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The Unity Scoop – June 23

Dear Families of Unity,

I want to begin by extending a hearty congratulations to our middle school students for completing their Roundtable Presentations.  In addition, I would also like to extend a hearty congratulations to our high school students for completing their Regents exams this week – just two more to go on Monday!!  These events represent major educational milestones at Unity and our entire community should be applauded for our efforts.  Indeed, there is strength in Unity!

The milestones for the 2024-25 school year continue and conclude in the week ahead.  Most prominently, we will celebrate the graduation of our 12th graders and 8th graders on Thursday and Wednesday, respectively.  Our middle school will also engage in an end-of-year academic awards celebration on Monday.  On Tuesday, our middle school students will take part in some serious fun during their end-of-year trips!

In this edition of The Unity Scoop, we showcase some highlights from our Roundtable presentations, celebrate our Students of the Month for May, and offer recent highlights from our athletics programming!

Have a terrific weekend and, again, we look forward to celebrating our graduates this coming week!

In unity,


Josh Beauregard

Head of School / Co-founder


Updates as of June 23, 2024:

New – Unity Students Show Off their New Skills During Roundtables: Congrats to all of our middle school students who completed their Roundtable Presentations this week.  Be proud of this milestone achievement. Family members – we hope you enjoyed the experience – congratulations to you too!


New – Congrats to our Middle School’s Students of the Month!:  Kudos to our Students of the Month in May for demonstrating exemplary scholarship and citizenship – we are proud of you!

Updated – Unity Athletics – Congrats to our 2023-24 Student-Athletes!: As we conclude the 2023-24 school year, we congratulate all of our student athletes for your achievements and sportsmanship.  We look forward to building on our success in 2024-25, and we encourage all of our student-athletes to practice your skills this summer!

Congratulations to our student-athletes at Unity Middle who enjoyed an end-of-year Athletic Awards banquet last week.  Go Panthers!

Members of Unity’s basketball teams have been working hard to develop their skills in the offseason this spring.  This past week, they had the opportunity to mee with Pasha Cook, a former Division I basketball player who now works with professional athletes and leagues, including the NFL and WNBA, to provide life coaching and branding consultation.  Unity players and Pasha took part in a rich discussion on Leadership and Legacy in which a number of life lessons were shared.  Thank you, Pasha, for taking the time to meet with our student-athletes!

Updated – June 2024 School-wide Calendar: For your family’s convenience, here is a complete school-wide calendar of events for the month of June – print it out and throw it on the refrigerator door!  It is possible that events could change and new events could be added.  An up-to-date events calendar can always be accessed on our website.

Recap – Your Feedback Empowers Us – Please Take a Moment to Share Your Experiences With Us By Completing our Spring Family Perception Survey: Our purpose as a school is to best serve you and your child’s educational aspirations.  And we are best positioned to fulfill this purpose when we have honest and direct feedback from you.  With this interest, we request your feedback on how we are doing as we conclude the school year by completing this brief survey.  The survey includes questions about family communication, engagement, fit, support, school climate, and safety, among other things.  Your answers are anonymous; we will use your collective feedback over the coming months to drive our decision-making and best position us to best serve you.  As a small gesture of appreciation for your time, the first 300 families to complete the survey by June 24th will be eligible for a raffle of a $50 gift card to Amazon.  We thank you in advance for your invaluable feedback!


Recap – Unity’s Young Artists Exhibit their Works at a Local Gallery!: This past Thursday, students, staff, family members, and community members participated in our high school’s Spring Arts Festival at the Art Cave Gallery on Broadway.  Congrats to Ms. Glickman, Ms. Gjakova, and their students for bringing this glorious event to our community!  And thank you to our families who came out to support!

Recap – With June Comes the Fun of End-of-Year Trips with Classmates!: With this being the final month of the school year, grade levels have begun indulging in a number of festive adventures to celebrate the end of the year and have fun together! Below are some action photos of some recent trips as well as some fliers of trips that are upcoming!


New – 2024-25 School Calendar of Key Events and Vacations for Families: Calendars for the 2024-25 school year are now ready to share.  Note that we have two versions this year – one version for our middle school (grades 6-8) and another version for our high school (grades 9-12).


Recap – College Acceptance List for Unity’s Class of 2024!: We are excited to share with our community the full list of colleges to which members of Unity’s Class of 2024 have earned admission.  Congrats to the entire class and their families as they now decide which college they will attend this fall!  Enjoy the photo below of members of Unity’s Class of 2024 visiting SUNY Stony Brook on Thursday and being greeted by members of Unity’s Class of 2023 who now attend Stony Brook. Kudos to our alumni in supporting our seniors as they weigh their options!


Recap – Unity Calendar for the 2023-24 School Year: The table below reflects our key events and vacations calendar for the 2023-24 school year.  In addition, here is the updated PDF version of the table for your convenience.

Relevant Information from Past Editions of The Scoop:

Free Resources for Unity Families: Unity’s social work team is always looking for resources that may be helpful and of interest to our families.  A host of resources are provided below.  Reach out to Ms. Del Purgatorio, Unity’s Director of Social Work, with questions.

  • Introducing 988, The New Mental Health Hotline: The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which launched last week, is a new way for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis to quickly reach out for help. Anyone in the US can now call or text 9-8-8 to be connected to a trained mental health professional at one of more than 200 local crisis call centers around the country. Learn more here.
  • INCLUDEnyc Presents: How to Talk to Your Children about Sexuality: This webinar will help parents and guardians of children with disabilities become more comfortable discussing sexuality and relationships, and cover some of the most effective ways to talk about this sensitive topic. Learn more and register here.
  • Free Summer Meals for Students – begins Tuesday, June 28th: NYC’s Summer Meals program offers free breakfast and lunch throughout NYC for anyone age 18 and under. No registration, documentation, or ID is required.  Visit here for details on time, locations, menus and other helpful information.
  • Free Book Giveaway for Kids and Teens: As part of our largest summer program ever, The New York Public Library is giving away 500,000 books for kids and teens to take home and keep. Drop by one of our neighborhood branches to choose yours—plus, explore free events, our summer writing contest for kids, the opportunity for teens to contribute to a new magazine, and more with Summer at the Library.  Visit here for more information.
  • DOE’s Beyond Access Series Presents Self-Regulation TechniquesThis workshop will provide parents, caregivers and students strategies for reducing stress and improving the ability to self-regulate, with simple routines and activities that reduce anxiety and reactivity and promote calm and happy students and families. Spanish and Mandarin interpretation available. Learn more and register here.
  • DOE’s Beyond Access Series Presents How to Access Supports for Students with Behavioral Challenges: This workshop covers the educational rights of students who face behavioral challenges in school, including different kinds of behavioral supports and interventions , along with the opportunity to share advocacy tips. Learn more and register here.
  • The Child Mind Institute offers great (free & remote) caregiver workshops on a seasonal basis!  Take a moment to visit their site and appreciate their offerings.
  • The recent events in Ukraine may be a source of stress and anxiety for some children.  Below are four resources that may be helpful for families:
  • Below are flyers for lists of low-cost dental providers in each borough:
  • Free Child Nutrition Webinar Series: Register for the “An Alarming Rise in Excess Weight and Diabetes in Children: Strategies and Solutions” webinar on Monday, March 7th.  The webinar is presented by French-American Aid for Children as part of the new Child Nutrition Webinar series. Parents and educators will learn about practical nutrition tips and accessible information to encourage children to adopt good eating habits in school—and at home—through an interactive dialogue between Dr. Juliana Cohen, nutrition epidemiologist and associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Dr. Ileana Vargas-Rodriguez, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Children’s Hospital of New York. A Q&A session will follow the webinar.  Check out previous recordings of past webinars, including:
    • Engaging Children in their own Nutritional Journey
    • Smart Summer Shopping and Cooking
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