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Salsa Dancing comes to West End

 News  mbeck  28-Mar-2015 11:10  0  960 reads
Salsa Dancing comes to West End

The New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church had this Saturday a Salsa dance class for its members.

Last year Cincinnati broke the Guinness Record in Largest Salsa dance. The very popular "Salsa on the Square" Thursdays events will start again on Thursday, May 7th.

In appreciation for the free lesson volunteered by Michael Beck, they have donated $110 to the "Code for Kids" initiative that is currently being implemented at Hays-Porter Elementary School and the Taft Information Technology High School

The donation will be used for materials and supplies for the kids. 

The "Code for Kids" has two immediate goals:

1) To increase participation in IT of women and underrepresented students of color in the Greater Cincinnati area. We believe that a basic understanding of software engineering provides a set of fundamental skills that is vital, both to the child's future and the future of Cincinnati's economy.

2) To improve problem solving and critical thinking by teaching kids how to code. Coding encourages them to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology they use.

By successfully implementing this initiative, we will create the foundation for transforming the West End neighborhood into a high-tech hub.

Taft IT High School starts first interviews of their ...

 News  mbeck  17-Mar-2015 22:40  0  1178 reads
Taft IT High School starts first interviews of their customers for Web Development

Taft IT High School students conducted their first "customer interview" with Mr. Payne, for whom they will be developing a brand new Website. 

Requirements gathering is an essential part of any project and project management, and by working on a real-life Web project, the students are learning practical skills that will help them to be successful in the future. Some of the criteria the students have gathered for this project were:

- Business Objective for the Website
- Website Design
- Website Features

As next steps, the students will work on identifying Best Practices for Websites in similar categories, and design a prototype for the Website.

More pictures are in our Photo Gallery

Celebrating International Pi Day (Saturday, March 14th)

 News  mbeck  17-Mar-2015 22:00  0  1242 reads
Celebrating International Pi Day (Saturday, March 14th)

Last Saturday, March 14th, was a very special day, as it was most accurate Pi Day of the entire 21st century. 

Pi Day is celebrated every March 14 in honor of the mathematical constant pi. The symbol used by mathematicians to represent the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter is the lowercase Greek letter π, sometimes spelled out as pi. In English, π is pronounced as "pie"  

This year, the calendar date aligned with two additional digits of pi, 3.1415, which won't happen again until March 14, 2115.

And by taking additional five digts of Pi, 3.141592653at 9:26:53 AM the world was celebrating the "Pi of the Century".   

Thanks to the wonderful support from the Cincinnati Museum Center, and especially Terry Dickey and Regina Hall, we were able to offer to students of Cincinnati schools for free a very special program at the Cincinnati Museum Center that included fun activities in a STEM Lab, tour of the Museum of Natural History and Science, and OMNIMAX movie. As an extra souvenir each student received a T-Shirt and a gift back. 

Big Thanks to our wonderful sponsors:

- Cincinnati Museum Center
- SHPE Foundation
- GE Aviation
- Duke Energy
- Luxottica
- World Financial Group, Inc.
- RRight Now Communications, LLC and Regina Carswell Russo
Regina Tojo

More pictures are in our Photo Gallery

It was a great team work and we'll do it again next year
#piday #cincymuseum #shpe

Hays Porter Elementary School hosts "Family Prom"

 News  mbeck  17-Mar-2015 21:50  0  972 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  1060 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  780 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  1123 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  6546 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  1351 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  1880 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  3949 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  1139 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  845 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  1630 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  895 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  1168 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  1714 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  1367 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  1582 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  1831 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

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