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Hays Porter Elementary School hosts "Family Prom"

 News  mbeck  17-Mar-2015 21:50  0  905 reads
Hays Porter Elementary School hosts "Family Prom"

Following its annual tradition, Hays Porter Elementary School hosted on Friday, March 13th, a "Family Prom" event. 

About 300 students, family members, teachers, staff members, and supporters, including members of the local police deparment,  munched, sang, danced and had some overall fun at this event in the school's gymnasium.

Family Prom is sponsored by FamiliesFORWARD as one of its student/family-engagement programs at the school. While a DJ provided music, family members could also have their portraits taken at the event.

More pictures are in our Photo Gallery

Hays Porter's "Geek Squad"

 News  mbeck  17-Mar-2015 21:40  0  1002 reads
Hays Porter's "Geek Squad"

The Hays Porter Elementary School, has now own "Geek Squad

Several 1st Graders have received the required training, and now are in charge of setting up computers for testing for other students. This includes connecting to power supply, powering up, and connecting to CPS Website.

It is just another example of how Hays Porter Elementary School is preparing its students for the "Digital Age" 

Cincinnati Police Chief Blackwell visits Hays Porter ...

 News  mbeck  17-Mar-2015 21:30  0  732 reads
Cincinnati Police Chief Blackwell visits Hays Porter Elementary

On March 10th, Cincinnati Police Chief Blackwell visited Hays Porter Elementary School, where he shared with the students stories about his career and childhood.

He also motivated the students to work hard in school and to always put your best foot forward.

Hays-Porter Elementary School students honor boxing champ ...

 News  mbeck  13-Mar-2015 01:30  0  1036 reads
Hays-Porter Elementary School students honor boxing champ Aaron Pryor

Students of Hays Porter Elementary School honored yesterday the boxing legend, Aaron Pryor

See video from Local 12

The school recognized Mr. Pryor as part of their "Black History Month" program.

Aaron Pryor was World Junior Welterweight Champion from 1980 to 1985 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996. Pryor was voted by the Associated Press as the #1 junior welterweight of the 20th century in 1999.

Taft IT High School starts Web Development after-school ...

 News  mbeck  06-Mar-2015 04:30  0  6450 reads
Taft IT High School starts Web Development after-school program

The Taft Information Technology High School has started a new after-school program for its students focused on Web Development. 

Under the supervision and direction of school teacher Ms. C. Beamon and Mr. Michael Beck, a project coordinator of an Open Source project XOOPS (www.xoops.org), the students will be introduced to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students will learn how to critically evaluate website quality, learn how to create and maintain quality web pages, learn about web design standards and why they're important, and learn to create and manipulate images. 

With this knowledge students will gain the skills and project-based experience needed for entry into web design and development careers, as well as generate some income while still in school. 

Hays Porter students share what they've learned in a ...

 News  mbeck  04-Mar-2015 20:40  0  1242 reads
Hays Porter students share what they've learned in a computer class

Meet Destiny and other students from Hays Porter Elementary, a Cincinnati Public School, learning computing.

While most students in this after-school program are in 5th grade, Destiny is in the 2nd grade. She came two weeks ago accidentally to the class, because something else was canceled and she needed a place to stay while waiting for her parents. I've asked her if she would like to learn how to design a video game instead of playing one, and she was interested. We've used the curriculum from www.code.org, as we do with other students, to introduce her to some basic computing concepts.

Last week she came back! This time she was able to follow some basic instructions and design her very first video game.

We don't know if Destiny will stick to this and if she will develop strong enough interest in computing to pursue a career in this field. But at least she is exposed to the possibilities and is learning how to solve problems and be creative! She doesn't have a computer at home, so this after-school program is helping her to get her first "contact" with computers and immerse herself in "digital literacy" 

This week, several students of Hays Porter Elementary School, incl. Destiny, have shared what they are learning and what they are working on, and these are their stories in this video:

Destiny and her friends are the future of West End, and by helping them to discover the world of technology so early in their lives, we are making an important step toward transforming West End from a high poverty neighborhood to a high-tech powerhouse of Cincinnati, centered around Taft High School, the designated "Information Technology" High School, adopted and mentored so wonderfully by Cincinnati Bell

We are looking for a corporation to adopt "Hays Porter Elementary School", and help us to make it a "technology school", similar to what Cincinnati Bell did with Taft High School (see: http://goo.gl/96RWZ5 and http://goo.gl/cpuoVY). 

Any takers? 

Channel 5 TV visiting Computer Class @ Hays Porter ...

 News  mbeck  27-Jan-2015 09:30  0  1812 reads
Channel 5 TV visiting Computer Class @ Hays Porter Elementary School

Channel 5 TV visited our After-school Computer Class @ Hays-Porter Elementary School to learn more about West End community's initiative "Code for Kids" to build a pipeline of IT students in West End.

This initiative is sponsored by SHPE,  BDPA, and WIT & XOOPS Project, and supported by 7 Hills Neighborhood Houses, Taft Information Technology High School, FamiliesFORWARD, and UC School of Information Technology

The kids, most of them in 5th grade, are exploring the limitless world of computing - they learn computer programming as well as game design. 

The goal is to prepare them for entering West End's own Taft Information Technology High School, and later  UC School of Information Technology, in case they would like to have a career in computers.

 

More pictures are in our Photo Gallery

Hays-Porter Elementary School starts After-School Computer ...

 News  mbeck  20-Jan-2015 09:10  0  3325 reads
Hays-Porter Elementary School starts After-School Computer Program

Hays-Porter Elementary School started its first After-School Computer Program!

Students, mostly from the 5th Grade, will learn basic computer skills based on the K-5 curriculum developed by Code.org 

This elementary school curriculum allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons, and by the end of it, students can create interactive games or stories that they can share with anyone. 

The goal is to prepare them for entering West End's own Taft Information Technology High School, and later  UC School of Information Technology, in case they would like to have a career in computers.

The students will be also exposed to various ways of using computers in their area of interest. For example, those interested in art could learn how to create a painting using a computer drawing program, or how to compose a song, or even how to create a video commercial. 

Four Hays-Porter students make Silver Status @ Squash ...

 News  mbeck  19-Jan-2015 08:20  0  1071 reads
Four Hays-Porter students make Silver Status @ Squash Academy

Four of West End's Hays-Porter Elementary School students participated in an induction ceremony at the Cincinnati Squash Academy (formerly the Emmanuel Center) on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015. The students received an award for making Silver Status, due to their hard work on and off the court, perfect attendance, and mastering several skills.

Fifteen Hays-Porter students in grades 3-5 participate in the program at the Cincinnati Squash Academy where the students are learning how to play the game of squash and they will have an opportunity to travel and compete against other teams starting this summer. Students also receive academic tutoring in reading and math at each practice. Kudos to these students and our new partnership with the Cincinnati Squash Academy.

One of the students, Michael White, was even featured in the national “Squash Magazine” last month:

Mike White

$11.2M redevelopment of historic school may breathe new ...

 News  mbeck  10-Jan-2015 13:10  0  790 reads
$11.2M redevelopment of historic school may breathe new life into West End

As Cincinnati Business Courier stated:

"A team of New York-based developers have purchased a number of properties in the West End, and a recent tax credit from the State of Ohio may spark the first major redevelopment investment in the historic district in decades.

In 2012, Zada Development purchased two historic school buildings from Cincinnati Public Schools for $60,000 each at auction. The two schools sit within a block of one another in the Dayton Street Historic District and have sat vacant for the better part of the last decade."

More info: Business Courier: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati ... ic-school-may-breath.html

West End Community provides feedback reg. Sands School lot

 News  mbeck  10-Jan-2015 09:50  0  1523 reads
West End Community provides feedback reg. Sands School lot

The West End community gathered on Saturday, Jan. 10th, 2015, at the 7 Hills Neighborhood Houses center to provide a feedback on what to do with the former Sands School lot. 

The Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, Procter & Gamble, & the Cincinnati Zoo will fund the conversion of the Sands lot (to be donated by the Whitsett Group) to park & recreation space as well as the remodel the 7 Hills Center's interior over the spring & summer of 2015.

The feedback is an important part of ensuring that the West End community is engaged and involved in the decision making process, as they will be the ones using it. 

There are more pictures from the event in our Photo Gallery

What do we want to do with the former Sands School lot?

 News  mbeck  09-Jan-2015 07:10  0  819 reads
What do we want to do with the former Sands School lot?

A community planning meeting will be held to discuss: 

  • Your park and recreation ideas for the old Sands School parking lot, 
  • Recycling at the Findlay Street Center & in the West End, & The Center's new broader mission to help the West End become a prosperous and healthy learning community. 

Why? 

The Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, Procter & Gamble, & the Cincinnati Zoo will fund the conversion of the Sands lot (to be donated by the Whitsett Group) to park & recreation space as well as the remodel the Center's interior over the spring & summer of 2015. 


Who 

Youth, adults & seniors are all welcome to share their ideas. 


Location 

901 Findlay Street in the gymnasium of 7 Hills Neigborhood Houses  

It's Free, and Snacks and refreshments will be provided

West End Community celebrates Christmas at Seven Hills ...

 News  mbeck  23-Dec-2014 12:10  0  1124 reads
West End Community celebrates Christmas at Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses

As every year, the West End community got together to celebrate Christmas at the Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses center (http://www.7hillsnh.com/)

Great event with wonderful performances by the kids!

Hour of Code @ Hays Porter Elementary School

 News  mbeck  12-Dec-2014 03:00  0  1611 reads
Hour of Code @ Hays Porter Elementary School

Today we had "Hour of Code" training session @ Hays Porter Elementary School!

The "Hour of Code" is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.
Visit http://hourofcode.com/us to learn more about it. 

We were very proud that several kids from West End participated in this worldwide event, incl. students of Taft Information Technology High School, which hosted on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, the Cincinnati Kick-off for "Hour of Code"

Hour of Code @ Hays Porter Elementary

Hour of Code @ Hays Porter Elementary School

More pictures are in our Photo Gallery

We appreciate very much the help from the Principal of the Hays Porter Elementary School, Ms. Nedria McClain and the school's Resource Coordinator, Ms. Richara Richardson

In January 2015, Hays Porter will be offering "After-School Computer Programming Course" based on the curriculum from www.code.org.  It will be a part of the "Code for Kids" initiative organized by SHPE, BDPA, and WIT, and supported by XOOPS Project 

Cincinnati Kick-off for the "Hour of Code" at ...

 News  mbeck  10-Dec-2014 00:10  0  1271 reads
Cincinnati Kick-off for the "Hour of Code" at Taft IT High School (Dec. 8, 2014)

We just had a wonderful Cincinnati Kick-off at the Taft Information Technology High School as part of the worldwide "Hour of Code" initiative happening right now Dec. 8-14, 2014

More pictures are in our Photo Gallery

Thanks to the help of PG Sittenfeld Office, we were able to receive a proclamation from Mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley, in which he proclaimed December 8th, 2014, "Hour of Code Day" in Cincinnati! 


To learn more about "Hour of Code" and to participate, please visit www.code.org

The "Hour of Code" is coming to West End (Dec. 8 ...

 News  mbeck  04-Nov-2014 00:00  1  1513 reads
The "Hour of Code" is coming to West End (Dec. 8 - 14, 2014)

Join the Hour of Code December 8 - 14, 2014

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

Last year hundreds of organizations joined together to create fun introductions to programming for all to learn. This year the goal is to get 100 million participants from all across the globe.

Let's make sure that ALL West End children have the opportunity to have their "Hour of Code"

Taft IT High School hosting public viewing of the movie ...

 News  mbeck  03-Nov-2014 02:10  0  1783 reads
Taft IT High School hosting public viewing of the movie "WEB" on Monday postponed till probably April

Change of Date: The event has been postponed till probably  April

At that time there will be a public viewing of the new documentary called "WEB" at the  Taft Information Technology High School.

The movie follows Peruvian families living in remote villages in the Amazon Jungle and Andes Mountains as their children experience the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, gaining access to the Internet for the first time. The preview of the movie is here:
http://vimeo.com/106111815

There is also an article from NYT giving some background info:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/20/opinion/wiring-the-amazon.html

The goal is to to bring together organizations, companies, teachers, as well as children from local schools and their parent, to make them aware of IT opportunities in the global world, and to promote IT Education.

The  Cincinnati Kick-off to the worldwide "Hour of Code" Initiative will take place as planned, on Monday, Dec. 8th, 6-8 PM

See more information here

Code.org workshop @ Taft IT High School (Nov. 1, 2014)

 News  mbeck  03-Nov-2014 01:40  0  1387 reads
Code.org workshop @ Taft IT High School (Nov. 1, 2014)

Code.org has developed an elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing- at no cost for schools. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged”activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate.

On Saturday, Nov. 1st, Taft Information Technology High School hosted a 1-day workshops to prepare educators and content-area teachers (librarians, tech-ed specialists, etc.) to introduce computer science basics in a format that's fun and accessible to the youngest learners (grades K-5). The workshop covered content for all three courses and teachers received the supplies they need to teach the course- at no cost.

For more information, please visit http://code.org/educate/k5

West End Community/Citizen Youth Scientists Presentation

 News  mbeck  29-Oct-2014 11:20  0  1631 reads
West End Community/Citizen Youth Scientists Presentation

At the September meeting of West End Community Council, we had the opportunity to see an excellent presentation by the "Community/Citizen Youth Scientists" from Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses (see below). 

It was truly inspiring to watch this engaged and motivated group of young local students, mostly from the Taft Information Technology High School, who took the time to come up with ideas and their perspective on how to "create a clean neighborhood where families can feel comfortable, safe, and civil". 

The West End: Looking Back, Looking Forward

 News  mbeck  27-Oct-2014 12:00  1  1420 reads

On Wednesday, November 12 at 7 pm in Mayerson Hall, local historians scholars, and consultants discuss an historic Cincinnati neighborhood.

Moderator: Dan Hurley, host of Newsmakers on Channel 12, local historian and director of Leadership Cincinnati at the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

Panelists:

Terry Grundy, director of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Cincinnati; adjunct associate professor at UC; and colleague and personal friend of Dan Ransohoff
Carl Westmoreland, senior historian (NURFC ) and advocate for the West End community
Dr. Gary Zola, executive director of the American Jewish Archives, which holds the Ben Rosen photographs
John W. Harshaw, Sr., author of Cincinnati’s West End ( 2009)
Scott Gampfer, director, History Collections and Preservation, Cincinnati Museum Center, which holds the Daniel Ransohoff and George Rosenthal photographs

Program support provided by the Daniel J. Ransohoff Lectures Fund of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Reservation Information:

Free and open to the public.

Reservations requested by calling Jen Mendelson at 513-487-3098 or jmendelson@huc.edu.

More information: FotoFocus Biennial

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