"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 Autumn edition of the RKA Gazette- our student newspaper!
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
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (schools closed)
Monday, January 16
Things you should know!
RKA Notes....Things you should know
Week of January 9th
* Thanks to everyone--students, staff, and parents alike--who made last week's Homecoming festivities a rousing success! There's one more event yet to come, the High School Homecoming Formal which will be held at the Westchester Manor in Hastings on Thurs 1/12 from 6:30 to 10:00 PM. There are still a few tickets available for purchase. Please see Ms. Roberts ASAP before Tuesday at noon. Attire is semi-formal.
* The RKA Parents' Association is holding its general meeting tonight; Mon 1/9 at 7:00 PM in the RKA library. Joining them tonight as a special speaker will be Mr. Tim Tureski, RKA parent, and manager of the Spuyten Duyvil branch of the new York Public Library. He will be speaking about the new initiative, "MyLibraryNYC." Ms. O'Mara will also be on hand for a greeting. The PA has lots of things going on, so come on out and get involved!
* The first "You Make a Difference" celebratory breakfast of the year is Fri 1/13 at 7:15 AM. All parents and staff who nominated someone or were nominated themselves will be receiving an invitation via email; students involved will be receiving a paper invitation through their homeroom teacher.
* From the Library: Attention, all budding authors and illustrators! The annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition is now 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 Tues 1/17. 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 are due on Wed 2/1. 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: The Boys' Basketball Team travels to Grace dodge High School on Tues 1/10, and to Jane Addams Campus on Fri 1/13. Both games start at 4:30. The Girls' Basketball Team hosts High School for American Studies on Wed 1/11, and Morrisania Educational Campus on Fri 1/13--both games at 4:30. The Boys' Wrestling Team takes on Bathgate Educational Campus at home on Thurs 1/12 at 5:00.
1/17 - Deadline for Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition (to Ms. Loving)
1/17-1/23 - High school finals week
1/18-1/24 - Middle school finals week
1/24-1/27 - Regents Week (only HS students taking exams are in attendance; MS students attend on regular schedule)
1/30 - Chancellor's Conference Day – No school for high school students (middle school students attend on a regular schedule)
Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy - MS/HS 141
660 W. 237 St.
Bronx, NY 10463
718-796-8516, ext 1045
We hope you enjoy the second RKA Family Newsletter of the 2016-2017 school year!
Fifth Grade Parent Tours
RKA opens up registration for Friday morning parent tours. These tours are designed for prospective parents (children will have an opportunity to visit on a later date) and take place on the following dates: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, and 12/9, beginning at 8:30 AM. We visit several classrooms, the school library, the cafeteria, and discuss the curriculum, the honors program, and the RCC after-school program. There is also an extensive Q&A session. We hope you will join us--please register by clicking on the link HERE.
* We limit the number of parents on each tour to maximize the experience. If the first date you select is closed, please select an alternative date. If you are spouses both wishing to tour, you need only reserve one slot.
* Please be advised that RKA is a zoned middle school; we are only able to accommodate students who reside within our zone. If you have a question as to your zoned catchment, you can check the Department of Education website: http://schools.nyc.gov/schoolsearch/Maps.aspx