Other Dates to REMEMBER!!

Hello Again…..

These are other FUN EVENTS you will want to know WHEN they will take place………..

Halloween Dance – Saturday, Oct. 26th – 6-11 pm

Annual Variety Show – Friday, Dec. 6th – 4-10 pm

Homecoming Dance – February, To Be Announced

Spring Festival – Friday, March 21st – 2:45 – 6 pm

Write it in your Organizers!!!!!!

Freshmen Social

This Friday the Freshmen Class is invited to a Social taking place on the 5th floor Veranda. (weather permitting)

The entrance is by the library (501).

Come meet your fellow freshmen

We will have free food, games and prizes.

Performances by the Fashion Step Team

and

Fashions Cheer Team

  Its a time for freshmen to get to know each other

and

be welcomed to their New School!

It starts at the end of 8th period, if your program ends 8th – COME ON OVER

If you end after 9th period – COME ON DOWN

The Fashionable Times

If there is one thing you should learn is that COMMUNICATION is extremely important. When you are always informed, the choices you make are better.

At Fashion we have a weekly publication called The Fashionable Times.

Hey New York has the New York Times and we have The FASHIONABLE Times, and its aim is to let our partners, students and parents, know whats going on.

This weeks publication contains information such as:

  • Parents Association Meeting Dates
  • IMPORTANT TEST DATES – This Thursday the 18th and Friday the 19th
  • Lunch Applications
  • Vocabulary Terms of the Day
  • Daily Bell Schedules
  • Curriculum Updates
  • Jupiter Grades
  • School Fairs
  • New Health Center Update

Make sure to read it Weekly. You can access it through the schools website!

Our Results from the NYC School Survey

A message from our Chancellor best explains what this survey is about:

Dear Members of the School Community,
This report tells you what parents, teachers, and
students said about learning conditions at your school in
our annual survey. This information is designed to
support a dialogue among all members of the school
community on how to make the school a better place for
learning.
Taking the time to reflect on how well we serve children
is an important step in improving our schools. I
encourage schools to plan opportunities to discuss these
survey results with the school community, and integrate
this feedback into preparation for the school’s
Comprehensive Education Plan and Quality Review.

Dennis M. Walcott
Chancellor

TO VIEW RESULTS – CLICK HERE

If you would like to participate in the next survey, please MAKE SURE WE HAVE A WORKING EMAIL where we can send the link. We welcome and value your input.

The first Day of the Next Four Years….

So how was it?

How was the first day of the next four years?

Was it all you expected to be? Or did it fall short of your expectations?

Did you like the Pep Rally? Did seeing the Cheer Team or Step Team in action motivate you to join a team or club? Did Student Government inspire you to become a part of a group?

I hope there are more Yeses than No’s to these questions..

Last night I went out with the girl I became best friends with at Fashion over 20 years ago. We met in our fashion class and lived in the same block and at times would leave together in the morning and come back home together after school. It’s amazing to me how I still have a friend I met in high school and no matter how our lives have turned out, we never did stay out of touch.

In those years, when I was a teen,  I saw a movie about four friends in their teens, ‘Stand by Me’. There was one line in the movie that I never forgot ‘Friends come in and out of our lives, like busboys in a restaurant. But I never had any friends later on like those.’

It speaks of the kind of friends you make in these years. You will never make friends like the ones you can make now. You are at a stage where you are getting to know yourself and the people you surround yourself with can be more influential than you realize. They can either bring out the best in you or not. They could mirror things about yourself that you don’t like and persuade you to change or inspire you to be better people. And all of this is possible because deep down you still possess innocence. And you see things differently than adults, you have that thing called ‘hope’; that thing some adults have lost or have given up.

It’s hope that allows you to forgive your friend when they wrong you. It’s hope that let’s you see the positive side of things and believe its gonna be better tomorrow, even if its difficult to believe. It’s hope that keeps you going.

Its harder for us oldster’s because we are set in our ways and not as malleable as you. And because of all of our responsibilities we really don’t have time to invest in getting to know someone as we once did when we were your age, so count yourself lucky..

Take this time, the next four years, to get to know who you are and allow the friends you ‘choose’, to be people that will Love and Support you for that sole reason.

Official Period Class List AVAILABLE!!

Hello Guys!

Sorry about the great inconvenience NOT HAVING your OP Class in hand has caused

I know it has added to your anxiety and we apologize for that

TRUST US!

We want nothing but a smooth transition into your New School

We know that entering a new school as BIG as ours may be new to some of you

and knowing WHERE to GO as soon as you come in will be better than looking it UP on a WALL

Therefore if you haven’t received your OP Class number

Here is the List available to you through the following Link

OFFICIAL CLASS LIST Word Form

 

Jupiter is not just a PLANET..

Its where you can keep track of your grades!!

The first time I had a job, at 14, I tried to do my best at everything. I thought I was doing fine until I was told I wasn’t needed anymore!

‘OMG!! WHAT??!! But I thought I was doing good!!’ Was what I kept telling myself until I spoke to an old workmate. He told me that the reason why I was fired was because even though I THOUGHT I was doing good, I actually wasn’t and my boss was too busy to let me know and eventually just had to ‘let me go’. I was so upset! WHY COULDN’T THE BOSS JUST TELL ME!!

I couldn’t leave it alone and went back to see my boss to speak to her. Dr. Shuman sat me down and explained to me, “Ms. Chavez the truth is that this place is really busy and aside from you there are many other employees. I cant stop my busy schedule to reexplain your duties. We trained you and expected you to do your job. Even if you THINK you are doing it right, why didn’t you check in once in a while with your supervisor to CONFIRM that you were doing it the right way? You never did and we as a team fell behind with our patients.”

The reality was that it was MY RESPONSIBILITY to find out and make sure that I was doing my job the right way. And because I never took the time to ‘check-in’ with my superiors, I ended up without a job! ARGH!!! NEVER AGAIN!! From that moment on I swore that I would always take the time to talk to my boss or bosses and make sure that I was an ‘A’ employee

SO

Where do think I’m taking you with this?…… If you’re thinking your grades, you’re so right!!

Darn you guys are smart!… I believed that when I became a teacher I would have the time to let all of my students know how they were doing, and boy was I wrong!!

The truth is that all of us teachers have about 28-30 students per class and we teach 5 periods a day! Do the math, how many kids is that? 140-150 DIFFERENT STUDENTS A DAY!! Then you wonder why some teachers DON’T REMEMBER YOUR NAME?!

So my strategy was, when I have a classroom I am going to POST students grades on a bulletin board where they can see it every day. And for the first three years of my teaching, I did.

‘But Ms. Chavez, what if I have a bad grade? I don’t want everyone seeing it!’

THEN AVOID THE BAD GRADE!!

I wouldn’t Post EXAM or QUIZ Grades just regular classwork, and it served as a reminder of what you handed in and what you were missing. It also served as a motivator. Many students found themselves competing with each other to GET THAT A!! I actually liked that students were always informed and could never use the ‘I DIDN’T KNOW’ as an excuse. It took extra time to always update the board but I did and now THAT IS ALL OVER!

Today there is JUPITER GRADES

Jupitergrades.com is the most awesome online grading system ever! There are others of course but I find this one to be the right fit. We as teachers have the option to enter EVERYTHING that concerns students education online, making it easier for you to track your grades. As well as your parents!

‘But Ms. Chavez, what if I have a bad grade? I don’t want THEM seeing it!’

THEN AVOID THE BAD GRADE!!

Just as I learned that I must ‘check-in’ once in a while in order to MAINTAIN my job, I urge all of my students to ‘check-in’ on their grades, via Jupiter Grades in order to MAINTAIN an ‘A’

In order to access Jupiter Grades, you will need your OSIS number, which is your 9 digit ID number that follows you all through your 12 years of Public School. If you do not have it, it will be printed on the Picture I.D. Card you will receive and you will also need a Password. A random one will be given to you at first, which then you must change.

Do: MAINTAIN GOOD GRADES

Do: ‘CHECK-IN’ ONLINE 

DONT: ASSUME YOU’RE DOING OK – CONFIRM

The First Day of School – Part II

So I’ve been getting some emails….. and many of the questions I’ve been receiving can be answered by reading the blog – The First Day of School….

so what do you think I should do? when you keep asking your parent the same question over and over, what do they do?  I wont ignore you, although that’s what I SHOULD DO, I won’t. It is rude and good manners are as necessary as Oxygen! Therefore I will redirect you to Blog I

Blog II – Part II

It has come to my attention that many of you may NOT know what a school day is like in high school. Many of you may but for the ones that don’t, this is for you.

Maybe you went to a middle school where you stayed in the same classroom all day and didn’t move from class to class as much. Or maybe you went to a catholic school or private school that didn’t have a bell schedule… There are so many maybes

My maybe? I went to a catholic middle school that also had a high school in it AND it was in my grandmothers country!

  • All classes were in Spanish  (my sister was the ONLY person I spoke English with) 
  • The school was run by nuns
  • We had to wear uniforms
  • We assembled in rows in the yard by class every morning and sang the national anthem
  • As we entered the building by class, the director of the school would check each student to make sure the uniform was clean and our personal hygiene was up to code : neat hairdo – clean face and nails – clean shoes
  • We stayed in the SAME ROOM ALL DAY! We only went outside for lunch

YES! THIS WAS MY MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE! and to tell you the truth, as kids we weren’t distracted as much when it came to our studies. We were pretty much focused on what it was the teachers expected from us.

Then all of that changed in High School because I moved back to New York City and everything was so different.

Depending on the school you go to, the time within the school day can be divided differently. The school day is divided into periods.

At Fashion these class periods are generally 45 minutes each depending on the Bell Schedule of the day, it can vary. This Monday will be a Regular Bell Schedule and REMEMBER – AFTER OP ALL FRESHMEN ARE INVITED DOWN TO THE 3RD FLOOR GYM FOR A PEP RALLY!!!

After the Pep Rally you will be advised what period you will be in and you will head to the class ACCORDING TO YOUR PERSONAL PROGRAM CARD! DO NOT LOSE YOUR PROGRAM CARD, It also serves as your Entrance Pass to the 4th Floor Cafeteria, when you have lunch. 

Remember the FIRST NUMBER IN THE ROOM INDICATES WHAT FLOOR THE ROOM IS ON

Example – Room 221 is on the 2nd floor – Room 919 is on the 9th floor

Your Schedule could start 1st period (8:10 a.m.) or 2nd period (8:59 a.m.) and it could end 8th period, which ends at 2:47 p.m. or 9th period, which ends at 3:37 p.m. Your Schedules will vary from semester to semester throughout your four years and depending on whether or not you fail classes and will have to make the class up the next semester. SO PASS THEM THE FIRST TIME AROUND!

You will not have to attend OP every day. Official Period Class is scheduled when IMPORTANT INFORMATION HAS TO BE GIVEN OUT TO THE STUDENTS like Report Cards and Testing Information, etc (You will be informed ahead of time when OP is scheduled)

Every First Monday of the Month has a DIFFERENT BELL SCHEDULE – Look at the Bell schedule link above. The day is shorter and you leave a lot earlier in the afternoon. This serves as meeting time for teachers after school. You leave, we stay!

Even if it is called a ‘Bell’ schedule, it isn’t an actual bell that announces the end or beginning of a period. At Fashion the bell has been replaced by music. Music is played over the loud speakers to let you know the period has ended and you can proceed to your next class. COOL HUH??!!

As new students you will be given ID’s and email addresses as well. You will also receive usernames that will allow you to log on to the many laptops and PC’s available within the school. (Information will be given about the ID’s in your OP)

Also, if you are scheduled for GYM this semester, you are REQUIRED to purchase a GYM UNIFORM – School Tee and School Sweatpants or School Gymshorts – These items can be purchased at the school store located on the 1st floor. You are not required to have them the first day of class, therefore ask your gym teacher for the prices of each item or simply pass by the school store on your lunch period and become acquainted as well as inquire about the prices!! GET TO KNOW YOUR SCHOOL!!!

One last thing…. PUNCTUALITY!!!! PUNCTUALITY!!!! PUNCTUALITY!!!! It is so important!

Question – If you have to be somewhere at 8 a.m., what time do you wake up and leave your home, if it takes you 35 minutes to get there?

A. 7:00 a.m. – B. 7:25 a.m. – C. 6:30 a.m.

Hmmmm….. 7:25 a.m. ? Mathematically You are right but realistically you’re SO WRONG!!!!

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?  –  How far away from the train or bus are you? –  Are the trains or buses running regularly?  –  Do you stop and get something to eat or drink on the way?  –   Do you have to take your little sister or brother to THEIR school?  –   Is it raining, causing you to rethink what you’re gonna wear?  –  Do you need to go to your locker BEFORE class when you enter the building?

FACTOR IN SOME OR ALL OF THESE THINGS AND IT LOOK LIKE YOU’LL HAVE TO WAKE UP AT 4:30 a.m.!!!!!

Remember as you begin to grow and mature, your responsibilities will also increase and being on time will be expected of you in order to be successful at anything positive you put your energy into. It is one habit that will take you far AND will be appreciated and rewarded by your teachers and then future employers.

BE ON TIME – WASTED TIME is the ONLY THING YOU CAN NEVER GET BACK IN LIFE!! 

Do: FOLLOW YOUR PROGRAM CARD

DONT: LOSE YOUR PROGRAM CARD

DONT: BE LATE

Important Information for Parents and Students

Tick Tock – Tick Tock – Tick Tock – Tick Tock

MONDAY is YOUR FIRST DAY!!!! We teachers had to be in today. We have to prepare for your arrival and after a bit, I became excited about that!!

If you HAVENT RECEIVED YOUR OFFICIAL PERIOD CLASS YET, DONT WORRY!!!

YOUR OFFICIAL CLASS  ROOM – This list is posted in the School lobby as you enter. IT IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (Last Name) AND YOUR NAME IS ON IT

The link above shows WHAT ROOM your Official Class takes place in

WHO is your Official Class Teacher

and

WHO is your Counselor

**The first number of the room indicates what FLOOR its located – ex: 245 is on 2nd floor – 602 is on 6th floor*

!!!!!AFTER YOUR OFFICIAL CLASS PERIOD, THE FRESHMEN CLASS and ONLY the FRESHMEN CLASS WILL GO TO A PEP RALLY on the 3rd FLOOR GYMNASIUM HELD BY FASHIONS STUDENT GOVERNMENT TO WELCOME YOU TO YOUR NEW SCHOOL!!!!!

NOW for PARENTS – AS PROMISED!!! Our SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER is ON ITS WAY!!

Pretty soon we will be offering health services to all of our students regardless of INSURANCE!

This is a revolutionary concept that is only offered in 1 other school and Fashion High is the second school it is coming to!!

Imagine! Not having to take a day off of work to accompany your child to see a healthcare professional!

HEALTHY CHILDREN

HEALTHY TEENS

HEALTHY SCHOOLS