip Hop, African and Caribbean dance. OCS is so proud of the dedication and courage of the performers and 12 staff members who helped them deliver. 

Jamaican Dancehall Workshop


On February 4, students from the OCS Dance class experienced their first professional dance workshop. Approximately 25 middle and high school girls came together to participate in the Jamaican Dancehall workshop. In addition to introducing students to the popular dance routine, the workshop helped students showcase great teambuilding skills as the high school students served as wonderful mentors to the middle school students. They all had a great time and learned so much in such a short period of time.

Junior Varsity Basketball


The junior varsity basketball team has been riding a hot 6-2 start and look to continue their win streak. They are currently tied for the number two seed and have clinched a playoff spot for the first time in two years. The overwhelming support from students, staff, family and friends have helped to build the team’s momentum since their season debut at home. This team has worked very hard to get this far and will continue on as they push toward the playoffs.

Varsity Basketball



In February, the varsity basketball team completely changed their mentality and playing style. After a slow 2-5 start, they won their last two games and may possibly have a chance at making the playoffs. Throughout the month the team held their opponents to an average of 32.5 points per game while forcing at least 10 turnovers.

The team has taken on a new persona the last few weeks and are being called the “OCS Hurricanes” for their tenacious defense. Playing in their final game of the season against Health & Science High School they dominated early and won 44-31. It was their biggest win differential of the season. Whether they make the playoffs or not, the team has played their hearts out this past month and the future is looking very bright.​

Internship Spotlight



This past fall semester has been quite busy for OCS’ high school students. Not only have they have been excelling academically in the classroom, but they’ve been working extremely hard as interns for companies throughout New York City. Fifty-four students successfully completed internships at places such as SoulCycle, BronxNet, Apollo Theater, and more. Of the cohort, 42 students have been awarded stipends provided by OCS.

Student of the Month Winners


Congratulations to our January Student of the Month Winners! These students had perfect attendance, no behavior referrals, and an 85+ average in their classes.

9th Grade - Tindankay C.
10th Grade - Donnalee W.
11th Grade - Kenny A.
12th Grade - Dylan R.

Upcoming Events
March 25
Good Friday-School Closed
PA Meetings
April 7, 2016
June 1, 2016

We look forward to a wonderful year.
OCS in 30
OCS in 30
The New York City Coalition of Community Charter Schools (C3S) sponsored a 30-second video contest that allowed charter schools to show what makes them so amazing, and OCS responded. In less than 48 hours, OCS staff pulled together and created a touching video that captures the spirit of the school.  Click to watch.
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