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1/21 – BCS Student/Family Update

Dear BCS Students and Families, we hope you had a good though cold weekend!


Amazon Wish List – we need wipes, masks and tissues!

January Calendar Lookahead

  • Mon 1/22 – Last Day of Fall Semester (final grades due by teachers at 12pm)
  • Tues 1/23, Wed 1/24, Thurs 1/25, Fri 1/26 –
    • MS – regular school day (LG Intensives – more details to follow)
    • HS – no school for Grades 9/10
    • HS – no school for Grades 11/12 unless you are scheduled for the ELA Regents or a GPBAT panel
  • Mon 1/29 – No School (Professional Development Day for Grades 6-12 Schools)
  • Tues 1/30 –
    • MS – Ice Skating
    • HS – First Day of Spring Semester – our College Campus Visits and Crew trips have been postponed to later in the spring due to logistical issues with college campuses
  • Wed 1/31 – MS – First Day of Spring Semester classes for MS students (the majority of students keep the same schedule as fall, any changes in courses will be updated in Jumprope)

Final Semester 1 Grades due in JumpRope on Monday 1/22 at 12PM

  • All grades will be downloaded for transcripts at this time – please be sure to attend Tues Tiers Support regularly and communicate with your teachers about your updated competency levels
  • BCS runs on a semester system – final grades are added to official transcripts in January and June of each year. 

No School on Tues 1/23 – Fri 1/26 for HS Students

  • There are no regular classes for HS students.  Students only come in to school if they have a Regents, a GPBAT panel, or if they have been invited by teachers to resolve an incomplete.
  • There are regular classes for MS students.

No School on Monday 1/29 for all students

  • It is a professional development day for staff

Middle School State Testing – MS State Tests are coming up

  • All state tests in ELA Grades 6-8 and Math Grades 7-8 are computerized this year for Grades 6/7/8
  • ELA State Tests Grades 6-8 – Tues 4/16 and Wed 4/17
  • Math State Tests Grades 6-7 – Wed 5/1 and Thurs 5/2
  • State tests are not required for promotion.  If parents wish to opt their children out of MS state tests, please complete this opt out form

Grade 8 students do not take NYS Math Test, they take the NYS Algebra Regents

  • Parents in Grade 8 must read this important letter about the Algebra Regents and earning HS credit for Grade 8 Math
  • The Algebra Regents is on June 4, 2024


Girls Who Code Summer Programs

  • The 2024 Summer Programs Application is now open, and we’re excited to kick things off by giving a Girls Who Code t-shirt to U.S. students who apply by January 25th!
  • Please encourage students to apply here to get the skills, community, and professional network they need to launch their futures with two free program options.
  • Applications are due by February 14, 2024, for priority consideration or March 22, 2024, for regular admission. U.S. students get a Girls Who Code t-shirt when they apply here by January 25, 2024!

WCS Youth JIVE (Job, Internship, and Volunteering Expo)

  • Have you ever wanted to get involved at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)? If so, join us for the WCS Youth JIVE (Job, Internship, and Volunteering Expo)! This annual event is usually held in early February.
  • The WCS Youth JIVE is an interactive opportunity for youth (ages 14-26) to learn about paid and unpaid positions at our New York City Zoos and Aquarium (BRONX ZOO, CENTRAL PARK ZOO, PROSPECT PARK ZOO, QUEENS ZOO, AND THE NEW YORK AQUARIUM). Participants will attend workshops and meet directly with hiring managers.
  • 14- and 15-year-olds can learn more about WCS’s volunteer opportunities and how to use volunteer positions as a springboard into paid positions down the line.
  • 16-26 year olds can meet hiring managers and learn about the many jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities available at the WCS Zoos and Aquarium.
  • There are TWO WAYS to participate: Attend the in-person event at the Bronx Zoo on Saturday February 3, 2024 OR if you cannot attend in-person, sign up to access self-guided digital resources.

Futures and Options Internship Program – HS students age 16+

  • During the academic year, students in The Internship Program participate in paid internships; they work between 20-30 hours per week at a New York City business, non-profit organization, or government agency. This season, all internships will be conducted in-person, hybrid or remote. The summer internship program is a 6 week program that begins July 8th,2024 and ends August 16th 2024.  Additionally, interns receive ongoing support from Futures and Options staff and attend work-readiness workshops and career exploration field trips. The program is open to New York City high school students 16 years of age or older.
  • Accepted students will interview at prospective work sites in order to secure internship placements. Interns work approximately 150 hours over the course of the program.
  • Interested students can learn more about our program online on our website: [Futures and Options] Internship Program

Filmmaking Intensive for ages 15-21

  • The Winter Supported Lab is a FREE experimental week-long filmmaking intensive that provides community, support, and resources for neurodivergent NYC students ages 15-21 as they explore storytelling through filmmaking. Reel Works focuses on individual needs to provide multiple entry points to expression. This workshop will have two lead Filmmaking Instructors with a Special Education background and two Peer Mentors.
  • Application closes January 25th. Apply to the Winter Supported Lab HERE
  • Program Days: February 19-23rd (1 week)
  • Workshop Times: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Questions? Join our virtual info session next Thursday, January 18th at 5:30 PM!