Upcoming Events

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New Website Highlights HCHS Diversity

Parents, check out the brand-new Project Diversity web site developed by two HCHS juniors, Shamsa Derrick '16 and Meredith Pong '16. Project Diversity, now a club, aims to promote, discuss and explore diversity; to create the new site, Hunter students and teachers participated in a project to illuminate the faults and impacts of stereotypes to which members of the school community have been subjected. "We wanted to showcase that stereotypes, which often have negative connotations, can be humbly and maturely embraced as well," Derrick and Pong write. 

Helping Our Kids Manage Their Time: Counselor's Coffee April 22

Hunter College High School's Counseling Office and the PTA are hosting a "Counselors' Coffee" at the school for parents on Wednesday, April 22 at 8:30 am. The topic of this month's discussion, "Helping Our Kids to Manage Their Time," should be of interest to many at a time when our kids face very busy and demanding schedules.  Attendees are encouraged to read this article by the Council for Exceptional Children prior to the coffee.  

Donate Gently Used Books to the Hunter Elementary Carnival Book Sale

If you've been doing a little spring cleaning, you can donate your gently used books to the Hunter Elementary Spring Carnival Book Sale. Starting Monday, April 20, used books for readers of all ages can be dropped off in marked boxes that can be found in the HCES mini-gym, the carpeted area right inside Hunter's main entrance.

 

HCHS Alum Donates Largest Gift Ever to the School

Saying he owes much of his success over the past 15 years to his time as a Hunter student, health care investor and entrepreneur Martin Shkreli has given an unprecedented $1 million donation to Hunter College High School. It's the largest single gift in the high school's 101-year history, the school said.

The gift, announced March 9, to be managed by a new endowment fund in his name, is earmarked for a variety of uses, including funding new technology and teaching resources for the school's science and guidance programs.  The endowment also aims to generally assist Hunter in "supporting and expanding its reputation as one of the premier schools in New York City and the United States." The contribution is among the biggest individual gifts ever made to a New York City public school.  

Shkreli, 31, grew up in Sheepshead Bay and attended HCHS from 1994-2000.  He graduated from Baruch College in 2004 and went on to a stand-out career on Wall Street, with stints at several major hedge funds, including Cramer, Berkowitz & Co. and Intrepid Capital Management. For more on the donation and on Shkreli's background, read on.

How Much Screen Time is OK? Hunter Parents Share Strategies in Wellness Dialogue

How much screen time is too much? On Jan. 14, as part of the regularly scheduled Wellness Dialogues, HCHS counseling chairperson Colleen Hennessy and HCHS health teacher Michelle Gullo met with 35 parents to discuss the technology challenges facing our teenagers. The discussion highlighted the most recent research and the group shared strategies for helping children develop healthy relationships with technology. Read notes from the meeting here.

Mosaic Event: Talking About Race in the Classroom and Beyond

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 6-8 p.m., Mosaic and PAAC invited the HCCS community to "Are We Ready? Talking About Race in the Classroom and Beyond." This student-driven event provoked thoughtful dialogue about recent events across the country. The facilitator was John Gentile, a diversity and inclusion consultant to many independent schools. A discussion of the event by Dr. Tony Fisher is in the March issue of Hilites.

Updating PTA listing information...and paying your PTA dues

A little reminder...please check your online parent directory entry and privacy settings by Thursday, Sept. 18 to make sure your updated address is correctly listed in PTA's printed directory. Note also that the school and the PTA have separate systems, so you must update your address in both places. Click here to find out more about changing your address. 

Also, there's still time to pay your PTA Dues.  Dues for the 2014-2015 year are now being accepted online at hunterpta.org/pay/pta-dues-2014. Simply use your credit card to make your payment. You can also send a check, payable to Hunter College High School PTA, to the address listed online. Each family that pays dues ($75/per student) will receive a copy of our printed Family Directory, which lists contact information for students, parents, faculty and staff. Your dues support student clubs, athletics, lab supplies, faculty development and much more.

If you are still having problems logging in to the PTA Web site, or have other questions, send a message to help@hunterschools.org.

Back to School FAQs

Read on for a few quick ways to get your family ready to start a new school year at Hunter.

New Approach to Building an Ethical School Culture in 2014-2015

Starting with the 2014-2015 school year, Hunter will embark on a new approach to community and school culture. The school's goal is to bring those issues more explicitly and consistently into the conversations we have and the work we do at Hunter. Work will focus on the ideals of community, diversity, and individuality. Each year, the entire school community will focus on how one of six values plays a part in those ideals. The values are: compassion, creativity, curiosity, integrity, respect, and responsibility. This inaugural year, the "core value"  will be Respect. 

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 also 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. (A full pdf version can also be downloaded here.)

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

Magazine Drive

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.

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