Hellenic Classical Charter School Students Travel to Athens, Greece and London, England for Research
A team of five sixth grade students from the Hellenic Classical Charter School will be visiting the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece and the British Museum in London, England for a six-day research expedition from January 13th to January 19th, 2016. Mr. Petros Fourniotis, theatre-dance coordinator of HCCS, who envisioned this research venture, will be leading the team.
The students will receive first-hand knowledge of the Parthenon Sculptures and will gather information they will use to create a theatrical performance to compete at the New York City level of the National History Day Fair.
For years, the National History Day program has provided students with opportunities to learn historical content and develop research, thinking and communication skills through the study of history. Under this year’s theme of “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange,” the students are creating a script entitled “Lord Elgin and the Six Sisters.”
Their research concentrates on the controversial removal and transport of the Parthenon Sculptures from Greece to Britain, by the Earl of Elgin, in 1801. More specifically, the students are interested in the “Caryatid,” which are six female statues originally used to support the porch of the Erechtheion Temple at the Acropolis in Athens. One of those original six “sisters” was removed by Lord Elgin and is now on display in the British Museum.
The research trip will include a guided tour of the Acropolis and interviews with both the President of the New Acropolis Museum, Dr. Dimitrios Pandermalis, and Senior Curator of the British Museum, Dr. Ian Jenkins, who is an expert on Ancient Greece, specifically Ancient Greek sculpture.
This life changing experience would not have been possible without the support and generous donations of families and friends of the Hellenic Classical Charter School. This intellectual experience for the students is due to the commitment of their dynamic principal, Christina Tettonis, and HCCS school board.
"This is a proud moment for HCCS! Our students will have the opportunity to build knowledge on their topic and have their questions answered by experts.”
-Charles Capetanakis, School Board Chairman
“One of my lifelong dreams for HCCS is finally coming true!”
-Christina Tettonis, Principal
For pictures of our students on this amazing adventure, please visit our photo gallery.
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HCCS Open House Dates
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:00am
HCCS will be closed on Monday, February 8th in honor of Chinese New Year.
Students return to school on Tuesday, February 9th.
HCCS will be closed on Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 19th for mid winter recess.
Students return to school on Monday, February 22nd.
HCCS at a Glance for 2015
HCCS is celebrating its 11th anniversary and its second charter full term renewal!
HCCS has been designated a Reward School by The New York State Education Department
*A Reward School is a school that has made the most progress/has the highest performance with no significant gaps in student achievement.
HCCS ranks among the top charter schools in New York City for exceeding targets in
Student achievement – Rigorous Instruction- Collaborative Teachers- Supportive Environment- Trust- Effective Leadership
HCCS is the winner of the 2015 New York City & New York State History Day Fair - Performance Category
97% of parents feel that teachers work closely with families to meet student needs.*
99% of parents are satisfied with the education their child receives at our school.*
98% of parents agree that their child is safe in our school.*
97% of students feel safe and comfortable with the teachers at our school.*
* NYC DOE school survey 2015
49% met State standards on the NYS English Language Arts assessment*
*exceeding the district, city and state
67% met State standards on the NYS Mathematics assessment*
*exceeding the district, city, and state
98% of 4th graders met the NYS Science Assessment/ 70% of 8th graders met the NYS Science Assessment
100% of 8th graders in the Integrated Algebra Regents course passed
73% of 8th graders in the Earth Science course passed
100% of 8th graders in the Greek Regents course passed
96% Average daily attendance
Our eighth graders are accepted to top NYC high schools including specialized, screened, public and Catholic schools
Seven year partnership with Teachers College Columbia University Reading & Writing Program
Eleven year partnership with The Greek Government
Urban Advantage, a middle school science program
Sports and Arts in School Foundation, after school middle school programs
Research Initiative with The Brooklyn Public Library
Project Green Reach at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Studio in a School Art Residency
Mighty Milers Physical Education Program; NY Road Runners Developmental Track & Field; The Young Runners Program
Carnegie Kids; NYC Ballet Nutcracker Project; Musical Explorers; Author visits; The Peace Project
HCCS is one of the first charter schools approved to start a Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program.
First Grade “Cityscapes” art mural selected for exhibit at US Embassy in Japan
Hellenic Classical Charter School is a Schools That Can National network member
HCCS hosts study groups to NYC educators on Paideia Seminars 2014
Featured on The Today Show for our student government election process 2012
Hellenic Classical Charter School 5th Grade kicks off The NBC Education Nation Summit 2012
Featured in The Daily News for making the largest reading gains in fourth grade 2012
All Eighth graders are provided with free SHSAT test preparation
Proud member of The Junior National Honor Society
Proud to participate in Student Community Service projects
100% HCCS teachers participate in peer reviews
All students receive Greek Folk dancing lessons
Student art work displayed at Christies & Studio in a School Art Exhibits
Students in elementary grades receive chess lessons (funded by our PTA)
Students in middle school receive Latin instruction
Congratulations for the completion of our new gymnasium, stage and performing arts studio 2015
HCCS won FIRST PLACE in the New York State History Day Fair performance category held in Cooperstown, New York. The theme was Leadership and Legacy in History. The title of our performance: OXI- Ioannis Metaxas 1940 A Single Word Gives Hope!
HCCS represented New York State at the National History Day Fair earlier this month.
Congratulations to our winners:
Amado, Chloe, Skye, Christina and Vanessa.
A huge thank you to Petros Fourniotis, Kevin Linehan and Eva Monaco!
HCCS proudly announces the members of the
Red Bulls Soccer team
visited HCCS and spoke to children in grades 3-8 about
the importance of hard work, dedication and practice.
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Our 8th Grade Graduates and their High Schools
Specialized High Schools
- Stuyvesant High School
- Staten Island Technical High School
- Brooklyn Technical High School
- Laguardia High School
NYC High Schools
- Archbishop Molloy High School
- Academy for Health Careers
- Benjamin Banneker Academy – Medical Program
- Bishop Ford High School
- Bishop Kearney High School
- Bishop Loughlin High School
- Brooklyn College Academy
- Brooklyn School for Global Studies
- Brooklyn Preparatory High School
- Brooklyn High School for the Arts
- Catherine McAuley High School
- City Polytechnic High School for Engineering, Architecture & Technology
- Dr. Susan McKinney School of the Arts
- Fontbonne Academy High School
- Fort Hamilton High School Honors Program
- Fort Hamilton High School
- High School of Sports Management
- High School of Telecommunication Arts & Technology
- Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences
- Midwood High School - Humanities
- Midwood High School - Medical Science Institute
- Notre Dame High School
- Pace High School
- Professional Perfoming Arts High School
- Reperatory Company High School for Theatre Arts
- Saint Saviour High School
- Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology and the Createive Arts
- St. Edmunds Preparatory High School
- Victory Collegiate High School
- Xaverian High School – Honors Program
- Xaverian High School
- Xavier High School – Ignatius Scholar Program
- Xavier High School
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