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Future Freshman Friday Fresh man

Every Friday we highlight the Seniors of Mets Charter School who recently got accepted to a College/University making them a Future Fresh. 

Technical Enrichment & Outreach Program logo

If you are interested in taking pre-college engineering program and earning up to $10,000 scholarship annually for 4 years, join TEOP. The program promotes computer science, engineering, mathematics and engineering technology. Ten Saturdays of engineering lectures plus guided hands-on experience in working with various technology oriented kits, projects, and computer activities. Program starts February 15th, 2020 at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck).

 

Please see Ms. Hassan in room 312 after school if you are interested. Thank you!

Next Level Youth Gala they were crowned!!! queens

Yazmina and Farida Wahby became Next Level Jersey City Sisters Queens. They will compete in June in a sister category and instead of competing against each other they will compete together.  

On Friday, January 17, at the Next Level Youth Gala they were crowned and had an opportunity to meet with Miss. America 2019 and Miss. Teen USA 2019.   

We are so proud of Yazmina and Farida and their accomplishments. 

Ms. Hassan's Engineer Your World I class. engineer

Curriculum: Engineer Your World

Unit: Reverse Engineering

Lesson: How does our competitor’s flashlight work?

Objective: Students obtain ideas for flashlight redesign project through a process that involves disassembly, documentation and reassembly of competitor's flashlight. 

 

The Winter Sports season is here!!! Cheer

he Winter Sports season is in full swing. Here are a few pictures from various M.E.T.S. Mustangs Boy basketball games as well as the Mustangs Step and Cheer team supporting the Mustang Boys Basketball team.

Honor Roll Ceremonies honor

Throughout the week of December 16-20, 2019, 6th-12th grade students were honored for having achieved Honor Roll and High Honor Roll during the first quarter. They received a certificate as well as a letter congratulating their families for this achievement.

Mr. Mui's Pre-Calculus class precal

Students in one of Mr. Mui's Pre-Calculus classes were working and collaborating in groups.  They have been studying the topic of Sequences using recursive and explicit equations.  In this video clip, one of the students, Bryan Navarrete, figures out one of the difficult problems while helping another student and exclaims, "Simple, Come On!".

Charter School Cheer U-N-I-T-Y METS Cheer

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020 M.E.T.S. Charter School's Boys Varsity Basketball team faced off against Passaic Arts and Science Charter School. As the basketball teams were battling on the court, the cheer teams from both schools came together in the name of unity. While speaking briefly before the game, Coach Casella and Coach Dollar, Head Cheer Coach from PASCS, discussed their philosophies on respect and sportsmanship.Coach Dollar then invited the Mustang Cheer/Step Team to perform with her team during half-time. Each coach gathered a few girls from their team and quickly completed one run through of the cheer prior to the start of the game. The half-time performance went off without a hitch and parents from both schools approached Coach Casella after the game to compliment the amazing performance.Coach Casella and the Mustang Cheer/Step Team were honored to be part of such an amazing display of unity amongst charter school teams. We are grateful to Passaic Arts and Science Charter School, Coach Dollar, and the Panthers Cheer Team for their hospitality. 

Holiday Toy Drive Toy Drive

A very special thank you to all M.E.T.S. Charter School students, families, teachers, and staff for their kind support and donations for the Holiday Toy Drive. Thanks to your exceeding contributions, we were able to donate toys to three locations in both Hudson and Essex County. The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Spandana Nallapati, from the Children's Specialized Hospital in Jersey City, received our gifts with big smiles and gratitude. Devan Tierney, the Development and Communication Coordinator for WomenRising in Jersey City was also overjoyed to receive our toy donations. The third drop off location was the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The Neonatal Social Worker, Nohelia Cajina, could not be more thankful. Nohelia hosted a holiday party on December 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm, where the toys were distributed to siblings and families impacted by infants in critical condition in NICU. The Mustang Mentality was truly manifested as the M.E.T.S. Charter School community came together to extend a giving hand to children and families going through a difficult time this holiday season. #GoMustangs 

 

Students Help build M.E.T.S. Computer Lab! METS Vailsburg Computer Lab

Over the course of the school year, M.E.T.S. Vailsburg students were taught the functionalities and concepts of building a computer from scratch. Using the knowledge they have learned, students built 10 computers needed for the new computer science lab. 

 

These custom built computers will provide students a lab to work on lessons, work on resumes and access to many programs such as Visual Studio, Photoshop, Fruity Loops, and Eclipse. 

The computer lab is also home to the computer science class where students learn how to code programs and edit videos needed to pursue a STEM related degree. 

 

We are extremely proud of our students and their help in making our computer lab possible! 

Society's impact on our identity book

The students in Ms. Mulligan's 8th grade ELA class took Cornell notes on Society's impact on our identity. They will be entering a unit on To Kill a Mockingbird soon and this activity was a preview to that unit. 

Ms. Mulligan and the Bridge of Books Foundation book

Ms. Mulligan coordinated a book donation for METS Charter School through the Bridge of Books Foundation. 

Ms. Mulligan and her husband generously went to pick up the books and brought them  back to the Heights campus for distribution. There were books in the donation for 6th-12th grade, but also for the Vailsburg Campus. 

Thank you Ms. and Mr. Mulligan and the Bridge of Books Foundation for gifting these incredible books to our students. 

Miss Infinity Teen NJ isl

METS Charter School has some exciting news to share! Yazmina Wahby, 8th grade, and Farida Wahby, 7th grade, are now Miss Infinity Teen NJ (Yazmina) and Junior Miss Infinity Teen NJ (Farida). They will attend an international competition in Orlando, March 2020. They will be representing the M.E.T.S. Community and we could not be more proud! 

Student Ambassadors showed off their new Mustang Sweatshirts D

The Student Ambassadors showed off their new Mustang Sweatshirts on Thursday, December 12, 2019. The sweatshirts were designed by two Sophomore Student Ambassadors, Sarah Nunez and Alexis Singh. The Student Ambassadors support the METS Charter School during orientation sessions, PTA meetings, after school activities as well as throughout the school day. 

Christmas Carol Play Chrimah

On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, a group of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, attended a performance of a Christmas Carol at McCarter Theater, in Princeton, NJ. 

After the performance was over students were allowed to ask questions to the director in regards to the cast, play, scenery, etc.

Get in the Spirit with a White Paper Christmas Tree Chrimah

Designed and built by Bryan Escobar, Jaylynne Garcia, and Mrs. Hassan Engineering students. The Mets community gets to enjoy a Christmas tree made entirely of paper. When you get a chance stop by and take a picture with it and thank Mrs. Hassan and her class for the beautiful job that they've done.

From Captain to Coach: An Interview with Coach Hassel Abrahante coach

 

By Akosua Asante

There is a difference between being a good student and being a great student. Every student gets projects, tests, essays, and other assignments. The difference between a good student and a great student is that a great student sets the bar higher for themselves and isn’t afraid to  take up a challenge. G.K Nelson once said, “Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, succeed on purpose.” Former M.E.T.S. student Hassel Abrahante is one of those successful people. She graduated with the Class of 2019 and was recently approved by M.E.T.S. Charter School's Board of Trustees as the new coach for Cheer and Step and will be co-coaching with Ms.Casella. She was a cheerleader here for three years and a captain during her junior and senior years. She also won the 2019 Athlete of the Year Award. When the opportunity for a coaching position came up, Ms.Casella reached out to Coach Abrahante because she was a great student, cheerleader, and captain. She created a positive impact at  M.E.T.S. Charter School, which is why she was asked to come back for the coaching position. Coach Abrahante should serve as a role model for our students and her experience should encourage more students to work hard and also develop that type of positivity at M.E.T.S Charter School. 

 

the science leaders of the future club Say my name

The students from the science leaders of the future club are working on an experiment which can be utilized for any branch of science. They are learning how to prepare wet mounts for microscopes, completing a pre and post lab; while inquiring about proper techniques along the way. The club facilitates many professional developmental processes’, for the benefit of their future. The club is run by Ms. Medeiros and Mrs. Mendes our Chemistry and Biology teachers.   

 

Art and Cooking Club Cooking

Cooking Club and Art Club are a great opportunity for Middle School and High School students to learn new things and also participate in fun activities with students that are outside of their grade levels. Here is a look at some of the food and artwork that they have prepared.

Word Wall Words

 In Ms. Mulligan's Middle School ELA classes the students are able to use the Word Wall as a resource in class, and the vocabulary words that are displayed match the book that they are currently reading through in class.

Pajama Dress Down Day pajamas

 Dress down days are a great way for students to fund raise for different events and activities. We recently had a pajama dress down day which students enjoyed and were able to match pajamas with their friends.

Artist of the Month 12

Congratulations to Yusuf on winning the artist of the month. Yusuf creates original designed apperal on his website https://kingpinkingdom.com/.

Open Mic Night op

On Friday, November 15th, Mr. Messenger, Mr. Wilson and the Music Club hosted their first Open Mic event. Middle School and High School students performed in front of their peers and the audience even joined in with a few of the songs and performances. 

 

Anthony the Designer di

Anthony Eryan, Sophomore and METS Charter School-Heights Campus, used his talents to design the shirts for the October 30th "Mustangs Against Domestic Violence" event. Thank you Anthony for using your talents to design these shirts. 

Power of the Individual Story: Power of the Individual Story di

On November 22nd, 10 high school students from METS Charter School- Heights campus attended the Diversity Council on Global Education and Citizenship High School Student Leadership Conference entitled, "Power of the Individual Story: Power of the Individual Story".

 

Students were able to participate in various activities with students from METS Charter School-Vailsburg campus as well as students from a myriad of other NJ high schools. 

 

The guest speaker Mr. Kalima shared his experience as a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide and urged the students to tell their individual stories in their schools and their communities. 

 

Perfect Attendance Recognition perfect

On Friday, November 17th, Ms. Nieves acknowledged and celebrated the perfect attendance of faculty and staff in the High School morning meeting. The faculty and staff  members were awarded a certificate and will share a luncheon together this upcoming week. We want to continue to thank all of our teachers, substitute teachers and other staff members for their continued dedication and support. 

Students Built Pinhole Cameras camera

Students designed, built and tested a pinhole camera for people with limited dexterity. In groups of three, students communicated and collaborated for design solutions. Thanks to Mr. Malpass for sharing his experience, and to Ms. Casella and Ms.Tabor for their help. 

 

- Class: Engineer Your World 

- Project: Pinhole Camera

- Curriculum: Engineer Your World, University of Texas

- Teacher: Ms. Hassan

Technical Enrichment and Outreach Program (TEOP) graduating class of Fall 2019 toep

On Saturday, November 16th,  Fairleigh Dickinson University celebrated the Technical Enrichment and Outreach Program (TEOP) graduating class of Fall 2019. M.E.T.S. Charter School graduates are Nadia Abuali, Antoine Stevens, Kengela Garvey, Moises Valdez, Vaisu Patel, Isaiah Worsley, Mohamed Nour Lebbara, Adaobi Durugo, Brianna Valdivieso and Juan Alvelo-Torres. 

 

TEOP Students get introductory engineering lectures plus guided hands-on experience in working with various technology oriented kits, projects, and computer activities. Basic engineering and scientific concepts and principles and mathematics (keyed to the hands-on projects) would be introduced in the lectures. This innovative enrichment program provides exposure to, and experience with, pre-engineering and engineering technology activities. (Technical Enrichment - Fairleigh Dickinson University)

 

For more information, please visit: https://view2.fdu.edu/academics/university-college/school-of-computer-sciences-and-engineering/ghscse-student-projects-and-competitions/outreach-programs/technical-enrichment/

Come to Our Pizza Party Pizza

Students who meet all requirements will be eligible to come to the pizza party!!!

META Graduation! grad

On Saturday, November 9th,  Fairleigh Dickinson University celebrated the META (Mathematics Enrichment Through Applications - Technical Enrichment Outreach Program) graduating class of Fall 2019. M.E.T.S. Charter School graduates are Bryan Escobar and Jaylynne Garcia. Attached are pictures and a video presentation of one of their projects.

METS Robotics @ Golden Eagle VIII Regional Meet R

On Sunday, November 10th, METS robotics team attended FIRST Tech Challenge Golden Eagle VIII Regional Meet.During the event fantastic team building experience that had everyone engaged in friendly and fun team competition at Morris Knolls High School. 

 

METS Robotics Students:

 

Andrew Heinzmann
Bryan Escobar
Fanuel Perez
Gabriel Elyazi
Garvey, Kengela
Isaiah Worsley
Jaylynne Garcia
Mariah Laboy
Michelle Bonifaz
Naomi Alves
Q'uara Phillips-Hill
Synthia Horne
Triparna Dewanjee
Tsonya Hankerson
Vaisu Patel
Zezlet Kae Depano

School Climate Survey Survey

 Attention to all parents/guardians, we would like to hear from you, therefore, please fill out the parent survey that was sent home with your child(ren) today, and return them to your child's homeroom teacher by Thursday, November, 14th, 2019. 

Thank you, Ms. Nieves

A Talk On Teen Dating Violence: Awareness & Prevention Gallery Teen Dating

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, M.E.T.S. Charter School hosted 'A Talk On Teen Dating Violence: Awareness & Prevention' held on October 30, 2019. A special thank you to our poets Akosua Asante, Anthony Meza, Taneja Williams, Ana Mendes, and Daneesha Bazelais. Great job!

November Edition of News Letter is available news letter

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Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s pancakes

On Saturday, November 2, 2019 the Heights Class of 2020 and their advisors, Ms.Casella and Ms.Zamora, hosted a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s on Route 440. Seniors Eugene Onchagwa, Joshua Vega, and D’Maje Robinson served breakfast to our Mustang community members.

College tour trip to Felician College Tour

A group of our seniors went on a college tour trip to Felician College, November 4th, 2019, with Ms. Figueroa and Ms. Walsh.

 

Halloween Middle School Dance Dance

On Friday, November 1, 2019, Middle School students enjoyed some time with their friends and classmates at the Middle School Dance. They were able to savor snacks, participate in face painting, take pictures at the photo boot and show off their dance moves.

Halloween Get Together halloween

Teachers enjoyed some treats together at the end of the day today in the First Annual M.E.T.S. Charter School Teacher Trick or Treat Social. 

Teen Dating Violence Video dating

For the event that took place on October 30, 2019, some of the student of Mets Charter School created a video to highlighting some of the dangers of teen dating violence. 

 

Class of 2020 Varsity Soccer players Soccer

Class of 2020 Varsity Soccer players- (Front)Captain Sadek Sidelarbi.(Second Row Left to Right)  Brianna Alvarado, Davion Massey, Kelvin Ejesei, and  Nourhan Fathy. (Third Row) Miguel Correa, and Teniola Heroun.

 

On Friday, October 25, 2019, the M.E.T.S. Varsity Soccer team had its last game and celebrated their seniors from both the Heights and Vailsburg campuses. Each senior player and the managers received a gift card and sweater from Coach Pestrichella and Coach Casella. Our Heights Guidance Counselor, Ms.Figueroa also provided the seniors with some sweet snacks.  It was a bittersweet end to the season. 

 

Senior Designed shirts Shirts

Seniors rocked their Class of 2020 shirt. The shirt was designed by two of our seniors, Raichel Cochancela and Mariah Laboy. 

 

World Civilization civ

The students in World Civ spent the last week reviewing the medieval world. As an end of unit challenge, they had to create either machines or buildings. They were given basic materials to accomplish the task and did very well.   

 

Thank You Student Ambassadors PTA

On September 25th, M.E.T.S. Charter School hosted its first PTA meeting of the year. A special thank you to the Student Ambassadors for organizing the game and toy room for kids.

Jersey City Summer Internship Internship

 

 

Jersey City Summer Internship 

by Akosua Asante

               The Jersey City Summer Internship program is open to all Jersey City students who are juniors in high school and are attending Jersey City Public Schools, Charter Schools, or Hudson County Schools of Technology. This is a highly competitive program because it places students in paid work-based learning opportunities that interest them. The opportunity to be in a program like this in high school is very rare and there are many benefits. For example, the students who are involved in this program are placed in a six-week paid internship that opens up many professional pathways, academic credit and developing skills in a professional setting. There is an application process that students need to go through which includes an online application, individual interviews, internship placements, and an orientation. Last year at M.E.T.S Charter School, two teachers, Ms. Casella and Ms. Zamora, worked with students to help them complete the application process. They helped with resume workshops and guided them through mock interviews to increase their chances of getting accepted into the program. The students, Stanley Nunez, Mariah Laboy, Amechelle Leander, Noah Murgas, and Nourhan Fathy were accepted and completed this program over the summer. Mariah Laboy and Amechelle Leander were interviewed about the process.

Back To School Night BTS

On September 19th, 2019, M.E.T.S. Charter School- Heights Campus, held Back to School night. Over 85 families came to meet their teachers and faculty, sign-up for their PowerSchool Parent Portal, receive important information for upcoming events, and to pose in front of the camera. Here are a few pictures from Back to School night. 

First Day of META! Robotics

Jaylynne Garcia and Bryan Escobar participating in Mathematics Enrichment Through Applications program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. META program promote the study and appreciation of mathematics through immersion in mathematics applications and educate students about possible career paths in mathematics.

 

For more information about the program: https://view2.fdu.edu/academics/university-college/school-of-computer-sciences-and-engineering/ghscse-student-projects-and-competitions/outreach-programs/meta-teop/   

First Day of TEOP! Robotics

On Saturday, September 14, a new group of students start Technical Enrichment and Outreach Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Students get introductory engineering lectures plus guided hands-on experience in working with various technology oriented kits, projects, and computer activities. Basic engineering, scientific concepts, principles and mathematics would be introduced in the lectures.

Participating students: Nadia Abuali, Antoine Stevens, Moises Valdez, Kengela Garvey, Vaisu Patel, Isaiah Worsely, Mohamed Nour Lebbara, Brianna Valdivieso & Jamella Cantos.

For more information visit: https://view2.fdu.edu/academics/university-college/school-of-computer-sciences-and-engineering/ghscse-student-projects-and-competitions/outreach-programs/technical-enrichment/

FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff! Robotics

 

 

On Saturday, September 7, 2019 METS robotics club attended FTC kickoff at Livingston high school. This year challenge is SKYSTONE presented by Qualcomm, pushing FIRST City forward and up into the skies - and shifting the way we think about our place in the galaxy. Check out the game animation for the FIRST Tech Challenge SKYSTONESM season Presented by Qualcomm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiGB_8Ppnbs

This year M.E.T.S. Mechanical Mayhem (6110) team members are Zezlet Kae D. Depano, Kengela Garvey, Synthia Horne, Isaiah Worsley, Vaisu Patel, Gabriel Elyazi, Naomi Alves & Fanuel Perez. Join the team and help build cities, towns, and places you call home. Looking forward to an exciting year to learn, grow and have fun.

For more information about FIRST Robotics: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc

Meet The METS Charter School Soccer Team Soccer Team

Soccer Team

 

Front row left to right- Elvin Saenz, Davion Massey, Jonathan Meza, Arjan Abazovic, Anthony Meza, Humberto Galdamez, Adam Aboalatta

Second Row left to right- Nourhan Fathy (Manager), Alexander Hernandez, Jan Kenji Bernardino, Sadek Sidelarbi, Miguel Correa, Elias Tzourous, Adam Azabi, Brianna Alvarado (Manager)

Third Row left to right- Carmelo Casella, Aeron Nkrumah, Mohamed Elassa, David Jaquez, Daniel Guzman,Omayis Johnson

Mets Full day Schedule

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Exciting Back to School Kick-Off Day First Day

On September 3rd, students and staff pose for an exciting Back to School Kick-Off Day at The Heights campus. Welcome back!

Mets Team Building Activies

The week before labor day, M.E.T.S. students worked on team building activities, in order to better get to know their new and returning classmates.

Student Ambassadors

Four of The Heights Student Ambassadors, who are all in their Senior year,  share a recap of their experience thus far in the newly formed club. They also share some of the support that they provided during the Parent Orientations that took place on August 19th and August 21st, 2019.

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