This is a reminder of the policies regarding COVID safety at NDCHS II. Our first and best defense at the school is our temperature checks, health screening, and mask requirements to enter the building. Student must be wearing a mask to enter, must submit to a temperature check, and complete a daily survey regarding their exposure to COVID / if they are symptomatic themselves.
In the event that you or your student has been exposed to COVID outside of school or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID - they should not be sent to school. Please notify your / your student's mentor or any other New Dawn staff and proceed to schedule a PCR COVID test. Students who have been symptomatic must quarantine and return with a negative PCR test to enter the school again.
For the 2021-22 school year there is no remote learning option available. As such your student should contact their teachers via Jupiter in order to request make-up work during their absence from school or complete it upon their return as with any other absence.
Mr. Zach Flory, Principal
New Dawn Charter High School II
Week of 9/20/2021: B/C Week Academic Classes, A Week Internship
Good Morning New Dawn,
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Just a reminder as we begin the second week of classes, it is a B-week which means B-week students will be attending their academic classes from 9am-4pm each day this week while A-week students will be in Internship training from 9am-12:30pm daily. All C-week students will continue 9am-4pm for classes.
If you have not already reported to school for testing and scheduling for Fall 2021, please do so as soon as possible - each day you miss is another day you are falling behind!
Hope to see you all this week!
New Dawn Charter High School II
Welcome Back Message from Mr. Flory
Good Morning All New Dawn Students and Families-
I would like to say that New Dawn Queens is very excited to welcome you all back for the Fall 2021 semester! We will be returning to in-person instruction for Fall with no remote option available. In order to do this we will be following mask and distancing protocols as well as conducting regular student COVID testing in order to ensure everyone stays safe. Every person in the building must wear a mask at all times while in the building regardless of vaccination status so please ensure that you arrive to school with a mask.
We will be using our A/B week model and a two lunch period schedule to ensure that everyone is able to stay distanced while in the building. On a A/B week students academic week they will be in academic classes from 9am-4pm each day and on their internship week they will attend internship training at the building from 9am-12:30pm daily. Our C-week students will attend each week from 9am-4pm with no internship week. Classes will begin in-person on Wednesday September 15th with A/C students on academics and B students on internship.
In order to schedule and enroll for the Fall semester students will need to report to school over the following 3 days in order to complete yearly testing and counseling surveys after which they will meet personally with a Scheduler to review their transcripts and plan their schedule. This is very important as it will allow you to have a say in your schedule and plan your best route to graduation!
In order to keep an orderly process for this and keep wait times down, we will be using a staggered approach for scheduling over the next 3 days. Please see below for the time that you should report to school to begin the Fall semester enrollment process. Students should arrive as close to their scheduled time as possible as students who will be given priority based on arrival time and attending their assigned appointment period. If you have borrowed a chromebook from New Dawn for remote learning, please bring it along with the charger to complete your testing.
If your last name begins with: 1. A-D - please report to school Wednesday 9/8 at 10:00am 2. E-H - please report to school Wednesday 9/8 at 12:00pm 3. I-O - please report to school Thursday 9/9 at 10:00am 4. P-S - please report to school Thursday 9/9 at 12:00pm 5. T-Z - please report to school Friday 9/10 at 10:00am 6. If you missed your time on a previous day, please report to school Friday 9/10 at 12:00pm
I hope that everyone has a great day and we will see you all this week! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you, Mr. Flory
New Dawn Charter High School II
Week 1 of Classes: A/C week Academics, B week internship
Good Morning New Dawn Students and Families-
We were so happy to see all of you who came in for scheduling last week! If you still haven't been scheduled, the next day that you can come in for scheduling and testing is Wednesday September 15th. New Dawn Queens is closed on Monday (9/13) and Tuesday (9/14) for in-person students to facilitate Staff Training.
Wednesday (9/15) is also the first day of classes for all scheduled students. On Thursday (9/16) we will be closed for the Yom Kippur Holiday and we will resume classes Friday (9/17). This week will be A-week and that means it's an Academic week for A-week students and an Internship week for B-week students. C-week students will have academic classes each week regardless of the week. All students should report for 9:00am starts whether they are on Academic or Internship. Academic classes go from 9:00am-3:58pm daily and students who are on internship will be in the building from 9:00am-12:29pm daily. In order to see if you / your student is an A-week or B-week student, please click on the "Internship Class" on Jupiter. If the period scheduled for internship says A10, students will be on internship during A-weeks including this week. If it says B10, students will be on internship during B-weeks.
We look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
Thanks, Mr Flory
New Dawn Charter High School II
Returning to School 2020
Please visit our 2020 Reopening Plan to find all the critical information about how New Dawn Charter High School II is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection. We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe.
The Curriculum for English Language Arts is adapted from the Next Generation Standards. In a traditional school system, students who have accrued six credits in ELA would potentially be a “junior”, so our course progression is predicated on the belief that students who have accrued six credits of English Language Arts instruction would be eligible to take the New York State English Language Arts Regents examination.
New Dawn II has designed and implemented curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Standards. Students take a placement exam using the Scantron series to determine where in our course offerings to begin their instruction. Currently, students work to pass the New York State Algebra I Regents examination.
Students take a full run of Global History and Geography, United States History and Government, Civics, and Economics. The curriculum is aligned to the New York City Department of Education’s Scope and Sequence and aligned to the New York State Social Studies Framework.
Students take courses in Living Environment, Chemistry, and other offerings that include electives like Forensics, Anatomy, and Horticulture. Depending on a student’s transcript history, they may take the Living Environment Regents, or the Chemistry Regents per New York State Regents Diploma requirements.
Advisories were developed to prepare students for college, career, and civic readiness. These advisories focus on mindfulness and the New Dawn 3 R’s of responsibility, respect, and resilience.
Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
New Dawn II currently offers Spanish and American Sign Language.
Students use several trade texts for support and have access to varied mediums for expression, ranging from computer-based methods to charcoal and paint.
Health and Physical Education
New Dawn II students are expected to meet NYC graduation standards in health and physical education. Students who do not have all necessary credits in these subject areas will earn them with us. Our health curriculum includes discussion of sexual education, substance abuse, and mental illness awareness. Students learn and practice the rules and strategy of both team and individual sports, as well as styles of dance, in physical education classes.
The internship program is available to students who have earned more than 10 credits towards their diploma. Internships are offered throughout the local community and beyond. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, for the 2020-2021 school year New Dawn II has been been offering online CTE courses through the Edgenuity platform in lieu of community internships; students who work at a part time job (20 hours per week) outside of school have also been able to make arrangements to get internship credit for their employment. New Dawn II worked on developing additional partnerships during our first year of operation, the 2019-2020 school year, to ensure that our rising sophomore class will have a variety of opportunities for the launch of our internship prog 2020-2021 school year. The placements are aligned to our Advisory courses, in that career development and training in “soft skills” is built through learning about role models (Leadership and Character Development) and practicing those soft skills through the interview process (Road Trip Nation). Students develop a portfolio of their work throughout the internship experience and attend sessions to prepare them for placement which is aligned to CDOS and other content area courses. The scope of the work is reviewed annually with the Director of School Partnerships and College Readiness, the Special Education Coordinator, Advisory Teachers, Internship Coordinators, and the Principal.
Internship Research Seminar
The Internship Seminar promotes critical thinking and research skills through reflecting on the internship placement. Students develop research questions and develop an extensive research paper that includes a reflection of their placement and its relationship to the question they developed, along with annotating research articles from outside sources to support their assertions. Students attend community meetings through their internship placement, interview their supervisor and also attend one special event, if offered, to further connect the importance of the internship to their advisory and content area question. The seminar prepares students for college-level writing and further develops the “soft skills” required in the workplace. These projects are reviewed and supported on a semester basis by the Special Education Coordinator, supporting content teachers, the Director of School Partnerships and College Readiness, and the Principal.
At New Dawn II, the Workshop Model of Instruction is used. The workshop model is consistent with a balanced approach described above and builds capacity in teachers to differentiate instruction, as well as impacting classroom management. The workshop model facilitates differentiated and individualized instruction and is highly effective with at-risk populations as well as with academically gifted students. To achieve the highest levels of thinking, teachers must forgo standing in front of a classroom and lecturing, moving towards using more authentic involvement of students. By changing the paradigm of teacher-centered instruction to a model whereby students proactively participate in the instruction through discussion and collaboration, the workshop model allows students to engage more fully in higher-order skills. It also allows students who are struggling with proficiency to participate with at- and above-grade level peers.
Teachers work with each group as needed in guided instruction addressing their needs. Key to the success of the workshop model is the use of assessment. Teachers use data to inform both individual conferencing with students as well as in the groupings of students for guided instruction. This process promotes individualized instruction, as well as the development of positive classroom culture. When students have issues, or come to class late, or have trouble understanding the content, the workshop model allows students to discreetly address these issues with their teacher without being in the spotlight of their peers. The workshop model allows teachers and students to work together to get at the core of their deficiencies and overcome negative connotations they may harbor with not understanding the content. Using the workshop model aids in breaking down these walls and gives students the opportunity to build their skills and trust their instructors in getting them to mastery level.