Week of September 23
Hello Principals and ESI Team Members! Fall is just getting started but there’s already so much under way across ESI!
In this issue you will find:
- News and Updates: Succeeding in the City Report Release
- Opportunities: FREE College Counseling for High School Seniors!
- School Spotlight featuring the High School Law and Public Service
- Resources: Articles and web resources
- Shout Outs: Queens Vocational and Technical High School
News and Updates
*This feature is intended to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in ESI.
Succeeding in the City Report Release
Where: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Boulevard and 135th Street)
When: Monday, September 30th
Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
If you have not already done so, please register to attend the release of the nation’s most comprehensive study of factors that lead to high school success and college readiness among Black and Latino men in your schools. Chancellor Walcott will be present as well as University of Pennsylvania Professor Shaun R. Harper. We will also hear a message from U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
We are inviting up to five (5) people per school: Principal, ESI Point Person, Key Stakeholders, as well as young men who were interviewed for the study at your school (All attendees should register)
We will gather at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Boulevard and 135th Street), 4:00pm – 7:00pm.
Please register HERE.
ESI Budget/Operations Training Webinar
When: Friday, September 27th
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
On September 4th, the ESI Team hosted a budget training to help deepen understanding of the finance and contracting policies and procedures associated with administering the ESI grant. A clear understanding of these policies and procedures will lead to expedient transactions throughout the year and will allow programming to run smoothly. As a result of feedback from that training, a live webinar will be held Friday, September 27th from 12:00 – 1:00. APOs, Business Managers, Purchasing Secretaries and/or any other school-based staff members charged with the oversight of the ESI budget are encouraged to tune in and participate in this webinar. Click here to register.
Extension: Scopes of Work Plans Due September 27
The deadline for submitting Scopes of Work Plans has been extended to September 27. Please submit your school’s Scopes of Work document to Charisse Taylor if your school has not already done so. Copies of the documents are available here. More information about the expenses and payments process is located here. For more additional questions or concerns, please contact Charisse Taylor at CTaylor21@schools.nyc.gov or (212) 356-3759.
IMPORTANT BUDGET/OPERATIONS REMINDERS: Please note that invoices must be submitted at least 20 business days before the disbursement is needed. Reimbursements must be submitted within 90 days from the date of purchase.
Bottom Line: FREE College Counseling for High School Seniors
Bottom Line is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life. They achieve this mission by providing low-income and first-generation students with one-on-one guidance through the application process and during college.
Through their FREE College Access program, beginning in senior year of high school, students visit their offices (downtown Brooklyn) to begin meeting with a Bottom Line counselor. The students work with the counselor and share their interests, aspirations, academic history, and family circumstances. Through a series of one-on-one meetings, Bottom Line’s full-time college counselors help each high school senior navigate the complex and intimidating college application process.
While the services Bottom Line provides differ depending on individual needs, their counselors always help students:
- create a list of potential schools
- write essays
- complete applications
- apply for financial aid
- search for scholarships
- resolve any problems that arise
- select a suitable college
If you have seniors (male and female) who are looking for support through the entire application process–from researching schools and writing essays, to applying for financial aid and selecting a school–click here for more information. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Deborah at 347-889-7627.
Metamorphosis Institutes for Middle and High School Teachers
Upcoming 2-day and 4-day math workshops are available from Metamorphosis TLC. Click here for more information.
Register for College Board PSAT/NMSQT Rollout Webinar
Network and school staff are invited to attend an interactive webinar covering access to tools for PSAT/NMSQT preparation and administration. Additionally, attendees will receive strategies for engaging students, parents, and school communities in understanding the value of the PSAT/NMSQT. The webinar will take place on September 27 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. Click here to register. Participants will receive an email from Eventbrite with a link to the webinar.