Important News and Information
2017-2018 PA Executive Board Officers and SLT Members
The following were elected at the May 23 General Meeting
Last night, at the May 23, PA General Meeting, parents elected officers for the Stuyvesant High School Parents' Association Executive Board and representatives for the School Leadership Team. The results are listed below.
Thanks to all who participated. There are many volunteer opportunities with the PA apart from the elected positions, therefore we hope that all our parents who stood for election will continue to be active and involved.
Stuyvesant High School Parents' Association Executive Board
Co-Presidents: Heather Higgins and Belinda Leung
First Vice President: Ross Weiner
Second Vice President: Suzanne Cruse
Recording Secretary: Susan Fennessey
Corresponding Secretary: Andrew Cribb
Treasurer: Iris Lam
Assistant Treasurer: Sandy Chu
School Leadership Team Representatives
Senior Parent SLT Representative
Sylvia Ramos (Alternate)
Junior Parent SLT Representatives
Lanlan Zhang (Alternate)
Sophomore Parent SLT Representatives
Barry Robertson (Alternate)
Nominating Committee: Karen Guo, James Higgins, Sandra Paunksniene, Alex Shafran, John Wehba
At the last PA meeting Michael Turner from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), New York State’s higher education student financial aid agency presented Student Financial Aid and Paying for College: What Parents and Students Need to Know. His presentation can be viewed here.
2017-2018 School Calendar
The DOE released the 2017-2018 school calendar. You can view/print it here:
What to Expect the First Year of College: Panel for Senior Students and Parents
Thursday, June 1st at 6:30pm
We invite you to come to a very special panel discussion on What to Expect the First Year of College. This parent-to-parent and student-to-student panel discussion will feature Stuyvesant Alumni parents whose students currently attend Georgetown and Yale Universities as well as Alumni students from Amherst and U.S.C. The information discussed will be of value to ALL parents and seniors entering college in the Fall. Come find out what dorm life is like; how to navigate independence; what to expect and more! The Alumni Association will also give parents and students information on their upcoming membership. Don’t miss this important presentation and opportunity to get your questions answered!
Colby College, Waterville, ME
End of the School Year Schedule
June 12: Last Day of Regular Classes. June 13-25th Finals and/or Regents
The end of the year is fast approaching with less than 30 days left of classes! The last day of regular classes will be June 12th. Students will report for finals and/or Regents from June 13-25th. Students will be given schedules for Regents Exams as we get closer to the end of the year.
Spring Feast 2017 Recap
It may have been chilly outside, but it was warm within at Jing Fong where almost 1,000 of us enjoyed delicious food, awesome performances by our talented students, and participated in exciting raffles and live and silent auctions! Thank you for your generosity, your friendship, and your support.
Check out our Spring Feast page to relive a wonderful, successful evening (or to see why you should make sure to attend next year!) and make a note of the many businesses that supported us through sponsorship, advertisements and donations. They deserve our patronage as well as our thanks.
And to all the members of the Stuy family who contributed to Spring Feast 2017 in so many ways - from soliciting donations to selling ads to serving beverages - we hope you know how grateful we are.
Special Deal for Stuy Grads
Spring Feast advertiser and sponsor Bed, Bath, and Beyond invites Stuy grads to register for this year's "Off to College Shopping Event!" Just click here to register and receive not only your 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE for the event, but at the EVENT ONLY also receive this year a VIP ACCESS PASS for 20% OFF Purchases for the entire Summer. Click here for more information.
We are beyond pleased to report that Principal Contreras now has in hand his appointment to the position of Principal of Stuyvesant High School. Everyone, having come to know him over the past year has been rooting for this to happen, and his was by far the strongest candidacy, endorsed wholeheartedly by faculty, students, and parents alike.
This is a happy day for Stuyvesant High School, and please join us in congratulating Principal Contreras!
Stuy Spirit Wear
Let everyone know how proud you are of your Stuy student! (#HumbleBrag)
Newly designed Spirit Wear includes:
- Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirts
- Flannel Pajama pants with pockets
- Caps and Beanies
All items will be for sale before PA General Meetings. Orders will be taken for any item that sells out
All profits go to the Stuyvesant Parents' Association.
PA Meeting Recaps
Michael Turner from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), New York State’s higher education student financial aid agency presented Student Financial Aid and Paying for College: What Parents and Students Need to Know. This session will provide an overview of how the student financial aid system works including the federal, New York State, college and private programs that are available to help families pay for college. In addition, he discussed the FAFSA, New York State TAP and CSS Profile applications that need to be completed for need-based aid consideration. His presentation can be viewed here.
Elections for the 2017-2018 Executive Board and School Leadership Team were held.
Screening of the movie Tested, a 2016 documentary which follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th graders—several of whom are currently at Stuyvesant—as they fight for a seat at one of the New York's top high schools.
The PA membership at our March 28 PA General Meeting voted to approve spending $180,386.78 on equipment for The Innovation Center. The Innovation Center will be a place where students will work with up-to-date equipment, computers, 3D printers and more, in the subject areas of Computer Science, Engineering, and Drafting. Click here to see the presentation from the PA meeting.
An additional $600,000 in grants for the Innovation Center comes to us courtesy of Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer and Margaret Chin, District One Council Member, each of whom awarded Stuyvesant $300,000. These grants are a result of a strong cooperation between our Principal, Assistant Principal Scott Thomas, and our grant writers.
Guest speaker Anna Levy-Warren, PhD, discussed Executive Functioning and how to help your child develop skills for excellence in high school, college and beyond.
Executive functioning (EF) refers to an interrelated set of cognitive processes that govern goal-directed behaviors and enable us to effectively manage everyday activities. EF skills allow students to effectively process information, maintain focus, organize thoughts, adapt knowledge for particular situations, screen for errors, and manage frustration. Extensive research indicates that proficient organizational and EF skills provide the foundation required for success in academic, occupational, and social-emotional realms of life.
Testing expert Jed Applerouth clarified the details about the SAT Subject Tests, in terms of when to take them, how many to take, and what college admissions offices are looking for. He discussed how they connect to the SAT, ACT, and AP tests, and how to help your child make a testing plan and timeline that work.
Click HERE to view his presentation from this meeting.
Guidance Counselor Harvey Blumm discussed how Stuy students can make the most of their summer break. Harvey, a former Stuy parent and former parent coordinator, has a wealth of useful information and has been helping parents and students navigate summers for years.
Important information and useful resources on applying for college scholarships was shared with parents during this Tuesday, December 13, meeting. Take a few minutes to check out the slides here.
This month we had a special speaker: Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University's Stern School of Business and the bestselling author of several books, most notably The Righteous Mind and numerous articles, including the cover story in The Atlantic in 2015, The Coddling of the American Mind. If you missed Professor Haidt's talk, you may be interested in reading this article on the topic.
- Minutes of the PA General Meetings
- Schedule of the PA General meetings
- The 2016-17 Executive Board, their contact details, and their responsibilities
Use AmazonSmile and Support Stuy
At no extra cost to you, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Stuyvesant Parents' Association whenever you shop. Just click the StuyAmazonSmile link and select Stuyvesant High School as your charity of choice--it's such an easy, yet impactful way to give!
For more wonderfully simple ways to support our school, please visit the Support the School page.
Appropriations Committee News(February 2017) The Stuy PA has launched its spring 2017 round of appropriations. The PA invites students, faculty and administration to apply for grants from the PA money raised to fund projects or clubs. The deadline to submit funding requests was Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Click here for information and application form.
(November 2016) The Appropriations Committee has reviewed all the applications for PA funding received from Stuy's clubs, publications, and teachers. At the November 15th PA General Meeting, the PA membership voted to approve the first-round funding for Stuy's clubs, publications, and other activities. This funding is one of the most important ways we enhance the Stuy experience for our students.
Crisis Manager Update: Cell Phone Alert System
Email addresses of parents who have joined the email list on the school website at www.stuy.edu have been uploaded to the School Dude Crisis Management cell phone alert system. You may download the app from your app store on iPhone or Android devices. Choose Stuyvesant as your school. You will be able to receive texts (fees may apply according to your plan) about emergency or other important information. You can find and download information and instructions at www.schooldude.com
New Format for Stuy PA Bulletin (Newsletter)
Our Stuy PA Bulletin has transitioned to a new format. Parents are now receiving a PA Newsletter mailed to their home addresses four times during the school year. The second Newsletter should arrive in mid-December. Please note there will no longer be advertisements offered in the newsletter.
NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat introduced Bill S-1787 to Authorize[s] the board of education of the city school district of the City of New York to establish standards for admission to special high schools (http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S1787-2015)
(The special high schools include: Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, Staten Island Tech, Queens HS for the Sciences at York College, HS for Math, Science and Engineering at City College, HS for American Studies at Lehman college, Brooklyn Latin, Laguardia HS and all additional schools that the board of education of the city school district of the City of New York designates as special high schools)
Many Stuy parents attended the December 11 rally at City Hall to oppose the City Council Resolution to support the NYS bills to change the Specialized High Schools admissions policy from the current single, objective test admissions criterion to multiple, including subjective and non-academic, criteria. Many Stuy parents also testified at City Hall, signed petitions, and sent emails to legislators. Our voices make a difference! The resolution in the NYC Council may or may not come up for a vote. There will be more actions we can take as developments occur.
Resources for Students
The Writing Center
The Writing Center is located in the library and is open every day periods 4 through 8, on a drop in, first-come basis. Editors are available to work with students on any writing assignment and at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to final edits.
The library is available for students to visit during free periods or lunch periods each school day unless otherwise announced. All students must scan in with their student IDs prior to entering the library. Many times of the day, the library becomes full within the first 10-15 minutes of each period. When it is too full, students must wait to be let in by a librarian as space becomes available. Additionally, the library has extended hours until 5pm Monday through Thursday, which is a good opportunity for students to finish up schoolwork or print assignments before they head home.
Click here for the library calendar with important announcements.
AIS tutoring (Academic Intervention Services) is available after school from 3:40- 4:40pm. These are valuable sessions where students can meet with teachers for extra help or make up lab work. There is tutoring available in Math, Physics, Social Studies, Chemistry, Technology, and World Languages as well as Biology.
ARISTA, Stuyvesant’s branch of the National Honor Society, provides free one-on-one tutoring to any student who requests this service. Students requesting tutoring will be matched with an ARISTA member who has scored above a 90 in that subject area. All interested students should go to the ARISTA website to create an account at stuyarista.org.
Resources for Parents
Reach Out to Staff or Fellow Parents
The parent coordinator, Dina Ingram is your point of contact to answer questions about the school or to refer you to the appropriate contacts to resolve any issues, should they arise. You can read Dina's Intro Letter in English, Chinese, or Korean
Stuyvesant's Guidance Department offers expert individual help to students and parents. Here is a directory of Stuyvesant School Counselors with contact details.
The Stuyvesant PA maintains an official Facebook page with reminders for upcoming events that have already been posted on the websites and the weekly eNews. Parents can click “Like” on the page to receive Facebook notifications. It is a public page and you will not need to provide any personal information.
Please note that the private Stuyvesant Facebook groups are not sanctioned by the school or by the Stuyvesant PA Executive Board, and were set up independently by parents as a way to share information with each other. All information about Stuyvesant school and PA events should be obtained from the official communications on either the Stuyvesant website, the Stuy PA website, or through the emails from the school and PA.
Bookmark These School Calendars
- The Stuyvesant school calendar containing student and school events may be accessed at this link.
- The Stuyvesant Parents' Association calendar containing parent events may be accessed at this link.
- The 2016-2017 Department of Education calendar may be accessed at this link.
- The 2016-2017 Department of Education testing calendar may be accessed at this link.
Please note: the Stuyvesant parent teacher conferences are held on different dates than those listed in the DOE calendar, so please refer to the Stuyvesant calendar for school meetings and events.
Important School Policies
Information on school policies and procedures can be found here, these include the Code of Conduct, Cell Phone Policy, Dress Code, Elevator Use, Extracurricular Activities, Hall Use, Locker Use, Going out of school at lunch period, Attendance/Cutting Policy, Advanced Placement Policy, Homework Policy, Homework Methods/Study Skills, Problem Resolution, and Test Day Guidelines.
Please note that the administration requests an ABSENCE or LATENESS NOTE whenever students are absent from or arrive late to school.
How You Can Support Stuy and Our Students
ALL gifts to the PA are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law!
Your support makes these vital “extras” possible. Donate online by clicking the link below. Your child will ultimately be the beneficiary of whatever you can give. The suggested contribution is $500 per student, but donations of every amount are needed and appreciated—no amount is too small to make a difference.
To those who have already given, THANK YOU!
Donate Used Test Prep Books to the Student Union or ARISTA
If you no longer need your Test Prep Books from previous years, consider donating them to either the Stuyvesant Student Union or ARISTA, Stuyvesant's chapter of the National Honor Society. The Stuyvesant Student Union and ARISTA will resell your donated books at deeply discounted rates to raise additional needed funds.
Support Stuy While Searching and Shopping Online
Please use AmazonSmile to shop for yourself and others and support our school. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Stuy PA whenever you shop. Just click the link StuyAmazonSmile to do your holiday shopping and support Stuyvesant High School.
There are many ways parents and supporters can help the PA by doing what we already do every day and at no extra cost to us. We can even save some money with money-saving coupons. If you search the web using GoodSearch instead of Google, shop online using GoodShop, make dinner reservations using GoodDining, a donation will be made to Stuyvesant if you indicate Stuy PA as your charity of choice. To learn how, please click the Support the School page.
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