Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fashionable Times Principal's Message 10.25

Greetings Fashion Families from your Principal Daryl Blank.  We are officially in the second marking period, so make sure your children are starting off strong and you are checking Jupiter Grades everyday to know where they stand in their classes.

This past Thursday, we celebrated the official opening of the Falcon Health Center with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.  Along with our student government and HSFI Parents Association President Monique Anderson, attending the ceremony was NY State Assembly Member Dick Gottfried; Department of Health Deputy Commissioner George Askew; staff from the Institute for Family Health who are the medical providers at the center and representatives from the NYC Department of Education.  .

On Monday, Department of Education Chancellor Farina will be visiting HSFI to highlight our College Access work that includes our APPS college prep classes, guidance support, Youth Leaders and Bridge Coaches.  Chancellor Farina will be highlighting a SAT School Day pilot program that HSFI will be participating in this March where all 11th graders will be taking the SAT on a school day in school for free.  We at HSFI are thrilled to be part of this program that will be a reality for all schools starting next year.  There will be newspaper and TV press there at the event and I will let the entire HSFI community know about the coverage as it becomes available to me.  

There are volunteer opportunities available for HSFI parents to get involved in our different school committees.  There are four main committees:
(1) Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports / Fashion Dollars Committee
(2) Academic and Career & Technical Education Accreditation Committee
(3) Advocating & Preparing for Post-Secondary Success Committee
(4) School Safety Committee
If you are interested in joining, please contact me via email at

Please make sure you continue to check out The Fashionable Times Blog where we will include all the important information you need as Fashion parents.  The website link is:

Friday, October 16, 2015

HealthCorps Weekly Update

Hello Fashion Falcons and welcome back! HealthCorps is extremely excited to be providing weekly updates through our Fashionable Times Blog. 

A quick summary for those of you who don't know what HealthCorps is: 

HealthCorps® is a 501 (c)(3) founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award-winning host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.
HealthCorps Coordinators lead unique in-school and community programming designed to foster physical and mental fitness, particularly among high-need populations. The Coordinators serve as peer-mentors who deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, exercise and mental strength to students nationwide. For more than a decade, the HealthCorps program has inspired its participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. And the HealthCorps schools have served as Living Labs through which we can explore the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis, as well as discover, communicate implement and advocate for national and regional solutions.
Today, the program network spans 44 schools in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Ultimately, HealthCorps’ goal is to extend the reach of its program to an ever-wider network of American communities. To that end, in 2012, we introduced HealthCorps University, a train the trainer professional development program that makes available the HealthCorps principles and curriculum to virtually any school, community or organization.
(Find more information at our website:

HealthCorps had a great year last year! Here are some highlights:

MLK Day of Service: Last winter, five dedicated students attended the Church of Holy Trinity Soup Kitchen in honor of a day of service for MLK Day. At the soup kitchen, students practiced cooking safety skills, learned about ways to prepare large and healthy meals, learned about the proper ways of serving to guests, and practiced engaging with members of the community. The students had a great time and felt really good about being given the opportunity to give back to those in need.
In School Health Fair: Last spring, approximately thirty students were chosen to help plan and to execute the first annual in school health fair. The health fair included twelve booths that were named, created, and organized by the students to raise awareness about topics surrounding the HealthCorps curriculum (physical fitness, nutrition, and mental resiliency). Students were able to attend the health fair with their teachers and classes and were able to enjoy free prizes, a live DJ, food, and a special guest, former NBA player, Felipe Lopez.
HealthCorps Annual Gala: Last spring, one student was selected and invited to attend the HealthCorps annual Gala. HealthCorps hosts a gala each year as a fundraiser to be able to provide more programs and events for students and schools across the country. At the Gala, the student was responsibility for presenting a poster board about building a community to guests of the Gala during a mini-health fair. The night included lots of great food, entertainment, and special guests.
Highway to Health: Last spring, six students were chosen to attend HealthCorps' annual Highway to Health festival. Last year's Highway to Health was held at Southstreet Seaport on a beautiful, spring day. This was a free event that was aimed to raise awareness and teach the local community about HealthCorps and its mission. The students were responsible for running a Hydration Station booth where they taught visitors about the importance of staying hydrated and about ways to make drinking water more fun! Highway to Health included a lot of free prizes, free demonstrations, free consultations, free food, and live entertainment.
Stay tuned each week for more updates from HealthCorps. For more information, please contact Ms. Goodell.
Instagram: healthcorps_fashionhs
Facebook: HealthCorps at Fashion HS

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Student Events

Masquerade Ball/Halloween Dance
Come one, Come all to the RIP 90’s -Masquerade Ball/Halloween Dance.  
Tickets will be sold Monday –Friday during lunch periods 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Presale Ticket Prices
HSFI Students
HSFI Friends
Tickets at the Door

There will be music, games and spooky treats!! Costumes are welcome, but not required. 
 October 23rd Senior Dues Deadline
The deadline to pay Senior Dues is on Friday, October 23rd. Please bring your money orders to Ms. Vasconcellos in room 829 during periods:
 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 M-Th and 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 on Friday.   

All money orders must be written out to The High School of Fashion Industries.  Only money orders received with the Senior Dues form filled out and signed be legal guardians will be accepted. (If you are paying for other items besides senior dues i.e. Prom and senior jacket, please have separate money orders for each item).  After October 23rd, items may be purchased individually.  
For questions or more information, please see Ms. Vasconcellos in room 829. 

Past Events:
Club Fair
This past week, we were able to welcome hundreds of students to the annual Club Fair where 36 clubs were represented. A special thank you to all of the club advisors and  club officers who came to represent their clubs.  If you have an idea for a new club, you may submit a proposal for the Spring 2016 semester to Ms. Vasconcellos in room 829. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fashionable Times Principal's Message 10.12

Greetings Fashion Families from your Principal Daryl Blank.

This past Friday we had an amazing College T-shirt Day where practically the entire staff participated by wearing shirts from the college they attended.  We have created a wonderful college going culture with our college prep classes, Youth Leaders, Bridge Coaches and this annual event!  On Monday, October 26, HSFI will be showcased by the Mayor’s Office and NYC Department of Education for our college access work.  The Mayor or Deputy Mayor, NYC Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg and the press will be here to celebrate the great work we do in this area of focus.

This Wednesday we will be administering the PSAT to our 11th grade students.  Our seniors will be going on college trips on this day.

This Wednesday and Thursday, we will be having the NY District Attorney’s office to speak to our students about Cyberbullying and its seriousness.  Most of the student conflicts here at HSFI (and probably the world) are the result of some negative interaction in the virtual world.  9th and 10th graders will in the auditorium on Wednesday for this presentation.  11th and 12th graders will attend this presentation on Thursday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


National Honor Society Mentoring

National Honor Society Mentoring 

Parents and Guardians, HSFI’s National Honor Society has an exciting new opportunity for your student. National Honor Society student leaders will be available for academic support and mentoring to help your student succeed at Fashion Industries. This program is available to all students daily from 2:55pm to 4:30 pm in the Charles Nolan room adjacent to the Library, room 501. Students can take advantage of assistance with projects, homework, study skills, organization and day to day strategies for their academic achievement. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Adamczyk, or Mr. Rau,

 We look forward to seeing your student!

Study Abroad at Fashion High

by Ms. Chavez

I have been blessed in my life. Even if I don’t have a lot, I have experienced a lot.
I have always said that there is a reason and a purpose for every thing you do and everyone you meet in your life.
When I had the opportunity to study abroad in college, I didn’t look at it as ‘I can’t because I don’t have money’, instead I thought of it as ‘This will get done, it’s just figuring out HOW’. That was the kind of thinking I was taught to have. To always think of the ways it can get done instead of the reasons why it WILL NOT happen.
Along on the ride was my friend Dionne, who was studying with me at FIT and actually graduated from Fashion High the same year as I. She wasn’t sure about going, and I thought her crazy to pass up an opportunity such as that one. I told her ‘Di, you will become a more coveted candidate when you apply for a job!’ When an employer of a company sits with you for an interview, the fact that you studied abroad makes a grand statement about you:
  • Your willingness to be open to other cultures teaches adaptability and assimilation
  • Your ability to travel independently makes a statement towards your level of maturity and responsibility
  • The knowledge you can acquire about another country and its people can serve you and your potential employer
  • And so much more that I want you to Discover on your OWN
Dionne came with me and this is her 10th year at Victoria Secret!
My journey led me to meet so many interesting people, some that I still to this day have in my life. One of them is Gaia. She is a free-spirit, strong, unrelenting and very assertive young woman that I immediately befriended and after 5 short years in Florence still kept in contact with.
Now Gaia happens to have as an aunt, a very amazing lady named Gabriella. As strong, as free-spirited and as unrelenting about education. This is where I immediately loved her.
It turns out that Gabriella founded this amazing school in Florence – Florence University of the Arts  and they have been to our school, the High School of Fashion Industries. The first year they hosted a leather workshop for our students and staff and introduced one of the many beautiful things Florence is known for – Leather. Students were able to make beautifully simple iPad cases out of soft nappa leather. And the year after our students had the chance to enjoy one of the other amazing things Florence is known for – their Food! Students had an amazing time and I really hope that some of them really make Studying Abroad a Reality and not just a Dream..
Taking on the brilliant opportunity to study anywhere else in the world (New York City is also a very coveted location to study in, therefore consider yourselves very lucky) is a chance to brighten your future with a great career, great learning experiences and great friends. Thank you to my Stars Above for friends like Dionne, Gaia and now Gabriella..
For Gallery view of this post CLICK HERE

This past summer Ms. Chavez and Ms. Sostre had the amazing opportunity to chaperon four young ladies in Florence, Italy 

Evelyn, Matylda, Giselle, Diana and Zo (not shown)

Florence University of the Arts will be presenting their programs in the PRINCIPALS CONFERENCE Rm 821

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29th from 4-6 p.m.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fashionable Times Principal's Message 10.4.15

Greetings Fashion Families from your Principal Daryl Blank.  Please make sure you continue to check out The Fashionable Times Blog where we will include all the important information you need as Fashion parents.  The website link is:


This Monday marks the first ‘First Monday’ where students will start school later and be dismissed from school early so that our staff can meet in teacher teams for professional development.  Students who begin school 1st period will start at 8:30 am.  Students who begin school 2nd period will start at 9:09 am.  Students who finish school after 8th period will be dismissed at 1:43 pm.  Students who finish school after 9th period will be dismissed at 2:22 pm. 


This Friday is our annual College T-Shirt Day.  A large majority of our staff will be wearing a t-shirt, sweatshirt or some sort of gear from the college that they attended.  The day will hopefully have a motivating effect on our seniors who are beginning to work on their college applications and get our 9th, 10th and 11th graders thinking about the college process. 


It was great to have so many parents attend our first Parents Association meeting this past Wednesday.  It would be great to have such a large turnout every month.  Here are the names of the Parents’ Association officers:



HSFI Parents Association


Monique Anderson


Teresa Bailey

Vice President

Dawn Powell


Madeline Jaszczak


Bianca Ausby

Title I

Jerry Dixon

Title I

Althea Abrahams

Parent At Large

Dawn Berardino

Parent At Large

Jerry Dixon

Parent At Large

Joselyn Henriquez

Parent At Large

Marcia Narita

Parent At Large

Esther Ohene-Asa

Parent At Large

Michele Ramacca

Parent At Large


Thank you!