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10/15 – BCS Student/Family Update

Dear BCS Students/Families, we had such a wonderful Unity Fest with BNS this weekend.  Thanks to all our student and parent volunteers! Here are some pics here.


We need more families to sign up – Registration for the October Brooklyn PTA Fun Run (you can walk!)

Monday 10/16 is BCS Spirit Monday – Graphic Tee Day!

  • Come to school dressed in your favorite Graphic Tee to show your school spirit! 
  • Let’s see which crew shows the most BCS school spirit and has bragging rights! Be ready for photos!

Spirit Mondays – October Lookahead

  • Mon 10/16 – Graphic Tee Day – wear your favorite graphic tee!
  • Mon 10/23 – Croc Day – wear your favorite crocs or rubber/foam flip flops or clogs!
  • Mon 10/30 – Fall Colors Day – wear fall colors (orange, yellows, browns, reds, etc)!
  • Let’s see which crew shows the most BCS school spirit and has bragging rights!
  • Crew leaders and staff will be taking pics – be ready to pose with your gear!

BCS student Josh Williams (Class of 2024) recognized as “Student of NYC”

  • Check out this article about our senior Joshua Williams (BCS Class of 2024) who interned and grew this seed project from his time with our Inspiring Minds afterschool all last year and this summer:
  • Proud of you, Joshua!

October is Digital Literacy Month

  • Students experience digital safety curriculum in Crew multiple times a year.
  • In times of great upheaval and uncertainty, it is easy for fear and rumors to flourish. It is important that students are equipped with the tools they need to discern fact from fiction. We encourage you to visit for more information on how to support your child in building their skills in media literacy and safe online behaviors.

Electronics Policy

  • Cell phones must be off and out of sight during school.  
  • Middle school students (Grades 6-8) have their phones collected by their Pd 1 teacher and returned by their Pd 8 teacher.
  • On certain assessment days, high school students (Grades 9-12) are asked to turn in their phones at the beginning of the period to prevent cheating and receive their devices back at the end of the period
  • We expect all students to be responsible and honest with their electronics

Photo Day

  • Monday December 4 – Photo Day
    • Individual Pictures (Grades 6-11) – Buyers only (order forms will come shortly)
    • Crew Group Photos Grades 6-12 
    • 8th Grade Promotion Photos – All Grade 8 students will be photographed in their own attire for yearbook photo 
  • Friday December 15
    • Grade 12 Senior Picture Day – Cap and Gown
  • Wednesday February 14
    • Retake /Absentee Day for all grades 6-12
    • Candids/Clubs & Groups for yearbook

School Leadership Team open to public

  • If you would like to audit (join but not participate) in our School Leadership Team meeting, please email Imani at
  • Following is the list of SLT meeting dates: October 24, November 28, December 19, January 30, February 27, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 18. Virtual meetings begin @ 7:00p.m.
  • We post the links for our SLT meetings on our website

Review the DOE Discipline Code

  • Please review the DOE Discipline Code and regularly talk with your family about citywide expectations and school rules, and check bookbags regularly to ensure that prohibited items do not come to school
  • In particular, please note:
    • Students are expected to resolve conflict peacefully through mediation and restorative practices.  Fighting and hitting/hitting back are not tolerated and will be addressed seriously.  
    • Possessing weapons or any items that can be used as weapons is not permitted and are subject to the highest consequences under the Discipline Code including extended Superintendent suspension.  
    • Smoking and vaping are not permitted in school – students who are caught smoking/vaping will have a parent conference and class removal and are subject to search and confiscation of prohibited items.  All drug paraphernalia and alcohol is not permitted in school.
    • Any harassing, intimidating or bullying behaviors (including in person or through social media) are not permitted and will be addressed seriously.  All students and staff must treat everyone in the community with respect and expect the same treatment in return.
    • Scholastic dishonesty, cheating, copying, colluding, and plagiarism is not permitted and will result in academic/grades consequences including assessments and assignments being invalidated.

Gender and Sexuality Alliance meets every Friday during lunch

  • Join our GSA – all students welcome
  • Lower Grades – Fridays during lunch in Room 411
  • Upper Grades – Fridays during lunch in the Library

BCS Robosharks and all Inspiring Minds afterschool programs have started

  • High school students – join our Robosharks Robotics Team and/or any of the afterschool offerings we have through Inspiring Minds including Drumming, SAT Prep, Cooking, Film, Cheer, etc.
  • Email Inspiring Minds Director for enrollment and questions

Tuesday Tiers – every Tues – get help from teachers afterschool

  • Tuesday Tiers is afterschool from 3:05pm-3:55pm
  • All teachers stay afterschool – students can stay with teachers to get help, check in about assignments and grades, and resolve incompletes NCs/NXs from last semester
  • We invite all students to stay afterschool


CLARIFY News program – Grades 10-12

  • This program offers training in reporting and news writing. The session is held online. Participants will collaborate with an instructor and have the opportunity to see their work published in City Limits.
  • Eligibility Requirements:  Applicants must reside within New York City.  Eligible applicants for this session are high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Applicants should be interested in journalism, writing, current events, and commit to being available for all program sessions with no schedule conflicts.
  • The fall 2023 internship is a 6-week program starting Monday, November 6.
  • Sessions will be held online every Monday and Wednesday evening from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Successful participants will receive a stipend of $500 at the end of the program.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity – Grade 9

  • SEO is a free, eight-year, academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college – with a 90% college graduation rate. 100% of SEO Scholars are accepted to four-year colleges, with more than 80% being first-generation college graduates. 
  • Students begin in Grade 9 and are encouraged to apply now.

Pathfinders Computer Science/Tech Internship – High School Students

  • Pathfinders is a 70 hour internship focusing on the CS and tech industry. 
  • Application now open until December 29
  • Here is our one pager with all program information as well as the application

Witness Theater at Selfhelp Community Services- Grade 11 and 12

  • The Witness Theater program starts with students meeting with Holocaust survivors once a week and getting to know each other. Once both students and survivors become comfortable and develop trust, Holocaust survivors begin sharing the stories about their experiences before, during, and after the war. Each session is being facilitated by a drama therapist, who later writes the script based on the stories told by Holocaust survivors.
  • The second part of our process (usually starts at the end of January) involves additional Sunday sessions from 10 am-2 pm, where students rehearse for performances based on the written original script. Students will be performing on a stage and portraying the lives of Holocaust survivors. Our theater project will culminate with 2-3 performances around Yom HaShoah in May, 2024.
  • We meet every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 pm at Selfhelp’s main office located at 520 8th Ave in Manhattan. Great opportunity to earn community service hours!  No prior theater experience is required! 
  • Please visit our website to learn more about Witness Theater process and past performances Witness Theater – Selfhelp

2023-2024 Project Bridge Youth Ambassador Program – Grade 11 and 12

  • The Korea Society sponsors the June Project Bridge 30th Anniversary Celebration and is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Project Bridge Youth Ambassador Program.  
  • This Program is frequently a life changer. Juniors and seniors in NYC public schools are eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is October 25, 2023.
  • For further information about the program, please visit Project Bridge Program.
  • To access application information on applying, please click here.