PSAT/NMSQT Resources for You and Your Students
Download a range of PSAT/NMSQT tools and templates to help you inform, encourage and prepare students.
Free practice for ALL students. Encourage students to sign up for free practice on Khan Academy®, where they can get personalized practice recommendations to help them prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT, college and career.
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Visit the College Board PSAT Prep site to prepare for the test.
(source: The College Board)
Breakthrough Junior Challenge
Are you an inspiring teacher with a knack for teaching students how to communicate complex ideas creatively? And do you have students between 13 and 18 with the talent to grasp that knowledge? If so, they are perfect candidates for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge!
From now until October 7, we’re seeking video submissions from students aged 13 to 18 that explain a challenging and important concept or theory in mathematics, life sciences, or physics.
Learn more about the Breakthrough Junior Challenge
Not only can your students dig into a topic that they’re passionate about, but there are also great prizes to be won, including a $250,000 scholarship for the winning student, a $50,000 award for their teacher, and a state-of-the-art $100,000 science lab for their school. The winning student will also be invited to the televised red carpet 2016 Breakthrough Prize ceremony in California, where the prize will be awarded in front of the superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.
Participating students will view and assess each other’s videos in a peer-to-peer review process. Submissions will then be assessed by leaders in science, technology, and education selected by Khan Academy and by Breakthrough Prize laureates. The judges will select a winner based on how engaging, illuminating, and creative their video is, and how challenging the concept is to understand.
The deadline for submissions is October 7, so encourage your students to register today at www.breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org
. We hope you’ll be inspired to get involved - and inspire your students to share their ideas with the world!
(source: Erin and the Khan Academy content team)
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Invites Entries From Creative Teens
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada, has issued a call for entries for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in twenty-eight categories of art and writing, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.
Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance's affiliates, with the top winning works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship.
Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends for summer arts programs.
For more information click here
(source: Philanthropy News Digest)
is a nonprofit that teaches underrepresented youth to code. CodeNow is having an upcoming computer programming workshop on October 17, 18, & 31. The workshops are led by professional software engineers who volunteer as workshop trainers to help students create five games and apps in the Ruby programming language. No previous experience in coding is required. This is an opportunity for high school students to learn game-changing skills. More than 80% of students after completing our program, report an interest in studying computer science in college.
Workshops are FREE, lunch, snacks and giveaways are provided.
The flyer for our upcoming workshop is attached. The workshop details are below.
Workshop dates: October 17, 18, & 31
Application deadline: Wednesday, September 30, midnight
Online application can be access at codenow.org/apply
FREE for high school students to attend
If you have any questions about this upcoming workshops or our other programs, feel free to contact Myra Hellerstein at CodeNow.org
(source: Myra Hellerstein, Director of Programs, CodeNow)
Architecture & Design College Fair 2015
High School students from the tri-state area are invited to attend this free college fair to learn more about applying to architecture school. Representatives from schools both within and outside of New York State will be on-hand at the Center for Architecture to meet with students and answer questions.
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY
Friday, November 20, 2015
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Schedule of Events:
4:00 - 7:00 Architecture Schools Fair will be open
5:30 - 6:30 Panel discussion with representatives from participating schools
6:30 - 7:00 Q&A from members of the audience
Students, please RSVP to email@example.com
The Center for Architecture is located in Greenwich Village and is conveniently located near public transit. Click here
for directions. Click here
for a list of public parking nearby.
Solve for Tomorrow
Samsung is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015/2016 Solve for Tomorrow STEM-based technology contest. From now until October 30, we are accepting applications from teachers in all disciplines representing grades 6-12, and there’s no limit to the number of teachers that can enter from each school. All applicants will have a chance to win a share of $2 Million in technology and prizes for their school. Prizes will be awarded at each stage of the competition, from the 255 State Finalists to the final Five National Winners. Entrants must answer a few, simple questions about the challenge, “Show how STEM can be applied to help improve your local community” at www.samsung.com/solve
. One school per state will win a technology kit to document their class carrying out their proposed answer to the challenge question. To help you along the way our supporters at BrainPOP
have provided a collection of free, STEM-themed content you can use as an additional resource as you develop your submission and carry out your planned curriculum! In addition teachers can view past Solve for Tomorrow winning projects on Samsung’s Youtube page
to help provide project concepts that have been explored by past winners.
In addition to the above mentioned, we will be awarding five teachers in every state including D.C., two Galaxy tabs. There will also be one winner from each state that will receive a $20,000 technology package for their school.
Fifteen National Finalists will receive a trip to attend our pitch event, where they will present their video to a panel of judges. Finally, the selected five National Winners will also be invited to attend a celebratory event in Washington D.C. in addition to winning $120,000 technology package for their school.
Aside from the technology received, Solve for Tomorrow schools have been nationally recognized and featured in publications such as Fortune Magazine and US News and World Reports
, have been invited to the White House Science Fair, and even presented their projects to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
(source: Elizabeth Vilchis, Samsung)
Parent University - Evening ESL Classes
Interested in evening ESL classes at University Heights High School? Fill out the questionnaire at the link below so we can contact you when classes begin.
2015 NYS English Language Learner Parent Conference
On Thursday, October 29th, the 2015 NYS English Language Learner Parent Conference in New York City will be held at NYU. The event is sponsored by the NYSED OBE-WL, the NYS/NYC RBERN at Fordham University, and the NYS Statewide Language RBERN at NYU.
Educators (teachers and administrators), Parent Coordinators, Representatives of Community-Based Organizations, Parents of ELL students in NYC and others are welcome to attend.
To Register for the 2015 NYS English Language Learner Parent Conference, click the link here
(source: NYC RBERN at Fordham University)