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April 13 2017

Elizabeth Johnson, Youth Development Department Head at Windsor Terrace Middle, was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 REVERE Award in recognition of her work on "Real As Me: A Curriculum Guide for Empowering Young Women". The award, hosted by the Association of American Publishers, is given annually in recognition of the nation's highest-quality educational products that support teaching and learning. 

The "Real As Me" curriculum features interactive conversations framed around on true stories by teens and is already underway with great success in a pilot program at Windsor Terrace Middle School. We look forward to adapting it further in our halls and classrooms, and are deeply proud of Elizabeth Johnson and her co-authors for this fantastic curriculum and its positive influence on literacy and socio-emotional learning.

April 12 2017

An International Baccalaureate World School

April 2017 Newsletter


Clinton Hill Middle 6th graders get a taste of high school IB biology at the "Bio-Rad" Science Enrichment Camp.
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Christine Burke
Anne Burns
Elizabeth Varley Camp
Stacey Hightower
Jill Inbar
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Sam Koch
Kevin Mole
Candice Olson
David Von Spreckelsen

In this issue:

  1. New Gowanus Campus
  2. Taft Champion of Change Award from the Mayor's Office of Disabilities
  3. Teacher Spotlight
  4. NYU Teaching Residency
  5. Join Our Team
  6. Support Us

New Campus For Windsor Terrace Middle

Brooklyn Prospect will break ground for a new facility, Brooklyn Prospect Gowanus Middle School, later this year. When construction is completed, Windsor Terrace Middle School will move from its current co-location with our high school, to this new space expressly designed for our middle school program. The move is anticipated for the fall of 2019.

This announcement comes after months of location searching and our recent signing of the long-term lease at 160 17th Street, in the heart of Gowanus. Undertaken as part of Brooklyn Prospect’s multi-year growth plan, the 7- story, 30,000 square-foot project will include a large Commons, outdoor area, gymnasium, auditorium, and a library. In addition to traditional classrooms, the building will also feature music and art studios, science labs, and specialized reading rooms. 

Please link here to read our press release.
 

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A Rendering of our future campus at 160 17th Street.

 

Champions of Change 

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is honored to be named one of four recipients of the 2017 Taft Champion of Change Award from the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Since 2013, Brooklyn Prospect has partnered with JobPath NYC to place an increasing number of workers into a variety of roles, from classrooms to food service, across our school campuses. 

We are proud to be honored for our commitment to building a more inclusive world by advancing employment opportunities for differently abled New Yorkers, and are pleased to serve as a source for meaningful work for our diverse community. This award is given to Brooklyn Prospect in celebration of Developmental Disability Awareness Month by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

 

Teacher Spotlight on Wendell Cheung
 

"Typically, by the time a student reaches my class in the 9th grade, they've come to school with the perception that they're either good or bad at math", says Wendell Cheung, a math teacher. "I begin the year by reminding my students that they don't have to be the best math student in order to be successful in a math course. I use this philosophy to drive my class because I believe in bringing authenticity and genuine content to the classroom."

Wendell Cheung joined Brooklyn Prospect in 2012 and has served as the high school math and science department head for the past several years.

Q: What persuaded you to come to Brooklyn Prospect?
Wendell: I was drawn to the community of collaborative educators as well as diverse students. I studied international education so I'm a firm believer in teaching with a global perspective.

That Dan Rubenstein [Executive Director] was a White House Presidential Awardee in math education was just further proof that the school had had an environment where teachers would be valued. I love having conversations about math content with administrators who also come to the school with incredible teaching backgrounds and shared values.

Q: What makes Brooklyn Prospect special?
Wendell: Brooklyn Prospect finds a balance in allowing students to make mistakes, and helping them to find the tools they need to move forward. It aligns with my mantra of teaching: develop a strong rapport and trust first. This relationship is the number one factor that ultimately encourages students to be successful and motivated.

I also tell my faculty that it's ok to make mistakes. We need to try and experiment, in order to really learn, reflect and ultimately grow. We're here to support teachers throughout various stages of their careers, and to help them perfect their craft. We use class observations, and give constructive and positive feedback to ensure that we are always maximizing student learning. 

Q: What has been your most memorable moment at BPCS?

This year I am teaching high school seniors - the same students whom I taught 5 years ago when I started at Brooklyn Prospect. So to witness my students’ positive progress throughout the past 5 years, and to have my former students coming back to me to talk about college applications or acceptances, has been a very genuine “wow” moment for me.

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NYU Teaching Residency Partnership

Work with us and earn your teaching degree at the same time! Brooklyn Prospect has partnered with New York University's Steinhardt School of Education to launch the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The deadline to apply is May 1st. Link here to find out more. 

 

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Brooklyn Prospect is a high-achieving and non-selective, K-12 International Baccalaureate public school in NYC. We provide a world class education to a diverse student body.

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April 5 2017

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is honored to be named one of four recipients of the 2017 Taft Champion of Change Award from the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Since 2013, Brooklyn Prospect has partnered with JobPath NYC to place an increasing number of workers into a variety of roles from classrooms to food service, across our school campuses. 

We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to building a more inclusive world by advancing employment opportunities for differently abled New Yorkers, and are pleased to be a source for meaningful work for our diverse community. This award is given to Brooklyn Prospect in celebration of Developmental Disability Awareness Month by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

March 22 2017

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, an intentionally diverse K-12 International Baccalaureate World School in Brooklyn, announced today that it will construct a new home for its first middle school at 160 17th Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn - moving the existing middle school from its current co-location with the Brooklyn Prospect High School to a ground-up, fully dedicated facility designed expressly for its middle school program. The move is currently scheduled for the fall of 2019.

Undertaken as part of Brooklyn Prospect’s multi-year growth plan, the 7- story, 30,000 square-foot project is planned to include a large commons and outdoor space, a gymnasium, auditorium, and library. In addition to housing traditional classrooms, the building will also feature music and art studios, science labs, and specialized reading rooms.

Daniel Rubenstein, Brooklyn Prospect Executive Director shares that this beautiful new, purpose built space “will not only provide our district 15 middle school students with a building of their own, it will also allow our International Baccalaureate diploma granting high school to grow into the entire Windsor Terrace campus at 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, at the same time increasing the number of seats available to students on our growing high school waitlist.”

With the Gowanus campus project expected to break ground in 2017, this build will be one of two Brooklyn Prospect on-going constructions for facilities that will be dedicated to middle school use. The Brooklyn Prospect Clinton Hill Middle School, located at 1100 Fulton Street, is expected to be completed by fall of 2018. The Gowanus Middle School building is currently expected to be ready for students by fall of 2019.

The Gowanus campus will enhance Brooklyn Prospect’s current portfolio of four campuses across New York City.

Chartered by the State University of New York - Charter Schools Institute (SUNY CSI), BPCS is one of just a few non-selective public schools in NYC offering the highly respected International Baccalaureate diploma. We are also among a select number New York City public schools to offer a K-12, 13-year contiguous program.

To apply to Brooklyn Prospect Charter School’s lottery online, prospective families should complete our online application by April 1. To learn about our K-12 program, please visit  the admissions page of our website or attend an one of our information nights.

About Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School is a K-12 college preparatory community where excellent teachers prepare a diverse student body to have a positive impact on society and a lifelong passion for learning.

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Rendering of our future Gowanus Campus building

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By fall of 2018, our schools will be located at these campuses

March 21 2017

Thank you!


Many thanks to all who attended and/or contributed to the success of the 2017 Brooklyn Prospect Spring Fling & Auction on Saturday, March 18th. This year's Spring Fling was a special evening filled with fun and excitement thanks to our spectacular silent auction items, a raucous live auction led by Meghan Toner, our emcees, the delectable food and cocktails including those by Bricolage, Ganso, Frankies and Palo Santo, our 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 Fling Co-Chairs Cynthia Swartz (P‘17) and Manly Romero (P'21) who, with tireless generosity, took the reins of this celebratory parent-led fundraising event. We also extend our deepest gratitude to the many, many parent and community volunteers who helped bring the Spring Fling, the silent auction, and live auction to life.

Have a question re: your winning auction items? Contact Linda Shum at donations@brooklynprospect.org

Thanks to Nathalie Schueller (P'18) for these wonderful photos from the night:













 

 

February 3 2017

The 2017 Brooklyn Prospect Charter School Spring Fling & Auction is
back and it's bigger and better than ever!

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!


The 2017 BPCS Spring Fling & Auction
Saturday, March 18, 2017
7pm-10:30pm
BRIC House, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn
Food, Drinks, Auction & Dancing
Festive Dress, Adults Only

Find out more and purchase tickets at our Event Website
To inquire about auction donations email us.
Volunteer to help and qualify for a reduced price $25 Ticket
by visiting our SignUpGenius Website

January 24 2017

Brooklyn Prospect was proud to take part in #Pathtopossible's Albany Day of Action along with 1,100 charter school families across New York State. Over 5 different elected officials were present at the rally to support equal facilities funding. Lena G. '17, a Brooklyn Prospect high school senior, gave the official introduction to Senator Parker on stage.


January 13 2017

It was a true joy to see so many familiar faces last night at our first Annual Homecoming Reception for the class of 2016. We are so proud of your achievements since graduation, and look forward to hearing about many more in the years to come. Welcome home!

 

December 9 2016

An International Baccalaureate World School


 

A School Grows in Brooklyn: December 2016 Newsletter
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Kevin Mole
Candice Olson
David Von Spreckelsen
 

In this issue:

  1. Elementary Robotics Program Launches
  2. Faculty Spotlight: Beatrice White
  3. BPCS Teacher Named Rhodes Scholar
  4. NYU Teaching Residency Partnership
  5. Exploring Values at Frost Valley
  6. Join Our Team!
  7. Support Us

Elementary Robotics Program Launches


Earlier this year, Brooklyn Prospect Downtown Elementary launched a brand new robotics program for third graders! The program meets weekly and is taught by applying STEM principles to LEGO Mindstorms robots and programming concepts. We've had a terrific start of the year and we can't wait to see what our students will be able to create!

 

BPCS Teacher Named a Rhodes Scholar

Congratulations to Sarah Waltcher, 6th grade science resident teacher at Windsor Terrace Middle, for being named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar.

The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the world's most prestigious academic awards 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 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!

 

Teacher Spotlight: Beatrice White
 

"This is now my 6th year of teaching and we are still looking to improve." says Beatrice White, math teacher at Clinton Hill Middle. "We tell ourselves as educators the same message we tell our students, that we must continue to grow and get better. This is so important for a community of teachers." 

Beatrice White first joined Brooklyn Prospect in 2011, where she began as a math resident teacher in the BPCS Residency Program. She has since taught as an upper school math teacher in Minnesota, and returned this year to teach as a founding math teacher at BPCS Clinton Hill Middle. 


Q: What persuaded you to come to Brooklyn Prospect?
Beatrice:  Six years ago, I met LaNolia [former Principal, current Director of Academics] at a recruiting fair and I left thinking, "this is the place I want to work". It was LaNolia's personal mission and the school's mission to bring together a diverse group of students and provide them with an excellent education, and to do so thoughtfully and reflectively. It was very clear to me that as a new teacher, I would be joining an environment where we would always be looking to improve.

Q: What makes Brooklyn Prospect special?
Beatrice: To be teaching in a place with students who come to us with all different kinds of experiences, to put them in a community where they feel comfortable sharing those experiences - it's a pretty incredible thing to witness.

Just last week, my advisory students were brainstorming in pairs to think of things they had in common and things they had unique from each other. And I had more than one pair in my advisory express that they were having difficulty thinking of differences, not because they couldn't think of any, but because they kept finding ways to connect. In the end, the students turned the assignment into an exercise in digging for similarities. The connection happened so organically. It was a very cool moment for me as an educator. 

I think another thing that makes Brooklyn Prospect special is that the whole community is here to grow and learn together - that my students are excited and motivated to be in school, and that among teachers, we are excited and motivated to learn how we can meet our students as individuals. So, I am constantly learning from my colleagues about things that they've tried, and we are constantly really encouraging each other to grow as teachers and as community members.

Q: If you would recommend Brooklyn Prospect to a friend, what would you say?
Beatrice:
 For students and families, attending Brooklyn Prospect is an opportunity to learn in a context that's going to look a lot like the world in which you are eventually going to work in as an adult. You're going to be with classmates and teachers who come from different backgrounds and who have different life experiences, and I think it's an incredibly valuable opportunity to learn to be a productive member of this kind of expanded community.

For teachers, it's an incredible place to work. The practice of teaching will always be challenging but it's wonderful to be part of a team of people who are motivated to do this work every day and to collaborate and get better at it, always.

NYU Teaching Residency Partnership

Brooklyn Prospect is partnering with New York University's Steinhardt School of Education to launch the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching (EMAT) degree. The deadline for priority applications ends February 6.

Link here to find out more. 

Exploring Values at Frost Valley

Every year, 6th grade students across all campuses visit the Frost Valley YMCA in the Catskill Mountains at the start of the school year. It's an opportunity for students to build deep relationships with classmates, teachers, and principal outside the classroom by bonding over outdoor group activities! Students complete challenging mental and physical tasks such as scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, and other group games which help them build trust in their classmates, work as a team and become leaders in the community. 

 

Join Our Team 

Brooklyn Prospect is a high-achieving and non-selective, K-12 International Baccalaureate public school in NYC. We provide a world class education to a diverse student body.

Join our Team!

Support BPCS

Donations from you, our biggest fans and believers, supplement our annual budget!

Click here to donate.

December 9 2016

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