Monday, June 28, 2010

Study Shows Small Schools Are Helping Students Graduate


This Week In Your Public Schools

Featured Story: Study Shows Small Schools Are Helping Students Graduate
As thousands of our students walk across the stage to receive their diplomas this week, an independent, highly-respected research organization has released a study confirming that the new small schools we’ve established since 2002 are helping more students graduate.

We’ve made it a priority to create new small schools to offer our students more high school options and a more personalized high school experience. The report by MDRC found that small schools have a higher graduation rate than other schools on average, and that they are particularly successful with students traditionally considered the most disadvantaged. Read more about the study in the news.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fort Greene Park Summer Youth Creative Writing Workshops !

Sign up for the Fort Greene Park Summer Youth Creative Writing Workshops !
6 week Saturday workshops
 July 1oth through August 14th
Workshops for 8-12 year olds
 and 13-17 year olds meet 10:45 to noon
 Join us for the fun and exciting Fort Greene Park Summer Youth Creative Writing Workshops!The workshops take place for 6 consecutive Saturdays in beautiful Fort Greene Park. At the end of the 6-week workshops, all participants will be invited to read their writing as part of the 6th Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival on August 21st!
 Sign up now!

To sign up, contact NY Writers Coalition at 718-398-2883, or email us at fgp@nywriterscoalit

Space is limited so you must sign up in advance. Parental permission is required.

High School Shortlist Workshops for Brooklyn Parents

(Manhattan parents should contact me to arrange a private group because some schools are borough and district specific)


$40 per parent / $10 per student if you buy tickets online
$5 additional per person if you pay at the door, but you need to contact me to make sure that there is room.

RSVP required. I need to gather some general information from you to make sure that I present the information you need.
You must bring the DOE HS Directory to the workshop.
Bring the big DOE high school directory and come away with a folder containing a short list of worthy public high schools and their specialties within possible commuting distance of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, so that you can face the fall with confidence. I will lead you through the directory with a pair of scissors, information, strategies and tips on keeping it organized, helping your child engage in the process and keeping your wits about you while finding a good fit school for your child.
I cover schools that would be a possible commute for students living in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan. Including Brooklyn high schools, Manhattan high schools and Queens high schools

Hootenanny Art House - 246 15th St. at 8th Ave. (South Slope)
Moxie Spot - 81 Atlantic Ave. between Hicks and Henry (Brooklyn Heights)
Brooklyn Creative League - 540 President St. between 3rd and 4th Ave.

I will not be adding dates and
and spots are limited.
tkts: HS Shortlist Workshop
Tues. June 29, 7pm
@ The Moxie Spot

tkts: HS Shortlist Workshop
date: Thurs. July 15, 7pm
@ Hootenanny Art House
tkts: HS Shortlist Workshop
Mon. July 19, 7pm
@ The Moxie Spot

tkts: HS Shortlist Workshop
Thurs. Sept. 16, 7pm
@ Hootenanny Art House

tkts: HS Shortlist Workshop
Sat. in Sept., 10am

Friday, June 11, 2010

Japanese Cuisine 101: Washoku 和食

Japanese Cuisine 101: Washoku 和食

An 11-Day Summer Workshop for High School Students
Monday, August 9 — Saturday, August 21

Photo by Kenji Takigami.
Monday through Friday, August 9-13 & 16-20, 2010, 10 am-4 pm each day

Student Cooking Demonstration & Reception
Saturday, August 21, 2010, 10 am-3:30 pm (for students)/12:30-2:30 pm (for guests)

High school students are invited to participate in an 11-day immersion workshop on Japanese cuisine and culture, during which they will examine the multifaceted history of Japanese cuisine in connection with health and wellness.

Through demonstrations by professional chefs and participation in basic cooking sessions, participants will learn about Japan's emphasis on the seasonality of food (shun), quality of ingredients and presentation, as well as dining etiquette and manners. This workshop will also focus on nutrition and Japanese food. Knowledge of various Japanese dishes and drinks will be imparted and enhanced throughout the workshop as students explore Japanese culinary venues and facilities in NY/NJ.

On the last day of the program, families and friends are invited to a Japanese-style reception where Japanese dishes and tea will be served, including those prepared by chefs and participating students.


  • Participants must be high school students as of September 2010.
  • You must attend all of the scheduled workshop sessions and the reception (8/9-13 & 8/16-21, 10 am-4 pm).
  • No previous knowledge of Japanese cuisine is necessary.
  • While those who took Washoku 101 in 2008 may apply, priority is given to those who did not take the workshop in summer 2008.
Your application must include:
1. Complete, signed general application form.
2. Essay: On a separate sheet, please tell us in 200-300 words (A) which aspects of Japan and/or food culture you would like to learn about; (B) how this program will help you achieve these goals; and (C) why Japan Society should select you for the program.
3. A check for $450 made out to Japan society.

Important Note:
Space is limited. 20-25 students will be selected through a careful review process. All applicants will be notified of their status by mid-June. Checks will be returned to those who are not selected for this program. Your application package will not be returned.

$450, includes cooking materials, books, and lunch. A limited number of full and partial tuition waivers are available. Tuition waiver requirements and an application are available here.

Please submit or mail the complete application, essay and a check ($450) made payable to Japan Society to:
2010 Summer Immersion Workshop
Education Programs
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

For more information about this program, please call (212) 715-1275 or e-mail

New Web Site for NYC Grads


This Week In Your Public Schools

New Web Site for NYC Grads
This week, we launched a new Web site,, to help us stay in touch with graduates of New York City public schools. The site, created by The Fund for Public Schools, will help us build a community of alumni to make our schools stronger for the generations to come. If you're a graduate of a public school in New York City, or if you're graduating this year, please be sure to register. The first school to get 75 current seniors to sign up will win a $1,500 gift certificate to Staples. Every alumnus who signs up will receive a coupon to Modell’s Sporting Goods and the chance to win a $200 Modell’s gift certificate.