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ERHS Calendar - Week of 2/11/19

Dear ERHS Students and Community,

 

This past week we celebrated Black History Month,  through daily activities and discussions, culminating with a powerful pair of assemblies that featured inspiring guest speakers and memorable student performances, sharing their aesthetic talents through African dance and an original poem with a powerful message to our school community. These assemblies brought serious issues to the forefront, including issues of race, identity and the importance of expanding our own views and experiences to grow as individuals and collectively as a community. Thank you to all who contributed to our Black History Month Celebration assemblies on Friday and to our special guests, Jodie Patterson, author of the acclaimed book, The Bold World, Kori Hale, the CEO of CultureBanx, Forbes Contributor and the first black woman to anchor a daily news show from the New York Stock Exchange and Khaair Morrison, Entrepreneur and Attorney from Skadden. Thank you to all the students and faculty/staff for sharing your talents and important message with us.

 

This year we have placed more attention on the importance of addressing race and racial issues, empowering our students to share their experiences as young men and women of color, through the district initiative of the School Equity Leaders program, who work with several faculty/staff members on our Equity Team, to our Student Diversity Team, which meets periodically with Ms. Zanaiya Moore (Parent Coordinator) to making sure we honor the contributions of non-western cultures in our school’s curriculum. We have a great deal more to do and our efforts will continue down this important path. This work includes difficult conversations and many of us continue to experience discomfort as we delve deeper into this work, but the importance of this, to further promote a safe and inclusive school, absent of divisive language and behaviors, while nurturing the growth of empathy and increasing one’s own knowledge base, makes it worthwhile.

 

I urge everyone to read this week’s ElRo Corner, featuring the original poem, written by students Zenayah R. and Irfane S. that speaks to the recognition of our African-American community and addresses the importance of understanding the experiences of others, while eliminating divisive language, including the “n-word” from our vocabulary, in all forms. Thank you to these two student leaders for sharing their powerful message at the assembly for upperclassmen. We will try to have them come to 9th and 10th grade advisories during this month to share the poem in person and continue this important conversation.

 

This week, we continue to place emphasis on learning more about African-American history and focusing on the importance of supporting LGBTQ rights. While it is officially Respect for All Week in NYC Public Schools, I urge us all to make this week one where we not temporarily give attention to this matter, but make it a way of our daily lives. See below for planned activities. Thank you to the students and faculty and staff involved in planning this week’s activities.  

 

 

Monday, 2/11 - Acknowledging LGBTQ African American Civil Rights Leader

  • Bayard Rustin (Civil Rights leader - planned a civil rights walk, key advisor for MLK)

 

Tuesday, 2/12 - Bully Prevention Day (everyone can wear purple today) Spread kindness today as we acknowledge Lorraine Hansberry (Playwright and Writer), an African American LGBTQ activist during the announcements

 

Wednesday, 2/13 - Acknowledging Alvin Ailey and his impact on the dance community

 

Thursday, 2/14 - Acknowledging Lee Daniels (producer of EMPIRE) and his impact on the LGBTQ community

 

Friday, 2/15 - National No One Eats Alone Day - Students are encouraged to connect and engage with their peers, in order to combat social isolation. Sit and dine with someone new, expand your surroundings and experience, you might make a new friend(s)!

 

This past week, we also recognized the Lunar New Year. We wish all in the ERHS community who celebrate, a prosperous and successful year! Please enjoy a class performance of Choi Sun Doe (Chinese New Year Song) by our Symphonic Band, suggested by student Daisy Z. and transcribed by Jordanna P. 

 

In other news, we have attained over 5000 signatures for the new proposed ElRo Gym Space petition. Thank you to everyone who made this a reality! We will update you with next steps. If you have not signed the petition yet, more signatures will strengthen our position. Please sign and share here, https://benkallos.com/elrogym.

 

This coming week several 12th grade classes will attend the Annual Letter Event with Bill and Melinda Gates at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday, February 12, from 11:30-1:45 pm. On Wednesday, 2/13 our 11th Grade will be performing scenes from classic American Literature during our annual Drama Extravaganza. All families are welcome to attend, during 6th-8th periods. All 11th graders will be excused during 5th period to have lunch in advance of the performances.

 

Congratulations to the undefeated, Division Champion, ERHS Girls Varsity Basketball team, who won their final games last week to finish the regular season 16-0 in the PSAL B Division! The Huskies enter the playoffs as the 4th seed, with a first round bye, and will play the winner of Brandeis-Community Health matchup. The game will be played on Wednesday, 2/13, yet to be determined time and location. We will update the community as we learn more information. Good luck to the girls and Coach O’Sullivan as they enter the playoffs! Please click here to view the playoff bracket for the Girls team for details on the game. .

 

The Boys Basketball team ended their regular season with a loss to Stuyvesant HS. The team played hard throughout this challenging season and we wish them well in their final non-league game vs. Lab on Tuesday. Thank you to all who came to support the team throughout the season and at Barclays Center last month!  

 

Happy Valentine’s Day on Thursday and enjoy the Mid-Winter Recess next week. NYC schools will be back in session on Monday 2/25.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Saliani

Principal

 

Seen around ElRo last week: ElRo community was busy in and out of school last week! Have a great week and then enjoy the Mid-Winter Break next week!

 

Thank you to this week's featured photographers: Amy N, Sarah A, Zoe S, Mack B, Rayan M, Amy N, Kate S, Carly M, Sibora B, Jack Z, Erica Z, Erica Z, Madison L.

 

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ElRo Corner

 

Dear Our People

(IRFANE) Being black…

An identity, a way of being, a paradoxical lifestyle…

Drowned by daily stigmas and microaggressions

Yet constantly rising with grace amongst it all

 

(ZENAYAH) Our melanin glistens without sunlight, without highlight

Our hair coils without heat

Everything we try to change, they love about us most

They loved our organization in the motherland, they loved our societies, they loved our labor

They loved everything about us except our skin

 

(IRFANE) Take a look at a black individual and what do you see at first glance?

Pigment

Something that is not white passing, capable of being mistaken for utmost superiority

An identifier that will always be perceived as default

A layer that is charged with negatives

Thug

Hoodlum

Ghetto

Oversexualized

Loud

Angry

All things they have institutionally made us to be

 

(ZENAYAH) Yet, through this same system they created

They fear us

Believe we are dangerous

So much that even when we protest peacefully

Say ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’

Fight for our rights

Demand our equality  

They still need to use a gun to reinforce their power

 

(IRFANE) This is nothing new

They used labels against us for so long, violence too

That with centuries of slavery

Decades of segregation

And an eternity of dehumanization

We are beginning to embody what they call us

Our mental, physical, and emotional resilience is breaking down

 

(ZENAYAH) We are starting to believe it as the severity gets worse

More and more black folk are defying the one thing that makes our race so unique

Our distinguished color

It is disguised as an unwillingly makeup of our being

A composition that can be pushed aside with enough ignorance and deflection from “black expectation”

We are becoming our oppressors

Anti-black

 

(IRFANE) My brothers and sisters

The few underrepresented of you that sit in the crowd

We must alarm you that we are not one of those people

We wear our blackness with pride, gifted by the creator

Selfishly, we will clutch the one thing that makes us stand out amongst you all

Blackness

 

(ZENAYAH) So no, you can not say my nigg*

Not while singing a song

Not if it’s in the book you’re reading

Not in conversation

Not even in friendship with a black person

Because you do not relate to all the pressures of being black

Our duties do not extend to the same lengths

Because while yours may be to do chores, care for your siblings, babysit for money

Ours is all of that added onto raising ourselves

Because our parents don’t have wealthy jobs,

Ensuring our well being by working after school until 9:00 p.m.

Teaching ourselves happiness because we don’t have the luxuries to spend in order to attain it

Teaching ourselves hard work because we all can’t afford tutors

Sacrificing carefreeness for survival because time is a ticking bomb for us in the hands of white America

Being doubly conscious

For ourselves and in the eyes of everyone else in the world who sees us and automatically thinks danger

 

(IRFANE) So again, the small black percentage that exists before us

(ZENAYAH) Stand up for what makes you, you

(IRFANE) Because just like Martin, Malcolm, Tubman, Booker T., W.E.B, Garvey, and all of our ancestors

(ZENAYAH) We must reinstall perseverance and bravery into our souls

(IRFANE) Remind yourselves everyday that you are black kings and queens

(ZENAYAH) Know your worth, no matter how much they try to discount it

(IRFANE) Be black and proud

 

Zenayah R. and Irfane S.

Black History Month Assembly Poem 2019

 

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Doodle for Google contest has launched
Calling all K-12 artists! The Doodle for Google contest kicked off January 8th and will close on March 18th. This year's theme is "When I grow up, I hope..." Visit doodle4google.com for lesson plans and details on how to enter.

 

BYOD School Wifi: We would like to start slowly bringing students on the new school wifi. See Ms. Ettenheim, Mr. Molina, Ms. Mendlowitz or Mr. Anderson to get your device on the school wifi. Please email Ms. Ettenheim, settenheim@erhsnyc.net with any questions.

 

TECH Club open house! Each Wednesday, Tech Club will be hosting a 10 minute open demonstration with snacks at 3:10 in Room 518 followed by open workshop time. If you need to do a school project or want to bring a project that you’re already doing or just learn something new - stop by any Wednesday!

Feb 13: making 3D cartoons - Lucas

 

F1 in Schools Formula 1 STEM Challenge U.S. National Championships:

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 to Saturday, February 23, 2019

Location: Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX

Teams from United States and Canada will compete in a variety of domains from engineering to marketing, technical to aesthetic. Our Roosevelt Racers Team is looking for talented students in engineering, marketing and graphic design to compete in the national competition. All the skills will be trained. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Mr. Lin (clin@erhsnyc.net) or visit his office at RM 501 for further information.

 

ERHS school grade email lists - Fill out this form, Parent/Guardian ERHS grade mailing lists  to be added to your ERHS grade parent/guardian email list. If you are already receiving the weekly calendar then you are on the list already.

 

Sign Up For The PTA Email List - Please click here and add your contact information to receive weekly email alerts and other communication from the ERHS PTA.  Sign up today to stay informed about upcoming events, guest speakers, and opportunities to connect with fellow parents.

 

LYNDA.COM FREE!! Use this link to log into lynda.com through your NYPL card for free!

In the “Notes” section of the following page https://www.nypl.org/collections/articles-databases/lyndacom see directions for using Lynda.com on mobile devices. As with the desktop access, the user needs to go through a special set of steps to gain free access (using the NYPL card) to Lynda.com on mobile, and you can’t find this info on the app itself!  Being able to pick up the lessons where you left off at your desk and view it on your mobile device (and vice versa) enables you to use snippets of time effectively, which is great for people on the go. This site is great for students and learners of all ages, so students AND families are invited to make use of this great resource.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

2/11

2/12

2/13

2/14

2/15

2/16

2/17

Events

 

Special Event at 92nd Street Y

w/Bill & Melinda Gates

11:30am-1:45pm

Drama Extravaganza

Periods 6-8

Auditorium

HAPPY

VALENTINE’S

DAY!

Last Day Before Midwinter Recess!

 Birthdays

Ms. Stalec

 

Timothy V.

 

Lily W.

Electa N.

 

Melany S.

Lindsay L.

 

Kabila R.

Sydney M.

 

Ava S.

Sophia A.

 

Samuel K.

 

Nikiforos P.

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COLLEGE OFFICE

 

Link to Naviance Family Connection: https://student.naviance.com/erhsny

Link to Scoir: app.scoir.com

Link to the College Office Blog: www.elrocollegecounseling.blogspot.com

 

Seniors

  • Keep Naviance List up to date, including round of application. If you forgot to turn in a transcript request form, do it now.
  • Enter decision outcomes into Naviance
  • Check that all financial aid application documents are submitted, if seeking aid. If something is missing, submit it immediately.

 

Juniors

  • Activate Scoir and use the tools to organize colleges you are interested in
  • Complete the Junior Survey via Google Classroom
    • Then turn in the yellow paper to schedule your Junior meeting
  • Parents/Guardians: Complete and return the pink questionnaire that was mailed home
  • Considering the SAT Subject Tests? You might find this free Revolution Prep online guide to be helpful: https://www.revolutionprep.com/sat-subject-tests/  use it to see practice questions and decide if you are part of the small group of students who might need to sit for these tests
  • The SAT School Day is coming up on March 27th. All Juniors will sit for a real SAT (no essay). The score will only be sent to colleges if the student chooses to send it next fall. No advance registration is required.

 

College Visits to ElRo have concluded for the year.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Before School

Math Center

7:30-8am

Ms. Witt

Room 315

Math Center

7:30-8am

Ms. Witt

Room 315

Math Center

7:30-8am

Ms. Witt

Room 315

Math Center

7:30-8am

Ms. Witt

Room 315

Math Center

7:30-8am

Ms. Witt

Room 315

During School

Language Center

Period 8

Mr. Cacioppo

Room 312

Language

 Center

Period 8

Mr. Cacioppo

Room 312

After School

Math Center

3:05-3:35pm

Ms. Wang

Room 313

(Every 1st and 3rd Monday, Math Center will also be from 2:20-2:50pm)

 

Percussion Club

after school

Room 201

ADVISOR:

Mr. Anderson

 

Pre Med Club

Room 402

After school

Ms. Rubin

Choir

after school

Room 201

ADVISOR:

Mr. Anderson

 

Dance Club

3:05 in the Gym

Ms. Hinchy

 

Drama Club

3:05-4:05pm

Auditorium

Mr. Gladding

 

Green Team

3:15-3:45pm

Room 322

ADVISOR:

Ms. Stalec

 

Language Center

3:05pm

Mr. Cacioppo

Room 306

 

Math Center

3:05-3:35pm

Mr. Rebong

Room 413

Creative Music Ensemble

 (formerly Jazz Ensemble)

after school

Room 201

ADVISOR:

Mr. Anderson

 

Language Center

3:05pm

Mr. Cacioppo

Room 306

 

Math Center

3:05-3:35pm

Mr. Rebong

Room 413

 

Tech Club

3:10-4:10pm

Room 518

ADVISOR:

Ms. Ettenheim

 

TED-ED CLUB

3:05pm

Room 517

Ms. Kosberg

Chamber Music Society

After school

Room 201

ADVISOR: Mr. Anderson

 

Film Club

TBA

Ms Ryan

 

GSA

3:05pm

Mr.Cacioppo

Room 306

 

Girls Who Code Club

(GWC)

3:10pm

Room 501

ADVISOR:

Mr. Lin

Language Center

3:05pm

Room 323

Ms. Hinchy

 

Math Center

3:05-3:35pm

Mr. Rebong

Room 413

 

Yearbook

3:10-4:00pm

Room 312

ADVISORS:

Ms. Duke,

Ms. Stalec

Gaming Club

3:10-4:10pm

Ms. Shahid

Room 409

 

Math Center

3:05-3:35pm

Ms. Wang

Room 313

 

 

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ATHLETICS

 

This is the area where you will come to check out the current results and recaps from the latest games. This is also the area where you will look to see when sports interest meetings are planned for the upcoming season.  Remember, if you will be trying out for a team, you will need a current medical form filled out by a doctor, and a parent consent form. You can pick up both forms in the PE Office on the 2nd floor.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

2/11

2/12

2/13

2/14

2/15

2/16

2/17

NON-LEAGUE

GAME:

 

BOYS

VARSITY BASKETBALL

VS

LAB MUSEUM UNITED

@

LAB MUSEUM UNITED

4:30PM

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LIBRARY & RESOURCE CENTER

 

The African-American History display has been mounted throughout the school. Ms. Mendlowitz hasn't quite finished yet. Of course, the history of any person or people can never be "finished," or fully represented. Choices must always be made, so it is important to keep in mind who has made those choices and whether they may have an agenda that compromises the fairness and integrity of the presentation. These are some of the criteria that allow us to evaluate the trustworthiness of any resource we choose to use for research purposes.

 

Please take the time to peruse the pictures and text. Your feedback will inform and improve the process going forward. Ms. M will share a feedback form with the community this week.

 

The display board in the LRC will feature fiction and nonfiction books that speak to the African-American experience.

 

Finally, the deadline for the Cartoon Caption Contest has been extended until Friday, February 15th. The winners will be announced when we return from mid-winter break.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE & INTERNSHIP

 

Click here for a listing of upcoming and established opportunities.  See Ms. Genova-Hall, our Community Liaison, on-site on Wednesdays and Thursdays in her office in the library or via email at agenovahall@erhsnyc.net for more information.

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MUSIC, THEATER, AND ART

 

For more opportunities go to www.erhsnyc.org and click on Activities>> Music, Theater, and Art>> Link

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WRITING

 

Writing opportunities are at: www.erhsnyc.org.  Click on “Activities” >> Writing Opportunities

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MENU

Breakfast and Lunch are free of charge to all students

 

Lunch Daily Offerings:

Fresh fruit, PB&J, Cheese Sandwiches

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:  

Wed 2/13 - Drama Extravaganza

Mon~Fri 2/18-2/22 - Midwinter Recess (School Closed)

Tues 2/26 - SLT Meeting (5pm)

Thurs 2/28 - PTA Executive Meeting (5:30pm)

                     PTA General Meeting (6:00pm)  ​​​​​​​