Hyde Receives College Board’s Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Seniors Sherice Gomes (left) and Alwynique Prophet (right), both of whom enrolled in the AP CSP class that granted Hyde the 2019 College Board’s Computer Science Female Diversity Award.

Award Recognition and Defying Norms 

This Spring Hyde proudly received the 2019 College Board’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. This honor recognizes the outstanding work and leadership that have gone into engaging more female students in computer science and computer science education. Out of 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, Hyde was one of only 639 schools, just 3% of that total, to be recognized in achieving this award.

By providing access to computer science courses, Hyde is opening doors for our female students to learn more about not only the world of STEM, but also prepare them for in-demand jobs of the future. These courses will grant them opportunities to help solve some of society’s most challenging problems, ultimately driving innovation and creativity in the field.

Kathryn Anderson, Instructional Coach, Data Manager and Instructor of the AP CSP class at Hyde, said a key contribution to Hyde earning the award has been accessibility. She said, “a reason why a lot of women do not go into the computer science field is because they have this idea in their mind that it isn’t for them, as girls… and it isn’t accessible to them”.

Seniors Sherice Gomes and Alwynique Prophet feel that this course has granted them and other female students the opportunity to explore an interest in the field of computer science before college. Sherice credited Ms. Anderson for inspiring her to take the class. She gave Sherice the confidence that this field is something that women can pursue. Sherice explained the impact of the AP CSP course at Hyde as, “…a chance for more girls to challenge the gender dynamic or norms that… this field is only for boys… Thanks to Hyde, we’ll see more representation of women in the field”. One of Sherice’s favorite parts of the course was coding and designing their very own Mario platform game.

Middle School Completes a 2nd Successful J-Term

Gael Ortiz (right) and Casting Director and Development Producer Meghan Griffin (left), on facetime with an LA partner of DIGA/Coburn Communications.

When I Grow Up

During this year’s middle school J-Term, student Gael Ortiz had the opportunity to shadow  Casting Director and Development Producer Meghan Griffin from the media company, DIGA/Coburn Communications. Which allowed Gael to explore his interest in becoming an actor or movie editor. 

That afternoon Gael was able to meet with several members of the main division in the film production such as the casting directors, film editors, the production manager, and the development team. He also went behind the scenes to see the production and edits of the series, “Hot Ones”, the Youtube hot wings eating game show. 

Gael got very comfortable throughout the course of the shadowing and was highly interested in the editing department and process. He learned that failure is to be expected in this industry, numerous ideas get scrapped, and that editing is extremely tedious. Nonetheless, Gael was curious to learn more, and asked great questions to everyone there.

Hyde’s Elementary School Partners with the New York African Chorus Ensemble for Black History Month


The New York African Chorus Ensemble opening up the elementary school’s, school meeting.

Inspiring and Empowering a Community

Our elementary school eagerly partnered with the NY African Chorus Ensemble, which helped to create meaningful programs and lead workshops to create an authentic Black History Month experience at Hyde. Our students learned about African countries and traditions through hands-on projects, African dance workshops, a fashion show and trivia games on influential African American leaders in history. The program ended with a huge showcase in which our students’ wonderful classwork was celebrated and displayed to faculty, parents and the rest of the elementary school.

The New York African Chorus Ensemble is much more than a chorus. The ensemble celebrates diversity, and through its community outreach, runs multicultural festivals that connect the community to authentic African culture, traditions, and spirituality. President Joyce Adewumi said, “Spending time with the students during Black History Month has allowed us… to break down negative stereotypes that separate us and show our similarities… through music, dance, in any way we can… to celebrate humanity.”

Charmaine Mack, Director of Social and Emotional Programs, knows that these are experiences our students need the most because it gives them the opportunity to develop their self and social awareness, which she highlights, “…are key social competencies needed to be successful throughout life.” Our students become more aware of their own strengths and their unique potential that they can offer to the world. She said, “I think these experiences will forever live with our students as fun and powerful cultural experiences.”