The Deuce Weekly Updates

Promise Academy II High School

Week #4 1/30/17-2/3/17

Good morning team,

Term 2 officially began on Monday. We thank everyone for their patience with the classroom shifts and new programs. We are excited to pilot three new courses this term, Sociology, Financial Literacy, and Chemistry of Food. If anyone has experience with these courses and would like to share resources, please reach out to Mr. O'Brien, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Yerramsetty.

January regents exams were wrapped up last Friday. We are happy to share that 96% of the 10th graders have successfully completed their ELA CC regents requirement. This leaves a very small number of students that will have to test in June. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Ceccotti. This advancement will allow our students to focus on advanced placement courses as early a Junior year instead of waiting until they are in 12th grade. Awesome job!

Our First Annual Chinese New Year Celebration was major success!! None of it would be possible without the help of our National Honor Society students, high school dance team, Ms. Cannon, Ms. Dow, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Liu, and Ms. Molden. There were many nights where these amazing educators and students stayed late after school to make all of the artwork that beautifully decorated our hallways. We encourage everyone to participate and share any ideas you may have.

Today marks the first day of Black History Month! The month of February will be specifically dedicated to celebrating and honoring the work of Black leaders and activists. Please feel free to personally infuse your own ideas in your classrooms. As a team we have a great responsibility of ensuring that our students know Black History IS American History. I hope you will join us in honoring our community's legacy while providing our students with the knowledge needed to challenge systems of oppression.

Lastly, we'd like to give last week's MVP slot to Mr. Ellis! The regents administration was handled great and it did not stop him from checking in and seeing if we had any feedback to make it better for June. Reflection and desire to be better is what allows us to make strides in our development as effective professionals. Great job!


Blount & H

ONE Promise Staff Retreat

Thursday, Feb. 16th, 8am

2 Exchange Place

Jersey City, NJ

Staff will be attending a retreat along with PAI. Details will be provided by Ms. Blount.

Black History Month Assembly

Tuesday, Feb. 28th, 8am

35 East 125 Street

Joint celebration time to be determined.

"Our Legacy" Educational Fair

Monday, Feb. 27th, 8am

Gym 35 East 125th NY, NY 10035