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The Unity Scoop – May 29

Dear Families of Unity,

I congratulate you and your child as we cross the May finish line and embark on our final month of the remote school year together.  As we look forward to June, our middle school students will be presenting their End-of-Year Reflections.  I know that our staff and students have been working hard to prepare for these presentations; I look forward to their reflections as they showcase their learning from the school year.  During the month of June, our high school students will be wrapping up their final quarter of the school year. Our seniors, specifically, will be preparing for graduation, including their college and career pursuits beyond Unity.  These are exciting times!

In this edition of The Unity Scoop, I bring to you a new batch of shout-outs to our middle school scholars for their recent successes, the newest edition of our Unity Review, and a host of updates for upcoming events.

I wish you and your family a delightful three-day weekend!


In unity,


Josh Beauregard
Head of School / Co-founder


Updates as of May 29, 2021:

1. New – The Celebration Continues: We Salute the Recent Accomplishments of our Middle School Students: It is with pride and joy that we celebrate the recent successes of so many of our middle school students.  Congratulations to each and every student featured below – we are proud of you!

6th Grade

Student of the Week: P.E. (Coleman)

Jayda Wellington

Student of the Week: Enrichment (Stevenson)

Dasani Kendall-Reyes

Student of the Week: Math (Shah-Taylor)

Nyah Simone

Dasani Kendall-Reyes

Student of the Week: Math (Gibson)

Kharisma Dukes

Steven Reales

Student of the Week: ELA (Springer)

Jazmin Chappelle

Khaya Khan

Student of the Week: ELA (Anderson & Pickings)

Amor Johnson-Gregory & Yendi Kissoon

Sasha Elysee & Nia Culpepper

Student of the Week: Science (LaPlaca)

Jason Chapman

Carina Davis

Student of the Week: Science (Diaz)

Adewale Salau

Tygene Wright

Student of the Week: History (Cohen)

Jayda Wellington

Student of the Week: History (Turner)

Dacota Porter

7th Grade

Student of the Week: P.E. (Coleman)

Jaelyn Ward-Canady

Student of the Week: Enrichment (Warlick)

La Rai Sultan Ingram

Student of the Week: Math (Louirentus)

James Mallette

Dmiyah Williams

Student of the Week: Math (Shaw)

Sean Dankwah

Student of the Week: ELA (Ayoub)

Daniel Gabor

Sani Demonde

Student of the Week: ELA (Knuckle)

Ibrahima Barry

Christopher McGinnis

Student of the Week: Science (McPherson)

Keianna McGan

Jaelyn Ward-Canady

Student of the Week: Science (Teixeira)

Lesa Lee

Chris McGinnis

Student of the Week: History (Canady)

Charmaine Jones

Michayla Phillip

Student of the Week: History (Pierce)

Wyatt Terry

Kester Floyd

8th Grade

Student of the Week: Enrichment (Warlick)

Shammah Johnson

Student of the Week: P.E. (Coleman)

Triston Stuart

Student of the Week: Math (Saint-Louis)

Jonah Brown

Faye Nelson

Student of the Week: Math (Devieux)

Preston Waterberg

Jeremiah Smith

Student of the Week: Math (Shebroe)

Jade Springfield

Nathan Ramjit

Student of the Week: ELA (Bourdierd)

Mohagany Bradley

Kimari Crafton

Student of the Week: ELA (Driscoll)

Junaydah Herman

Student of the Week: ELA (Gillies)

Nakayla Barber

Student of the Week: History (Griffin)

Jasmine Phillip

Student of the Week: History (Pierce)

Nakayla Barber

Kayla Richardson

Student of the Week: Science (Bond)

Eycha Jimenez

Tyleak Bonilla

Student of the Week: Science (Teixeira)

Zuri Thomas

King Covington

Student of the Week: Science (McPherson)

Shaila Guignard

Triniti Leonard-Martin


2. New –  Issue No. 7 of the Unity Review is Available for your Reading Pleasure!: I am excited to share with you the seventh issue of the Unity Review literary magazine.  The Unity Review team continues to work incredibly hard to bring to you the ideas and talents of our young writers and artists.  This edition’s theme is Fame and includes a number of powerful submissions created by our students and staff.  Enjoy!


3. New – College Information for Students and Families of Unity High School: See the updates below from our College & Career Readiness Team!

  • Summer Job Alert! – St. Nick’s Alliance is hiring for summer jobs!  Positions pay at least $15/hour.  Seniors and Unity alumni are strongly encouraged to apply.  See the job description attached to this message for more information.  Students who are interested must sign up for an interview by emailing Mr. Gonzalez at egonzalez@unityprep.org.  Interviews will be held in-person at our high school location on Tuesday June 8th, between 11am and 3pm.  Seniors and Unity alumni should sign up immediately for an interview!
  • College Scholarships! – SUNY has just announced that students who get vaccinated may be eligible for full-tuition scholarships!  12- to 17-year-olds are eligible to participate in the ‘Get a Shot to Make Your Future‘ COVID-19 vaccine incentive program.  Participants can enter into a random prize drawing to potentially receive a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY college beginning May 27.  New York State will administer the random drawings and select 10 winners a week over five weeks for a total of 50 winners.
  • Celebrate The Seniors! – So far, 80% of the Class of 2021 has committed to a college or career training program for next year!  Despite the pandemic, remote learning, and all of the other challenges presented by this year, the senior class has persevered.  We are so proud of the resilience this class has demonstrated – please join us in celebrating them!


4. Recap – NYC School Survey for Caregivers: Unity families encouraged to take the NYC School Survey, which is due on June 11th. The survey helps school leaders understand what key members of their school community think about the learning environment at their school. The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. We appreciate your feedback!

  • Click the link below to take the survey. Families should enter “f” followed by their child’s nine-digit Student Identification (OSIS) Number to access the survey. Note that “f” must be lowercase. Families can find their child’s Student Identification Number on their report card or in Jupiter. If you can’t find your student’s ID number, you are welcome to reach out to Mr. Doscher at 347-746-1575 via text message.
  • Click here to complete the survey
  • After completing the survey, text a screenshot to Mr. Doscher at 347-746-1575 for a chance to win a $50 amazon gift card!


5. Recap – End-of-Year Trip for Unity High Students!: On Friday June 11th, Unity High students have the opportunity to have fun with classmates at Boundless Adventure Aerial Park in Purchase, NY. Activities include completing low ropes courses, high ropes courses, and air obstacle courses.  Participating students will travel to the park by bus, enjoy a catered lunch, and bond with classmates one last time before the school year ends.  RSVP now via Jupiter. For more information, reach out to Mr. Lopez or Ms. Jaquez.  HEALTH SAFETY NOTE: While on the coach bus, each student will have their own seat as set forth by social distancing guidelines & Department of Education regulation. Students will be required to wear a mask at all times while on the bus and submit to a health safety screening upon entry to the bus.


6. Recap – COVID-19 Vaccines: Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines: the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines. The vaccine can prevent COVID-19 symptoms and severe COVID-19 illness. People 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine. Those who are fully vaccinated can more safely gather with friends and enjoy other benefits of vaccination. Many vaccination sites in the city no longer require appointments.


7. Recap – Working Papers for HS Students During Remote Learning: We know many students will be applying for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) or Ladders For Leaders in the coming weeks.  In order to do so, students may wish to obtain their working papers.  The process for obtaining working papers during remote learning is as follows:

1.  Parent/guardian completes section I of this form:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/documents/AT17-0320Fillable.pdf

(Form can be typed directly into and saved.)

2.  Email the form to Ms. Kim: ykim@unityprep.org.

3.  Ms. Kim must also see the student’s birth certificate and a completed physical from the student’s doctor dated within one year OR a letter from the doctor stating the student is physically fit to work also dated within one year.  These documents can be emailed to ykim@unityprep.org OR a Zoom call can be scheduled where the documents can be presented.

4.  After these steps are complete, the working papers will be mailed to your home.

If there are any questions about this process, please email Ms. Kim at ykim@unityprep.org.


Relevant Information from Past Editions of The Scoop:

Unity’s School Calendar for Families through the End of June 2021: In the spirit of providing you with the information you need to best support your child with school at home, here are our updated middle and high school calendars through June 2021.


Requests for a Laptop and Support with Technology or Internet Access: Unity will provide a laptop to all students who need one.  If you still need a Unity laptop OR do not have internet access at home, please complete the following form: https://bit.ly/Unitylaptops.  After completing this form, somebody from the school will reach out to you. Our goal is for 100% of students to have access to the technology they need to fully engage in their studies.


Creating the Perfect Workspace for your Child at Home: Virtual learning can be challenging, but with a welcoming, comfortable learning environment, students are more likely to engage fully in their studies without distraction. Here are three simple best practices to turn a corner of your home into a workspace:

  • Find a spot that has lighting: whether it’s natural sunlight from a window or light from an overhead lamp, it’s important that your workspace has enough light so that your student won’t need to strain to see.
  • Make sure the table and chair are comfortable: working while sitting in a chair at a table increases productivity and focus, but it’s just as crucial that students are comfortable, since they’ll likely be sitting for long periods of time.
  • Ensure that the workspace is free of distractions, noise, and clutter: games, toys, phones, laptops – they’re all fun, but they can be distracting to students while they try to learn. Therefore, the workspace should be spacious, quiet, clean, and clear of distractions.

For additional tips on making an ideal, remote workspace for your child, check out this guide and these suggestions.


Free Breakfast & Lunch are available for Students – Any student has access to free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.  More details, including a search tool, is available by clicking here.


Helpful Guidance on Obtaining the Perfect Book for Your Child – With the Unity Library closed for the time being, our public libraries in Brooklyn offer a vast majority of their books and resources online.  Additionally, many private companies are stepping up and offering their services for free.  Check out this helpful guide to gain access to ebooks or audiobooks from the Brooklyn Public Library.  In addition, see the list of resources below:

  • Do you have dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, or other reading barriers? Access Bookshare’s free online ebooks.
  • Are you an English Language Learner (ELL) and interested in practicing your English? Are you looking to learn a new language? Rosetta Stone is being offered free for three months to all students.
  • Are you finding it difficult to spend all day looking at a computer screen? Download BeeLine reader for free, which uses color gradients to make reading just a little bit easier.
  • Worried that by spending so much time alone your vocabulary is growing more and more limited by the day? Dictionary.com has free daily activities such as puzzles, quizzes, and a word of the day to keep your vocabulary skills sharp.
  • Want to practice your reading and thinking skills? Scholastic has a remote learning program where you can play games and participate in activities.
  • Try using Newsela, which is an online news-as-literacy platform that features high-interest articles on everything from current events to myths and legends and from literature to science. Follow this link to create an account.
  • Audible is offering free audio books for students. Click here to access a huge selection of audiobooks.


Resources Regarding Unemployment Due to COVID-19 – NYC has developed a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance. The website will be updated frequently and includes information on employment/unemployment, food assistance, financial assistance, rent arrears, health and medical assistance, and so forth.

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