Letter to NEST+m Students and Families from Mark Berkowitz, Week of February 12, 2018 (repost)

Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

This past Friday, February 9, 2018, Semester 1 report cards were distributed to students in Grades 6-12. Please be sure you have received this important information. Should you have questions please be in touch with your child’s individual teachers.

Report cards for students in grades K-5 will be prepared prior to our next Parent Teacher Conferences, on Thursday March 8 and Friday March 9.

Thank you to all members of the Upper Grades Black Student Union and their Faculty Advisor, Michelle Roper. Last week’s assemblies for students in grades 6-12 provided a powerful call to action in the form of our students’ voices and experiences. Among the themes presented during this assembly were:

  • In order to confront bias, we must name its presence.
  • In order to provide truly inclusive learning experiences, teachers must look inward toward the curricular resources we select & the learning experiences we create each day.
  • Given our school-wide commitment to meeting the needs of all learners and to fostering partnership with all families, this is ongoing work.

Throughout the NYC Department of Education, February 12-15th is Respect for All Week.The theme for Respect for All Week at NEST+m is Inclusivity.

Friday is the Lunar New Year. To all who celebrate, Happy New Year. A range of NYC events is listed below. Here at NEST+m, Lion Dancers will be visiting on the morning of Thursday February 15th.

Museum of Chinese in America, Lunar New Year Events

Asia Society Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan — Celebrate the Lunar New Year 2018!

NY Daily News: Celebrate Lunar New Year NYC

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz



Our Week Ahead

  • Wednesday, February 14th: PTA Bake Sale and Candy Grams passed out
  • Thursday, February 15th: Lunar New Year Celebration
  • Friday February 16th:  School Closed for Lunar New Year
  • Monday 2/19 to Friday 2/23: Schools closed, MidWinter Recess.
  • School Resumes on Monday February 26.
  • Save the Date! Spring Parent Teacher Conferences are around the corner. Please mark your calendars for Thursday March 8 (PM), Friday March 9 (Afternoon).

Opportunities for NEST+m students

DOE Summer Opportunities and February workshops
All students are invited to attend Summer Enrichment Fair on Saturday, Feb.17 from 12-4 pm. Students (grades 9-12) and families will learn about summer activities, internships, academic programs, and paid employment opportunities. Click here to register. 

Students should also register for the Work Readiness 101 Workshop on Feb. 12 and Feb. 20. Students will learn about time management, taking initiative in the workplace, resume writing and interviewing skills.

Undocumented students can still apply for the Dream scholarship due on March 1st, 2018 Link: http://www.thedream.us/

BMCC Opportunities
Futures and Options and CUNY College Now are partnering to offer work-readiness training to high schools juniors and seniors! During the spring, program participants will spend one afternoon per week in Career Essentials, a career development program, and one afternoon per week in an Excel training course at BMCC. Students who successfully complete both programs will be guaranteed internships this summer!


Open to 11th and 12th graders · Apply as soon as you can at http://bit.ly/FAOCE · Deadline to apply is: Friday, February 17th but applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Starts the week of February 26th, for 13 weeks, twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Previously announced opportunities for NEST+m students

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming auditions for the iTheatrics Summer Junior Theater Academy to be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 between 9:30am-6:00pm in Manhattan.

To sign up for an audition in NYC on Saturday, February 24th, send an email to Jiana Odland at jiana@itheatrics.com with the student’s name and current grade by February 16th.

YWCA College Knowledge Camp
Looking for something to do during the mid-winter recess? Register now for the YWCA College Knowledge Camp! This program is for self-identified girls and gender non-conforming youth to learn more about college through fun activities, games and field trips!

We have college tours planned for New York University, Barnard College, and The New School
OPEN TO 9th – 11th GRADE – it’s never too early!

Tuesday, February 20th – Friday, February 23rd, 2018
11:00am – 5:00pm. Half-day on Friday, *Lunch provided on all days* FREE

Space is Limited and Quickly Filling up!
Click here to RSVP. Deadline: February 15.
Questions? Email Promiti at pislam@ywcanyc.org

NYU Science Research Program for 10th & 11th Grade Students: 

After a successful launch in summer 2013, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering continues to conduct the Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program.  This program is for academically strong, current 10th and 11th grade New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The program is free, and each student receives a stipend of $500 for the 8-week session.  Participating students are expected to work in their labs every day, and they receive careful guidance from NYU faculty and graduate students.  At the end of the summer, the students present their work at a research symposium.

Here’s a link to the program website: http://engineering.nyu.edu/k12stem/arise/

Applications are due March 1, 2018. There is time to apply!

NYU Journalisam – Summer 2018
Build your skills! Report, write, shoot, post…food, fashion, culture
Enrollment opens February 12

Cooper Union Artist Residencies
Applications are still open for A.I.R. 2018
The Cooper Union offers four artist residencies within the Summer Art Intensive Program. The fellowships will be given to outstanding professional visual artists who will spend one month, June 28th though July 30th, on-campus developing a new project in the Painting and Drawing Department.  Deadline is February 15, apply here!

Paid High School Internships
We are pleased to announce that Wave Hill is now accepting applications for our two paid High School Internship programs, the Forest Project and the Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship.
The Forest Project is open to current sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The seven-week program meets Mondays through Fridays from late June through August 21st, 2018. Interns work in small, supervised crews to help restore woodland areas at Wave Hill. The application deadline for this program is March 18th, 2018. For more information and the online application please go to http://www.wavehill.org/education/forest-project/.

The Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) is open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. This 14-month program provides a unique opportunity to work with local ecologists and participate in ecological research projects. WERM students learn content and develop basic research skills during their first summer through hands-on projects and coursework.  After building on their skills at weekend workshops during the academic year, students embark on a final research project under the guidance of a science mentor for their second summer. The application deadline for this program is April 1st, 2018. For more information and the online application please go to http://www.wavehill.org/education/woodland-ecology-research-mentorship/

Exciting Summer Opportunities for Your Students at Stanford
We offer programs across a wide variety of disciplines including arts, humanities, science, and math, giving highly motivated students the opportunity to investigate advanced topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Participants engage in small classes with brilliant instructors and peers who share their passions.

Deadlines for our summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available.

Learn more about Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies programs here: https://spcs.stanford.edu/programs.

Project TRUE is now accepting applications for summer 2018!
High school students conduct summer long urban ecology field research projects under the mentorship of Fordham University students and WCS educators.

See for yourself what Project TRUE is all about on Instagram: @TRUEcologyNYC or check out more information here: http://bronxzoo.com/teens/project-true — Application can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/WRrOB6xcblnOgd9r2

This internship is for current JUNIORS ONLY and the application deadline is Feb 18th

We have Scholarships for students for our Summer Programs in New York!!
We are glad to offer students a special 40% scholarship and discount (tuition is then $1,490 instead of $2,450) on our Summer 3-Week Summer Program “Discover New York Business and Finance”, which combines top level courses, company and financial institutions visits and guests speakers lectures.

Click here for more information:

Please find hereafter the brochure for our 3-Week Program:

August Writers’ Workshop
The School of The New York Times is excited to announce our new end-of-summer August Writers’ Workshop for rising middle and high school students (grades 7-12) of all writing abilities on August 13–17 in New York City. This week-long program helps students enhance their writing skills under the tutelage of some of the best writers in the world. Students will emerge with strengthened communication skills, confidence in their writing and a profound sense of the power of the written word and visual communication—all right before school starts! The August Writers’ Workshop is the perfect way to kick off the academic year and occurs right after our NYC Summer Academy.

Workshop Quick Facts
Date: August 13–17, 2018
Grade Eligibility: Rising 7-12
Click here for more information.
Click here to register.

Summer 2018 College Credit Courses at Baruch College
Current 10th and 11th graders can apply to enroll in one of the following college credit bearing courses for FREE:

  • Business Fundamentals – BUS 1011 (3 Credits)
  • Journalistic Writing – JRN 3050 (4 credits)
  • Cultural Anthropology – ANT 1001 (3 credits)
  • Critical Health Issues – HED 1911 (3 credits)

Program Details:

  • All courses will take place at Baruch College from July 5th – August 16th
  • Courses will be from Monday through Thursday from 9am – 2pm


  • Be a current NYC public high school 10th or 11th grader
  • Have the following test scores: PSAT/SAT Verbal (Min. 480) OR English Language Arts Regents (Min. 75), OR  ACT English Score (Min. 20),  OR  Overall 80+ English average

Online Application: www.baruch.cuny.edu/collegenow. Deadline for application and ALL supporting documents: April 13th, 2018

GlamourGals is a national nonprofit whose mission is to inspire and organize teen volunteers to provide ongoing companionship and complimentary beauty makeovers to women living in senior homes.
We would like to invite students from your school to attend a Valentine’s Day service event at Goddard Riverside NORC (689 Columbus AvenueNew York, NY 10025) on 2/14 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

Please click here for more information.

Center for Architecture
The Center for Architecture has upcoming K-12 spring and summer programs. Please click here for more information.

College Scholarship for High School Seniors
Citrin Cooperman is a Top 25 nationally recognized full-service Accounting firm with locations throughout the Northeast and over 900 employees.

For the past 10+ years, we have been offering college scholarships to High School Seniors interested in pursuing a degree in Business. Each year, we select  students to receive a yearly scholarship of $1,000 for each of their 4 years of college.

Please click here for the official application for the 2018 Citrin Cooperman High School Business Grant.

Arts Connection Teen Programs
Please click here for information regarding many art programs in NYC.

Ladders for Leaders
The New York City Department of Youth & Community Development offers the Ladders for Leaders (L4L) Program for local high school and college students between the ages of 16 to 22. The program hopes to include about 1,700 participants at 500 worksites citywide, matching adolescents with professional opportunities within corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.  Some examples of businesses that have participated in Ladders providing internship opportunities include AOL, Pandora, Tishman Speyer, KPMG, Kate Spade and various city agencies included NYC Department of Design and Construction, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Our goal as an L4L provider is to help place individuals in work environments that suit their abilities and interest, while also providing them with work readiness training.  The participants participate in the program throughout the summer. Participants work anywhere from 25-40 hours per week.  Additionally, all participants will take part in 20-30 hours of pre-employment workshops. These workshops teach basic work readiness skills, including, but not limited to, resume writing, job interview skills, and dealing with conflict in a work environment.

Participant applications for Ladders for Leaders are now available for those who are interested. Applications can be found at https://application.nycsyep.com/  – make sure you choose Central Queens YM & YWHA – Queens as their provider, or use our PIN# 230795.

Urban Leadership Fellows
ULF exposes exceptional graduating high school seniors to the municipal securities industry through highly supported paid summer internships. Each student is paired with a mentor the duration of the internship.

  • Student Recruitment: High School seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA interested in pursuing finance, law and/or government in college. Big push for NYCHA residents.
  • Duration & Hours: 40 hours/week for 6 weeks in July and August 2018
  • Program Requirements: Interns work 40 hours per week and attend events organized by Futures and Options, including orientations, an opening breakfast, municipal bond school, Excel workshops, public speaking, writing, and presentation trainings, a trip to DC hosted by the MSRB, and a closing luncheon
  • Deadline: Final deadline: March 9th, 2018
  • Scholarship: $500 book grant for all participants, ULF alumni entering their sophomore, junior, and senior year who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher receive $1,250 every year. ULF alumni who maintain a cumulative GPA between 3.25 and 3.49 and received $1,000 college scholarships

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.

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 

  • April 14 ACT Prep Starts 2/25 – Enroll Here
  • NYC PSAT Exam & Review Seminar (FREE) – 3/10 – Register Here (Class of 2020)
  • College Search Seminar (FREE) – 3/17, 10am-12pm – Register Here
  • May 5 SAT Prep Starts 3/17 – Enroll Here
  • Practice SAT/ACT Exam (FREE) – 3/24 – Register Here
  • Study Skills Seminar (FREE) – 4/21, 10am-12pm – Register Here
  • June 2 SAT Prep Starts 4/21 – Enroll Here
  • June ACT Prep Starts 4/21 – Enroll Here
  • Hybrid Exam (FREE) – 4/28 – Register Here (Class of 2020)
  • Hybrid Exam (FREE) – 5/19 – Register Here (Class of 2020)
  • Hybrid Exam (FREE) – 6/2 – Register Here (Class of 2020)
  • Finding Your Right Path Seminar (FREE) – 6/16, 10am-12pm – Register Here
  • Common App & Essay Workshop – 8/14 & 8/16, 6-9pm – Enroll Here

– Making College Affordable Seminar (FREE) – 9/8, 10am-12pm – 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.