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6/3-7 – Highlights of the Week!

So proud of our 8th grade American Dream speech winners, Matthew and Maia!

  • Our 8th Grade recently wrapped up their American Dream speech unit. After a grade-wide student vote, we are happy to announce our winners.
  • Kudos to 1st Place: Matthew Ellerbe & 2nd Place: Maia Musallam. Matthew won a $30 gift card, his choice, to Staples and Maia won a $15 gift card to Barnes and Noble.
  • We also want to recognize the 10 other finalists, who won a vote in their cohorts and were automatically entered into the finals: Jarid, Leo, Lucio, Thommy, Shayma, Danielle, Atticus, Jessmarie, N, Maia, Amber
  • All finalists read their speeches in a video that was compiled.

6/5 – Geometry students presented their Trig PBATs based on their pool hall ET.

6/3 –

  • Congratulations to 6th graders Noah, Ella, Evan, Abigail, Casey, Alex, Beatrice, Benji, Sam, Alex; and Eden; 9th grader Johnny, 10th grader Abdul, and 11th grader Kylie who participated in Reel Works Student Film Festival, hosted by Brooklyn Collaborative, on Monday, June 3rd at 5:30 p.m. in room 213.
  • The students participated in the Reel Works after school program at BCS. Our students worked with professional filmmakers and teaching artists Shonda Westbrook, Amanda Gutierrez, and Ty Mccants to create original short documentaries and narrative films. Shout outs to 6th graders for their film entitled “Surviving Sixth Grade at Brooklyn Collaborative” and 11th grader Kylie for her film on vaping.
  • Students from Brooklyn Community Arts & Media School and John Jay High School also participated in the student festival on Monday.
  • Thanks to Brother Jimmy’s for donating deliciously taste dinner.
  • Many thanks to the Reel Works Director of School Partnerships Jairo Martinez and Program Director Abby Verbosky
  • Our ongoing thanks to Council member Brad Lander for making such programming possible through a CASA grant

6/7 – Sheila and Candice’s Nature Play Intensive – going fishing!

6/7 – Devon and Glen’s June Intensive – International Art on National Donut Day!

More intensives pics!

6/7 – Emily and Ysabella from Beth and Phil’s Climate Change reading the children’s book they created to Steve’s 3rd grade class. Check out the book online:

6/7 – Our Model Job Fair was another amazing success where our junior interns spoke with our freshmen and sophomores about their internship experiences!

6/7 – The Lower Grades Awards Ceremony was such a wonderful celebratory event!  Congrats to all our student winners!

6/8 – #DecolonizingEd Conference

This past weekend, Magen presented at the 2019 Decolonizing Education Conference with New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity & the Transformation of Schools in partnership with the NYC Department of Education Office of Equity and Access. She presented two workshops to educators, researchers, students, parents and administrators on an innovative way to incorporate a culturally responsive lens to teacher peer evaluations. She also led a workshop featuring her very own case study on Latinx cultures and histories that she uses in her Spanish classroom here at BCS. Take a look at the workshops in action!

Art of Me Featured Students

Last week, Cecilia Mejia, Creative Director/NY Crew Leader of Art of Me, visited BCS for a very special Creative Gathering to reveal the winner of the 2018 Story Writing Contest and to present various other student-centered projects that will feature six of our 11th graders! Phill and Dwight did amazing work preparing and coaching the students through the writing contest with their unit on Love & Solidarity. Lexington Rivera’s story SO(U)L was selected to be turned into a film as the NY winner. They are set to begin working on her story this summer! In addition to this, and because the organization decided that there were too many powerful stories to not tell, they are also taking on a few other stories to piece them together for a vignette series. These stories include Jeinise Castro’s Remember Her and Stella Chase’s HereArt of Me has taken on different story formats including audio plays and graphic novels. Because he is a gifted artist in his own right, they have decided to bring Gabriel Rivera on board their crew next year to work with an artist on his story The Era of A Dragon Queen, which will be turned into a graphic novel. To round this out for BCS, they are going to place James Segura’s Spring as well as Rebbakkah Ruffin’s If Only into their vault for audio recording. Lastly, as Cecilia and her staff provide college preparation support,  Nirmeen Shumman, in grade 12, will be receiving a scholarship from the Joey Tsao “Dare to be You” Foundation. Meet the creative bunch!

BCS alum, Julianna Greenidge’s film, the Unstoppable, has been selected as part of the inaugural showcase at the New Voices New Faces Film Festival this weekend, June 15th! Please show her your support by attending the screening! Tickets can be purchased here: 

Learn more about what Art of Me is working on via their websites: and