Presidents' Council District 21

Presidents' Council District 21

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Dear families,

Applying to middle school this winter? The application isn’t open yet, but you can start getting ready now to apply later.

What You Can Do Now

Explore middle school options.
Use the MySchools.nyc middle school directory to find detailed information about schools of interest; you can also search for schools by course offerings, location, sports, accessibility, and more. A few tips:
Most middle school programs have specific requirements about who can apply to them. Later this fall, when you get your welcome letter and log in to MySchools, you’ll be able to see all the programs you’re eligible to apply to in a personalized search. For now, you can check a program’s Eligibility Requirements to learn if your child can apply to it.
Find out which school district you live in for middle school admissions and if you have any zoned schools at schoolsearch.schools.nyc. Your child will have priority to attend their zoned middle school(s).
Make a list of schools that interest you and meet your child’s needs.
Visit these schools’ websites to learn more. Each MySchools directory page features a link to the school’s own website and contact information. You can also reach out to schools directly with questions.
Attend virtual or in-person open houses. Many schools’ directory pages also provide direct links to information for prospective families, such as open house information or virtual tours. Touring a school virtually or in person is a great way to imagine what it might be like to go there. When attending events, we recommend bringing a list of questions to ask school staff.
Get to know your child’s current school counselor. They will be your best guide through middle school admissions this year.
Learn more about middle school admissions. Pick up a copy of the 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide at your current school or download an accessible copy in your language from schools.nyc.gov/Middle. Our website is also where you can find all the latest information and watch our admissions video playlist.

What’s Next

Later this fall, 5th grade public school families will receive a personalized welcome letter in the mail. This letter will include a unique code to create a MySchools account or add your child to an existing one. When letters are available, all applicants (including current private and parochial school students) will be able to request a copy from your child’s current school or a Family Welcome Center.

We’ll let you know when letters are on the way!

Best wishes,

The Middle School Admissions Team, Office of Student Enrollment
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Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals

A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
The PEP vote to approve the proposed changes to the CR A-660 is tonight! These changes are crucial for all PA/PTAs & Presidents’ Councils to function. All parents are encouraged to attend click to register and sign up to speak learndoe.org/pep/nov17/
Read the 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide! The Admissions Guide (available to view or download below in 10 languages) provides an overview of admissions processes and resources for: EarlyLearn (childcare for eligible families), 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school, including a section on how to use MySchools. Print copies will be available in 10 languages at schools, early childhood programs, libraries, and other sites before Thanksgiving.

View or download the new 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide!

President -Randi Garay
Recording -Desiree Morreale
Treasurer -Jessica Albergo
VP -Lisa Marerro
Corresponding -Peggy Judeh
Virtual Support -Noelle Pellett

A Presidents Council is an organization of presidents or designated representatives of parent members of PA/PTA's within a given jurisdiction, which represents PA/PTA's on a district, borough, or citywide basis. Each community school district is required to have a Presidents Council. Each borough is required to have a Presidents Council for its high schools. Citywide Special Education (District 75

Operating as usual

11/25/2021
Middle School 11/19/2021

Middle School

Dear families,

Applying to middle school this winter? The application isn’t open yet, but you can start getting ready now to apply later.

What You Can Do Now

Explore middle school options.
Use the MySchools.nyc middle school directory to find detailed information about schools of interest; you can also search for schools by course offerings, location, sports, accessibility, and more. A few tips:
Most middle school programs have specific requirements about who can apply to them. Later this fall, when you get your welcome letter and log in to MySchools, you’ll be able to see all the programs you’re eligible to apply to in a personalized search. For now, you can check a program’s Eligibility Requirements to learn if your child can apply to it.
Find out which school district you live in for middle school admissions and if you have any zoned schools at schoolsearch.schools.nyc. Your child will have priority to attend their zoned middle school(s).
Make a list of schools that interest you and meet your child’s needs.
Visit these schools’ websites to learn more. Each MySchools directory page features a link to the school’s own website and contact information. You can also reach out to schools directly with questions.
Attend virtual or in-person open houses. Many schools’ directory pages also provide direct links to information for prospective families, such as open house information or virtual tours. Touring a school virtually or in person is a great way to imagine what it might be like to go there. When attending events, we recommend bringing a list of questions to ask school staff.
Get to know your child’s current school counselor. They will be your best guide through middle school admissions this year.
Learn more about middle school admissions. Pick up a copy of the 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide at your current school or download an accessible copy in your language from schools.nyc.gov/Middle. Our website is also where you can find all the latest information and watch our admissions video playlist.

What’s Next

Later this fall, 5th grade public school families will receive a personalized welcome letter in the mail. This letter will include a unique code to create a MySchools account or add your child to an existing one. When letters are available, all applicants (including current private and parochial school students) will be able to request a copy from your child’s current school or a Family Welcome Center.

We’ll let you know when letters are on the way!

Best wishes,

The Middle School Admissions Team, Office of Student Enrollment

Middle School Apply during your child’s 5th grade year (or 6th grade for students in K-6 schools).

They believed home was safer than school. Now some NYC parents are accused of educational neglect. 11/19/2021

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Presidents' Council District 21 updated their address. 11/19/2021

Presidents' Council District 21 updated their address.

Presidents' Council District 21 updated their address.

Show You Qualify - EBBP 11/18/2021

Show You Qualify - EBBP

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals

A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Show You Qualify - EBBP The EBB Program is an FCC program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households

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Nominations are due by Wednesday, Dec. 1: https://flagaward.org/nominate-your-teacher

Live Event: NYC Department of Education | Panel for Educational Policy Meeting 11/17/2021

Live Event: NYC Department of Education | Panel for Educational Policy Meeting

The PEP vote to approve the proposed changes to the CR A-660 is tonight! These changes are crucial for all PA/PTAs & Presidents’ Councils to function. All parents are encouraged to attend click to register and sign up to speak learndoe.org/pep/nov17/

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www.schools.nyc.gov

Read the 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide! The Admissions Guide (available to view or download below in 10 languages) provides an overview of admissions processes and resources for: EarlyLearn (childcare for eligible families), 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school, including a section on how to use MySchools. Print copies will be available in 10 languages at schools, early childhood programs, libraries, and other sites before Thanksgiving.

View or download the new 2022 NYC Public Schools Admissions Guide!

www.schools.nyc.gov

Specialized High Schools 11/16/2021

Specialized High Schools

Good news! There is still time to register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). Online registration is now closed, but interested students can register through your school counselor or a Family Welcome Center this week!

If you want to register and haven’t yet, reach out to your school counselor or a Family Welcome Center by Thursday, November 18.
Already registered? You’re all set—there’s nothing else you need to do now. As a reminder, you can learn more about the SHSAT and find practice tests at schools.nyc.gov/SHS.

We'll email registered students and their school when test tickets are ready in MySchools. Your ticket will include information about when and where you’ll take the SHSAT; learn more about test dates and locations at schools.nyc.gov/SHS. Be sure to bring your ticket with you to the test.

MORE ADMISSIONS UPDATES ARE COMING SOON, INCLUDING:

Timeline and details for the high school application, the way to apply to most of the city’s 700+ program options.
When and how to register and audition to apply to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, NYC’s audition Specialized High School.

Best wishes,

The High School Admissions Team

Office of Student Enrollment

Specialized High Schools During your child's 8th or (first-time) 9th grade year, register to audition and/or test to apply to the Specialized High Schools.

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Click below to register for District 21’s Brilliant NYC Community Meeting on November 30th at 6:00pm.
Please share with your school community.
https://learndoe.org/brilliantnyc/d21/

Click below to register for District 21’s Brilliant NYC Community Meeting on November 30th at 6:00pm.
Please share with your school community.
https://learndoe.org/brilliantnyc/d21/

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The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is developing the Universal Mosaic Curriculum—a rigorous, inclusive, affirming, and standards-aligned K-12 English Language Arts and Math curricula by New York City educators for New York City public schools, to be available to all schools in fall 2023. And we want your input!

Mosaic Curriculum Universal Mosaic Curriculum Town Hall Dates: November 9, 13,15, or 16, 2021 Times(s): 6:30-7:45pm (weekday) or 1:00-2:15pm/3:00-4:15pm (weekend) *translations and interpretation services will be available, please select below The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is developing the Unive...

Mosaic Curriculum 11/13/2021

Mosaic Curriculum

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Mosaic Curriculum Universal Mosaic Curriculum Town Hall Dates: November 9, 13,15, or 16, 2021 Times(s): 6:30-7:45pm (weekday) or 1:00-2:15pm/3:00-4:15pm (weekend) *translations and interpretation services will be available, please select below The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is developing the Unive...

Photos from Presidents' Council District 21's post 11/13/2021

Join us on Saturday, 11/13 for 2 back-to-back Universal Mosaic Curriculum Town Halls! All engagement sessions are held in English with interpretation services made available.
✅ Register now: https://learndoe.org/mosaiccurriculum/

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#WorldKindnessDay2021 is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of this day, celebrated on Nov 13 of each year, is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.

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[11/13/21]   We are about halfway through our district engagement meetings. Thank you to those who have attended our meetings and shared their feedback on the blueprint of Brilliant NYC!

As we continue to co-design this work together, we are bringing in national and local experts. These experts will help us better understand the science behind accelerated learning and project-based instruction and contextualize how Brilliant NYC will look in our schools when implemented next fall. Please save the date on November 22 for a live-streamed event. For details on how to watch the citywide expert panel, visit the Brilliant NYC website. For questions, email [email protected].

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www.schools.nyc.gov

The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:

3-K (children born in 2019)
Pre-K (children born in 2018)
Kindergarten (children born in 2017)
Middle School (current 5th graders)
High School (current 8th graders)

The printed guides are currently being delivered to schools, shelters, and community partners. We are aiming to finalize delivery in all languages by mid-November. All languages are now available online— scroll to the bottom of the page for links.

www.schools.nyc.gov

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Presidents' Council District 21 updated their website address. 11/12/2021

Presidents' Council District 21 updated their website address.

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Timeline Photos 11/11/2021

Timeline Photos

🗓️REMINDER: NYC schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, November 11, 2021 in observance of #VeteransDay.

Mosaic Curriculum 11/10/2021

Mosaic Curriculum

https://learndoe.org/mosaiccurriculum/

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NYC delays its massive special education academic recovery program 11/10/2021

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Ready4K 11/08/2021

Ready4K

The NYCDOE is excited to offer you Ready4K, a FREE resource for helping your child, Birth through 5th grade, stay on track with their learning goals. You will receive 3 texts/week with simple ways to bring learning into everyday moments, plus self-care ideas, because parental health is key! Families can get messages in Spanish, English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Russian. To sign up, text "NYC” to 70138, or fill out the webform below

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Who is David Banks? The top NYC schools chancellor candidate already has Eric Adams’ ear. 11/07/2021

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