Letter To NEST+m Students & Families From Mark Berkowitz, Week Of May 29, 2017

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

As we enter the final weeks of our 2016-17 school year, please be aware of the following information related to end-of-semester assessments in grades 8-12.

For Grades 8-12 courses that end in a NY State Regents Exam, the Regents exam will be your child’s final assessment.

In certain instances High School students may have already taken the NYS Regents typically aligned with this course (Ex. 11th grade US History students who completed the NYS US History Regents exam as 8th graders). In these instances your child’s teacher will provide a Regents-aligned final assessment but it will not be the June 2017 NYS Regents.

Please assist norms within our K-12 community by actively reviewing our schoolwide norms and expectations:

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As always, citywide norms and expectations can be found on the NYC Department of Education homepage:
Respect for All:
http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/RespectforAll/default.htm
 
Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning:  
http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/DisciplineCode/default.htm

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.

Warmly,
Mark Berkowitz
Principal

Middle Grades Announcements:
Thank you to the NEST+m families and community for supporting our students last week during our Middle Grades Spring Art and Music Festival. Congratulations to the students for exhibiting their high level demonstrations of learning.

Please see our Open Classroom Tutoring & Regents Review Schedule – Grades 6-12 which has been composed by AP Tessa Derfner and is attached to this message.

For 8th Grade Students and Families: Please Review the June 2017 Regents and SLP Schedule. Passing the Regents course and corresponding exam is necessary to earn high school credit in 8th Grade. If a family makes a choice to opt-out of a Regents exam or SLP, students will not be able to earn high school credit for that course.
Please know that Grade Team Leaders are finalizing the End-of-Year Projects, Papers, and Final Exam Schedules for non-Regents courses. We will be releasing this information shortly.
 
Upper Grades Announcements:
Thank you to Melanie Siokalo and Doug Rich for organizing a visit from Jane Emery to our 12th Grade Government classes this past week. Ms. Emery was the editor of her high school newspaper in Little Rock, Arkansas during the racial integration of the Little Rock Central High School. Ms. Emery’s presentation was both engaging and moving for our students.

Thank you to Michael Albertson, Pieter Voorhees, Valeria Shkop, and our Upper Grade students for the wonderful Spring Music Concert this past week. Thank you families for your continued support of our NEST+m Music Program and for your attendance at this special concert

On Friday, June 2nd, our 12th Grade students will be leaving for their Senior Trip to Frost Valley YMCA, in the Catskills. Students will return to NEST+m on Sunday afternoon at approximately 4pm. We’re looking forward to a wonderful team building and celebratory trip for our students.

On Tuesday, May 30th, during period 3 we will be holding a mandatory final Senior Trip planning session. The meeting is only for students who have both submitted a signed parental permission slip and payment in full for the trip.

Semester 2 Final Assessments and Regents Exams are quickly approaching.
Non-Regents Final Assessments will be administered between June 5th – June 9th.

Regents Examinations will be administered from June 13 – June 20th. See the full Schedule of Examinations here: June 2017 Regents and SLP Schedule

Students should be actively studying and reviewing in preparation of these important exams. Please see the most updated schedule of our teacher’s before / after school Regents Review Sessions below:
Open Classroom Tutoring & Regents Review Schedule – Grades 6-12

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Our Week Ahead
 
Monday May 29: Memorial Day: Schools closed.
Wednesday May 31st:  Evening information session for current NEST+m 7th grade Families re: NEST+m Upper Grades (HS) and HS Articulation Process. 5:30pm, Auditorium.
Thursday June 1st 
5:30pm, Special Education orientation for incoming Students and Families (Middle Grades & Upper Grades)
Friday June 2: 12th grade Trip.

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Looking ahead:
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: 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 K-12 students on site.
6/12: Last Day of Instruction Grades 9-12. Clerical Day—No school for Grades K-8 Students.
6/13-6/22:  Regents Week:
6/21: 5th Grade “Stepping Up/Graduation” Ceremony at NEST+m, 8:30am
6/22: 8th Grade Stepping Up Ceremony, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 12:30pm
6/22: 12th Grade Graduation The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 9:00am