SUNY's 4th Annual Renewal

Recognition Ceremony

         


                          Amber Charter School  •  June 2, 2010


   
   
   

 

"The State University Trustees do not automatically grant charter renewal; a school must demonstrate that it has earned it. Only if it is able to do so will a school have effectively shown that it deserves to continue the high privilege of educating New York State's children."

- SUNY Charter Renewal Handbook

On June 2, 2010 at the Amber Charter School in Manhattan, the SUNY Trustees and the SUNY Charter Schools Institute were joined by over 100 School Leaders, Board Chairs, Students, Teachers, Staff and Friends to Honor Eleven SUNY Authorized Charter Schools who had earned the SUNY Trustees' highest level charter renewal: a five year, full-term renewal without academic conditions:

- Amber Charter School

- Bronx Preparatory Charter School

- Child Development Center of the Hamptons Charter School

- Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York

- Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School

- Harlem Village Academy Leadership Charter School

- KIPP Tech Valley Charter School

- Merrick Academy-Queens Public Charter School

- Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter School

- South Buffalo Charter School

- Tapestry Charter School


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The text accompanying each photo below is from the remarks of Institute Vice President for Accountability Dr. Ron Miller. Dr. Miller introduced each school and reflected on their progress during the charter term as they came up to accept their award.


    

Amber Charter School - Amber currently serves 403 students in grades K-5. Amber has a strong leadership team now in its second year under Dr. Acosta’s direction. This is a team that has provided a comprehensive system for supporting and evaluating teacher quality; a team that has established an environment of high expectations for student achievement and teacher performance. Notably, Amber has conducted regular reviews of its academic program using the SUNY Renewal Benchmarks and has taken action to address challenges. This type of self-reflection is one that should continue to benefit the school long-term. We congratulate the Amber team and wish them much continued success!


Bronx Preparatory Charter School - Bronx Prep serves 675 students in grades 5-12. Bronx Prep was SUNY’s first charter school to have a high school graduating class. The school's positive track record of its graduates being accepting into college is inspiring. The school has made consistent improvement over the charter term in the middle school grades and has routinely met its high school graduation and college preparation goals. The fact that the school’s alumni continue to be actively involved in the school is a significant testament to its supportive environment. Congratulations!


       

Child Development Center of the Hamptons Charter School - CDCH serves 188 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. To its credit, students come to CDCH from dozens of school districts across Long Island. The school’s mission is to provide a program of true inclusion; where at least 50% of the school’s students receive special education services. CDCH students are served by personal learning plans designed to foster the greatest possible development of each child and the program has made real progress during this charter period. Each of the school’s student cohorts achieved their targets in the most recent year and made substantial overall improvement. Congratulations!


Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York - Girls Prep currently serves 286 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade and will grow in the next charter period to offer a 6th through 8th grade middle school program. The highly successful Girls Prep model has been replicated with a new school in the Bronx and the SUNY Trustees have recently approved a third related-school for Boys. The founders of Girls Prep have created a charter management organization called Public Prep that will help to guide each of these schools moving forward. We wish them every success!


       

Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School - Eugenio currently serves 324 students in grades K-6 and will grow to add grades 7 and 8 over the next charter term. Eugenio has consistently made progress over the course of the charter term having most recently met all of its academic accountability plan goals in mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies. Eugenio has been guided by strong leadership over the course of the charter period. The founding principal, who is here with us today, retired just prior to the last year of the charter period and the board of trustees completed a strategic process to replace her with another strong leader. Eugenio has a strong foundation upon which to build its next charter term. Congratulations!


Harlem Village Academy Leadership Charter School - HVAL has far outperformed its local community school district and demographically similar schools state-wide. The school has met its mathematics goal each year with virtually all students scoring at the proficient level on the state exam during the last three years. The school worked to consistently improve student achievement in English language arts, meetings its goals for the past two years. Harlem Village Academy Leadership is one of two schools that partner with Village Academies Inc. We look forward to a strong future for HVAL.


KIPP Tech Valley Charter School - The school currently serves 301 students in grades 5-8. KIPP Tech has met its key Accountability Plan goals in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Notably, in the most recent year, 100 percent of 8th grade students scored proficient on both the state English language arts and mathematics exams with the overall school average not far behind. We look forward to continued growth and success at KIPP Tech Valley.


Merrick Academy Charter School - Merrick Academy currently serves 490 students in grades K-6. Merrick has made consistent improvements throughout the charter period and is now meeting its key Accountability Plan goals in English language arts and mathematics, science and social studies. The school has benefited from a dynamic professional development program for teachers that dovetails with the school’s instructional program. Merrick is poised to continue on a positive track as it moves forward to the next charter term. Congratulations!


Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter School - Roosevelt currently serves 545 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Roosevelt has consistently met its key Accountability Plan goals of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Roosevelt has been guided by a stable and strong school leadership team over the course of the charter period. School leaders have established an environment of high expectations for student achievement throughout the school. We wish the school much continued success!


South Buffalo Charter School - South Buffalo Charter School currently serves 659 students in grades K-8. South Buffalo implemented a new administrative team midway through the charter period, including a new head of school. This team has effectively instilled an environment of high expectations for student achievement and teacher performance school-wide. Teachers are held accountable for high levels of classroom instruction through a regular and meaningful teacher evaluation system. High quality instruction was evident throughout the school at the time of the renewal visit. The strength of the instructional program is a testament to the hard work of the team standing before you. Congratulations!


Tapestry Charter School - In its 9th year of operation, Tapestry serves 507 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Tapestry is our only honoree today to be earning an early renewal; an honor for which is was eligible to apply because it has consistently met its academic Accountability Plan goals in mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies. This is the first year that Tapestry offered instruction in the 12th grade; preliminary results show that 100 percent of students are on track to satisfy the school’s graduation requirements. Every member of the school’s senior class has applied to college and been accepted by at least one college or university including a number of SUNY colleges. Congratulations!

 


The 2010 honored schools join 19 additional SUNY authorized charter schools that have earned full-term, five-year renewals without conditions. See the Renewal Recognition Ceremony archives below for pictures and news from previous events.


 

         Renewal Recognition Ceremony Archives:

Quick Links to SUNY's 10th Anniversary Celebration and Third Annual Renewal Recognition Ceremony (2009). Schools honored:  Ark Community Charter School (Troy); Bronx Charter School for Excellence (Bronx); Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant (Brooklyn); and Grand Concourse Academy Charter School (Manhattan)

At the Second Annual Renewal Recognition Ceremony, held on May 6, 2008 at the SUNY College of Optometry, the following six schools were honored:Bronx Charter School for Better Learning (Bronx); Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School (Brooklyn); Family Life Academy Charter School (Manhattan); Harlem Village Academy Charter School (Manhattan); King Center Charter School (Brooklyn); KIPP S.T.A.R. College Prep Charter School (Manhattan)

The First Annual Renewal Recognition Ceremony was held on May 23, 2007 at the SUNY College of Optometry. The following nine schools were honored: Bronx Preparatory Charter School; Carl C. Icahn Charter School; Child Development Center of the Hamptons;
Community Partnership Charter School; Harbor Science and Arts Charter School; Our World Neighborhood Charter School; Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem; South Buffalo Charter School; and Tapestry Charter School.

 

 

Jonas Chartock
Institute Executive Director
Jonas Chartock


Pedro Noguera

SUNY Trustee Dr. Pedro Noguera


   Duffy Palmer

 NYS Deputy Education 
Secretary Duffy Palmer


         Luis Miranda, Amber CS Board Chair


SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin Chancellor's Deputy and Vice Chancellor Johanna Duncan-Poitier lead the audience in applause.



SUNY Student Assembly President and Trustee Julie Gondar; Institute Executive Vice President Dr. Jennifer G. Sneed; Grand Concourse Academy CS Principal Ira Victor



New York City Charter School Center CEO James D. Merriman; NYSED Office of Innovative School Models Executive Director Sally Bachofer



Ambassador and SUNY Trustee
Carl Spielvogel; SUNY Trustee
Eunice Lewin



Institute Vice President and General Counsel Ralph Rossi; Village Academies Chief of Staff Matt Scott; Harlem Village Academy Leadership High School Principal Nitin Chandra



SUNY Student Assembly President and Trustee Julie Gondar; Member of  

     the Merrick Academy Student Council



SUNY Student Assembly President and Trustee Julie Gondar; Institute Executive Director Jonas Chartock, Ambassador and SUNY Trustee
Carl Spielvogel


Roosevelt Children's Academy CS Public Relations Director/Parent Liaison Ella Portero and Chancellor's Deputy and Vice Chancellor Johanna Duncan-Poitier


     Merrick Academy Acting Principal    

   Carol Thomas; SUNY Trustee Eunice

       Lewin;  Members of the Merrick

                    Student Council


Bronx CS for Better Learning Executive Director Dr. Kevin
Brennan and Professional Development Specialist and former Executive Director Ted Swartz; Institute Vice President for Accountability Dr. Ron Miller


Girls Prep Founding Executive Director Miriam Raccah; Institute Vice President for Accountability
Dr. Ron Miller


True North Troy Board Chair Susie Miller Barker; Bronx Prep Head of
School Samona Tait


Bronx CS for Excellence Principal Charlene Reid and Institute Executive Director Jonas Chartock


Bronx Prep Director of External Affairs Staci Williams Seeley and Amber CS Principal Vasthi Acosti


Brooklyn Excelsior CS
Principal Tom DeMarco


KIPP Tech Valley CS Board
Chair Keven Reilly (left)


Amber Charter School Students kicked off the celebration with a terrific
song and dance performance.


 

 

 

A small group of Bronx Prep students and alumni (pictured in the four images above) moved and inspired the audience by talking about the school's positive impact on their lives.


Roosevelt students were terrific ambassadors for their school, showing their singing talents.


Members of the Merrick Academy student council demonstrated their poise and commitment to their school in addressing the audience.