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HYDE LEADERSHIP CHARTER SCHOOL NEWS Fall 2012, Volume 5, Number 2 CHARACTER matters Our Team Is Going for the Gold! his academic year, Hyde Leadership Charter School (Hyde-Bronx) has grown to a complete K–12 school serving 950 students and 654 families. We will have our first senior high school graduating class and will watch students we have grown to love and care about over the years as they move on to college, prepared to face the academic and character challenges ahead. Hyde-Bronx’s theme for 2012–13 is Go for the Gold! And it is all about great expectations and exceeding those expectations. We have every confidence that our students, teachers and parents will do just that. Leading the charge is our talented and tireless Head of School, Betsy Olney, who has been with Hyde-Bronx since it opened in 2006 with only 193 students and two grades. After receiving her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.S. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Betsy T taught U.S. history and algebra at the Hyde boarding school in Bath, Maine. Originally she came to Hyde-Bronx as Director of Instruction, and then served as Assistant Head of School. Reporting to Betsy is High School Director Celia Sosa, who has been at Hyde-Bronx since it opened in 2006 and oversees our 270 high school students. Celia has a B.A. and M.S. in Philosophy from Binghamton University, an M.S. in Education from Pace University, and worked with Teach For America prior to coming to Hyde-Bronx. She was also awarded an Emerging Leader Fellowship and participated in a year-long training program at the NYC Charter Center where she was mentored by our very Hyde-Bronx’s Version of Olympic Gold: At this year’s first all-staff meeting, everyone showed support for the 2012–2013 Go for the Gold! theme by replicating the Olympic rings; Leading the Charge: Celia Sosa, Betsy Olney, Peter Anderson (top right). own Head of School, Betsy Olney. We are fortunate to have such a major force directing our high school students and our first high school graduating class. Peter Anderson, the Director of K–8, which encompasses 680 students, joined us in 2011. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Haverford College, his M.Sc in Sociology from the London School of Economics and his M.S. in Early Childhood Education from New York University. Peter had extensive experience as a senior school administrator. In addition to managing multiple departments, Peter was responsible for K–10 curriculum design, professional development and parent workshops. He is a devoted and impressive addition to the Hyde-Bronx leadership team. We are extremely fortunate to have these caring and just plain amazing educators leading our hard working, tireless and committed Hyde-Bronx faculty and staff. And, we are also fortunate to have your donations which have helped to make our success possible. We hope you will continue to support Hyde-Bronx since we can’t continue to succeed without your help. n

Character Matters - Fall 2012

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