Upcoming Events

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Hunter Career Day April 24

We've all heard it before: "Don't you know what you want to do with your life?" 

On Thursday, April 24, 4-6 pm on the 2nd floor, students in grades 10-12 may attend Hunter Career Day, where they will hear from alumni and parents on a variety of career paths including Finance, Broadway, TV/Film Production, Law, Science Research, Medicine, Publishing, Writing, Social Justice, Journalism, Fashion, Green/Environmental, Education, and Information Technology. 

Please encourage your child to sign up for their favorite panels (each an hour long) outside Ms. Siegmann's office, Room 210.  A free snack will be provided.

Questions?  Email careerday@hunterpta.org

Save the Date—May 3—for 'Starry Night' Spring Auction!

A visionary "Starry Night," the PTA auction benefit's theme chosen by unanimous vote, is on the horizon for Saturday, May 3! And you can join the fun now and help make it an even more of a supernova-caliber event.

Korean Cultural Festival Brings Hunter Community Together

Roughly 220 Hunter students, family members, faculty and staff came to enjoy an evening of Korean food and culture at the annual Korean Cultural Festival held this year in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, Nov. 16. Participants learned a Korean folk song, wrote their names in Korean with brush and ink, and cheered as Hunter staff members modeled traditional Korean garb. Those were just a few highlights at the extravaganza, sponsored by the school’s Korean American Parents Association, the PTA, and the High School. The annual event is a "fun" raising event, bringing the school community together to share an exquisite banquet of traditional Korean foods, and to enjoy traditional Korean performances, games, and arts and crafts. To the right, Dr. Fisher, Hunter PTA co-president Judy Weinstein, 12th grade student Sueun Hong, and HCCS director Dean Ketchum stir the many ingredients of the communal Bibimbop, Korea's signature rice dish, to kick off the banquet. Read more here.

Parents: Link School Calendar to Your Devices

Parents of Hunter students can now link the school's calendar to their personal devices like smartphones and tablets. The electronic HCHS Calendar is part of the school's website. You can always find it here. But now you can have it with you wherever you go. The PTA webmasters suggest that you subscribe to the calendar rather than importing it.

Need step-by-step directions? Click to read instructions on how to subscribe from various calendar applications and devices.

TEDxHunterCCS a Smashing Success;Talks Available Online

The TEDxHunterCCS day-long gathering for dynamic talks, performances and video presentations on Oct. 5 attracted 280 attendees and 322 people who viewed the sessions online via live-stream, some returning more than once during the day. Photos and videos of the event have now been published online; to see videos and read more about the event, including the full program and presenters, please click on this link. To read the Hilites article, click hereAlso check out the photos of the event here. 

Magazine Drive

Are you starting to think about Holiday gifts?  If not, you should be: This year, Hanukkah begins the night before Thanksgiving!  And now that we’ve got you thinking about Holiday gifts, why not think about the gift that keeps on giving – a magazine subscription.   Very retro, very cool!

Hunter College High School is in partnership with an online service called Great American Opportunities.  They offer literally hundreds of magazine subscriptions, and if you subscribe through them, the Hunter PTA receives 40% of the profits!  Got a kid who loves to cook?  A mother-in-law who loves to garden?  A colleague who loves to travel?  A babysitter who’s really into fashion?  There’s a magazine – or two! – out there for each of the people on your list.

New Login Process for PTA and School Websites

As announced by Dr. Fisher and the co-presidents of the PTA on October 3rd (read more for their full memo), the PTA website now has a shared login process with the school website at hunterschools.org. Logging in will allow you to view the My Hunter section of the school site, which contains information that is personalized and private to your child and family. No matter whether you log in here at the PTA site or at the school site, you will simultaneously be logged into both. Unfortunately, your old login to the PTA will no longer work. You need to request your username and establish a new password. For detailed instructions on how to do this, go to hunterschools.org/howtologin中文请点击这里한국어는 여기를 클릭하세요.

Thank you to Dr. Fisher, Ms. Siegmann and the school's IT team, as well as to Yaniv Hakohen and the PTA IT and communications teams, for their work over many months to make the new website and the single sign-on process as seamless and useful for parents as possible. (The hunterpta.org access issues we experienced over the last few days are unrelated to the login change; thank you again to Yaniv for working overtime to restore our site.) 

PTA Welcomes New Board Members and Committee Chairs

The PTA would like to extend thanks and a warm welcome to parent volunteers who have stepped up to take on new positions this year. 

Congratulations to Carin Barbanel on being elected Recording Secretary of the HCHS PTA Board at the Sept 18 PTA meeting. We also have two new Assistant Recording Secretaries, Swati Saha and Virginia Terry;  two new Assistant IT Managers,  Vadim Kagan and Lewis Liu; and a new Assistant Events Chair, Mary Czajkowski. 

Virginia Chang is our new Sports Committee Chair, and we have two new Community Service chairs: Rachel Barany and Lewis Liu. 

Finally, we're grateful to all our new Class and Grade Reps for all they do to keep Hunter parents informed and involved. All our PTA Grade and Class reps are listed here.
If you're interested in volunteering, there are many ways you can help the PTA, both large and small. Email volunteer@hunterpta.org.

2013-2014 Annual Fund Officially Kicks Off Sept. 18

Get your checkbooks ready: the 2013-2014 Annual Fund officially kicks off with the first PTA meeting Wednesday, September 18. Please consider donating now to help cover such essential items as faculty professional development, classroom equipment and technology, and renovations and upgrades of music rooms, art rooms, and science labs. The goal this year is to raise $580,000. You can click here for more information and here to donate.

THANK YOU! for a Successful Family Community Service Day in Riverside Park

On Saturday, June 8, over 40 members of the HCCS Community (HCES students and their parents, plus HCHS volunteers) devoted several hours to cleaning up an entrance area to Riverside Park, at 148th Street. Students and parents picked up weeds, up-ended large (and pesty) tree trunks that needed to be cleared, and painted fences. The event was organized by Hunter’s Parents of African American Children (PAAC), in conjunction with the Riverside Park Conservancy. Hunter supplied the person-power and the Conservancy supplied gloves, shovels and paint.  A successful collaboration all the way around.  Click here for photos from the day!  


Congratulations, Seniors, on Your College Admissions!

At the May 22 PTA Meeting, Counseling Chair Colleen Hennessy presented the list of colleges that the Class of 2013 will attend. Click here to view the list (you must log in). Good luck, seniors, we wish you the best as you head to your selected schools! Ms. Hennessy also highlighted a clip of HCHS students in a fun segment on a recent wDaily Show with Jon Stewart. View it by clicking here. Enjoy! 

It WAS the Greatest Auction on Earth!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual benefit auction on May 27th and helped us bring in $180,000+ for our students and faculty. Check out the May Hilites newsletter for photos and reports of the evening's highlights  If you couldn't make it to the Auction, you can still participate: 

  • To make a donation to the Paddle Raise for Graphing Calculators CLICK HERE
  • To purchase a Trikke scooter remaining from the Online Auction, CLICK HERE

April 22 Mosaic Meeting: "Stereotypes and Student Achievement"

Please join Mosaic* on Monday, April 22, from 6–7:30 pm, Auditorium, in a conversation about “How Stereotypes Affect Student Achievement…and What We Can Do About It,” led by Dr. Joshua Aronson, Associate Professor of Developmental, Social, and Educational Psychology at NYU, and moderated by Hunter alum Dr. Jessica Forsyth, a Doctoral Fellow in Psychology at the NYU School of Medicine. Drs. Aronson and Forsyth will talk about how pre-conceived attitudes towards specific social groups can prevent those groups from meeting their academic potential.  Dr. Aronson’s research in this area, with Dr. Claude Steele, is considered a “modern classic” in social psychology.  As an alum, Dr. Jessica Forsyth brings to the conversation her professional expertise and a thorough knowledge of the HCHS community. The presenters will examine how teachers, administrators, students and parents can identify and help alleviate this “stereotype threat.”   

Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided.  If you have any questions about the event or are interested in receiving childcare, please e-mail mosaic@hunterpta.org no later than April 19.

Thanks for a Successful Cultural Banquet!

Thank you to the 270 HCHS students, faculty, administrators and family members who attended the Fall Cultural Banquet on Saturday, November 10, exceeding attendance expectations. The excitement reached high points too, with the attendance of City Comptroller John Liu and City Councilman Peter Koo, a magic performance, raffle drawings and a live auction of a replica of a scroll written by Sun Yat-Sen, the father of modern China. Most meaningful, as noted by Principal Tony Fisher, was the coming together of all parts of the Hunter Community to celebrate its many facets, especially after the disaster of the Hurricane. Hats off to CAPA for organizing the banquet. Anyone interested in working on next fall's cultural event, please email events@hunterpta.org, as we hope to begin the planning soon and are open to all ideas! 

College Admissions Workshop Notes Posted

The College Admissions Workshop and Panel on Sept. 20, 2012, was immensely successful and helpful to the parents of the Class of 2013. Detailed notes by parent Laurie Treuhaft as well as a a packet of sample college applications used during the evenings can be found here (notes from Grade Events can always be found through the the Events>Grade Events links above), as well as through the October Hilites article by Programming Chair Ayelet Sela; these notes are sure to be of interest to Grade 11 families and others, as well. Thanks to all who organized the evening and everyone who attended. Good luck, seniors!  

How to Submit and Find Community Service Ideas

We continue to need parents to seek out Community Service opportunities for our students, and now we've made it even easier for you to help out. Just think about non-profit organizations in your neighborhood, or anywhere in the city, that might need volunteers. Contact them to see whether they'd like to be included in our listings. And then submit this simple form (we recommend reading the form before you call). Once submissions are approved by the HCHS Community Service Coordinators, they will be posted here. These links and more can be found on this website at HCHS>Counseling & Other Depts. Please contact communityservice@hunterpta.org with questions or to join the PTA Community Service Committee.  

OneCause.com: Shop for Yourself—Benefit Hunter!

‘Tis the holiday season!  Make everyday purchases through online shopping portal OneCause.com and a portion of the sale will be donated to the PTA. Register at www.onecause.com/schools/hunter-college-high-school and access most major merchants, including Amazon, American Eagle, Avon, ATT, Apple, The Body Shop, Barnes and Noble, Banana Republic, Bloomingdale's,  Boden...and many more. Note that you do not have to install the suggested toolbar and you can control your privacy settings. Happy shopping!

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