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3/14 – Student/Family Update

Dear BCS Students/Families,


Complete the DOE Family Survey

  • Families, please complete the DOE survey online by going to the NYC School Survey site, enter the letter “f” (lowercase) followed by their student’s nine-digit OSIS number, and complete the survey (e.g f123456789). 
  • If you don’t know your child’s OSIS, you can look at their schedule or report card or in Pupilpath or email

Virtual Student Led Conferences this week

  • Wed 3/16 evening and Fri 3/18 afternoon – Student-Led Conferences – please reach out to your child’s crew leader to schedule an appt, SLCs are virtual in Zoom
  • Fri 3/18 is a half day – dismissal at 11am – the schedule is Periods 1-3

Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

  • Residential households in the U.S. are eligible for 2 orders of 4 free at-home tests on  Limit of 2 orders per residential address.
  • Each order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free as tests are received from manufacturers
  • Order here:

Convert previous grades to Pass or CR (credit) instead of number grades

  • Due to the pandemic, the DOE is allowing students to convert their final passing numeric grades (65-100) to “P” (“Pass” in Lower Grades) or “CR” (“Credit” in Upper Grades) for the following semesters only:
    • Lower Grades: 2020/1 (Jan 2021), 2020/2 (June 2021), and 2021/1 (Jan 2022)
    • Upper Grades: 2019/2 (June 2020), 2020/1 (Jan 2021), 2020/2 (June 2021), and 2021/1 (Jan 2022)
  • If you would like to convert any of your child’s numeric grades to P or CR in these semesters, please write to your child’s crew leader to submit the request on your behalf for the grade change.  All families will receive a copy of their child’s transcripts in the mail with report cards this week so that you can review all grades to make any requests.

Middle School NY State Testing Dates – please mark your calendars

  • New York State Grades 6–8 English Language Arts (ELA) – March 29 – March 30
  • New York State Grades 6–8 Math  – April 26 – April 27
  • New York State Grades 8 Science (written) – June 6
  • LG Students will take the exams during the school day
  • UG Students will have Expeditionary Thursdays fieldwork on these days to accommodate a quiet environment for testing


Support our BCS Cosmetology Club

  • The skills learned in this club will set them up for success in the business industry of cosmetology. Students will learn about the theory of cosmetology as well as the practical.  This club also advances student awareness of a career choice that is both lucrative and rewarding. Students will gain knowledge about the entrepreneurial side of cosmetology while still being able to advance their learning in college.
  • Donate here

Please help us get a new shake table for our Science Dept

  • Help us replace our earthquake simulator!
  • Students look forward to combining their knowledge of earthquakes and engineering to design and test earthquake resistant structures. This unit has been a beloved learning experience for students since its inception many years ago at BCS in Grade 7. Unfortunately, after years of engaging use, our machine conducted its last simulation at the end of the prior school year and is irreparable.  We need a new one!
  • Donate here


Summer Youth Employment Program Application

  • Get a job/internship this summer!
  • Application due date: 4/22/2022
  • Who is Eligible?
    • Young people age 14 to 24
    • Must be a resident of one of the five NYC boroughs
    • Legally allowed to work in the US
  • Summer Youth Application 2022!

Teens Interested In and Dedicated to Environmental Stewardship – Summer Program

  • Join TIDES (Teens Interested In and Dedicated to Environmental Stewardship) and meet other teens from across the city! This opportunity brings students together to complete weekly community service projects that focus on ecology, conservation, and sustainability. TIDES is perfect for students who have an existing or budding interest in the environment, looking for new experiences and are ready to learn new skills. No experience in stewardship or environmental projects is needed to apply!
  • TIDES is open to high school students ages 14-18. The program takes place over 8-10 consecutive weeks in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s unique waterfront environment.
  • TIDES sessions resume in the: 
  • Spring: Wednesdays 4-6 PM, April 13-June 8, 2022. Applications can be found here.
  • Reach out to the Volunteer Department at with any questions.

NY Times Student Writing Contest

  • Over the last eight years, tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world have answered these questions in the form of short opinion essays submitted to our annual spring Editorial Contest.
  • They’ve made convincing arguments on issues big and small, including anti-Asian hate, climate change, underpaid teachers, school shootings and Black Lives Matter, as well as snow days, video-game culture, teen slang and why pineapple pizza deserves more respect.
  • Now, we’re inviting middle and high school students to do the same: Make an argument in 450 words or fewer about something that matters to you and persuade us to care, too.