By Ariel Mayers and Shania Brown

The National Honors Society is a student based committee that focuses on a school’s    scholarship, leadership, service, and character.At UCHS, students in NHS focus on how they can make the school community better and what events could be put together. You can become apart of the committee by achieving a high GPA, attending the first meeting and applying to be in the club.

Bianca Arce, a senior at UCHS enjoys being a part of the exclusive club.

“I like working with people — I am a people person.” Arce said. “I remember hearing about this in 9th grade. I got the grades, and teachers told me to take on leadership roles, and I took on that  awareness about the National Honors Society.”

Arce urges people to become inspired by how NHS helps out their community. Arce has taken step like making slides that could be shown in advisory, so students have information about the events organized by NHS members.

Currently, NHS is working on providing clothes and food for families at the border. People can get involved by donating anything that they have, like old clothes that they don’t need anymore, and canned foods. Donations will be collected until January 10th in Room 210.

Fiction: Winona Ryder on a Friday

by bianca arce

“She does not look eighteen man, she’s like sixteen max.” I looked up from my ratty edition of Animal Farm and glanced over to look at the girl in question, a mysterious figure that seemingly appeared on our schools’ doorsteps last Wednesday morning. As Caleb, my best friend, (and probably the most intuitive gentlemen I know) duly noted, she didn’t really have memorable or astounding features, yet we couldn’t stop staring at her. It was Friday now.

According to Caleb, her shoulder length brown hair, brown eyes and lean build, added her up to be a four out of ten on the hotness scale.

“Fine, sixteen, so what’s that? A sophomore?” Caleb nodded, tapping his finger on his chin, making a hmm. “You know what, if she’s a sophomore, I bet David would know her, in more ways than one. You know what I mean?” he said grinning. I rolled my eyes and went back to reading, only to hear Caleb chime in again.

“It’s a sex reference. I’m suggesting he slept with her because David has been with all the sophomores.”

“Yeah I got it, you moron.” I glanced over to her, looking her up and down, taking in the features that I hadn’t noticed before. “Actually, I don’t think she’s the type, she’s reading George Orwell. People who read George Orwell don’t get laid.”

He gave me a mystified look before standing up abruptly,  declaring he had to pee, and began walking in the direction of the community greenhouse, past the outdoor bathroom.

At the end of the day, Caleb and I regrouped at a deli across the street from our school, watching as the girls and guys who ignored us most of the time, shared polite “Heys” and “Hellos”.  My gaze was following the figure of busty Teresa, when low and behold the girl emerged from the front door, the tiny chime of the crystals alerting our attention.

“You know,-” started Caleb, “-I talked to David, says he never slept with her. Said she was  ‘Too Winona Ryder’ for him.”

“The hell does that mean?”

“Did you see Winona when she was in high school, straight up looked like dude off how plain she looked, same for this chick.”

Caleb didn’t look at me when he said that, keeping his eyes fixed on “Winona”. “Well I’m glad she didn’t, she’s too good to be mixed up with that walking chlamydia ad. Besides, she’s been here for like two days, not even David can get a girl in two days.” As I was paying for my sandwich, Caleb frantically yanked on my t-shirt as “Winona” brushed up against me.

I began fumbling with my change before basically throwing it at the cashier and squealing out a “hi”. She looked up at me, then handed the man behind the counter a five dollar bill.

“Hey Steven.” She said before leaving the deli with her food, Orwell still in hand. When I heard the crystals cling again, it hit me.

“Oh shit.”


“She’s not new.”

“You’re kidding”

“No, I have Chemistry with her, I remember her now.”

“How did you forget?”

“I don’t know I guess I didn’t pay too much attention to her.”

“Told you she wasn’t memorable.”


“I’m just sayin’, she’s not worthwhile if she’s so dull-looking.”

“Yeah well you’re wrong for once.”


I turned to look at my once all knowing friend. “If she reads George Orwell for fun, she’s definitely worthwhile.”

I walked off, following her back into school, leaving my mustard-mouthed friend behind me  in shock.

Sabers Decimate Eagles in Impressive Fashion 84-37, Improve to 5-0

By Sports Editor Jonathan Mayers

Tuesday night the Sabers suited up in their classic blue and yellow to face the School for Classics seeking to improve their win streak to 5 games, and they did just that. The Sabers obliterated the eagles with a 47 point victory, ending the game with 22 points in the 4th Quarter to embarrass the eagles in their own gym.  Senior forward Caleb Brown led all scorers with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Simultaneously, senior guard Doran Williams led all scorers in the 4th quarter with a pair of back to back 3 pointers, and a pair of tough finishes at the rim. Currently the Sabers are outscoring their divisional opponents by a score of 214-113; a 101 point lead which improved them to 5-0 last night. 


The Sabers quickly ignited the fire in the 1st quarter when senior guard Quavon Daniel opened the game with a finessed finish at the rim followed by great defensive stops by Brown who ripped the ball from the defender, to allow his fellow senior guard Ahzariah Douglas to put back his own miss with an and one. 

Free throws were apart of the Saber success as well.  The Sabers were able to hit above 50 percent from the charity stripe reaching the line 34 times in the game striking 19, drawing fouls and finishing and ones allowed the to Sabers to proliferate the scoreboard in the away section. 

In the locker room at halftime despite their great play on the court, Coach Andrew Wright reminded the Sabers who they are playing for their late brother Christian Britto who sadly passed away 2 weeks ago. Coach Wright had this to say during halftime, “You guys say Sabers on 3, Christian on 6 for a reason right ? You say his name for a reason ?, he would want to be here with us right so do this for him, Let’s go!”

Following the halftime break the Sabers put on a show for eagle fans in attendance opening the 3rd quarter with a 22 point lead on the Eagles, (40-18) only allowing the Eagles to score 19 points from the 3rd quarter until the clock rang out double zeroes on the scoreboard, while they double their score and produced 65 points in the blowout win, every Saber was able to contribute in the second half and lead their team to an impressive victory. 

The second half felt like an encore of the first as Caleb stole the ball again, just one of his 9 steals (a near triple-double) which led to a furious dunk by Douglas. The leadership of Brown and Douglas allowed other teammates to get involved as senior center Justin Phillips went to the free throw line hitting one of two while sophomore guard Silverio Veras was able to get great looks at the basket.

The Sabers look to continue their hot start when they face their 4th floor arch rivals Achievement First with the mentality that there is no remorse for any team and the Sabers are coming for every team that steps foot in the gym.  The classic 1485 Pacific battle series is tied 2-2 and the next chapter starts at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday December 10th in the Uncommon Charter High School Gym. Students and staff members are free while outsiders are $3. See you there!

Sabers Power Through Slow Start, Improve to 3-0 (59-46)


By Sports Editor Jonathan Mayers

Coming off a 2-0 Thanksgiving weekend at the Canarsie High School Jamboree Classic, the Sabers powered through a slow first half start and finished yesterday’s game against the Teachers Prep Eagles with a final score of 59-46.

Senior guard Doran Williams opened up the game with a strong attack to the rim to get the Sabers off to a hot start. That momentum from Doran highlighted the defensive end as well which led to a clutch right corner 3-pointer from senior guard Quavon Daniel, sparking a clamorous roar from the bleachers full of Saber students and staff.

But, the Sabers allowed themselves to reserve energy with lackluster defense allowing the Teachers’ Prep eagles to go on a 5-0 run proceeding a timeout by head Coach Andrew Wright. Coach Wright alerted the Sabers of their poor play and echoed that Sabers needed to display attitude and control the tempo of the game. The Sabers took heed to those words, especially senior center Aljay Lawes.  Lawes made his varsity debut count with an easy basket coming out of the timeout. Lawes’ strong basket allowed his teammates to control the game and get back in their groove. Senior guard Deandre Abrams showed attitude trying to get sabers back into their rhythm with great attacks to the paint, drawing contact sinking 2/2 at the free throw line.

Although the Sabers struggled getting back into the championship mode, Sophomore guard Silverio Veras, who is preparing for his JV playoffs this week, displayed varsity potential drilling 2/2  from the line and playing great defense by drawing charges to aid the Sabers in the first half. Senior forward Justin Phillips added to Veras’ fuel finishing the half with a tough layup, as the Sabers closed the 2nd Quarter with a 24-18 lead.

The Sabers didn’t show up with the playoff caliber mentality the team displayed just under a year ago, allowing the Eagles to keep pace. So leadership had to proliferate the rest of the way for the Sabers to close out the game. Despite a rough start, senior guard Ahzariah Douglas got the ball rolling in the 3rd with a punishing slam dunk off of a two footed vertical jump and drilling 2/2 at the charity stripe. Douglas, Daniel, Abrams, and fellow senior Shannon Maxwell helped the Sabers close out with a final score of 59-46.

The Sabers look to get back in their groove displaying attitude when they take a trip to School of the Classics Tuesday December 3rd at 4:30pm

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.