School Events & Highlights 2019-20

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Scholar on the Spotlight

Jolie W., from class 706, was recently on an episode of Sesame Street playing baseball with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita. She also recently filmed another episode which will come out further next year. This is just a piece of her acting career. She was also being on TV shows such as Gotham, Sunny Days, and Succession. Aside from that, she has appeared on several TV commercials. We see a bright future ahead for Jolie and we are very proud of her.

Jolie W. in Sesame Street

MS. Smyth is Our Interim Acting Principal

Superintendent Jennifer Carreon-Ambert has announced, that Mrs. Michele Smyth will be the Scholars' Academy Interim Acting Principal!

"A great choice, smart, organized, hard-working, and proven winner in the Scholars' Academy Pack!" says Mr. O'Connell, Founding Principal. "Please read the this letter" he advises. "My last day, due to vacation, is tomorrow, Valentine's Day!" he continued in an email sent to parents. "Thank you for all of your support and loyalty over the years. I will see you sooner than later."

Mr. O'Connell Passing On the School Keys to Ms. Smyth
Banner promoting Respect for All Week.

Respect for All Week is next week and we will use the opportunity to be inclusive of others from all walks of life. We will have an awareness campaign for respecting diversity and anti-bullying by students wearing purple bracelets and staff dressing in purple on 2/12 and a special event on 2/14 - No One Eats Alone Day where PBIS mentors will be visiting MS lunch periods.

Here is our Event Preview (Unplugged) for February 14 Through February 29. We are making this possible after a lot of headaches in dealing with the repair of our TriCaster (the main equipment that makes our production possible). We are still waiting for its repair.

Green Team in the News!

Scholars' Academy Sustainability (Green) Team is making noise! They are featured in the DOE Sustainability Department's 2019 annual report. Check out page 34 for full report.

"At M.S. 323, the Scholar’s Academy in Queens, the Sustainability Coordinator and teacher (Jonathan Bradley) won a $5,000 grant to construct an outdoor greenhouse. This extends the growing season and opportunities for his gardening club to work outside. As a result, interest in gardening has grown and more student groups are learning from the greenhouse. A 7th grade STEAM class is studying how to improve thermal properties to capture more heat, and woodworking students are building raised bed and shelves for inside the greenhouse." Check out page 34 for full report.

Two Six grade students working in greenhouse
Two Six boys working in greenhouse

Scholars' Sharing Best Teaching Practice

Scholars' Academy is currently part of the Instructional Framework Learning Lab Team. On Tuesday, February 12th, Scholars' hosted the first Learning Lab site and were visited by PS 55, PS 64, PS 108, and the High School of Construction Trades Engineering and Architecture. During this visit, the schools had the opportunity to visit classrooms and observe how the Think, Share, Critique, Synthesize Protocol is enhancing student engagement and critical thinking skills in the classroom. The schools were very impressed by the visit. We would like to thank Ms. Earle, Ms. Schifini, Mrs. Hilgendorf, and Mr. Hajtovic for opening up their classrooms to the visitors.

Group photo from Instructional Framework Learning Lab Team

CHEM Club/Scholar's Academy Supports our Troops

Three HS Girls creating cards
Four Girls creating Valentine's Cards
Valentine's Cards For Troops on Desk
Country station 94.7 Valentine's Card

Our CHEM Club members helped out this week as did 82 of our students when they wrote cards that will be sent to our troops for Valentine's Day. Country station 94.7 is sponsoring this program. Thank you to all that participated.

Scholars' First Hydroponics Tower

Thanks to Mr. Bradley and the Sprout by Design Team, we can now say we have a functioning Urban Farm currently located in room 103. The pictures below show our Scholars engaged and assembling Hydroponics Tower.

An image of Scholars' First Hydroponics Tower assembled and ready to farm
Students listen to presenter about Scholars First Hydroponics Tower
Students are assembling Students listen to presenter about Scholars' First Hydroponics Tower
Students are working to get our First Hydroponics Tower together

Former Seawolf Making Big Moves

Congratulations to Christ the King Senior and former Scholars’ middle schooler, Zephron Lester. On February 5th, Zephron chose between Stanford and Harvard football at a ceremony held at Christ the King. Anyone who had the pleasure of teaching him knows how well deserved this honor truly was. Once a Seawolf, always a Seawolf! Below is the moment in which he shared his decision. See video here. Blurb by Kristin Camarinos.

Zephron Lester is Signing His Decision.
Zephron is seated down posing. Behind him are three adults standing.

Upcycling at it's finest!

Check out the bag made by Alyssa K. (9th grader). It is made from crocheted, previously used, plastic bags.

Single use plastic bags are hurting our environment, stopping them going into the trash helps.

This is a project completed in Ms. Worster's art class (putting the A in STEAM): Grade 9 Intro to 3D elective making art from recyclables.

Introduction to 3D Design is an art elective offered to grade 9 students. The main objective is to learn how to think and create, "in the round," or considering an artwork from all angles, or 360 degrees. This year, we have also focused on integrating engineering, sustainability, math and science in many of our projects, including our last unit in which students worked in groups to design and construct recycled newspaper towers. In this current unit, the one in which Alyssa create this reusable bag from smaller, plastic bag; students are using a wide array of recyclables to create sculptures that focus on repetition through form. Students are using many materials donated by the Scholars' community, including old CDs and DVDs, plastic bottles, cans, plastic cutlery and much more. (Blurb by Ms. Worster)

Alyssa K. posing with her purse made out of plastic bags.
A purse made out of plastic bags

More Computer Science Courses for 2020-21!

Because of a strong dedication of students and teachers, Scholars' Academy has been selected to receive an additional year of sponsored access to Edhesive courses through Amazon Future Engineer! This includes curriculums in Edhesive Introductory and AP computer science so teachers can lead computer science and coding courses in their classroom! Keep it up SEAWOLVES!

Key Club Valentines Day Flower Sale Flyer

The annual Valentine's Day Flower Sale ends Tuesday, February 11th. Roses $5 and Carnations $2.

Valentine's Day Photo Album


Our annual Career Fair will be on Tuesday, March 10th and will be held in the gym. We are actively seeking new professionals to come and speak with our students. Please share the RSVP form below with any family members, friends etc. who you think would be able to attend. Thank you.


Tuesday, January 14th, 6:00pm to 7:15pm, Scholars' Dining Room

The Scholars’ Academy hosted its first annual Time Travel Tuesday! Students of all ages were encouraged to come check out the cool, historically-based events and activities that their Humanities and History teachers planned for them. From Radio Bingo through the Decades to History or Rockaway Jeopardy, from acting out historical events in 3 scenes to discovering the history of comics. There was something for every member of the Scholars’ family! Students who attend will get a dress down day pass.

Run Maxwell, Run

Maxwell S. from 606 participated in our Middle School Co-Ed Fall Cross Country Team. The season ended on Thursday, December 12th, but that did not stop him from running. On Saturday, December 14th he participated in the Rockaway Santa Run. He competed against adults and he was in first place after the first mile with a time of 6:34. He went on to take 4th place with a 5km time of 24:44. Run Maxwell, RUN!!

Maxwell S. running
Maxwell S. Time

Annual Candy Cane Sale

Attention all Scholars' Academy students! The Key Club is hosting its annual Candy Cane Sale from now until Tuesday, December 17th. You can buy candy canes for $1 during homeroom. It's an easy way to show your appreciation for your peers and send fun holiday messages. All candy canes will be delivered Friday, December 20th during AM homeroom. Happy Holidays from The Key Club!

Candy Sale poster

Scholars' Academy band performed wonderfully at Operation Santa on Wednesday, December 11th for the benefit of 4,500 handicapped children. We are all so proud of them!

Band playing
Band playing their instruments
Band playing at JFK
Band playing at JFK for Operation Santa

Anthony M.

On Friday, December 6, 2019 Scholars' Freshman Anthony M. from HR 9-04 was in the ring at Madison Square Garden as he showed his skills as an MMA Black Belt. At 14 years old, Anthony is the youngest MMA fighter to battle in the garden! Way to go Anthony!!!

Anthony M. posing
Cesar Rodriguez

Congratulations to senior Cesar Rodriguez.

Cesar is the recipient of the QuestBridge Scholarship to Stanford University!!!!

QuestBridge is a highly competitive FULL COST OF ATTENDANCE scholarship worth $278,000 over 4 years!!!

Way to go Cesar, good luck at Stanford in the fall!!!

Sea What!!!!!!!!

Thank You for Your Toy Drive Donations!

Thanks to the Scholars' Academy over 500 toys will be donated to homeless children for the holidays this year! A special thank you to Student Government and Key Club members who volunteered their time and effort to assist in organizing and collecting the toys throughout the drive. To all those that donated, enjoy your well earned dress down day pass today!

Toy Drive in bags for delivery

Thanks to those that donated to our Toy Drive.

Scholars' Academy Thanks the whole school community (staff, students, parents, etc.) for making Scholars' the place it is.

MS OS Assembly: November. Breakfast Photo Album // Assembly Photo Album

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

The school will be closed this Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th in observance of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday celebrated in the United States on the 4th Thursday in November. This is a day to “give thanks” by gathering with family and friends for a traditional meal that includes a turkey. This holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. On behalf of The Scholars' Academy, we hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving and enjoys this time with loved ones to give thanks for all the good things in life.

Mr. O'Connell Receiving award

Scholars’ Academy Gets 3rd Place in Entire City: Principal's Compliance Award!

There are over 1,100 schools in NYC.

Each one must adhere to compliance items which originate from laws, regulations, and policies.

The award earned this year reflects the work of numerous staff members: safety items, special education items, immunization items, programming, mentoring, English language learner items, budget items, etc. The list is exhaustive and exhausting.


Winners of the 2019 PSAL Girls Volleyball B Tournament

This past Saturday the PSAL held its annual Girls Volleyball B Tournament at Metropolitan Campus. Ten of the top B teams participated in a fun filled day with tons of excitement and competition. The Scholars' Academy and Leon M. Goldstein traded point for point in all three sets of the championship game. In the first set, The Scholars' Academy was led by Senior OH #16 Nina Melchiorri’s attacks and serving. Senior Libero #6 Catherine Young’s jump floater serve gave Goldstein some early problems in the third set. Young continued to lead Scholars' Academy with her impeccable passing, followed by back-row attacks. Congratulations to The Scholars Academy for winning the 2019 PSAL Girls Volleyball B Tournament.

Girls Volleyball Team

Curriculum Overview Night and Movie Night Sept., 26th

9/11, Day of Remembrance

9/11 Memorial