Sunday, July 18, 2021

Summer Update #1

UAI Staff News

Volume IX
Issue 1
July 18, 2021

Principal's Message

Summer Lovin'.  We are three weeks into a much deserved summer break, and I am hoping that each of you have found ways to unwind, slow your minds, and recharge your bodies, hearts, and souls!  I had the chance to get away for a few days over the last few weeks, and I know it took me some time to force my mind to settle and appreciate the slower paces and lightening stress.  So, please make sure to allow yourself the joy of relaxation.  Summer is for lovin' yourselves!

We still have 7.5 weeks of summer left.  Make sure that you are prioritizing your YOU time now.  Establish routines and healthy mindsets to take into next year to strengthen your own well-being.  Be ok to put you first right now.  The rest of the work will always be there, and it will be ready for you to take on when you are ready to take it on!

I am really looking forward to a wonderful return to in-person learning.  While there are still a lot of questions, what definitely looms largest for me is to be back in actual community with all of you once more!

Committee Updates

School Restructuring Committee.  
  • Scheduling SubCommitteeThe scheduling committee is moving towards a finalized version of the fall program. During the Town Hall meeting this Wednesday (see below for details) will review the program in detail and gather your feedback.  If you're unable to make that Town Hall, we will be recording it so you can have access to that information later!  Here are some main points of the program
    • Integrating Student Choice.  One of the main calls for electives has been rooted in the goal of giving students choice.  However, the amount of work it take to create a high quality course can be overwhelming for staff teaching multiple preps.  So the dilemma presenting itself was how to offer student choice while maintaining instructional quality.  Well..what could a program look like if that were the case?  That might be a way where we can not overwhelm teacher and provide students with choice!  Come to Thursday's Town Hall to learn more!
    • Minimizing Co-Teacher Partnerships.  For almost everyone, this program limits the number of co-planning/co-teaching relationships to 2.  That way, folks have to work with at most 2 people (Danielle R - you're the 1 exception planning with Jamie, Judy, and the new math teacher TBD)
    • Small Group Work.  All staff will have 2 small group professional periods.  If you have students who have outstanding NX grades from June, those students will be automatically assigned to your small groups.  If you do not, you will have the opportunity to use the small group time for extra tutoring and/or to host clubs.  Students will come out of their study hall period to participate in small groups (NX/Tutor/Clubs).
    • Staffing Assignments.  We are still finalizing rooms and periods.  The goal is to minimize movement as much as possible - keeping teachers in their same rooms (though there will be some changes).  We will release the final period schedule (with room assignments, teaching periods, preps, lunches, and professional periods) within the coming weeks.  For now, here is the staffing and co-teaching assignments.
  • Hiring SubCommittee:  The hiring committee has been hard at work interviewing candidates. 
    • We've had a couple of staffing shifts this summer, which is normal for schools.  Rebecca F has moved on to join a school that is closer to her home, and Emma has also recently resigned, deciding to relocate upstate.  Some of you may have heard that Marsha has accepted an Assistant Principal Position at the Urban Assembly Gateway school, and we are so incredibly proud and excited for her!!  
    • We have also received our final budget for the upcoming year, and now that we are finally funding at 100% of our funding formula, we can officially afford to bring class sizes to 25 for all academic classes.  In addition, we are looking to backfill positions that we never filled during COVID (eg. Dance).  We are currently hiring for Math, Dance, Special Ed, and one more (which could be ENL).  
    • We have hired four new staff (Shana Mian (Bio), Jenetta Roseangel (SPEC), Claire Gottsegen (SPED), and Liza Backman (Chem)).  We'll be formally introducing them during the Town Hall on Wednesday.
    • Our goal is to complete hiring by the end of next week, before Kiri goes on vacation!  If you are available to help out with our interviews, please reach out to Kelly to let her know.  It is a lot of time and effort to bring on new staff, and only a few folks from hiring are available over the summer.  Please help out if you can (per session is available!).
  • Other Hiring Update.  I am also interviewing for a School Secretary, School Aide, and School Business Manager.  Both Del and Aisha have been key in helping me interview candidates and assess their fit with UAI.  We currently have a lead on a secretary, and may have a lead on a school business manager, too!  If you know anyone who would be a good fit for a school aide (charged with managing deliveries, which requires moving boxes and with other office tasks), please email me to let me know ASAP!
 


Announcements and To Do

UAI Staff Town Hall.  Kiri will be hosting the first summer Town Hall.  Final agenda will be updated soon, but here's the initial draft:
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • NYCDOE Updates - COVID Protocols and Expectations
  • Scheduling Committee Report
  • Hiring Committee Report
  • Q&A
  • ZOOM link

Classroom Set Up & Co-Planning.  All staff are invited to come into school on August 31, Sept 1, and Sept 2 to set up their classrooms and begin planning with co-teachers. Training rate per session for up to a total of 5 hours per day (15 hours per person) is available for you!  You are welcome to schedule your classroom set-up or planning time as you wish, but all work must be in-person and onsite at UAI.  All teachers will also have to clock in and clock out on those three days.  Anyone who applies will be accepted into the role.  To apply,  please COMPLETE THIS FORM 


Home Visits.  We know that relationships are the bedrock of a quality learning experience for our students.  To strengthen relationships, we want to actually meet our families where they are.  Home visits are one of the best ways to get to know our students' families and to better understand the individual stories of each of our students.   We're asking for advisors to volunteer to visit their advisory students during the last week of August and/or throughout the month of September.  Advisors would
  • Participate in a Training Workshop on Home Visits (via zoom)
  • Call homes to schedule visits
  • Successfully complete all priority visits (aka students who struggled in Remote Learning last year)
  • Successfully Complete visits to at least 70% of their advisory (e.g. 10-11 of 15 students)
  • Gather accurate contact information
  • Introduce self, school, and learn about individual student & family strengths, goals, and needs
All advisors wishing to participate will be accepted into the per session position.  To apply,  please COMPLETE THIS FORM 


Course Wish Lists.   It's that time of year to shop for your courses again.  Please visit ShopDoe to select materials for your course.  We will be purchasing general supply materials for the school (white board markers, paper, markers, scissors, tape, etc.). However, if you want something specific, please do put it on your list.  We are training new people in purchasing this year.  So we are creating a new system to support their onboarding.  
  • FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS to submit order requests.
  • If you do not submit correctly, your order will be automatically rejected.  
  • NOTE:  It takes at least 30-45 days for order to process and be delivered.  If you need materials by a specific date, they must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to that date.  The sooner you can submit the order, the more likely those materials will be available for you to use when you need them!




Per Session Postings

To Apply for any of the following per session opportunities, please COMPLETE THIS FORM and email the appropriate point person listed in this posting.  

Student Home Visits  We know that relationships are the bedrock of a quality learning experience for our students.  To strengthen relationships, we want to actually meet our families where they are.  Home visits are one of the best ways to get to know our students' families and to better understand the individual stories of each of our students.   We're asking for advisors to volunteer to visit their advisory students during the last week of August and/or throughout the month of September.  Advisors would
  • Participate in a Training Workshop on Home Visits (via zoom)
  • Call homes to schedule visits
  • Successfully complete all priority visits (aka students who struggled in Remote Learning last year)
  • Successfully Complete visits to at least 70% of their advisory (e.g. 10-11 of 15 students)
  • Gather accurate contact information
  • Introduce self, school, and learn about individual student & family strengths, goals, and needs
All advisors wishing to participate will be accepted into the per session position.  To apply,  please COMPLETE THIS FORM 


Classroom SetUp & Co-Planning  All staff are invited to come into school on August 31, Sept 1, and Sept 2 to set up their classrooms and begin planning with co-teachers. Training rate per session for up to a total of 5 hours per day (15 hours per person) is available for you!  You are welcome to schedule your classroom set-up or planning time as you wish, but all work must be in-person and onsite at UAI.  All teachers will also have to clock in and clock out on those three days.  Anyone who applies will be accepted into the role.  To apply,  please COMPLETE THIS FORM 





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Friday, June 25, 2021

Happy Summer!

 

UAI Staff News

Volume IX
Issue 1
Summer

Principal's Message

We are officially on SUMMER vacation!   There will be no weekly posts during the summer, but you can come back to check on the blog on these dates:

  • July 11th - Summer Blog Post #1
  • July 29th - Summer Blog Post #2

  • August 22nd - Weekly Blog Posts Resume for the 2021-22 School Year


You can also join live updates in our scheduled Town Hall meetings this summer:
  • July 14th - Staff Town Hall (Updates on whatever info we have around hiring, scheduling, and DOE guidance)

  • July 28th - Staff Town Hall #2 (Updates on whatever info we have…)

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Week of June 21st

UAI Staff News

Volume VIII
Issue 46
June 21st, 2021

Principal's Message

We Are Finally Here - CONGRATULATIONS!   Fifteen months ago, we were all thrust into a brand new world of teaching and learning. Since then each and everyone one of you has pushed yourself to learn, grow, and dig deeper than ever before the strength and endurance to support our students and their families.  This enormous labor required an enormous amount of energy and stamina, and each day, each one of you kept digging deep to continually deliver for our students and their families.  

Outside our zoom bubbles, the global pandemic raged on, and many on our staff lost loved ones to this unforgiving virus.  The weight of loss built relentlessly through this last year, and your commitment to our students and their families never once wavered.

In parallel, our students and their families also lived through this crucible of trauma and forced growth and development.  The vast majority of them found ways to thrive in your classes because of your tireless commitment and attention to their success.

This week we wrap up the final week of the 2020-2021 school year. As we feel the joy of seeing our graduates and families revel in the glee of their achievements, take a moment to claim some of that glee for yourselves.   So, begin this week with a deep cleansing breath, shake off the fatigue that relentlessly nipped your heels for the last several weeks, and embrace the joy and celebration of this week as your own, too.  You have all earned it!





Committee Updates

UAI Committee Updates.  The Scheduling & Hiring Committee will continue to meet throughout the summer as they are still finalizing their work.  Stay tuned to this section of the summer blog (which is published every other Sunday beginning 05JUL) for updates.
 


Announcements and To Do

This Week's Activities.  
  • 6/7th Grade In-Person students are going to ALL be in room 409 this week.  All In-Person students are welcome but not required to attend in-person classes this week.  All Advisories are remote this week.  6/7th Advisors MUST TAKE ATTENDANCE daily.
    • Monday & Tuesday:  6/7th In-Person with Ms. Sarah M in Room 409
    • Wednesday & Thursday:  6/7th In-Person with Ms. Pauline in Room 409

  • All Other Staff: Please review your assignments for THIS WEEK.  All staff should plan to be in the building on Tuesday and Thursday ONLY (unless you are on remote accommodations, have regents assignments, or are on gym decoration).  All staff MUST be in the building by 8:30AM for a staff meeting that begins at 8:45AM in the Gym.

  • This Week's Schedule
    • Monday - 21JUN21
      • 6/7th Grade who are In-Person in Room 409
      • 6/7th on Gd Remote - Take Attendance by 11AM.  Call all who don't respond.
      • 8th-12th:  Regents Week - No classes (no attendance taking needed)
    • Tuesday - 22JUN21
      • 6/7th Grade who are In-Person in Room 409 - join Graduation at 11AM
      • 6/7th on Gd Remote - Take Attendance by 11AM.  Call all who don't respond.
      • All Staff report by 8:30AM, Staff Meeting in Gym at 8:45AM
      • 8th Grade Graduation at 11AM and 1PM
      • Last day to for staff to clean out any lockers and secure rooms for summer cleaning.
      • ALL Staff TECH and KEYS MUST be returned on TUESDAY to the Main Office (to Nancy)
    • Wednesday - 23JUN21
      • 6/7th Grade who are In-Person in Room 409
      • 6/7th on Gd Remote - Take Attendance by 11AM.  Call all who don't respond.
      • 8th-12th:  Regents Week - No classes (no attendance taking needed)
    • Thursday - 24JUN21
      • 6/7th Grade who are In-Person in Room 409 - join Graduation at 11AM
      • 6/7th on Gd Remote - Take Attendance by 11AM.  Call all who don't respond.
      • 8th-12th:  Regents Week - No classes (no attendance taking needed)
      • Staff Celebration at Randolph Bar after Full Staff Graduation Clean Up! 
        This is purely voluntary.  This is not an official staff party, so we're all paying our own way!  However, ALL are invited and welcome!
    • Friday - 25JUN21
      • Last Day of School!!!!!!!!!!
      • 8:30AM - Final Zoom Staff Meeting of the Year
      • 11:00AM - Final Zoom Advisory of the Year (Agenda announced at meeting)


Tech Collection.  We are still missing quite a bit of technology from students.  Please reach out to ALL of your advisees to have them come to school on Monday or Wednesday this week to return their technology.  Please review THIS SHEET to see which of your advisees have already returned their tech.







Per Session Postings

To Apply for any of the following per session opportunities, please COMPLETE THIS FORM and email the appropriate point person listed in this posting.  


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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Week of June 14th

UAI Staff News

Volume VIII
Issue 45
June 14th, 2021

Principal's Message

Final Days.  This week we wrap up all high school classes, including NXI, and we begin to wind up middle school classes for next week.  PADS has been open since last week and teachers should definitely feel free to begin entering grades as soon as they are ready.  ALL grades are due on Thursday, July 17th at 3PM.


Remaining Dates for the Year
  • Week of June 14th - Vaccine CAMPAIGN WEEK
    •   8.  Monday 14JUN - Grade Specific Assignments
      • 8th Grade Baby Pics Guess Who & Trivia Zoom - Time 12:15PM
        • Zoom Link
        • Meeting ID: 854 2510 9427
        • Passcode: 359512

      • 8th-11th Grade Adv. - VACCINE INFO ZOOM SESSION w/ Ms. Kiri @1:15PM
    •   9.  Tuesday 15JUN - Grade Specific Assignments
      • 9th-11th Tech Collection Day for These Advisories (see directions below)
        • Brodie, Cassandra, Emma, Rebecca C, Tiffany
        • Danielle I, Nadine, Rachel
        • Damon, Joey, Suzannah
      • 12th:  Senior Picnic Meet Up and Yearbook Signing Brooklyn Bridge Park @12PM
    • 10.  Wednesday 16JUN - Grade Specific Assignments
      • 9th-11th Tech Collection Day for These Advisories  (see directions below)
        • Christina, Marni, Nina, Rebecca F
        • Elena, Elana, Jean, Nakita
        • Danielle R, Judy, Tom
      • 12th Grade:  Final Advisory Circle
    • **.  Thursday 17JUN - NO CLASSES for 8th-12th
    • **.  Friday 18JUN - NO CLASSES- JUNETEENTH!
      • Advisors MUST take attendance and CALL students if they don't respond to check in on them and record attendance.




Don't Forget To Scroll To the Bottom to See This Week's Per Session Postings

Birthdays This Week

Rebecca C, Tuesday 15JUN
Alan, Tuesday 15JUN


Student Birthdays
Sunday, 13JUN: Chelsea (11)
Monday, 14JUN: Maruam (6)
Wednesday, 16JUN: Alysha(11), Yasmine(9)
Friday, 18JUN: Triniya(10), Karizma(9), London(9)
Saturday, 19JUN: Jasmyn BB(10), Mya W(9) Naomi W (9)


Committee Updates

UAI Committee Updates.  No Updates this week.
 


Announcements and To Do

Vaccine Campaign Kickoff.  One of the only ways we are going to be able to maximize the quality of learning we're able to plan for the fall is if we maximize the number of vaccinated folks in our school. The more who are vaccinated, the safer we are as a community.  We need to be safe in order to learn.  While PPE has it's place, PPE alongside vaccination is maximal safety for all.

That said, vaccine hesitancy is real, and folks have real reasons to question the vaccine.  We want everyone in our community to make the decision that is right for them, but we also want to make sure that our community members are operating with all the information they need to make an informed choice. So...

This week we are holding advisory town halls about the vaccine.  Please bring your advisory during their regular advisory time to the zooms.  Kiri will be leading the info session, centering student questions, concerns, and myths!  Kids will also get a chance to hear from their peers and teachers about their own vaccine experiences.  The goal is to give airtime to worries and to provide as much information as they need to feel more informed and comfortable about making the decision to get vaccinated.  If you are willing to share your own story and/or if you have students in your advisories willing to share, please email Kiri and join the Town Halls listed below!  
  • 6th and 7th grade Advisory Vaccine Town Hall 
  • 8th through 11th grade Advisory Vaccine Town Hall (12th Grade already had theirs!)

Vaccine Social Media Campaign Kickoff.  You are invited to join our social media campaign.  Please send Jen your pictures and stories of your own.  It could be your own experience with the vaccine, your family's experience, and why you chose to do so.  If you have students who are willing to share, please let Jen know, too.  We want to definitely try to push this into our social this week as we prep up for the Town Halls.

Tech Collection.  Tech collection begins this week.  We need to call back all technology from students so that we can take a proper inventory, make any necessary repairs, and perform any updates so that equipment is ready for the next school year.  Students have been returning iPads without chargers.  Please emphasize that we need to have the chargers returned.  Here are the directions for tech collection:
  • In-Person Advisors
    • Direct students to bring technology to YOU in your in-person classroom.
    • When you come in, stop by the main office and pick up labels & markers
    • When students return equipment you must
      • Put a label on the machine and write the student's name on it
      • Put a label on the power cords and write the students' name on it
      • At the end of the day, return your tech collection box to ROOM B43
      • Fill out THIS SHEET to document student tech return
  • Remote Advisors
    • Direct students to bring technology to school from 10AM-12PM (on their assigned day)
    • We'll have a collection site set up at entry with staff (Aisha/Courtney/Jen/Annie/Kiri)
    • When students return equipment (Aisha/Courtney/Jen/Annie/Kiri) will 
      • Put a label on the machine with the student's name
      • Put a label on the power cords with the student's name
      • Fill out THIS SHEET to document student tech return
  • Staff Tech & Key Collection
    • All staff will also have to return school issued tech for summer repair, inventory, and updates.  All school tech (e.g. chromebooks, iPads, calculators, laptops, document cameras, etc) and school keys and elevator cards must be returned.  Similar to student, staff must
      • Put a label on the tech with staff name on it
      • Put a label on the power cords with staff names on it
      • Label ALL keys with room number and staff name
      • Label elevate key card with staff name
      • All 8-12th grade staff return all tech by the EOD on (16JUN21)
      • All 6-7th grade staff return all tech by EOD on (24JUN21)
      • NOTE:  If you need school tech to conduct final advisory zoom on last day of school, hold onto it and then return all tech to school after your final zoom on 25JUN21 (otherwise, you are welcome to zoom from your phones)
      • All teacher tech & keys should be returned to Kiri the main office
      • We will reissue tech to staff if needed in September.  If you are working summer per session, please reach out to Kiri directly if you need to hold onto your tech.

NX Documentation.  If you have students who will not complete your course by the end of school, please complete THIS FORM no later than EOD Monday (you should have already completed it during Grade Team Meetings on Friday, but in case you didn't finish...)


Schedule Release.  According to contract, we must release your schedule prior to the last day of school.  However, that program is also understood to be subject to changes pending budget and staffing changes over the summer.  So...since we haven't actually received our budget yet (it's not coming out until June 18th!!) and guidelines for physical distancing and Fall COVID rules are still pending, this likelihood of this program changing is QUITE HIGH.  That said... Here it is. Changes will happen...some of the things we're considering
  • Will we have enough funds to hire enough staff to shrink class sizes to 25 students?  This will enable us to have more "normal" programming and remain within the new spacing mandates (3' as opposed to 6')
  • The goal is to make sure teaching grade and subject assignments remain constant throughout changes to the extent possible.  That said teachers should definitely be prepared for some shifting and we'll get those to you as soon as we have them!
  • The scheduling committee (or at least members who are available during the summer) will continue to meet to work on the program and hold regular communications on progress with staff throughout the summer.  Please continue to share questions and concerns!





Per Session Postings

To Apply for any of the following per session opportunities, please COMPLETE THIS FORM and email the appropriate point person listed in this posting.  

Per Session Posting  There are several curriculum development opportunities for summer per session.  Please submit your interest via the Per Session Interest form and email Kiri. ELA & Other course offerings will be made available based on budget availability. FY 2021-22 budgets release in about two weeks.

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Week of June 7

UAI Staff News

Volume VIII
Issue 44
June 7th, 2021

Principal's Message

Final Weeks.  This week we wrap up the culminating projects.  We are well into the process of landing the ship, and putting an endpoint on this rollercoaster year!

On Tuesday 08JUN21, there are no instructional classes (neither culminating activities nor advisory), so staff should use the time to connect with students in need of support and also use time to do daily communication with families about student progress.  Looking through your logs and hearing your meeting discussions on Friday, it's definitely evident that your efforts are having impact!  For sure, there are always going to be those we have yet to find a way to reach, but equally certain, there are those who are beginning to thrive under your attention and support.   Keep it up because it's working and they need you!



  


Attendance:  All advisors are responsible for logging daily attendance by 2PM.  If you have not heard from one of your advisees by 10AM, please reach out to check in, make sure they are engaging in their assigned activity for the day, and mark them present.

NX Classes:  All NX classes proceed as normal through June 17th. 

NX Students not in NX Classes:  Teachers should be reaching out daily to students who currently have an NX in their class.  Encourage students to attend in-person if they can.  Work with students and families to analyze what support is needed for student, and then provide the support required to ensure the student successfully completes the course by the end of June.  June IS summer school for your courses this year.

Recruit for Summer FUN!  This year, summer school is about exciting, re-engagement into school.  Screens have a way of taking the joy out of learning, especially for those who struggled the most with remote learning.  This summer, we want to re-engage and re-ignite the love of learning in our students (and especially the ones who suffered the most during pandemic learning).  Please encourage all of your advisees to join summer FUN at UAI this summer!

Remaining Dates for the Year
  • Week of June 7th
    • 4.  Monday 07JUN - All Except 8th Grade - Science Cumulative Activity Day
      • 8th Grade Cap & Face Shield Decorating via Zoom!
    • **.  Tuesday 08JUN - NO CLASSES - Grading Day for Teachers
      • 12th Grade Senior Awards Ceremony via Zoom!
    • 5.  Wednesday 09JUN - All except 8th - SOC Cumulative Activity Day
      • 8th Grade Meet Up at Brooklyn Bridge Park Roller Rink 10AM-12PM
    • 6.  Thursday 10JUN - Grade Specific Assignments
      • 6th/7th Grade - Advisory Circles @12:10PM
      • 8th - SOC Cumulative Activity Day
      • 9th Grade - PE Culminating Activity Day
      • 10th Grade - Spanish Culminating Activity Day
      • 11th Grade - Theater Culminating Activity Day
      • 12th Grade Graduation Box Pick Up & Cap/Face Shield Decorating @ UAI
    • 7.  Friday 11JUN - Grade Specific Assignments
      • 6th & 7th Grade - PE Culminating Activity Day
      • 8th Grade - Science Cumulative Activity Day
      • 9th-11th Grade - Advisory Circles at 12:10PM
      • 12th Grade:  PE/Health Culminating Activity Day

  • Week of June 14th - Vaccine CAMPAIGN WEEK
    •   8.  Monday 14JUN - Grade Specific Assignments
      • 8th-11th Grade Adv. - VACCINE INFO ZOOM SESSION w/ Ms. Kiri @1:15PM
      • 8th Grade Baby Pics Guess Who & Trivia Zoom - Time TBD
    •   9.  Tuesday 15JUN - Grade Specific Assignments

      • 9th-11th Tech Collection Day for These Advisories
        • Brodie, Cassandra, Emma, Rebecca C, Tiffany
        • Danielle I, Nadine, Rachel
        • Damon, Joey, Suzannah
      • 12th:  Senior Picnic Meet Up and Yearbook Signing Brooklyn Bridge Park @12PM
    • 10.  Wednesday 16JUN - Grade Specific Assignments
      • 9th-11th Tech Collection Day for These Advisories
        • Christina, Marni, Nina, Rebecca F
        • Elena, Elana, Jean, Nakita
        • Danielle R, Judy, Tom
      • 12th Grade:  Final Advisory Circle
    • **.  Thursday 17JUN - NO CLASSES for 8th-12th
    • **.  Friday 18JUN - NO SCHOOL- JUNETEENTH!

  • LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL - No classes for grades 8-12th (Regents Week)
    • 11. Monday, 21JUN - 
      • 6th/7th Advisories at 12:10PM
      • Mon/Tue In Person staff - clean out classrooms, lockers, mailboxes
        • We're cleaning out ALL lockers & mailboxes & closets.  
        • Secure & Label everything you do not want tossed.
    • 12. Tuesday, 22JUN - 
      • 6th/7th Advisories - Asynch (take attendance)
      • Mon/Tue In Person teachers - 8th Graduation Assignments for All In person staff
        • See email from Kelly & Team for assignments
    • 13.  Wednesday 23JUN
      • 6th/7th Advisories at 12:10PM
      • Wed/Thu In Person staff - clean out classrooms, lockers, mailboxes
        • We're cleaning out ALL lockers & mailboxes & closets.  
        • Secure & Label everything you do not want tossed.
    • 14.  Thursday 24JUN
      • 6th/7th Advisories - Asynch (take attendance)
      • ALL In Person staff - 12th Graduation Assignments for All In person staff
        • Mon/Tue staff DO come into UAI on Thursday 25JUN for Graduation
        • See email from Kelly & Team for assignments
        • Optional Staff Celebration at Randolph Bar
          • Details TBD - but come and celebrate the end of the year after graduation ceremonies - purely voluntary!
    • 15.  Friday 25JUN
      • Last day of school
      • Remote ONLY
      • Final Staff Meeting at 9AM
      • Final Advisory Circles for All students at 11AM
      • Then - ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Don't Forget To Scroll To the Bottom to See This Week's Per Session Postings

Birthdays This Week

Emma, Wednesday 09JUN
Jamie, Friday 11JUN


Student Birthdays
Monday, 07JUN:  Ariel B(8)
Friday, 11JUN: Monet (12), Kaliyah J (7)
Saturday, 12JUN: Assia D(12), Adriana NH(6)


Committee Updates


Our final assessment of the work we have done in our committees and as a community showed overall improvement in our drive to moving UAI into an Anti-Racist and Fully Inclusive School. Here are some of the Key Take Aways from Thursday's workshops: 

That our school is doing MUCH better than even just last year, but that there is also a lot of work to be done.

One significant take away is that we have ALL been working to make our school anti-racist and more equitable. It takes time, and [lots] of mistakes, but we are working toward something greater.

Evidence-based PDs are great! They really force you to get beyond your own biases of what the school is and how its running to come to supportable conclusions. In this case, it seems that we have made a clear move from a 3 to a 4 (ie we are identifying areas of need/reflection) and are beginning to make moves to remedy those areas we have identified (ie moving to a 5). Although there is a lot more work to be done, I hope the staff reflects on our work positively.

There have been some significant positive steps toward becoming an antiracist organization, but there are several barriers that still stand in our way. The next steps are CRUCIAL, and we have to show concrete progress; we can no longer claim to be laying the groundwork or taking steps in the right direction, we have to actually show more structural change. 

Things are changing, but there is so much still to talk about and restructure. For example, what is our position on standardized testing and is that reflected in our systems? How do we want grades to look if we aren't looking for a normal distribution? How do we balance rigor and high expectations with the desire to see all our students get As and Bs? (like should B be the average grade? If everyone is getting an A is that evidence that the work was too easy or that everyone is excelling? How are we measuring success?) How are we going to partner with other organizations to help dismantle oppressive systems in our local communities, in our state, our country, etc.

 


Announcements and To Do

NYC School Survey.  We are making great progress and are almost all a the goals.  Please review the survey SHEET to see your own progress towards goals and to review which of your students & families have completed the survey.  Please reach out this week to get at least 3 families and 90% of your advisees to complete by Friday 11JUN.  



<<REPOST>> Summer Rising.  We have the opportunity to return to school better, and that first opportunity is with our summer programming.   It will be a long path back for our students to return to remembering what in-person school was really like, and we want summer to be the first taste of remembering that school can be fun and yes, it's cool to love learning!  

Please also announce in Advisory and Talk it Up as an opportunity for students!   

For now, all programs are in-person.  We really want kids to come into the building and re-experience how much fun in-person learning can be.  We may have remote options...but that is still very much TBD.  In Person learning is the priority.  It will be safe (all existing protocols in place AND have weekly testing).  

We have three summer offerings for students.

Octavia Project:  A summer STEAM camp for Middle School students (female/female-identified/non-binary) focused on developing their creative inquiry through STEM projects with creative lenses.   In addition the Octavia Project incorporates near-peer leadership opportunities, guest speakers, and leadership development throughout the summer program. This program is open to all current 6th-8th graders and incoming 5th graders.  Visit the Octavia Project to Learn more
PLEASE CONTACT MARSHA for directions on how to apply.



Girls Inc Summer Camp:  A summer empowerment camp for Middle School Students (female/female-identified/non-binary) focused on developing our young people to become Strong, Smart and Bold!  This summer's programs will be "Girl Boss" focusing on financial literacy, "Wellness Lounge" focusing on developing SEL skills, and "Summer Sports" which will be an exploration in various outdoors activities.  In addition, Girls Inc is planning a wide variety of trips, speakers, and career exposure activities. This program is open to all current 6th-8th graders and incoming 5th graders.  
PLEASE CONTACT MARSHA for directions on how to apply.


Schools for Kids by Kids:  This homegrown summer seminar program was developed and will be taught by UAI staff.  In this program, students will be invited to research and study how schools are currently structured, rethink how schools should be structured, abolish the structures that should no longer be there, and create an action project to make the changes they would like to see. You can talk to Rachel, Judy, Joey, or Nakita to learn more about the work!  This program is open to any current 8th (or incoming 9th) through 12th grades
SIGN UP.  https://forms.gle/ERx4r8F9RucKMZyA7




MP4 Log of Support. Continue working on the MP4 Log of Support.  For ALL students who have an currently NX in your class, please log your daily outreach and intervention efforts for the month of June.  If you are unable to reach or connect with a family or student, all staff are expected to reach out to Annie/Kiri/Jen for additional support.  We will work to connect you with the families or students.



Per Session Postings

To Apply for any of the following per session opportunities, please COMPLETE THIS FORM and email the appropriate point person listed in this posting.  

Per Session Posting  There are several curriculum development opportunities for summer per session.  Please submit your interest via the Per Session Interest form and email Kiri. ELA & Other course offerings will be made available based on budget availability. FY 2021-22 budgets release in about two weeks.


  1. NEW POST: English. I want to finalize course scope and sequencing - work that we began touching upon PRE covid this July. Primarily, I want to finalize course text titles, benchmark expectations, and materials lists by July 15th. All ELA and SPED/ENL ELA folks are invited to apply. This would be about 10 hours of work, all zoom, with a mix of meeting time and work time as determined by team. There is also an additional five hours for up to three team leaders of this work that will be selected based on their experience in the classroom, demonstrated expertise in a range of works, and depth of understanding or requirements for global assessments like the NYS Middle School exams, HS ELA Regents, and AP Lang, and Lit.

  2. Social Studies.  We need to build a course on African Studies - centering the cultures & histories of Africa in the study of Global History.  This will be a Global History Course for students, leveraging the NYS Global History standards involving the study of African cultures, histories, and achievements on the world stage.  Teachers selected for this Social Studies Course Planning will receive 40 hours to study & develop teacher mastery of African history and to plan and create

    1. A Course Overview & Syllabus, with Course and Unit Objectives

    2. Detailed Overview of first two units - with daily objectives, rubrics, and assessments.

    3. Narrative Lesson Plans for all of of the first unit


  1. Math & Science.  Posting Closed Applied: Nina, Nakita, Jamie, Rebecca F Staffed: Nina, Nakita, Jamie, Rebecca F




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