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JULY 2013   
College Bound Update
What's On Your Mind?
Renaissance Rocks!
Spotlight On....
Alumni Corner
Sports Desk
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We hope you are enjoying the summer and have a chance to relax a bit after a very busy school year.  Don't forget to check the Parents page of our website for your child's summer reading assignments and supply lists for the fall--to take advantage of summer sales.  We had so much happening right up until the last day of school, that we want to share it all with you.  Graduation, prom, college acceptance, new teachers and more!  We hope you will share your summer adventures with us by sending in pictures and stories for our next issue.  Enjoy!
FunSizzle Days at Renaissance
The 2012-2013 school year ended with an explosion of activities as the Middle School and High School students participated in a day of selected physical activities on Monday, Jun 24th and a Field Day trip to Flushing Meadow Park on Tuesday, June 25th.  Some of the activities included dance, archery lessons, ultimate frisbee, soccer, ice skating, rock climbing  bicycling and mini-golf.  Students were taken by bus or train to various locations all around the city where they had an opportunity to either try a new sport or enjoy one of their favorite activities.  As this year's Rensizzle week took on a more academic focus, school leaders thought this would be a great way to end the school year, especially with many students just finishing up the hard work of Regent's exams the previous week.  Enjoy the pictures!

Middle School Leaders Dan Fanellli and Ram Buenaventura led the students in a day of archery.

Amanda Scott enjoyed boating in Central Park with students:


Middle and High School girls enjoyed a day of dance classes in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Most of our 6th-12th grade students went to Flushing Meadow Park for a Field Day of activities and a picnic. Some 6th graders joined in the fun with a nature's walk with Martha: 
And after a long walk, it's was good to cool off~ 
Everyone agreed, this was a fun way to end the school year and we may just have another Renaissance tradition on our hands!  Thanks to Rebekah Oakes for all of her hard work organizing both Rensizzle Week and the new FunSizzle Activities, as well as the group leaders who escorted our students on their adventures. 
 College Bound Update!


This year 51 graduates received their diplomas on Commencement Day.  While 5 students are undecided, 46 students have chosen to attend the following colleges and universities:


Alfred State College, Alfred University, Baruch College Honors Program, Binghamton State University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn College, City College, Clark Atlanta University, Delaware State University, Hofstra University, Hunter College, John Jay College, Johnson & Wales University, Juniata College, LaGuardia Community College, NYU, Pace University, Queens College, Queensborough Community College, Seton Hall University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Purchase, SUNY Albany, Syracuse University, Tompkins/Cortland Community College, Union College and York College.


We wish them success as they continue their education.  


(Look for our special upcoming Graduation Newsletter for details on both High School and Middle School graduations, proms and more!)   

What's On Your Mind?

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We would love to know what you and your family are up to this summer.  Please share your vacation stories and pictures with us by emailing them to pheeney@renaissancecharter.org
Renaissance Rocks!

Special shout outs to some middle school students and their families who have been working hard all year to raise extra money for the middle school trips and other expenses.  For helping at the June 9th Bake Sale:
The families of Nooa, Wallace, Dewi, Tristan, Annabelle, Destiny, Brennan and Corinne for volunteering; Fran for her help with the logistics and making it all happen, and Josh for moving the tables and chairs.

Spotlight On... New Staff!
Renaissance has some new staff members as some teachers are changing assignments and ET is taking a sabbatical.  We would like to introduce them to you here:

Middle/High School Mathematics:  Robert Bocchieri 

"Hi! My name is Robert Bocchieri. I received my four-year degree from Hofstra University in Economics and went on to pursue business studies. After completing a Master of Business Administration Degree program, specializing in Banking and Finance, I elected to move into the education field. I completed a second Master's Degree in Adolescent Education and I have taught high school classes in Special Education, Mathematics, and Business and Marketing. In my spare time, I like to go for long walks, listen to music, watch and play sports, and enjoy running.  


9th & 10th Grade ICT English and Global: Ellie Shrier




Ellie teaches 9th and 10th grade ICT English and Global Labs .  During Rensizzle, she and Curtis Anderson became involved in the "Early Stages" club, which offers students heavily discounted tickets to Broadway plays, and she continues to be active with the group. 


She previously worked at TRCS through the MGI program during the 2009-10 school year.  She returned to TRCS in September 2012 after teaching for two years in Brooklyn.  She is very happy to be back.  


Alumni Corner
Renaissance alum Sam Gauthier will be attending law school in the fall.  Here is an update from him:

                        "Since my graduation from Trinity College in May of 2012, I have had the pleasure of working at TRCS as a substitute teacher. During this time, I had the chance to work with every grade in Renaissance (you're all awesome!). I also was able to work with many of the teachers who brought me through grades K-12 as a Renaissance student, as well as some great new faculty additions to the Renaissance family who began after I graduated in 2008. It has been a humbling and eye-opening experience to work with people as passionate about their subjects and students' growth as those at Renaissance and I am truly honored to have been given the chance to pass my own knowledge down to the next generations of leaders being nurtured here at TRCS.
     While working at Renaissance substitute teaching, I also interned with a judge, and began exploring a career in law. My search eventually led me to apply to CUNY School of Public Interest Law, which I will be attending this Fall 2013 as an incoming first-year law student (special shout-outs to Ana and Maura for helping me edit my personal statement!). I intend to one day use the skills I learn at CUNY Law to become an education lawyer, to help ensure that both schools and students receive the proper resources to provide and receive a quality education."

We are always pleased to hear from our alumni and happy to know they are following their passions.


TRCS Sports Desk
 The sports department would like to thank
all of the 2012-2013 students who participated in the sports programs this year.  We would also like to thank the Class of 2013 for their support and dedication over their many years at Renaissance!

Christain at the NY Mets Dugout, during the Behind the Scenes Tour.  Afterward, he was presented with free tickets to the 4th of July game! 

Karen and Helena courtside at a recent WNBA game.

4th-6th Grade Girls Basketball Team with their 2nd Place Trophy.  

PTA News

We would like to give a special shout out to the 7th & 8th grade students who helped out at the Flea Market:

7th Grade:  Andres Aguirre, Raphael Buenaventura, Jasmine Heras,  Erick Herrera, Matija Jelenic, Usman Tanveer, Samdup Ukyab, Luisa and Ruth Uriarte


8th Grade:  Carlos Flores,  Brennan Rogan, Brandon Telo,and Corinne Stonebraker


We look froward to meeting everyone when we host our "Back to School Welcome" for parents.  Stop by for a cup of coffee and a snack in the Common Area on the first floor at drop-off time!


Enjoy your summer! 


Upcoming Events:  


 Saturday, July 27th 10AM-Noon:  Attend a Tree Care Workshop and a Renaissance Farmer's Market at the Renaissance Rooftop Garden.   


Wednesday, September 11th: First day back to school for all students. 

Helpful Hints and Cool Links

Check out the new link on the Parents page of our website called "Supporting Your Child."



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This page includes many helpful documents and resources to support your child both academically and emotionally, from experts in the field and our own staff. Currently, there are several documents (a few linked here) that will help you help your child, by understanding our discipline code, our commitment to an anti-bullying culture, and by understanding what our communication protocols and our philosophy of student counseling.

Make an investment in children, education and the future of our world.  Safer, better-educated communities are great for business; they improve the quality of life for everyone. Renaissance's hard-working, high-achieving students strive to make that happen and with your help that goal is closer to being a reality:  Please visit our website for more information, and lick on the red DONATE button on the bottom of each page: http://www.renaissancecharter.org/.  Thank you!


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