STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The COMMONS café, located at the Teleport in Bloomfield, was host on Thursday to The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation Awards Ceremony, during which $45,850 in grants and scholarships were awarded to more than 50 community organizations, schools and individuals.

Profits from the COMMONS café -- whose motto is "Eat Good. Do Good." -- are used entirely to benefit the foundation.  

Founded in 2011, the Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation aids non-profit organizations on Staten Island, while also providing scholarship assistance to the Nicotras' employees' children and grandchildren. Read more...

Congratulations SISCL Class of 2016!





Check out episode three of our multimedia production - Lighthouse Live: Leaders Light The Way! This new student-produced video series highlights our best practices and student work from our Leader in Me programs and curriculum.







Mr. Six's Eighth Grade Social Studies classes are learning how to take effective political action with the Generation Citizen program. Generation Citizen works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens.Through an innovative in-class curriculum, students work with local leaders to fix local problems.  Through this real-world experience, our teens are building an active democracy. 




SISCL/NYCID Robo Eagles Build Momentum in Second Tournament


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The cafeteria of IS 51 was jam-packed Saturday as some 200 students from Staten Island and Brooklyn competed in a day of head-to-head challenges with their Lego-based robot creations for the qualifying round of the annual FIRST Lego League (FLL) challenge.

Teams of students, including The SISCL/NYCID Robo Eagles put their colorful creations -- ranging in size from four to 12 inches -- through their paces on table-size white game-boards marked off with blue lines. The kids steered their robots up and down the game-board, pausing them to accomplish tasks such as clearing debris and saving animals from pollution. 



STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The cafeteria of New Dorp High School was jam-packed Saturday as some 200 students from Staten Island and Brooklyn competed in a day of head-to-head challenges with their Lego-based robot creations for the qualifying round of the annual FIRST Lego League (FLL) challenge.

Teams of students put their colorful creations -- ranging in size from four to 12 inches -- through their paces on table-size white game-boards marked off with blue lines. The kids steered their robots up and down the game-board, pausing them to accomplish tasks such as scooping up tiny balls and obstacles littering the playing field. READ MORE



SISCL Supports Build On!

This school year, SISCL is helping to fund build On, an organization that raises money to help build schools in disadvantaged countries throughout Africa. Our school goal is to raise $27,000 by June to build a school in Malawi! 

SISCL has been working diligently as a team to brainstorm and carry out various ways to earn money. Student Lighthouse Team created crafty items which were sold to students during four lunch periods the week of October 27th, earning $ 642.50 in just one week! The craft sales will continue each month throughout the year so please be aware of notices sent home with those dates! 

We have also been recycling broken crayons in SISCL’s classrooms, to melt and create fun and useful crafts for students to buy as well. As we team up together this year, our hope is to provide students in Malawi with the same educational opportunity we are so lucky to have here.

Additional ways you can help from home:





Dr. Eric Sanderson And SISCL Students Discuss Ecological Future of NYC During STEM Assembly 


Four hundred years ago, the island of Manhattan, called Manahatta, the land of many hills by the Lenape Indians, was home to thousands of different species and featured a landscape of lakes, rivers, hills and grasslands.  Today, it is a megacity with a much different ecology.  

Dr. Sanderson, a conservational ecologist, asked students in grades five through eight to consider what they would like the city to look like in the future. As part of a year-long interdisciplinary STEM project, SISCL six graders are doing just that - using a computer simulation called M2409 - to create new ecological visions of the city's future. Students then analyze carbon, water and biodiversity data as a result of  their decisions to add green spaces, solar panels and non-polluting forms of transportation.  

The school is one of 11 in the city chosen to take part in the two-year program sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

M2409 is one of many new STEM projects launched at SISCL this year. Our fifth grade students will work with an engineer to design a self-sustaining urban farm through the FutureCity program and our seventh graders are busy practicing to compete in their first Lego Robotics competition. 




With Staten Island trick-or-treaters getting ready to hit the streets, officers from the 121 Precinct hosted an event to spread awareness about pedestrian safety on Friday afternoon at the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership in Graniteville. 

About 100 students were dressed in costume for the pumpkin patch parade, held inside the school's courtyard, to receive tips on how to stay safe while trick-or-treating on Halloween. 

"It's activities like these that give our students and our families a positive image of our community partnerships," said principal Donna Nilsen. read more



Let the Penny Harvest Begin! 


The 2014 Penny Harvest Team is busy motivating students to bring in pennies to support a worthy cause. 

Split up into three teams, the entire SISCL community from administration and teachers to kitchen and custodial staff, is competing to see who brings in the most pennies.  Money is collected every Friday during AM period. The contest will run into December when the Penny Harvest Council will convene to discuss which charity will receive this year's bounty.