UCHS Juniors Visit Colleges


By Isabel Arce, Elise Smith, and Kelly Castillo

At Uncommon Charter High School, they aspire to motivate students to succeed and go to college. With that goal of sending students to college, in October the junior class embarked on a two day college trip where they toured campuses, spoke with current students, and attended information sessions. This experience of college can motivate students to study a major and understand, not only the expectations of college, but the advantages they can get out of it in the future.

Alia Johnson, a current Junior, was on trip 2 and went to Binghamton, SUNY Cortland, and SUNY Oneonta. Johnson enjoyed visiting colleges that had the major she was interested in.

“I was really interested in one of the colleges because it had a good science program,” Johnson said. “I’m interested in majoring in biology.”

Alia’s friend Jahlia , who went on the same college trip, also described her experience.

“We got to see a lot of opportunities, a lot of different college campuses, meet new people, and see how diverse it was,” Jahlia said. “There were many other colleges in one campus, so it’s like different opportunities in one campus”. Jahlia wants to go to college so she can have a stable life when she gets older, to support her expensive habits.

Juniors visit Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Jaline McCallum, another junior, went to Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, and Gettysburg. When asked if these trips inspired her she said, “I really liked Franklin and Marshall and Dickinson, and it influenced what schools I’m considering applying to.”

Every year these trips allow students to better understand the college experience and help clarify their goals. Next fall these rising seniors might be going to one of these colleges.


Varsity Basketball: Preseason Preview

By Jonathan Mayers

We are less than a week away from the start of the 2019-2020 PSAL Varsity season! The Uncommon Times sat down with Team Manager Aljay Lawes to look into the Sabers expectations for this season.

Uncommon Times: Where did they leave off last season? What are the stakes?

Aljay Lawes: Well, last year we finished 3rd we were two wins away from championship glory, we felt pretty  disappointed after that loss to Fannie Lou. This off season, the guys have been in the gym working on their game and just perfecting their craft. I’ve seen major improvement in Shannon’s game.

Uncommon Times: How do they feel looking forward?

Aljay Lawes: This year, we are going to pick up where we left off we going for the borough title first, and then we are looking at that city and state championship. Initially, I was going to join and play my last year with the guys, but I got injured so Coach Drew offered me a spot as the team manager so I took this opportunity.

Uncommon Times: What is the relationship like with Coach Drew ?

Aljay Lawes: Coach Drew is like an advisor for me and the guys. He makes sure we are good on and off the court, he wanted me to be in this position because he knows I know the guys more than he does, that’s why you never see us alone we are always together.

The Sabers look to redeem their defeat in the semifinals and try again with a breakout season in the 2019-2020 year. The Sabers go on the road to Maxwell High School on November 19th.

Top Five Games on Your Phone

By Arkeen Dunlap

Why do people play games on their phone? Well, some people can’t get behind using controllers, and people want to play games wherever they are. Here’s my top five list of games you can play and download.


1. Mario Kart Tour

People love to have one of their favorite childhood video games playable on their phone for free.


2. Fortnite Mobile

For people who do love Fortnite, it is nice to have fortnite on wherever you go.


3. The Sims Mobile

It is convenient to have the ability to watch over your city wherever you are.


4. Call of Duty Mobile

Finally, you don’t have to bring your console or PC somewhere to have fun COD matches against each other.


5. PUBG Mobile

Nice to have a battle royale experience on the go.

Uncommon Times: Advice for Quarter 2

It’s a new quarter at UCHS, full of promise and potential. To help their fellow Sabers start the quarter strong, the staff writers from the Uncommon Times offered this advice.


For quarter two I think everyone should do their homework every night. You get started off with a clean slate so you should take advantage of it! I know I don’t focus well at home and I get distracted easily, so I stay back with my teacher and get it done — that way if I need help I can ask, and I’m also getting my work done leaving me time to chill at home.

  • Adia Brooks, Grade 10

Sabers should find a way to relax to reduce anxiety for test and IAs. They also should find a way of studying that best suits them to prepare for those tests.

  • Elise Smith, Grade 10

Do your homework because if not it can bring down your grade and gpa average. Use all the practice you can to master each topic.

  • Iyana Wilson, Grade 10

Keep up with the homework and make sure that it doesn’t catch up and stress you out later. Pace yourself well so that you will get enough sleep!

  • Shania Brown, Grade 10

Keep in mind that teachers are here to teach and help you. Use them to catch up, get ahead, and get on top of your work. If you think a teacher doesn’t like you… it doesn’t matter! Feelings are feelings but your grades help your future ❤

  • Rodley Charles, Grade 10

In quarter 2 in order to keep your grades up,make sure to complete all your homework and turn it in on time, and study for tests and quizzes. If you have office hours or after school activities make sure to attend them.

  • Kelly Castillo, Grade 10


UCHS Students Attend Climate March

On Friday, September 20th an estimated 250,000 people, including me, showed up at Foley Square, ready to walk to Battery Park. Most of us were students who just walked out of class to join the fight against climate change. Teenagers filled the streets of Manhattan in unimaginable heat, all sweating but chanting “hey hey, ho ho, climate change has got to go!” Us young kids of the world are going to inherit this world that our parents have left behind, but our world is dying.Climatemarch

The global climate strike was organized by 16 year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Many are astounded that such a young girl planned one of the largest global strikes in history, but this just goes to show that no one is ever too young to fight to make a change in the world. In her speech in Battery Park, Thunberg said “we will hold those who are the most responsible for this crisis accountable..and we will make world leaders act, we can and we will.”     

Seven of UCHS’ own sabers left after 3rd period to participate in the march. “It’s inspiring, “ said UCHS teacher Ms. Samlalsingh, “It’s inspiring to  know [we] are the ones in charge of the future” and it fills her with hope. 

Other participants had similar reasons for attending. For instance, Ms. Kitchens believes that it is important that her students have a world to live in.

“When we think about education we think about empowerment,” Kitchens said. “but what is more empowering than giving students a voice to actually enact change in their community. ” 

Many teens are advocating for climate change above all the other issues they could be fighting for because, climate change is “a present issue…for humanity as a whole and…the United States government has obviously refute[d] the basic evidence that shows that it’s a current issue.” says Basil Henry, a junior at UCHS. 

The world is at stake and it is our job as young adults to take the lead and fight the power because as many signs read:

                       There is no Planet B

Douglas Tallies 33, Sabers Two Wins Away From PSAL Glory

By Jonathan Mayers Class of 2021

The Sabers (21-2) continued their historic PSAL playoff push with a dominant 62-36 win over Jane Addams High School last Sunday. For the first time in school history that the Sabers have advanced to the PSAL B Division Final Four  In previous years Jane Addams has defeated the Sabers, but a full presidential term later, the Sabers demolished this team from the Bronx.

The Sabers remained consistent throughout the entire game on both the defensive end, led by the relentless face guarding defense of junior point guard Quavon Daniel, and the offensive end, led by junior guard Ahzariah Douglas’ playoff career high 33 points.

Douglas got the ball rolling with a easy pull up jumper off a finessed inbound pass from junior guard Doran Williams. Despite key defensive stops the Sabers, Jane Addams took the lead in the late 1st quarter and the score was tied at the end of 1 (10-10)  The Sabers used this close score as motivation and blew the game open in the 2nd quarter.

Early in the 2nd quarter junior forward and team captain, Caleb Brown snagged his own rebound with a put back to turn on the gears for the Sabers. Douglas continued the onslaught with a layup followed by drawing a foul on a three point attempt (converting 2 of 3 at the line). The Sabers allowed their defense to flourish holding Addams scoreless for the first five minutes of the 2nd quarter while going on a scoring siege of their own capped by Brown ending the first half with a fade-away buzzer beating basket and a 17 point Saber lead (33-17).


This Saber team has fought so hard, in practice, on the court, even when they were down in games to reach to this point, and now the Sabers are two wins away from claiming their destiny and becoming city champions.

The Sabers attempt to make their city hoop title dreams reality facing tomorrow Wednesday March 13th at 6:45 PM against the #4 seed Fannie Lou Hamer of the Bronx in the 4th floor Achievement First Brooklyn HS Gymnasium.


When the White Boy Went to the Quiceñera Part TWO

By Bianca Arce Class of 2020

Click here for part one!


“Hey, Son! Where’s your vest?” yelled my father from his downward dog. I stopped at the front door, reluctantly walking back to the living room where my father was doing his daily yoga.

“Oh, uh, Ely said that I would have a hard time fitting in with one on. Besides Dad, who even wears vests anymore? I’m not going to a wedding.”

“Ok! Mr. Fashion Police, sorry if my classy suit is too much for you. That suit-” he said in his cobra position, “-in its day was a real lady magnet. Without it, you wouldn’t have been conceived my boy.”

From the home office I could hear my mom cackling and soon after started choking on her coffee.

“Don’t laugh Claire-” his voice was now mumbled as he sat in childs pose, and I, was getting increasingly annoyed.

My mother came out if the kitchen rubbing club soda over her large coffee stain. “Do you have the address?” I patted my left breast pocket and mumbled a “yep”. My dad stood up, taking out his yoga pants wedgie and standing next to my mother. They were quite a sight.

“Now, you have fun at this party ok? Be sure to dance and mingle, don’t feel the need to be a macho in front of your girlfriend.” My mother adjusted my glasses, moving her hand to caress my cheek. “Oh, you look so handsome. I hope Ely appreciates what she has.” I gave her a smile and she lit up, hugging me without giving me eye contact. She backed up and my dad stepped in.

He placed a firm grip onto my shoulder and looked into my eyes. “No kissing, no feeling up, no non-consensual sex, no-”

“Dad! What the heck? It’s a birthday, what do you think I’m going to do there?”

“You’re a young boy, and I’m not going to pretend I don’t know what goes on in that head of yours.”

“Ok I’m leaving. And it’s NOT so I can seduce my girlfriend at her cousins party, but so I can immerse myself in a rich culture that doesn’t involve skin tight leggings, for crying out loud Dad!” he grabbed a towel from the floor and covered his groin area. If I hadn’t asked him to cover up, knowing my mother, she’d probably start comparing it to mine.

I kiss both of my parents and take the car keys from the Bob Ross figurine they were hanging off of. “¡Adios mi amigos!” I said before closing the door.

“They’re going to destroy him.” said my mother before I stepped off the porch.