Letter to NEST+m Students & Families, Week of April 23, 2018

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

Happy Earth Day! I am hoping you are outdoors/have been outdoors, enjoying this glorious day, or inspired by these brief words from Jane Goodall.

Thank you to all who were able to join this past Friday’s PTA-coordinated Annual Gala and fundraiser. It was wonderful to see so many families, teachers, faculty and community members in celebration of our K-12 school community.

Special Announcements:

  • This week, NYSESLAT testing begins for ENL students.
  • On Tuesday April 24th, NEST+m’s 11th graders will be taking the SAT’s during the regular school day.
  • Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, we have been asked by the Chancellor’s Office to host a special group of international visitors. On Tuesday, between 10:30am and 12:30pm representatives from the Chancellor’s Office, a delegation of educators from the Oman Ministry of Education, and the U.S. Department of State will be on site to learn about NEST+m’s curriculum, teaching strategies and professional development for teachers.

Congratulations Lower and Middle Grades Math Teams!

Last April 13th, NEST+m Lower and Middle Grades won in GAIM (Girls’ Adventures in Math) competition at The Speyer Legacy School, Manhattan.

GAIM is a math competition that is open to all girls from public and private schools in two divisions — upper grade elementary (3-5), and middle grade (6-8). Teams are comprised of four girls who love to compete in math in a fun, and engaging team building environment. Girls compete with their respective divisions in two rounds. First round is 16 open-ended math problems for 60 minutes while second round is one multi-answer “research question.”

NEST+m was represented by two teams from the Middle Grades — Kaitlyn Chang, Julia Kozak, Ruiwen Tang, & Kathleen Zhang (Team 1), and Ann Dai, Allison Jin, Yashna Patel, and Alice Xu (Team 2) — and two teams from Lower Grades — Michelle Aklufi, Sanaa Huda, Claire Li, & Lydia Martel (Team 1), and Stella Anderson, Fara Hameed, Joy Wei, and Michelle Zhong (Team 2). Alicia Li and Lila Shulman were alternate players from Lower Grades.

LG teams went home with two trophies! Team of Michelle Aklufi, Sanaa Huda, Claire Li, and Lydia Martel won first place, and team of Stella Anderson, Fara Hameed, Joy Wei, and Michelle Zhong won second place. On the other hand, MG team of Kaitlyn Chang, Julia Kozak, Ruiwen Tang, and Kathleen Zhang won first place!

Congratulations to all of our mathletes! Thank you to all the parent-volunteers who accompanied our teams to the competition. Also, we truly appreciate the support of Middle Grade math team teacher-coaches, Ms. Cinquegrana, and Ms. Councilman, and Lower Grade math team teacher-coaches Ms. Christou, Ms. Trano, and Mr. Weber, the NEST+m PTA, and the NEST+m administration.
Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz


Our Week Ahead

Monday April 23

  • K-5 Sustainability Assembly
  • Whole Child Committee meeting – Monday, April 23rd at 8:30am in the Cafeteria
  • 5:30pm: Upper Grades Information Session for 7th grade Families

Tuesday, April 24

  • 8:30am to 9:30am, Lower Grades Principal’s Coffee in the Cafeteria.
  • SAT Day

Wednesday April 25th

  • Middle Grades Principal’s Coffee, 8:30am

Thursday, April 26th

  • PTA Meeting at 8:30am in the Cafeteria

Friday April 27th

  • Upper Grades Principal’s Coffee, 8:30am
  • Family Friday for Grades 3-5, 8:30-9:15am

Looking Ahead:

  • NEST+m’s annual schoolwide photo in the courtyard will take place during Period 1 on Monday, April 30th. Guidelines forthcoming.
  • Grades 3-8 NYS Math Exams, May 1-2.
  • May 1:  5:30pm to 6:30pm, all are welcome to join a PTA-coordinated presentation, “Raising a Child Who is Bold, Brave, and Self-Reliant (or at least cleans up his room) With Dr. Adam Price, Author of He’s Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe in Himself. Tuesday May 1, 2018 | 5:30-6:30pm | NEST+m Auditorium
  • May 9: Lower Grades Math Team Celebration

Important Community Event

Dear Parents and Teachers,

On behalf of Congresswoman Velazquez and Congresswoman Maloney, I would like to invite all of you and your schools to the “Know Your Rights” event our offices are hosting with the Community Educational Council of Community School District 1. We are inviting immigration advocates and experts to help individuals and families of different immigration statuses learn about their rights, available resources, ways to protect themselves and help their friends and communities. The event will be held Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at PS20 Anna Silver School at 166 Essex Street during the regular time of the monthly CEC meeting. Please help us spread the word and we hope to see some of you there!

Jacqueline Hsia
Community Liaison
Office of Congresswoman Velazquez
500 Pearl Street Ste 973
New York, NY 10007

Opportunities for NEST+m students

Future Music Project Ensemble for ages 14-19
Carnegie Hall has extended the application deadline for its 2018–2019 Future Music Project Ensemble. Join this youth-led music collective of New York City teens from a variety of musical genres. We are auditioning for instrumentalists, vocalists, MCs, composers, and digital music producers who are ready to create, perform, and produce original music. MORE INFO HERE. If you have questions, email futuremusicproject@carnegiehall.org or call 212-903-9625. Extended Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Business, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Programs
Summer Discovery  offers high school students ages 14-18 the opportunity to make the most of their summer with hands-on learning in a variety of business related courses. It’s not too late to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities this summer. Prepare for the transition from high school to college. Experience living on a college campus and learn to balance business related course work and fun. MORE INFO

Previously announced opportunities for NEST+m students

STEM Summer in the City, a free, five week for current 2nd – 10th graders that is engaging and a fun summer program designed around STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.  Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/STEM/NYCSummerSTEM.htm for mote information.

Sound Thinking NYC empowers young people as they explore how to turn a passion for music into a possible profession in New York City’s thriving music industry. Program participants will learn about the tools, technologies, and career paths that power songs, concerts, theaters and film. The program includes opportunities for students to visit recording studios, learn about the science and physics of sound, and meet fellow students and people in the music industry that share their passion. Applications due May 4th! Visit: http://creativeartsteam.org/programs/sound-thinking-nyc

The MFSC (Manhattan Field Support College Expo) is on Friday, May 11th 10am to 2pm.
The MFSC college expo offers to juniors and all transfer school students exposure to over 50 colleges and universities, including technical programs. This Expo focuses on college and career readiness as students and counselors ask questions and learn about individual opportunities at institutions of higher education.
More info HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CUM4I5PFyycewag2ZidN7gvfhcd9lKMedxx-lzrYPa8/edit#
Register HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexnm_1kr8KIwkdRLbTGnp81WhxLQ_uYtTSX8c2nIIFhWzSbA/viewform

Summer Shakespeare
Summer Shakespeare is a five-week theater acting program for students who receive free or reduced lunch. Prior experience with Shakespeare is not required.
For more information CLICK HERE. https://stellaadler.com/outreach/summer-shakespeare-program/

Summer Journalism at NYU
Visit our website, Summer Journalism at NYU, to find out more about us and be sure to connect with us on Facebook! Like our page to interact with current and prospective students, ask questions, and to keep up with the latest news about Summer Journalism.
Questions: Email us at: journalism.summer@nyu.edu

Marist College Summer Pre-College
There are still spots available in Marist’s Summer 2018 Pre-College Programs!\What is Marist Summer Pre-College?

  • An academic program offered to rising high school juniors and seniors
  • 16 different courses offered on our New York campus
  • Choose 2 or 4 week options
  • Students will earn 3 to 6 transferable college credits
  • Students can get a head start on college and benefit from the following:
  • Experience residential life on a college campus
  • Meet like-minded students from around the world
  • Work in a small classroom environment led by Marist faculty
  • Have your interested students apply today to secure their spot in the 2018 Marist Summer Pre-College Program!

For more information, including a list of programs, visit: www.marist.edu/precollege

Institute for Environmental Journalism
We’re proud to announce that InsideClimate News is launching the Institute for Environmental Journalism this summer in New York City. 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.

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.

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

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!

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

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