Letter to NEST+m Students and Families from Mark Berkowitz, Week of February 26, 2018 (repost)

Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

We hope that you have had a wonderful vacation with the space and time to feel rejuvenated and energized for our return to school on Monday. We are excited to see you!

We have some wonderful staffing announcements to make! Please join me in welcoming the following new-to-NEST+m faculty members:

  • Parent Coordinator:  Lisa Seale Cruz
    • As many of you know Lisa has been a steadfast advocate for the NEST+m community through her prior work as communications liaison and data manager for the NEST+m PTA. Now, building upon her communications & design background and her longtime work with the NEST+m community, Lisa will be joining our team as Parent Coordinator. Lisa is parent to 7th grader Maya Cruz and to NEST+m middle school graduate Hana Cruz. Welcome Lisa!
  • Nurse Tiffany Wallace
    • Nurse Tiffany was assigned to us as Nurse Jill’s leave replacement. The Department of Health has officially assigned Nurse Tiffany to our school. Welcome Nurse Tiffany!
  • Welcome back to Madeline Lachman
    • Maddy was formerly a TA to Amanda Sainsott in the 2nd Grade. She is joining the 4th grade team as a long-term sub. Welcome Maddy!

Please save the date for:

  • Thursday, March 1 at 6pm: K-12 Family Town Hall Meeting coordinated by the NEST+m PTA. In addition to the Principal’s Coffees which regularly take place on multiple mornings each month, I will be hosting a Town Hall meeting on Thursday with questions submitted to me prior to the evening via the PTA. Please look for more information from the PTA.
  • Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9th: Parent Teacher Conferences. More information forthcoming.
  • The DOE’s Annual School Survey is live now. As you likely know, each year parents, teachers and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey which is aligned to the DOE’s Framework for Great Schools. Though confidential in nature, your voice and feedback become part of the public’s understanding of how our K-12 school community contributes to every NEST+m students’ success and allows us to understand the ways in which our practices can improve.

For more on the survey, please see: http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/survey/default.htm

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz


Opportunities for NEST+m students

Binghamton University Summer College
This summer, Binghamton University will hold two Binghamton Summer College sessions for academically talented students who have completed their sophomore or junior year:

The deadline to submit an application is May 1, but earlier applications are encouraged since programs have limited enrollment.

Immigrant Support Program from the Teen Resource Center (TRC)
The TRC is recruiting for our new immigrants support program – Home Beyond Home. This program hopes to support new immigrant teens in learning more about New York and exploring their cultural identities. The program will run for two months (March 1 to May 10) every Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.

We accept applications from young people ages 15 to 21 who have immigrated to the United States in the last three years. Please apply here: http://bit.ly/2rMcfaE. Applications are due on Sunday, February 25 at 11:59pm.

Please click here for the program flyer in English and Chinese.

Center for Architecture’s Summer Programs 
The Center for Architecture’s Summer Programs give curious kids an opportunity to dive into an architecture topic of interest and test out their own design ideas. Each program explores a different theme through art and building activities, design challenges, and special site visits. Summer Programs run five days (Monday-Friday), 9:00am-4:00pm at the Center for Architecture. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

For schedule, registration, and scholarship information, please visit our website.

Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro
Scholarship and standard applications have just opened up for Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro 2018!

Run by medical students in over 30 cities nationwide with locations in Manhattan and Westchester County, Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro are 1-week summer day camps for high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.

Students may learn more and apply by visiting http://www.campcardiac.org andhttp://www.campneuro.org.

In addition, you may download PDF flyers by clicking on the following links:
Camp Cardiac 2018 Flyer
Camp Neuro 2018 Flyer

Duke University Summer Session
Improve your college application and go to college while still in high school!

At Duke Summer Session, we are committed to providing high school students with the opportunity to be a college student over the summer at one of the world’s premier universities.  By attending our Summer College program, you will not only have the authentic college experience of living in Duke University’s dorms and taking credit-bearing classes alongside undergraduate students, but also the opportunity to accompany your college application with a letter of recommendation from a Duke instructor and transcript from Duke University – two substantive indicators that you have what it takes to thrive in an elite academic setting.

Courses fill up quickly, so apply online today:

Application for US Students

Columbia University Asian American Alliance
Columbia University Asian American Alliance is a nonprofit student-run organization at Columbia University.

We would like to invite NEST+m students to the 2018 Crossroads High School Conference: CONVERGE, our annual, one-day leadership conference for young Asian Americans. At Crossroads, we hope that Asian American youth of all Asian identities including Pacific Islanders will be given the opportunity to question, explain, and discuss aspects of their identity through workshops, a panel, and conversations with their peers. Our mission is to provide youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to organize their communities for social change and create communities to feel supported with it.

Please register at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y85e9vmu. You can learn more about our conference at our website: aaacrossroads.com.

Hunter College Music Department’s College Now Program
The Hunter College Music Department’s College Now program cordially invites music students who are currently juniors and un-decided seniors to attend an Open House at Hunter on Friday, March 23, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

You will have the opportunity to participate in classes and workshops -including classical piano, vocal performance, and instrumental jazz-meet with Hunter students and take a tour of the department and college. Instrumentalists should bring their instruments. Pianists should bring something they’d like to play for the piano workshop. Singers are invited to bring a piece they are working on to possibly perform for the vocal workshop.

If interested, please let your music teacher know by March 10, so they can reserve a space for you.

The Engineering Exploration Experience (EEE)
The Engineering Exploration Experience (EEE) is an annual event hosted by Columbia University’s Society of Women Engineers for girls in grades 9-12. The event provides many exciting opportunities—students will 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 to professional women in various engineering industries.

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

Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at swe.EEE@columbia.edu.

YMCA – Teen Summer Paid Internships

  • 2 weeks of professional development training (sessions are facilitated by industry professionals from Colgate, Univision, Uber, Memorial Sloan, HBO etc)
  • 6 weeks at internship (participants are placed in their industry of choice*)
  • Each participant is paired to a mentor for the duration of the program
  • Participants receive 2 monthly metrocards + $300 clothing stipend + $1500 “working” stipend


Previously announced opportunities for NEST+m students

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

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

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/

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

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

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 

  • 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.