MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL
Salutatorian Tyler Ware with Principal Penn at Graduation
Principal Penn with NYC Chancellor of Education Carmen Farina, Brooklyn High Schools Superintendent Michael Prayor, Owner and President of Triad Consulting Strategies, Inc. Rubain Dorancy and Medgar Evers College Staff
Principal Penn with the HSGC community at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Letitia James Learning Lab
Greetings HSGC Families:
It is with great pleasure that I write to welcome you and your student(s) to the 2019 -2020 school year at the High School for Global Citizenship. I hope that your summer has been filled with fun family activities enjoyed at a leisurely place under beautiful, blue skies filled with sunshine. How quickly summer concludes and our thoughts turn to eagerly preparing for the commencement of another school year. This is always an exciting time of the year! The High School for Global Citizenship faculty and staff eagerly await welcoming our new families and students and catching up with great summer stories and memories with returning families and students. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and forming strong and positive partnerships.
Our vision is to provide your child with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in high school and beyond by providing them with a rigorous college preparatory education that will allow for them to compete both academically and economically in a global society. Last year we accomplished great gains and plan to accomplish even greater gains in this new school year with your help. Our overall attendance rate increased by 5%, suspension rate dropped by 50 %, and we earned a Proficient on our latest School Quality Review! We had students taking free college credit bearing courses at our partner college, Medgar Evers College, in English, Biology, and Theater. We sent students to University of Connected to learn about the college application process and to become trained peer leaders in order to help others with the process. Students also participated in the College Focus program this summer at Medgar Evers College to help them pass their college placement exam. We will have 15 senior students in college full-time this year via Long Island University Fast Track program, which will allow for them to earn 30 college credits in one year. Additionally, we have early college opportunities for students in all grades via our college partnerships. We have a college-going-culture team that includes a college advisor and counselor to help students become college ready. Furthermore, our students will have the opportunity to take Computer Science and Biomedical Science courses this year. These courses also can lead to college credit. We will have professionals from the business industry supporting, exposing and mentoring our students in these courses. Our business partner LinkedIn is looking forward to having our students visit their work place this year. This year we received a $150,000 grant for the purchase of our two new Mac carts for student use, giving us a total of over 100 brand new Mac computers for students to use. Students will be provided greater choice in offerings due to the expansion of our electives and college partnerships, which will help to put them on a trajectory to being college and career ready. Great things are happening here at HSGC and we want you to help us further our efforts by ensuring your child attains the following:
90% or better Attendance
11 credits or more per year
2 regents or more with a score of 75 or better per year(80 in Math)
Please note that all events for the year are posted at www.hs-gc.org. Our first event of the new school year will be a Back- to- School Night and Parent Association (PA) Elections/Meeting on Wednesday, September 17 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. We will begin promptly at 5:30 pm with a brief family orientation, and immediately following parents will have time to mingle with faculty and fellow parents over dinner. The intent of the Back to School Night is to allow parents to quickly meet and begin to form a relationship with teachers, as well as learn about the curriculum, school wide goals, and activities. Furthermore, this Back to School Night will allow an opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with the PA, fundraising activities, lunch forms, Skedula Parent Portal, etc.
We hope that this short visit will help children feel more comfortable beginning the first month of school. Classroom supply kits and PE and school uniform shirts will be available for purchase before and after the family orientation. Please be reminded that students are required to wear a black shirt and khaki bottoms daily to school. Please help us by ensuring that your child leaves home properly dressed daily.
The first student day will be Thursday, September 4 and will be a full day. The school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. for most students. All students must arrive in uniform with their program, ID card, and a book bag for school entry. Programs and lunch forms will be mailed home prior to the first day of school. Please help us by ensuring your child is in attendance and on time every day. Metro cards will be given out to all students only on September 4, during their attendance period.
Your child’s guidance counselor is Mr. Teitelbaum, and is available to assist you with your progress to graduation questions. Our Parent Coordinator is Ms. Ray who will be working very closely with you and on behalf of you to ensure parent/school communication. Every student is assigned a grade advisor. Please feel free to contact them with any questions you may have about grade level events, activities, and progress.
The staff and administration eagerly await welcoming you to another wonderful school year and look forward to meeting you all soon.
On behalf of the HSGC team,
Founded by Global Kids and Former Principal Brad Haggerty in September 2004 as part of the Prospect Heights Educational Campus, the High School for Global Citizenship is an innovative small high school in Central Brooklyn that aims to create a community of active learners who are engaged participants in the democratic process and are learning about foreign policy issues and the connections between their personal lives and international events.