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December 2 2014

Enjoy the same convenient shopping experience AND a portion of your purchase will be donated Brooklyn Prospect. Don't forget to select BPCS as your organization of choice!
 
Make an account and if your online vendor participates, click "Get Started" and type in "Brooklyn Prospect" as your designated charity. 
 


The Windsor Terrace PTSO is hosting its
2nd Annual Holiday Crafts Fair on Saturday, Dec 13th, from 12 - 4pm at the WT campus.
 

Or make a donation!
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December 2 2014

"Chancellor Carmen Fariña has a type, when it comes to charter schools. She has visited at least 13 charters during her chancellorship, and most of them are independent with specialized instruction for high-needs students." Brooklyn Prospect is proud to be one of the selected few charter schools visited by New York Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña this past fall. Link here for the original article.

August 29 2014

Two Brooklyn Prospect students, Grace and Nathalie participated in the BPCS Job Readiness Program this summer at The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), where they were given a team project to work on over the course of two months.

The goal? To create a historic video that "showcases the history of the Annual Atlantic Antic Festival, the oldest and largest street festival in New York City, which the AALDC is celebrating their 40th Anniversary as presenters this year...  The video includes audio narration from one of the founders of 1974’s First Annual Atlantic Antic Festival, Howard Lewis."

Read more on atlanticave.org!

July 1 2014
PRESS RELEASE
 
ANNOUNCING THE FORMATION OF Diverse Charter Schools Coalition
 
Contact: Daniel Kikuji Rubenstein, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
 
EMBARGOED: 9:00 AM EDT, JULY 1, 2014
 
The founding schools are pleased to announce the formation of a coalition of socioeconomically and diverse charter schools and supporters of such schools. By forming a network to share resources, providing technical assistance, and highlighting exemplars, the coalition supports the creation and success of socioeconomically and racially integrated charter schools. In addition, the coalition hopes to promote research on the benefits and best practices of integrated schools.
 
“We recently had the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, but the problem of segregation persists. Charter schools need to be part of the solution,” said Jeremy Chiappetta, executive director of Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy in Rhode Island.
 
“I believe that charter schools can be an important part of the solution to integrating our public school systems by making it a priority to enroll student bodies that reflect that full diversity of our communities,” said Sean Wilson, head of school at the International High School of New Orleans.
 
“Research shows that socioeconomically and racially diverse schools offer valuable academic, cognitive, and social benefits for students. Diverse schools can help boost the achievement of low-income students while preparing all students for success in a 21st century economy that requires critical thinking and cultural awareness,” said Halley Potter, a researcher with The Century Foundation.
 
The core beliefs of the Coalition are as follows:
 
We Believe:
 
  • Diverse schools provide greater opportunities for students to learn from one another.
  • Diversity is a cost-effective method of boosting student achievement.
  • Diverse schools promote the celebration and understanding of other cultures and viewpoints.
  • Diverse schools invigorate and strengthen urban neighborhoods by bringing community members together.
  • Charter schools can and should contribute to solving the historic challenge of integrating our public school system.
  • Achieving diversity often requires deliberate efforts through recruitment, admissions policies and school design.Diverse charter schools promote equality by ensuring that students from different backgrounds have the same educational opportunities.

 

 
Founding Member Schools:
 
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy (Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, & Pawtucket, RI)
Bricolage Academy of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (Brooklyn, NY)
Capital City Public Charter School (Washington, DC)
City Neighbors Charter School (Baltimore, MD)
Community Roots Charter School (Brooklyn, NY)
DSST Public Schools (Denver, CO)
High Tech High (San Diego, CA)
Homer A. Plessy Community School (New Orleans, LA)
The International High School of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
International School of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA)
Larchmont Charter School (Los Angeles, CA)
Morris Jeff Community School (New Orleans, LA)
Success Academy Charter Schools (New York, NY)
 
Advisors:
 
Brian Beabout, The University of New Orleans
Eric Grannis, Tapestry Foundation
Halley Potter, The Century Foundation
Heather Schwartz, Rand Corporation
 

Please see our website www.diversecharters.org

 
At the National Charter School Conference in Las Vegas, NV, join us at Charter Schools Serving a Diverse Student Body: The Next Wave in Education Reform, July 1, 2014, 4 pm.
 
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June 11 2014

On Saturday, June 7th, members of the Brooklyn Prospect Glee Club performed alongside members of Lighthouse International's youth program in conjunction with the National Dance Institute.  Lighthouse International is a worldwide organization dedicated to overcoming vision impairment through rehabilitation, education, research and advocacy, and has worked hard this year towards a dance program for blind and visually impaired youth ages 7-18.

In the program, each Lighthouse dancer is paired with a sighted dance partner, and choreography is created around all of the dancers' unique abilities. Brooklyn Prospect Charter School was proud to support the dance program by singing live accompaniment to the performance. 

PERFORMANCE:

STUDENTS AT REHEARSALS:

May 14 2014

8th grade students were featured this past week on News12 Brooklyn as one of the first participants in an innovative, multi-week school outreach program  initiative of the Brooklyn Public Library.  Read the full article on News12 Brooklyn here. 

 

May 1 2014

Brooklyn Prospect is now a certified IB World School in the Middle Years AND Diploma Programmes! 

What is the International Baccalaureate Program? Academically challenging and balanced, the International Baccalaureate Program prepares students for success in academia, college, and beyond. This world class program emphasizes interdisciplinary work and study of a second language, and encourages deep learning that incorporates global trends. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. Many colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, offer credits for high school IB coursework. Others, such as Harvard University, offer second-year status upon admission to students with an IB diploma and the opportunity to place into higher-level courses. Some colleges even offer early admission to students with an IB Diploma.

To find out more about what the International Baccalaureate entails, link here.

 

April 28 2014

The Brooklyn Prospect lacrosse team was featured this past week on News12 Brooklyn as a program that is building excitement around this developing new youth sport in New York City. The school was awarded $10,000 from the U.S. Lacrosse First Stick Program in 2010 and was one of eight schools nationwide to outfit 24 players with full equipment, U.S. Lacrosse membership, and developmental and safety resources. 

The team plays against private, Catholic, and public schools, as well as lacrosse clubs throughout Brooklyn and New York City. Read the full article on News12 Brooklyn here. 

 

March 21 2014

 It takes less than a minute.

The issue of charter school funding equity is being discussed in state budget negotiations this week. On behalf of Brooklyn Prospect and other charter schools affected by the issue of funding for private space, Executive Director Dan Rubenstein has been taking the cause to Albany. Read more on New York's Chalkbeat.org.


Sign this petition to demand funding equity for your student.
 

By leasing private space for our Windsor Terrace and Downtown Brooklyn campuses, Brooklyn Prospect, a public school, receives approximately 20% less public funding to spend on students than traditional public schools. 

Help demand fair funding by signing the petition above or by contacting local representatives using the details below. Our students are public school students and deserve an equal opportunity to learn. Every signature matters. 

 
Thank you. 



 
To contact your representatives by mail/phone:
 
James Brennan 44th District
District Office
416 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-788-7221
 
Albany Office
LOB 422
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5377

 
Felix Ortiz
District Office
404 55th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220
718-492-6334
 
Albany Office
LOB 842
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-3821

Joan Millman
District Office
341 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
718-246-4889
 
Albany Office
824 LOB
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5426


Sample script:

"Dear Assembly Member, 

I need your support in order to get equity in funding and resources for my child’s public charter school, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, especially funding for facilities.

If there is any way you can, I ask that you stand up and speak up in Conference when the charter issue is being discussed, on the simple basis of fairness and equity for all students.

I would tremendously appreciate your willingness to stand up for equity on my child’s behalf."

 

 

December 6 2013
"I know that for anyone really, and in particular for people of color and women interested in fields where they are in the minority, that personal touch of someone saying, "I think you'd be perfect for this," can be really important." - Ms. Vaughan, technology teacher, HS math/science department head. 
 
Aja (center), class of '16, was on the winning team of the All Star Code's "Design A Startup in a Day" workshop. He and the team designed a start-up that combined the idea of an online streaming television website with integrating social media. At the workshop, they further learned about what it takes to create a business, design a logo, create a marketing plan and discuss corporate structure. 

Next week, the entire school will be participating in "Hour of Code", in which all students at Brooklyn Prospect will be introduced to one hour of computer science and programming in various classes as a part of Computer Science Education Week.
 
 

 

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