Letter to NEST+m Students & Families from Mark Berkowitz, week of June 19, 2017


Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

I am hoping that today has been a day of meaning for you and your families.

Hats off to you Dads!

In this final full-week of our school year, we have much to celebrate.

This week marks the completion of elementary school for NEST+m’s 5th Grade students, the completion of Middle School for NEST+m’s 8th Grade students and the completion of High School for NEST+m’s 12th Grade students.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.

Mark Berkowitz

The Week Ahead

Monday June 19th

  • 4th Grade Music Concert in the auditorium, 8:45am
  • 4th Grade Celebration in classrooms, 9:15am
  • Second Language Proficiency Exams, 9:00am
  • LOTE – Languages Other than English Exams, 1:00pm

Tuesday June 20th

  • Second Grade Celebration in classrooms, 9:00am
  • Regents Chemistry Exam, 9:00am

Wednesday June 21th

  • 5th Grade “Moving Up/Graduation” Ceremony & Celebration in the NEST+mauditorium, 8:30am
  • 5th Grade Dance Celebration in the Cafeteria, from 5-8 pm

Thursday June 22th

  • 12th Grade Graduation Ceremony at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 9:00am
  • 8th Grade Stepping Up Ceremony, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 12:30pm

Friday June 23rd

  • Kindergarten End of Year Concert in auditorium, 8:45am
  • Kindergarten Celebration in classrooms, 9:30am

Middle Grades Announcements
To ensure that students have access to course-specific support beyond that which is provided within our regular instructional periods, please see the following link which specifies when academic supports for Grades 6-12 will be provided with an eye toward Summative Assessments:
Open Classroom Tutoring & Regents Review Schedule – Grades 6-12

Middle Grades Summative Assessments: (End-of-Year Projects, Papers, Final Exam Schedules, and Regents).

6th Grade:

  • ELA: Final Exam on 6/19/2017
  • Social Studies: Final Exam on 6/21/2017
  • Theater/Literacy: Final Project on 6/23/2017

7th Grade:

  • Science: Final Project Presentation the week of June 19th
  • Social Studies: Final Exam on 6/23/2017

8th Grade:
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.
Regents exams are non-attendance days for students participating in the exams. Students will come in to take the exam only and then will be dismissed. 8th Grade Courses will not be in session on the following date: 6/19/2017

For 8th grade students and families:

  • 6/19 – Report for World Languages Second Language Proficiency (SLP) exam only
  • 6/20 – Normal day
  • 6/21 – Normal day, 8th Grade Cruise at night
  • 6/22 – Report for Graduation only at Cooper Union
  • 6/23 – Report to school normal time. 8th grade Field Day Field Trip.

Upper Grades Announcements
This week features the continuation of our June Regents Examination Cycle. Please Review the June 2017 Regents SLP and LOTE Schedule and note the following:

  • Regents exam days are non-attendance days for Upper Grade Students. Students will come to school only if they are taking an exam and then will be dismissed from school when finished. Students taking two exams on a single day should be prepared with food and snacks as they will have limited break time (45 minutes) between tests.
  • For morning Regents Exams students should arrive to school by 8:45am and be seated in their exam room by 9:00am for attendance and test directions
  • For afternoon Regents Exams students should be seated in their Exam Room by 1:00pm
  • Students who finish a morning exam early may not leave the Regents Exam room before 10:30am. Students who finish an afternoon exam may not leave the Regents Exam room before 2:30pm.
  • All students taking Regents Exams should bring a copy of their Regents ticket and school ID with them on Exam Days.
  • Student Cell Phones must be powered off and stored in hallway lockers before the beginning of any Regents Exam. Cell Phones brought into an Exam room must be given to the testing room proctor before the exam begins and will be held by the testing room proctor until the test’s conclusion. Students may NOT wear or use any electronic device during a Regents Exam– this includes Smart Watches and bluetooth enabled fitness bands.

Monday, June 19

  • Second Language Proficiency Exams (9:00am)
  • LOTE – Languages Other than English Exams (1:00pm)

Tuesday, June 20

  • Chemistry Regents (9:00am)

Wednesday, June 21

  • Regents Non-Attendance Day for NEST+m Upper Grade Students

Thursday, June 22

  • Upper Grades Commencement at Cooper Union Great Hall
  • Regents Non-Attendance Day for NEST+m Upper Grade Students

Friday, June 22nd

  • Regents Rating Day
  • Non-Attendance Day for NEST+m Upper Grade Students

Looking ahead

  • June 26: Eid al-Fitr. All schools are closed.
  • June 27: Regular instructional day. Upper Grades classes are in session (Normal School Day)
  • June 28: Final Day of School (½ day with dismissal at 11:30am)
    • UG students, please be sure all textbooks have been turned in and that your locker is clean / without lock