Gregory Van Voorhis’ Playwriting Club using the Community Change Model for Community Organizing
Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mr. Van Voorhis’ Playwriting Club is a place where students feel comfortable discussing issues and themes that surround their daily lives. Students learn the format of playwriting and writing skits purpose of performing skits around their community concerns.
Students will be reading various works of literature in the hopes of adapting stories for the stage. This literature will touch on themes of social issues that affect the youth of today.
Students have read short stories and listened to classic rap to be inspired to write plays/skits that touch on sensitive topics that teens face growing up in their neighborhood.
Students will be reading, writing, thinking, and discussing, culminating in a stage play. We recently wrote the adaptation of James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” for the stage.
Gregory Van Voorhis’s Drama Club using the CareerVisions Model for Career Explorations
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mr. Van Voorhis’ Drama Club works in all aspects of theatre arts to produce different theatre productions throughout the school year. Students work as stage managers, assistant directors, lighting designers, sound designers, stage designers, stage hands, and actors/actresses.
Students join Drama Club because they are interested in learning about potential careers in the world of theatre arts. They receive hands on experience producing multiple projects from the ground up. Numerous students who would have not have been exposed to the theatre arts have now gone off to college with a career goal to work in the field
Dana Carroll’s Junior Varsity Volleyball Club using the Legacy Model for Cultural Education
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Junior Varsity Volleyball team will be a semi-competitive team sport. Volleyball requires teams to work in a truly cooperative matter. In order to be successful, players need to constantly implement effective communication, critical thinking, attention, and focus. The team as a unit will need to be building upon themselves and each other. If there is no teamwork, there is no team.
JV Volleyball is for students interested in becoming familiar with volleyball, developing basic skills in volleyball, or being a part of a competitive team.
In the past, students competed in JV games within the City School Sports Association league. Students on the JV volleyball team had the opportunity to play against other schools.
The players on the JV volleyball team have 2.5 hours of practice 4 days a week. Students will increase their skills in volleyball, their aerobic competence, and overall physical health. Players will have the opportunity to incorporate skills learned and developed in practice into competitive league games.
Laura Blau’s Art Club using the Legacy Model for Cultural Education
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Art Club is a place for students to form a community of artists. They will work on individual pieces as well as collaborative work for display in public spaces or the school hallway. The artwork will be entered into various programs and art competitions, and possibly displayed at fancy venues throughout NYC and the country.
Art club is for students interested in becoming familiar with using new materials and learning new techniques. The club is for students who want to go on field trips to cultural institutions in NYC to learn about art and artists from all periods of history and contemporary work, especially highlighting identity and culture as expressed through art.
Students have won many awards and recognitions in various contests and competitions (Arts Connection, Congressional Art Competition, PS Art, the Borough Arts Festival and the Memory Project.
Students have worked on a large-scale mosaic made of cardboard recycled from all over the school. They painted and cut their own “tiles” and created a large 4×8’ piece of art related to their ideas of what peace meant to them. It is in our school hallway.
Students have also worked on a large piece made of wood and plaster casts of their hands, arms and faces which they painted with different flags to showcase tolerance and diversity. Flags included the transgender, gay and flags of various nations.
Additional activities students of the Art Club will participate in include:
Students will attend multiple field trips (Guggenheim Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art) to view art from historical and contemporary time periods.
- a. Students will practice interview skills as well as working on online applications for programs and contests.
- b. Students will meet guest speakers from programs such as FreeArtsNYC and Arts Connection.
- c. Students will work on their professionalism as artists, preparing to enter work into competitions.
Some of the successes of the Art Club from the past include:
- Students met our local Congressman, Jose E. Serrano and presented their work at a gallery for him and for the community. Students presented their work and then received awards. The first place award was exhibited at the US Capitol in Washington DC. The second place was displayed at the Congressman’s office in Washington. The third place was displayed at the Congressman’s office in the Bronx.
- Students received semifinalist and finalist spots in PS Art. The finalist, a graduating senior, received a $1,000 scholarship. The finalist had their work exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Several students appeared on TV shows on networks including NY1, Univision, and BronxTalk- speaking about their art experience and their artwork.
- A student received the Bronx borough prize for the Ezra Jack Keats bookmaking competition and was given money as well as exhibit space at the Brooklyn Public Library.
- Students participated in the Memory Project and sent their portraits of refugee children to the countries where they’re from/living in (one project done for Syria and one for Malaysia).
- Students received many recognitions in the NYC Regional National Scholastic Competition for their artwork. Some students had their work on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.