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Welcome Letter From Principal Alicia Perez-Katz

Posted in General

August 30, 2019

Dear BCCHS Families,

Welcome to a new school year! We are excited to welcome back your teenagers and to meet our new 9th graders. This year, we have a lot of exciting learning opportunities available for our Baruchians! I wanted to take a moment to welcome you back and share our priorities and goals for the upcoming school year.

At BCCHS, our learning is rooted education as a social justice call to action, rigorous, college-ready coursework, and elevating student voice in our school community. Specifically, we are focusing on:

As an honors-level, screened school, our goal is to challenge, nurture and support our students.

  • With this in mind, we have expanded our AP courses so that all upperclassmen take AP US History and AP English Language & Literature. We have also expanded AP math to two sections and added 10th grade AP science for students in advanced math. We will focus on how to challenge and support all of our students in AP classes, and how to prepare them in the younger grades to enter AP.
  • To support students who need additional support in AP for All courses, they will take an elective course to support their access to AP curriculum.
  • Upperclassmen will take an elective course, including art, computer science, sociology, Spanish 4.
  • Students have the opportunity to develop career-readiness skills through our upperclassman teacher internship program.
  • Our Flex Program is for our underclassmen, in which the 9th grade students are identified by data for intervention and enrichment cycles during the school day, and 10th grade students receive additional support and extension through additional periods of core courses on a weekly rotation.

Student voice is embedded in classroom instruction through collaborative group work in all classes.

  • This year, we will support student voice through quarterly grade-level Town Halls which include identity-based clubs presenting to the school community.
  • Students engage in Socratic Seminar discussions in their humanities courses and collaborative group work and project-based assessments in all classes.
  • In partnership with Manhattan Class Company Theater, our 9th & 10th grade students will embed drama and acting in their English classes with a Romeo & Juliet performance in the spring and a poetry slam in the fall.
  • Students take ownership of their learning and present their progress in student-led parent-teacher conferences in the spring.
  • We are a community that stands for equity and social justice. Our commitment to diversity is actively and intentionally undertaken by every community member: to be aware of ourselves and each other, to take care of our community – local and global – and to name and oppose inequity and injustice when it is present.
  • Classroom environments are “courageous communities” where students learn through social justice and with an active focus on dismantling oppression.
  • In the 10th grade, our students engage in a year-long social action project, in partnership with the KING Movement, in both English and Math, where they identify an area in society that they want to build awareness and make change.
  • Our 12th graders, in partnership with WiSE, complete a Senior Exit Research Project on a Quality of Life issue and compete city-wide.
  • Our Equity Team engages with parents, students and families in conversations about the importance of identity, culture and equitable access to political, economic, and social rights and opportunities.

We focus on both the academic and the social-emotional growth of our community.
Our 9th grade is supported in transitioning to high school with the Senior Mentor Program, and a series of workshops in the fall and mid-year which will support them in high school readiness and belonging.

  • In advisory, we engage in Restorative Circles, to build community, connection and understanding.
  • We have several grant-funded innovative programs this year as well!
  • BCCHS has an InvenTeam! Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing.
  • We are part of the CA4All Grant, which provides resources to expand and deepen our college and career readiness supports for students. This year, we will be expanding our career readiness program, with a career fair in March and an after-school SAT/ACT drop in tutoring center.

We are looking forward to a fantastic year!

In unity/somos unidos/在团结中,

Alicia Perez-Katz



为了支持需要在AP for All课程中获得额外支持的学生,他们将选修课程以支持他们访问AP课程。

我们是一个代表公平和社会正义的社区。我们对多样性的承诺是由每个社区成员积极和有意地承担的:了解我们自己和彼此,照顾我们的社区 – 地方和全球 – 并在存在时指出和反对不平等和不公正。

BCCHS有一支InvenTeam! Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™由高中学生,教育工作者和导师组成,每人收取高达10,000美元的费用,为他们自己选择的现实问题创造技术解决方案。
我们是CA4All Grant的一部分,它提供资源来扩展和深化我们的学院和为学生提供的职业准备支持。今年,我们将扩大我们的职业准备计划,3月举办职业展览会,辅导中心的课后SAT / ACT下降。