The following story is by WHSAD Sophomore, Deselle Thompson. Tuesday, October 15: The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian-Design Career Fair is a Design award show and place of learning for the future creative minds of the world at the Smithsonian Museum. There are national awards presented to high school students across the country who demonstrate true passion and creativity in design. In my attendance, along with other students, the fair was found to be a splendid educational experience, as kids from across the city gathered to learn from speakers and professionals in the name of creative career education. Before I get ahead of myself however, it would be doing the entire experience a great injustice if I didn't primarily discuss the … [Read more...]
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District 13 Superintendent, Kamar Samuels, assists in drilling together one of the Little Free Libraries. For the past two years, WHSAD has partnered with organizations such as the New York City Police Department and Health for Youths to enhance literacy opportunities in our city. Many students have had the opportunity to collaborate with not only these partners but also peers and younger students in building Little Free Libraries that will provide free book borrowing to community members. Last week, students traveled to P.S. 287 to work with elementary school students to continue the Little Free Library Project. Thank you to Executive Superintendent, Karen Watts; Heather Butts, Executive Director at Health for Youths, McGraw-Hill for … [Read more...]
This spring, in partnership with NYC Service, the NYC Department of Buildings is launching an inaugural Youth Leadership Council (YLC) for CTE high school students (grades 10-12). This YLC is for students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, engineering, sustainability, construction management/trades, and public safety. The students accepted to this council will form our very first Sustainability and Construction Safety Task Force. Receive the opportunity to learn directly from our engineers, architects, sustainability experts, and inspectors, and design and complete a major outreach project for a city agency. The NYC Department of Buildings is responsible for ensuring the safe and lawful use of … [Read more...]
Many of you have been asking about Internship Opportunities for this year -- here's your chance! In order to be considered for ANY internships this school year (between now and June 2020), you MUST complete the online application here: http://cteapplication.nycdoeopsr.org -- make sure you have your resume ready to upload AND you answer the questions as part of your application. Once you have completed the online CTE application, you are required to complete EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION no later than November 1st. This can happen one of three ways:1) sign up for an in-person appointment at Grant Associates via this link: https://calendly.com/cteindustryscholarsinternshipprogram2) Attend a walk-in in-person session on Tuesday, October 15th … [Read more...]
WHSAD students and staff members were welcomed to the kickoff by DOE Field Support Liaison, Terrence Paulin. Last week at Automotive High School, students and staff members attended the kickoff of the My Brother's Keeper program. WHSAD students had the opportunity to mingle with students from other high schools and begin learning from mentors. These sessions will focus on providing inspiration and guidance so that the participating students gain new insights into what it takes to achieve success. The following are narratives from staff and students about the experience. On Wednesday October 2, and Thursday October 3, the superintendent’s office held kickoff meetings for the My Brother's Keeper initiative started by former … [Read more...]
Thank you to Reggie for taking the time to answer the following questions about his start at Howard University and how WHSAD prepared him for the beginning of his college career. 1. What is college life at Howard University like? It’s close to being an adult. Having to buy my own food and toiletries, and being responsible for everything that I’m involved in school-wise and socially has made it seem like I have my own apartment. Otherwise, D.C. is very slow paced compared to NYC. Even though I still have access to public transportation, I feel like NYC was more accessible to tour. Being from NYC and now having to use a D.C. Metrocard and its different prices for different stops made it slightly complicated when I'm used to only … [Read more...]
Over the last couple of weeks, including the two days over the Rosh Hashanah recess, WHSAD students have been engaging in numerous activities. These include working on community projects that started last year, service work that has students partnering with local middle schoolers to revitalize outdoor spaces, and academic endeavors that pair subjects and make for more dynamic learning. The following are a few looks at what we have been up to. Community Service Weeding Event at M.S. 126 This past week, WHSAD students were able to be a part of a special act linking community and environment. The middle schoolers of M.S. 126 were greeted by high school students such as myself and others, who were more than eager to help them with … [Read more...]
Executive Superintendent, Karen Watts, stopped by our booth with other members of the Brooklyn North field office. The following are student narratives in which they share their experiences of volunteering at the high school fair and what skills they gained from these experiences. Weekends for me are two days strung together, created specifically for binge watching Netflix and going out. But this particular weekend, was given to WHSAD, and for good reason. This weekend I decided, instead of doing nothing, to go and show my support for my school, which was an amazing choice. Although I didn’t arrive on time, I still got to be a part of a great opportunity that helped me find a way to speak to people without wanting to bite my … [Read more...]
WHSAD is blessed to have so many community partners that help make our students’ years in high school more dynamic and connected to the real world. Because of these partners, students enjoy opportunities that develop their learning, provide them with a greater understanding of the world, and, oftentimes, give them a leg up by providing internships and even careers beyond high school. One such partner, The Park Avenue Armory, has helped enrich our school in the past and will continue to do so this school year. One particular instance of such enrichment is when WHSAD students traveled to the Armory this past Tuesday, September 17 to witness the work of artist-in-residence, Rosa Barba. In the following narratives, students provide their … [Read more...]
CookFox Director of Communications, Jared Gilbert, introduces us to the CookFox office and how sustainability has been the focus of its design. Photo credit: Oliver Whitson Thanks to the Salvadori Center, WHSAD students in the summer CareerClue program have been able to explore the multi-faceted nature of the architectural field. Students have learned from professional architects, engineers, construction managers, and many others. This week’s trip to CookFox architectural firm provided another experience to develop our students’ understandings of how vast and diverse the industry is. On this trip, we saw how CookFox practices sustainable building in their projects as well as in their own office. WHSAD Sophomore, Santiago Torres, … [Read more...]