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Pride month

This June, our school reiterates its commitment to creating a safe, caring, and respectful environment for all students, families, and staff. We celebrate and recognize Pride month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, recognize the global impact that the LGBTQIA2S+* community has had, and advocate for actionable steps to affirm and amplify the voices of our own LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Here are some resources for you to use in your classrooms and school communities.


It with deep sadness that I inform you of the death of Jeannine Gomez's sister.

Jennifer Ellen McLaughlin-Niedzwiecki

January 19, 1973 - June 2, 2023

Jennifer fought a long and courageous battle with cancer, and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones.

Jennifer leaves behind her husband Gregory, her sons Zachary and Timothy, her parents, her sister, and her brother as well numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Details to follow.

Spirit week

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chancellor's day reminder

For Chancellor's Day on June 8th, we will program live events/PD. Per the superintendent, all staff must be in person, and everyone will report to the main site.

Please plan to participate in the live programming, unless you are attending a pre-approved, subject-specific PD (or you are setting up for prom). If this is the case, please make sure Richard and your supervising AP are aware.

If you enrolled in the Beyond Access Forum, please plan to only attend sessions from 8:00-9:00 am or from 1:00-2:30 pm.

Thank you.

award ceremony

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Student AwardsFBTH
June 4, 2023
Mindless behavior
Isaiah cox

dates to remember

6/8 Chancellor’s Conference Day (in person at the main site for everyone), BTC Prom

6/9 Clerical Day, All IEPs MUST be completed

6/12 Graduation Practice

6/13 Art Event at the Met

6/14 BTC Graduation

6/15 Update IEP Data Tracker

6/16 Report Card Grades due

Fire Debaters at 721K

6/17 Art event at MoMA

6/19 Juneteenth- no school

6/27 Last Day of School

check out our students on social media!

From Rachel Campbell:

Wanted to share this post from Zeno Mountain Farm (photo permissions were obtained).

I am so grateful to all the support, both behind the scenes and in-person, for this trip. It was so empowering and celebratory for all participants (staff and students!), and I can't wait to further this collaboration with Zeno so that more students can get this opportunity! Thank you all!!!

Special shout-out to Ms. Mayra, Ms. Welcome, Ms. Beache and Ms. Cailin, who were all so present, supportive, and celebratory of all students (24/7!!!) - I can't imagine doing it without them! And shout out to Courtney for working so hard all year to advocate for this retreat for our students.

I already can't wait for next year 🙂

New teacher events and graduations

Congratulations to our new teachers as they complete their first year! They were honored by the district on Thursday, June 1st.

Congratulations to our Master's in Education graduates! It's incredibly hard to teach full time and attend grad school, but you all made it look easy.

Lucas Moline

Chanel Bryant

Andrew Morrison

Josefina Perez

Kelli-Ann Foss

Mahawa-Koi Lahai

Sughaiyar Gilyard

Jillian Johnson

Maya Thompson

Rumana Haque

Congratulations to Shakiera Daniel on completion of your School Business Leader program!

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comic con video

Thank you to Mr. Morrison for capturing Comic Con preparation perfectly!
Comic Con Comic Shop and Print Shop

Gotham field trips

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Jonathan dash packing up Gotham

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Cobble Hill at MEC

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Shout Out

From Ellen McGuinness, our Awards Ceremony organizer extraordinaire:

Happy Beautiful Monday! I know that many of you weren't able to make it to or view the Awards Ceremony on Friday. You would have been very proud of your colleagues whose dedication, talent and extraordinary display of collaboration and commitment were on full display. Please take a moment to thank the following people when you see them:

Hamida Amin

Rachel Campbell

McEdwin Charles

Shakiera Daniel

Arileyda Duran

Kate Fenton

Nicole Hamilton

Michelle Johnson

Annette Natal

Israel Nieves

Thomas Orza

Benjamin Radin

Melvin Rios

Steven Salzgeber

Wayne Slater

Michael Suarez

Zachary Tomlinson

Waldo Walle

Brian Williams

Betty Wilson

Quinn Zannoni

I feel very lucky to have them as my colleagues. Photos and videos of the event will be forthcoming.

Song of the Week

We're almost there. And yellow is the color of sun rays.
Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin'