Letter To NEST+M Students And Families From Mark Berkowitz, Week Of January 1, 2018 (repost)

Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

Happy New Year!

We look forward to welcoming you back to school on Tuesday January 2, 2018.

Given that cold weather continues to be forecast for the week ahead, please note the following Cold Weather Guidelines from the NYC Department of Education: “Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind-chill factor is below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not preclude outdoor play.”

We will maintain outdoor play periods, take precautions to keep students warm and ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When outdoors, we will prompt students and staff to cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth. Please note that we will absolutely exercise common sense and avail ourselves of indoor recess if this is needed.

We look forward to a wonderful week ahead!

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz


  • Upper Grades Students: We have 13 instructional days until the end of Semester 1 which concludes on Friday, January 19th! Should you have any questions about your courses, please be in touch with your teachers and take advantage of our NHS peer tutoring program, which meets each Monday and Tuesday afternoon from 2:45pm – 4:00pm in the library.

Our Week Ahead

Monday, January 1

  • Schools Closed. Happy New Year.  

Wednesday, January 3

  • LG Assembly: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Thursday, January 4 and Friday, January 5

  • School Photos – Retake Days

Looking ahead

  • January 9: Principal’s Coffee, MG – 8:30 am in the cafeteria. All are welcome.
  • January 11: Principal’s Coffee, LG – 8:30 am in the cafeteria. All are welcome.
  • January 12:
    • Principal’s Coffee, UG – 8:30 am in the cafeteria. All are welcome.
    • Winter Dance for UG students – 5 pm in the cafeteria
  • January 15th: No School. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday
  • January 19, 2018 is the end of Marking Period 2. During January Regents 2018 Regents Week, No Upper Grades Students will be in attendance except for students taking Regents exams.
  • January 26: Scoring Day for High Schools. HS Students do not attend.
  • January 29: Chancellor’s Conference Day in High Schools. HS Students do not attend
  • January 30th: Spring Term begins for HS students.

Opportunities for NEST+m students

CURIE Academy
Curie Academy is a one-week summer residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science, enjoy solving problems, and want to learn more about careers in engineering

  • Website: https://sites.coecis.cornell.edu/curieacademy/
  • Dates: July 15-21, 2018 (attendance is required for the entire program.)
  • Application: Available online at
  • Deadline: Received by March 1, 2018
  • Rising seniors (class of 2019) who are women and African/Black American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander and/or first generation college students meeting the requirements below will automatically be considered for a full tuition waiver for the 2018 CATALYST Academy.

Previously announced 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!

Spring Test Prep by Atlas 

  • 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)

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.

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.