Letter to NEST+m Students & Families from Mark Berkowitz, Week of March 19, 2018

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

Congratulations to NEST+m’s Grades 6-8 MathCounts Team. During this weekend’s statewide competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY NEST+m’s team finished #2 in New York State!  Congratulations to 8th graders Jerry Liang, Josephine Lee, and Ivan Mijackia,  7th grader Paul Gutkovich and 6th grader Davis Zong. Paul Gutkovich placed in the top 12 students in the state. Davis Zong placed 5th.

Learning Environment Survey: The DOE’s Annual survey closes this Friday March 23rd!
NEST+m’s Parent/Family Completion rate is presently reporting as 9% participation. If you have not yet done so, please complete the DOE’s Annual School Survey. Last year we had 65% family completion rate. Let’s Soar past 80%!

Though confidential in nature, your voice and feedback become part of the public’s understanding of how every member of our K-12 school community contributes to our students’ success. Questions are aligned to the DOE’s Framework for Great Schools. If you have any technical questions, please see Julie Longmuir or our new parent coordinator Lisa Seale Cruz.  For more on the survey, please see: http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/survey/default.htm

For those of you who did not pick up your survey at Parent Teacher Conferences, you will receive the green envelope via the mail. You can also fill it out online; you will be able to look up your survey code once you start the process. Be sure to list our school as “New Explorations Into Science Technology and Math”. CLICK HERE to fill out the Parent Survey online today!

Building Hours
Please note: NEST+m opens for supervised activities at 7:00am. Our school day ends at 2:40pm. Students who participate in supervised after-school activities are welcome to stay past 2:40pm. Students who do not have a supervised after-school activity (clubs, teams, tutoring, meeting with teachers etc.) are expected to head home at the end of our instructional day. This will enable us to ensure that students are appropriately supervised.

Together we create NEST+m each day.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

The Week Ahead

Monday March 19th :10th Grade PSAT Day.

Tuesday, March 20th: 4:00pm, SLT in the Library

Wednesday March 21th:

  • SAT Day, 11th Grade
  • Grades 3-5 “The BioBus” in-house Field Trip

Thursday March 22nd: 5:30pm-7:30pm Upper Grades Play, “Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play.”

Friday March 23:

  • Grades 3-5 Family Friday
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm, Upper Grades Play, “Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play.”

Opportunities for NEST+m students

Pratt Young Scholars
Pratt Young Scholars  is a need-based, three-year scholarship program providing instruction in art and design with college preparation to motivated high school students. Through innovative and challenging studio experiences in the Institute’s youth programs, this scholarship provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue advanced studies in art and design.

Scholars will participate in three years of required studio classes and electives exposing students to higher educational opportunities and careers in the creative fields. This scholarship, valued at $7,000, covers three years of studio instruction, all art materials for courses taken, year-round college access program, Summer Scholars courses in July, and guidance through the college application process.

Students entering 10th grade in the 2018-2019 school year are eligible to apply if they:

  • Attend a New York City public school
  • Demonstrate an interest in art and design
  • Are academically prepared, highly motivated, and have demonstrated persistence
  • Commit to attending classes on Wednesdays after school and Saturdays for three years (no exceptions), as well as July summer programs
  • Meet the income eligibility guidelines

APPLY ONLINE by March 29th, 2018.
For additional information and application instructions, visit www.pratt.edu/scholars.

Institute for Environmental Journalism
We’re proud to announce that InsideClimate News is launching the Institute for Environmental Journalism this summer in New YorkCity. The intensive three-week program is open to high school students and recent graduates and will take place July 9-27. If you are a motivated and curious teen who wants to learn reporting from award-winning journalists, please consider this program. We are currently accepting applications. Deadline is May 1, 2018.

Bronx Loaf 2018
Bronx Loaf 2018 is open and ready for business! This year the conference will be held Monday, July 9th to Saturday, July 14th. This will be our sixth summer (!)  providing students of all backgrounds a golden opportunity to:
-Workshop their creative writing with professional authors
-Collaborate and socialize with students from public, private, and charter schools
-Publish their writing in our anthology Breaking Bread 

This year we have workshops in Poetry, Memoir, Fiction, and Graphic Novel. Each workshop can accommodate up to 12 students. Act fast before all the seats fill up.

Students can apply at our website: www.bronxloaf.org, or by clicking on the following link: Bronx Loaf.  The deadline for applications is April 15th.

Previously announced opportunities for NEST+m students

3T Summer Style Workshop
Naked Angels Theater Company’s (nakedangels.com) 6th annual free 3T Summer Style workshop will take place July 9-19th.  There will be an intro to filmmaking week and a week of writing for the theater.  Professional actors will be acting in the student writers’ work.  It is fast, fun, free, and freeing!  Please email 3T@nakedangels.com for more info and an application.  First come, first accepted!  Click here for more information.

NY Center for Children
The New York Center for Children is a non-for-profit, child-friendly center, providing free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. We are currently accepting referrals for a 10-12 week support group beginning mid-March for adolescent female’s (ages 14-16) who have experienced sexual abuse. Participants must attend an intake appointment prior to beginning group and commit to attending every session. Please note that our services are completely free and confidential.
Attached is our flyer with more information about the group. For further information, please contact Leah Mansback at (212) 517-3012 ext 34.

Here are a variety of summer job listings:

Summer Jobs:
NYC Gov Jobs & Internships   American Camp Association

Girl Scout Camp Counselor Jobs….

92nd Street Y

Paid Summer Intern: Tech Camp/entrepreneur

Junior Summer Camp Counselor (NYC Parks)

NY Healing Justice-Liberation Summer Camp Internship

Downtown Camp-Manhattan Youth http://www.manhattanyouth.org/camps.aspx

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:
Session 1: Sunday, July 8-Saturday, July 21
Session 2: Sunday, July 22- Saturday, July 28
The deadline to submit an application is May 1, but earlier applications are encouraged since programs have limited enrollment.

Center for Architecture’s Summer Programs 

For schedule, registration, and scholarship information, please visit our website. Deadline is April 1st.

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.

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
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.
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

NYU Journalisam – Summer 2018
Build your skills! Report, write, shoot, post…food, fashion, culture
Enrollment opens February 12
Visiting students welcome.
Classes for precollege and college students.
Courses scheduled to allow time for internships.
Housing available–come experience New York City!

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

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.

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 
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