Letter to NEST+m Students & Families from Mark Berkowitz, Week of May 22, 2017

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

Thank you to all of our students, teachers and families who made last week’s first ever K-12 Curriculum Showcase a great success. It was wonderful to see high level demonstrations of student learning exhibited throughout our K-12 community.
As always, our calendar and updates below provide additional information about our week ahead.


Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.

Mark Berkowitz

Our Week Ahead

Grades K-5 Announcements:

May 24th and 25th

  • The 4th Grade Science Performance Task is a 60 minute hands-on science task.
  • 4th grade students will take the exam on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Grades 6-12 Announcements:
NEST+m has been selected by NY State to conduct “Regents Field Testing,” a non-evaluative assessment of Regents Exam questions that is scheduled to take place this week. Please direct Regents field testing questions to AP’s Greg Farrell or Keshia Souffrant.
May 23rd

  • Common Core English Field Test – 2 Hour Administration, 11th Grade students, Periods 4-6
May 25th
  • US History & Gov’t Field Test – 40 minute administration, 11h Grade Students & 8th Grade Students, Period 1
  •  CC Geometry Field Test – 40 minute administration, (All Geometry Students – from Grades 8, 9, 10), Period 5
 A reminder re: School based norms and expectations:

Other Special Events in Our Week Ahead

Tuesday May 23
  • 10th Grade Family Meeting re: College Process, 8:30am, Library
Wednesday May 24th
  • Upper Grades Principal’s Coffee, 8:30am, Cafeteria
  • 4th Grade State Science Performance Task – Day one
  • Upper Grades Spring Concert, 6pm, Auditorium
Thursday May 25th
  • Middle Grades Principal’s Coffee, 8:30am, Cafeteria
  • 4th Grade State Science Performance Task – Day two
  • 12th Grade Student Panel re: College Application Process for 11th Grade Students, 3:30 pm, Library
  • Middle Grades Spring Art and Music Festival. Art show starts at 5 pm, Music concert starts at 6 pm, Auditorium
Friday May 26th:
  • Lower Grades Principal’s Coffee, 8:30am, Cafeteria. Ms. Gerstein will present on our K-2 science program.
  • 4th Grade State Science Performance Task (Make Up Testing) Day
  • School Spirit Day, Show your colors! All Students & Faculty are Encouraged to wear NEST+m Spirit Wear.

Looking ahead
5/29: Memorial Day: Schools closed.
5/31: Evening information session for current NEST+m 7th grade Families re: NEST+m Upper Grades (HS) and HS Articulation Process
6/1: 5:30pm, Special Education orientation for incoming Students and Families (Middle Grades & Upper Grades)
6/5: 9:00 am. Internet Safety Parent Presentation by the Manhattan DA’s office

6/5: 5:30pm, Orientation for all incoming Upper Grades Students and Families

6/6: 5:30pm, Orientation for all incoming Middle Grades Students and Families
6/6: 7:15pm, Following MG Orientation and open to all NEST+m families, Author and Psychotherapist Sean Grover speaks about how parents can support the needs of adolescents navigating academics, friendships, families and identity.
6/7 & 6/9: 6th Grade Original Play Festival, 5:30pm, NEST+m Auditorium, Free Admission.
6/8:  “Anniversary Day”, No school for students.
6/12: Last Day of Instruction Grades 9-12. Clerical Day—No school for K-8 Students.
6/13: 8:45 am. Orientation for all incoming Lower Grades Students and Families
6/13-6/22:  Regents Week
6/21: 5th Grade “Stepping Up/Graduation” Ceremony at NEST+m, 8:30am
6/22: 12th Grade Graduation The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 9:00am
6/22: 8th Grade Stepping Up Ceremony, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 12:30pm