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Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies is a diverse and respectful Expeditionary Learning School, committed to developing students and staff who are kind, openminded, persistent, responsible, and courageous. With support from peers, staff, families and school partners, students engage in challenging academic and social experiences that prepare them for college-level learning and full participation in civic life. Students learn to apply their intellect and effort to benefit themselves and their community.
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9th Grade Crew Boys Play at Pier 5

March 27th was an all-crew day at BCS and some of our 9th grade crew boys went to a local pier area to practice teamwork. Check out photos below.



BCS ELL Students take trip to Empire State Building

On Tuesday, March 24th ELL students took a trip to the Empire State Building. 20 students in total from Lower Grades and Upper Grades were excited to participate in this trip and demonstrated all our BCS core values. Before leaving BCS a HS student said that she "loves to go on trips with us because we have fun."

At the Empire State Building a security guard asked which school the students came from. After answering from BCS, she said "in all my 20 years I have never seen a school so well behaved - I could actually hear a pin drop." 

See some photos of the experience below.



Why Teach NYC profiles Big History teacher Scott Henstrand

The NYC Department of Education profiles Scott Henstrand, Big History teacher and Instructional Guide at BCS. Check out his page here for more information.

BCS Upper Grades HOWLers Trip

On Wednesday, March 18th, BCS  Upper Grade HOWLers were treated to the Off-Broadway musical, HAMILTON, a rap and R&B phenomenon  about Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant orphan from St. Croix who would become become George Washington's right-hand man, husband of the wealthy socialite Elize Schuyler, America's first Treasury Secretary and a major support and signatory of the U.S. Constitution. Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays the title role of Hamilton, beautifully captures through modern musical scores the raw ambition and ultimate fatal duel with Aaron Burr. 

BCS extends a special thanks to our partner, New York City Outward Bound, for providing us with tickets to this sold-out show at the Public Theater and moving to Broadway this July at the Richard Rodgers Theater.




Rally to protect our schools on March 28th

Dear Fellow Public School Parents,
 
The next few weeks are critical for NYC public school parents.
Why? Two reasons:
 
1. The New York State budget will be voted on April 1st. We need to keep the pressure on our elected officials so that they feel strong in opposing Governor Cuomo's damaging education policy proposals.
 
2. Test-prep season is in full swing and the tests themselves are just around the corner. (If you want to opt out or learn more about the tests, now is the time.)
 
To address both of these concerns parents, teachers, and other New Yorkers concerned about the future of public education in our city and state are organizing a MASS RALLY. We will meet at NOON ON  SATURDAY MARCH 28TH to march in front of Cuomo's Midtown office in what we hope will be the local equivalent of 2014’s momentous climate change march. 
 
For the full text of the email and more information, click here.

Danish guests participate in Physics!

Below are some photos of our Danish guests participating in William's Physics class. 



Brooklyn PTA's 5K Run for Schools

Saturday May 9th- 10AM

The PTAs of Brooklyn’s public schools and the offices of Brooklyn City Council Members Brad Lander, Laurie Cumbo, Steven Levin, and Carlos Menchaca are coming together to sponsor  the  8th annual PTA 5-kilometer run/walk/stroll/toddle  in Prospect Park. The race will take  place on Saturday, May 9th at 10AM.  Number pickup and prerace activities will begin at 8:30 AM in the  Bartel-Pritchard  Parking Lot. Stay-tuned for information on where numbers can be picked-up in advance.

Last year, hundreds of parents, teachers and students from over 60 Brooklyn public schools joined us for the event. It was a huge success and we raised over $13,000 to support Brooklyn’s PTAs, but it wasn’t just a fundraiser.  Year after year, it has also been a great way to build relationships between parents, students, and educators to work together on critical issues facing all of our public schools.

Participants pay a registration fee ($20/individual, $5 for each additional family member up to 5) and may raise additional money through sponsors.

Click here for more information

BASS Mentoring Event at Red Hook Initiative



BCS Upper Grades HOWLers Trip

On Wednesday, March 18th, BCS  Upper Grade HOWLers were treated to the Off-Broadway musical, HAMILTON, a rap and R&B phenomenon  about Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant orphan from St. Croix who would become become George Washington's right-hand man, husband of the wealthy socialite Elize Schuyler, America's first Treasury Secretary and a major support and signatory of the U.S. Constitution. Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays the title role of Hamilton, beautifully captures through modern musical scores the raw ambition and ultimate fatal duel with Aaron Burr. 

BCS extends a special thanks to our partner, New York City Outward Bound, for providing us with tickets to this sold-out show at the Public Theater and moving to Broadway this July at the Richard Rodgers Theater.




Reading in the round: What's your story?



Families invited!

Join us in the BNS/BCS Library

We are kicking off a three-part series that will focus on how families honor and celebrate stories and reading. The first event is on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 5:30 - 8:00pm.

RSVP to Imani as soon as possible (imani@bcs448.org).

5:30-6:00 DINNER THEATER PERFORMANCE BY 6TH GRADE STUDENTS

Savor a free home-cooked meal provided by BCS, while 6th graders share spoken word personal narrative writings from their ELA classes and perform excerpts from poetry, songs, and rhythmic schemes created in their Elective classes.

6:00-7:00 LOCAL AUTHOR, TORREY MALDONADO

The author of middle-grade book, Secret Saturdays, will talk about the impact stories have had on his life growing up in Red Hook. Free autographed copies of Secret Saturdaysprovided to families who attend.


7:00-8:00 STORY-TELLING CIRCLES

Marieke van Woerkem from the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility will lead us in a circle where we will share stories and explore how stories impact our lives and shape who we are.

8:00 GIFT-CARD RAFFLE


BCS Staff beat students at volleyball

BCS teacher Christine Chan sends this message:

Thanks for a great afternoon of volleyball with our Girls team.  They were excited and happy to see that so many people wanted to be worthy adversaries.  They certainly gave us a run for our money and performed better than they have in any other year.  :)   BUT -- the staff came out victorious by winning two sets in a best of three match. Go staff crew! :) 


Great photos from 11th grade Expeditionary Thursday

Check out some great photos from the 11th grade Expeditionary Thursday trip. The title is "Fences."

BCS Robosharks in Action at Javits Center



Even some alum came out to support!


Not the usual suspects: Inside Schools picks

Inside Schools published an article in September including BCS' lower grades. The article might be older, but has great accuracy.

BCS Latin-Caribbean Family Dance Night

Join us on Friday, March 20, 2015 for an evening of food, music, and dancing (lessons, too)! Only $5 if you buy tickets before March 19th. Email helene@bcs448.org for more information or go to room 516.

Click here to download the flyer.

Eat, Drink, Dance, Shop BCS/BNS Fundraiser

What's not to like?! Planning is underway for this year's adults-only party and BNS's largest annual fundraiser. This year's Eat Drink Dance Shop will rock the school on FridayMay 8, 2015.

BNS dad DJ SPINNA will be doing what he does best as well as a rather impressive jazz band of BNS parents too. There will be plenty of food and drinks (included in the ticket price) plus a silent auction, and a lot of dancing!

Check out the flyer download here.

Click here for tickets, bidding, and other info.

From Josh Steckel: BCS College Counseling Update

Decisions from CUNY colleges start arriving in earnest from now. Everyone is on the edge of their seats awaiting decisions from CUNYs, SUNYs, and private colleges, which are typically in by the end of the month.

Darlene Laboy, (BCS Class of 2013, Hunter College Class of 2018) has been working as a College Coach in the office. She will work with the seniors from now through August, and after June, will work with them to ensure they all take the steps necessary during the summer months to get from accepted to enrolled. She is also acting a trainer for our 11th grade college mentors, who through a State Farm Youth Board grant to NYCOB (authored in part by Lizbeth Lucero and Jarrett Pelton!), will be leading college access and awareness lessons and college expeditions with our 9th graders in April.

Three of our 9th graders--Tafura Taslima, Charlotte Mercado, and Jenifer Pena-- were named Scholars with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), an out-of-school, 6 year enrichment and support program for disadvantaged students. Well over 1000 students applied for the program city wide, and only 250 were chosen. It was a terrific effort by our Crew 9 team and our 8 current SEO scholars. Photo of Taslima from the new Scholars celebration attached. We have six 10th graders who have applied for admission to a similar program, called Opportunity Network, and we have begun 9th grade recruitment for another, called Minds Matter.



BNS third grade students visit BCS 12th grade students

A message from the 12th grade ELA team to Polly from the Brooklyn New School:

Thank you so much for visiting our classroom and being our guest experts. Our students had so much fun practicing their calligraphy; the experience of learning to write in another language matched perfectly with the text we are studying, The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. The students expressed how after the lesson they felt they could empathize better with the main character, who is learning to write in English. 

Third graders, we were so impressed with your poise, and your enthusiasm for the language was contagious. And Polly, we thank you for sharing your personal experience of speaking and learning multiple languages. We know the 12th graders came away with a greater appreciation for Chinese language and culture after today's presentation.

Gratefully,
Andrew, Karmela and the BCS Twelfth Graders



Help win $10,000 for BCS

As some of you may already be aware, Beth recently submitted a classroom project for funding on DonorsChoose.org. Her project aimed to support her climate change curriculum with materials and with supplies to create high-quality products. 

The good news gets even better, however, and it’s an honor to announce that our project has been selected as a finalist for the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s #TeachForThePlanet Challenge. 

Winners will receive $10,000 to use on future DonorsChoose.org projects and we need your votes to move my project from finalist to winner! 

The project that gets the most votes in their age group will be crowned a winner and take home the big prize. 


We know the "daily voting stuff" is annoying, but this $10,000 could bring some amazing things to our school! Voting runs until March 11, 2015. 

Please take a moment to visit the site and vote for

When you go to the site, you have to vote for a project in each of the four grade categories and Beth's project is on the last page, listed as "Brooklyn School."

Thank you all very much for your participation; and don’t forget to spread the word! SHARE! SHARE! SHARE!!!



Reading in the round: What's your story?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Join us in the BCS Library as we kick-off a three-part series that will focus on how families honor and celebrate stories and reading.

5:30-6:00 6TH GRADE DINNER THEATER

6th graders will share their personal narratives through a spoken-word performance, while families enjoy a home-cooked meal provided by BCS.

6:00-7:00 LOCAL AUTHOR, TORREY MALDONADO

The author of middle-grade book, Secret Saturdays, will talk about the impact stories have had on his life growing up in Red Hook.

7:00-8:00 STORY-TELLING CIRCLES

Marieke van Woerkom from the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility will help us explore:

  • How stories impact our lives
  • How stories shape who we are


BCS Students video of the College March

Check out the awesome video from Capital One about the national College March in December 2014. BCS Students were featured in the video here. Check it out on Youtube!

Global Voices Project supports local Brooklyn community

Before we all left for the week long vacation, Magen's group of Global Voices students stayed after school to participate in a Day of Service project. 15 students, 2 hours, 92 sandwiches and 2 decorated boxes later, giving back to our local Brooklyn community. Who knew that PB&J's could be the cause of so many smiles!?!?! Below are various photos of the experience.




Thank you ALL for following and supporting! Special thanks to Lauren and the 8th Grade Student Leadership Team for sponsoring us! Smiles of pride are priceless. Be on the look out for our upcoming projects: @nycglobalvoices


BCS Students help at State Farm Mentoring Program with NYC Outward Bound

BCS students helped NYC Outward Bound as part of the State Farm Mentoring Program. They joined students from Brooklyn Leaders and James Baldwin for this workshop. They worked through several Crew lessons that they will co-facilitate in the future. 




Alex and Allison's Geometry class tests bridges

At BCS Geometry classes last week students tested out bridges created by toothpicks and glue. Each bridge was created by a team of students with the purpose of holding as much weight as possible for as little cost as possible. Check out the following three videos for some great documentation of the project's end.

Video 1
Video 2
Video 3

Maker Fest
This month's Maker Fest was a huge success. Students from BCS and BNS crafted, painted, designed and created. They even got to catch a frisbee thrown by a robot!

Erica Garner speaks with students at BCS

New York 1 reports on Erica Garner visiting BCS students and participating in a circle, a large performance-based assembly, and conversations surrounding her father - Eric Garner's - death. BCS students and staff were proud participants in these events.

Shoutout from Chili from TLC

Check out the video below for a shoutout from Chili (the "C" in the music group TLC) to BCS students Naya, India, and Melissa for their work with Stephen and Shevy in the Afghan Women's Music Project!

Click here to download the video

December 19th,  BCS partnered with the community based organization Red Hook Initiative (RHI) for our 1st BCS Family & RHI Holiday Circle & Celebration held at RHI.  Over 70 adults & students participated in the Holiday Circle that was facilitated by Marieke Van Woerkum of Morning Center and Beth Mowry, Upper Grades science teacher.  The Circle was special because a multi-generational gathering of BCS families, students, alumni, and staff came together to share what the holiday season means to them.  The evening concluded with everyone sitting down to a family-style dinner that was filled with delicious food, laughter, story-sharing, music, reconnecting with alums, and much more.


From a field of gifted and deeply committed candidates nation-wide in all EL schools, BCS's own Beth Mowry has been chosen as Expeditionary Learning’s 2014 Klingenstein Teaching Award honoree. 
This award is given to an exemplary EL teacher who is judged by his or her peers to have most successfully transmitted to students the essence of the EL culture, building exemplary character, driving outstanding academic achievement, and instilling an ethic of “citizen scholarship.”

 

Ron Berger wrote: "As an ardent fan of Beth’s work for many years, I could not be more pleased with the wisdom of this choice. I facilitate the Klingenstein selection process, but selection is done entirely by a team of peers: a group of highly-regarded EL teachers. When the selection team reached this decision (naming Beth), with founding EL Board Chair Lee Klingenstein present as observer, I was delighted."


The 9th graders didn't let the rain slow them down. Check out these pictures of the week they spent camping!


7th grade took advantage of our beautiful rooftop last week to work on qualitative and quantitative observations.



BCS at the Climate Change March.



BCS is in the NY TImes. Check out this article.




At BCS we start each year with all crew days. These days give students and staff an opportunity to collaborate and get to know each other. Here are some highlights from the 6th and 8th grade.





Afsana Akter is a BCS alum who now attends Barnard College. Check out this Op-Ed she wrote about the upcoming Climate Change March.

On Friday we got a visit from City Councilman Brad Lander! Here's what he said on Twitter:




BCS celebrated the start of the new school year with a pot lock in Prospect Park.

Dear Students and Families,

We are excited to welcome you to/back to BCS this fall! The first day of school for students is 9/4. Our school hours this year are 8:45-3:05 Monday-Friday. If you haven't done so already, please click the link to the right to find your required summer reading. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you in September!

-Scill, Amanda and Imani

Our Middle School students working with Brooklyn Boatworks

Click the link to view some great photos.

BCS made US New & World Report List of Top Schools!


BCS Students participate in Scratch programming

   

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