Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SAT Registration Dates

U.S. Registration Deadlines
Test Dates
Test Regular Registration Deadline
(postmark/submit by)
October 10, 2009 SAT & Subject Tests September 9, 2009
November 7, 2009 SAT & Subject Tests October 1, 2009
December 5, 2009 SAT & Subject Tests October 31, 2009
January 23, 2010 SAT & Subject Tests December 15, 2009
March 13, 2010 SAT only February 4, 2010
May 1, 2010 SAT & Subject Tests March 25, 2010
June 5, 2010 SAT & Subject Tests April 29, 2010

Important Information About U.S. Registration

  • U.S. deadlines apply to students testing in the United States, U.S. territories, and U.S. commonwealths
  • U.S. registration materials that are mailed must be postmarked by the U.S. deadlines.
  • On March 13, only the SAT is offered.

Registering Late

If you are testing in the United States, U.S. territories, or U.S. commonwealths, and you miss the registration deadline, you still have time to submit a registration, but you must pay a late fee.

The late registration period for September has been extended two days. Note that fee waivers can be used for October registrations up until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, September 25, 2009. (Fee waivers for all other test dates cannot be used during the late registration period or for standby registration.)

The late registration period for December has been extended one day.

U.S. Late Registration Periods (late fee applies)
Test Dates
By Mail By Phone/Online
Late Registration
Late Registration
October 10, 2009 September 10, 2009 September 25, 2009 September 10, 2009 September 25, 2009
November 7, 2009 October 2, 2009 October 15, 2009 October 2, 2009 October 15, 2009
December 5, 2009 November 1, 2009 November 13, 2009 November 1, 2009 November 13, 2009
January 23, 2010 December 16, 2009 December 30, 2009 December 16, 2009 December 30, 2009
March 13, 2010 February 5, 2010 February 18, 2010 February 5, 2010 February 18, 2010
May 1, 2010 March 26, 2010 April 8, 2010 March 26, 2010 April 8, 2010
June 5, 2010 April 30, 2010 May 13, 2010 April 30, 2010 May 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

One thoughtful mom's thoughts on tutors & tests

I appreciate everyone's thoughts about tutors. I have two children - one who
didn't do well on standardized tests, but was mostly a teacher's dream student
otherwise, and one who did very well on standardized tests, but had such a
difficult time with regular school that we tried almost everything else
(homeschooling, special ed private school, then finally becoming a founding
parent of the Brooklyn Free School from which he graduated and is now going to
Ithaca College). We used the kind of tutors most people are talking about for
short periods three times - both for my daughter. I think they helped a little
in her case two out of the three times - when we found someone kind and patient
who could help her with the things she couldn't figure out herself in a large
classroom with an impatient teacher. It didn't work at all when we were using a
larger tutor center (I don't think they're in business any longer) and they put
her with someone without warmth or insight after the initial consultation with
the wonderful head of the center. We put her back with the head of the center
for a few sessions that she could fit in with our daughter, which got her back
on track with math skills in fourth grade.

I do think the biggest difference between my children's test-taking skills had
to do with what their vision therapist said about both of them - my daughter has
excellent peripheral vision, but has much difficulty getting her eyes to focus
for tasks like reading and math, especially on paper. My son has an easy time
focusing for tasks on paper, but has great difficulty with peripheral vision -
which made his life in sports and in classrooms extremely difficult.

I myself did well enough with test taking - (much better than my daughter - not
as well as my son) that I got into Bronx Science at a time when girls weren't
allowed into Tech or Stuyvesant and there was no such thing as test prep (at
least none that I knew about.) And as a founding parent of the Brooklyn New
School and Brooklyn Free School I thought I understood how ridiculous
high-stakes timed standardized tests are.

However, when I read Alfie Kohn's book "Standardized Tests - Raising the Scores,
Ruining the Schools" I was taken aback by how much "even I" had been taken in by
the hype about standardized tests proving anything about children's or anyone's
intelligence and/or ability to succeed in school or in life. I highly recommend
every parent reading this powerful book. If it's too dense, you could also try
reading my favorite parenting book by Alfie Kohn - "Unconditional Parenting -
Moving From Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason", or his book on homework
"The Homework Myth - Why Our Kids Get Too Much of A Bad Thing." He also has a
website and DVDs for sale.

All this to say - get a test-prep tutor for your child if you think raising
their scores on any test might help them in some way (make them feel better, get
them into a school they otherwise wouldn't get into, etc.) but know that it's
not helping them be a better person in any sense, or better prepare them for
life in any way. I would also say, don't spend more money than you can afford!
And, if you're moved to change things for future generations of test-takers,
join groups like Fair Test that lobby to change laws like "No Child Left Behind"
that are bringing the billion dollar business of standardized testing to more
and more (and younger and younger) school children.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Update on H1N1 Vaccination Schedule in/out of Schools

The City encourages all parents to have their children vaccinated by the child’s medical provider. This year the Health Department is also working with schools to offer the H1N1 vaccine at no cost to parents at elementary schools starting in late October/early November. The School H1N1 Vaccination will cover approximately 1 million students and 1,342 schools, including 301 D75 schools and 341 non-public schools. The City will also run free public H1N1 vaccination clinics on weekends in each borough for middle and high school students.

Location & Dates for these clinics is listed here

The City has established a schedule for conducting H1N1 vaccinations in elementary schools. Phase One will begin on October 28th in elementary schools with nurses and less than 400 students. Phase Two will begin on November 4th in some schools with more than 600 students. Phase Three will follow on November 9th. It will cover the remaining large schools, as well as schools with between 400 and 600 students. It will also include small schools that are attached to larger schools, and small schools that don't have their own nurses. Dates are approximate and will depend on vaccine supply and other variables. These voluntary immunizations will be held during regular school hours and will last approximately eight weeks.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sexy Moms Series: Talking With Your Kids About Sex

Wednesday, October 28, 07:00PM, FREE!

This month’s "Sexy Moms Series" event will feature sexuality educator, Amy Levine, who will share tips about how to talk with your kids about sexuality-related topics.

This discussion is for parents who would like to raise sexually healthy children but aren’t sure where to start, what to say or how to keep conversations open and ongoing. Complimentary refreshments will be served. This event is jointly sponsored by

The New Space for Women’s Health, Bump and Park Slope Parents.

Complimentary refreshments will be served courtesy of Sip Wines and Joyce Bakery.
Contact Store for More Information

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fully Funded Felllowship to Israel for HS Juniors

Dear Friend:

I am writing to inform you that applications for the twenty-fourth annual Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel (BYFI) are now being accepted for summer 2010, and to ask for your active assistance in publicizing the program to appropriate students.

The purpose of the Fellowships is to increase understanding and tolerance among the different Jewish denominations. Fellows range from those who are religiously observant to those only marginally affiliated with Judaism. Our goal is to teach the talented youth of today, who may be the leaders of tomorrow, how to understand the whole spectrum of the Jewish people through discussion, study, and an interaction with the land and people of Israel. A hallmark of the Fellowship is the close relationship Fellows enjoy with each other, their counselors and the diverse faculty. The faculty remains in contact with a majority of the Fellows throughout their years in university and beyond.

BYFI is a fully funded fellowship that is among the most prestigious programs available to outstanding Jewish students of all backgrounds who are in their junior year of high school. The academic and professional successes of its 597 alumni reflect the high quality of the program and highlight the kinds of benefits that can redound to its participants.

For example, over 50% of BYFI alumni have attended Ivy League schools. Indeed, The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel has been listed by Chuck Hughes, former Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard, in his book, "What it Really Takes to Get Into the Ivy League and other Highly Selective Colleges," as one of the programs which "act as filters for admissions officers to validate candidates who have been similarly identified by other organizations for talent and promise." Professionally, BYFI alumni comprise former U.S. Supreme Court Clerks, celebrated authors, journalists and producers with leading news organizations such as The New York Times and NBC, and numerous teachers, scholars and clergy.

This fully funded Fellowship program will take place from July 5 through August 11, 2010. After the summer in Israel, it will be continued with a fall seminar in New York City and other alumni activities scheduled throughout the year. The Fellowships are awarded competitively to twenty-six individuals who will be entering the twelfth grade of school in the fall of 2010. Fellowship awards are based on merit.

It should be made clear that no Jewish educational background is required for eligibility. We are looking for applicants who have shown themselves to be outstanding individuals in leadership, character and academics. Given that we seek a diverse community, we define excellence in a variety of ways: intellectual curiosity and accomplishment, response to challenge, and leadership both among peers and within established organizations.

If you know Jewish students who may be interested in our program, please encourage them to go to our website, Our website features: an online brochure, an informational video and complete application material. Our printed brochure is available upon request.

Thank you for making this opportunity available.

Yours sincerely,

Rabbi Shimon Felix

Encourage outstanding students to apply, click here.

Brooklyn Tech Tours

For middle school parents who are interested in enrolling their children at Brooklyn Tech.

All tours will be scheduled on Mondays, from October 5, 2009 to November 9, 2009.

There will be two tours scheduled on each day:
The morning tour will begin at 8:00am
The afternoon tour will begin at 3:00pm

Families who are interested in the tours can call the school at (718) 804-6430 between the hours of 10:30am and 2:00pm to register for a tour. There will be limited space available for each tour, so we suggest that you register early.

School Address : 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Free Financial Aid Workshop

On the 25th workshops will be offered at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm.

Additional Free CUNY Financial Aid Workshops for prospective students will be hosted throughout November, in concurrence with CUNY Month, at various colleges across the city. Over 65,000 students are invited to attend these workshops each year. We are planning to hold at least one workshop in each borough. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us. Contact person: Sherwood Johnson Contact email: *sessions offered only in English

Date:October 25, 2009
Time:1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
College:Brooklyn College
Address:2900 Bedford Avenue & Avenue H
Building:New Ingersoll Building
Phone:212-997-CUNY (2869)

Borough High School Fairs - October 24/25

Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Learn about the high schools located in your borough! See below for Borough High School Fair locations.

Bronx: Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus
500 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458

Manhattan: Martin Luther King, Jr., Educational Campus
122 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

Brooklyn: Edward R. Murrow High School
1600 Avenue L, Brooklyn, NY 11230

Queens: Francis Lewis High School
58-20 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11365

Staten Island: New Dorp High School
465 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10306

Stuyvesant High School Open House

Date:Thursday October 22, 2009
Time:4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location:345 Chambers Street, New York City

Stuyvesant Informal Open House will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2009, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. No registration is required. Parents and students are welcome.

Recommended Tutors

tutor for writing and reading comprehension

**we really liked berit anderson 917 797 9872

** really wonderful tutor named David Stone -- problem is he is
on the Upper West Side so it's a huge hassle going back and forth from
Park Slope. However, he's been so helpful to my son -- both in
improving his writing skills and in helping his self-esteem. His
number is (646)329-4546.

7th grade tutor for math and ELA?

**We've used Judith Ferronbach, park Slope Tutorial for severla
years and we love her. She's on 12th Street in the SLope. Halped my daughter
with classes and preparing for Specialized High Shcool test. Also goo dwith
Spanish! Great with 7th grade math. 718-499 3899. Price is very reasonable.

** Naomi Bushman at Testing Plus in Manhattan

ISO Tutor Specialized High School Exam

** Naomi Bushman at Testing Plus in Manhattan

Math Tutor for 7th Grader

** Hi, we have a great tutor that we used for the last two years in math. we have referrred him to both girls and boys grades 5 thru 10 and everyone has raved about him. His name is Will Petzel 917-679-4196

**We just started with a new math tutor about 2 weeks ago. He has a
Master's in education, teaches middle school, and my son really likes
him compared to other tutor's we have used. He also travels to our
home and I believe he lives really close to Brooklyn Heights.

Name is Alex: 917-595-6979 or 718-768-2383

we had our girl work with Judith at Park Slope Tutorial on Math, actually
it was way more math than English. She also has at least two others who are
great who are on her staff now. 12th street park slope, no house visits as far
as I know, but always worth asking


I highly recommend, Akim Osse. Here’s her contact info:

mobile (917) 519-6549


Even though my son doesn’t work with her now, he says he still uses a lot of the strategies that she taught him. She works with a number of kids in Park Slope.


Lisa Bowstead of Big Fish Tutoring is great. She is very patient and has a great rapport with the kids. She tutored my daughter for about a year and helped her through a tough time.
She is also a member of this site and mom to a teen herself.

SAT Tutoring

Chris Ajemian
Chris is

Naomi Bushman
Naomi is

We used Brad Harris He's wonderful!!

Zack from Private Prep for the SAT Literature subject test
- though he could tutor the english/reading part of the regular SAT ... We had
great results with them...
Their phone number is (212) 379-6662 and they will work with you on price.


For the regular SAT - my daughter us L.B. Eisen for the math ... She can be
reached at 917 806 0801 or at <>


Another tutor I would recommend, Jason Reed, lives in Park Slope but can
travel. He¹s a 21 year old college student, very smart (Stuyvesant grad,
National Merit Scholar, 800 Math and English SATs) but also very patient and
good with middle/high schoolers. He tutors math and does standardized test
prep -- SATs and specialized high school entrance exams. $25/hour.

jdsreed@drifab. com
718 909 4445


and another family I know in the Slope used Michael Giles for SAT/ACT test prep and college essay assistance.  He's on 4th Street and can be reached at 718-768-2372 or michaelgiles@ earthlink. net .  I would recommend him.  I also know a few families in the Slope who went to Judith at Park Slope Tutorial; my kids went to her over the years for math tutoring and other things so my son wanted a change (and a male tutor) for SAT.  She's on 12th Street and can be reached at 718-499-3899 or 8409 or pstutorial@aol. com . 


I loved using Thinking Caps Tutoring.
It was very a thoughtful approach to my kids' learning and test taking


I highly recommend Ed Antoine for SAT Prep. 

Ed has hired me to work on projects and to 
help administer his larger classes. I have 
had the pleasure of watching him work with 
students, and he is a top-notch test-prep 


My son did the beta test of an on line class for Knewton, and it was

Spanish Tutor

Try, excellent 4 him right now and not expensive

One of the teachers at my daughter's school (Bay Ridge Prep) has a fabulous reputation for tutoring kids at MS 51. Her name is Sara Hutton. Her BRP e-mail addr is:

Both my kids have spanish tutors through central park tutors (they
are actually out of Brooklyn). It is a small very
personalized group of teachers/tutors. I have been using them for a
few years and have never been disappointed with anyone who has
helped my kids. They have a website