2016-2017 School Year

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Important information and useful resources on applying for college scholarships was shared with parents during this 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.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The PA membership voted to approve the first-round funding for Stuy's clubs, publications, and other activities. They also voted to approve the chairs of various committees.
Academic Programming Presentation: This month's special presentation was about Academic Programming. In the last week or so, all students received information about how to register on-line for next semester's classes. Our APs and Harvey Blumm from Guidance gave a presentation to parents so that they had a better understanding of class availability and requirements.

James Johnson, AP Math and Computer Science, spoke about the courses available in his departments. Here is a list of the Math and Computer Science courses with details of requirements needed to be given a seat in each class.

Jennifer Suri, AP Social Studies and Human Geography, also spoke about the courses available in her department. Here is a list of Social Studies courses and the class requirements.

Elizabeth Fong, AP Biology and Earth Science, spoke about the the courses available in her department. Here is a list of Biology and Earth Sciences courses and the class requirements.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Reasearch projects - Eric Contreras, our IA Principal, announced that 20 Stuy students had entered the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology and that 4 had gone on to become semi-finalists and 1 has gone on to the finalist stage. He also told us that 20 students who have entered the Regeneron Science Talent Search (previously known as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, and then as the Intel Science Talent Search) had been paired up with Stuy alumni mentors who would help with the review of their research papers. Eric also said, "Thanks to Mr. Econome our research coordinator and the dedicated Stuyvesant teachers who mentored the students. I am also appreciative of the support from the families and alumni association."

Elections took up a good part of the PA meeting with each candidate given a chance to speak to the attendees.

Finally, Michael Motto, guest speaker, gave a talk on the college application process which included the importance of extra curricular activities, how college applications have changed over the last decade, and how college admissions officers assess the applications. Michael gave parents plenty of good advice and answered lots of questions from the auditorium.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

We kicked off our school year with a very informative and well attended PA General Meeting (PAGM) on the evening of September 27th. Our PAGMs are held on the third Tuesday of each month - unless notice is given of another date. They are a great way to meet other parents and share information as well as to get to know what is happening in the school from the Principal, the Parent Coordinator, Guidance Department, staff, and special guests. For those that could not attend, here is a brief summary of our September meeting:

Our co-presidents, David and Heather opened the meeting and reminded parents about the upcoming elections and need for nominations (see article above) as well as about how important fund raising is and how it benefits the school.

Eric Contreras, our IA Principal introduced himself to the parents and explained his vision for Stuy which included - a new engineering program, linking up physics and computer science; encouraging more entries into the science competitions like Regeneron; An open door policy to enable easy communication with parents; Keeping in touch with the community by visiting classes in action each day. Eric announced a new set of classes created with Casey Pedrick in Guidance for 9th grade students which teaches them time management and how to acclimatize to the Stuy academic and social environment.  He also announced the appointment of Lynn Chen (PA Copresident  2014/2015, 2015/2016) as special Parent Liaison volunteer who will come to school twice a week to help out, starting in November, 2016.

Dina Ingram, our new Parent Coordinator, introduced herself and encouraged parents to subscribe to her Parent Update bi-weekly newsletter subscription via the Stuy.edu website.

Casey Pedrick, AP Guidance, gave parents an in-depth presentation on the help our students can get at Stuy from our guidance counselors, our Social Worker, Big Sibs, ARISTA tutoring, SPARK outreach and more. Casey also told parents how to contact teachers should any issues arise (cc the Guidance Counselor), and gave news of upcoming student events such as the Clubs and Pubs Fair (October 5), and the Big Sib Little Sib dance (October 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m.). Casey also spoke of the cell phone alert system, School Dude Crisis Management on behalf of Brian Moran, AP Security / Health & PE, who could not attend the PAGM.

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