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Regents at OCS

We are excited as we continue to make progress transitioning to Common Core standards and the development of new Regents exams.

The adoption of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards requires us to review our current curriculum and delivery of instruction to our students.  These standards emphasize critical thinking, careful analysis of text, evidence-based writing, communicating ideas effectively and solving real-world problems.

While the process is challenging, we are working to minimize these challenges so that we can provide improved learning experiences for our students. The revamp of our assessments will also allow us to more effectively measure student learning. Teachers at OCS have been working diligently to develop curriculum that aligns with Common Core to ensure that our students receive an excellent education that will prepare them for college and the workforce ahead.

Financial Aid Night

On Thursday, January 14 the guidance department held “Financial Aid Night” and it was a big success as nearly two dozen students and family members attended. With the support of staff and volunteers students were able to complete their financial aid applications and now have a leg up when applying to college. It was amazing to see everyone working together to support the students at such an important time in their lives. Thanks to all who came out to make this a great event.

4th Annual Alumni Winter Carnival 

Nearly 50 alum returned to OCS to celebrate and give back during the 4th Annual Alumni Winter Conference. The annual event, which traditionally focuses on career development and assessment, that features resume workshops and job recruiters, changed the tone of this year’s event to be more festive and reflective.

And the result was nothing short of amazing with good times and lots of laughter.

Responding to feedback from graduates that a fun event would be a welcome change of pace, the Alumni Department responded by hosting the first ever “Alumni Carnival.” The school gym was transformed into an amazing carnival filled with a dazzling array of cheerful decorations, tasty food, and enough games and prizes to make even the most buttoned-down alum feel like a kid again.

The carnival featured balloon darts, bowling, ping-pong fishing, football toss, and more. Alum also got the opportunity to win great prizes and snack on fresh cotton candy right from the machine and freshly made popcorn.

Former students from all six of OCS’ previous senior classes were represented, making this the most successful Alumni event to date.

Track Team

This month the OCS Track Team was featured on Young Runners Storyboard. Young Runners is associated with the New York Road Runners, a non-profit running organization based in New York City. Young Runners use a team-based structure to help kids learn valuable lessons about how to set goals and make activity part of their daily lives. Students are supported by their school coaches and learn to run long distances from 1 to 4 miles. This physically challenging program is designed for children of all fitness and athletic levels and teaches students how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise.

Girls Basketball Team

Congratulations to the girl's basketball team and head coach Mr. Gomez who won their first game of the season 28 - 14 against Roads 2. Sophomore Macdege D. had a game-high 20 points to lead OCS to victory. Eighth grader Brittney G. made a critical steal at the end of the game to stop a brief rally from Roads 2.

Game Highlights
Final Score: OCS - 28  Roads 2 - 14
High Score: Sophomore, Macdege with 20 points.
Shout out: 8th grader Brittney who had a huge steal at the end of the game to seal the victory.

Boys Basketball Team

On Thursday, January 28, the Middle School Boys basketball team won their 5th straight game and currently sits in first place in their division, which includes four Harlem Success schools, two KIPP schools, Democracy Prep and Dream.

While the 49-28 victory and 5-0 season are great accomplishments, the real highlight of the season thus far is the way our players and spectators have conducted themselves. The refs and league officials, which have been the same throughout the season, complimented our school on how our students have exhibited "true sportsmanship" and have handled their victories with true professionalism. And according to one of the reps of the league there may be a school-team sportsmanship award and OCS may be the frontrunners. Let’s all congratulate our MS Boys basketball team.

OCS Beat-Making Class

Introducing OCS Beat Kingz, the Soundcloud page where you can check out some exciting new music tracks created from our lead student producers here at OCS. At the end of each semester, the best produced tracks from our Beat-Making class will be uploaded to OCS Beat Kingz. Check it out now and listen to Aya’s “World’s End,” Jensy’s “The Masterpiece” and Darnell’s “Ehco."

Student of the Month Winners

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

9th grade - Danicel D.

11th grade - Akisha K.

12th grade - DeOndrei M.
Upcoming Events
February 1
Staff PD Day (No School)

February 2
Start of Spring Semester
Start of 3rd Quarter

February 3
Parent teacher conferences 1pm-4pm

February 4
Parent teacher conferences 5pm
PA Meetings
February 3, 2016
April 7, 2016
June 1, 2016

We look forward to a wonderful year.
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