Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Japanese Language in Action: Theater Performance

Japanese Language in Action: Theater Performance

Japanese Language in Action: Theater Performance

Monday, August 6 — Saturday, August 18
© George Hirose.
Monday-Friday, August 6-10 & 13-17, 2012 from 10 am-3:30 pm

Theater Performance & Reception:

Saturday, August 18, 12-5 pm (for students)/2-4 pm (for guests)

Priority Registration Deadline:
Friday, June 15

Interested in kicking your Japanese up a notch? Always wanted to learn but never had the opportunity? High school students are invited to learn Japanese through fun, interactive classes and theater workshops during this two-week summer program. Led by expert high school Japanese teacher, Mami Fujisaki, with mini-sessions by actors, directors and others in the theater world, participants will enhance and deepen both their Japanese language and theater performance knowledge and skills. The workshop culminates in a performance for family and friends.

Open to students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2012. Recommended for beginner through intermediate Japanese language students; advanced students also welcome. No prior theater experience necessary.

$450, tuition waivers available

Application available soon. For more information, call (212) 715-1275 or email

SPARK - Science for Middle School

SPARK - Science for Middle School

Program Dates:

One-Week Sessions:    
July 15-20, 2012        
July 22-27, 2012

Two-Week Session:
July 15-27, 2012


For students entering 8th and 9th grade in Fall of 2012

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SPARK is a science program for curious middle school students who seek to spend one or two weeks at Brown’s Ivy League campus and immerse themselves in exciting science subjects, and gain the foundations necessary for further scientific inquiry.

The SPARK Experience

SPARK brings together students with similar abilities and diverse backgrounds. Through the study of science, students build confidence and grow as individuals in an environment that is safe, challenging, and most of all, fun.

SPARK Program Goals:

  • Introduce students to complex scientific topics in a manner appropriate for academically talented middle school students;
  • Promote a better understanding of science and its relevance to everyday life, including how research results are applied in the world around us;
  • Provide students with an opportunity to participate in inquiry and experimentation through course and co-curricular activities; and
  • Engage students in the process of thinking as scientists – where they develop scientific questions, experiment, analyze and interpret data, and come up with sound conclusions.

The Courses 

The courses of the SPARK program expose students to the intellectual concepts and processes of science topics that are taught at Brown University.  The courses are inquiry-based and experiential­- students conduct their own experiments, learn science through guided inquiry, and engage in critical thinking. 
SPARK students learn science in by first focusing on the basics, and build their knowledge until they reach a deep understanding of the more advanced concepts. 
In addition to spending three hours per day in classes, students take part in extra-curricular activities where they interact with students from other courses.  The extra-curricular activities include field trips, other more general science experiments, and lectures on diverse topics. 
All students who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion.

Summer 2012 SPARK Courses:

Friday, March 16, 2012

nyc high school choice: calm and clear information talk

nyc high school choice:
calm and clear information talk

Sorry no walk ins. 


This two hour talk will prepare you for the NY High School Fair, tours and choices in the fall. The Dept. of Education has many good programs and publications, but this talk is from the point of view of a parent who has been there and understands what you need to know and why.
  • I describe the process quickly and clearly without the deadly powerpoint used elsewhere.
  • This talk is designed for families of college bound students.
  • I give you a practical strategy to organize and manage the search.
  • I help you understand how to interpret the data that is available.
  • I give you resources to streamline your search and cull the giant directory.
  • I give you tough love and options.
  • I focus on what you need to know and when from a parent's point of view. 
  • I give you a little advice on what the high school choice means for the college search.
I cover schools that would be a possible commute for students living in Brooklyn or Manhattan. Including Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens high schools.
$30 per person

Thanks so very much for your help.  You were instrumental.  Going to all the DOE workshops and listening to the reassurances and opinions of our guidance counselor all paid off.  We did everything that people advised and the process worked!!!!!!  I’m thrilled.
- 8th grade mom
high school talkBirth Day Presence/SOHO
wed. 3/21/12, 7-9pm
tickets here
high school talkHootenanny Art House
tues. 7/10/12, 7-9pm
tickets here
There will be more events scheduled for July and Sept.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

High School Survey - Your participation is requested

High School Survey - Your participation is requested.  Public and Private School accepted.  Mainstream or Special Needs programs welcome!

Whether your child is new to high school or this is his or her final year, I'd love to get some new High School reviews up on blog.  Public School reviews will be shared with ....

The survey asks some basic info about your child's high school and then for a brief review.  Please complete when you have about 5-7 min. to fill it out in it's entirety.

If you've completed the survey in the last year or two  and have nothing new to share - don't feel obligated to complete it again.  If your child is new to high school -- we'd particularly like to hear how things are going. 

Please spread the survey around to any other groups your on or with your friends who have high school aged kids.  If you work with kids in this age range, please share the survey with their parents.

If you're looking for previous reviews check them out here :

There have been 18 new reviews added.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Club

Our season will run from March 4th through June 17th. We support Pre-K through 8th grade aged boys & girls. Our practice & home game fields are on the campus of Poly Prep in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. We practice on Sundays and play games on Saturdays & Sundays throughout the season.

Our Sunday practices 
on the Poly Prep three fields are schedule as follows:

  • PeeWees - PreK to 2nd Graders at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Girls 3rd & 4th Graders at 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Girls 5th & 6th Graders at 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Girls 7th & 8th Graders at 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Boys 3rd & 4th Graders at 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Boys 5th & 6th Graders at 8:00 am to 9:30 am
  • Boys 7th & 8th Graders at 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Beginners Clinic will be held on March 3rd at Poly at 10:00 am. This clinic is for the first time player. Coaches will review the basics of lacrosse so that the first day of practice is more enjoyable and less intimidating.

An informative & mandatory Parent Meeting will be held March 10th in the Poly Prep Theather at 10:00 am. At this meeting BCLC leadership will share the organizational direction and look to gather feedback from parents. It is an open forum for all.

All the practices & Beginners Clinic will be held on the fields of Poly Prep - 9216 Seventh Avenue - Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, 11228. The entrance to the fields is located on 7th Ave, past 92nd St, past the campus entrance and tennis courts. There will be a parking lot which you should walk into, by the baseball backstop. Please do not drive onto the Poly Prep campus. Park your car on 92nd St by the fields.

Please call the BCLC Weather Hotline for status of all practices, games & events. We update this 90 minutes prior to the start of every event.


We look forward to seeing you this Spring!

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