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Educating Hearts and Minds for the 21st Century SEPTEMBER 2012

145 Stanton Street New York, NY 10002

A Message from Our Principal Mimi Fortunato Dear Parent/Guardian: Welcome to the 2012-2013 School Year! We warmly invite you to join in partnership with the MVHS Educational Team to support your adolescent’s success. Our path toward achieving these goals include ensuring that your adolescent is meeting all attendance, behavioral, and academic expectations as required by New York State, New York City Department of Education, and MVHS, including the following: • • • • • • •

Over 90% Attendance Meeting NYCDOE and MVHS Expectations for Behavior Passing all Courses and five NYS Regents Exams Earning a Minimum of 11 Credits Each Year Completing 60 Hours of Community Service Complying with the Marta Valle Dress Code for Success Earning a Total of 44 Credits

It is critical that all families partner with us to support the goal of success for every adolescent! Please reach out to your adolescent’s Advisor or to any member of the MVHS educational team with any questions regarding your adolescent’s progress towards graduation or supports that we can provide to ensure your adolescent’s success. Working together, we can create a wonderful future for your adolescent! Most warmly, Mimi Fortunato Principal

Phone : 473-8152 E-mail:

MVHS Parent News You are cordially invited: Curriculum Evening 5:00-6:00 PM & Parent Association Meeting Wednesday, September 12, 2012 6:00-8:00 PM Elections for: PA Executive Board SLT Title 1 Committee Please join us! Refreshments! Raffle Prizes!

Building Student Leaders at Marta Valle High School We are excited about our partnership with Princeton Center for Leadership, and have begun the Peer Group Connection Leadership Course, which is facilitated by Dexter Hannibal and Kelly Wade. Princeton Center for Leadership is a non-profit organization serving schools nationwide and the project is funded through our 21st Century After School Grant. Participating Senior Peer Leaders will be attending a Retreat on September 27 and 28 and will be developing their leadership capacity and college and career readiness. Last year, twenty three out of twenty four Peer Leaders graduated on time, a 96% Graduation Rate! We are looking forward to engaging our current seniors in this extraordinary program! If you are interested in finding out more about this program please contact Dexter Hannibal or Kelly Wade at or visit the Marta Valle website at:

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Curriculum Evening Wednesday, September 12, 2012 5:00-6:00 PM AGENDA Mimi Fortunato, Principal 2012-2013 Transformational Goals Summary Afifa Khanam, Assistant Principal NYS/NYC HS Graduation Requirements & College and Career Readiness Robin Paletti 2012-2013 Instructional Expectations/Common Core Learning Standards English Language Arts Scope and Sequence & AP English and AP Composition Gennadiy Dikovskiy Mathematics Scope and Sequence, Pre Calculus, Physics & College NOW Marjeta Malasi Science Scope and Sequence Wendy Erickson Social Studies Scope and Sequence Orna Silverstein Supporting the Needs of All Learners –Special Education Services Shannon Reilly Meeting the Needs of Our English Language Learners Tracy Karas Virtual Tour

Parent Resource Fair—Wednesday, September 12 5-8 PM Free Resources for You and Your Family! Health Resource Information SES Vendor Fair Grand Street Settlement After School Services 21st Century After School Program

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September Events & News Thursday


9:00 AM

First Day of School for Students



5– 6 6-8 PM

Curriculum Evening Parent Association Meeting and Election

Monday and Tuesday

9.17, 9.18

No School

Rosh Hashanah



6-8 PM

School Leadership Team Meeting



8:30-9:30 AM

Principal Breakfast



No School

Yom Kippur

Remote Networked Schools Project In the Spring of 2011, Marta Valle hosted a visit from the Minster of Education of Quebec, who was interested in learning about our work integrating technology into our instructional program. As an outcome of that initial meeting, MVHS was invited to partner with schools internationally in the Remote Networked Schools Project. Tracy Karas (MVHS Library Media Specialist) and Robin Paletti (MVHS Lead Literacy Teacher were invited to visit Quebec during August, 2011 to attend the International Remote Networked Schools Annual Conference, and planning began for an exciting international collaboration between our teachers and teachers in schools in Quebec and Mexico. On May 24, 2012 we hosted a visit from Ecole Secondaire LouisJacques Casault in which over 100 students, ten teachers, and representatives from the Quebec Government Office in NY participated. Our visitors toured MVHS, learned about the history of MVHS and the Lower East Side, and participated in team building activities facilitated by Community Coordinator Dexter Hannibal and our Senior Peer Mentors. They were extremely impressed with our school, our educational team, and our students!! Congratulations, MVHS!

Senior Activities!

Senior Fundraising!! Senior Trip!! Senior Awards Ceremony!! Senior Prom!!! Graduation Monday, June 24 5:30-7:00 PM Auditorium

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” -Oprah Winfrey

The State of the Arts at Marta Valle Drama


We are excited to be continuing to partner with New York University Gallatin School and with Learning through an Expanded Arts Program this year. Students in Susan Klein’s Sophomore English classes will be creating and performing original poetry and Seniors will be participating in the Nationwide August Wilson Monologue Competition. In addition, Professional Actor Sam Ray Gates will be working in collaboration with Susan Klein to prepare our students for the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Funding for this project is provided by our 21st Century Grant Program.

Music teacher Andrew Rizzo is planning an exciting year of new recordings from the MVHS Music Recording Studio as well as continuing the series of PodCasts in collaboration with Brooklyn College Radio, which can be heard on the Marta Valle High School website or WMVHS. Andrew Rizzo will also be teaching an introductory French class this year!

Culinary Arts

Visual Arts

Our Culinary Chef Alicia Sanchez has begun preparing students future Culinary Careers Through the Arts Program 2013 Competition. Alicia is also working on teaching students in Art Teacher Joan Meyers has begun preparing our students for the Annual MVHS Student Art Exhibit at the National Arts Club located at the introductory how to make complicated but fun French pastries during class time. 15 Gramercy Park South, which will take place in May. This will be the Twelfth Annual MVHS Student Art Exhibit to be hosted at the Video Production prestigious National Arts Club, where student display and sell their original artwork! Students are also invited to participate in Art Studio Our Video Production teacher Jimmy Dougherty has begun planning Café Club on Tuesdays and Thursday and in the afterschool 21st Cen- for the renovation of our new Video Production Studio. Through a tury Art Studio Program. $35,000 Grant from Councilmember Margaret Chin, we will be updating our lighting, stage area, and technical equipment to create a state of the art Video Production Studio.

MVHS Partnerships 2012-2013

Visit us on the Web at I Zone Learning Summit

Welcome to

Marta Valle

NYC I-Zone Remote Networked Schools Project NYU Sarah Lawrence College Empire State College College NOW BMCC College For Every Student (CFES) Grand Street Settlement Estee Lauder RAPP Partnership With Children PENCIL Girls’ Club Publicolor LEAP Princeton Center for Leadership Peer Group Connection Kaplan SAT Prep Rugby USA

Our educational community supports our students through a set of shared goals that emphasizes increased academic proficiency, social growth, and college and career readiness as we prepare our students for high school graduation and post secondary success. Please visit us at: for the latest news, information and resources to support your adolescent’s success!

Last Spring, Marta Valle was selected as one of eight i-Learn NYC Lab Sites for 2012-2013. Our responsibilities as an i-Learn Lab Site include hosting monthly iLearn Summits as we support the twentythree schools in our cluster in the development and implementation of their i-Learn NYC Plan to integrate technology into their instructional programs. In October, the Marta Valle i-Learn Implementation Team (Lead Literacy Teacher Robin Paletti, ELA Teacher Alicia Carlson, Computer Technician Bryan Leung, and Principal Mimi Fortunato) will host the first monthly 20122013 i-Learn NYC Summit as part of the iLearn NYC Lab Site Program. The shared goals of the monthly meetings include the development of increased opportunities for students to participate in exciting blended and flexible on-line and in-class course


MVHS Parent Newsletter September 2012  

Marta Valle High School Parent Newsletter Lower East Side, New York, NY

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