Letter to NEST+m Students and Families from Mark Berkowitz, Week of January 16, 2017

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

As we approach Monday’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday, and February’s Black History Month, listed below are a range of resources for you and your family.

As a citywide G&T school with students from all five boroughs and a range of cultural and home identities, our study and celebration of Black History and the multicultural narrative that is U.S. History, enables each of us to convey NEST+m’s explicit commitment to equity and excellence for all.

Our week ahead features a host of onsite activities and celebrations. Parents, families, please join us. You can find the schedule below, following the list of MLK Day and Black History Month activities.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.

Warmly,

Mark

Resources connected to MLK Day and Black History Month

Our Week Ahead

  • Monday January 16th
    • Schools Closed for Dr. MLK Jr. Day
  • Tuesday January 17, 2017
    • 4:00pm: School Leadership Team Meeting in the Library
    • 4:30pm: PSAL Girls Varsity Basketball Homecoming Game
  • Wednesday January 18, 2017
    • Upper Grades Winter Concert and Art Show 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Thursday January 19, 2017
    • Grades 5 & 6: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People Assemblies.
      (Assembly for students and teachers).
  • Friday January 20, 2017
    • 8:30am: Grades K-2 Family Friday
    • 4:30pm: PSAL Boys Varsity Basketball Homecoming Game
    • 7:00pm: Bye Bye Birdie, Middle Grades Musical
  • Saturday January 21, 2017
    • 6:00pm: Bye Bye Birdie, Middle Grades Musical
  • Sunday January 22, 2017
    • 6:00pm: PTA-coordinated Chess Tournament

Announcements for Upper Grades Students & Families

January 17th – 20th is Homecoming Week! Come to school each day in your favorite NEST+m gear or just wear purple and white to show your school spirit.

January 23rd is the final day of the second marking period and the last day of the semester. Please be sure to submit any outstanding assignments to your teachers this week and to study for your semester 1 summative assessments.

The winners of our Upper Grades Ray Bradbury Fall Writing Competition will be announced over the PA this Tuesday morning. Congratulations to all of the students that submitted their work for consideration. The stories will be featured both in our Literary Magazine, “Epoch,” this Spring and on a special Upper Grades bulletin board shortly.

Support our NEST+m PSAL Athletes. NEST+m students and families are invited to watch a home game.  The NEST+m PSAL calendar is here:  http://www.psal.org/events-and-standings/school-calendar.aspx?schid=01538#

A Look Ahead

January 24th-January 27th: Regents Week. There will be no Upper Grades classes. Students in Grades 9-12 report to school only for their scheduled Regents Examinations.

January 30th: Upper Grades Chancellor’s Conference Day. There will be no Upper Grades students in attendance.

January 31st: First day Semester 2, Upper Grades classes resume.

Outside of School Student Learning Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities, and Internships

YMCA

The YMCA recognizes many teenagers cannot secure work over the summer. The majority of employment opportunities available to teens oftentimes does very little to build their resumes or skill sets. The West Side YMCA has developed Teen Career Connection to address this need. TCC is an eight-week comprehensive internship program, providing NYC youth an unparalleled opportunity. Teens first go through two weeks of intensive professional development, followed by six weeks of hands-on learning experience at an organization/business matched to the student’s career aspirations. In addition to the training and internship experience, teens get linked to a professional who serves as their mentor, supporting them throughout their time in the program.

Program Details:

  • 8 weeks (2 weeks of job readiness training + 6 week internship placement)
  • Participants are placed in their industry of choice*
  • Each participant is paired to a mentor for the entirety of their participation
  • Participants receive 2 monthly metrocards + $300 clothing stipend + $1500 “working” stipend

Use this link to apply online: http://www.teencareerconnection.org/

The application period is open December 23 to March 12 at 11:59 PM

PROJECT TRUE

Project TRUE is recruiting for Teens Researching Urban Ecology, a PAID summer internship! During Project TRUE, participants Explore the Wildlife and Wild places of New York City.

High school students will work with a 70-person team of high schoolers, undergraduates, graduates, and professional scientists to conduct urban ecology research.

See for yourself what Project TRUE is all about on Instagram: @TRUEcologyNYC Check out more information here: http://bronxzoo.com/teens/project-true — Phone:718.220.5896.

ARISE PROGRAM 

NYU’s Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) is a program for academically strong, current 10th and 11th grade New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Please see the following link for application information: http://engineering.nyu.edu/k12stem/arise/

GREENTHUMB YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The GreenThumb Youth Leadership Council provides high school students ages 14–21 with the opportunity to volunteer at a community garden during the spring and summer throughout the five boroughs. GreenThumb is a division of NYC Parks and provides resources and support to 500 community gardens throughout the five boroughs. It is the largest gardening program in the country. Through the GreenThumb YLC, students have the opportunity to learn firsthand from community gardeners how to maintain and grow a healthy garden, covering topics such as botany, agriculture, horticulture, composting, and community development. All program participants are required to volunteer at a garden at least twice a month, accumulating a minimum of 20 service hours. The YLC presents high school students an opportunity to earn volunteer hours, give back to the community, learn new skills, and have fun.

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Brooklyn Public Library offer students ages 12 and up the opportunity to volunteer at library locations throughout Brooklyn. Students ages 12-18 can volunteer as Book Buddies to help librarians read aloud to children and to support the development of fun and engaging programs for youth. Students ages 16 and up can volunteer as After-School Homework Helpers to help students in grades 1 through 8 with their homework, projects, and assignments. Volunteers in the Homework Helper program will assist children one-on-one and in small groups with assignments of all subjects, encourage the development of math skills through the use of Web-based technology, and promote the use of library resources. There are also opportunities to volunteer with technology support and shelf organizing (http://www.bklynlibrary.org/support/volunteer).

READING PARTNERS

Reading Partners is a nonprofit that works to expand opportunities for elementary school children by empowering them with strong literacy skills through a one-on-one tutor to student model. Tutoring with Reading Partners requires absolutely no experience, as we provide all the necessary materials and the ongoing support of a staff Site Coordinator. Reading Centers’ schedules vary, but in general operate Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 8am and 4pm at PS 188, our lower east side school (http://readingpartners.org/volunteer/).If you are interested in volunteering with Reading Partners, please reach out to Mahari Simmonds at mahari.simmonds@readingpartners.org

TEEN REVIEWERS AND CRITICS PROGRAM

The Teen Reviewers and Critics Program (TRaC) is a free 10-week afterschool program for high school students from all over New York and New Jersey to explore the arts in NYC while expanding critical thinking and writing skills. Participating teens are placed in one of six groups—film, dance, theater, visual art, music, or multi-arts—to dig deep into a specific artistic genre by attending cutting-edge performances, meeting artists, visiting museums, learning to navigate the city, and much more (https://teens.artsconnection.org/trac/).

TEENS CURATE TEENS

Teens Curate Teens is a free out-of-school program that brings together NYC high school artists and curators to produce an art exhibition based on a theme each Spring. (https://teens.artsconnection.org/tct/).

NYC LADDERS FOR LEADERS PROGRAM

The New York City Department of Youth & Community Development offers the Ladders for Leaders (L4L) Program for local high school and college students between the ages of 16 to 22.  Since 2013, the Central Queens Y is proud to be an L4L provider that serves these age groups. The program hopes to include about 1,700 participants at 500 work sites citywide, matching adolescents with professional opportunities within corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations.  Some examples of businesses that have participated in Ladders providing internship opportunities include AOL, Pandora, Tishman Speyer, KPMG, Kate Spade and various city agencies included NYC Department of Design and Construction, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The goal of L4L provider is to help place individuals in work environments that suit their abilities and interest, while also providing them with work readiness training.  The participants participate in the program throughout the summer. Participants work anywhere from 25-40 hours per week.  Additionally, all participants will take part in 20-30 hours of pre – employment workshops. These workshops teach basic work readiness skills, including, but not limited to, resume writing, job interview skills, and dealing with conflict in a work environment.  Participant applications for Ladders for Leaders are now available for those who are interested.