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Pioneer Charter School graduates 45 students tomorrow

Posted by Christina Jedra  June 13, 2013 02:07 PM

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The following was submitted by The Pioneer Charter School of Science:

The Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett has a lot to celebrate with its second graduating class. This is the first graduating class that has been at the school for the whole six years since the school has opened. There are many success stories coming out of this year's class of 45 including the over 10 million in scholarships awarded. The graduation will take place on Friday, June 14th at 6:00 PM at Faneuil Hall. The Commencement speaker will be Senator Sal N. DiDomenico (D-Everett).  Many of the students came to PCSS struggling with academics and low MCAS scores yet have thrived in this unique environment. This year's graduates are heading to such schools as Cornell, MIT, Boston  University, UMass and Boston College.  

The PCSS curriculum focuses on developing strong math and science skills and many of the graduates plan to pursue careers in the math and science fields. The students must pass 5 math and 5 science classes in order to graduate. Students must also complete 40 hours of community service. The school has a 200-day school calendar, extended days (7:30 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.), tutoring until 4:30, homework make-up until 5:30 and “voluntary” Saturday classes for students who need extra help (many do).  MCAS scores have consistently shown PCSS students surpassing both state and district averages in all subjects and grades. 

WHEN:     Friday, June 14 at 6:00 PM

WHERE:   At the Great Hall (Faneuil Hall) Boston 

WHO:        Students, faculty, family and the local community including Commencement speaker Senator Sal N. DiDomenico Senator D-Everett. A special science speaker will be Yvonne Spicer, vice president for advocacy & educational partnerships at the Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®).

Pioneer Charter School of Science (PCSS) is a charter school serving students in grades 7-12.  The school's goal is prepare educationally under-resourced students from all backgrounds in Chelsea, Everett, and Revere for today’s competitive world. PCSS provides students with a rigorous academic curriculum with emphasis on math and science, balanced by a strong foundation in the humanities, a character education program, career-oriented college preparation, and strong student–teacher–parent collaboration. For more information log onto http://www.pioneercss.org.

Here is some information about the senior class:

45 graduates on Friday.
76% of the senior class qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship based on MCAS Proficiency.
All seniors that applied to college were accepted.
o 4 students are going to Boston College: Kesla Silaj (Everett), Osamase Ekhator (Revere),  Kelly Powers (Saugus) and Danielle Tortora (Saugus)
o 2 students are going to Northeastern, 1 student going to Cornell, and 1 student going to Boston University
o Our valedictorian, Jasmeet Arora (Saugus) is going to MIT (she was also accepted to Princeton).
o Our salutatorian, Sahar Hamadi (Medford) is going to UMass-Amherst. Sahar is also published at Harvard for her work interning there.
o 13 students or 30% of the seniors are getting full scholarships for college.
o 1 student, Marie Janvier (Everett), is joining the US Army.
o Marie is also our all-time leading point scorer in basketball and made the game-winning layup for our first school playoff victory.
o 19 students or 43% are going into STEM related fields.
o There was over $10.7 million in scholarships raised by the senior class.
o Other colleges that students are going to: Assumption College, Bunker Hill Community College, Cornell University, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Gordon College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Newbury College, Nichols College, North Shore Community College, Northeastern University, Regis College, Saint Joseph's College, Salem State University, Suffolk University, UMass-Amherst, UMass-Boston, UMass-Lowell, University of New Hampshire, University of North Florida, and Westfield State University
In total, our senior class combined for 4070 Community Service Hours, thats about 24 weeks straight (or half a year) of Community Service.
Andrey Mendes (Malden) contributed 800 hours of community service (5 weeks).
Jasmeet (Saugus) has always written a poem for our End of the Year Ceremony, while Taylor Resteghini (Everett)- our student body president - reads it.
Jasmeet was also the first officer in the State Student Advisory Council for PCSS.
The senior class won 1st place in the Everett Public Library competition 3 years in a row.
Every student does a senior project in their senior year: some amazing projects were the following:
o Taylor wrote and is publishing a children's book about South Africa.
o Daniel Gaviani (Revere) published his short stories on Amazon under the pen name - Mark Alvarez.
o Osamase Ekhator (Revere) is airing a documentary about the history of comic books on Revere Public Access.
o Pedro Calegari (Everett) raised over $300 for the Boston Strong fundraiser for his senior project.
o Kevin Sandoval (Chelsea)composed music that is being played at the beginning of the graduation.
o Talita Elizeu (Chelsea) ran the Be Bold Be Bald Campaign for 2 years at PCSS and raised about $2,000 for Cancer Research
Other accolades:
o 3 seniors completed the Tough Mudder Race - Pedro Calegari (Everett), Johnn Vasquez (Boston), and Daniel Dias (Revere).
o 2 seniors placed Silver and Bronze in the ISWEEP and Genius Olympiad (both international science competitions). Jasmeet Arora (Saugus), Samir Khoulani (Saugus).
o Samir Khoulani was also a State Semi-Finalist in the Biology Olympiad in 2012.
o The Chorus, led by senior Andrey Mendes (Malden) won the Gold Medal at the Great East Adjudication Festival at Six Flags in 2013.
o The History Team, led by Jessica Cashman (Saugus) and Andrey Mendes won its first ever playoff game and reached the Nationals 2 years in a row.
o Kesla Silaj (Revere) and Rosanna Corrado (Everett) were both PCSS 2013 Talent Show winners for performing the History of Dance.



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