"Learning in Our Neighborhood Community"
Make Noise Against Bullying!!
This week at RKA we worked on raising awareness around Anti Bullying and Bullying Prevention. Our theme this year was Make Noise Against Bullying. We are aiming to have students recognize the various ways that bullying takes place in order that they become more aware of their own actions and that they might be able to help a potential victim out by befriending them, avoid being a passive bystander or telling an adult.
Congratulations to the RKA Girls Volleyball team who captured the City Championship!!
Congratulations to the RKA Girls Volleyball team who captured the City Championship title last night. It was an excellent action –packed match with the girls battling back from a loss in the first set. We were standing the whole time as we watched the girls scrap it out and work as a team. Very exciting! Congratulations to Coach Reingold and the entire team. We are so proud of you!
Please enjoy the November installment of the Principal's Newsletter!
An Important Message from Ms. O'Mara
And, when I write “us”, I mean ALL of us: teachers, staff, parents and students. Together our hard work is paying off. As you may have read this weekend, the NY Post has once again listed RKA as one of the top high schools in NYC. I am proud of our ranking as #29 and only one of two schools in the Bronx (Specialized HS were not included).
The New York Post’s high-school rankings are based on the latest available state and city data, using these factors:
• Four-year-graduation rate (weight: 10%)
• Percent of students scoring over 85 on Regents Integrated Algebra and Regents English Language Arts exams, including Common Core (20%)
• Number of students taking Advanced Placement exams (7.5%)
• Percent scoring a passing 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams (22.5%)
• Number taking SAT exams (10%)
• Average total SAT scores (30%)
So, thank you all for your hard work day in and day out. I continue to love working at RKA as we push toward an even brighter future!
School Calendar 2016-2017
Dear High School Families,
Things you should know!
RKA Notes....Things you should know
Week of November 21st
* It's a short school week, and we wish everyone a restful and happy Thanksgiving holiday. School is closed Thurs 11/24 and Fri 11/25.
* The Girls' Volleyball Team heads to the city finals tonight, Tues 11/22! They play Robert F. Wagner High School at 5:00 PM at York College. Good luck to Coach Reingold and the girls!
* Next week is a busy one! 11/28 through 12/2 is Anti-Bullying Week and this year's theme is "Make Noise Against Bullying." We will have several events during this week for both middle and high school students including assemblies, a rap/poetry contest, "sidewalk chalk," and Mix-It-Up Day on Tues 11/29 where students participate in activities during their lunch periods designed to expand their social circles and make new friends! And on Tues 12/2 everyone--students and staff alike--are encouraged to wear blue, the official national anti-bullying color.
* Next week also signals the start of our annual canned food drive to benefit local food pantries this holiday season. Students can bring their donations to homeroom, and the class with the most cans will be treated to a cookie party at some point before the Winter Break. Let's be generous!
* High school applications are due to Ms. Aponte-Acosta by Thurs 12/1. Please do this as soon as possible if you have not already done so! If you have any questions about filling out the application, please refer them to JAponte-Acosta@schools.nyc.gov.
* From the library: Attention, all budding authors and illustrators! The annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition is now open. It is open to students in grades 6 through 12. The work may be of any genre, and designed to leave the reader laughing, crying, or awestruck! It will start with a school-wide competition, with submissions due by 1/17/2017. There will be school prizes, and the first place winner will move on to the citywide competition. The winner will be displayed at the Brooklyn Public Library. For more information, contact library/media specialist, Ms. Loving at JLoving2@schools.nyc.gov. And history enthusiasts! Please see Ms. Loving if you are interested in researching historical topics for the upcoming "History Day." This year's theme is "Taking a Stand in History." There will be a school-wide competition for all grades; students can express themselves in one of a variety of ways including exhibit boards, documentaries, papers, performances, and more. Submissions will be due on 2/1/17. The school winners will movie on to the citywide competition at the Museum of the City of New York, where some will get the chance to compete at state and national levels. JLoving2@schools.nyc.gov.
* In sports: It's basketball season! The Boys' Basketball Team opens the season with a home game against Grace Dodge on Tues 11/29 at 4:30 PM. They then travel to Bronx Early College Academy Teaching & Learning on Thurs 12/1 for a 4:30 game. The Girls' Basketball Team hosts Samuel Gompers High School on Fri 12/2 at 4:30. And congratulations to Coach Walsh and the Boys' Cross Country Team. They finished thrid in the state championships out of all competing New York City Schools. And a shout out to Jacob Ireland, who finished in the Top 10 of all freshmen in the state. Well done!
* The High School Homecoming Formal is 1/12/17. In the interest of saving a few dollars, students are being offered the opportunity to buy tickets now and take advantage of early bird specials! Pay before the Thanksgiving Break, and tickets are $55.00. Between 11/28 and 12/16, tickets are $60.00. From 12/19 through 1/6, tickets are $65.00.
* Thanks once again to a generous BOOST grant from our state senator, Jeffrey Klein, we will be offering two subsidized college trips for eleventh graders this year. The first trip is Thurs 12/8 and will be going to Siena College and SUNY Oneonta. The trip is only $35.00 and payment must be received by Tues 12/8. Students can pick up a permission form from Ms. Roberts, which is also attached here, along with the itinerary. Students may attend one or both trips; mosr information on the second trip will be coming your way after the Winter Break. Seats are limited, and the trip is just around the corner; so be sure to return all forms in a prompt manner.
* The first is "You Make a Difference" celebratory breakfast is Fri 1/13/17. This is an opportunity for students, parents, teachers, and staff to recognize an individual who has made a difference in their life at RKA. Teachers often nominate a student who has overcome odds, or is a special help to them, or they might nominate a fellow teacher being a supportive colleague. Has a teacher gone "above and beyond" to help your child succeed? Here's the perfect opportunity to give them a "shout out!" The deadline for submissions is 1/6/17, but the earlier the better! A simple brief paragraph is all that is needed; honorees and their nominators will be invited to the breakfast reception.
* The RCC Tean Theater program presents John Cariani's unique play, "Almost, Maine." Showtimes are Fri 12/2 and Sat 12/3 at 7:30 PM (doors open at 7:00). Tickets are $5.00, and children under ten are free. RKA students with paid admission who present their school ID will receive a free drink and a bag of chips. Want to read more about it? www.almostmaine.com.www.almostmaine.com.
12/9 - National Honor Society applications due - FIRM DEADLINE!
Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday, November 17th from 1:00-3:00 PM and from 5:30-8:00 PM. Parents may register in advance online at the PTC Scheduler link HERE. Appointments are four minutes in length. Advance registration is highly advised, especially in the middle school. You also have the opportunity to sign up for a limited number of appointments the day or evening of conferences on the sign-in sheet in front of each teacher's classroom door. Please refer questions to JPrince4@schools.nyc.gov.
We hope you enjoy the first RKA Family Newsletter of the 2016-2017 school year!