MCNDHS Student-Athletes Receive a Wingate Awards

posted Jun 19, 2017, 12:33 PM by Michael Toise

What is a Wingate Award? The PSAL Wingate Fund was founded in 1903 as the Public Schools Athletic League with a combined purpose of financing and administering the athletic programs of the New York City Public Schools. In 1995, PSAL Inc., and the Wingate Memorial Foundation merged to become the PSAL Wingate Fund which continues the tradition of honoring and supporting the PSAL athletes of New York.

Winners of the WINGATE AWARDS for 2016-17 at MCNDHS

Yaohui Chen
Coach, Riaz Jurney

A Chinese immigrant, Yaohui is an honor roll student. He dominated the table tennis circuit and excelled in basketball, volleyball and badminton. Yaohui will be attending Queens College, where he plans to continue 

pursuing his academic and athletic interests.

Abdoul Sangare

Coach, Mark Dorman

Abdoul is from Ivory Coast and has been in the United State for three years. He wasted no time becoming an active member of his school community as a member of the soccer and table tennis teams. He hopes to do the same when attending Monroe College in the fall.

MCNDHS Men's Soccer Multiple Pathways Championship

posted Jun 2, 2017, 5:55 PM by Michael Toise

Congratulations to the Men's soccer team on their Championship victory over Liberty High School on Wednesday, May 24. It was an exciting match up between the two rival schools. With many Eagles fans looking on ( thank you for your support ), the Eagles opened the game with a 2 goal lead. Liberty countered with 2 goals before the end of the half. The Eagles regrouped in the second half with a powerful defensive line and an aggressive forward line scoring 3 more goals and shutting down Liberty to end the game  5 - 2. Excellent goal keeping by Demiraldo Grunasi stopping multiple shots on goal. Goals were scored by Brandon Tejada, Andres Lora ( the leagues leading scorer ), Wendy Julien ( 2 goals) and Mohamed Sylla. A BIG shout out to Coach Hadji for all his hard work and dedication to our  young men and  the soccer program. Another shout out to CDI for their continued support and lastly, a big THANK YOU  to all the teachers and administration for going extra mile to help our athletes balance their academics with their sport. 
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Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School Students head to Washington DC

posted May 31, 2017, 4:00 PM by Michael Toise   [ updated May 31, 2017, 4:00 PM ]

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Mayra and Fei have been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2017 Student Conservation Corps & Congress (Sc3) in Washington DC.  

As environmental leaders in the school and community, and nominated by Mr. Malinas, they have been invited to participate in the Congress from June 25th-July 1st as U.S. Green School Fellows. 

They will be among the approximately 100 student leaders, selected from across the United States and beyond, to represent the school and state at Sc3 2017, hosted by the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the nation’s premier conservation training facility

Voter Registration in the Main Lobby May 31 - June 12

posted May 31, 2017, 3:35 PM by Michael Toise

Voter Registration in the Main Lobby May 31 - June 12
  • Periods 5/6 in the day
  • Periods 13/14 in the night

Voter Qualifications


To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States (Includes those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virg
  • in Islands).
  • Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.
  • Be 18 years of age before the next election.
  • Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).

The Eagles Table Tennis Advances to the Finals

posted Feb 3, 2017, 1:46 PM by Michael Toise   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 1:47 PM ]

The Eagles Table Team Team soars to the finals. The table tennis team played five matches last night against International Community High School winning all their matches. They advance to the Championship game against Lower East Side Prep Monday, 2/6/2017 at 4:30. Spectators are welcomed. Go Eagles!

The Great Cookie Bake December 2016

posted Dec 22, 2016, 1:39 PM by Michael Toise   [ updated Dec 26, 2016, 12:10 PM ]

I know every year people wonder where all of the holiday cookies come from. Were they baked by elves? Well the answer, based on the photographic evidence, is clearly no. But I can promise you that you they were baked with a spirit of gratitude and appreciation by our students (and principal) for all of the work our faculty and staff do throughout the year. So, don't forget to pick yours up on Friday.


Below are a few snapshots of the team at work. 

School Quality Snapshot

posted Dec 2, 2016, 1:46 PM by Michael Toise   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 1:47 PM ]

From Abidjan to NYC: A Young Immigrant Reflects

posted Nov 16, 2016, 2:13 PM by Michael Toise

Mohamed Fofana (Photo by Tatiana Flowers for Voices of NY)

Mohamed Fofana (Photo by Tatiana Flowers for Voices of NY)

Mohamed and his older brother were eager with anticipation when they boarded a plane that would start them on their journey to the U.S. two years ago. They would finally get to try those American burgers they’d only seen on TV.

Mohamed Fofana, then 18, had spent more than a decade of his life wondering when he and his brother would finally move to the United States, reunite with their parents, and meet their younger siblings.

When he was one, his father, who worked many odd jobs to make ends meet, moved to the U.S. to start a better life financially. When Fofana was five, his mother left to join his father in America. Mohamed and his brother, Ibrahim, were left behind in Côte D’Ivoire with their grandparents.

For 13 years, Fofana’s mother would phone and repeat the same refrain. “Next year, you’ll come to the United States,” Fofana recalls her promising. “You just need to work hard at school. If you pass all your classes with a high grade, we’ll bring you here, and you will continue with your studies.”

They used to send him American clothes and all of his friends would “ooh” and “ah” over his newest pair of Michael Jordan sneakers. Everybody in his town thought he was cool.

It was February 2014 when the two Fofana brothers finally boarded a plane for the two-day journey from the Ivory Coast to the U.S. They stopped over in Cairo and arrived in New York City in the midst of heavy snowfall. Mohamed was wearing a light hoodie when they landed in New York City.

Fofana’s father was waving to them and he thought, “Who is that guy over there?” He finally understood it was his father, only to be greeted by his younger sister, who was born here, saying: “Are you really my brother?” That was the first time they met.

Although Fofana had been separated from his parents for more than 10 years, he never really missed his father. “I didn’t build that relationship. You miss someone when you actually live with that person,” he now says.

“Home Alone”

Once they reached home, Fofana thought they were at the wrong house. He wasn’t expecting to live in an apartment, and he surely wasn’t expecting a place like Harlem.

In West Africa, he’d watched music videos by Nelly, Michael Jackson, and Akon and all the TV shows and movies he’d seen like “Home Alone” portrayed one kind of America – suburban America. So, naturally, he thought his home would be just the same.

“I didn’t know there was such a place called Harlem, where there is a high concentration of just black people. At first, I saw some homeless [people], and I thought, no way, I couldn’t imagine seeing a homeless [person] in the U.S.” He remembers seeing a pregnant homeless woman on the street and thinking: How come nobody is helping her?

Within a couple of days, he noticed that people didn’t speak to each other. Back home in Abidjan, it had seemed as though everybody knew one another. Families were close-knit and neighbors were always willing to share food and supplies. Now he doesn’t even speak to his neighbors. He thinks people here are extremely private and addicted to their mobile phones. Furthermore, he thinks New York City’s education system is “weak,” that it’s just about memorizing and regurgitation of information. In the Ivory Coast, he says, schoolwork and going to school was much harder. You had to pay for every single one of your materials and classes were much bigger, leaving the teacher with a harder task of focusing on each student.

When Fofana phones his family back home, he tells them casually, “it’s like hell living here,” but they never believe him. “I just try to deal with it,” he said. “I don’t run from it. It’s difficult, but the thing is, there’s a lot of opportunities here, and if I graduate, I might get a job, and that doesn’t necessarily happen in my country.” This hope, he said, is what motivates him. “I’m just thinking about my future.”

He stresses that one of the hardest adjustments here is the language barrier. It took him nearly two years before he felt comfortable enough to hold a fluent conversation in English. When he arrived here, all he spoke was French and Mandingo.

During high school, he took full advantage of the extra help English teachers offered. They often told him to be patient because learning English would take time, and to slow down when speaking, so that people could understand him. “When people realize you have an accent they don’t give a damn about you. For them, it means you don’t speak English.”

 People still look at him peculiarly sometimes, but he doesn’t care anymore. “That’s their business,” he now says.

Fofana’s high school math and programming teacher, Linda Eng, said he became a bit more acclimated during his second year here, once his English was fluent. “He dressed a little differently and just wanted to fit in with every other high school student,” a shift she sees in almost all of her international students at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School. When she met him, she remembers, he was always very polite and always raised his hand in class. “He was just an overall good person,” Eng said.

She says most of her students who are immigrants agree with Fofana; America isn’t like what they see on TV. But, she says, not all of her students value the classroom the way Fofana does.

“I’ve noticed a portion of immigrant students who come here and have this serious, do whatever it takes to succeed [attitude]. They work, get good grades, and will do whatever it takes to make it in America.”

“I miss the weather”

Now 20 and a student at SUNY New Paltz, Fofana is studying computer science. Although he’s still working on getting acclimated, he yearns for a vacation to re-visit his country. He hasn’t been back since he moved here, and he says he doesn’t necessarily want to stay here.   He misses the camaraderie-like atmosphere of his neighborhood in Abidjan. “I lived there for 18 years, so pretty much all my life is there. I miss my friends, family, my grandfather. I miss the weather,” he said.

Fofana has a plan: get a job and succeed here, something that’s a lot harder to accomplish in Côte d’Ivoire. But he doesn’t plan to abandon his country. If the opportunity arises, he wouldn’t be opposed to bringing his computer science skills back to the Ivory Coast to start a business to benefit the people of his country. Fofana says he wouldn’t turn his back on his country, because he loves it.

People in the U.S. have a skewed perspective about Africa in general, Fofana says, because of what they see on TV. “The only thing [the media] shows is malaria taking over some poor area in Africa. It’s like, those people are savages, they don’t eat,” he said.

“Well, there’s cities in my country and we got a lot of resources. If you really want to know what Africa is like, buy a ticket and you will see the difference from what they show on TV,” he said. “It’s not the same thing.”

New MCNDHS Brochures in Chinese Spanish Haitian Russian Korean and French

posted Aug 3, 2016, 9:04 AM by Michael Toise   [ updated Aug 3, 2016, 9:29 AM ]

Is someone you know interested in attending MCNDHS in September?

Share with them a brochure written their native language. 

See the links below.

More languages are coming soon!

Read About Graduation June 2016

posted Jul 15, 2016, 12:33 PM by Michael Toise   [ updated Jul 15, 2016, 12:36 PM ]

Read the two excellent stories on Graduation 2016 in Sing Tao and the World Journal.


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