2016 ARTS AMBASSADORS NYC TEEN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: APPLY BY JUNE 15
Arts Ambassadors is a free after school mentorship program inviting high school junior and seniors to engage in a fun, hands-on, exploration of art and social engagement. Led by a host of guest artists and art professionals from More Art and the School of Visual Arts (SVA), the program utilizes the thematic lens of ‘socially engaged art’ to guide students through the conceptualization, artistic production, curation, and exhibition of their own public art proposals. Past students have developed infographics, public performances, videos, posters, sticker and social media campaigns, sculptures, and websites. SVA admissions officers will also offer each student a formal critique of their portfolio and share with them what makes a successful application to top art schools. Click here to apply for the 2016 Arts Ambassadors NYC Teen Mentorship Program. Application Deadline: June 15th, 2016. Applicants will be notified with a decision by July 15th, 2016.
Attention Students and Parents:
Register for St. John's University's CareerCon
which will be held on June 2nd.
Please click on the link to access the letter providing you with free access to Microsoft 365 for up to 5 electronic devices in your household!
Microsoft 365 letter to families
Kaplan ACT Course to Prep for the June 11th ACT
After School Wednesdays
4/6/16 - 6/1/16
Please see attached flyer for registration details.
Learn about the differences between the SAT & ACT at McCown's January 20th PTA Meeting.
Extended Day Tutoring and Clubs meet every Monday and Tuesday from 2:35 - 3:15 pm. Click on the link below to access the schedule.
Please click on the link below to read a letter from Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina that summarizes the new initiatives announced in the Mayor’s Equity and Excellence in Education plan.
I am writing to provide you with information about the Department of Education’s Emergency Readiness Initiatives that are in place in all NYC Public Schools.
Every school currently has procedures for emergencies. In 2000, New York State Education Law Section 2801 was enacted requiring schools to develop safety plans regarding emergency response. In July of 2001, the law was amended to require that plans include information for evacuation and sheltering. In accordance with this, “schools need to conduct drills and other exercises to test components of the emergency response plan.”
School staff members are trained in various procedures that are outlined in the School Safety Plan and we currently conduct a variety of drills throughout the year to prepare our staff and students. Section 807 of the New York State Education Law requires all schools to conduct a minimum of 12 fire drills each year. Section 917 of the State Education Law states that schools are required to provide and maintain automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment, and drills are conducted during the year to assess the use of AED units in an emergency. In accordance with Section 3623 of the State Education Law, drills are also conducted at schools that focus on safety on a school bus.
In addition to conducting these types of drills, our school has a Building Response Team that is trained to activate and respond to different incidents that may occur at our school. Under the new General Response Protocol (GRP), every school will be conducting specific drills designed to help prepare all school communities for three different types of response to emergencies that may occur: evacuation, shelter-in, and lockdown. We conducted a soft lockdown drill last week. Opportunities for parent engagement are available at our school to ensure that families are involved in our school-based emergency readiness program. Parent versions of the School Safety Plan are available upon request in the main office, and information explaining the GRP is included with this letter. Many other important resources for families are also available by visiting http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/OSYD/default.htm
Emergency readiness training in schools takes place in September and continues for staff and students throughout the school year. Student training is grade appropriate and designed to ensure that students understand the importance of these drills without causing unnecessary alarm. Please review the General Response Protocols that have been given to all students, and discuss these procedures with your child.
All families are reminded to update the Emergency Contact Cards that are on file in our main office. This includes providing and updating information indicating phone numbers, and the names of adults to whom the school may release children in an emergency. Families are also encouraged to register with Notify NYC (https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/) to receive information about emergency events, and call 311 for additional information about a school during an emergency.
Parents: Sign Up for School Updates
The City’s public notification program, Notify NYC, now sends updates for emergency situations at school and other events that have an impact on the school day by phone, text message, or e-mail to parents and guardians who sign up for the service. The service updates parents about delayed school openings and early dismissals, student relocations, and temporary school closures related to weather or other unexpected events. Parents and guardians can choose to receive alerts for up to five zip codes, and will receive notifications about schools within those zip codes.
Sign up either by visiting www.nyc.gov/notifynyc or by calling 311.
Access Important Information on Your Student
The New York City Department of Education's Achievement Reporting and Innovation System (ARIS) provides a single place where our educators can go to find and study important information about your child. Principals and teachers use this information to find out how best to help your child.
ARIS Parent Link makes this same important information available for you, so you can work together with your child, principal and teacher to help your child learn. ARIS Parent Link uses secure login procedures to be sure that a child's information can be seen only by authorized members of his or her family.