Letter To NEST+M Students And Families From Mark Berkowitz, Week Of December 4, 2017

Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

The next three weeks provide a wonderful opportunity for students to deliberately connect with their teachers when, or if, they are seeking additional challenges or additional supports within specific areas of study.

Each week I share the following message with NEST+m’s teachers and faculty. It is equally applicable to you, our students and families: Together we create NEST+m each day.

Thank you, students, for always seeking to be your best self-whether academically or as a community member. Your daily practices shape our entire NEST+m community.

It is our shared interactions that enable NEST+m to be the academically rigorous and care-taking school we know it to be.

Parents & Families: Please join me on Tuesday evening as I host a Town Hall meeting that will feature some upfront talking points about year-to-date highlights of our 2017-18 school year, specific responses to questions posed by you through our PTA and more spontaneous questions that will be generated together.  This meeting will take place at 6:00pm on Tuesday in our Auditorium.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

Our Week Ahead

Monday, December 4

  • Financial Aid Night in the Auditorium, 5-7 pm

Tuesday, December 5

  • K-12 Town Hall in the Auditorium, 6-7 pm

Friday December 8

  • Senior Class Photos (Day 1) in the Auditorium. Day 2 will be on December 15
  • Family Friday for Kindergarten, 8:30 am
  • Winter Movie Night in the Library, UG students, 3 pm
  • 6th Grade Potluck Dinner in the Cafeteria, 5:30 pm

Looking ahead

Regents week will be January 22. Please note that the only UG students in attendance will be those taking the January exams.

Opportunities for NEST+m students

MedDOCs Program
The MedDocs program is starting up again January 2018!  First-year medical students teach the MedDOCs students about organ anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology through various hands-on teaching modalities. This initiative aligns with MedDOCs’ overall vision to spur the interest of minority and underserved youth towards a career in medicine and to increase minority representation in the basic science and medical fields. MedDOCs aims to inspire self-confidence, provide individualized guidance, and maintain a support system for students as they progress through the Mount Sinai CEYE pipeline program

The spring session will run Thursdays 4:00-5:30 from January 11th to March 8th at Mount Sinai Hospital. The curriculum will focus on the pulmonary system. High school students will be taught by 2 medical students and will have the opportunity to dissect a sheep’s lung, see a human lung, and attend pulmonary simulator sessions.

Application DEADLINE: Friday, December 15th at 11:59pm. Click HERE to access the online application.

School of NY Times NYC Summer Academy 2018
Applications for NYC Summer Academy 2018 are now open.

The skills taught at The School of The New York Times are core to being a participant in a global community of thinkers. While we know not all of our students want to become journalists someday, the writing, critical thinking, visual storytelling and persuasive communication skills taught during Summer Academy can help guide students’ academic and professional paths.

This year, we are pleased to announce the return of our most beloved courses from past summers and introduce an exciting lineup of new offerings. As always, we’ll turn New York City into our classroom and invite students to immerse themselves in the iconic neighborhoods, people and culture of this great city.

Click here to view the 2018 Course Catalog.

YOUTH INSIGHTS ARTISTS at the Whitney Museum
January 31–May 17 / Wednesdays or Thursdays: 4–6:30 pm

Youth Insights (YI) is a free, after-school program open to New York City high school students in ninth through twelfth grade. Each semester, YI brings teens together with contemporary artists and Museum staff, providing opportunities to work collaboratively, discuss art critically, think creatively, and create art inspired by this exchange.

Participation in the program is free and all supplies are provided. Students also receive a one-trip MetroCard each week to travel home from the Whitney. Prior experience in similar programs is not required for students to participate in Youth Insights.

Apply online now. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Monday, December 18. Students must have a teacher or reference fill out theonline recommendation form in addition to the online application.

Students and teachers should contact Teen Programs directly with any questions about the application process by calling (646) 680-6248 or emailing youthinsights@whitney.org.

Previously announced opportunities for NEST+m students

Kaplan Test Prep
Kaplan Test Prep will be running an SAT Class at NEST+M School in preparation for the March 21st SAT Test date! Class will include 2 Practice Tests and 6 three hour Classroom sessions.   Seating is limited   Register today,  by calling 1-800-527-8378 or visiting https://www.kaptest.com/college-prep/nestm .Use CodeNEST400 to get a $400 discount on the course!!   Prices go up 3 weeks prior to the class start date!

Class Code: SAIKM18005P
Discount Code: NEST400
Schedule: Wednesdays starting at 2:50.  First session is 1/10/18!

Concerts in Motion
Attention high school students: Would you like to brighten a senior citizen’s day, practice performing your music (instrument or vocal), and earn volunteer service hours all at the same time?

If this sounds good to you, Concerts in Motion, a nonprofit that serves senior citizens who can’t leave their homes, is looking for student volunteers!  We are looking for students to sign up to visit a senior citizen in Chinatown for a minimum of one visit per month.  All visits will be supervised by an adult from Concerts in Motion.  Vocalists and instrumentalists of all levels are welcome – we just ask that you come ready to perform 2-4 pieces.

If you are interested in this wonderful service opportunity, please contact Melany at operationsmanager@concertsinmotion.org and she will send more information on how to sign up.  Students are asked to commit to one Monday per month but are welcome to sign up for additional Mondays, too!

Ascend Educational Fund Scholarships
The  Ascend Educational Fund scholarship offers between $2500  – $20,000 to immigrant students or children of immigrants.  New York City Seniors who will attend public or private colleges or universities.  It is irregardless of ethnicity, national origin or immigration status. The requirements are to complete the application, send copy of SAT/ACT, 2 letters of recommendations and write 2 essays.  The application period began Nov 1 and closes February 2, 2018.  The winners must maintain a 2.5 GPA at college.and participate in mentoring from Ascent Educational Fund.

If you have any more questions they can be addressed to info@ascendfundny.org.

3T Writing Workshops
3T Writing Workshops hopes to offer a place for students to write freely about what is on their minds and have their words validated by actors bringing their words to life.

Students are invited to join their upcoming workshops on Dec 7 and Dec 14 at The New School for Drama 151 Bank St. from 4-6pm.

Please click here for an application. More information is found on their website.

Parent Center Information Workshops
Free Winter 2018 Parenting Groups!  Structured parent and parent/child groups and activities provide parents the education, support and resources needed to strengthen their families.
All groups are held at:  The Parent Center @ Henry Street Settlement 281 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002. Registration is required. Please click here for the Winter Schedule and registration information.

Family Resource Centers
The Family Resource Centers provide free and confidential services for parents and caregivers of children and adolescence with emotional challenges in Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx.
For info call 212-964-5253.

FREE one-on-one tutoring to children and adolescents with IEPs twice per week for a full year at Hunter College. Contact info – Carol Deere at HCLEARN@hunter.cuny.edu