Explore NY

A New Way to Look at Rensizzle


Rensizzle Enrichment WeekNovember 26-30, 2012
Thank you to staff and students who made this year’s Rensizzle Week the most successful Rensizzle enrichment week ever. We shook things up a bit this year by actually offering 2 Rensizzle experiences, one in the fall focusing on exploring our great city, and one in the spring that included all those favorite athletic Rensizzles, such as cycling and Sports Variety, and added exciting new sports such as Archery, Rock Climbing and Parkour!

The key elements of the fall program (Explore NY) were:

1) Planning and Curriculum: This year we added an unprecedented amount of PD for Rensizzle group leaders, and made sure that each cluster had 2 adult leaders. Each cluster was required to have a curriculum and timeline developed collaboratively with the students. These curricula are posted on each cluster’s wiki, which will be the repository for texts, images, photos, video and audio documenting each cluster’s experiences. We are supporting each group with help planning trips, consultant support and learning experiences that will engage our students in deep-thinking, deep-questioning, and deep FUN.

2) Supports, Enrichment Grants: We have many partnerships, parents and others that may be available to us during Rensizzle Week, to help develop a strong cluster. Ask early for what your group may need.

3) Renaissance is a K-12 School. We always aim to share the Rensizzle experience with our K-6 students through an targeted, enriched week including outside partners, enriched programs including HS and MS students working with elementary classes and a stronger coverage schedule for missing arts, language and PE classes. This year we welcomed our partners, Dance 4 Peace, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Storyteller Jonathan Kruk and visual artist Izumi Vincent.

This Year’s Clusters: