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Parent Space 6/1

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Final Meeting: Tuesday, JUNE 1, 6-7pm 

We’ll read a book this month in preparation for our final conversation of the school year:

Cathy Park Hong’s MINOR FEELINGS: AN ASIAN AMERICAN RECKONING. It’s an excellent, meaningful, swift read.

https://bookshop.org/books/minor-feelings-an-asian-american-reckoning/9781984820365

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER – A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness.

“Brilliant . . . To read this book is to become more human.”

— Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen

Baruch has committed to developing an Anti-Racist lens for the curriculum. This year, through the Parent Space Study Group, parents have an opportunity to engage in the kinds of conversations that your kids are having.

The goal is to examine this urgent topic in order to gain personal insight about our own explicit and implicit beliefs and values, so we can better confront racism. We are also getting to know each other.

Parent Space 4/27

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Parent Space

Tuesday, April 27, 6-7pm 

We’ll be discussing anti-Asian racism. Beforehand, please listen to the following 30-minute podcast: 

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/23/980437156/screams-and-silence

We will view additional materials during the session, and have space to reflect, discuss and learn. Our additional suggestion is (also) to begin this excellent book. 

https://bookshop.org/books/minor-feelings-an-asian-american-reckoning/9781984820365

In the meeting, we’ll talk about how we’ll engage this text in the future.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER – A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness.

“Brilliant . . . To read this book is to become more human.”–Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen One of Time‘s 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the Year – Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, New Statesman, BuzzFeed, Esquire, The New York Public Library, and Book Riot

Baruch has committed to developing an Anti-Racist lens for the curriculum. This year, through the Parent Space Study Group, parents have an opportunity to engage in the kinds of conversations that your kids are having. The goal is to examine this urgent topic in order to gain personal insight about our own explicit and implicit beliefs and values, so we can better confront racism. We are also getting to know each other

Parent Space 3/15

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Parent Space will meet on Monday, March 15, 6-7pm

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Meeting ID: 868 4179 1045

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For this meeting, listen to the podcast “Nice White Parents,” about integration and New York City public schools. It’s five parts and flies by.

“It is without doubt one of the most timely, astonishing and insightful podcasts released in recent years. Joffe-Walt’s reporting is gripping and excruciating….” Thomas Adam Curry, Another Magazine

Baruch has committed to developing an Anti-Racist lens for the curriculum. This year, through the Parent Space Study Group, parents have an opportunity to engage in the kinds of conversations that your kids are having.

The goal is to examine this urgent topic in order to gain personal insight about our own explicit and implicit beliefs and values, so we can better confront racism. We are also getting to know each other.

If you would like to look at a few “pre-listening questions,” check out the Times guide here.

Parent Space 1/25

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Parent-Space: Racism in America

Monday Jan 25th 6-7pm 

Today, our students, teachers and staff are invited to a ‘read out’ of Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You — 

A Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

TONIGHT, we’ll also discuss the book and hear more about what our students discussed, too!

Please join us — even if you did not read the book, or did not finish. If you were able to read — BRAVO! — and please come with a passage in mind that felt impactful to you.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86702616652?pwd=TUQvY0tTeksvQ2o3d3lLY05jZlNOUT09

Meeting ID: 867 0261 6652

Passcode: 737817

Implicit Bias Workshop

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The Office of Equity and Access is pleased to offer a Two- Part Implicit Bias Awareness Workshops for Parents a Guardians.

Two-Part Implicit Bias Awareness Workshop for Parents & Guardians

Monday, Dec. 14th AND Thursday, Dec. 17th (6:00 – 7:30 PM)

Please register: https://mailchi.mp/6bc02553242d/implicit-bias-awareness-workshop-for-parents-guardians-1214-and-1217-600-pm

MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS. During this two-part series, parents and guardians will learn about the IB Awareness Workshop that the Office of Equity and Access is offering to NYC Department of Education staff. Parents and guardians, especially those who are on School Equity Teams, PTA members and CEC members, are encouraged to register, join the community and learn about Implicit Bias, the brain science behind Implicit Bias and how to mitigate the effects of Implicit Bias. 

Parent-Space: Racism in America

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Parent-Space: Racism in America Next Meetings 

December 7th and January 25th

Monday December 7 (6-7pm). We will be viewing a series of short videos to discuss

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83215466868?pwd=Ynpta01sTXA2RVhNTUNSOVZ6K0ppZz09

Meeting ID: 832 1546 6868

Passcode: Baruch

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Last month’s meeting was a great way to reflect and connect with Baruch parents. You don’t need to have attended in the past in order to come on Monday.

There is homework, though! And it is SHORT and also FASCINATING.

Please watch these videos in advance (about 30 min total):

What is the construct of race? The Vox video:

What is implicit bias? The NYT series, 6 short videos starting with Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism:

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000004818663/peanut-butter-jelly-and-racism.html?playlistId=video/who-me-biased

What are white views of racism (an unscientific survey)? 

The CBS This Morning piece:

Media portrayal and racial bias: a project by Alexandra Bell

Additional video we recommend: 

What about the ‘riots’ this summer? Experience one woman’s anger and a Monopoly analogy in this viral video:

The Monopoly analogy explained further, later, in a BBC interview:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-53017667

Please reflect on what surprised you, or was particularly notable for you in this content, and we look forward to discussing on Monday.

The goal of this new monthly study group is to meet (online) and connect with fellow parents to focus on the deeply important work of confronting racism. We aim to gain personal insight about our own explicit and implicit beliefs and values.

We welcome all parents and caregivers to participate. As we work together, we’ll decide what texts or sources about American racism to study: podcasts, poetry, literature, news, comedy, or music.

Monday January 25th (6-7pm): We will be discussing the book Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You — A Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

This book is intended for YA audiences and is a quick, invigorating read — a fascinating (and very engaging) look at American history and racism. The audio book is also excellent and could be a great car ride, at 4:00 in length.

There will be an opportunity to discuss this book WITH YOUR STUDENT, as teachers and students will have the opportunity to read as well (details to come). Get a head start and begin now — same for your child!

College Info Sessions

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College Now Info Session for Parents

·         Date & Time: Dec. 1st, 5:00-5:45pm

·         Format Zoom: https://baruch.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItf-2ppjMvHdb7pg1N1nwJmWs-PljiCtVJ

·         Description: College Now is a collaborative effort between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) designed to improve the academic achievement of NYC public high school students. In this info session, parents will learn how their child(ren) can get a head start on college by taking free college-credit courses while in high school.

 Zoom parent presentation for the College Now program on:  

SAT vs ACT

·         Date & Time: Dec. 2nd , 6:00-7:00pm

·         Format Zoom:   https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/1090/

·         Description: This presentation will give you an overview of both the SAT and ACT exams. The presentation will be given by Robin Kaufman from Revolution Prep who has great experience and knowledge about preparing for these college entrance exams.  

College Night – Juniors

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Please join Ms. Phillips and Ms. Wheeler Thursday 11/5 at 6pm for a College Presentation for 11th Grade Families 

Please RSVP for the event with the Google Form below, where you may also submit questions in advance.

Junior Presentation 

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 83726523850 Password: 988673

Junior Parent Response Form

We’ll cover:

APPLYING TO COLLEGE

NAVIANCE

SAT/ACT

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

HEOP, EOP, SEEK

BCCHS Program Update

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BCCHS Hybrid Program 2020-2021

As of October 19, 2020, BCCHS was approved for an exception model for our hybrid program.  The model is as follows:

  • All instruction is remote.
  • Hybrid students attend school to complete online work and for individual and small group instructional support, as needed.

We are evaluating in-school attendance and making schedules for hybrid students to receive support when at school.  In order to maximize student-teacher interaction, we are making the following adjustments to our in-person cohorts, under this exception model.

For families who select the hybrid model, our in-person schedule will look as follows:

Effective as of November 30th, 2020

Students will either:

  1. Attend grade-level day
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Grade 12All gradesGrade 9Grade 10Grade 11

OR

  1. Attend school 5 days a week* 

When in school:

  • Students will have access to breakfast, lunch, a laptop and headphones.
  • They are permitted to socialize with peers in their room.
  • Teachers will be available to assist students as needed, and depending on scheduling availability, on their assigned in-person day.
  • All whole class instruction will occur online on zoom. In-person teachers will be available to support students with small group and one-on-one supports, when students are not attending zoom classes.

In-person teachers:

The following teachers are in person on their grade-level day, and will be available to meet with hybrid students this year in the building, subject to change :

Grade 9Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12
Ms. Benowitz – Algebra/GeometryMs. Cortissoz – Algebra ICTMs. Hunter – Living Environment ICTMs. Hovsepian – Global History IMs. Mendez – English 10 ICT & Global History II ICTMr. Blackman – Global History IIMs. Cogan – Geometry/Algebra IIMs. Mistretta – Geometry ICT, Earth Science ICTMs. Grey – Earth Science/AP Environmental Science
Mr. Keijzer – US History ICTMr. Rondon – US History/AP US HistoryMs. Kilic-Gonul – ChemistryMs. Biggs – English 11/AP LanguageMs. Wheeler, GuidanceMs. Forman – Algebra IIMs. Marenghi – Gov/EconMr. Bonomini – Physics, Calculus ICTMs. Gumina – English/Gov ICTMs. Wheeler, Guidance

The following teachers are available in school on Tuesdays:

Ms. Nardacci – Spanish 2 & 3

Ms. Hawrylewicz – Art 9 & 10

Mr. Breman – PE 9-12

Tuesdays are optional days for hybrid students. They can attend school on Tuesdays for Spanish help, PE enrichment or art enrichment.  Each week, students will be asked to confirm one week in advance if they plan on attending on Tuesday.

Hybrid students can remain in the building until 4 pm in order to attend a virtual club.

Attendance:

Attendance is recorded by students attending their zoom classes. If a student is hybrid, they will be marked absent if they are not in the building, but this is for internal purposes only. We will call your home if you intended for your child to attend school and they are not present, so we ensure that they are healthy and safe! 

*families who select the 5 day/week hybrid option will receive confirmation after November 16, and is dependent on the number of students who enroll to return to hybrid.

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How to Opt back in to hybrid:

  • If you are currently a remote-only student, the Chancellor recently announced that November 2-13 is the only opt-in period for hybrid for the remainder of the school year. For families that opt back into hybrid learning, you would first select to opt into hybrid through the Learning Preference Survey.
  • We are asking BCCHS families to additionally fill out this survey so we can plan according to our model. Please indicate here which hybrid group you would like your child to participate in. We will then assign students to classrooms and to meeting times with teachers in the building on those days.
  • Students who are currently remote and opt back into hybrid will begin the hybrid model on November 30, 2020.
  • Students who are currently enrolled as hybrid students and wish to remain hybrid do not need to do anything. The new schedule will begin November 30th. In the meantime, students would continue to attend school according to the A, B, C cohort days.

Parent Space: Racism in America

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Parent-Space: Racism in America 11/2:

Monday November 2nd, 6-7pm.

https://meet.google.com/ydc-nvuv-yoh

The goal of this new monthly study group is to meet (online) and connect with fellow parents to focus on the deeply important work of confronting racism. We aim to gain personal insight about our own explicit and implicit beliefs and values.

We welcome all parents and caregivers to participate. As we work together, we’ll decide what texts or sources about American racism to study: podcasts, poetry, literature, news, comedy, or music.

Of course, all are welcome. If you have already begun the book, great! If not, now you have more time

BCCHS Program Change

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Program Change Reminder

Effective Monday, October 19th, our school will shift to a full-remote model. Students who attend school in person will still be able to do so, however they will log on to computers and join online classes when in the building. We will be consolidating pods to have larger groups of students in our common areas – the cafeteria, gym and large classrooms. We will maintain social distancing guidelines and students will still come in on a three-day rotation, as they currently are.

PTA/ SLT Elections

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PTA  Executive Board and School Leadership Team Elections
Wednesday 10/28 at 6:30pm

https://meet.google.com/fkg-dybt-euv

To vote online, you will need the last 4 digits of your student’s OSIS#.  Please have that ready to have your vote counted!

The elections for the PTA Executive Board and School Leadership Team (SLT) for the  2020-2021 school year were delayed due to Covid-19.  The elections will now be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at a special PTA meeting.  


Although the current board has continued on since the end of the 2019-2020 school year, all positions are open for election. Our bylaws state that each position has a term of one year with no more than two consecutive terms in the same position, unless no new candidates emerge.  

The following positions make up the PTA executive board:
POSITIONS OPEN TO ALL PARENTS OR GUARDIANS:President or Co-PresidentsVice President or Co-Vice PresidentsRecording Secretary or Co-Recording SecretariesCommunications Secretary or Co-Communications SecretariesTreasurer or Co-Treasurers

POSITIONS OPEN TO PARENTS OR GUARDIANS NEW TO BARUCH HS:Delegates (2 positions)(9th grade parents /guardians or families new to Baruch) 
Executive Board members are expected to meet monthly for the Executive Board Meeting and recommended to participate in the monthly General PTA Meeting (virtually until further notice), typically at 5pm on a weekday. The final calendar is not yet finalized.

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM OPENINGS:We are currently seeking one parent to serve on the School Leadership Team (SLT).  Members are expected to meet monthly at 5pm. The dates are decided by all members of the team.  
If you are interested in serving on either the PTA Exec Board or SLT, or would like more information, please contact us at bcchs.pta@gmail.com