Letter to NEST+m Students and Families, Week of March 7, 2016

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

Good luck to Coach Hohl and the NEST+m Boys Varsity Basketball team in their Elite 8 PSAL Class B Playoff Game. The boys play Sunday March 6th, 2pm, at Uncommon Charter School in Brooklyn, 1485 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, 11216.

Go Eagles!


Please Save the Date:

K-12 Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday March 10th, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, and Friday March 11th, 12:40pm to 2:40pm.

Grade K-8 Conferences: Electronic Sign-up began on Friday March 4, 2016 via this link: http://www.nestmpta.org/pt-conferences.html


Note: Conferences will not be held this week for teachers K. Park (1st grade),  J. Masters (2nd grade ), M. Cadornigara (6th grade).  Once leave replacements are finalized for Ms. Park and Ms. Masters we will coordinate an opportunity for families to meet these leave-replacement instructors.

Grade 9-12 conferences will take place in teacher classrooms. Sign-up will take place directly outside of each teacher’s classroom door. Parents will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis (a guide to teacher room locations will be provided on conference day).


Congratulations to Upper Grades teacher Margaret Tanzosh and her Computer Science students who have been prominently featured in two promotional videos from Harvard’s CS50AP Course, supported by Microsoft. One of these videos was shared during last week’s Principal’s Coffees. Please see:


Promotional video from the CS50 AP Hackathon 2016 NYC



 From Google’s Team to Ours (by way of the NY Times).

This article was published in last week’s NY Times magazine. It is a valuable resource when considering the norms that lead to success when students are prompted to learn from and with each other in collaborative school-based settings.

Duhigg, Charles.  What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team: New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter. The New York Times Magazine. 25 February 2016.



Looking Ahead:


Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.




Mark Berkowitz

(IA) Principal