Lisa’s Weekly Note – April 15, 2018

Hello SMS Families! I hope you were able to enjoy the lovely weather on Friday and Saturday before the temperature plummeted. Congratulations to all the 3rd-8th students and teachers for a successful ELA test period. They were long days, and you can all be proud of yourselves for your hard work and dedication. HS families, Regents Prep begins this week. Ms. Palmieri will send you a detailed schedule shortly.


2018-2019 DOE Calendar: Next year’s school calendar has been released:  2018–19 NYC School Year Calendar Please note that because we are a K-12 school, our Parent/Teacher conferences sometimes differ from those in the DOE calendar. Stay abreast of future updates.

K-12 Students: Picture Retake Day and Cap & Gown Senior Pictures are being taken on Thursday, 4/19. If you need retakes and have not already let me know, please do so by end of day Monday, 4/16. Space is limited. It is important that you be on time Thursday.

5th-8th Grade Students: The SMS Running Club is back for Spring 2018! Just like last semester, the club will meet once a week, on Thursdays, from 3-4pm. Please see the attached letter and waiver for more details.

Middle School Parents: Middle school results went home with your child on Friday. Please check their backpack, if you haven’t already. Any questions should be addressed directly to Katie.


There has been interest in homework support resources. Please see below for Kindergarten through high school:


HS Students: NY Historical Society programs: 

Applications are open for just two more weeks for the spring cohort of Scholars Program for Teens. There are three opportunities to dive into history this August with New-York Historical’s Scholars Programs for Teens. We have also learned about an exciting new summer program devoted to history, The National History Academy.  Please note that scholarships are available for all of these programs. Please click here for more information.

HS Students: 

Sound Thinking Internship Application– Sound Thinking NYC is a new major initiative to address gender disparities in the music industry by providing opportunities for young people – especially young women – to explore career opportunities in the music industry.  Sound Thinking NYC empowers young people as they explore how to turn a passion for music into a possible profession in New York City’s thriving music industry. Program participants will learn about the tools, technologies, and career paths that power songs, concerts, theaters and film. The program includes opportunities for students to visit recording studios, learn about the science and physics of sound, and meet fellow students and people in the music industry that share their passion.

The program begins with a three-week Sound Thinking NYC Summer Intensive, July 9th-27th (for details or to apply, see the Summer Intensive tab; to share offline, download the flyer). All graduates of the Summer Intensive will be invited to:

·         participate in a series of events during their 11th grade school year;

·         apply for paid summer internships before they start 12th grade; and

·         apply to take free college credit courses at CUNY during their senior year of high school.

Applications are now open through May 4th for the Sound Thinking NYC Summer Intensive. The Summer Intensive is offered to any New York City student who will be entering 11th grade in fall, 2018.


Apollo Theatre Internship ApplicationThe Apollo Theater Academy Summer Internship Program provides high school students with opportunities for professional and personal development as they explore managerial and production careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries. Interns learn about non-performance careers and what takes place behind the scenes at the Apollo Theater. THIS INTERNSHIP WILL NOT TEACH YOU HOW TO BE A PERFORMER.  Interns are assigned to work alongside staff members of the Apollo Theater for six weeks in various production departments to learn about lighting design, videography, audio engineering, carpentry and prop creation; interns will also be exposed to careers in arts administration while learning what it takes to produce live shows. **Application Due: Friday, April 27, 2018


NYC Parks Internships


Internship Search Engine-NYC-for HS Students


Run the NYC Marathon for City Parks Foundation: City Parks Foundation, an official charity of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, is offering 5 registration spots for runners who are willing to raise money and help support our mission to provide free sports, arts, community building, and environmental education programs in neighborhood parks across all five boroughs. If you or someone you know is looking to join the race this year, consider joining the City Parks Foundation team. Team perks include an exclusive City Parks Foundation runner’s kit and training tips from our CityParks Play Track & Field experts.

*Submission deadline is May 14, 2018.

To apply, candidates must pledge to raise $2,500 or more for City Parks Foundation to receive their entry spot. For more information, please contact Grace Notary at



CEC3 Calendar Meeting

April 18th at 6:30 PM


220 W 121st Street

Middle School Admissions Meeting

April 19th at 6:30 PM

Joan of Arc Complex

154 W 93rd Street

Lisa Stump, Parent Coordinator

Special Music School

917-441-3692, option 2

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