Letter To NEST+M Students And Families From Mark Berkowitz, Week Of January 8, 2018 (repost)

Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

We are hoping that you have been able to stay warm during the past few frigid days!

We have a full 5-day instructional week ahead of us.

Students: Together we create NEST+m each day! Thank you for being your best self always.

Let’s Soar.


Mark Berkowitz

Our Week Ahead

Tuesday, January 9:

  • K-5 Principal’s Coffee in the Cafeteria from 8:30am to 9:30am, All are welcome to join this meeting with parents.

Thursday January 11th:   

  • DOE College Awareness Day. This is the DOE’s Third Annual Citywide College Awareness Day. If your children have attire from any college or university, please encourage them to wear school gear!
  • Grades 6-8 Principal’s Coffee in the Cafeteria from 8:30am to 9:30am,  All are welcome to join this meeting with parents.
  • School Photos – Makeup day (rescheduled from last week)

Friday January 12th:   

  • Grades 9-12 Principal’s Coffee in the Cafeteria from 8:30am to 9:30am,  All are welcome to join this meeting with parents.
  • Upper Grades Winter Dance, 5pm to 8pm in Cafeteria

Looking ahead

  • January 15th: No School. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. Please see this link for resources related to the King National Holiday. https://www.timeout.com/newyork/martin-luther-king-day
  • January 17: Upper Grades Winter Concert, 6pm in Auditorium
  • January 19th and 20th: Performances of High School Musical by MG SONYC Theater program. Tickets are still available at nestmpta.tix.com
  • Week of January 22: During January 2018 Regents Week is 1/22 to 1/26, No Upper Grades Students will be in attendance except for students taking Regents exams.
  • January 25: Middle Grades Winter Art & Music Festival. Art show starts at 5pm , concert at 6 pm.
  • 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 families

Lower Manhattan Community Middle School has extended a special invitation for their workshop on Drugs use in adolescents. The guest speaker are from the Odyssey House and from the Manhattan DA office. The Workshop is on Thursday, January 25th at 6:00 pm, at Battery Park City School (55 Battery Place)

Opportunities for NEST+m students

Rutgers School of Engineering
Rutgers University–New Brunswick is excited to announce an opportunity for students interested in engineering. The Rutgers School of Engineering is offering the chance for students to participate in a new Pre-Engineering Summer Academy to develop their knowledge and skills through real-world field experiences.

This intensive one-week certificate program will introduce students to a variety of engineering areas including: Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Forensic, Mechanical.

Eligible students must be between the ages of 16-18, must have completed courses in precalculus and physics, and must submit an online application.

Interested in learning more? Attend an online information session or visit Pre-Engineering Summer Academy. Contact: cpreston@admissions.rutgers.edu.

Interested in medicine or engineering? 
We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.

We are now seeking applicants for our New York, NY program. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering.

Applicants should fill out our online application in advance of the March 21, 2018 application deadline. Additional information can be found on our website: www.perryinitiative.org — The application may be accessed directly using the following link:http://perryinitiative.org/programs/student-online-application/ — More information and a printable flyer for this event can be found here.

George Washington Pre-College
GW Pre-College offers credit and non-credit programs for motivated high school students to study in Washington, D.C.

Our programs are exciting and intensive, offering a transformative introduction to college life!

Please click here for more information: https://summer.gwu.edu/precollege
Please click here to apply: https://summer.gwu.edu/apply-precollege

Engineering Exploration Experience
This spring, Columbia University’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will be hosting its annual Engineering Exploration Experience. The event will expose female high school students to the exciting career opportunities available in all branches of engineering. The event provides students with the opportunity to participate in workshops led by professors and an engineering design challenge mentored by Columbia students. There will also be a panel session where students can meet and speak with professional women in various engineering industries.

Registration will open within the next few weeks and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis!

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, March 24th, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Columbia University (NYC), Mudd Engineering Building
Participation Fee: Early Bird (Before January 30th) – $10, Regular – $15

Lunch, t-shirts, and materials for the engineering design challenge will be provided. If the participation fee poses a financial concern, students will be able to request a fee-waiver within the registration form.

Previously announced 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.

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 

  • 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)

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.