Monday, July 19, 2010

From Cates Tutoring -- College Essay Workshop

The Personal Statement is that dark cloud that looms in the background of the college admissions process. Students struggle with the Personal Statement because they don’t know what to write about, and can never find the time to work on it amongst piles of homework and tests during Senior Year. Parents struggle with the Personal Statement, too, because they end up spending hours proofreading or harassing their son or daughter to get it done. Weeks of teenage procrastination usually end up with lots of fighting and stress added on to the agony of the application process.

But now, there is a way to bypass all of this, and have an outstanding Personal Statement all ready to go before Senior Fall begins:

Entering its third year, the CATES College Essay workshop offers a solution to the struggle of creating the Personal Statement. With the aid of experienced tutors, advisors, and workshop leaders, students focus on writing their Personal Statement for three days. Throughout the process, students learn not only what goes into making a great Personal Statement, but they also discover what qualities make him or her a unique applicant.

Each day features a number of activities to help students cultivate and express their personal theme throughout their application materials. Students learn what college admissions officers look for in the application, the role the essays play in the process, how to handle the Common Application, and the do’s and don’ts of the admissions and alumni interviews. Working alongside their peers, students learn more about themselves as individuals and how to highlight it in their materials so they stand out for the admissions officers.

By the end of the three-day intensive, students possess an edited and polished Personal Statement, Short Answer, completed Common Application, and are ready for admissions interviews. They are prepared to fill out supplemental applications and to send them off without a hassle. In short, students will BE DONE with the crucial items of their college applications. As a result, they can dedicate their time in the fall to getting good grades in school and to succeeding on standardized tests. Students – and parents - will rest assured that they are ahead in the college admissions process!

Session One
Monday-Wednesday, August 16th- 18th

Session Two
Friday-Sunday, August 20th- 22nd

Session Three
Monday-Wednesday, August 23rd- 25th

Registration: $900 per student
Contact or call the CATES office at (212) 359-4208 with any questions

NYC DOE - Summer Workshop Series for HS Admissions

Summer Workshop Series

There are four more sessions in our summer workshop series. The remaining four sessions will take place at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. Join us tomorrow, July 20, to learn about Career & Technical Education High Schools and Programs. The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m.
If you are not able to attend the summer workshops, you can find handouts about each topic on our website. In addition, we’ll be hosting information sessions about high school admissions throughout the City this fall. Updates about those sessions and other events will be posted on our High School Admissions Calendar. 

New to New York City?
If you moved to New York City after October 21, 2009, your child may register to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or audition for Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts for September 2010 enrollment as a 9th or 10th grade student. For more information about eligibility and registration, visit the High School Admissions web page.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Teen Fashion Festival

from high five :

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Teen Fashion Festival
Spend Saturday, July 17th with Heiresses, Gibson Girls, Bohemians, Suffragists, Patriots, Flappers, and Screen Sirens at the Met's Teen Festival of Fashion!

Hosted in conjunction with the Met's lastest exhibit American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, spend the day at the Met and join in on fashion activities, including a style studio, a session with a perfumist, fashion films, and a special hunt in the galleries! And help us celebrate the winners of the T-shirt design competition at an award ceremony. Come dressed to walk the red carpet in your favorite T-shirt or as one of the American Woman archetypes!

And listen to a sample from the exhibition's Audio Guide, voiced by NYC's favorite, Sarah Jessica Parker!

Need even more? Hit the Met's Flickr Feed to see the show develop from set-up to final display.

Visit the Teen Festival of Fashion event page for more!

Please Note: The Met Museum is Pay-What-You-Will, with a recommended $10 student admission price. However, all New York City public school students may visit the Museum for free. Please check with your school administrator to see if your student I.D. allows free admission to the Museum.

Sat., July 17 @ 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), Manhattan
Hours of Operation
4, 5, 6, to 86st St.

Friday, July 2, 2010

DOE High School Admissions - Making Choices Summer Workshop Series: June 30 - August 10

High School Admissions

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Appeals Update as of June 17, 2010Results of high school appeals will be mailed directly to students’ homes in early July. If you submitted an appeal form, please check with your guidance counselor to make sure that your mailing address on file is accurate.  
Making Choices Summer Workshop Series: June 30 - August 10Middle school students and their parents are invited to attend summer workshops to learn about the high school admissions process. See below for dates, locations and topics.

All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.
Date Location Topic
Wednesday, June 30 Brooklyn Technical HS
29 Fort Greene Place Brooklyn
First Steps: Understanding
My High School Options
Wednesday, July 7 The Eight Specialized Exam
High Schools & LaGuardia
Wednesday, July 14 Screened & Audition Programs
Tuesday, July 20 Stuyvesant HS
345 Chambers Street
Career and Technical Education
High Schools and Programs
Tuesday, July 27 Large Comprehensive High Schools
Tuesday, August 3 Small High Schools and
Charter Schools
Tuesday, August 10 Next Steps

High School Admissions Summer Workshop Flyer

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Big Apple Games - Includes sports for middle & high schoolers as well as Teen Centers

Big Apple Games

The annual Big Apple Games, a free recreation program for New York City kids, starts July 6 and runs through August 12. Children can register daily for activities at any of the 56 locations throughout the city and will be served breakfast and lunch at no cost. This year activities include basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, swimming, football, soccer, lacrosse, cross country, track and field, and arts and crafts programs.

For more information call 311 or check out the PSAL’s website here.