OWNCS has been identified as a "2018-2019 Recognition School" by the New York State Education Department for its performance in the 2017-2018 school year. Recognition School status is awarded to schools that have demonstrated high academic achievement, student growth, and a high graduation rate.
Congratulations to all our students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators -- all of whom played a role in achieving this notable distinction!
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Mr. Glenn Roth (Special Education, OWN1 MS) was recently interviewed by The Daily Eagle and QNS.com. A lifelong baseball fanatic, Mr. Roth organized a tribute to the great Jackie Robinson, including a talk by Ivo Philbert of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, a musical performance by the OWN Glee Club, as well as a spoken recitation of a famous Robinson speech by our students.
Congratulations to the 2018-2019 CSAA Region 1 Champions!
We join our Athletic Director Mr. Brown, and our dedicated coaches, Mr. Reid and Mr. Hughes, in celebrating the Coed Soccer Team's unbeaten record this season (10-0!). An amazing accomplishment to cap a season of hard work and unrelenting effort. Go Falcons!
OWNCS was recently featured in an iHeart Radio segment, entitled "KTU Cares: A Salute to Local Heroes." Our CEO Brian Ferguson, board members Melissa Chin and Richard Bogle, and veteran 2nd grade teacher Dimitra Stephanides participated in a wide-ranging discussion covering charter schools in general, the history of our particular schools, the vibrant growth and expansion of our learning communities, and the factors that distinguish Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools.
Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas attend OWN's annual Multicultural Festival. The yearly celebration culminates with OWN students, OWN parents, and OWN staff celebrating and appreciating the diversity of over 70 countries represented in the school.
One of our very OWN, Kristina Arvelo (class of 2015), participated in the NYC Mayor's Cup yesterday evening at St. Francis College. The Mayor's Cup features the best of the best high school basketball players from the five boroughs, from both the PSAL (public) and CHSAA (parochial) leagues.
Kristina led the PSAL in scoring with 11 points and 5 assists. 8 of those points and 3 of those assists were in the fourth quarter. Her performance propelled the PSAL to a 77-73 victory over the CHSAA team, and Kristina was named the game MVP.
As part of the school's commemoration of Women's History Month, our Middle School students are participating in two noteworthy charitable projects. The first is the "Wands for Wildlife" project, which encourages the donation of used mascara wands, which can be recycled into useful tools in saving endangered animals. The second is the "Equity, Period." project, which is a drive for sanitary napkins for those in need.
One of the highlights of our all-day Teaching for Tolerance Symposium was the interview of Cheryl Wills, NY1 anchor and author, conducted by our sixth-graders. What a wonderful role model for our students!