OWN 1 Astoria Middle School

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OWN 1 Astoria Middle School

The school day for OWN 1 Middle School students begins at 8:05 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.

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OWN Charter School is an amazing place for young people to learn. Since our doors first opened in 2002, we have worked tirelessly to meet our goal of providing our diverse student body with an excellent education based on active inquiry, experiential learning, and social justice. We prepare our students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners. I am so proud of the success and progress we have made so far, and no one is more aware than I how integral the support and encouragement of the OWN community has been in helping us grow and improve each and every year.

Visit our school, especially during the Admissions Open Houses. Here you see the mission and philosophy brought to life. The faculty in both the Elementary and Middle Schools use activities that guide children toward knowledge through imaginative exploration and the mastery of skills.

OWN is proud of all we have accomplished with our students, parents, and community since our school opened in 2002. Together, we have established a culture of learning and academic success that we can be proud of.

Curriculum Overview

Art

The Middle School art program is designed to expand on the elementary foundation in understanding and skills in the visual arts. While supporting the New York State Standards for the Arts, as well as the National Standards, students develop increasingly sophisticated creative strategies, skills, and habits of mind through artistic practices, and apply design literacy to a wide variety of traditional and new media.

They acquire increasingly complex procedural knowledge, skills, and craftsmanship in art-making while exploring an expanded range of media. They develop more sophisticated aesthetic judgment that supports the making and understanding of rich meaning in art. Students explore a wide range of ideas about the meaning and purpose of visual art, and develop an understanding of practical applications and career opportunities in the arts. They form a broader knowledge and understanding of our rich and diverse historical and cultural heritage through art. Student artwork is exhibited and celebrated in our annual Spring Arts Festival. All student artwork is added to personal online interactive portfolios.

Click here to view OWN Student Art

Film

The Film Program at the Middle School includes students in grades 6-8. The focus is on visual storytelling through specific film genres, building on what students have learned in the Elementary School. Throughout the year, students review the elements of good storytelling techniques through the study of film examples. Students expand their film vocabulary, adding to their knowledge of basic shot types with camera movements. They get the opportunity to use various pieces of film equipment, adding in the use of external sound. Students create scripts, storyboards, shot lists, and other important pre-production documents; they film and edit their own projects. Through this experience and studying the film industry, students gain a further understanding of the different roles on a film set and within the professional community.

The year culminates with the OWN Film Festival showcasing student work, with grade-level Best Film Awards. Whenever possible we take field trips to film festivals, the Museum of the Moving Image, and other opportunities that may arise in this thriving, film-producing city.

Foreign Language

  • Spanish or Mandarin classes are offered to students in grades 6-8.

Library

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

― Albert Einstein

A major component of the OWNCS Library program is to instill an appreciation and love of reading.

Middle School students do not have regularly scheduled weekly classes; however, they participate in classes given throughout the year that teach digital citizenship and the use of databases and other resources available through the school library. Students have weekly scheduled access to the library.

Music

The Middle School Music curriculum combines the basics of music theory with an emphasis on melodic structure, song analysis, instrumentation, and listening skills. Students often work cooperatively in groups on musical and rhythmic projects, write in their music journals and begin a study of musical theatre.

The sixth grade music curriculum is designed to help transition students into a more in-depth analysis of music and its structure. Topics include note values, song/genre analysis, and rhythm. The seventh grade music curriculum is designed for those students who have a strong interest in music. Through teamwork, students complete projects on topics in rhythm, song structure and musical theater. Groups often present in front of the class, at times with instruments. Quizzes on staff writing and listening skills are given. The eighth grade music curriculum is designed for those students who were not able to take music during their seventh grade year. Students work together to complete projects on topics in rhythm, song structure, and musical theater. Groups often present in front of the class, at times with instruments. Quizzes on staff writing and listening skills are given.

Physical Education

The Physical Education Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the middle school students with a varied, age appropriate, and challenging curriculum. The units are sequenced and kept short to maximize interest and participation. Fundamental skill development is emphasized at all grade levels and in all units. From the fundamental movement and physical skills of the primary students to the more involved skills, games, and sports concepts of the intermediate grades, knowledge of the benefits and the enjoyment of physical activity is taught and reinforced in each class. The social, emotional, and character traits necessary to be successful and a good community citizen are taught and repeated from the first class, and safety factors relative to physical activity are constantly stressed. Personal and social responsibility, self-directed learning, and problem solving skills are also reinforced throughout the middle school physical education curriculum.

Through various physical fitness activities and game play, students will learn how to improve their performance and sharpen their individual abilities.

Technology

At OWNCS, we are working toward a seamless integration of technology and curriculum: students using technology daily, and having access to a variety of tools that match the learning task at hand -- tools that increase engagement, lead to a deeper understanding of content, and open the door to innovation and creativity.

When effectively integrated into the curriculum, technology can extend learning in significant ways. Students have greater access to primary source material and more engaging multimedia content. They gain facility in digital methods of collecting and analyzing data. Students experience creating, editing, publishing, and presenting their work in new and authentic ways to a broader audience. They are given new opportunities to interact and collaborate with others (peers, teachers, and experts) outside the classroom walls.

During the school day, each student has access to their own individual device (iPad or MacBook) to complete research and online assessments. All classrooms are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards and document cameras. We are a Google Suite for Education school, ensuring that our students are proficient in the most current core productivity tools and Google Classroom. We also offer a wealth of online resources that provide regular opportunities to practice and apply academic and technology skills. Our teachers are encouraged to use technology creatively to enrich learning in their classrooms; their efforts are celebrated in our Technology Integration Spotlight.

Faculty & STAFF Directory

Fatimah Abdul-Wahab

Anita Angrum

Natalie Antunovic

Calli Balfour

Erwin Bernal

Robert Clendenning

John Cota

Liam Cullen

Otis Danne

Deborah De Pinto

Lisa Edmiston

Ariel Enderes

Joshua Fox

Jon Franks

Jesse Fung

Robert Goffner

Ryan Gonzalez

Mario Guerrero

Tasnova Harun

Spencer Hays

Kevin Hom

Thomas Hughes

Eileen Lepetit

Seth Makarowitz

Danielle Mejia

Dave Nandkumar

Nadia Ozuna

Jessica Petro

Darrell Rawls

Sharika Rosado

Karen Rosenberg

Glenn Roth

Lincy Roy

Alex Rubel

Louis Scerbo

Devika Shastri

Chloe Steele

Bobby Thomas

Lizette Villegas

David Visconti

Derek Wolf

Laden Ziaee

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