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…
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 …