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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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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!!!

A closer look: NY State Standardized Tests Grades 3-8

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.


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


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


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

New 3D Modeling and Printing class blog

Check out the blog for Brian's Applied Mathematics class. They are working on creating 3D models in preparation for 3D printing assignments. 

Check out the screenshot below.

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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