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The Center for Reform of School Systems has created a Schools Model Project, and chosen Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School as one of the few schools to serve as a model for others.
"The School Models Project was conceived by School by Design and its partners to provide practice-based examples that address the question 'What could you do?' when considering change in a district, a network or an individual school."
Using an asset-based approach, they chose schools across the country that model excellent practice. Fannie Lou is one of the 15 schools selected. Click on the link to hear (and see in some cases) many of our best teachers and administrators describe what makes Fannie Lou a Model School.
FLHFHS students celebrated their sixth annual Peace Block Party for nonviolence, a completely student-initiated and student-run annual event at the school.
Events included distinguished speakers, courtyard games, and education about community organizations. The fair was featured on Bronx News 12, where students and staff were interviewed about their experience.
Read more about this special event here.
We are so proud of 11th grade student Naseem Hamid for advancing to the finalists of the Children's Aid Society / Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year award. Along with fellow Junior Crystal George, Naseem completed the competitive application process. After they were both chosen for the first round of the competitive fellowship, Naseem was chosen to advance to the next round.
Students "put in hours of work, writing essays, filling out an intensive application, securing letters of recommendation, and practicing a three-minute speech.
"There are two constants from year to year: All the teens are exceptionally driven and accomplished, and the judges have a difficult time making a decision. This year wasn’t any different."
Naseem is just one of our extraordinary students reaching for new heights in partnership with the Children's Aid Society. We celebrate him and his future accomplishments!
Veteran Fannie Lou teacher Molly Shabica has long been engaging students in real-world research and Science in her classrooms.
This year, she was recognized for it by Math for America.
According to their article, "[She] took lots of kids who come from homeless shelters, free lunch programs, and other places and she got them interested in studying a certain kind of bacteria, says John Ewing, MFA president. "Then she somehow got the money for microscopes and hooked these kids up with university researchers. She ended up getting these kids doing what, basically, is research," he says. "And you find that kind of story being replicated dozens and dozens of times in both math and science."
Read more about the amazing teachers honored by this program here.
Thanks to a special GE Skills Grant we received last Fall, we were able to cover the cost of sending 40 of our 9th and 10th grade students to Rocking the Boat every week for a full year!
"During the fall, Public Programs Director Ryan McCormick and Assistant Public Programs Director (and Rocking the Boat alumna) Jasmine Benitez provided participants with a comprehensive introduction to the Bronx River. With the start of the spring semester earlier this month, the kids are starting to carry out two hands-on monitoring projects—building nesting boxes for tree swallows in Soundview Park and monitoring American eels—much like students in the afterschool program".
Check out profiles of our student progress with Rocking the Boat, and some insight from Assistant Principal Nathan Larsen here.
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School recently received word that we are officially an Apple Distinguished School. We received the following message from Apple:
"We are excited to inform you that the technology program at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2015–2017, a two-year designation. Congratulations on being recognized as an exemplary learning environment for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence."
We are so proud to be recognized for the innovative and rigorous work of our students and staff.
This summer, the New York Times featured a pages-long piece in their Sunday paper about the Fannie Lou Panthers basketball team, and the work of Coach Marc Skelton.
Fannie Lou is so honored to be featured in such a prestigious publication, and so proud of the stories that are profiled there of many of our players and Coach Skelton. Read the full article here.
Students recently had the opportunity to attend the Growing Hope - Yes We Code event at the old Bronx Courthouse with Joshua Poyer of the Children's Aid Society, and 35 fellow students. Yes We Code is an initiative of Van Jones for the purpose of getting coding into schools in urban areas. Our Assemblyman Michael Blake is pursuing this concept and they are planning on making it a priority along with Borough President Reuben Diaz Jr.
The event was broadcast live on MSNBC- check it out here to hear about the work and see our students.
This summer, Fannie Lou students were part of a cohort of 30 NYC high schoolers chosen to participate in the SoulScholarship program, a partnership between the Children's Aid Society, the Carrera Pregnancy Prevention Program, and SoulCyle.
Students chosen for the program were offered the opportunity to attend coveted SoulCycle classes twice a week. In addition to their free exercise classes, they learned about healthy eating, exercise, and hydration. They also participated in sessions with SoulCycle's Chief Culture Officer to build resume, interview, and job culture skills.
See more about the program and student testimonies from the participants at the People article here.
Along with the Bronx River Watershed Alliance, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice & A.C.T.I.O.N., Bronx youth will be leading a series of workshops exploring issues of environmental justice in their own community on Saturday, May 16th, from 10am-5pm at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School.
From the organizers: "Our summit is teen led: Created and designed by youth wanting to build awareness, find solutions, and recruit others regarding environmental justice issues. The conference will be the first led by youth on these issues in the Bronx. It will be non-traditional and active, expanding this critical dialogue across the borough and city.
"For over 15 years, SBRWA has mobilized South Bronx residents to develop a community plan for reusing the 1.25 miles of land now occupied by the Sheridan. The impacts of this traffic on residents are severe: residents have New York State’s highest asthma rates and also experience high numbers of pedestrian traffic crashes.
"SBRWA is working to change all that – to get trucks off local streets through a new direct highway connection into Hunts Point and to convert the lightly-used Sheridan into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard that can revitalize the Bronx River waterfront and the South Bronx."
For more information, or to RSVP, please visit the site here!
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