Career Preparation: Hyde Partners with Here to Here & Futures and Options Program

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By Donovan Rice, Hyde Class of 2020

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in Here to Here Futures and the Futures and Options program.  Every Monday, we had a workshop or would go on a field trip to different local businesses to see how they functioned. The rest of the week we worked in an internship at a local business. This is my second year with the program. I was also lucky enough to be joined by four of my classmates this year. We all worked in different locations. I worked at Zaro’s Bakery, and my classmates worked at Randall’s Island, the Bronx Borough President’s Office, and Krasdale Foods. 

I got the opportunity to work at the Zaro’s factory in the Bronx with the owner of the company, Michael Zaro. At first, when I was assigned to the job, I was really nervous because I’d never worked in a bakery before. By the end of the summer, I had a one-on-one connection with everyone in the bakery.  Every morning when I arrived, I would walk through each of the different departments, and answer about 30-40 checklist questions to make sure everything was running smoothly. I also helped to assign lot codes to each Zaro’s product. The job was difficult, but I am so thankful I got the opportunity to do it because it means that Zaro’s sees me as a responsible and capable employee. 

A big takeaway from the summer for me was to be outgoing. I think that being out of my comfort zone pushed me to be more outgoing and learn a lot of new skills. By opening myself up to people, and to feedback, I was able to gain a lot of responsibility. I was even offered a year-round job! 

 

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Hyde’s Summer Leap Program Enriches Academics and Ignites Passions

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As Hyde’s Summer Leap Program concludes its fifth year, elementary school teachers continue to watch their students blossom. “We started the program because we want to make sure students are still learning over the summer and that all the great work teachers are doing is not lost over summer vacation,” said elementary school special education teacher and Hyde Summer Leap Program Director, Davina Davis. “We want students to really foster a love of reading and show them that they shouldn’t stop reading when the school year stops.”

The summer program has evolved to also include a Pre-K for rising Hyde kindergartners. Rising kindergartners, Camilla De Paz, and Leonela Pichardo are very excited to start at Hyde and said they have already learned a lot! “My favorite part [of the program] was writing my name. I can write my name now! We did reading too. We read pattern books,” said Camilla. “I learned how to write the date,” Leonela added. “We danced too.” Each week a different group of rising kindergartners attended a combination summer enrichment and Hyde orientation. “Teachers get to see if the students have any number sense yet or if they know how to write their name and date,” said Ms. Davis. Before the Pre-K program, many teachers students and their families felt they were starting the year without really knowing their Hyde community. “So we started learning about our incoming students and their families over the summer,” said Ms. Davis. “By getting families involved, this helps create and start a great relationship with parents, teachers, and students. We begin to build a community.” 

Special thank you to our Summer Leap partners: Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr. and D’Arrigo New York! 

In their own words: 

Every grade got to further hone their math skills by practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and by doing number stories to bolster their mathematical comprehension. Math was rising third grader Abeyuwa “Starr” Uwoghiren’s favorite part of the summer. “I liked doing multiplication because it’s really fun for me, but my teacher made it even more fun for us. Every multiplication fact we did was a point towards getting an ice cream sundae! I can’t wait to learn more math this year,” said Starr pictured right with her friend Jada Paulino.

Every grade got to further hone their math skills by practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and by doing number stories to bolster their mathematical comprehension. Math was rising third grader Abeyuwa “Starr” Uwoghiren’s favorite part of the summer. “I liked doing multiplication because it’s really fun for me, but my teacher made it even more fun for us. Every multiplication fact we did was a point towards getting an ice cream sundae! I can’t wait to learn more math this year,” said Starr pictured right with her friend Jada Paulino.

Throughout the four weeks of summer enrichment, each grade was tasked with the One Hundred Book Challenge where every class had to read 100 books by the end of the program. Unsurprisingly, every grade met, and in some cases exceeded, the challenge! The One Hundred Book challenge had an especially large impact on rising third graders Maylin Reyes (left) and Jayson Sanchez (right). “My favorite part of the summer was when I learned about lightening. We read a book about lightening and now I want to know more,” Jayson said. “I want to read harder books now,” Maylin said. “This year I will challenge myself to read more chapter books!”

Throughout the four weeks of summer enrichment, each grade was tasked with the One Hundred Book Challenge where every class had to read 100 books by the end of the program. Unsurprisingly, every grade met, and in some cases, exceeded, the challenge! The One Hundred Book Challenge had an especially large impact on rising third graders Maylin Reyes (left) and Jayson Sanchez (right). “My favorite part of the summer was when I learned about lightening. We read a book about lightening and now I want to know more,” Jayson said. “I want to read harder books now,” Maylin said. “This year I will challenge myself to read more chapter books!”

Rising second grader, Jacob Dominguez especially enjoyed the math courses. “This summer I learned a lot of math” he said. “We did fun number stories and I learned how to count to a thousand!”

Rising second-grader, Jacob Dominguez especially enjoyed the math courses. “This summer I learned a lot of math” he said. “We did fun number stories and I learned how to count to a thousand!”

Rising first grader, Zoe Abreu said she learned a lot through play.“This summer I learned about sharing,” she said. “When I’m coloring and someone wants a color that I am using I let them share it with me and we both can use it.”

Rising first-grader, Zoe Abreu said she learned a lot through play.“This summer I learned about sharing,” she said. “When I’m coloring and someone wants a color that I am using I let them share it with me and we both can use it.”

“My favorite part [of the program] was writing my name. I can write my name now! We did reading too. We read pattern books,” said rising Hyde kindergartner Camilla De Paz.

“My favorite part [of the program] was writing my name. I can write my name now! We did reading too. We read pattern books,” said rising Hyde kindergartner Camilla De Paz.

“I learned how to write the date,” rising kindergartner Leonela Pichardo said. “We danced too.”

“I learned how to write the date,” rising kindergartner Leonela Pichardo said. “We danced too.”

 

Great Minds Think: Hyde Students Study At St. John’s Summer Academy

In addition to learning a lot in the classroom, Chelsea says that the program was also a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends from across the country.

In addition to learning a lot in the classroom, Chelsea said that the program was also a great opportunity to meet people and make friends from across the country.

At the beginning of July, three rising Hyde seniors and one rising junior attended the St. John’s Summer Academy at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. The St. John’s Summer Academy is a college summer program for high school students that is modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching through books. It also serves as a hands-on introduction to college life. Students are tasked with honing their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills. They also get to take off-campus excursions. 

Chelsea Torres was accepted into the Revolution and Rebellion: Justice and Law program. The program examines the concept of revolution by exploring its role within social, political, and scientific life. Chelsea went to three different classes at St. John’s: a seminar, a language course, and a mathematics course. “The math class was definitely my favorite,” Chelsea said. “It taught me to view math in a more conceptual way.”  In addition to the courses, students could sign up for workshops. Chelsea went kayaking, made pottery, and took swing dance lessons. 

Nana Ampoma Mensah was accepted into the Freedom and Order: Creating Laws, Government, and Society program. In his program, students examined the concept of order out of chaos in the political, literary and scientific spheres. Students had to question whether governing structures restrict individual autonomy. Nana says the program was life-changing for him. “The big takeaway from the program for me was learning how to see things from other people’s perspectives,” he said. “Being in the program taught me that even my friend disagrees with me it doesn’t necessarily mean one of us is right and one of us wrong. Perhaps it means we just interpreted information in different ways. This program really opened my eyes.”

Special thank you to St. John’s College and Mr. Perry Lerner!

Students got to go Kayaking!

Students learned to kayak.

 

Nana took this photo of the moon using a high powered telescope as part of his science class

Nana took this photo of the moon using a high powered telescope as part of his science class.

 

The telescope Nana's science class got to use.

The telescope Nana’s science class used.

 

 

Leadership and Courage: The Hyde 101 New Faculty Retreat

“I was so excited about all the eagerness and wonderful energy I felt from Hyde 101! I'm happy to continue to be a part of the Hyde family. I can tell we are going to have a memorable school year,” said John Swader, elementary school performing arts teacher and Hyde 101 coordinator

“I was so excited about all the eagerness and wonderful energy I felt from Hyde 101! I’m happy to continue to be a part of the Hyde family. I can tell we are going to have a memorable school year,” said John Swader, elementary school performing arts teacher and Hyde 101 coordinator

At the end of August, new faculty embarked on a Hyde right of passage: Hyde 101. Hyde 101 is a Hyde signature practice where faculty communally explore their character on a three-day retreat. The purpose  is for faculty to engage in a reflective, restorative, and informational experience, so they return to Hyde with a deeper understanding of the words and principles and feel comfortable challenging themselves and their students to take steps towards exploring character in the classroom. “Employees at Hyde commit to a rigorous, continuous process of character development, not only for the students but also for themselves and our families,” said Thomas Sturtevant, our executive director.  “Among the outcomes of our Hyde 101 retreat is the intrinsic value participants realize in their own process of self-discovery.” 

Hyde 101 provides the opportunity, time, and a safe space for new teachers to deeply access their own conscience and explore the attitudes they carry. Attitudes and actions often hold us back from what we want to see in ourselves and what we want to be in life. New faculty also reflect and consider their personal growth and receive feedback from a challenging, yet supportive community. “I’m so grateful for the much-needed support system this retreat gave me,” said Naeha Sayed, middle school Data and Assessment Manager.

To get the most out of the retreat, each participant is asked to approach the three-day trip with integrity by being as honest as they can both with themselves and with others.  “I am starting the school year in a more open, honest and inspired way because of the New Teacher Retreat,” said Laura Troy, the high school Math Department Head and coordinator of the retreat.

Faculty at Hyde are not only tasked with  modeling, educating, and both showing and teaching leadership, but also inspiring. Inspiration in job # 1 and the most important thing we implore of  Hyde faculty. “Each year I am pushed, inspired, and grow from stories shared, courage expressed, and everyone’s openness to Hyde,” Ms. Troy said. Ms. Sayed said: “My biggest takeaway from the retreat would be, the sense of a newfound family, where everyone builds a relationship based on trust and sincerity.”

Special thank you to Malcolm Gauld, Laura Gauld, and Tom Bragg!