Signing on the Uncommon Banner

Uncommonly terrific: Seniors at the Uncommon Charter School proudly wave their college banners at Signing Day in May.


Three cheers to the students at Uncommon Charter High School. The graduating seniors proudly displayed the banners of the colleges they will be attending this fall during the traditional Signing Day last month.

“Senior Signing Day is an important tradition at Uncommon Schools,” said principal Thomas O’Brien. “It not only celebrates the hard work that our seniors have put in over several years, it shows the students in middle school and our underclassmen that this is what’s waiting for them.”

One of the students, Travis Charles, admits he had an attitude. He was hanging out with the wrong crowd and his behavior was becoming more and more aggressive.

“I got in trouble a lot, and I wanted to leave,” Travis recalled. “I didn’t like all the work and the long hours and the uniform.”

He stuck it out and now is heading off to the State University of New York at Buffalo in the fall, and plans on majoring in architecture or engineering.

Fellow graduate Darien Bondswell had a similar story.

“I was trouble during middle school,” he said.

That’s when his teachers would talk with him about his future and about how his behavior was getting in the way of his dreams. It finally started to sink in.

“My teachers never gave up,” he said. “For that, I am very grateful.”

Darien is headed to Mercy College in September.

Before the graduation ceremony, Travis, Darien, and fellow students strutted across the stage to their favorite songs, and waved the banner of their college of choice.

Standing O wishes all of the graduates a very successful future.

Uncommon Charter High School [1485 Pacific St. at Brooklyn Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (718) 638–1868].

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We’re No. 1!

Five stars and to the Level I Trauma Center team at New York University Lutheran Medical Center. After a rigorous review by the American College of Surgeons, the group was actually the first in the five boroughs to receive the verification of its state-designated Level I trauma center.

A Level I trauma center is the highest trauma-response designation given to hospitals in New York State and indicates the facility is in the best position — equipped with the extensive medical expertise and necessary resources — to treat the most severe of trauma cases.

“We are proud to be the first American College of Surgeons-verified Level I adult trauma center in NYC,” said Dr. Robert Lee Davis, director of trauma at NYU Lutheran. “NYU Lutheran has a long history of providing care to the most critically injured patients since we were designated New York State Regional Trauma Center. Achieving ACS Level I status demonstrates NYU Lutheran’s commitment to providing the highest-quality trauma care to our community.”

Standing O offers congratulations to the healing center.

New York University Lutheran Medical Center [150 55th St. at First Avenue in Sunset Park, (718) 630–7000].

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We’re No. 1: New York University Lutheran’s Level 1 Trauma Team from left, Dr. Galina Glinik, Dr. Maria Roberto, Dr. Anthony Kopatsis, Meslyn Smalling, Dr. Pieter Smit, Dr. Robert Davis, Dr. Sharique Nazir, registered nurse Helen Costello, Doreen Prindle, and Polina Meyman.

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