COVID-19 UPDATES

Final Caregiver Newsletter of the 2019-2020 School Year!

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Greetings Broome Street Academy Community,

Congratulations on completing what has been an incredibly challenging year.  At the start of the school year in September none of us could’ve imagined that by June we would be learning and teaching remotely and witnessing one of the greatest social justice movements of our time. We graduated our Class of 2020 today and it was bittersweet. We couldn’t be together, and we wanted nothing more than to see our seniors march across a stage and flip their tassels at the end of a traditional in-person ceremony. Still, we achieved one of the highest graduation rates in the school’s history in the middle of a historic crisis.

Our BSA graduates are moving on to change the world by pursuing higher education, diverse entrepreneurial visions and ambitious career goals. Our students are committed to making history, not to being passive spectators.

We wanted to let you know at Broome Street Academy we are thinking about the future carefully to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances. Below are a few descriptions of our efforts to continue to support our entire school community and move ahead with confidence, while keeping everyone safe.

Physical space 

Our leadership team is participating in safety planning with our partner, The Door given that, as you know, Broome Street Academy is co-located within their headquarters at 555 Broome Street. This spring, a committee was formed to prepare for the return to the physical premises in the fall.  This committee is adhering to guidance from the CDC and will have a very strenuous wellness policy for all people entering the building. We will share our safety policy long before we return.  While the policy is not final, it will likely include all people in the building needing to remain masked the entire day, enhanced disinfecting protocols, and temperature checks upon entry. As of now, the physical campus is closed through the summer, and only essential employees are allowed into the building.


Will we go back to school in September? 

There are three different scenarios Broome Street Academy is preparing for:

  1. We go back to school in September with new safety rules in place.
  2. We do not go back to school in September, and we remain remote with additional supports.
  3. There is a hybrid model where your child is in school some days of the week and home learning remotely the remainder of the week.

 

We do not yet know which scenario will be in place, and we are anticipating guidance from New York State soon on what will be permissible, however we are preparing for all possibilities. As a high school serving older students we have greater flexibility than others, but no matter what we do it will be with safety and academic rigor at the forefront.

 

How can we help you right now?

  • Broome St., Academy is running a full remote summer school, and if your child has been scheduled, this is a mandatory program to help students get on track and gain promotion.
  • Incoming 9th graders will have a six-week summer bridge experience that is mandatory for incoming 9th graders, and will meet remotely.
  • All BSA students are members of The Door. The Door is offering many services in a safe setting such as meal pick up, arts and crafts, healthcare appointments, tele-health, and social work visits.  If your child is interested in any of those services, please contact Broome Street Academy and we will be happy to assist you in facilitating a connection to The Door.

We will stay in close touch through the summer

  • We will send an update email to families the week of July 15.  By then, we are hoping state guidance will permit us to announce our specific plans for a full re-opening in detail.
  • If there are no new updates from the state by July 15 we will still outreach the community so that everyone is on the same page.

BSA was prepared and fully operational remotely from day-one of the COVID-19 school closings and we were able to provide over one hundred students with devices for remote learning in the weeks to follow. Being a public charter school we were able to be nimble and make critical decisions quickly. We always acted with our students and their caregivers as our north star.

Before the crisis we had new Advanced Placement courses for all eligible students, an SAT course preparing students to get ready to apply for college, active school clubs including one started by a student called “Future Doctors” and very competitive sports teams including a championship basketball team. We are feeling confident as we go into the new school year that we can meet whatever challenge our community will face.

If you have any questions or require any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Jose Peralta, our Caregiver Liaison. Jperalta@BroomestreetAcademy.org.

We wish the entire student community and their caregivers a peaceful, restorative and healthy summer!

Warm regards,

Melissa Silberman
Head of School

 

 

Senior Graduates Update

Dear Senior class,

Next week, you will be official high school graduates of Broome Street Academy Charter High School! As we prepare for your final farewell, we wanted to update you on a few key details.

  • Graduation Ceremony: Please join the ceremony at 10am on Monday 6/29 by visiting our website at wwww.broomestreetacademy.org .
  • Cap and gown: Caps and gowns are in the process of being hand delivered to your home. Everyone should have them by 6/26/2020.
  • Yearbook and diploma: Both will be mailed to you at the address used for your cap and gown delivery.
  • Over the next few weeks BSA staff will be working on clearing out senior lockers. During July we will determine if pick up, or mailing directly to homes is the best option.

We all wish you and your family health and safety as we celebrate your next chapter,

BSA Administration

We Stand Together in Solidarity

Dear BSA Students and Caregivers;

We know that our students and our community are feeling the effects of this crisis very deeply. We are sorry to see our community in pain. More than ever, we wish that were able to be together in person to support one another.

We want to send our love, positivity and encouragement to all of you who have been speaking out and calling for equity and justice. Broome Street Academy stands with you. Our community of educators and our entire staff is with you.

Black lives matter.

As the events of the last few weeks have unfolded, many of us have been left distraught, and found it all but impossible to process. We’re still in the middle of the pandemic, and still working through how it has changed our lives, and now we must process the murder of yet another unarmed black man at the hands of the police.

Taken in isolation, the murder of George Floyd would deserve all of the outrage it has sparked, and more. But of course, this tragedy did not occur in isolation. It’s part of a wicked pattern, a series of tragedies so vast they cannot be counted – tragedies inflicted upon black and brown Americans at the hands of racist institutions that defend and enable the actions of racist individuals, which together continually disregard the most basic human right, to life.

We are inspired by the strength of the young people in our community. Thank you for speaking out.  Your voices are unique and necessary, and we support you. As educators, we work hard every day to empower our students to express themselves and participate as citizens, and we are so proud of you.

BSA is here to help you learn, and to ensure that you are well and prepared for life after high school. If you need anything, please know that we are here to support you. We know that there is a lot more going right now, and we understand that these circumstances can make the work we do together more challenging.  We hope that the work we have done as educators to connect young people with the wisdom of the past will nurture you in this moment.

On behalf of the entire Broome Street Academy staff, we wish you as much peace as possible during these turbulent times, and we stand together as a community.

Yours in sorrow and solidarity,

Melissa H. Silberman

Head of School

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 6/16-6/19

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Announcement #1:          Senior Locker Cleanup
As we close out an unprecedented school year please note that over the next few weeks BSA staff will be working on cleaning out senior lockers. Given that social distancing protocols in school buildings have yet to be formalized we will ensure the safety of our school community by not allowing students into the building for the foreseeable future. We anticipate scheduled pickups of items from the entrance of the school to be the main option during July. Thank you for your understanding. More details to follow.

 

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 6/8-6/12

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 6/8-6/12:

Announcement #1:        Support Services for Students with IEPs at Broome Street Academy

Greetings BSA family,

As we wind down the year, I want you to know that summer intervention will be happening at BSA. We are committed to supporting our scholars as they continue to learn remotely.

Also, if your child has an IEP, we will be holding an end of school year conference with you to discuss their experience with remote instruction and our next steps for providing intervention for them during the summer and fall months.

Please stay tuned for details, and please reach out to Ms. Westbrooks, dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org , with any questions.

Announcement #2:        The Door’s Health Center is open virtually!

We are offering video and telephone visits. You can have your doctors’ appointments wherever you are.  Services include:

  • General health
  • Physical
  • Dental
  • Eye care
  • Counseling
  • HIV testing
  • PrEP, and birth control.

For the Health Center, call 212-453-0222 or email Nashira Gonzalez.
For Counseling, call 212-941-9090, ext. 3452 or email Valdete Mirzo.

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 6/1-6/5

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 6/1-6/5:

Announcement#1:

Broome Street Academy & The Door believe that Black lives matter. Black people in America continue to withstand the force of American racism. We see it with COVID-19, state-violence, and community attacks. Your lives matter.

To our students: we love to watch you thrive. The obstacles you face are real and unjust. We stand with you in this fight, even when we can’t be physically together. Please contact us directly  at contactbsa@broomestreetacademy.org if you want to talk, need support, or are seeking legal advice.

 

Announcement #2:        Support Services for Students with IEPs at Broome Street Academy

Greetings BSA family,

Welcome to June! As we wind down the year, I want you to know that summer intervention will be happening at BSA. We are committed to supporting our scholars as they continue to learn remotely.

Please stay tuned for details, and please reach out to Ms. Westbrooks, dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org, with any questions.

BSA Caregiver Weekly- for the week of 5/25-5/29

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 5/25-5/29:

Announcement #1:                                            Graduation

Hello Class of 2020,

I wanted to update you and let you know that your Graduation Day will still be June 29th. It will be a virtual ceremony that will be live streamed so all your loved ones can watch. Broome Street Academy and The Door are partnering and leading this endeavor. We plan to produce a unique and inspiring commencement for such a unique and inspiring class. I know you have many questions, and though you are entering your final marking period at BSA, it’s not time to jump ahead to the ending just yet. This is a time to celebrate you and all you have accomplished these past four years. There will be some surprises.

I will tell you this: You will need your caps and gowns and you will need to be wearing them on graduation day. Nothing is more important to me and to your teachers than making sure that you are all together as the Class of 2020 on June 29th. Because you cannot all be together physically, you will be together virtually. We are working with our technical production team to make sure you will be appearing live on screen together in some fashion during the ceremony. You will be experiencing and watching the commencement as a class. Each and every one of you will be recognized. There will be traditional graduation elements and non-traditional elements because, after all, we are Broome Street Academy. We will need to be resilient but resilience is at Broome Street Academy’s core.  (GO WARRIORS!) The symbolism and pomp and circumstance behind this most special day will not be lost.

Over the next few days, we will be reaching out to you for your input on certain elements of graduation, and shortly after that you will receive a virtual invitation with instructions on how to register your guests for the event and on how to join the ceremony.

On behalf of the entire Broome Street Academy community we appreciate the grace, patience and understanding and hard work that each of you has demonstrated during these extraordinary times.

With love and admiration,

Ms. Silberman

 

Announcement#2:         Broome Street Academy Board Scholarship Opportunity for the Class of 2020!

We are excited to announce that the Broome Street Academy Board of Trustees has launched a scholarship contest for our graduates in honor of your accomplishments, goals, and resilience.  You are invited to self-nominate and apply for this opportunity to win a $500 scholarship. There will be two winners chosen and announced at graduation.

To apply, please submit a well-crafted five paragraph essay that:

– Explores one of BSA’s pride pillars and exemplifies how you demonstrate that pillar
– Describes your post-graduation plans (college, career, etc)
– Explains what you would do with the scholarship if you received this award

Email your submissions to contactBSA@broomestreetacademy.org

Good luck with your submissions!

 

Announcement #3:                                Memorial Day, May 25

Reminder: There will be no classes for BSA students on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. Online classes will resume on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 5/18-5/22

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 5/18-5/22:

Announcement #1:                                Virtual Matriculation Night, May 21st
Vikki Campos, the Post-Secondary Success Coach, is hosting a virtual Zoom session for seniors and their parents to go over the next steps once you commit to a college.

It will be held on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 6pm over the Zoom application. If you need help, please reach out to Vikki via phone 646-899-8333 or via email.

Topic: BSA Senior Matriculation Night with Vikki Campos and Holly Harrison

Time: May 21, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86058643622?pwd=cDdLbDJpdzVqckRMdFZoazJrc0c0dz09
Meeting ID: 860 5864 3622
Password: BSA2020

 

Announcement#2:                                 Reminder- Updates on Quarter 3 Grading

This is a reminder that incomplete (“NX”) grades in PowerSchool for quarter 3 are displayed as a “0”. Students who have a “0” grade for Quarter 3 have until May 20, 2020 to finish their incomplete assignment’s. If they are not, they will turn into 60s.

If you have questions about the curriculum, please contact Mr. Molloy and Mr. Hale at Academic Deans. (mmolloy@broomestreetacademy.comphale@broomestreetacademy.com)

For Caregivers who would like updates on the child’s academic progress, you can sign up to be added to the Edgenuity Parent Portal.  Being added to the Parent Portal will give you access to reports that will inform you:

  • About your child’s progress in each class
  • How much time your child has spent on his or her classwork online
  • Upcoming due dates

To sign up, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/ZgziPKqC4djqGSkd6

For more information on the Edgenuity Parent Portal please go here:  https://help.edgenuity.com/Classroom_Resources/Parent_Resources

BSA Caregiver Weekly-For the week of 5/11-5/15

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 5/11-5/15:

Announcement #1:                                Teacher/Staff Appreciation!
Please feel free to share your appreciation for teachers and staff during this difficult time using the Google Form below:

 https://forms.gle/2jqHymS7vjFcWyat9

 

Announcement #2:                                For BSA Geometry Students

Dear ALL geometry students,

The link below are some video lessons I made for area for the unit we are working on. In the video go over 3 questions that are VERY similar to the unit exam. (the third video got the last second cut off but it’s ok!) If you are attached on this email and not a student, I shared it so you can share it with other struggling students in geometry!

Feel free to send to other kids struggling in other classes as well. Please watch them in order starting with lesson 1, then 2, then 3.

HERE IS THE LINK:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_N6Puw0ndKeI0pWz5Hi02Vzwi01aQzZ1

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 5/4-5/8

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 5/4-5/8:

Announcement #1:        IEP and Triennial Review meetings will continue for the rest of the school year

In addition to our outreach, your child’s regularly scheduled IEP and triennial review meetings will continue as scheduled. Meaning that if you haven’t yet had your child’s annual review meeting, Ms. Westbrooks will be contacting you about conducting about your meeting date. Meetings will be held in May and June as we are committed to ensuring that your child’s services continue at the highest quality possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out,

Ms. Westbrooks
Director of Special Education
347-475-4712
dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org