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Canarsie Educational Campus Hosts College Fair

On Wednesday, September 27, Urban Action Academy joined the rest of Canarsie Educational Campus schools to welcome many colleges. Students had the opportunity to speak to representatives from many colleges, as well as military recruiters, and the FDNY. They were able to ask questions about undergraduate programs and campus life and walk away with more information. Many campuses asked students to sign up to be sent additional information. This was the first year the the fair was held during school hours and participation was significantly higher than after-hours fairs of the past.

The students were enthusiastic and energized participants.


The following schools/groups had tables set up for the event: Alfred State UniversityApple CorpsBerkley CollegeBMCCSUNY BrockportSUNY Buffalo State UniversityCollege of St. RoseFashion Institute of TechnologyFive Towns CollegeKingsborough Community CollegeManhattan CollegeMercy CollegeMonroe CollegeNYITSt. Francis CollegeSt. Joseph's CollegeSUNY R…
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High School Fair @ John Dewey High School

On Saturday, September 22, Principal Iris Garcia, Assistant Principal Ronda Razak, teacher Brian Nagy, and students Samiyah Brown and Chrislin Bradshaw proudly represented Urban Action Academy at the High School Fair held at John Dewey High School. The day was a success, with middle school students getting to meet staff and students from the school we hope they will call home starting next year. Parents and next year's freshman class got to learn about programs, classes, and supports available for UAA students.

Many schools from around Brooklyn came out to Dewey's gymnasiums on this beautiful Saturday, including Canarsie's own IAM and HSMP.

The next High School Fair will be held at Brooklyn Technical High School on October 13 from 10:00-3:00. From the DOE events page: "At all of the fairs, we'll have workshops on high school admissions at 10:15am and 12:30pm. These cover the same material as the summer workshops from July 2018. All of the fairs will also have a…

Welcome Class of 2022!

On Tuesday, August 28, Urban Action Academy welcomed incoming freshman for an orientation to high school life. After a brief ice breaker, students met some of the 9th Grade Team, including Ms. Smith, Mr. Nagy, and Mr. Faiella; as well as Guidance Counselor Ms. Desroches; APs Ms. Razak, Mr. Mento, and Dr. Isom; Dean Ms. Fagan; Parent Coordinator Ms. Bradford; and Principal Dr. Garcia.

Students learned about some of the rigors of High School, some tips for success, and what they will need to get to graduation in 2022. Following that, Mr. Nagy, Mr. Mento, and upperclassmen volunteers took the new freshmen on a tour of the building and field. Everyone left with an Urban Action Academy shirt and other give-aways.

Thank you to those students and parents who joined us. Thank you also to the staff who came out to show their support to the incoming class.

Here's to a great 2018-2019 School Year!





TED Talk #3: Legal Careers

TED Talk #3 at UAA: "Legal Careers"
In the third of a series of law-related TED Talks, 36 students from Urban Action Academy were able to engage in a rich discussion about the career paths followed by 6 women who entered the law field and found both professional and personal success. These presenters are part of the legal team for the New York City Department of Education, which represents the school system and its 1.2 million children.

During the TED Talk, students were provided with reflection sheets and gave high praise to the presenters. Some important take-aways from student participants include:

"Never back down on an opportunity when given or if needed.. be passionate about what you do in life. Never burn your bridges.""I learned that it doesn't matter how hard something is, you have to keep pushing and make that money""I learned that you don't have to go to college right after high school or even 1 year later and still get a good care…

UAA Hosts TED Talk

Urban Action Academy Hosts TED Talk: "Know Your Rights"
25 students from UAA and Brooklyn School for Career Development (BSCD) participated in the first TED Talk Series, "Know Your Rights" at Urban Action Academy on Thursday, March 29, 2018. DOE Trial Attorney Ms. Catherine Sam engaged  students in a meaningful conversation about the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments to the United States Constitution. One female student shared with participants a copy of the Constitution, which she carries in her backpack along with her chemistry and Global History textbooks.

Students also participated in several role plays that simulate police encounters, with Ms. Sam's guidance. Students left the TED Talk equipped with knowing  the four (4) basic steps to take during a police encounter.

In a message to Principal Steve Dorcely, Ms. Sam said the following about the event:

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share "Know Your Rights" at Urban Academy's first ever …

Term 1 Honor Roll Luncheon

Congratulations to our Term 1 Honor Roll Students! Students who received a minimum 80% average with no grade under 80% in six classes were honored by Principal Dorcely on March 28 during a special luncheon in the Principal's Conference Room.
Congratulations to the following students:
Grade 10: Monique Williams
Grade 11: Necker Dorlice, Neyssa Dorlice, Tamia Ellison, Nicholas Fraser, and Kenyon Simon

Grade 12: Norma-Lee Ali, Jovenska Bernardin, Ronaldo Boswell, Deandre Davis, Aneisha John, Arielle Jolivert, Ebony Lewis, and Ashley Peren.
KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK!