Letter to NEST+m Students and Families, Week of January 11, 2016


Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

As we enter the final weeks of January and the approach of Semester 1 Summative Assessments (exams and/or projects), I am writing to send resources related to note taking and study-skills that will be of particular use to students in Grades 6-12.


How to Study?

Resource 1: Cornell Notes

  1. How to take notes using the Cornell note-taking method.


In this link, viewers will find a 5-minute introductory video to the Cornell Note Taking Method as well as templates formatted as an MS Word Doc or PDF.

A brief historical overview of “The Cornell Note-taking System” can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornell_Notes

Resource 2: “How to Get the Most out of Studying,” A Video Series from the department of Psychology at Samford University. In this series, Professor Stephen Chew provides students with a range of information related to effective study habits.



This week is Homecoming Week at NEST+M!

  • Monday 1/11: Wear Purple Day. + Middle School basketball & homecoming dance.
  • Tuesday 1/12: Wear White Day (+ Boys PSAL Basketball Game)
  • Wednesday 1/13: Show your School Pride! Wear NEST+m School Gear or Represent your Favorite College
  • Thursday 1/14: Dress in Colors Day:
    • K-3: Red
    • 4-5 Green
    • 6-8 Blue
    • 9-12 Pink
  • Friday 1/15: Wear Black or Purple Day (+ Girls PSAL Basketball Game)


Monday January 11th is our monthly Assembly Day.

  • 5th grade students will showcase their ballroom dancing talents in assemblies for Grades K-4 students.
  • Grades 6-8 students will be participating in a Mathcounts competition.
  • Our Upper Grades Jazz band will perform for students in Grades 9-10 while students in Grades 11 & 12 will engage in part-two of the faculty-student athletic series, this time featuring a student-vs-staff basketball game.


6th Grade Admissions (for students who presently attend schools other than NEST+m).

As an academically screened school all students who first enter NEST+m during Middle School complete an hour-long entrance exam. The 6th grade entrance exam tests students’ cognitive and reasoning ability.

In alignment with the NYC Department of Education’s Citywide Special Education Reform, next year we will be introducing our first sections of ICT (integrated co-teaching) for 6th grade students. Students with disabilities will receive testing accommodations in alignment with their Individualized Education Plan.

NEST+m presently features ICT instruction in grades 9-11.

Please refer interested G&T and ICT students and families to the link below which outlines our admissions process and which will feature a live “registration” link starting on Friday January 15th https://nestmk12.net/admissions/middle-grade-admissions

NEST+m Admissions Testing will take place on:

  • Saturday February 27th
  • Wednesday March 2
  • Wednesday March 9
  • Thursday March 17th

For more information about ICT, Special Education and the NYC Department of Education Special Education Reform, please see:



Stromer, Brian. “An Advocate for Students With Disabilities Imagines His Ideal College.” The New York Times. 9 September 2012 and 11 June 2013.



Ford, A. Rahman. “It’s Not Just About Racism, But Ableism.”

Diverse Issues in Higher Education. 9 April 2009.



Looking Ahead:

  • Monday 1/18: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, (schools closed)
  • Wednesday 1/20: Upper Grades Music & Art Show, 6pm
  • Thursday 1/28: Middle Grades Music & Art Show, 6pm
  • Upper Grades Students: Regents Week, 1/26-1/29. Only those students taking Regents exams will be in attendance. Students will receive individual admissions tickets for testing prior to Regents Week. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/2016/regents-116.pdf
  • Monday 2/1: High school Chancellor’s Conference Day (no students Grades 9-12).
  • Tuesday 2/2: Semester 2 begins for students in Grades 9-12. .
  • K-6 report cards will be backpacked home during the first week of February.
  • Grades 7-12 Semester 1 Grades will be live on PupilPath.com during the week of February 8th.


Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.



Mark Berkowitz

(IA) Principal