Happy Thanksgiving

Hello everyone,

This time of year, like other times, I am grateful for the bounty of goodness that surrounds us.

I wish you a joyful Thanksgiving, filled with good food, laughter and relaxation with loved ones.

all best,


ICT in 6th grade next year

Hello everyone.

We will have precious few seats next year in the 6th grade, and we are hoping to fill those with students who have IEPs, or Individual Education Plans.  ICT stands for Integrated Co-Teaching, and it means that there are two teachers in a classroom, one with a SpEd license and another with a GenEd License.

As you may know, many of our students at BSI have IEPs, and the chancellor is asking all schools to open their doors to more students with IEPs.

You may not know, however, that there are not enough schools in NYC where high-functioning students with IEPs can apply.  We are hoping to accommodate more students with IEPs next year and in the future.

Either way, composite scores are what the Office of Student Enrollment looks at when they do MS placements.

all best,


This Week in Media Literacy…

Third graders took a break from coding to learn about online research. Students are working on writing editorials in their classroom, so we used Media Literacy time to find facts to support their seed ideas. Students learned what keywords are and how we need to use the most precise keywords to get the best search results. They also learned how to use quotation marks to limit their search results. Continue reading This Week in Media Literacy…

Fifth Grade Science

Fifth graders are starting their bird study unit, which will culminate in an independent project. By observing behavior at bird feeders located at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York (via a live bird cam) each student will formulate a testable question to explore. Then using what they learned in their variables unit, each student will write a hypothesis, collect data and observations by watching the cam on several occasions, and finally formulate an evidence-based conclusion. Students will demonstrate their learning by writing a report, creating a slideshow, or creating a poster to share their findings with the larger BSI community. It is imperative that students have access to a computer at home and  be given the screen time to make at least five observations.

You can preview the Feederwatch Bird Cams here




A school grows in Brooklyn


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