Friday, September 25, 2009

Graduate Portfolio

Profile of CSI High School for International Studies School Graduate


The goal of CSI High School for International Studies is to graduate students who posses the knowledge, skills and habits of mind necessary to work and live in the 21st century global environment.


CSIHSIS graduates are Academically Prepared. Upon leaving school, each CSIHSIS student:

  • Is intellectually curious, has a desire for life-long learning, thinks critically and effectively organizes his or her own efforts to learn.
  • Has earned a high school diploma with course credits required for entry into any institution of higher learning.
  • Is prepared to successfully engage in college-level coursework and complete a college degree or other post-secondary certification.


CSIHSIS graduates are Proficient Thinkers and Problem Solvers. They:

  • Demonstrate a capacity for mathematical analysis, scientific processing, and logical reasoning.
  • Hold themselves accountable for moral reasoning and ethical decision-making
  • Transfer their learning and problem-solving skills across domains, and articulate the interconnectedness of their learning.
  • Understand and use the arts and literature as lenses through which to view society and culture, as well as to express ideas and emotions.
  • Understand and engage complex problems, collect, analyze and synthesize information from a range of sources, tolerate ambiguity and uncertainty, and produce potentially viable solutions.


CSIHSIS graduates are Culturally Aware. They:

  • Know world geography, including the locations of major world regions and cultures, as well as human and environmental interaction, and how geography influences cultural development.
  • Understand the contributions of different world cultures to the ways of life in the United States.
  • Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of at least one culture very different from their own and recognize the role that language plays in shaping culture.
  • Understand the historical development and contemporary beliefs, values, and characteristics of major world cultures.


CSIHSIS graduates are Aware of World Events and Global Dynamics. They:

  • Understand the multiple perspectives of current world events, international issues, and global debates.
  • Integrate a thorough knowledge of their own culture and country to become a fully enfranchised and participatory global citizen.
  • Understand global dynamics – how world economic, political, technological, environmental and social systems work and are interdependent across nations and regions.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of at least one pressing international issue or problem.


CSIHSIS graduates are Literate for the 21st Century. They:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the skills essential to communication and learning (reading, writing, analyzing, listening, and speaking) both in English and one or more languages other than English.
  • Develop and present information in an articulate, persuasive, and appropriate manner – orally, visually, in writing, and through digital communication tools.
  • Critically evaluate the presentation of information through various formats and technologies (media literacy).


CSIHSIS graduates are Collaborative Team Members. They:

  • Understand how individuals work together in a team and work as collaborative team members to achieve a goal and to learn from people from other cultures.
  • Are aware of and able to reflect upon their role and contributions as a member of a team and demonstrate an understanding of the value of doing so.
  • Appreciate and are respectful of the diversity of contributions, learning styles, and strengths of individual team members.
  • Welcome of differences in interpretation and judgment, are receptive to other’s views, and revise and expand their own views.


CSIHSIS graduates are Effective Users of Technology. They:

  • Evaluate sources of information for bias, validity, and scholarly integrity
  • Proficiently use essential computer and communications technologies and demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate applications thereof.
  • Proficiently use a multitude of technological tools for communication, presentation and data analysis.
  • Use technologies to communicate and work across national and regional boundaries.


CSIHSIS graduates are Socially Prepared and Culturally Sensitive. They:

  • Comfortably culture jump by choosing appropriate language, behaviors, and strategies of interaction.
  • Demonstrate respect in their communication, decision-making, and actions.
  • Actively listen to and carefully consider the perspectives and opinions of others.
  • Demonstrate ethical decision-making skills, self-control, and the ability to make responsible choices that contribute to continuous self development. **
  • Have emotional intelligence including self-knowledge and the ability to manage emotions. **
  • Make healthy lifestyle decisions including personal wellness, fitness, and relationships; they will pursue physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • Resolve conflicts peacefully and fairly.






* Adapted from Houston School for a New Society Graduate Profile

** from Smart & Good High Schools, Lickona and Davidson, 2005, pg 23

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


The International Insider surveyed freshman parents at Simulated School Night to find out how they feel about CSIHSIS for their child, whether they approve of our school environment, and how they feel our school will help their child succeed in the future. Read on for some of their comments:

"By attending a smaller school, my child get individual attention."
"I feel that this school is a great learning place. From the first time we went to the Open House, I just loved it. You could feel a warm, family friendly environment."
"He seems happy so far because he gets Japanese, which he really wanted."
"The environment is very good. I feel it is safe for my child."
"I feel that they will prepare my child with a diversified education in worldly events an different cultures. She will have knowledge of everything that is happening in the world today and that will giver her a great start in college."
"I am hopeful that you will give my child the tools he will need to succeed and grow into a young, intelligent adult. My child is part of the future."
"I feel that it is a safe place. The principal and assistant principal are always watching our for the children's safety. They can be seen in the a.m. in front of the school."

Monday, September 21, 2009


Attention Seniors and Juniors

The following colleges will be visiting our school in the near future! If you are interested in speaking with representatives from these school please come to Room 242 during B Block. Make sure to get permission from your advisor or your teacher prior to coming to the meeting!

Wednesday, September 23rd - Fordham University - B block Room 242
Tuesday, September 29th - Macaulay Honors - B block - Room 242
Thursday, October 1st - St. Francis College - B block - Room 242
Tuesday, October 27th - St. John's University - B block - Room 242

Coming soon: Senior Day at College of Staten Island!

Seniors will have the opportunity to learn about all CUNY schools and programs and to actually experience college classes.

Learn About SUNY (State University of New York) Schools

When: Thursday, September 24 at 4:30 pm
Where: The Jacob Javits Center

High school seniors and their families are invited to join SUNY representatives for a program designed to provide information and answer your questions about the college search process and all that is available to undergraduates at The State University of New York.
For more info on this event visit

Thursday, September 17, 2009

CSIHSIS Welcomes Parents to Simulated School Night

On Tuesday, September 15th CSIHSIS hosted its Simulated School Night. Simulated School Night provides parents an opportunity to experience their child's school day as they go through an abbreviated school day following their child's program. It is a way for parents to meet teachers, to become informed about the content and skills their children will be learning in each of their classes, the goals the teachers and students have established, and how they can support their children's learning and achievement. We are proud to say that more than 200 families participated in this event.

In addition to meeting their child's teachers, parents also met with Ms. Horowitz and Mr. Canale. During that meeting Ms. Horowitz proudly shared our school's, our students', and our staffs' accomplishments. Our inaugural class had 92 seniors. 90 students graduated in 2009. Of the 90, 61 graduated with Regents Endorsed Diplomas and 18 graduated with Advanced Regents Endorsed Diplomas. Our students were accepted to a wide range of prestigious colleges and universities including Brown, Penn State, Howard, MacCauley Honors College, University of Chicago, Hunter, Fordham, Indiana University, SUNY Stonybrook, NYU, RPI, and Northeastern.

Over the summer our students continued their learning through a variety of internships including internships with the Mayor's Office and with The Hungerford School, by attending Business Camp, by participating in the Start Talk Chinese Language Program, by taking college courses at College of Staten Island, by participating in our first ever Freshman Summer Academy, and most recently, 3 of our students were among the 12 selected as delegates to the United Nations Secretary General's High Level Summit on Climate Change.

Additionally, our teachers and administration continued their learning throughout the summer attending Alan November's Conference on Building Learning Communities, a conference on digital storytelling, travelling to China and learning new ways of teaching mathematics, participating in an intensive journalistic writing institute at The Washington Post, and experiencing the culture and doing community service in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

We look forward to continuing our learning throughout this year as we build and strengthen our learning community. In October we will be hosting exchange students from Switzerland, having our NHS induction ceremony, taking the PSATs, having an overnight college trip that is generously subsidized by our PTA, having a senior college day at College of Staten Island, participating in The Giving Project, having our first Student Led Conferences, and more. Thanks to our wonderful staff and students our school year is already off to a great start. We are excited about the great achievements our students will make this year and can't wait to tell you all about them!

Spanish Teacher Experiences Buenos Aires

Hola! I wanted to wish a great year for all the students of CSI HS and especially my Advisory and Spanish classes!
I also wanted to share with you one link of an organization in Buenos Aires I was volunteering for this summer.
It has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life and I encourage every one of you to volunteer and make a difference in someone's life.
My advisory will be working on educating other students about this particular organization so soon you should be reading some of their posts!

Hasta pronto!
Senorita Surowiec

Saturday, September 12, 2009

CSIHSIS Commemorates 9/!1

Once again CSIHSIS students remembered those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as those who performed heroic acts engaging in the resuce. CSIHSIS students today recognized 9/11 as a National Day of Service. To honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks and in the aftermath students collected funds to donate to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in the name of fallen firefighter and Staten Island resident Daniel Libretti. Students pledged to do service for at least one member of our school community on 9/11 in addition to the service learning projects they do throughout the year.

In the spirit of 9/11 as a National Day of Service and to foster tolerance and global awareness, in their advisories students brainstormed how they can be of service to our school community, the Staten Island community, and to our global community as the first step towards designing their service learning projects. As always, we are proud of our students' generosity and their willingness to give of themselves in service to others.

Further, a segment of our junior students' summer project involved learning about different perspectives on 9/11 as well designing and creating a memorial to those who lost their lives as a result of the attacks. To view our students work, visit our school where it is displayed in the showcases in our main lobby.

To support the Memorial and Museum and to learn more about 9/11 as a National Day of Service visit their site at

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Great First Day!!!

Yesterday was a great first day.  Wishing all of you a wonderful school year!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Of the twelve students selected as delegates to the United Nations Secretary General's High Level Summit on Climate Change, three are from College of Staten Island High School for International Studies. Congratulations to seniors Simit and Adefola and to junior Abetola on their selection by UNICEF to participate in this Summit to collaborate with world leaders on the issue of climate change and what should be done about it. (You can read about how climate change has affected Simit and his family in the comments to our earlier posting announcing the Summit!)

Student delegates are currently spending three days collaborating with one another and UNICEF leaders to prepare for the summit, which is taking place at the United Nations on September 22, 2009. Delegates will participate in the Opening Session of the SG High Level Summit on Climate Change and the First Spouses Luncheon on climate change and children. Student delegates will greet the leaders outside the Secretariat and hand over a personal narrative or "ask" on climate change. Thereafter, student delegates will narrate a five minute film on climate change solutions during the 8 minute long opening session of the Summit. Students will produce this film during their preparatory sessions. They will also participate in the Summit Closing Session. We are confident that our student delegates participation in the Summit and the preparatory program will benefit them educationally and will be an invaluable opportunity.

Monday, September 7, 2009


It is with great pleasure that the faculty and staff of College of Staten Island High School for International Studies welcome back the classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 and warmly welcome the class of 2013! We are looking forward to an exciting year filled with wonderful learning experiences both in and out of the classroom including welcoming exchange students from Switzerland, a sophomore, junior, and senior college trip, a Freshman Unity Day, more amazing editions of The International Insider, a 10th grade Model United Nations Simulation, Junior Rite of Passage, Senior Capstone Fair, a senior film festival, our second graduation, and more!

All freshman should report to school on Wednesday, September 9th by 8:30 am and proceed to their advisory class. All sophomores, juniors and seniors should report by 9:15 am and should proceed directly to the auditorium where we will have our traditional Opening Ceremony.

All students are reminded that your summer project, which counts in all of your classes as well as towards your Advisory grade, is due on September 9th. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 8th for program pickup and for the start of a fabulous school year filled with great accomplishments on Wednesday, September 9th.