Wednesday, October 24, 2012

St. John's Open House 

  This weekend, St. John's hosted their first open house of the semester.  Prospective students came to tour the campus and receive information on the vast programs the university has to offer.   

The School of Education hosted an Information Session in Sullivan Hall, in which Dean Ross, Dean Willis, Dean Haluska, and a variety of professors and students talked about the program and shared their experiences at St. John's.  The S.T.A.R. program was represented that day by your coordinators, Mike, Alice, and Rebecca, who sported the new S.T.A.R. Coordinators apparel. 

Did you ever attend a St. John's Open House?  Did you go to the School of Education Information Session?  How was it?  What were your first thoughts about the school and program?

  If you were were to give the high school students any advice about the application and decision process, what would it be? 


Thursday, October 18, 2012

City schools want hire authority

City Department of Education officials said they’re planning to seek state approval to certify teachers on their own for the first time, without the aid of colleges or universities.

Shael Polakow Suransky, the Department of Education chief academic officer stated “We don’t want to have to depend on a university in order to train our teachers.” State officials would have to OK the bid.

What does this mean for Students in the School of Education preparing to be a teacher? 
The move would allow the city to grant teachers the initial certification needed to enter a public-school classroom for up to five years. Currently, prospective teachers have to earn college credits in teaching and education before getting hired.

What does this mean to you? 

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Upcoming Events

Looking For Something To Do?

In the next two weeks STAR and other School of Education Organizations have plenty of events going on all over campus for buddies and mentors to attend together. 

Tomorrow night is the STAR Fundraiser Dining to Donate at Applebee's in Fresh Meadows.
Bring your friends, family, and everybody you know out to have dinner at Applebee's. When you present the Dining to Donate flyer, 10% of your bill will go towards the STAR Program.
Next week is Anti-Bullying Week. 
For anybody who needs additional observation hours You Can Make It Better is going to IS 250 Robert F. Kennedy Middle School to do observations and work against bullying in schools.

The very next day a movie night will be held in the Pacini Room focusing on the highly relevant topic of  cyber bullying in schools. Sexting in Suburbia will be shown at 7pm for all those interested in attending.

During Anti-bullying week there will be a series of events going on throughout the entire week including STJ Storms out Bullying in the D'Angelo Center Monday the 22nd. Also, a speaking engagement with Lee Hirsch, the Director of the film Bully on Tuesday the 23rd in the Little Theater at 6pm

We strongly encourage all members of STAR to come out and show support for these events and learn about bullying in all forms and how to help prevent it in classrooms and in our own everyday lives.

Which event do you think you will go to?
Is there any kind of bully prevention event you would like to see happen?
How do you combat bullying? 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Study Time!

Midterm time is finally upon us and the S.T.A.R team would like to wish you all the best of luck! If you have already taken some of your midterms let us know how they went! Swapping study techniques and learning different ways to help you understand the curriculum will help you and your future students! What study habits work best for you? How do you prepare for a big exam? 

Upperclassmen: Do you have any words of advice for freshmen who are about to take their upcoming midterms? 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

STAR Bake Sale - Huge Success!!!

S.T.A.R. held its first Bake Sale of the semester on October 1st. 
Mentors and Buddies came together to donate baked goods including cookies, brownies, pies and a multitude of beautifully decorated cupcakes.
S.T.A.R. would like to especially thank Nicole Mahig, Afshan Haq, Christina Talavera, Nicholas Amster, Dana Hetzel, Rosalie O'Brien, and Paulette Porfyris for their assistance to the STAR Bake Sale by either donating baked goods to our table or assisting in selling goods at the table during Common Hour.
S.T.A.R. was able to raise money to support the variety of upcoming programs both this and next semester.

The next upcoming S.T.A.R. fundraiser will be Dining to Donate at Applebees in Fresh Meadows. Come out and join the S.T.A.R. Coordinators and members for dinner and a good cause.

Did you see the amazing cupcakes? Which was your favorite? Sunshine? Mickey Mouse? Despicable Me?