1999-10-30 / Columnists

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by Stuart L. Astor

Project Achieve is an Attendance Improvement Dropout Prevention (AIDP) program that involves the concerted and collaborative efforts of many members of the staff and school community. The program provides an environment that allows students to identify with a small group of peers working to achieve successful academic performance.

In the past, the whole school community was divided into "Houses," each with a special focus. These have been redesignated as "Teams," named with colors--red, green, blue, orange and rainbow--divided according to student's last names or, in the case of bilingual students and incoming freshmen, school standing. The program includes a transitional link coordinator, who works with our special education population. This restructured program model was developed under the direction of Principal Thomas Cunningham through Project Achieve Coordinator Odalys Igneri and the Project Achieve Committee.

Under the supervision of an assistant principal, each team is assigned a team coordinator, a guidance counselor, a dean, a representative of a community-based organization and several teachers. Additional team support comes from Pupil Personnel Services through the attendance teacher, attendance coordinator, family assistant and clinic personnel. This staff comprises various committees, which meet regularly and work cohesively to improve the learning environment for our students.

In coming months, look for Project Achieve team competitions and events designed to improve student pride in the new Far Rockaway High School. One such event was last week's Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly, planned by Project Achieve and hosted by Coach Les Sabbah. Next week, Project Achieve staff will be available for questions during the school's open house on Wednesday evening, November 3. All parents of seventh and eight graders throughout Queens and all interested members of our local community are urged to attend. A buffet supper will be served at 5:00 p.m. Programs and tours will be held from 6:00 to 8:00.


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