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Volunteers Needed: Help High Schoolers Choose a Career

The first annual Career, College & Community Building Day at Sunset Park High School will be held on Friday, January 29, 2010. Center for Family Life and the Sunset Park High School are seeking adult volunteers who will introduce students to a variety of career options.

From 10:30 am to 1:30, volunteers will lead discussions with students during three lunch periods. Each of the three lunch periods is 1 hour in length, and we hope that guests will be be able to spend all three hours at the event so that all students will have a chance to interact with all of the guests.

During each lunch period, guests will speak about their education and career paths, and answer questions from a group of 5-8 ninth-grade students. Tables will be organized by employment field/career.

We plan to set up 21 tables, and welcome several additional volunteers.  In particular, we need volunteers representing the business community and health/medical careers, but anyone who would like a chance to interact with the SPHS’s terrific first graduating class of 2013 is welcome.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Julie Brockway at (718) 840-1620 or jbethstein@aol.com by Wednesday, January 20!


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Ribbon Cutting at the Sunset Park High School

The  official opening of the long-awaited Sunset Park High School took place last Wednesday, September 23, 2009, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Speakers at the event included NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, NYC Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz,  NY State Assembly Member Felix Ortiz, and City Council Member Sara Gonzalez.

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“Every voice was heard.”

The Home Reporter and Sunset News recently published a story on how the Sunset Park community organized to advocate for the first high school  in the neighborhood. Here are some excerpts of the article:

“It has been a long haul filled with a lot of challenges,” said Julie Stein Brockway, chair of the Sunset Park High School Task Force

Stein Brockway was among the community representatives who greeted Mayor Bloomberg and City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein when the two men visited the high school site on March 1.

The Sunset Park High School Task Force, which was organized a few years ago at the behest of Community Board Seven, is composed entirely of volunteers representing a cross section of the neighborhood.

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New High School for Sunset Park!

The newly constructed Sunset Park High School – our neighborhood’s first public high school – will open its doors to students in September 2009. In late January, the Department of Education approved a design, developed with community input, for a 1,500-seat school with three small learning communities focusing on the performing and visual arts, health and human services, and business and entrepreneurship.

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Sunset Park High School, 35th St. & 4th Avenue, February 6, 2009. Photo: Daily News

Sunset Park High School is the result of 40 years of advocacy by community residents and neighborhood organizations seeking equitable access to quality education for youth in Sunset Park. When promised funds for a school building were cut from the city’s capital plan again and again, the Sunset Park High School Task Force organized a successful campaign to secure funding. Construction began in 2006, and since then, the Task Force has worked to ensure that the long-awaited school responds to community priorities. The New York Daily News describes the community’s efforts in an article published this week:

An energetic group of old-timers, social workers, local leaders and high school kids banded together to take on the Department of Education and plan their own Sunset Park High School.

“It’s uplifting,” said interim principal Corinne Vinal, selected last summer to help design the school, which was officially approved last month. “They have questions. They’re informed. They have already rolled up their sleeves to ensure the school itself succeeds.”

SPHS will open in Fall 2009 with 324 9th grade students, and will add an additional grade each year to reach its full capacity of 1,500 students. Teachers and administrators will receive support from the Institute for Student Achievement, and community-based organizations – including Center for Family Life – will partner with the school to provide afterschool programming and supports for youth and their families.

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