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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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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. 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.

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Support BPCS

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

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December 9 2016

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November 29 2016

We are delighted to congratulate Sarah Waltcher, 6th grade science resident teacher at BPCS - Windsor Terrace Middle, for being recently named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic awards available to graduates from the United States, and the Brooklyn Prospect community is immensely proud to have the Rhodes Trust recognize and reward Sarah's commitment to education and social justice. 

Click here to read more.


The Brooklyn Prospect Elementary 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!

November 3 2016

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October 17 2016

An International Baccalaureate World School


 

A School Grows in Brooklyn: October 2016 Newsletter
Visit our website:www.brooklynprospect.org
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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.

September 16 2016

Clinton Hill Middle School launched its first academic year in September 2016, with over 97 students and families joining Brooklyn Prospect's newest program. Modeled after our successful Windsor Terrace Middle School and featuring top faculty and staff from that campus, students at Clinton Hill Middle are starting the year with some of our most exciting academic, extracurricular, arts and athletics programming yet.

Students arrived to 300 Willoughby Avenue to 11 newly refurbished classrooms, over 13,600 sq. ft. of common area (including a spacious gym, auditorium, and cafeteria), and 18,000 sq. ft. of track and fields. While we are pleased with the tremendous space our students are currently enjoying at 300 Willoughby, we nevertheless look forward to our big move scheduled for the fall of 2018, when Clinton Hill Middle's permanent home is expected to complete construction at 1100 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. 

Congratulations on a great first week at BPCS Clinton Hill Middle, and we look forward to sharing the school year! 



Enjoying the track and field at recess.


Warming up for our first Physical Education classes with Coach George.


Executive Director Rubinstein, a former Presidential Award winner for excellence in teaching mathematics, returns to the 6th grade math classroom.
 

Science students discuss their design strategies for the upcoming "Marshmallow Challenge"


Lunch Buddies!

Classrooms are ready for students. 

Rendering of the future Clinton Hill campus, expected to open in fall of 2018.

 

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.

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