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Creek News - May 2017

posted Oct 22, 2017, 4:10 PM by SCCS Info   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 4:10 PM ]

----- Thanks For Coming Out -----
Parent Workshops
April 22nd, 2017
April 25th, 2017
Family Talk: Successful Communication
 
Does it sometimes feel like you and your child speak completely different languages? With TLP's Nicole Adams, parents learned how to better communicate with their children and strengthen their relationships. As we're coming towards the end of this year's Parent Institute workshop series, we shared laughter, honesty, and learned how to be better parents, the hardest job in the world.
 
College 101
At our April PTA meeting, Ms. Ross & Ms. Persad shared some important information about the college process and what SCCS is doing to support students/parents on this journey.
 
Upcoming: PA Meeting & Closing Event for Parent Institute
Saturday June 3rd, 10am
   Brunch at Fusion East

Come celebrate the end of the first year of the SCCS Parent Institute with us!
RSVP NOW by contacting Ms. Holland (Parent Coordinator) at (718) 688-7200 Ext. 3347

*SCCS Parent Institute is coordinated by Ms. Holland and Renisha Pierre from P2L.*
 
NEXT PA MEETING:
Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 at 6:30pm

Elections for 2017-18 
Parent Association
Come out and add your voice!
-------------------FROM THE MAIN OFFICE-------------------

Note from the Principal

Dear Spring Creek Community Family,

Happy Spring!  It's hard to believe that we are entering our final months of the school year, but it's true- birds are chirping, trees and flowers are blooming, and summer vacation seems just around the corner!  The end of the school year brings many exciting events like dances, trips, assemblies, performances, athletic competitions, and Step-Up Ceremonies, but there also continue to be high expectations for our students as well.  It is important that students continue to put their full effort into academic classes and preparing for Regents and State Exams; SCCS offers multiple sessions of Homework Help for both Middle School and High School students each week, as well as Regents Prep for 9th and 10th graders.  Our uniform and electronics policies remain in effect for the remainder of the school year, and we ask that families ensure students arrive at school prepared to follow these school policies.
 
I encourage parents and guardians to check in with your children about how they are doing in this final quarter, and where they may need support to finish the year strong.  I also encourage you to reach out to teachers and staff with any questions you have, so we can ensure that we are working together to help students be successful and meet criteria for promotion.  If you have any questions about how your student is doing, or what the expectations are for promotion or earning credit, please contact our Guidance Counselors Stephen Burd and Avalene Persad, who are always happy to answer any questions or connect you to the SCCS staff member who can.

We are proud of the work we do together as a community at SCCS, but we are always looking for ways we can improve and get better in our service of student learning and growth.  My door is always open, and I welcome the opportunity to hear from you, receive feedback about the work we are doing, and learn ways we can support and connect with even more of our families.  I hope to see you at SCCS sometime soon!
 
Sincerely,
Christina Koza
Principal


Farewell & Congrats to Our Social Work Interns

Mr. Binyamin, Ms. Tenzin, & Ms. Tarez are wrapping up their social work internship here at Spring Creek Community School. For the past school year, they've provided counseling to a caseload of students, been a source of support for many others, and even ran fun lunchtime clubs with our kids. We appreciate their hard work and bid them warm thanks and farewell. Mr. Binyamin and Ms. Tarez are also graduating with their Masters in Social Work degrees from Yeshiva College in a few days! Congrats and we wish you the best of luck!

WE CAN SEE!

 As a part of the Community School Initiative with P2L, all students were screened for their vision by the NYC Department of Health in March. Students who failed the vision screening were then seen by an optometrist to receive a prescription and select their frames. Last month, about 75 students received 2 pairs of FREE Warby Parker glasses. Thanks to Renisha, Mr. Hammer, & Ms. Webster for helping to organize this valuable program/resource and teachers for accommodating this interruption in instruction time. 
 
---HOTTEST ATTENDANCE CHALLENGE---
 
Congratulations to the 7th Grade for winning the last Hottest Attendance Challenge that ended before Spring Break! They were awarded with an ice-cream social, catered by Haagen-Dazs. We're continuing the challenge this semester to continue to boost our school wide attendance. 
Here are the rules: Each grade is competing against the other for the best weekly attendance from May until the first week of June. Every week, a winner is announced and their grade's thermometer increases in temperature, as seen on the attendance wall by the elevator bank. The grade that ends the challenge with the highest temperature (HOTTEST ATTENDANCE) will be rewarded with a special prize!


Current School-Wide Attendance:
92.4%


WHAT ELSE ARE WE DOING?

 
NOTIFYING YOU!
Letters were distributed and calls are made home to students that are chronically and severely chronically absent.

 
INDIVIDUALIZED SUPPORT 
Guidance counselors and support staff are working individually with severely chronically absent students and their families to address barriers to their attendance.


As parents, you can help us by making sure your child attends school every day on time. Please refrain from scheduling appointments during the school day and only keep your child home if they are truly sick. If Guidance counselors will be contacting families of students who are chronically absent to help support them
-------------------MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOOP-------------------

Spring Creek March Newsletter

posted Apr 19, 2017, 5:46 AM by SCCS Info   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 5:52 AM ]



SCCS Parent Institute Registration

posted Nov 30, 2016, 10:30 AM by SCCS Info

SCCS is proud to present our 2016-2017 Parent Institute. Please see below for links to download flyer and registration cards.  Paper copies are also available in the main office.


Spring Creek November Newsletter

posted Nov 22, 2016, 8:28 PM by SCCS Info   [ updated Nov 22, 2016, 8:29 PM ]

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Spring Creek October Newsletter

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Volunteer Club create Mother's Day Flowerpots

posted May 16, 2016, 9:56 AM by SCCS Info   [ updated May 16, 2016, 9:57 AM ]

The SCCS Volunteer Club organized an event to help their peers create gifts for their families for Mother's Day. Students decorated their own flowerpots, and brought home seeds and soil to plant marigolds with their families.




9th Grade Awesome Week!

posted May 5, 2016, 11:11 AM by SCCS Info   [ updated May 5, 2016, 11:30 AM ]

During the week of April 11th 9th grade students participated in Awesome Week. Students chose one of six different courses offered. 


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What is AWESOME WEEK, you ask?  Well, it is a week where our 9th grade will leave our school campus and make NYC our classroom, traveling places all over Manhattan and Brooklyn as we explore how all the stuff we learn in school actually applies in the real world.  Each student gets to select the exploration that inspires the most curiosity in their life.  Check out our activities!
  

Pitch! 

Ever wondered how commercials get made?  In this course, students will learn how a product gets marketed to consumers (us!).  Following the process from start to finish, students will visit an advertising agency, research a product, conduct consumer surveys, write a script for a 30 second radio commercial, cast an actor to read the script, direct and finally produce a commercial in one of the city's premier recording studios

Try this if you are captivated by commercials, advertising, and the recording process.


Early NYC History

Students will spend the week exploring Native American culture in the Smithsonian, visiting the museum of the city of New York, and take a walking tour of lower Manhattan. Students will also engage in research at the Brooklyn Public library. At the end, students will put together a museum exhibit showing how early New York developed.

Try this if you are love to learn more about the history around us or if you like to explore new places


Building our World Together: One Green Step at a Time 

Are you interested in inventing and building?  Do you have an eye for design and a creative mind?  Come learn how to utilize the newest technological advances and explore green design in our communities.  The "green" architect designs structures using eco-friendly materials that are actually good for our environment.   So come design a solar race car or learn how wind energy can help us save the world

Try this if you are interested in engineering, artistic design, or saving our planet! 


Feeling Good from the Inside Out

Being a teenage girl isn’t easy! Turn on the television or open a magazine and you will find a world of unfair images and expectations that tell women they must look or dress a certain way in order to be and feel worthy. Sometimes we get so caught up in the trends and other people’s expectations, that we forget to focus on what is best for us. In this course, we will explore what it means to be the happiest and healthiest versions of ourselves and we will do it together, as a supportive and strong sisterhood. On our journey towards self-discovery, we will get insider haircare, skincare, and makeup tips straight from the pros, learn how to dress for our body types, practice preparing healthy snacks that fuel our bodies and much much more. By the end of this course, we will have learned how to care for our bodies and souls from the inside out.

Try this if you like sports, eating, and taking care of your body.


Show Your Voice

How will you change the world? Over the course of the week, you will write, perform, and film your own art pieces to answer this question. We will work in the beautiful, cutting-edge BRIC House and explore the delicious food and cultural wealth that Downtown Brooklyn has to offer.

Try this if you love to make or act in movies.



Celebrating NYC Through Movies

NYC has been the backdrop of countless movies and television shows. It is arguably the most recognizable city in the world.  Do you know how Times Square got its name?  The secrets of Central Park? In this course, you will learn about the city in which you live, from the bridges to the buildings.

Try this if you would love to explore NYC, watch movies, and learn about the cultural history of our amazing city!


9th Students Study Medieval Art and Artifacts at the Met

posted Mar 22, 2016, 7:18 PM by SCCS Info   [ updated Mar 22, 2016, 7:18 PM ]

The 9th grade visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to study artwork and artifacts from the medieval period. Students interacted with a variety of pieces in the museum, bringing history to life.

9th Grade Overnight Trip to Ramapo

posted Mar 22, 2016, 7:06 PM by SCCS Info   [ updated Mar 22, 2016, 7:06 PM ]

Students, Teachers and staff of Ramapo worked on a series of group activities that built trust and support in our 9th grade community. This included activities such as hiking, climbing, and competing in a ropes challenge course. We ended our evening with stories and games by the campfire. By the time we returned, students had a newfound knowledge of their peers, teachers, and themselves.







Service Club visits Linden Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

posted Mar 6, 2016, 10:31 AM by SCCS Info   [ updated Mar 6, 2016, 10:32 AM ]

Shortly before Valentines Day, members of the Volunteer Service Club took a trip to the nearby Linden Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation to make the holiday a little brighter for senior citizens in our community. Before the trip, students crafted over 85 handmade Valentines cards for the nursing home residents. Upon arriving at the center, volunteers were treated to a tour of the space before handing out their Valentines and spending a cheerful afternoon visiting and playing board games with their new senior citizen friends. Students and seniors alike had such a good time, we are planning a return trip
   
       
 
          




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