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Service Learning at Randall's Island
Allison took a group of 10th graders to complete a service learning project at Randall's island. Check out photos below.
Ashley and Dominique with Crew visit Delaware State University
The 11th graders were fantastic and represented our school in a great way. We participated in a campus tour, admissions session, lunch with current students, and a Q&A with DSU students. Many of the students were intrigued by their avaition, nursing, early childhood education, and business programs, as well as their athletics and Greek life. Additionally, this was their first experience visiting a HBCU!
Thank you Scill and Joyce for funding and logistics support. The kids had a great time and many are interested in applying.
Check out video and pictures here.
10th Grade students visit Union and Skidmore College
10th grade students visited two colleges outside of Albany, NY last week. Thanks to the PTA for helping with funding and Josh and Karmela for organizing.
Scott's Crew on a scavenger hunt in Central Park
Scott's Crew went on a scavenger hunt as part of intensives last week. Check out pictures below.
BCS April Kindness Winners
We have the honor of announcing this month's staff and student winners of our core values shirts! Please see our smiling winners with photos attached. We are crew!
STAFF WINNER - Frank is our staff winner of our special BCS core values t-shirts. Colleagues shouted out Frank for always having a kind word to say about all students, forging strong relationships with students in both LG and UG, and consistently staying positive. Go Frank!
STUDENT WINNERS - Enrique, Alisa, Zahir, Jenny - Four students rose to the top of all the staff nominees for the most kind students at BCS: Enrique B and Alisa S in Grade 12, Zahir R and Jenny R (Grade 8). We are so proud of these young people for exhibiting our school core value of kindness! Keep it up!!
Next month's core value is PERSISTENCE. Which staff member and students will best exhibit this core value?! Stay tuned!
BCS Students visit Warren Wilson College
BCS 9th Graders up early to visit Union College
Expeditionary Thursday: Alex's Geometry students meet the Dean
Expeditionary Thursday: Tracey and 9th Grade students visit Maslansky + Partners
If you live in Brad Lander’s 39th District, we need your vote! Help win $225,000 for BCS!
The participatory budgeting vote is only a few weeks away and our project is one of the choices. We hope you will vote!
We have asked for funding to upgrade the lower gym, which is a space located underneath the BNS side of the gymnasium. Just think--more space for movement and dance and theatre and action. This is a shared space for BNS/BCS!
Pledge to vote between April 14th and 19th and choose our project. (Voting times and locations are on Brad Lander’s website.) Our project is called the PS 146/MS 448 Innovative Gym Renovation. For a complete description of each project, take a look at the 2015 Ballot page of the website. Here is what it says about our project:
PS 146/MS 448 Innovative Gym Renovation $225,000
BNS/BCS serves 1,400 children. 50% qualify for free lunch. 30% have disabilities. Overcrowding is an issue. Renovation of a room (currently not useable) allows for physical fitness, yoga, dance, etc.
Not sure if you live in District 39? Check out this map: http://bradlander.com/council-district-39-boundaries
Students who live in District 39 and are 14 and over can also vote. Bring your parents with you to vote! We will not be able to re-do our lower gym without capital funding and this will not come from the DOE. Pledge to vote between April 14th and 19th on this extremely important project
Say yes to a lower gym upgrade project!
Volunteer for Eat Drink Dance Shop 2015
Have you volunteered at BCS this year?
· Now is the time to say "YES" to a wonderful opportunity to volunteer, meet and socialize with other parents and leave the students at home :)!
· BNS-BCS will be hosting their annual Eat, Drink, Dance, Shop event on Friday, May 8, 2015
· The EDDS event is one of the most successful fundraising events in bringing in money to the school that affords students the opportunity to attend trips and participate in various programs and activities.
· Last year's event was a success because many parents volunteered, bought tickets and/or participated in the auctions.
· On the night of May 7 and 8, 2015, we need your help. We need TWO HOURS of your time. We would love for you to volunteer for set-up, decorations or cleanup.
· Two parents have been identified as Volunteer Coordinators, Jaime and Meka. Jaime is the parent of a 6th grader and Meka is the parent of a 10th grader.
· Both parents have been charged with reaching out to you with the hopes you will sign up as a volunteer. We welcome your support.
· Please, Sign-Up, today!
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.
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
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 Friday, May 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.
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!!!
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!
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!
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.
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
BCS made US New & World Report List of Top Schools!
BCS Students participate in Scratch programming
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Tuesday, May 5
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