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Hello Parents and Caregivers,
For those that have a student that opted for blended learning, this week means a return to the classroom! Principal Newman sent out an email earlier today with specific details regarding the schedule, escorting students from subway stations, snacks and hydration and more. Please see the email dated 03.21.21.
As new statistics have come out from the CDC and are being incorporated into the DOE, maybe we will be able to have more students back in the classroom. We will just have to stay tuned to what the DOE has in store for our amazing kids.
Our next PA meeting is this Thursday evening. We now have a Google Form that we ask you to fill out with questions prior to the meeting; it is in the 03.21.21 Tech Talk. This will enable us to group questions and stay more focused. If we do this, we feel we can get more information out to people. Mr. Newman and Ms. Nottingham, AP of Student and Parent Engagement & Mathematics, will be with us, as well as AP Kelly Lovelett, the AP of Biology and Physical Education.
We will send an e-mail later this week with a new link to our zoom PA meeting. This will enable us to post the meeting to our PA YouTube channel for people to watch either again if they missed something or for the first time if they were unable to be with us live. We hope to be able to use all these technologies going forward, once we get back to live in-person meetings we may want to still be able to stream or at least record meeting and have them available. We are trying to make lemonade out of the lemons! Spring Recess is from March 29th - April 2nd; we will pause Tech Talk for the next two Sundays. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, albeit virtually!
We continue to stand strong against racial bias in our community.
Lisa Sullivan and Cindy Kue
BTHS PA Co-Presidents
updated 03. 21. 21
March 22nd - Return to In-Person Learning for Hybrid Students.
March 24th - Panel Discussion of "Call Center Blues" - 6:30 pm
March 25th - March PA Meeting - 6:30 pm
March 29th - April 2nd - Spring Recess
For more information regarding, see here.
For a complete view of important dates, see the school's calendar and DOE's calendar.
Support and Services during Remote Instruction
Remote Learning Peer
Started on February 23, 2021 and will meet weekly on Tuesday. Please contact Social Worker, Ms. Martini for details and information at CMartini@schools.nyc.gov.
Tech Support: use this link
DOE iPad issues: use this link
Internet connection issues: use this link
DOE IT Help Desk: 718-935-5100; press 5.
Take-Out Meals for
Students and Families
Weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and noon.
Visit here for additional details, menus and locations.
Virtual Breakfast/ Dinner with
March 15th - 9:00 am - 10:30 am
March 17th - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Our Events and Volunteers Committee is organizing Breakfast & Dinners with the Principal for parents. We held two events last week: a virtual Breakfast on March 15th and a virtual Dinner on March 17th. This allowed parents the opportunity to communicate with Principal Mr. Newman in small groups.
These will be held monthly and will continue in April and May. See Tech Talk for sign-up details!
Week of March 22, 2021
Panel Discussion of
"Call Center Blues"
Director/Producer Geeta Gandbhir
Director of Photography Christine Ng
There will be a LIVE (virtual) panel discussion March 24, 2021 at 6:30 pm with two incredible filmmakers. Director/ Producer Geeta Gandbhir has been nominated for six Emmy Awards and has won four. Her most recent film, "Call Center Blues" is a lyrical portrait of an unlikely community of US deportees and their loved ones struggling to rebuild their lives in Tijuana, Mexico. Christine Ng is a Hong Kong born, New York raised Director of Photography and a graduate from N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts. During the 2020 pandemic, she shot the film adaptation for Ta-Nehisi Coates' critically acclaimed "Between the World and Me".
Brooklyn Technical High School's Virtual Open House...
Learn more about Brooklyn Tech and see additional Open House videos, here!
Return in-Person Learning for Hybrid Students began
on Monday, March 22, 2021
Principal Newman sent out an important email outlining important details for any blended learning student returning to in-person learning this week. A brief overview is below:
Please have your students check their schedules as their cohorts and schedules may have changed. Tomorrow, March 22nd will be a Cohort A ODD day, Tuesday will be a Cohort A EVEN day, Wednesday Cohort B ODD, Thursday Cohort B EVEN, Friday Cohort A ODD. If in doubt, this is information can be found on the BTHS website and appears in the Daily Announcements each morning.
If your student is in Cohort B do not have them come into the building Monday or Tuesday as they will start in-person on Wednesday, March 24th and will engage in remote learning until then. Cohort D is fully remote all days.
Make sure students take their temperature at home before they come in. If they have any symptoms of sickness or do not pass the health screening please keep them home.
Make sure they complete the health screening prior to arriving at school each day. It can be found here: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/
Please remember that masks are mandatory, and must be worn inside the building at all times. Gaiters or bandanas are not acceptable, and masks must not have any sort of exhalation valve without a filter.
There is no eating in class and the lunchroom is closed.
Consent to Testing
All students who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day in order to learn in person.
Families are encouraged to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc prior to their child's first day of in-person learning.
For more information from Principal Newman, check for the email dated 03.21.21.
THANK YOU FEBRUARY 2021 DONORS
Nadine Tara Mani
Patricia and Roger Yee
Rafael Capa Martinez
AP Exams Update
An email was sent containing information about AP Exam costs, waivers and the payment process. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, at this time parents will only have an ONLINE payment option. The online portal will be open from April 12th - April 30th.
Payments can't be made before or after this window. The online portal will be located on left menu of the SGO Store page here and will be entitled "BTHS AP EXAM FEES". Once payment is made be sure print or save your payment confirmation for your records.
Diversity & Community Engagement Committee
Social Justice/ Racial Equity Book Study Club
The Social Justice/Racial Equity Book Study Group will be reading "Minor Feelings" by Cathy Park Hong. This intimate and devastating book traces the author's relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and female friendship. A radically honest work of art, Minor Feelings forms a portrait of one Asian American psyche-and of a writer's search to both uncover and speak the truth.
Please be prepared to discuss the first four chapters of the book. If you are purchasing the book, please consider supporting your neighborhood book store. We hope you will join us!
BTHS COLLEGE OFFICE & COLLEGE RELATED INFORMATION
BTHS College Office Events
Recent Junior College Panels
Pace - March 22, 2021 - 3:00 pm
Pratt - March 22, 2021 - 4:30 pm
Drexel- March 24,2021- 5:00 pm
R.I.T. - March 25, 2021 -3:00 pm
U Albany- March 29,2021-4:00 pm
Please check here for the most recent Senior Information.
Class of 2021 Graduation
An outdoor graduation is planned for the Class of 2021 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens. Families can see the recent message from Senior Class Coordinator of Student Activities (C.O.S.A) Ms. Massie's here. Please see here for the recent Senior Information.
Questions can be emailed to Internship Coordinator, Mr. Issac Honor firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about scholarships, see here.
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Check out the Brooklyn Tech Library!
Get Ready for Spring with the New BTHS Library Collection!
The Brooklyn Tech Library is excited to share the following new resources with our school community:
Free college and test-prep resources, including a collection of eBook test-review books and excellent online tools for AP, SAT and other exams.
New guides for maximizing our use of the online eBook platform, Sora. We have tons of new books!
See here for details!
New SORA Collection!
Sora is easy to use! bit.ly/bthssora
Celebrate Black Voices
The Brooklyn Tech Library kicked off Black Lives Matter at School Week and Black History Month with a Sora collection of books and audiobooks celebrating Black voices and Black joy: poetry, science fiction, history, love, cooking, justice, memoir, and more.
See here for details.
The BTHS Reading Challenge has started!
6 books in 6 months...you can do it! This challenge is open to students, staff and families of Brooklyn Tech.
There is no grand prize at the end, but we will have random drawings along the way.
Sora is a website and mobile app which allow our students to access the Brooklyn Tech Library eBook and audiobook collection, as well as search and borrow from the public library systems in New York City. Parents can use Sora to access books in the public library system. Learn all about the features of this free and user-friendly resource!
TUTORING & ACADEMIC RESOURCES
Tutoring by Tech Teachers: Tech Faculty Members are offering afternoon tutoring sessions from now until the en.d of the school year as follows:
Mon. 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Chemistry, English, Spanish
Tues. 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Biology, Computer Science, Math, Social Studies, Spanish
4:15 - 5:15 pm: Chemistry
Wed. 3:00 - 4:00: Biology, Chemistry, Comp. Science, CTE & Visual Arts, English, Italian,Spanish
Thurs. 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Chemistry
4:00 - 5:00 pm: Chemistry
Fri. 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Technology/ CTE -(DDP)
The Princeton Review: They offer a great variety of course offerings, including online prep course, homework help and academic tutoring in a number of subjects at discounted rates for BTHS students. For more information, please click here and here.
Free AP Prep Books: Kindle editions of some Barron's AP prep books are FREE on Amazon right now. They do not have all courses, but there are quite a few. To download, use this link.
Albert.io for the 2020/2021 School Year: With Albert.io, students work through practice questions to help them prepare for difficult academic subject tests such as the AP exams, Regents, SAT, and ACT. See here for additional details.
BTHS Library Resources: Please see here for resources and information from our librarians.
Free New York Times Subscription: All Tech students were enrolled for free accounts through 9/21 on bths.edu accounts. Last year's account are still active for 10th -12th graders. Ninth graders should check their bths.edu account for a message with the subject "NYTimes.com Your New York Times Digital Subscription"