Thursday, February 27, 2014
New Design staff members and students work together to create a better academic and social environment. One of the innovative ways in which they do this is through the Gentlemen's or "Gents" group, sponsored by the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI). Founders of the group say the main idea behind the Gents group is to build community between young men of color through shared experiences. The gents build character and increase their self esteem by attending meetings, participating in workouts and going on group trips. The Gents meet every Wednesday after school and even have their own dress code to symbolize their place in the student body. Once a week the Gents wear ties to symbolize their membership in the group and to demonstrate their professionalism. Take a look at this video to learn more about the program. The function of the group is to build community through shares experiences as young men of color, build character, and positive self esteem.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
On little sisters, big sisters and idesign students packed their bags and got ready to go take a hike, make smores and hang out around the camp fire. The camping trip was intended to allow students participating in the idesign program to build relationships and spend quality time together. It went just as planned. Younger students came out of their shells and got to know their mentors better – sharing both laughter and memories. On their way back from Camp Ramapo, students made a stop at SUNY Binghamton and were taken on a tour lead by all kinds SUNY students: From freshmen through seniors, fraternities and honors students. The idea was to show all sisters and idesign mentors and mentees the true college life and give them a day in the life of a college student. Thanks to the help and support of donors from all around the globe, our trip was a great success.
|Cabin at Camp Ramapo|
|Moments of laughter|
|iDesign Males Mentors and Mentees|
|All participating Big and Little Sisters group picture|
|Bingmanton Students talking to Ndhs about their experience getting into college and living on campus|
|After working together to accomplish a trust game|
|Big sister and Little sister|
|Meeting Camp Ramapo staff|
|Students helping their Sister Hood founders and leaders Sarah Gluck and Arihana Allensworth|
|Getting ready to help each other climb to the top and conquer their fears in height and trusting others big and little sister|
Monday, December 16, 2013
Last month New Design High School held its annual Newspaper Fashion Show. A small group of students began the tradition in 2007. During the show students walk down the runway wearing outfits made out recycled materials: mostly newspaper and tape. Students compete with each other in front of a group of judges based on categories such as “best walk” or “most creative” etc., and model outfits made by themselves or their friends.
The host, our own Michael Casiano, charmed the crowd with his colorful commentaries and Victoria Ruiz, a senior was, like always, a big highlight of this year’s show. She entertained the audience with her charismatic personality, her many expressions, her walk and an amazing newspaper outfit. Anthony Sierra and Ana Quiroz also stole the show this year with their "Alison and wonder land" theme. The pair wore stunning matching outfits and had perfectly styled. The pair won best in show. Last but not least, Donis Almanzar’s paper outfit left the crowd amazed with his piece inspired by the designer Givenchy. The outfit was voted best in menswear.
This year’s judges included real industry insiders. We had Magen Tou of Bonton brands, Katie Hart of Free People , costume designer Kate Cusak, Lana Russo of Glamour , Steven Dool of PR agency and finally our own Dr. Scott Conti principal of New Design High School. Students are also given a grade in their design class for participating in show.
Our winners came all from different grades and were awarded in different categories.
Best in Show, as already mentioned, went to Anthony Sierra and Ana Quiroz. Best Menswear was awarded to Donis Almanzar and Best Accessories and Styling went Emmanuel Campana. Most Entertaining went to Andrew Arce; Ann Christine Velazquez won Best Use of Color and Pattern while Alexa Garcia won most wearable.
Celine Gil, Donis Almanzar and Sierra Ramos
Anthony Sierra and Ana Quiroz
|Emmanuel Capana and Nicolle Minaya|
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
(Pictured Above: NDHS alumni panelists share their college experiences with attendees)
(Photos & interviews by 11th grader, Danielle Lunas)
Monday, August 19, 2013
Actress Rosie Perez was interviewed by the New York Times last weekend. The Times asked her to talk about the legacy of Mayor Bloomberg. Perez, a frequent visitor to New Design, is the Chairwomen of the Artistic Board of Urban Arts Partnership. She applauded Mr. Bloomberg for opening up more small schools such as New Design replacing failing large schools. In the article she says,
When I walk down the hallway of New Design High School, one of the five small schools Urban Arts has helped to found in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, the kids come up to me, look me in the eye, shake my hand. I listen to their dreams and ask them where they’re going to college.
It’s very hard for a kid to be anonymous in a small school like New Design. I can’t tell you how many kids I have seen go from a scowling ninth grader to an accomplished senior, winning scholarships to prestigious colleges. The arts have the ability to make these kinds of transformations in students, and there is a special relationship between the arts and the small schools movement.
Thanks for the love Rosie. You can read the entire interview here.
Posted by Dr. Scott at 11:38 AM
Monday, July 29, 2013
On July 8-19, 2013 ESA and NDHS joined ESI programs for our first ever Summer Bridge, and it was amazing! Between the 2 schools we had 30 boys who worked collaboratively on math and literacy projects that they presented in a gallery walkthrough on the last day. For the event there was also a rooftop bbq (100 degrees couldn't stop it!) complete with a water fight (staff vs. students) and a keynote speaker from Monroe College. Speaking of college, we visited Monroe, Hunter and Brooklyn Colleges over the two weeks. The boys bonded at a two-day Outward Bound where they built the tallest structures possible, tossed eggs off the side of the building, maneuvered through obstacles blind-folded, battled through song and countless other mind-boggling challenges. Every boy in the program said they were happy they participated and are excited about the start of their high school careers. They're a great group with sense of humor, style, smarts and a ton of personality, and they're definitely going to enhance the NDHS community. Welcome ESI boys!
A huge THANK YOU to the NDHS Summer Bridge staff: Nicole, Jody, The Michaels -- and May, Kizzy, Shadiq, Dani, and Kwan. What an awesome staff to work with, even on the hottest days of July!
Posted by Dr. Scott at 2:27 PM
TOOFLY, worked with students ranging from 9th to 12th grade to create a student-driven mural to add some flavor to our school walls. We are super proud of all the students who participated. Design teachers, if you would like to give them extra credit, it would be well deserved. Please congratulate the following youth for participating if you see them this week:
Zaria R, Liz L, Charlyn C, Tamia H, Ni Z, Kevin P, Nate A, Ixzel S, Michael May, Faith Rivera, Jennifer Perez V, Tyshawn J, Querina C, Dante W and Janiella F
Posted by Dr. Scott at 9:41 AM
Monday, July 01, 2013
Bling Bling Hello recently created custom phone cases in collaboration with the kids of New Design High School. Together with design teacher, Julie Zenobi, they designed and sold their one-of-a-kind cases at NDHS pop up shop! All proceeds went to the high school so they can keep making wonderful designs. This internship experience helped create real world problem solving skills the realm of creativity and bling!
Posted by Dr. Scott at 1:38 PM
Tretorn stopped by one of Julie Z's Textile and Fashion Design Classes and dropped off 25 of their classic Nylite canvas shoes. The Tretorn Nylite women's canvas tennis shoe, born in 1964, is regarded as the first luxury sports shoe. Worn by Björn Borg in the era when tennis stars made rock stars blush, and immortalized by 1980's The Official Preppy Handbook, the Nylite epitomizes Swedish minimalism, making it a favorite for nearly 50 years. New Designers had a week to add their flavor to the classic shoes. Check out 10th grade Ana Q's version above.
Posted by Dr. Scott at 1:24 PM
NDHS Theater Students recorded two of August Wilson most powerful dramas--The Piano Lesson and Fences--as a radio play, using sound equipment recently purchased for the school.
"Berta Berta" is a chain-gang song from the 1930's and centerpiece for much of Wilson's work. It is performed by Block F students under the direction of Jamie Price.This is followed by a dialogue from The Piano Lesson, featuring Shayla Hall as Berniece and Marcus Omowale as her suitor, Avery Brown.
Each student received a copy of their own recording for posterity. "It's an amazing tool for instruction" says teacher Avram Kline of the new equipment. "It allows students to assess voice and expressiveness. I'm planning to record each of my freshmen reading from their essays--it may do much to improve their writing."
Listen to Berta, Berta
Listen to Piano Lesson
Posted by Dr. Scott at 1:15 PM