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CCI Launch Event


On Wednesday, April 20th, the OCS community gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the highly anticipated opening of the new OCS College and Career Institute (CCI). CCI is OCS’s latest endeavor to increase the number of occupational training opportunities that ensure students are best prepared to achieve post-secondary success.​

During the event, guests were treated to delicious foods catered by Harlem’s Row House NYC restaurant, as well as a flavorful appetizer prepared by students of the OCS Culinary Team. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Cheryl Morgan, Director of CCI, led guests on a tour of the facility that featured student presentations about the impact of the Microsoft Certification Program and OCS Culinary Program.

CUNY Brooklyn College Visit


Juniors had the opportunity to visit CUNY Brooklyn College, and were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful campus! This tour featured an admissions officer-led information session, followed by a student-led campus tour. Students were able to visit college classes, newly constructed dorm facilities, the 24-hour library, club houses, cafeteria, and admission offices. Students were able to ask questions about campus life, and were most excited about the 24-hour Library Cafe and the newly constructed film studio. Our juniors are excited about college and look forward to visiting more colleges this year.
OCS Got Talent!

On April 22nd, we held our annual OCS Got Talent! show with great participation from many of our gifted students... and staff! Highlights from the show were Tai Abe (MS, 6th), opening the show with his rendition of Langston Hughes poem titled Dream Variations; Shantae Brown (MS, 8th) beautifully singing No One by Alicia Keys; Jowen Campbell (HS, 9th) and Mr. Ramriez serenading us with Bruno Mars' When I Was Your Man; and a wonderfully nostalgic and well-crafted dance sequence by the 6th grade dance team. Congratulations to all of our participants and winners!
Annual College Fair

OCS’s 4th Annual College Fair will be on Friday, May 12th from 12:30 p.m. - There will be more than 20 colleges in attendance. Participation at this fair will offer students an opportunity to introduce themselves to the myriad post-secondary educational choices that are available. They can gather literature, ask questions and learn more about post-secondary options. We are very excited about this year's college fair, and anticipate it being a great time for students. A detailed schedule will be provided closer to the date of the event.

Educational Leadership Breakfast


On On Wednesday, April 20th, OCS’s Jennifer Diaz received the Educational Leadership Award at the 2016  Educational Leadership Awards Breakfast hosted by Senator Bill Perkins. Ms. Diaz, who serves as the school’s admissions liaison, was nominated by her colleagues for her exemplary service and contributions to the OCS community. Ms. Diaz is known among staff as a great team player who is always willing to lend a helping hand when needed, and someone who thrives to make the OCS community a better place for staff, students and their families. The event took place at The Alhambra Ballroom of New York. Ms. Diaz was joined at the breakfast by Krystal Vazquez, admissions supervisor and Charybel Nuñez, parent/admissions liaison.

OCS Hosts First Day of Dignity


On Monday, April 11th, OCS hosted its first ever Day of Dignity, an event dedicated to making OCS a safer, more inclusive environment for all. On this day, representatives of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People (PFLAG) conducted a “Safe Schools Visit" to OCS. Groups of PFLAG volunteers visited classrooms to share their personal stories and answer student questions. Our students impressed the visitors with their attentiveness and inquisitiveness during these presentations. In addition, all students attended an interactive, musical assembly on bias, bullying, and the bystander. Let us all remember to stand up and speak out the next time we see someone being treated unfairly because they are different.

Day of Silence


Every year, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) promotes a national Day of Silence. The purpose of this event is to draw awareness to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying, and harassment in schools by illustrating the silencing effect these actions have on students who are (or are perceived to be) LGBT. This year, 42 OCS students participated in the event by deciding not to speak, text, or post to social media for an entire school day (Friday, April 15th). Please commend these students for taking a stand against anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination in schools.

Spring Forward Race 


On Saturday, April 9th, students from the OCS track team participated in the Spring Forward Race. The mile-and-a-half event is the perfect distance for introducing newcomers to running. For those with more experience, the course at Van Cortlandt Park provided plenty of opportunities to get students' winter legs into spring shape. We want to congratulate everyone who participated in the event.
 

Student of the Month Winners


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

Congratulations to:
9th - Persis Quaicoe
10th - Aliyyah Yishrael-Abdullah
11th - Jennifer Urias
12th - Giovanni Arana
PA Meetings
June 1, 2016

We look forward to a wonderful year.
Upcoming Events
Friday, May 12th
Annual College Fair


Wednesday, May 25 - Friday, June 3rd
8th Grade Science Performance Test

Monday, May 30th
Memorial Day - School Closed
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