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CM Stephen Levin and Principal Eric Fraser with JMCSS students and faculty in the school's computer lab funded by the CM.

I.S. 71 Juan Morel Campos Secondary School

BY Greenpoint Gazette

I.S. 71 Juan Morel Campos Secondary School
215 Heyward Street
(718) 302-7900
Principal: Eric Fraser
http://www.juanmorelcampos.com

How does your school work to best meet the diverse needs of your student body?

I.S. 71 offers a robust arts program to all students in grades 6-12. Each of these talent programs – visual arts, band, and theater – affords students the opportunity to work with community organizations. For example, students in the visual arts program work with artists and curators from BRIC Rotunda and NURTUREart gallery through internships, independent study, and school-based courses.

The school also offers afterschool, evening, Saturday, and vacation academies at which students receive academic tutoring and engage in enrichment or athletic programs.

Some of these supplemental programs are specifically tailored to the needs of Spanish-speaking English language learners and students with disabilities.

In the Middle School, the Mayor’s School’s Out NYC (SONYC) program, and out-of-school-time (OST) initiative ensures that students in grades 6-8 have 15 hours of enrichment, athletics, and tutoring afterschool and on weekends throughout the year.

The school also provides students and families with a school-based college counselor whose sole responsibility is to prepare students and families for the college admissions process including FAFSA workshops, college tours, application help, and SAT prep at no cost to families. In addition, the school works with the City University of New York to implement an instructional program in high school STEM courses where older students assist teachers with classroom instruction and serve as peer tutors to educate underclassmen.

How can parents get involved at your school?

The school has twice monthly PA/PTA meetings, with one in the evening and one in the afternoon to accommodate family schedules.

Additionally, the school actively uses its website and an online grading system to keep families updated about academic progress and upcoming events.

Staff members make outreach phone calls two nights a week to the families of students who are on or off-track. In addition to these many lines of communication, the school has an annual Family Day and has implemented multiple family art-making workshops on evenings and weekends during the school year. The Middle School after-school program also hosts family nights and invites parents to join Saturday excursions. As part of its rich arts program, the school frequently has performances to showcase students’ talents intheater and band, and invites families to gallery openings where artwork is showcased and celebrated. Grade teams of teachers invite families to the school at the end of units of study to see student work.

For example, families join us for the school’s annual Science Fair and contribute to a potluck meal tocelebrate Hispanic culture at the end of Hispanic Heritage month. The school has an open door policy and welcomes parents to drop by for tours or classroom observations any time.

What special programs or community events do you have planned for this school year?

The I.S. 71 band plays live music at dismissal every Friday. The school will put on its first major theater production, a holiday show on December 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM. The students will work with the Department of Transportation to create, and later unveil, murals that raise awareness about traffic safety.

Other visual arts students will curate a gallery space at NURTUREart, in Bushwick, in the late spring and will also showcase their work in the school’s gallery and BRIC Rotunda’s space in downtown Brooklyn.

The school will also host its annual Family Day in the early spring.

What community based organizations do you collaborate with and how do they enhance the school?

In addition to the arts partnerships with BRIC Rotunda and NURTUREart, the school works with the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (CHFS) to run a custom designed Arts & Literacy after-school program.

A partnership with Outward Bound NYC gives students and staff the opportunity to engage in expeditionary learning, which involves challenges, problem solving, as well as character and team building activities in the city, school, and the mountains upstate.

Open House for prospective 6th grade students and families – November 13th at 9:00 AM or 6:00 PM Open House for prospective 9th grade students and families – November 12th at 9:00 AM or 6:00 PM Auditions for high school talent programs (visual arts, dance, or instrumental music) – November 13th from 4:00-7:30

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