As we take time at the end of the calendar year to pause and reflect, get in the holiday spirit, and our members travel to celebrate the holidays and reconnect with family and friends, we want to express our thanks to all of your for your involvement in City Year New Hampshire’s work in Manchester. From all of us, we would like to wish you happiness and joy this holiday season and in the new year!
|CITY YEAR NEW HAMPSHIRE UPDATES|
NORTHEAST LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Last week, 13 first year AmeriCorps members from CYNH attended City Year’s Northeast Leadership Academy. This three day conference brought together corps members from City Year sites in Boston, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and New York who have demonstrated excellent service and leadership potential. Hosted at City Year Headquarters in Boston, attendees met senior leaders at City Year and participated in workshops focused on networking, leadership, and personal development. All participants will have an opportunity to share what they learned with our larger City Year New Hampshire site at our Advanced Training Retreat in January.
Congrats to the following corps members: Shea Lonergan (Bakersville), Elizabeth Valencia (Beech), Alliy Schrader and Tatiyana Murray (Gossler Park), Lyssette Valencia and Arthur Lyon (Hallsville), Allen Magnusson and Sravani Kumar (McDonough), Sheshank Mageshwar and Emily Kuzcka (Northwest), Phil Nguyen and Bianca Nelson (Parker-Varney), and Molly Hennessey (Wilson).
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT NIGHTS - FALL SUCCESS
Throughout the last few months, each City Year team hosted a literacy or math themed family engagement night. From a harvest math night at Northwest to a time travel themed literacy night at Gossler Park, and a monster math themed night at McDonough to a winter wonderland themed literacy night at Beech, over 650 students and their families enjoyed a fun, interactive and enriching night at their school.
BREAKFAST WITH CITY YEAR AT MCDONOUGH
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, City Year held a Breakfast with City Year event at McDonough Elementary School to invite community members to learn more about City Year’s service model, impact and partnership with the schools and Manchester School District. Over 60 attendees were treated to breakfast donated by The Puritan Backroom and Stonyfield Farm on placemats designed by students from all eight of our partner schools. The event also featured a panel moderated by Beech Street principal, Christine Brennan, including City Year Service Leader, Mary McManus, her partner teacher, Ms. Kiersten Handschumaker, and parent, Marjorie Gerbracht-Stagnaro. McDonough students and their corps members also led all attendees in Math Bingo as an example of a fun way City Year helps students with their math facts. We are grateful that McDonough partnered with us to host such a wonderful event! Please enjoy photos of the event here.
|WHOLE SCHOOL WHOLE CHILD
FOCUS ON COURSE PERFORMANCE IN MATHUsing student data and partner teacher input, a group of students are identified to receive targeted academic support. These “focus list” students receive 15 hours or more of supplemental academic tutoring, embedded in their normal schedule. In collaboration, teachers and corps members monitor student progress and ensure students’ learning needs are met.
HOW CITY YEAR MEMBERS ARE TRAINED IN THEIR ABCsCity Year ABCs - Attendance, Behavior and socioemotional learning (SEL), and Course performance in math and English/language arts - are the focus areas of City Year AmeriCorps members (ACMs) service. Having a trained corps member in the classroom enables teachers to continue classroom lessons and better differentiate instruction and provides another source of targeted support for students who need it. Here's how City Year prepares ACMs to be successful focused on tutoring in math.
CITY YEAR IMPACT IN MATHIn the 2015-2016 school year, 60% of students tutored by City Year New Hampshire in math met or exceeded their projected growth for the year*, meeting the goal of 60%. 50% of students moved from “below proficient” to “proficient” or “proficient with distinction.”
|AMERICORPS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT|
Each month, get to know an AmeriCorps member from our City Year team on a more personal level.
Uthman Olowa, 5th grade with Ms. Bouchard
“I serve because I want to give back and help inspire children the same way I was inspired by teachers and near peers during my childhood.”
I'm Uthman Olowa from Long Island, New York.
I graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in May 2016.
Upon graduating I was looking for a new experience and City Year provided the perfect opportunity.
It has a great environment of young people with positive attitudes who are seeking to make a difference in the communities where they are serving.
Being in such an environment motivates me to do my best while I'm at City Year and beyond.
My greatest joy in service so far is seeing the growth of some of my students that were really difficult in September. It’s exciting because I can only imagine where they will be in June. It’s also been great seeing our team come together. Planning events can be really stressful, but getting through them with success brings us all closer. I’m really looking forward to Camp City Year during February vacation. And upcoming spring events, such as Bobcat Rallies and Math Night. But mostly coming to Beech every day and making sure my students are ready for middle school with a growth mindset.
|TEAM AND PARTNERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
The City Year team had a busy month – here are some highlights:
- The gym and cafeteria were transformed into an amazing Winter Wonderland at our Literacy Night on December 7! We welcomed approximately 110 Beech Street Students, plus siblings, cousins, parents, and Beech Street student alumni.
The night flew by fast with grade-level activities, and nearly half the CYNH corps came out to volunteer!
- Our FIRST LEGO League and Starfish Corps afterschool clubs are up and running! Students in Starfish Corps are creating their “I serve” statements and preparing for their Opening Day, while FIRST students have built their robots and are learning about their upcoming
“missions.” We look forward to our Starfish Corps Opening Day celebration on Thursday, January 12 at 4:00 pm in the Beech Street School Library.
The Beech Street Team at their Winter Wonderland Literacy Night.
|APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE
The Beech Street Team would like to appreciate the PTG for organizing and running a great bake sale at our Literacy Night (and letting the team eat the leftovers). We would also like to thank Kim Landies for bringing the “book swap” into our Winter Wonderland, to Michelle Fargo, Sheila Grace, Wenda Shultz, Danielle Longo, and Maureen Madden for helping things run smoothly, and to all the other Beech Street Staff who showed up and gave support to the team!