Millennium Art Academy, 1980 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx, NY 10473

CLUB: Art Club

Meeting Days:

Wednesday and Thursday , from 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Room #:

189 (Art room)

Description:

We will explore contemporary and historic artists, focusing on artists from underrepresented cultures, as well as the students' own backgrounds. We wil also focus on current artists making work about what is happening in the world. We will also share our artwork with one another and then enter contests (physically or online) to share our artwork outside the school! We will work on developing a social media presence with the artwork of our students from our school!

Model Used:

Legacy

Subjects/Categories Covered:

Art, Art History, Activism through Art

Start Date:

September

Club Moderator:

Laura Blau

Moderator's Biography:

Ms. Blau studied fine art and fashion design at Cornell University, and then later studied fine art, focusing on printmaking and book arts, as well as art education, at Pratt Institute for her graduate work. She recently earned a second Masters degree in Educational Leadership at the College of St. Rose. Ms. Blau worked in the fashion industry and as a freelance artist before becoming an art teacher. She has worked as the head of the Millennium Art Academy art department for 11 years. She has spent that time helping students to develop high-quality, professional artwork, which has come to represent young people, the Bronx and New York City! Student work from her classes is displayed at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the US Capitol.

Why should students join your club?

Students who wish to take their art to the next level, to learn more about artists, and to become a part of a collaborative and productive community of artists should join this club! All interests and ideas are welcome! All personal styles are welcome!

Successes from Previous years:

Students have displayed work at the US Capitol, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Public Library, high-end financial firms across NYC, and at Lehman College Art Gallery. Students have also shown their work online, through organizations such as the Bronx Museum, and the Second Circuit Supreme Court of the city of NY. Students have obtained internships through the FreeArts NYC organization, Arts Connection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Art and Design, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Goals for the coming year:

Students will continue to work on their portfolio pieces and create professional work, while collaboratively discussing work and work-in-progress in our small art community, as we also learn about new and old artists. Students will continue to find ways to share their work with the world outside the school, through contests and opportunities from various organizations and programs. Another goal for next year is to make this club as a credit-bearing club which will help students work towards earning 10 total art credits throughout high school, yielding a high school Regents Endorsed Diploma with Advanced Designation in the Visual Arts.

CLUB: Math PM School

Meeting Days:

Tuesday and Thursday , from 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Room #:

192

Description:

A class offered to students who are in need of credit recovery in Math.

Model Used:

CareerVisions

Subjects/Categories Covered:

Math

Start Date:

9/15/2020

Club Moderator:

Jonathan Moro

Moderator's Biography:

Jonathan Moro graduated from Baruch College and Relay Graduate Center. He obtained an MBA and a Master's in Teaching.

Why should students join your club?

Students who are missing a math credit can be on track to graduate by taking up an extra after school math class rather than having to go to summer school.

Successes from Previous years:

Many students who took the time and effort to focus on this extra class were glad to obtain their missing credits and avoid sacrificing their summers.

Goals for the coming year:

To have students understand math concepts that they have been missing in order to help them during their regular period classes.

CLUB: Science PM School

Meeting Days:

Thursday and Friday , from 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Room #:

162

Description:

Afterschool class offered to students who need a science credit. One day will be for living environment credit recovery and one day will be for Earth Science credit recovery.

Model Used:

CareerVisions

Subjects/Categories Covered:

Science

Start Date:

September

Club Moderator:

Oriana Ramirez Silva

Moderator's Biography:

Oriana Ramirez Silva will be a second year teacher at Millennium Art Academy. She individually works with students to meet them where they are at and helps them meet the standards. She is a TFA corps member who is passionate about equity and access for all.

Why should students join your club?

Students should join science PM school if they need a credit for science and would like to view the material in a different lens. We will be using various methods of material presentation and assess students in multimodal ways in order for all students to be able to show mastery in different objectives.

Successes from Previous years:

This would be my first year as a PM school teacher, however, during remote learning, I have had an 85% pass rate with the students who are engaging in the online work, not including LTAs. I also try to embed skills set standards as well as NYS ELA and math standards in order to help students apply those skills in other classes.

Goals for the coming year:

My goal for the next year is to make sure that my students are able to access and can really engage the material. I believe every student is able to learn the NYS science standards and that if the material is presenting in an engaging way and they can learn the skills that can transcend to other science classes and subjects.

CLUB: Afro/Latino Studies

Meeting Days:

Tuesday and Thursday , from 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Room #:

264

Description:

Explore identity

Model Used:

Community Change

Subjects/Categories Covered:

History, Political activism, music, social identity

Start Date:

August

Club Moderator:

Richard Alvarez

Moderator's Biography:

Richard Alvarez is a 7th year teacher with two licenses: Sped & History

Why should students join your club?

Is relevant in the current climate and will prepare students to become active citizens in society and maintain a strong sense of self.

Successes from Previous years:

Many of my students go on to college and become amazing citizens. Student pass rate for the regents are above my cohort. Furthermore, my rating has always been Effective, and interpersonal skills are exemplory.

Goals for the coming year:

Goals are for students to become socially aware and identity. They will understand how politics work and how they can organize in this current climate.

CLUB: ELA PM School

Meeting Days:

Possibly Wednesday , from 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Room #:

107

Description:

A class offered to students who are in need of credit recovery in English.

Model Used:

Peace

Subjects/Categories Covered:

Reading, writing, speaking, listening, fiction, non-fiction

Start Date:

9/14/2020

Club Moderator:

Martin Swanzey

Moderator's Biography:

Martin Swanzey has been teaching for 15 years (10 with Millennium). He is certified in ELA and special education ELA.

Why should students join your club?

Students who need to make up a credit in ELA can earn an ELA credit.

Successes from Previous years:

The majority of the students who have joined in the past have earned credit.

Goals for the coming year:

To imporve students reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

CLUB: Performing Arts Club

Meeting Days:

Tuesday and Thursday , from 2:31pm - 5:31pm

Room #:

Auditorium

Description:

Students will explore all aspects of the performing arts: writing, directing, acting for stage, acting for film.

Model Used:

CareerVisions

Subjects/Categories Covered:

Theatre Arts, Playwriting, Film Studies

Start Date:

Asap

Club Moderator:

Gregory Van Voorhis

Moderator's Biography:

Gregory Van Voorhis brings his passions for the performing arts to MAA. He is an ELA teacher/Theatre Director/Filmmaker and has taught for 18 years.

Why should students join your club?

Students who are interred I learning all aspects of the performing arts and who are willing to put themselves out of their comfort zones and be a part of our family.

Successes from Previous years:

Students were successful not only by performing numerous school plays, but also in becoming a family inside of school.

Goals for the coming year:

Students will gain experience in the performing arts.

CLUB: The Writing Circle

Description:

Students will explore various writing styles and artist based on weekly prompts and videos. Students will perform and/or publish final pieces on our google sites.

Model Used:

Community Change

Subjects/Categories Covered:

Identity, activism, art, reading, writing, speaking, performance, poetry, spoken word

Club Moderator:

Morisa Berroa

CLUB: Queer Squad

Meeting Days:

Wednesdays and Thursdays , from 2:45pm - 4:45pm

Room #:

187

Description:

Our primary goal is to provide a safe space for members of the community and to encourage them to express themselves authentically. We will engage in meaningful discussion about LGBTQ issues.

Model Used:

Legacy

Subjects/Categories Covered:

Gender & Sexuality, Intersex community, Intersectionality, Identity, Racial Issues, Trans Rights, LGBTQ Histories

Start Date:

9/23/2020

Club Moderator:

Maireny Mena

Moderator's Biography:

Ms. Mena is a 4th year teacher at Millennium Art Academy and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. While studying Fine Art at Pratt Institute, she joined and held an officer position in the school's LGBT Club, Queer Pratt where many award winning events were founded and social gatherings were held.

Why should students join your club?

All are welcomed. Our club's specific activities will be thought of and determined by our members. Students should join our club if they're interested in learning more about LGBTQ history and want to engage with the community

Successes from Previous years:

N/A

Goals for the coming year:

Our primary goal is to provide a safe space for members of the community and to encourage them to express themselves authentically. We will engage in meaningful discussion about LGBTQ issues.

CLUB: Math Club

Meeting Days:

Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays , from 2:35pm - 5:35pm

Room #:

101

Description:

Our primary goal is to provide a variery of academic activities that help our students in defining and exploring careers involving Mathematics and its impacts and roles in our community.

Model Used:

CareerVisions

Subjects/Categories Covered:

Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics

Start Date:

9/21/2020

Club Moderator:

Raquel Garcia

Moderator's Biography:

Raquel Garcia has been a Math coach for 10 years and a teacher for 21 years. License in Mathematics and School Administration. I have been blessed in being part of Millenium Art Academy team for two years.

Why should students join your club?

All students are welcome to join. Incoming freshmen will be the most beneffited from attending. Students will be helped in reviewing the 8th grade curriculum needed for Algebra and the rest of Mathematic curriculum during the 4 years of high school. Students will be introduced to the different fields and careers that involve Mathematics.

Successes from Previous years:

Students have been successful in passing the Algebra I class and mostly passing the Algebra I regents exam. Also be college ready.

Goals for the coming year:

Our goal is to help students improve in the math skills needed to succeed in Algebra and also be successful as they explore the Algebra I curriculum and get college ready.

CLUB: Yoga Club

Meeting Days:

Tuesday , from 2:45pm - 4:45pm

Description:

Students will be learning mindfulness through breathing, reflection, and vinyasa yoga.

Model Used:

Community Change

Subjects/Categories Covered:

Mindfulness

Start Date:

October

Club Moderator:

Mercy Tullis-Bukhari

CLUB: Ukulele Club

Meeting Days:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays , from 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Room #:

191 (Art Room)

Description:

Ukulele Club facilitates people playing music together, especially encouraging those that never thought they would play a musical instrument. It will help students develop artistic expression and appreciation. Students will develop a varied exposure of music including folk songs, pop songs, and songs from other cultures. The Ukulele Club will also allow students to experience the joy and satisfaction of performing for themselves and each other. We have a culture among the ukulele players of peace & love.

Subjects/Categories Covered:

Music & Culture

Start Date:

September

Club Moderator:

Tiffany Leon

Moderator's Biography:

Tiffany Leon has been an art teacher in the NYC public schools for 16 years & teaching at Millennium Art Academy for 7 years. Her passion for playing the ukulele began 10 years ago & she is self taught. She founded & has run the Ukulele Club at Millennium for the past 3 years.

Why should students join your club?

Ukulele club is a relaxed, fun organization which welcomes students of any skill level. They learn chords and strumming patterns in order to learn any song they want to play. The club consists of beginners along with more advanced players. Ukulele Club is a great way to foster the love of music and to develop instrumental talents through group participation. Students bring in personal, cultural, & previous musical instrument experiences to the club. It is also a healthy stress reliever & a safe haven for lovers of music.

Successes from Previous years:

Students find that playing the ukulele is very therapeutic. They have discovered their musical identity & gained self confidence. It creates a love & appreciation for music. It has inspired some students to write their own songs & move on to playing other instruments. They have had a lot of fun building relationships with each other & have fostered the love of music and developed instrumental talents through group participation. Students have also taken leadership roles in the club by teaching less experienced students ukulele techniques.

Goals for the coming year:

Students will learn how to read ukulele chords & utilize various strumming patterns. They will also develop additional qualities and skills such as self-confidence & teamwork. It is a great, healthy stress relief which also builds social skills by play in a group as well as a safe haven for students who need a creative outlet.

Gregory Van Voorhis’ Playwriting Club using the Community Change Model for Community Organizing
Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Auditorium

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.
The Auditorium

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 Gymnasium

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.
Room 189

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.