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 advisory program at the school is a major part of our instructional program and charter. Our belief is that students who are getting support emotionally will persist through barriers that their lives place in front of them. We connect our students through the advisory program to the school community and then the community at large through their internships. The Advisory Curriculum prepares our students on how to develop social skills (also known as the soft skills of the work environment), and problem-solving techniques. Participation in the advisory curriculum demonstrates that New Dawn II students will come to school and stay with us.
The Internship Program serves as an important component of developing relationships with the community at large. Students with 10 or more credits participate in Internships. The students work with two Internship Coordinators, their Advisory teacher and the Director of School Partnerships and College Readiness to achieve success in their placement.
Students need more than the Advisory Curriculum and the Internship Program for social-emotional support. All students at New Dawn II have a mentor at the school. The mentor works with this student to discuss issues that may be preventing the student from being successful in school or if there is an issue at home. Students can see the mentor about scheduling issues, attendance issues, or just one-on-one support on a variety of personal issues. Mentors reach out to students who have not come to school or are having trouble in their classes.
When students cannot solve a conflict on their own, they may participate in a peer mediation session with the Special Education Coordinator and selected peers. Under their supervision, this program allows students to work through the conflict using a peer mediation protocol. This process is effective in that students allow each other to be heard and work through the problem and reach agreements about how they will interact in and out of school. Students who participate sign a contract with each on the terms of their agreement.
Many New Dawn II students receive counseling as per their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Students meet with social workers and counselors based on these IEP designations. In addition, students who do not have mandated counseling may make an appointment with our counselors and social workers at any time.
Other School Activities
New Dawn II is dedicated to supporting the whole student, which includes developing programs and partnerships with outside organizations such as Discover Outdoors for different learning experiences. Our students have camped, fished and have gone rock climbing. In addition to these excursions, our students can attend various field trips with their classes and as a school. Other activities include student recognition events such as our quarterly honor roll breakfast and our senior events which include a senior class trip, prom, and graduation. Our basketball team has been in the playoffs and helps connect our students to team spirit and camaraderie.
While discipline may not seem to be social-emotional support, the plan developed for New Dawn II's students definitely is a form of support. We knew before we opened the struggles students would be working with. One of these struggles would be the lack of success at traditional schools based on behavior. Students experiencing this will actively break rules and attempt to be disruptive. This group of students has experienced so much trauma, they push all help away. By allowing students to understand what the rules are, allow them opportunities to attempt to be pushed away, and providing an accepting environment, students are able to learn how to control their behavioral impulses over time. How these behaviors play out looks messy when not accustomed to the model, but it is necessary when working with this group of students. Once this group of students has been allowed to act out, have had the time necessary to develop relationships with adults in the building, build a budding trust, then you can begin the real work of dealing with inappropriate behavior. Our policy allows for this process.