Letter To NEST+M Students And Families From Mark Berkowitz, Week Of December 11, 2017 (Repost)

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

Thank you and congratulations to our Kindergarten students, teachers and families for making this past Friday’s All About Me celebration such a great success.

  • Students engaged in Purposeful Reading and Writing
  • Students Learning From and With Each Other
  • Public Exhibition of Student Learning

What a joy to see these attributes of NEST+m learners, and more, all on display.

Our week ahead features additional opportunities to celebrate students’ learning including this upcoming Tuesday’s 5th Grade Ballroom Dancing Celebration and Friday’s Family Friday for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades.

Thank you, families, for the many ways in which your direct partnership supports our learning community.

With ten instructional days until Winter Break, as always, please ensure that students are present for our full instructional day, 8:20am to 2:40pm.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

Our Week Ahead

Tuesday, December 12

  • 5th Grade Ballroom Dancing Performance, 8:30 am in the Auditorium

Thursday, December 14

  • UG Open Mic Event, 3 pm in the Library

Friday December 15

  • Senior Class Photos (Day 2) in the Auditorium.
  • Family Friday for 1st and 3rd Grades, 8:30 am
  • Family Friday for 2nd Grade, 9:00 am

Looking ahead

  • December 22 is the last day of school before Winter break. There will be no afterschool activities on December 22. Please plan accordingly.
  • Winter Break is December 25-January 1. School resumes on January 2.
  • 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

All About PSAT, SAT, & ACT
Students’ PSAT scores will be available by December 13th. Come learn what they mean, then we will discuss the main differences between the SAT and ACT. We will help you decide which test is better for your child, when to take them, how much to prepare for them, and more. Learn what colleges really look for and what you need to plan for.

All About PSAT, SAT, & ACT
Thursday, December 14th

7:00pm EST / 4:00pm PST

Click here to reserve your spot.

High School Summer Internship Program at the NYC Department of Design and Construction
This internship is designed for students interested in architecture, engineering, building trades, public administration, business administration or information technology.  It is to enable students to test the waters of the NYC design, building and construction fields and offer them valuable hands on work and educational experience.  The program lasts for 6 weeks with students attending 5 days a week.  It begins Thursday, July 5th and ends Friday, August 10, 2018.

To Qualify, students must reside in New York City, and be a high school student at lease 16 years of age.  Students must be available to work the entire duration of the program, be eligible to work in the US and have working papers.   Applications are completed online by January 5, 2018.  There will also be an interview for the process.  Completed applications should be sent to www.nyc.gov/ddc and visit the STEAM tab section of the website.   If you have any questions, you can call 718 391-2888 for assistance.  The email address is STEAM@ddc.nyc.gov.

Previously announced 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.

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 workshop on 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.