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Windsor Terrace Middle School News and Announcements
We are delighted to congratulate Sarah Waltcher, 6th grade science resident teacher at BPCS - Windsor Terrace Middle, for being recently named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic awards available to graduates from the United States, and the Brooklyn Prospect community is immensely proud to have the Rhodes Trust recognize and reward Sarah's commitment to education and social justice.
The Brooklyn Prospect Elementary Resident Program is a 2-year program designed to support developing teachers. We pair residents with experienced educators in a co-teaching model that is designed to give them the full experience of leading a classroom. Resident teachers are assigned a mentor teacher and supported as they embrace all the responsibilities that come with leading a classroom. Join our team!
The Taylor twins’ school days begin on the F line in Brooklyn. Class starts at 9 a.m., but the twins are usually early. Sometimes they’re on the train by 6:30 a.m. for early sports practice. Though not identical, both are tall and athletic and smile easily, so their classmates often mix them up. They keep their grades high. Khadejah aims to always score above 80 on exams and Yazmine is only satisfied if she scores at least 90. Overall, they operate as a team: What one misses, the other will pick up. Their mother, also a twin, calls it a “twin thing.”
The family members’ racial and ethnic identities illustrate complexities that demographic data often fails to capture. Lino’s parents came from Honduras in the 1960s. So, on official forms, the twins check the Hispanic box, but in conversation they mostly refer to themselves as black. Their father, who has one parent from the American South and one from the West Indies, identifies as black. The family is Muslim, and Lino wears a hijab. “When people see me they are like, ‘Oh, she’s Muslim.’ Then I start speaking Spanish, and there’s a whole other spiel of questions.”
Lino and Taylor had several reasons for seeking a diverse school for their daughters. They have happy memories of their own experiences at elementary and middle school in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, where they met. The school enrolled a mixture of Italian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, and black children, Lino says. She didn’t want her daughters in classes where the students had never “seen a white child in the school.” And she thinks that ultimately a racially homogenous school is no preparation for life, because the real world is diverse. She considered it a plus that Brooklyn Prospect is a charter school, since she believes it is more innovative and adaptable and more likely to set high goals for students.
Click here to read the full article on Slate.com - an online magazine of news, politics, technology, and culture.
Windsor Terrace PTSO A Place to Sit Campaign
BENCHES, BENCHES, BENCHES (and more)
Brooklyn Prospect Students, Faculty, Staff, Families and Community need a “Place to Sit.”
Our PTSO has put together a plan to create a garden with benches where students can eat, learn & enjoy. Brooklyn Prospect parents & landscape architect duo, Amy Crews & Todd Rader (Jack Rader '17 & Gus Rader '20) have sketched plans to transform our dreams into reality. To learn more about Phase 1 and to view the full plan please see below!
We need your help to successfully implement PHASE 1 this summer or as soon as possible. We estimate we need approximately $15,000 to complete Phase 1. Time is tight, we have until July 1, 2016, the end of the BPCS fiscal year, to complete the fundraising for this first phase.
You can help us give all of our community a beautiful place to sit by donating now. Every donation large or small will help us get closer to reaching our goal! Spread the word toneighbors, extended family, and friends of Brooklyn Prospect. Together we can achieve our goal!
If you are interested in sponsoring or helping us complete this project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooklyn Prospect was recently featured in the74million.org - a nonprofit, nonpartisan news site covering education in America.
Brooklyn Prospect is part of a small group of charter schools now explicitly focusing on integration. The school, which serves grades K–12 at two Brooklyn campuses, one in Windsor Terrace, the other downtown, was founded in 2009 by Daniel Rubenstein. Brooklyn Prospect ensures an integrated setting via a weighted lottery: about one third of its students are economically disadvantaged and no racial group makes up a majority.
Visiting the school a few months ago, I was greeted by two seventh-grade students who described a strong, happy school community replete with great teachers, extracurriculars such as a filmmaking club, and classes like Mandarin Chinese.
Walking the hallways, I could see what they meant by “community:” Students of all different races could be seen working side-by-side or collaboratively in class. During that day’s lunch, students were randomly assigned seats in the cafeteria in order to foster bonding with peers with whom they might not typically interact.
Many thanks to all who attended and/or contributed to the success of the 2016 Brooklyn Prospect Spring Gala & Auction.
This year's gala was truly a special evening filled with fun and excitement thanks to our spectacular silent auction items, a raucous live auction led by Chloe Waddington of Christies, our emcees Robert Vidal II (P'20) and Tiffany Lewis (P'16), the delectable food and cocktails, our incredible parent volunteers, and some impressive dancing made possible by DJ Parler’s expert spinning.
With your generosity, we exceeded our fundraising expectations for this event, providing over $65,000 of critical support for Brooklyn Prospect Charter School and its innovative educational and extracurricular programs.
Special thanks go to our wonderful Spring Gala Co-Chairs Jilian Gersten (P'26, P'28), Holly Halvarson (P'17), Amelia Kahaney (P'26), Kathryn Koegel (P'20, '21), Britt Morgan-Saks (P'27), and Cynthia Swartz (P‘17), who all worked tirelessly and generously took the reins of this celebratory parent fundraising event. We also extend our deepest gratitude to the many, many parent and community volunteers who helped bring the gala, the silent auction, and live auction to life.
Link here to view fantastic photos from the night, thanks to Susan Fox (P'19) and Nathalie Schueller (P'18)!
Do you have a question re: the Spring Gala? Contact Linda Shum at email@example.com
Serving kindergarten through twelfth grade, Brooklyn Prospect pairs students with excellent teachers in a college preparatory environment using the International Baccalaureate program.
Learn more at www.brooklynprospect.org.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
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