Weekly Letter 3.27.17

Dear Families:

It isn’t every day that a school gets a lengthy article featuring its work in a national magazine.  For this reason, we wanted to bring your attention to a piece in the spring issue of American Educator, A Quarterly Journal of Educational Research and Ideas, published by the AFT and distributed to teachers across the country.  The article by Jennifer Dubin is entitled “Spread the Word: In New York City, Encouraging Successful Schools to Share and Grow.”  


The article zooms in on two PROSE schools, BNS and the International High School at Laguardia Community College.  It’s exciting to know that teachers across the United States will read about our work on performance based assessment and it is fitting that we share this excitement with all of you:



All for now,




Quote of the Week:


Last week, Eva and Kaelyn’s fourth grade class was in the library listening to  the Picture Book Biography, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," an inspiring, true story about William Kamkwamba, a boy who constructed a windmill from scraps in order to bring electricity and water to his impoverished village in Malawi.  The students were directed to imagine not having electricity in their home, school and community and were asked, “What would be different for you?” Rita Lopez- Villamil said, "My family would be closer because they wouldn't be on any devices."  From there, the students' responses took a turn towards the importance of lessening our use of screens when at home.