Monday, January 31, 2011

High School Admissions 2010-11 - Calendar and Events - New York City Department of Education

High School Admissions 2010-11 - Calendar and Events - New York City Department of Education

February 11
  • Students receive Specialized High School results

  • New High Schools Choice Forms available

  • February 12 and 13New High Schools Fair (See event flyer for more information)
    February 28
  • Students Specialized High School decisions due back to guidance counselors

  • New Schools Choice Forms due to guidance counselors

  • March 31Students receive Main Round results
    April 5Supplementary Round Information Session (Location TBA)
    April 15Supplementary Round Applications due to counselors
    May 27Students recieve Supplementary Round results

    Please Note: All dates subject to change.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Special Needs Camp Fair 2011 - This Saturday Snow or Shine!

    This Saturday
    Snow or Shine!

    January 29th

    11am to 3pm
    Camp Fair 2011
    Church of St. Paul the Apostle
    Columbus Ave. & West 60th St.

    Reminder: RCSN invites you to join us at our Annual Special Camp Fair!
    • Find the right summer program for your child
    • Speak with Camp Directors
    • Discover programs and services to help your family year-round 
    Pick up your free copy of
    the Camps 2011-2012 Directory
    in English or Spanish
    Spanish and Sign Language interpreters will be available.
    Visit the Special Camp Fair Book Booth!
    You'll get to choose from:
    • Comprehensive Directory
    • Schools for Children with Special Needs
    • Schools and Services for Autism
    • Transition Matters
    Publications are in limited quantities and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Suggested donation is $5 per book. Donations support RCSN's information, direct assistance and capacity-building work to help children and youth with special needs.
    For more information e-mail Gary Shulman or call (212) 677-4650 x20
    or visit our website:

    While there is no charge for the event,
    contributions are always appreciated.

    NY Family Camp Fair

    Register for November Camp Fairs!

     Saturday, January 29, 2011:
    12 - 3pm
    Downtown Manhattan
    Friends Seminary School
    222 East 16th Street
    btwn 3rd Ave and Rutherford Place
     Sunday, January 30, 2011:LOCATION CHANGE!!
    12 - 3pm
    Brooklyn – Park Slope
    The Grand Prospect Hall
    263 Prospect Avenue
    (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
     Saturday, February 5, 2011:
    12 - 3pm
    Columbia Heights
    The Bank Street School
    610 West 112th Street
    btwn Broadway and Riverside Drive
     Saturday, February 12, 2011:
    12 - 3pm
    Murray Ave School
    250 Murray Avenue
    Larchmont, NY


    The New York Family Camp Fair Series is the best way to help parents make informed decisions about which camp is "the perfect fit" for their child. New York Family and the American Camp Association- NY (ACA-NY) will bring more than 60 camps straight to parents and provide previews of the summertime experience that can have a huge, positive impact on campers. Renee Flax, the Associate Director of the American Camp Association will also be on hand at each of the New York Family Camp Fairs to answer parents' questions and help guide them in their search for the right camp. The wide variety of camps represented make the event perfect for children ages three to seventeen.
    PRE-REGISTER NOW to receive a gift bag at the fair! Anyone who pre-registers and attends one of the coming Camp Fairs also qualifies to participate in a BIG RAFFLE for a chance to win a Camp Trunk from Lesters or our grand prize family trip! Pre-registerhere!

    FREE performing arts classes for Youth (9 - 18) with Aspergers

    (T.H.A.T. Program)
    Classes for children with Asperger’s forming for
    Feb, 2011
    Developed by Dr. Michael A. Pizzi
    Occupational therapist and actor

    Classes are being formed for children with Asperger’s aged 9-18, focusing on the use of the performing arts to enable participation, increase self esteem and develop social skills. Our acting and movement classes include programs that introduce your child to warm-ups, improv games, character building exercises and scene study. This interactive, non-competitive program is structured so the students work with each other to build social confidence.
    The arts, particularly the performing arts, assist in the development of the child in emotional, physical, social, intellectual and psychological areas.  The arts programs are non-competitive and focus on developmental and personal growth.  Whether on a one to one basis or within a group setting, arts programming can
    (1) assist in social skill building and teach appropriate interactions with others;
    (2) engage children in self expression through a non-threatening medium;
    (3) improves abilities such as Skills for Expressing Feelings, Social Relationship Skills, Organizational Skills, Decision Making, Problem Solving Skills and Conflict Management Skills;
    (4) provides an outlet for creativity, joy and hope;
    (5) engages children in developing collaboration and sharing;
    (6) increase and improve self-esteem
    Touching Humanity, Inc. (THI)  ( is a non-profit organization committed to promoting disability awareness and social and occupational justice through the arts and education.  The basic mission of THI is to develop programs that serve the artistic and expressive needs of children and adults with disabilities; create new and adapt previously performed works that are disability themed; create opportunities for actors with disabilities; and to educate through the arts, symposia, festivals and conferences.
    The overall mission is to build an environment of inclusiveness, enabling those with disabilities to participate, and those without disabilities to be educated. 
    T.H.A.T Workshop was developed by Michael A. Pizzi, PhD, an occupational therapist, performing artist, and Founder of THI.  It’s development arose from the need to provide artistic outlets for children and adults with special needs.  Provision of opportunities for people with disabilities to engage in the arts promotes occupational justice (the rights of individuals to engage in productive and meaningful activity), social justice (the rights of people to be treated fairly and equitably), and avenues for creative and artistic expression  
    All classes are co-developed with Dr. Pizzi and overseen by him.  The instructors have backgrounds in the performing arts, special education, ABA method, occupational therapy and prior work with children with disabilities.
    ·      To increase students social confidence and awareness
    ·      To develop creativity
    ·      To increase self esteem and self confidence
    ·      To facilitate individual expression as well as instill a sense of teamwork
    ·      To create a sense of goal achievement
    ·      To develop engagement in meaningful activity
    Other objectives that can be realized through this program:
    ·      Invite imagination
    ·      Promote social interactions
    ·      Develop communication skills
    ·      Improve memorization skills
    ·      Increase vocal skills
    ·      Develop sensory skills
    ·      Improve patterns of movement and sequencing
    ·      Promote emotional expression
    ·      Have fun !
    Length of sessions:  We will offer 8 week one hour weekend classes beginning mid Feb, 2011 ending with a grand performance
    Cost:  FREE
    Location:  Rehearsal studio midtown NYC
    Our autism and creative, expressive and performing arts programming also include:
    ·      private classes for individuals
    ·      all day intensive creative and performing arts workshops
    ·      siblings workshops
    ·      Parent/caregiver creative arts workshop
    Please email us about your interest.
    Contact with questions or to register:
    Dr. Michael A. Pizzi       347-385-4207 or
    Our motto:  Given opportunity, always able

    Millennium Brooklyn High School Open House

    Current 8th grade middle school parents are invited to learn more about the new Millennium Brooklyn High School that will be co-located at the John Jay Educational Campus beginning September 2011...

    Millennium Brooklyn High School
    A bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
    Open House
    Current eighth grade students & families are invited.

    Dates:    Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 6 to 7PM
                  Wednesday, February 2, 2011 from 6 to 7PM
                  Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 6 to 7PM

    Location: First Floor Auditorium, 345 Dean Street,
    Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Come meet with Founding Principal, Lisa Gioe and members of the Millennium Brooklyn planning team for a presentation and question and answer session.

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Race to Nowhere Screening

    Join the BNS and BCS PTA for a special screening of a controversial new documentary,
    Thursday, February 10, 2011
    BNS / BCS Auditorium
    $10 in advance, $15 at the door
    5:30 - 6 pm food!
    6 - 7:30 pm screening
    7:30 panel discussion
    Please forward! Invite friends!
    A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’s lives, creating unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth.Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.In a grassroots sensation already feeding a groundswell for change, hundreds of theaters, schools and organizations nationwide are hosting community screenings during a six month campaign to screen the film nationwide. Tens of thousands of people are coming together, using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change.Featured in the film:
    • Dr. Madeline Levine, Clinical Psychologist and author of the best-seller, The Price of Privilege
    • Dr. Wendy Mogel, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
    • Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    • Dr. Deborah Stipek, Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University
    • Dr. Denise Pope, Co-Founder, Challenge Success, Stanford University
    • Sara Bennett, Founder, Stop Homework