Letter To NEST+M Students And Families From Mark Berkowitz, Week Of December 18, 2017 (repost)

Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

Our week ahead features five full days of instruction, 8:20am to 2:40pm. There are no after-school activities on Friday 12/22/17. Students will be asked to head home following the school day on Friday.

As a reminder, schools are closed from 12/25/17 to 12/29/17 and on 1/1/18. School Resumes on Tuesday January 2, 2018.

We hope that you and your family have a wonderful Winter Break and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz


  • Thank you to Melissa Hernandez, for her 1.5 years as NEST+m’s parent coordinator. Melissa has  accepted an opportunity to work for the Office of Student Enrollment’s Family Welcome Center in the Bronx. We thank Melissa for her service to the NEST+m community and wish her all the best as she transitions following this week.
  • Congratulations to Chad Cinquegrana who has earned recognition as a National Board Certified Teacher, one of only five NBCT health teachers in NY State! To find out more about this achievement, see: http://www.nbpts.org.

Our Week Ahead

Monday, December 18

  • Ryan’s Story Presentation for Students in Grades 6-10, in the Auditorium. See details sent separately.
  • Ryan’s Story, Evening Presentation for parents, 6 pm in the NEST+m Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.  http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/

Tuesday, December 14

  • SLT Meeting in the Library, 4 pm

Friday December 22

  • Family Friday for 4th and 5th Grades, 8:30 am

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

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program
Our FREE 7-week summer program teaches 10th–11th grade girls the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community and be competitive in the job market of the future. No past experience with coding is required to apply and take part in the Summer Immersion Program. Summer stipends are also available to cover transportation and living expenses for those who qualify.

Click here for more details on the Summer Immersion Program. Applications open in early January!

Urban Barcode Research Program
We have opened registration for the Urban Barcode Research Program pre-requisite courses being held at the Harlem DNA Lab during the NYC DOE Winter and Spring recesses.  Information about the UBRP and the registration link for courses can be found at:


Community Service Learning Program
The Community Service Learning Program (CSLP) is an 8-month internship (January– August 2018) that aims to develop 8 high school interns into future leaders. Interns will discover their potential and interests by:

  • Working at an organization in lower Manhattan,
  • Learning through trainings coordinated by the TRC and
  • Collaborating to create a final project.

CSLP encourages discussions on community, health issues, and creating change. Applications Due: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 11:59PM at www.bit.ly/CSLP2K18
Spring Test Prep by Atlas 

  • Holiday Discount – Save up to $100 if you enroll by 12/31 ($50 off any Group – Holiday50SmallGroup, $100 off Private Tutoring – Holiday100PrivateTutoring)
  • Prep for the February 10 ACT starts on 12/16 (Register here)
  • Last ACT/ACT Hybrid on 12/16 (Register here)


  • Road to College Seminar by Jane Mathias of Nardin Academy at Buffalo State College & Online on 1/6 (Register here)
  • Prep starts for March 10 SAT on 1/20 – Limited seats available (Register here)
  • Prep starts for March 21 SAT on 1/27 – Limited seats available (Register here)
  • SAT or ACT Practice Exams on 2/3 (Register here)

Previously announced opportunities for NEST+m students

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.

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.