Middle Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (in chronological order)

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Middle Schools: Middle School Counselors’ Information Session on NYC P-Tech 9-14 Schools

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2014
Event: October 3, 2014
Contact: NYCPTECH@schools.nyc.gov

Middle school guidance counselors and parent coordinators advising students and families on high school admissions are invited to an information session hosted by the Office of Postsecondary Readiness’ NYC P-TECH 9-14 team on Friday, October 3rd from 12pm-2pm at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets in Manhattan. Students who attend NYC P-TECH schools attend grades 9-14 to earn a high school diploma, an associate degree, and industry-based work experiences. At this session, attendees will learn about the early college and career school model, including the college and business partners behind each NYC P-TECH school. Attendees will leave with knowledge and information packets to better advise their students about these unique NYC P-TECH schools and steps for students who want to apply during the High School Admissions process. Lunch will be provided. Click here to RSVP by October 1. Registered attendees will receive a reminder e-mail prior to the event.

Middle and High Schools: Free Museum Partnership Program on Holocaust Education

Registration Deadline: October 3, 2014
Event: September through December 2014
Contact: Loren Silber/646-437-4273

Partner with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan to have college interns implement a free three-part Holocaust education program. The Museum's college interns conduct a classroom lesson at your school, guide the students through the Museum, and follow up with a post-tour lesson in your classroom. This opportunity is available on a limited basis and free for your school. Busses to the Museum are provided according to availability and need. For more information please visit this site.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Project Green Reach (PGR)

Event: Fall Semester begins week of October 6, 2014
Contact: Sara Epstein /718-623-7358

PGR is Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) outreach program to Title I K-8 schools in Brooklyn. A PGR semester consists of two teacher workshops at BBG, one 90-minute in class lesson including hands-on plant investigation and a plant per student, one 60-minute guided tour of BBG (buses provided), and materials and support for a school community planting project. BBG works with two classes per school. The total fee is $200. More information and a link to the application can be found here.

Middle Schools: Green Horizons Environmental Careers "Hands-On" Activities for Students and Teachers

Registration Deadline: October 10, 2014
Event: October 16, 2014
Contact: Nancy Wolf

Middle school students will learn "hands-on" about environmental and natural sciences careers at Green Horizons, working with professionals in forestry, arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture and air and water quality monitoring. The event is free and will be held at Snug Harbor and Staten Island Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island.  RSVP to Nancy Wolf.

Elementary and Middle Schools: Register for Daily News Spelling Bee Competition

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Benjamin

Educators are invited to register their school to participate in the Daily News New York City Spelling Bee Competition; the deadline for New York City schools is October 15 and the registration fee is $113. During registration, educators will be asked to identify a spelling bee coordinator for their school. In addition to other tasks that will be communicated after registration, your spelling bee coordinator will receive online access to Spellingbee.com with resources for your spelling bee program. Note that you must hold your school’s spelling bee by November 21. To register your school, click here. For more information, see here; please note that the extended deadline on the website does not apply to New York City schools.

Middle and High Schools: 2014-15 Guided School Visits at The Frick Collection

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Isabel Bird /212-547-0704

The Frick Collection invites students in grades 5-12 to study European painting, sculpture, and decorative art in the Gilded Age mansion of Henry Clay Frick. Guided by experienced museum educators, students will explore works of art through close observation and group discussion. For further information and to schedule a visit, please click here.

Middle and High Schools: Free Program in Theater for Social Change with Professional Artist in Brooklyn

Registration Deadline: October 18, 2014
Event: Ongoing, with recruitment / orientation workshops on October 18, 19, 2014 and November 8, 9, 2014
Contact: Daniel Carlton / BAX Education Dept. 718-832-0018; ext. 204

Brooklyn Arts Exchange is seeking teen artists (ages 13 to 18) for “Act Like You Care,” a collaborative theater project about the issues affecting our communities and world, and the ways the arts can help to address them. Young artists will decide the social issues that will make up the theme of the project and work with advocates and activists in those issues to create a performance that will engage the public in a real conversation about the best way forward. Participants gain tools in playwriting, acting, directing and improvisation in the process, along with networking experience and contacts, and meaningful, professional content for their own artist portfolios. All workshops and performances will take place at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Get involved now by clicking here.

Middle and High Schools: News Literacy Project Digital Unit

Event: Offered monthly, October through June
Contact: Tamara Johnson / 917-929-3900

The News Literacy Project (NLP) teaches young people to evaluate the credibility of news and information in the digital age. This week-long, drop-in blended e-learning unit is suitable for students in 7th through 12th grades. It includes digital videos hosted by well-known local and national journalists, interactive computer-based training and a live videoconference with a journalist. The curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. NLP provides an orientation to the unit for teachers and learning kits for each student. The unit can be done in a computer lab setting (1:1) or in a regular classroom (1:many) and is available at no cost thanks to the support of NLP's major sponsors, including Charles H. Revson Foundation, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Dow Jones Foundation. Learn more or register here.

Middle Schools: Early Registration for the 2014-2015 Future City Competition

Event: September 2014 through January 2015
Contact: Karen Armfield

This Discover Engineering Foundation program is a hands on activity that shows career potential in STEM fields and engineering. Participating students from grades 6-8 work with a professional engineer who mentors them on designing a city of the future. Students will research and use engineering solutions to improve the quality of life for citizens in their city. This program makes for a great afterschool activity. To find out more and register your school, visit http://www.futurecity.org/. Schools with more than 50% of students receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible to participate free of charge.