Middle Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, February 24, 2015 (in chronological order)

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

Event: Ongoing, Mondays through Fridays
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 book a visit, please click here.


Middle and High Schools: 3GNY: Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Speak at Your School

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Felice Cohen

Interested in having a grandchild of Holocaust survivors speak to your class to enhance your lesson on the Holocaust 3GNY is a group of dedicated grandchildren of survivors who are trained to speak to students about their grandparent’s experiences during WWII. Our talks are tailored to your class size and the time permitted. We send one or two people to speak. In the last few years we have spoken to over 1,000 students covering every borough, and in that short time we have left many lasting impressions. To learn more, please visit www.3gnewyork.org/wedu. If interested, please email felfish@aol.com with the name of your school, the grade of the students, the number of students in the class, and what, if anything, the students are studying. The talks are free, but a donation to 3GNY is appreciated.


Elementary and Middle Schools: Discover FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island

Event: Ongoing
Contact: Emily Davidson/646-767-5093

Teachers are invited to bring their classes to Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. This iconic site, designed by Louis Kahn, is devoted to celebrating the life and legacy of the greatest President of the 20th Century, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Four Freedoms’ Arts Educators lead students through inquiry-driven tours, exploring design and history through hands-on activities. In grades 2-8, students analyze FDR’s influential Four Freedoms Speech, and connect these ideas to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Topics addressed include local geography, community, civics, leadership, and responsibility. All Guided Tours and Art-Making Workshops align with the Common Core Learning Standards in Social Studies and English Language Arts. Just across the East River from the United Nations, Four Freedoms Park provides a platform for authentic student learning. Join us in our outdoor classroom, where history and aesthetics unfold against the backdrop of the NYC skyline. Guided School Group Visits and Art-Making Workshops are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays. We also offer Four Freedoms in Your Classroom, a 5-session in-school residency. For further information, and to request a school group, click here


Elementary and Middle Schools: Register for Increase Writing Achievement in Grades 3-8: Practical Strategies for Teaching Literary Essay and Building High-level Writing Success event

Registration Deadline: February 27, 2015
Event: March 4, 2015
Contact: prodev@schools.nyc.gov or bgassel@schools.nyc.gov

ELA teachers in grades 3-8 are invited to register for the March 4th professional learning session focused on supporting students with writing literary essays. As students become proficient in analyzing and interpreting literary texts, they are ready to take the next step in their writing work – moving from informal reading responses to crafting essays about literature. In this session teachers will learn practical, research-based strategies that are ready for immediate classroom implementation. Over the course of the session participants will learn how to implement and adapt teaching strategies to support student achievement in writing about reading and deepen knowledge of research-based instructional practices for writing literary essays. To register, please click here.


Elementary and Middle Schools: Girls Inc. of New York City Presents sat•HER•day 2015

Event: February 28, 2015
Contact: Krystal Cason/212-531-7620; ext. 402

Sat•HER•day 2015 is a free fun-filled day of interactive, empowering, girl-focused activities for New York City girls ages 9-14. To kick off Women's History Month, this event will give girls who don't have access to Girls Inc. of NYC's life-changing programs a chance to be inspired to be strong, smart, and bold. There will be workshops in the areas of media and economic literacy, self-defense, math and science, healthy relationships, college goals, defining self- beauty and much more. Free goodie bags, lunch & prizes are included. Groups are welcome, early registration is encouraged. Please click here for more info and to register groups or individual girls. The event takes place on Saturday, February 28 from 11:00a.m.-3:30p.m.


Middle and High Schools: Facing History Grant Opportunity for NYC Public Schools

Application Deadline: March 2, 2015
Contact: Justine Ambrose

Educators and administrators can apply for a grant to bring Facing History and Ourselves to their school. Facing History is currently accepting applications for the Price Fellowship. Up to six schools will receive professional development and teaching materials valued at more than $12,000. Recommended for departments/programs in U.S. and Global History, Government, Civics, and ELA classrooms. Click here for more information and to apply.


Middle Schools: History Theater at the New-York Historical Society: Bringing the Past to Life

Event: March 5, 2015
Contact: Leslie Hayes/212-485-9256

Link research and performance to help students embody an historical figure in this monthly series of free workshops for middle school teachers. This month, get out of your seat and practice theatrical exercises that will help your students take on the posture, voice, and gestures of their chosen historical figure. This free event will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West). To register, email professional.learning@nyhistory.org or call 212-485-9256.


Middle and High Schools: Riverbank State Park College Fair

Event: March 7, 2015
Contact: Patricia Vitucci at 212-694-3656

NYC middle and high school students are invited to attend this year’s College Fair on Saturday, March 7 from 12:00 to 4p.m. This is an opportunity to visit universities and colleges across the United States under one roof. The cost of this college fair is free and the information is priceless. Representatives from colleges across the country will be on hand to help students and parents learn about their options. In addition to the college information booths, workshops will be available on a variety of topics, including choosing a college, scholarships and admissions, financial aid, and other pertinent issues and information for parents and students alike. Click here for more information.


Middle Schools: Art Club: Art History 101 at The Frick Collection

Event: March 7, 2015
Contact: Isabel Bird/212-547-0704

Old masters, meet new eyes. In each session, a masterpiece will be the starting point for an adventure in art history. Classes are free, but online registration is required; please click here to sign up. This event will take place on March 7th from 11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.


Middle Schools: Art and Science Explorers at The New York Botanical Garden

Application Deadline: March 13, 2015
Event: April 6, 2015 – April 10, 2015
Contact: STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov

Campers in grades 6-8 experience the wonder of nature through the parallel characteristics of both scientific and artistic processes. Using the diverse biomes of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as well as the work of Claude Monet as inspiration, participants will hone their observational skills and ask their own questions. Students explore how the physical characteristics of nature inform the function of healthy ecosystems and investigate how elements of art they find in the natural world can be used in the principles of design for creating artwork. Click here to apply.


Middle Schools: Marine Career Exploration Camp at the New York Aquarium

Application Deadline: March 13, 2015
Event: April 6, 2015 – April 10, 2015
Contact: STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov

Campers in grades 6-8 interested in learning about careers in marine biology and animal care at conservation organizations the WCS New York Aquarium will engage in science activities related to daily career themes. Participants will learn about animal behavior science, create an animal exhibit model, conduct a biological survey, engage with the Animal Keepers, and examine veterinary specimens under a microscope. Click here to apply.


Middle and High School: GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Application Deadline: March 16, 2015
Program: July 6, 2015 to  August 14, 2015
Contact: Shay Saleem/646-381-5168

INTREPID MUSUEM’S GOT GOALS! The GOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls Summer Intensive is a free, application-based summer program for eighth and ninth grade girls from New York City schools. This s not your average summer camp. Through dynamic hands-on lessons, fieldtrips and workshops, fifty accepted students will build proficiency in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The six- week, Monday through Friday program is located at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86,  W. 46th St. and 12th Ave., New York City. Click here to apply online and for additional information.


Middle Schools: Food without a Footprint: Cooking with a Conscience Camp

Application Deadline: March 20, 2015
Event: April 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2015
Contact: ESC@schools.nyc.gov

Student scientists will explore the sustainability and carbon footprint of the food we eat. Come to the Environmental Study Center to practice your kitchen skills while cooking your way through various food groups. Open to students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. Click here for more information and to apply.


Middle Schools: Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle! Camp

Application Deadline: March 20, 2015
Event: April 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2015.
Contact: ESC@schools.nyc.gov

Student scientists will be introduced to the concept of upcycling. Instead of discarding everyday material, unique and thoughtful items will be created. Throughout the duration of this program at the Environmental Study Center, student upcyclers will create a variety of items to take home. This is an exciting camp for the artistic environmentalist in all of us. Open to students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. Click here for more information and to apply.


Middle Schools: Scholarship Opportunity for 7th Graders

Application Deadline: March 20, 2015
Contact: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, led by former New York City Schools Chancellor Harold Levy, provides high performing students who have financial need with a generous scholarship opportunity from 8th grade through high school to participate in high-quality academic and extracurricular opportunities. In addition to financial support, each scholar receives counseling from a skilled educational adviser who works with the student and his or her family to construct an individualized educational program. Successful scholars will also likely receive support of up $40,000 a year for college and graduate school. Additionally, the Foundation provides exceptionally gifted students with a variety of internships, summer programs, distance learning courses, personal tutors, and access to technology. The application process opens mid-January 2015. Click here to learn more about this scholarship opportunity, including eligibility requirements, and to receive information about how to complete the online application.


Middle and High Schools: NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Research Experiences for Teachers

Application Deadline: March 27, 2015
Event: July 6, 2015 – August 14, 2015
Contact: k12stem@poly.edu/718-260-3524

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (SoE) is pleased to offer two, paid NSF-funded summer Research Experiences for Teachers professional development opportunities. Both are based on timely STEM-related topics: mechatronics/entrepreneurship and cyber security. Over six weeks, middle and high school teachers will receive full-time training in either mechatronics combined with entrepreneurship or in cyber security and will conduct research alongside faculty and students in an NYU SoE lab. After completion, teachers will be equipped to bring new and enriched STEM curriculum and after-school programming back to their students and schools, with the ultimate aim of expanding opportunity for students in STEM-related studies and careers. Applications are due by March 27, 2015. For program details and application instructions, click here.    


Middle and High Schools: News Literacy Project Digital Unit

Registration: Rolling through June 2015
Event: Offered monthly through June 2015
Contact: Elis Estrada/919-523-9134

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, embedded assessment 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 and the Ford Foundation. Learn more or register here.