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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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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Luyen Chou
Christine Burke
Anne Burns
Elizabeth Varley Camp
Stacey Hightower
Jill Inbar
Pearl Rock Kane
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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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:













 

 

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!

 

November 3 2016

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October 17 2016

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MANY THANKS TO OUR
BOARD OF TRUSTEES!


Luyen Chou
Christine Burke
Anne Burns
Elizabeth Varley Camp
Stacey Hightower
Jill Inbar
Pearl Rock Kane
Sam Koch
Kevin Mole
Candice Olson
David Von Spreckelsen
 

In this issue:

  1. New Clinton Hill Middle School
  2. Alumni Spotlight: Naomi Augustin
  3. #PathtoPossible March in Prospect Park
  4. NYU Teaching Residency Partnership
  5. Join Our Team!
  6. Support Us

New Clinton Hill Middle School


Clinton Hill Middle.

Serving Community School District 13, we opened Clinton Hill Middle this past September to our new 6th grade families in the heart of Brooklyn. Our new school is modeled after our Windsor Terrace program and is led by Brooklyn Prospect veterans from that campus: Jackie DeLuca and Kim Raccio. 

Executive Director Dan Rubenstein, awardee of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, is back in the classroom!

Clinton Hill Middle's temporary home base is located at 300 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn. We are so delighted to be located in Clinton Hill's wonderful local neighborhood while our new, permanent facility is under construction at 1100 Fulton Street just down the road. We expect to relocate to our permanent campus there in 2018. 

 

Alumni Spotlight: Naomi Augustin, '16
 

"I believe that the greatest benefit of being a Brooklyn Prospect is your ability to care for one another and the community around us", says Naomi Augustin, a 2016 Brooklyn Prospect graduate and current freshman at Clark University. "After my first week of classes, I am very surprised as to how similar or less difficult college work is compared to the IB [International Baccalaureate]."

Over the summer we reached out to some of our college-bound graduates to get their take on BPCS after having started their first week of school. Read all about Naomi's experience in this issue of Brooklyn Prospect's newsletter: 


Q: What was your biggest fear before attending BrooklynProspect? 
Naomi: When I began Brooklyn Prospect, my biggest fear was making new friends and joining a new community I knew nothing about. I remember the first day of classes in 6th grade when I walked into the auditorium. I was surprised to see not only people of my color but also young and energetic teachers. It did not take to long to create friendships with my peers that have lasted to this day.

Q: What was your favorite part of being a Brooklyn Prospect student?
Naomi: My favorite part about having been a Brooklyn Prospect student is now bragging about how diverse it is. The IB, though challenging at times, has also really prepared me for college. After my first week of classes, I am very surprised at how similar and so far less difficult college work is compared to the IB diploma program. 

I believe that the greatest benefit of being a Brooklyn Prospector is your ability to care for one another and the community around us. I believe that without the help of my peers and the extra time my teachers take out to ensure that we understand the material, I would not be where I am today. 

Q: If you were to recommend us to your best friend, what would you say?
Naomi: I would say that if you want to conform to society's expectation of you academically, then maybe BPCS isn’t the right fit for you. However, if you are hoping to excel in school and want a bright future with a diverse community supporting you all the way, then, BPCS is the perfect fit for you. After hearing the experience of my college peers that attended various different schools, I am eternally grateful for being part of the BPCS community. I believe that even though if you are new to BPCS, sooner or later, you will be a Brooklyn Prospector.

 

 #PathtoPossible March in Prospect Park

An estimated 25,000 parents, students, educators, and city leaders came together in Prospect Park on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 to support NYC's charter schools. Brooklyn Prospect's own Dawson Desire '17, gave a special speech to the crowd to explain why he and his family rallied in support of ensuring a great school for every student who needs one. Read the full transcript here.

 

A New Teaching Residency Partnership

Teach with us! Brooklyn Prospect is partnering with New York University's Steinhardt School to launch the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching (EMAT) degree.

This 13-month, full-time, embedded teacher residency program will bring NYU EMAT students to our campus for a full time residency while taking online course instruction that prepares teachers to be effective with all learners.  Successful candidates will be eligible for teaching certification in New York State. Link here to find out more.

 

Join Our Team 


Brooklyn Prospect is a high-achieving and non-selective, K-12 International Baccalaureate public school in NYC. We provide a superb education to a diverse student body. Link here to read about exciting opportunities at BPCS here.

Support BPCS


Like all public charters, we receive less funding than traditional public schools. Every year, Brooklyn Prospect supplements our budget with donations from you, our biggest fans and believers. Click here to donate.

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September 30 2016

2016 Charter School Advocacy Day, feat. Dawson Desire '16 from Brooklyn Prospect on Vimeo.

An estimated 25,000 parents, students, educators, and city leaders came together in Prospect Park on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 to support NYC's charter schools. Brooklyn Prospect's own Dawson Desire '17, gave a special speech to the crowd to explain why he and his family rallied in support of ensuring a great school for every student who needs one. 

Read on for the full transcript and photos:

Good morning!

My name is Dawson Desire and I’m a senior at Brooklyn Prospect High School. Brooklyn Prospect is my Path to Possible! 

But that doesn’t mean it’s always been easy. I wake up every morning at 5am to get from Queens Village to Brooklyn Prospect. It takes me two hours to get to school. Sometimes I don’t get home until eight, and even then I have to do 3 or 4 hours of homework. I do all of this because I know what it means to go to a great school. And I know what it means to go to a school that lets you down.

Before I went to Brooklyn Prospect, I was stuck in a school that barely taught me how to read. I felt lost. I knew I needed something better. So my parents entered my name in the lottery for Brooklyn Prospect - and we were lucky enough to get in.  At Brooklyn Prospect, I’ve found a home. My teachers helped me get an internship last summer, so I could pursue my dream of becoming an architect.

The teachers at Brooklyn Prospect are with us every step of the way. When they look at us, they don’t just see who we are today - they see the future architects, doctors, and leaders that we will become. Every student in New York deserves to go to that kind of great public school. That’s why we want 200,000 students in charter schools, and we want to get there by 2020.

I want to speak directly to my fellow students here today. Because this is OUR fight too. We need to stand UP and speak OUT until all of our friends and neighbors can get into the school they deserve!

Let’s put every student on the Path to Possible! Thank you.

June 27 2016

A long awaited moment in our school’s history, and a poignant time for our founding class of 2016.  Graduation is upon us.  With gratitude and thanks for all of your hard work- CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2016!!

 

Please read High School Principal Ingrid Wong's Address here:

When I first heard about Brooklyn Prospect, I was in disbelief - that the school that only seemed to live in my dreams actually existed in Brooklyn: a public, intentionally diverse, lottery-admissions International Baccalaureate school. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this community.  

Great recognition is needed for the Board, Directors, Principals, teachers and staff who founded the school, past and present--making the vision a reality is no small feat. I want to acknowledge Kim Raccio, founding principal of the high school who achieved so much in a short amount of time. When I arrived, the high school was a mature, healthy, three year old with a personality all its own. The high school now has over 50 teachers and staff, 63 different course offerings, 12 sports teams, and extensive arts and after-school programs. In a year we make it to the playoffs in almost every sport, produce hundreds of personal and research projects, hundreds of service in action hours, and now, hundreds of college acceptances.

Brooklyn Prospect is marked by our uniqueness and ambition in the world of education. So few IB schools truly give broad access to rigor and critical thinking as we do. We go beyond what New York State requires for a diploma, we expect every student to take four years of almost every subject, sometimes more!  So now, almost every graduate sitting before you has taken at least one IB course.  Many of them sat for an IB exam. Most took more than one. Before you is a select group of 21 students who opted into the IB Diploma Program and made up our first DP cohort.  They pursued a full suite of IB courses, independently wrote an extended research essay on a topic of their choice, completed CAS hours and took two weeks of IB exams in May. College will probably not be as challenging as what they went through in our program.

Class of 2016: we gather here today to celebrate you. Everything in the high school exists because of you. Your self-portraits have colored the walls. Your voices will always ring in our ears. You staff our middle school all-access after school program, run our service clubs, lead prospective students on tours, lobby for more funding in Albany, help select new teachers, and serve as valued players on almost every sports team. You started the Coffeehouse Cabaret, Model UN, Guy Code, Urban Culture Club... You are one of the most diverse, loyal, creative and united classes I have ever encountered in my entire career as an educator. You were flexible, adjusting to new policies, new teachers, rising expectations. You complained. We listened. Sometimes you felt ignored. There were tears. Sometimes you fell down. There were victories.

Your families have played a major part in this journey. They have shaped you and supported you. Families, you deserve great thanks for building this school too. You are one of the most active and dedicated families in New York City and our school benefits so much from our close partnership.

Students, your generation is coming of age in turmoil. Our world is fractured in spite of tremendous technological progress.  One side is insular, fearful, ignorant.  The other, inclusive, curious and inventive. But you have power as a result of your education--and it translates wherever you go. IB learners do not follow a crowd but instead use knowledge. They change the world, they do not bend to it.  Remember you have created something at Brooklyn Prospect.  You carry us with you wherever you go, but we are also bricks and mortar, fully staffed, here to embrace you in coming years, to reminisce and support you through your transition to college and adult life.

One of those key individuals who has helped usher you to toward the future is our next speaker, Mr. Colin Kuusisto.  He founded our incredible college counseling program with the intent to give every student individualized support.  Now, three years since he started, every student who has applied to college has gained admission, and according to survey results, over 90% of those students were admitted into one of their top 5 schools.  

By the power vested in me by the State of New York, I now pronounce you the first graduating class of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School.

June 27 2016

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. 

 

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