Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Museum Programs Open House

Museum Programs Open House
Don't miss this first-ever Museum Programs Open House, where you'll get the chance to learn about teen programs from NYC's finest museums and cultural organizations, including High 5!

Participating museums include:

  • Museum of Arts and Design (proud partner of High 5's TRaC program)
  • Eyebeam
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
  • International Center of Photography
  • The Jewish Museum
  • The Frick Collection
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Museum of African Art
  • MoMA
  • The Noguchi Museum
  • New Museum
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • And many more!
Our friends at the Met are hosting the event and there'll be snacks and soda, a raffle and panel discussion with museum professionals that will give you the chance to learn about the behind-the-scenes workings of a museum. If you've ever wondered what an exhibition designer or curator does at an art museum, this is a panel you can't miss! And plus, after the Open House, you'll be able explore the Met until it closes at 9!

The Open House is FREE, but you must RSVP to Laura Quackenbush at quackenbushL@artsconnection.org to attend!


Fri., Oct. 1, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Uris Center for Education, ground floor*
1000 5th Ave. @ 82nd St. ( MAP)
4 or 6 to 77th St.

*Enter on the 81st St. side and enter on the ground floor entrance for the Uris Center.

FAQ's from the DOE on Specialized High Schools & Testing

Q: Which schools are the Specialized High Schools?
A: There are nine Specialized High Schools: Bronx High School of Science The Brooklyn Latin School Brooklyn Technical High School High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College High School of American Studies at Lehman College Queens High School for the Sciences at York College Staten Island Technical High School Stuyvesant High School Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
Q: Who can take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or audition for the programs/studios at LaGuardia?
A: All 8th graders (and first-time 9th graders) who are New York City residents are eligible to take the SHSAT and/or audition. In September of the 8th or 9th grade, your child should inform his/her guidance counselor of his/her decision so that an admission ticket can be issued for the appropriate test and/or audition(s).
Q: How can my child get into a Specialized High School?
A: For eight of the Specialized High Schools, students are required to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). The SHSAT is the only requirement for admission. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts requires students to audition for the programs/studios they apply to but does not require the SHSAT.
Q: What is the content of the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)?
The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) is a written test consisting of two sections: Verbal, including:
o Scrambled Paragraphs: students are asked to arrange five sentences in logical order to create the best paragraph
o Logical Reasoning: students read the information provided and choose the best answer to each question
o Reading: students analyze and interpret passages by answering questions Mathematics, including:
o Word problems and computational questions
o Problems in arithmetic, algebra, probability, statistics and geometry
Q: How can a student prepare for auditions or the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)?
Your child should ask his/her guidance counselor for a copy of the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook which includes two sample tests. In addition, the Handbook describes audition requirements for LaGuardia’s six studios. You may also access the Specialized Handbook online. When you are an 8th or 9th grader, your guidance counselor will provide more specific information about the SHSAT. In the meantime, use the following suggestions to help prepare for the test: Keep up with schoolwork. It is the best possible preparation. Continue reading books and articles because reading helps increase vocabulary, comprehension, and general knowledge. Practice taking the sample tests that are in the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook. Check your answers and read the explanations of the correct answers in the Handbook. Research study guides, test preparation services, and tutoring opportunities. Discuss additional opportunities for test preparation with your school guidance counselor.

Specialized High School Open House

Stuyvesant H.S.

Stuyvesant Informal Open House will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. No registration is required. Parents and students are welcome.


Brooklyn Tech School Tour
10/4/2010, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: BTHS Auditorium

Brooklyn Technical High School would like to invite the families of middle school students who are interested in attending Brooklyn Tech in the Fall of 2011 to join us on a tour of our school.

We will open our doors for tours of our facility during the months of October and November.

Interested guests can participate in the school tour by APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Guests who do not make an appointment will not be allowed to participate in the school tour.
Guests will be scheduled for tours on a first come, first serve basis.

Tours of Brooklyn Technical High School are scheduled for the following dates:
October 4, 2010
October 18, 2010
October 25, 2010

November 1, 2010
November 8, 2010

On each tour date, there will be two scheduled tours.
Morning Tours: 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Afternoon Tours: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

The school tours will be lead by Brooklyn Tech faculty and students from the Brooklyn Tech Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Appointments for a school tour can be made as early as, but no earlier than, Monday, September 20, 2010.

To make an appointment for a tour of Brooklyn Technical High School, please call 718-804-6442 between the hours of 9:00AM and 3:00PM


Bronx HS of Science

Fall Open House

--We will be holding an Open House on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
--Due to space restrictions - If you attended the Spring Open House, please do not register again
--Click here to register


Brooklyn Latin School

Title: TBLS Fall Open House for Prospective Students
Date/Time: October 21, 2010 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Brooklyn Latin School


High School of American Studies at Lehman College

Start Date:
Tuesday, October 12 2010 5:30PM

End Date:
Tuesday, October 12 2010 8:00PM

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College 

Our Annual Open House
will be held on October 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The location for this event will be York College Performing Arts Center. Parking is available in York College parking lot on Guy R. Brewer Blvd. between Liberty Avenue and Archer Avenue. All are welcome. No registration required.

Admissions Info - HS Info Night/Open House - Oct 13, 2010
Wednesday, October 13th  - Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saturday, September 25, 2010





This fall, we are offering group music lessons in drums and electric guitar for girls aged 7 - 18 at Willie Mae Music Lab, our new year-round community music and mentoring center in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The program features small group lessons (4 - 6 students) for both beginner/intermediate and advanced students, taught by accomplished teachers from the Rock Camp community. The 8-week program includes instrument loan, so you can practice at home in between lessons, and, of course, there'll be a big show at the end of the semester. Come work on your musical skills, jam with other girls, and have a good time!
Classes are organized by musical experience level and age (school grade). Classes start the week of October 18 and run through the week of December 13 (no classes week of November 22). There will be a final recital for all students on Thursday, December 16th at 7pm at the Co-op School. (Schedule continued top-right.)


Willie Mae Music Lab also offers affordable practice space for bands of all ages, private lessons, and band coaches who can work with bands at homes or at Music Lab.

For more information about any Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls programs, please contact us at info@williemaerockcamp.org or 347-599-0716.

Our non-profit partner Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) is offering a free course in self-defense for teen women and transyouth ages 13-19. This special course will cover topics in self-defense, violence prevention, dating safety, and conflict de-escalation, with a variety of exercises, activities, and discussions.  This class is co-taught by Peer Educators--teens who have taken classes here at CAE and now join us to educate their peers.

Saturdays:  October 23- November 20, 1230–230 pm.
First 3 classes meet at YWCA: 30 Third Avenue; the last class meets at CAE: 327 7th Street

Advance registration is required.  Call or email to register for this free course!
718-788-1775 (from 10-6:00, Monday-Friday)
SCHEDULE (cont.)
Beginning/Intermediate Drums
(Grades 3 - 5)
Mondays, 4 - 4:50pm

Beginning/Intermediate Drums
(Grades 6 - 12)
Mondays, 5 - 5:50pm

Advanced Drums
(Grades 6 - 12)
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6pm

Electric Guitar
Beginning/Intermediate Electric Guitar
(Grades 3 - 5)
Wednesdays, 4 - 4:50pm

Beginning/Intermediate Electric Guitar
(Grades 6 - 12)
Wednesdays, 5 - 5:50pm

Advanced Guitar
(Grades 6 - 12)
Thursdays, 4:30 - 6pm

Special introductory rates
Beginning/Intermediate classes $200, or 3 monthly installments of $66.66
Advanced classes $320, or 3 monthly installments of $106.66
Limited financial aid available (see enrollment form).

Willie Mae Music Lab is located at The Coop School at 87 Irving Place in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. The building is wheelchair accessible. The closest trains are the C/S trains at Franklin Avenue Station (and Fulton Street).

Fill out the enrollment form by clicking the link below:
Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Monday, September 20, 2010

2010 Citywide High School Fair

2010 Citywide High School Fair

Saturday, October 2, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Visit exhibits and gather information about your high school choices
Meet high school teachers and current students
Attend a workshop and learn about the High School Admissions Process

Brooklyn Technical High School
29 Fort Greene Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Subway: Q, R to DeKalb Avenue; C to Lafayette Avenue;
G to Fulton Street; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins Street
Bus: B25, B26, B37, B38, B52
For directions or more information, please call (718) 935-2399
or visit www.nyc.gov/schools/ChoicesEnrollment/High

Flyer available HERE

Friday, September 17, 2010

SHSAT Workshops for Families

Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT)
2010-2011 Workshops for Families

Middle school students and their families are invited to attend a workshop to learn
about the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT).
Both workshops will run from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunset Park High School
153 35th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Stuyvesant High School
345 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10282

Both workshops will cover: eligibility, registration and test preparation.
Translation and interpretation services will be provided.
For a complete list of workshops and fairs in every borough,

please check the High School Admissions Calendar:

See flyer for this event here : HERE

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

DOE offers free SAT prep to 11th & 12th graders

From insideschools :

DOE offers free SAT prep to 11th & 12th graders

Last February the Department of Education offered the city’s 65,000 11th graders free access to an online SAT prep course through College Board.  The goal was to stem the tide of declining scores since 2008 by offering students the free course in time to prepare for the March, June, or October 2010 SAT exams.

With news that only 8000 11th graders took advantage of the free course last spring, the DOE is opening up the program to current 11th graders.   Free access expires in February 2011, so students will need to take advantage of it in the fall semester.

To register for the course, students will need to have an access code. All 12th graders should have received an access code last February.  If you never received one, or lost it, contact your school’s college office or guidance counselor for help.  If you have your code, register here.

Current 11th graders who are interested in getting a head start on  preparing for the spring 2011 SATs, should request an access code from their school.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Girls Softball.. ages 9-15

The SBBL Fall Girls Softball season started yesterday, but we still have some teams looking for a few players, so there is still time to join in the fun.

The fee for the entire season (through the first week of November, if the weather stays warm enough) is ONLY $35!

At that price, what are you waiting for?

We presently have 9 teams, ages 9-12. And we have a couple of teams ages 13-15.

We are looking specifically for:

-- girls ages 9-11 (five or six more girls would help bolster two teams from IHM and SBBL)

-- girls ages 13-15 (we can accept as many girls as are interested)

Games are on the weekends, plus Friday nights. Our field has lights, so there is the chance to play night games! (We will only play weeknight games if we get rained out a lot and need to schedule make-ups.) All games are played at DiMattina Field, in Carroll Gardens.

So, if you know girls who played in the spring and would like to play more, or you know girls who would like to start playing, let's get them out on the field playing softball!

Steven Pisano
Director, Cardinals Baseball and Softball

Piper Theatre Workshop/Afterschool @ the Old Stone House

Piper Theatre Workshop/Afterschool @ the Old Stone House
Devising: The Theatrical Imagination for High School Students
Artists who make work get work.  A particular skill for the theatre artist is the ability to devise a theatrical world.  This course will
be focused on small adaption and writing for the stage.  Students will be asked to bring in or create fresh a piece of theatrical work after
an idea, text, poem, piece of music, or concept.  The ability to understand a piece of one’s world and articulate it theatrically is an
indispensable tool for any actor, director, or writer and will breed whole layers of understanding and depth.  Options for adaption will be
provided for those who do not have a specific work to focus on.  There will be an emphasis on presence and physical work, with specific help given for voice and movement.
Courses taught by Michael Buffer at the Old Stone House, Washington Park, 3rd Street between 4th/5th Avenues, Brooklyn, NY  11215
Thursdays 5-7PM
10 Sessions: Sep 23, 30, Oct 7, 21, 28, Nov 4, 18, Dec 2, 9, 16
Limited to 12 students
To apply:  718-768-3195 or email info@theoldstonehouse.org

Friday, September 3, 2010

Saturday Academy at the Museum of the City of New York

Saturday Academy at the Museum of the City of New York is a free, elective six-week program for students in grades 8-12 interested in American history or SAT preparation.  Best of all, there’s no homework or testing and all course materials are provided! 
Fall 2010 courses meet on October 16th, 23rd, 30th and November 6th, 13th, and 20th. 

Students may enroll in one or two courses a semester. All courses are available at two times: Session I runs from 9:00 am to 10:20 am; Session II runs from 10:30 am to 11:50 am. Students who complete all course requirements and a semester evaluation will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the program.

Fall 2010 Course Offerings:


Living in the City: Investigating Public HousingInstructor: Elizabeth Hamby, B.F.A. in Fine Art, Parsons School of Design
Open to students in grades 8-12
Living in the City: Investigating Public Housing will equip students with a set of tools for analyzing the relationship among people, architecture, urban design, and public policy, with a focus on public housing. Since the New York City Housing Authority was created in 1934, it has grown to house more than half a million New Yorkers. Students will observe and analyze the "tower in the park" housing developments through taking field trips in East Harlem. The class will use photography, drawing writing, video, and audio to create a collaborative multi-media presentation investigating the history of public housing in New York City and the United States.

They Had Style, They Had Grace: Important Moments in Fashion History
Instructor: Nayantara Mhatre, M.S. in Museum Education, Bank Street College of Education
Open to students in grades 8-12
Students will use a variety of media to explore how popular fashions throughout American history were influenced by and shaped the social customs and politics of each particular era. The class will culminate with student projects about contemporary fashions and their relationship to the popular culture of the early 21st century.

Voices in History: Gathering Powerful Stories from Our Communities
Instructor: Rachel Falcone, Artist and Oral Historian, B.A. in Philosophy, Vassar College
Open to students in grades 8-12
New York City is a city of immigrants, and the stories of immigrants are a crucial part of our history. Through the use of oral history, students will study how the 1965 immigration reform vastly increased the number of people who came here from all over the world, especially Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Students will learn how to conduct oral histories, and they will gain hands-on experience interviewing and gathering the personal histories of community members who recently immigrated to New York City. The class will design creative projects in the form of art, maps, text, and performances based on the stories they collected.

Kaplan SAT Skills
Instructor: Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Open to students in grades 11-12
Test prep can help students maximize their performance on standardized tests and increase their odds of college acceptance and merit-based financial aid. In this course, students will learn time-honored techniques for taking the SAT and master key Kaplan strategies. Kaplan faculty will cover critical reading, math, and writing skills. Walk into Test Day feeling confident and prepared!

To Apply for Saturday Academy:


Download and print the Fall 2010 brochure and application.

Mail the completed application to: Joanna Steinberg, Saturday Academy Coordinator, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029. Applications submitted by fax or email will not be accepted.

All applications must be received by Wednesday, September 29th no later than 5:00 p.m. Enrollment is first come first serve. There are a limited number of spaces reserved for students who live in East Harlem (10029 and 10035 zip codes) and/or attend schools in East Harlem. Please apply early-space is limited! Accepted candidates will be notified by email, mail, or telephone.

Due to the overabundance of applications that we receive for Saturday Academy, you will only be notified if you are accepted into the program. If you do not receive a letter in the mail, we hope you will reapply next spring. Only applicants who bring an acceptance letter on the first day of class will be permitted to stay for the program.

For more information or to be added to the Saturday Academy mailing list, please contact Joanna Steinberg, Saturday Academy Coordinator, at jsteinberg@mcny.org.

Support for Saturday Academy is provided by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 
Applications must be received by Wednesday, September 30th.  Enrollment is first come first serve, so please apply early since space is limited!  To apply, please fill out the attached application and mail it back to the Museum. For more information about the program, visit http://www.mcny.org/education/Saturday_Academy.html or contact Joanna Steinberg, Saturday Academy Coordinator, at jsteinberg@mcny.org.