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Please share the attached application and the following information with families of high school seniors interested in attending the Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tour. 
This is a wonderful opportunity for HS seniors to learn about HBCUs, available financial resources and explore these college campuses.  The HBCU Tour is scheduled for February 14th through 20th, 2015.  Interested students are required to complete and submit the attached application along with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee, attend an interview session and participate with their parent at the pre- and post-tour workshops.
After the completed application form has been received, applicants will be notified of the date, time and location of their interviews. Your parent or guardian must call to confirm date and time. Please make sure that all of the information on the application is correct. We must be able to contact you, as well as your parent or guardian for notification of interview.
The Official Application Form for the Black College Tour 2015 explains that:
·         There is an APPLICATION Process for an interview.
·         The results of the interview are used to determine the applicant’s qualifications for participation in the Black College Tour 2015.
·         Some of the factors that may determine the applicant’s participation are:
a)      Having the potential for admission to a Historically Black College or University as reflected by your academic record in high school;
b)      Being involved in extracurricular activities in school
c)    Being involved in volunteer work
In order to be considered for participation in the BCT 2015, students are expected to:
·         Complete all parts of the BCT 2015 Application Form and return it by November 30, 2014.
·         Submit a typed or neatly written (black ink) completed application for consideration.
·         Come to a Personal Interview with a parent, guardian, or responsible adult relative.
·         Submit a Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, counselor, minister, priest, community leader, relative other than your parents or guardian, or another responsible adult.
·         Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled interview time.
·         Appropriate attire is as follows:
a)      Young Men – dress shirt, tie, jacket, dress pants and shoes.
b)      Young Women – blouse, pants suit or skirt (to knee) and dress shoes.
*Any applicant not dressed appropriately will be required to re-schedule the interview.
If you are selected to participate, you and your parent/guardian MUST attend 4 of the 5 Pre-Tour Workshops and one Post-Tour Workshop. All workshops will be held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007, (212) 220-8000. Please note the workshops are scheduled to begin January 10, 2015 and will be held on Saturdays from 12:30 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.
NOTE: The January 17, 2015 Workshop will be held from 9:00am–5:00PM. This workshop is dedicated to applying for all Colleges/Universities we’ll visit on the 2015 Tour. All eligible students are required to apply. This will save time while we are visiting the college campuses.
The workshop dates are as follows: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, and 3/14.
Nekesa Moody, Director


FIRST TAKE is accepting applications for its Fall Workshop!
Teens learn multimedia reporting from top professionals!

FIRST TAKE is now accepting applications for its free fall journalism workshop.
FIRST TAKE, sponsored by the New York Association of Black Journalists, seeks
talented teens from the New York City metro area with a strong interest in
writing and multimedia. This program has produced some of the region's best
young professionals and we are looking for future stars.
Students accepted into this program will learn to write and report news online,
shoot and edit video, plus produce a TV newscast. Students will visit a working
newsroom in Manhattan and learn from guest speakers who work in the
industry. Those who complete the program will receive a certificate during a
FIRST TAKE's instructors, mentors and guest speakers include journalists from
The Associated Press, MSNBC, Dow Jones, Crain's New York Business and more.
The workshop is hosted at LIU Brooklyn's Journalism Department.
This eight-week program meets Saturdays beginning Oct. 4 and runs
through the weekend of Nov. 22.
Area teens interested in the workshop are encouraged to fill out the application
at http://firsttakenyc.com/application.

For additional details,  email Nekesa Moody at info@firsttakenyc.com or call 917-727-9497.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 17th from 5-8 pm for Back to School Night. You will have the opportunity to follow your child's program, meet the teaching staff, find out about class expectations, upcoming Case Studies and Expeditions, fieldwork opportunities, and final products. We also will have a presentation by Mrs. Gonzalez, our Parent Coordinator, and Mrs. Hayes and Ms. Reingold, our Guidance and College Counselors. We hope to see you then!

We are pleased to invite you to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s New York City Service Academy Night.  Students who are considering applying to a Service Academy or R.O.T.C. program, their parents, and guidance counselors are invited to attend the information session being held in the Callahan Center and Founders Hall Auditorium of St. Francis College on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM, and meet representatives from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as Army, Navy, and Air Force R.O.T.C. We are especially interested in extending the invitation to freshmen and sophomores, as applying to a service academy is a competitive process and we want to educate students early.
This event is an opportunity to learn about the unique academic and career opportunities offered through our nation’s service academies.  Students who attend the service academies graduate with a top tier education, strong leadership experience, and a commission as an officer.  Moreover, they will join a proud tradition of leadership and selfless service to our nation.  A panel of Academy and R.O.T.C. representatives will provide an overview of the admission process, daily life of a cadet/midshipman, and various paths to officership. Representatives will be available after the panel to discuss and answer questions from students, parents, and faculty.
By hosting this Service Academy Night, we hope to increase the number of candidates from all five boroughs of New York City. New York City is one of the least represented regions in the Northeast. Our students are losing out on opportunities to earn a top tier education while serving their country. We know that New York City’s diverse population would represent our nation with distinction as officers in our Armed Forces.
Attached please find our Service Academy Night flyer with further details.  Please R.S.V.P. to nominations@gillibrand.senate.gov.  If you should have any questions about this event, the nomination process, or federal service academies in general, please call (212) 688-6262.
Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
780 3rd Ave., Suite 2601
New York, NY 10017
NYC Service Academy Night 2014 - Flyer.pdf
Are you passionate about Social Justice?

As the 2014-15 school year begins, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is once again seeking teens to join the Teen Activist Project (TAP)!
The NYCLU’s paid youth program works on a wide range of social justice issues and is ideal for students interested in health care, law, social justice, and community organizing.
TAP meets weekly, every Monday from 4:15-6:15pm in lower Manhattan, and brings together teens from all over the NYC area to discuss civil liberties issues, such as students’ rights, confidential health care rights for minors, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights, freedom of speech – and more! TAP members work together to plan and execute a project on a social justice issue of their choice, getting hands-on training in peer education, community organizing, and meeting and working with professionals on civil liberties issues. Last year TAP’s final project was a photo essay about activism around NYC. The project can be found at www.nyclu.org/tap .
TAP members receive $9.00 per hour or community service hours. The program offers students opportunities to lobby state legislators in Albany, teach their peers important information about their rights, sharpen their public speaking skills, and much more.
To qualify to participate, applicants must be 14 to 21 years old and in a New York City high school or a GED program. Our meetings are held at the NYCLU’s offices at 125 Broad Street in Manhattan and take place on Mondays from 4:15 to 6:15 PM. We also ask that peer educators be available to meet after school at least one other day of the week. Youth who join are expected to remain in the program for the length of the school year.
Apply directly from our website at www.nyclu.org/tap. Please be aware that this is a competitive position and we have a policy of selecting no more than two students from the same school.  Please inform Ms. Reingold (room 302) if you apply.  
Applications will be vetted as they arrive (sending in an application early is encouraged!) and are due in our office by Friday, September 26th. Late applications may be disqualified. Interviews will take place the week of October 6th or 13th.

​​The Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP), a successful educational and leadership program for young women in New York City public high schools. We believe that every young woman is a leader and offer ​​  ​free ​programs and classes to further develop that leadership.

We are excited to share an exciting upcoming opportunity for your students for  ​​Fall 2014: Leadership Institute, ​​ a year-long, after-school program for high school aged young women. Classes will incorporate both community building and intensive leadership development as well as integrate college awareness, health and self-care, and increased communication skills.  

​​Participants will receive an end-of-year stipend based on their participation and attendance in the group, and are eligible to receive school credit ​​. We are focused on the intellectual and personal development of young women, but our programming also provides greatly needed networking opportunities, boosts college applications and provides young women with a safe, enriching, and creative after-school experience. Young women can choose between two tracks:

​​Sisterhood Academy! This class will focus on identity, leadership development, career and life options, healthy relationships, mental, physical, and emotional wellness, and creative self-expression.  Using their own lives and experiences as a starting point, young women will examine their identities, explore their families and communities, and critically discuss issues facing young women. They will also build practical skills and knowledge on issues such as health, financial literacy, college awareness, stress management, job readiness. Through a variety of creative means (spoken word, art, and creative writing), they will also work to express their thoughts and disseminate their knowledge to their peers.  ​​Sisterhood Academy will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00pm in midtown Manhattan near Bryant Park.

​​Leadership Scholars! This is a college support class recommended for 11th graders (and 10th if interested).  The group will focus on issues of educational justice and college readiness and college prep.  The educational justice aspect of the c ​​lass will examine such questions as:  What makes a good school, and why aren’t all schools good?  What is a “good education” and how can you fight for your right to one?  You will also receive support, guidance, information around your own college plans ​ and take a couple of college trips​.  You will learn about what colleges are looking for, how to apply, what options to consider so you will begin the journey towards college today!  Open to sophomores and juniors only.  ​​Leadership Scholars will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 6:00pm in midtown Manhattan near Bryant Park.

We are currently accepting applications for both these tracks. I have attached application forms that can be copied or youth can apply online from our website ​: ​​http://sadienash.org/online_nashu.ph ​p​​

​​Applications are due by  ​Friday​, Sept ​ember​  ​26​, 201 ​4​ and youth will be invited to a short interview session once we have reviewed their applications. We are also hosting Open Houses on ​Satur​day, September  ​13​ at  ​1​pm, Thursday, Sept ​ember 18​ at 4pm and  ​Wednesday​ Sept ​ember​ 2 ​4​ at  ​4​pm in Midtown Manhattan at 4 West 43rd Street, Suite 502, New York, NY 10036. Youth must RSVP to attend ​ the open houses​  ​here. 

The High School Law Institute, a program run by Columbia Law School and NYU Law School students, invites students from high schools all over New York City to take law classes taught by law students on Saturdays over the course of the year. The program is a wonderful way for interested students to learn about law, build skills for college applications, and create mentoring relationships with law students. Each year we have around 100 students participate, and the program culminates in an exciting mock trial competition.

Applications are due September 22, and the first day of class is September 27.

HSLI Student Application 2014-15.pdf
England, Ireland & Scotland
McCown has ONE MORE SPACE available
for this April 2015 tour.
Please access our tour information at:
or by calling EF Tours at:
(877) 205-9909.
Contact Ms. Reingold to enroll (after you have accessed the tour information).

McCownservation Water Project

Water is the foundation of life, yet today nearly one billion people don't have access to a clean water source. Thirty-seven percent of those individuals live in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa where hours are spent each day collecting dirty water that is dangerous for consumption.   The lack of clean water has had a devastating impact on these communities, specifically children who lose 442 million school days each year due to water-related diseases.

At the Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School, a group of Environmental Science students have decided that these statistics must be changed.  The class has created a fundraising page through the Water Project, Inc. to raise $10,000 to fund the construction of a clean water system for a rural village in Africa. With your generous donations, these students can leave a mark on their community and make a difference in the lives of those in need. All donations can be made directly to thewaterproject.org under the group name Mccownservation (https://thewaterproject.org/community/profile/kristina-brand).


Dear Parents,
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 will be conducting a soft lockdown drill in the next few weeks.  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.
ARIS Parent Link can be found at https://arisparentlink.org.

8th Grade Open Houses

October 22, 2014 and November 13, 2014
7 - 9 pm

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Wednesday, September 17
Back to School Night
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thu, Sep 25 - Fri, Sep 26
School Closed - Rosh Hashanah
Friday, October 10
Fright Fest
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Six Flags Great Adventure
Monday, October 13
School Closed - Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 14
School Leadership Team Meeting
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Principal's Conference Room
PTA Meeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today, 9/17/2014
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