This week, the NYC Charter School Center held a press conference for teachers, parents, and administrators to discuss their experience with the charter school application process. There were four articles and television coverage about these numbers. Equality’s PTA president, Mrs. Walker, and 7th grade math teacher, Ms. Charles participated in the press conference.
Here are the links to the articles covering the numbers; 69,000 applicants for 18,600 spots:
School Book. org a branch of the NY Times: http://www.schoolbook.org/2013/05/14/chances-of-admission-to-a-charter-school-improving/
The Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/long-waiting-lists-n-y-charter-schools-article-1.1344280
The Daily News about the Bronx specifically: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/bronx-charter-applications-article-1.1345063
Gotham Schools: http://gothamschools.org/2013/05/14/charter-sector-says-50000-children-were-turned-away-this-year/
Daniella and De’Amoure, two Equality 7th graders, were recently selected to participate in a program called “Summer on the Hill” hosted by Horace Mann High School. This program is a weekly intensive where students experience individual academic supports, instruction on organizational habits and practices, and social development opportunities every Saturday. The program is also a scholarship opportunity that helps participants financially attend private high school or college if they continue to attend throughout their middle and high school years. During the summer, all of the participants also go on a trip to Washington D. C. to visit the national landmarks and experience the United States’ capitol.
De’Amoure has aspirations to become a scientist, studying the similarities between human and animal brains. When speaking to her she said “I am going to have to be in college for 8 years to get to my goal, which is why I am happy to be in the “Summer on the Hill” program. Next year we may be moving to Long Island and I would like to try and go to a private high school to focus on science. The scholarship from them may help me get there.”
Daniella started with Equality Charter School in the 6th grade and is one of our best scholars. She participates on the dance team, cheerleading, and the step team and is on the Student Council and was inducted as one of the first members of the Equality Charter School National Junior Honor Society on April 12th. Daniella wants to be a pediatrician. Her goal is to attend Columbia University. She is happy to be a part of the “Summer on the Hill” program, because like De’Amoure, she will be in school for many years after high school.
We look forward to seeing De’Amoure and Daniella succeed on their journey toward their dreams after their involvement with Equality Charter School and their experience with the “Summer on the Hill” program.
On Saturday, April 6th, Equality Charter School 7th-8th basketball team played in the city-wide championship game vs Excelsior Charter School (Brooklyn). Last year we came up short to this same team but this time around we came up big. We started on a 8-0 run and never looked back. The team was led by MVP of the game Adama Kpaan-20pts. Kasson page had 12pts and Jonathan Roman had a couple of blocks and 6 rebounds. Kalvin Page our point guard handled the other teams press which led us to easy baskets and had a key 3 pointer. Coach Cooper and Coach Laurence are so proud of the dedication and toughness the team displayed all season but especially in the playoffs!! There is so much to say but I will just say this ,” Equality Charter School Basketball team is the BEST in New York City!!!! LETS GO EAGLES!!!
Equality Charter School debate team has participated in two debates recently. On February 23rd ECS took home the trophy for 3rd ranked school overall with Diamond Jackson, Jerry Neequaye and Dujon McFarlane contributing. ECS also scored 5th best team overall for Jerry Neequaye and Dujon McFarlane, and top speaker for Jerry Neequaye.
On March 16th, ECS took home the trophy for 2nd ranked school overall with Jerry Neequaye, Dujon McFarlane and Amar Rivera contributing.
ECS debaters Jerry Neequaye and Dujon McFarlane will be participating in the New York City Championship scheduled for April 5th and 6th at the Institute for Collaborative Education.
Congratulations ECS Debate Team!
Equality celebrated our 1st Annual Pi Day on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 (3/14/13) and it was a huge success. Some of the events for the day included a Digits of Pi Contest, a Pi Day Trivia Contest and a Pie Eating Contest. In addition, scholars created videos that celebrated Pi Day which were unveiled during the Pi Day celebration as well as performed a Pi Day rap. Check out pictures and videos from the day on our YouTube channel or facebook page. We would like to thank all participants of each contest and especially would like to recognize our winners.
Digits of Pi Contest- Destiny Elliston
Pi Day Trivia-8th Grade Team: Saul Bernaber, Diamond Jackson, Antonio Del Villar, Jeffrey Olan, Kalvin Page and Kody Roach.
Pie Eating Contest- Mr. Pierre
A special thanks to Malcolm Jeter, Alliyah White and Trinity Petty for creating Pi Day videos that could be shared with the school and to Abrianna Vernieri and Aye Omasan for creating and performing their very own Pi Day rap.
Eagles soar and win another Bronx title!!
The Equality Charter School Eagles faced various challenges during our conference championship tournament this past week but overcame it all to reach the championship game on Saturday.
On Saturday, March 16th, we played in the Championship game vs Bronx Lighthouse who gave us our only lost this season. Unfortunately, once again we had key players missing but the team was focused and determined to get the win. We were undersized and at a disadvantage by not being at full strength but our toughness and experience took over. We had a set game plan and knew that we had to execute in order to gain the win. The game started with us being down by 6 as one of their key players was on fire and we were turning the ball over on offense. ECS called a time out to talk it over and made a few adjustments the score was very close through the first half. After half time, we turned up our defensive pressure, stopped the drives and layups by one of their key players and got a hand in the face of their shooter every time down the floor. ECS also started throwing in a full court press which caused turnovers into easy baskets. On offense, our point guard Kalvin Page buckled down and started to take care of the ball and make great passes to our players. Brian Mitchell hit a key three pointer which helped to change the momentum of the game. Key offensive and rebounding plays down the stretch by Adama Kpaan and Kasson Page sealed Equality to its second straight Bronx title as ECS was victorious with a score of 31-23.
We now play in the city-wide final four. The date is not available as of yet, it will be posted to the website as soon as it is released. Lets go Eagles!!!!!
Equality celebrated Black History Month in several ways this year, thanks to Ms. Helton’s amazing planning.
Each day there was a featured figure in Black History represented by a staff member. The scholars also had a Black History month celebration performance from Dance Theater of Harlem and a few performance from the scholars including Equality’s brand new step team.
Also the whole school went on a field trip to Queens to see and Afro-Brazilian dance performance.
Thank you Ms. Helton and Equality staff for making this such a wonderful learning experience.
We celebrated our 2nd Student of the Quarter Ceremony on February 15th!
Pictures: 7th Grade Honor Roll, 8th Grade Honor Roll, 6th Grade Honor Roll, Principal’s List, and Students of the Quarter.