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.
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…
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…