Entries in talks (14)

Wednesday
Jul132011

valuable high school choice information

The DOE has announced that they are doing an abbreviated series of high school talks this summer. In the past some of these have been very enlightening. The specialized high school talk has principals from each school representing, which is interesting. Although Stanley Teitel, the principal at Stuy (a physics teacher) does his extraordinary English and Social Studies Depts a disservice by making Stuy sound like only a science and math school (which it definitely is NOT). The talk that I thought had the most real meat for families who really needed details was the Art Audition talk. They had a panel of arts specialists from several schools who talk about what to prepare, how to present, what to think about, what to talk about and what to bring. This year they have condensed it and combined it with the screened high school talk. Pity.

They prepared a wonderful handout which I hope that they will distribute, if not, you can download it here.

The screened school handout.

I blogged my very specific notes from the workshop last year and I have tips above and beyond the handout here.

I am giving a "High School Choice: Calm and Clear" talk on August 15, 7-9pm at Hootenanny Art House, but you must buy a ticket or let me know that you are coming so that I can make sure there are enough seats.

My talks are different than what the DOE does because:

  • the DOE has to give information for everybody - my talks are focused on college bound students living and attending school in Brooklyn and Manhattan. 
  • the DOE is talking about policy and the way things are supposed to be, I am talking about the way things are and how to manage it.
  • the DOE has to be balanced in their presentation of all schools, I can talk about the pros and cons of different environments and options.
  • I talk about how to do this in a practical way, "first, rip these pages out of the book... this is worth doing/this isn't...pay attention to this/this means nothing"
Friday
Jul012011

She's talking about High School again

If you are sticking your head in the sand this summer, you better be at the beach, because you can come to my High School Choice: Calm and Clear talk and stop fumbling in the dark and go into the fall with a plan! Let your friends know about this talk; whether you have had the bejezzas scared out of you at your middle school this spring, or you are an independent school lifer who is thinking about dipping your toe into the swirling surf that is the NYC Public School System, you really need to come to this talk.

Even though it is scarey, time consuming and not always easy, I love the high school search.

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Wednesday
Jun162010

Public High School choice Summer workshops

Tonight I am holding the first of my free high school choice talks.
Carroll Gardens public library, Clinton & Union St., 6:30pm sharp

I am giving this talk again on Tuesday, 6/22 at the Cadman Plaza Library at Cadman Plaza West & Tillary, 6:30pm sharp
RSVP to joyce@nycschoolhelp if you will be attending.

This talk is for everybody, but in particular private school parents who have never had to naviagte the public school process can not afford to miss this program.

After you know all about the procedures and the way the schools choose you will need to know about specific programs. I can help you with that at the High School Shortlist Workshops. Information and links for tickets are here. These small workshops for Brooklyn parents fill up fast. If you are a Manhattan parent, contact me to see if we can schedule a group. joyce@nycschoolhelp.com or 718 781-1928

The DOE has set the dates for their summer programs.
I particularly recommend the Wednesday, July 14 "Screened and Audition" program at Brooklyn Tech HS at 6:30. In past years this program has been a "must see" for students who are auditioning for LaGuardia or other arts audition programs. They cover things like how to prepare, what to prepare and how to present yourself. Many of the evenings are worth the trip, but if you can only see one, this one has the most valuable information by far.

Next years high school admissions calendar is out and you can see it here.

Fun fact: Brooklyn Tech's auditorium is the second largest in the city next to Radio City Music Hall.

Tuesday
Apr132010

what to do about no choice

Insideschools.org has a great article on what to do when your 8th grader has not recieved a high school placement. The DOE is holding a Supplementary Round Fair on 4/22 and the new applications are due on 4/29, but you should be contacting programs from the second round list now and trying to visit them.

If you are the parent of an incoming 7th or 8th grader and you want to prepare for the search ahead, I am scheduling free Public High School Choice talks in June. This is particularly important information for private and parochial school parents. You need to email me with your RSVP and tell me which evening you will attend:

June 16, Wednesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Carroll Gardens Library Auditorium
396 Clinton St. @ Union

June 22, Tuesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cadman Plaza Library Auditorium (Brooklyn Heights)
280 Cadman Plaza West @ Tillary

I am also scheduling the High School Shortlist Workshops. The workshop is 2 hours. You bring the big DOE Directory and come away with a manageable folder of your "short list" schools to tour. The first one is in late June and they fill up fast. These talks are geared for Brooklyn parents. Manhattan parents should contact me for a possible downtown date in the fall.

I recommend that you attend the library talks as preparation for the Shortlist Workshop.

 

Wednesday
Aug262009

High School Shortlist Workshops

Bring the DOE High School Directory and come away with a folder containing a short list of schools so you can face the fall with confidence. I lead you through the directory with a pair of scissors, information, strategies and tips on keeping your wits about you while finding a good fit school for your child. Reservations Required.

Saturday, Sept. 12, 10am - noon at Brooklyn Creative League 540 President St. 3rd Fl. (between Third and Fourth Ave.) near the M/R Train
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7 - 9pm at Hootenanny Art House 428 15th St. Brooklyn at 8th Ave. near the Prospect Park stop on the F Train

If you would like to host a HS Short List Workshop in your home, gather at least 5 other families. As a thank you for organizing, your admission to the workshop is free. $40. for parents, $10. for students Bring your Directory and I will supply everything else.
for reservations: joyce@nycschoolhelp.com

Wednesday
Aug052009

Intro to Nursery School Talk

I will be talking about
* nursery school philosophies
* what to look for on a tour
* what you need to know to keep the search under control and in perspective
* Lots of Q&A.

I won't be discussing individual schools at this event
$20. for an individual /$30. for a family
RSVP to joyce@nycschoolhelp.com

Tuesday, August 11 at 7pm - 8:30pm
at NYC Explorers 388 Atlantic Ave. (between Hoyt and Bond)

Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 10am - 11:30am
at Hootenanny Art House 15th St. (@ 8th Ave. Brooklyn)

Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7pm - 8:30pm
at Still Hip 283 Grand (between Lafayette and Clinton Pl.)

Thursday
Jul302009

High School Short List Workshops

Bring the big DOE High School Directory and come away with a folder containing a short list of schools so you can face the fall with confidence. Joyce Szuflita leads you through the directory with a pair of scissors, information, strategies and tips on keeping it organized, helping your child engage in the process and keeping your wits about you while finding a good fit school for your child. Reservations required.

Saturday, August 1, 10am-noon at Brooklyn Creative League 540 President St. 3rd Floor (between Third and Fourth Ave.) near M,R train

Saturday, Sept. 12, 10am-noon at Brooklyn Creative League 540 President St. 3rd Floor (between Third and Fourth Ave.) near M,R train

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 7-9pm at Hootenanny Art House 428 15th St. Brooklyn at (8th Ave.) near the Prospect Park stop on the F train

$40. for parents, $10. for students
Bring your Directory and I will supply everything else.
for reservations: joyce@nycschoolhelp.com

Monday
Jul062009

Intro to Public School: PreK and Kindergarten Talks

I am doing this popular talk again at a couple different venues in July.
I will discuss the big picture with the "big map".

  • what you need to know
  • when you need to know it
  • what to do when things go wrong
  • strategies and common practices, including "the 5 things to do to keep from turning prematurely grey"
    If you are confused about the difference between Charter, Magnet and Dual Language or Unzoned programs and what is up with district-wide vs. citywide Gifted and Talented, this may be the talk for you. I don't discuss individual schools, but you will come away armed with lots of information to begin your school search with confidence. Lots of Q&A.


Thursday, July 9, 7pm-8:30pm
at Hootenanny Art House 428 15th St. at 8th Ave.
(Park Slope stop on the F train)

Wednesday, July 29, 7pm-8:30pm at New York City Explorers 388 Atlantic Ave.

$25. per person/$40. for families

for reservations: joyce@nycschoolhelp.com
This talk is always available to Preschool Programs or private groups. Contact me for information.

 

Tuesday
Jun162009

DOE Summer HS Info Talks are Here! Hurray!

The DOE has just announced their terrific summer high school informational talks. For those of you that couldn't make my "Navigating Public High School Choice" talks this month the DOE does a great job with this series of Tuesday Night Talks at Brooklyn Tech and Stuyvesant. Check out the June 30 "First Steps: Understanding my HS Options". They have panelists and the information is snappy and targeted, just the kind I like. I wouldn't miss the July 7 "Eight Specialized Exam High Schools" or the July 14 "Performing Arts HS: Preparing your Audition/Arts Portfolio (this one is a must see for families that are planning on looking at any arts high schools.

Tuesdays at 6:30pm throughout the summer starting on June 30 at Brooklyn Tech and ending on August 11 at Stuyvesant. The complete list is on the DOE website under "choices and enrollment/high schools/calendar and events.

And then you can come to my "Public High School Short List Workshops" on July 13 at 7pm or August 1 at 10am. For more information http://nycschoolhelp.com/HSworkshop.aspx
or write to me at joyce@nycschoolhelp.com

Wednesday
Jun032009

She's talking about High School again

I will be giving a free talk tonight, Wednesday June 3, called "Navigating High School Choice" at the Carroll Gardens Library (Union St./Clinton St. Brooklyn) in the auditorium downstairs at 6:30.
If you can't make it tonight I will be giving it again on Tuesday June 16 in the Park Slope Library branch (6th Ave./9th St.) at 6:30.

Sometimes called, "Public High School for Private School Parents" this talk is great for all incoming 7th and 8th grade parents. Everybody who is mystified by this process will benefit from this clear and calm approach to some crazy information. Students are welcome.
For information contact joyce@nycschoolhelp.com

Public High School Short List Workshops
Bring the big DOE High School Directory and come away with a folder containing a short list of schools so you can face the fall with confidence. Joyce Szuflita leads you through the directory with a pair of scissors, information, strategies and tips on keeping it organized, helping your child engage in the process and keeping your wits about you while finding a good fit school for your child.
Monday, July 13, 7-9pm at Hootenanny Art House 426-428 15th St. Prospect Park stop on the F train
Saturday, August 1, 10am-noon at the Brooklyn Creative League 540 President St. 3rd Floor, between 3rd/4th Ave. M, R train at Union St. stop
Saturday, Sept. 12, 10am-noon at the Brooklyn Creative League 540 President St. 3rd Floor, between 3rd/4th Ave. M, R train at Union St. stop
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7-9pm at Hootenanny Art House 426-428 15th St. Prospect Park stop on the F train

$40. for parents, $10. for students
Bring your Directory and I will supply everything else.

RSVP to joyce@nycschoolhelp.com