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Below are the recent weekly ANNOUNCEMENTS


Congratulations to Nancy Shi, Y1,  for the winning design entry in the 

Black History Month Logo Contest!

You can purchase a BHSEC Black History Month hoodie or t-shirt on the PTA  Bardware site: https://a-few-guys-signs-2.square.site/

(There’s more! You can also get a better look at the entire design by clicking the above link!) Nancy won a free shirt with her design – Thank you to our PTA!

This week, ALL are invited to Black History Month Events @ BHSEC where we will

Celebrate and Remember the Past, Embrace the Present, and Empower the Future with


Thurs., Feb. 25, 4-6pm, SU Black History Month Forum, “How Studying Black History Can Lead us to a Better Future”

Fri., Feb. 26, 4pm:  SU Black History “Trivia Game Night”   We will resend the links before the events.

BSA’s Annual “BlackOut” Event is upcoming in March – watch your announcements for the date!

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– Tues,  Feb. 23 & 25, 4pm, the Muslim Student Association Presents their Minecraft Build Contes (See attached flyer)! Create a team of 3-4 people to build a mosque/temple in Minecraft. Come to the Info session and minecraft setup Feb.23 or 25, 24th at 4pm – contact Samira at sm737m@bhsec.bard.edu to sign up for a session.

– Deans Hour this week: Tues, 4:30pm, Deans Hour at a Distance presents “On Dante,” Prof. Joseph Luzzi, Bard College; and on Wed., 3:30pm, presents  “On the New Testament,” with BHSEC Classics Prof. David Clark

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NEXT Monday, March 1, 3:30pm 

Come to the

 Virtual Summer Opportunities Fair for ALL STUDENTS!

Watch your email for details, a zoom link, and the list of participating organizations and opportunities!

– TO ALL GRADES:  From your Yearbook Committee: Want your favorite song to be featured in the 2020-21 Yearbook? Well, now’s your chance! Fill out this google form and see your favorite songs and artists in the yearbook :) https://forms.gle/sPiRsFzEyiB2tdp5A

– GRADES 9-Y1 ONLY: purchase a 2020-21 BHSEC Yearbook at https://yearbookforever.com/  

 Y2s: Your Yearbook is included in your Y2 DUES – do NOT buy it separately (unless you want more than one!)


– Due FEB 22 – for Y1s – The application for the 2021 Princeton Summer Journalism Program ! The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a FREE journalism and college preparatory program for high-achieving current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. Over seven weeks, students will attend virtual workshops led by professional journalists and Princeton University professors. After the program, students work with a volunteer college adviser, a professional journalist or program alum, to complete their college applications. The online application is available on our website and due no later than Monday, February 22, 2021. The student must be eligible for Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch; The student is eligible for a SAT or ACT fee waiver

– Due Feb.24 – SIS Leadership Institute Program This is a virtual program opportunity for students in grades 10-12 who are interested in making a difference in their community. During these sessions, students will work in small groups to learn about issues such as Animal Welfare, the Environment, Housing, and Food Access and develop a live virtual lesson for students in grades 3-5 that will be delivered to their class during the week of May 25-28. Interested students should complete the program application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 24.

Email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov with any questions.  As part of this program, students will build their leadership skills during spring break by attending a four-day virtual institute between March 29 and April 1 and three after-school sessions on April 15, April 29, and May 20.

– Register BY FEB. 26 - 2021 NYC DOE Youth Climate Summit Deadline is fast approaching – register by Thursday, Feb 25  REGISTER YOUR TEAM (or yourself for the Keynote Speaker event) TODAY!  The NYC DOE Office of Sustainability will host our 3rd Annual NYC DOE Youth Climate Summit on Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 3:00! The goals of this event are for NYC public school students to develop critical leadership and problem-solving skills, gain climate action knowledge, learn about green careers, and build peer networks to expand sustainability in their schools and communities.

The Youth Climate Summit is designed for high school-based teams of one educator and up to five students and consists of:

  • Keynotes from active youth members of the climate movement,
  • A career panel
  • Two discussion-based workshopsfacilitated by NYC based organizations
  • Weekly climate action planning sessions hosted by the DOE Office of Sustainability Youth Leadership Council.

– NEW - DUE FEB. 26th To Y1-Y2s: Apply to the BHSEC Mentorship Program: As BHSEC students and future alumni/ae, you have access to a vast network of BHSEC graduates. Currently, our alumni/ae network consists of New York Times journalists, social justice advocates, professors, well-known artists, engineers, and many more alumni working in fascinating fields who are eager to support you as you transition to college and beyond!
Apply for the BHSEC Mentorship Program to gain a direct pathway to alumni/ae who have used their BHSEC experience and what they have learned while there to make great strides in the world!
If you are interested in being matched with an alumni/ae mentor, here is how: 1. Apply using this google form by Friday, February 26thhttps://forms.gle/L1DayxMHpckLXmeNA

  1. If selected, you will be matched with a BHSEC alumna/us who can best advise you on your academic and professional goals; 3. You and your mentor will be expected tomeet virtually at least 3 times between February- June to discuss topics of interest such as academic & professional goal setting or how to network & succeed in a particular career field. You will work with your mentor to devise meeting times that fit both of your schedules.
  2. At the end of June, you and your mentor will participate in a virtual celebration to wrap up the mentorship program. Questions: reach out to Eniyah Willingham at ewillingham@bec.bard.edu

– NEW: February 24, 3 – 4 p.m. Women In Science Winter Speaker Series: Wildlife EducaShin: A Unique Perspective on Environmental Education Shinara Sunderlal  is a conservation educator at the New York Aquarium and has a story to tell. From teaching children in basements with no electricity in her hometown in India, to hosting virtual STEM workshops for Title 1 schools in New York City, Shinara has had a unique path to environmental education. Join Shinara for an afternoon of discussion about the importance of connecting young people with nature and about her own journey to  conservation education. Shinara will be zooming from the Aquarium, so you’ll also have a chance to meet some sharks! Shinara began teaching during high school in her hometown of New Delhi, where she worked with youth to raise environmental awareness through the arts. She has a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Biology and a M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education from NYU. When Shinara is not facilitating workshops for schools and families or leading summer camps at the Aquarium, you can find her outdoors with her binoculars, singing Indian classical music, or doing yoga at her favorite studio in Brooklyn. This Women in Science webinar takes place Wednesday, February 24th, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Register for the webinar now

– NEW: Due April 30: The Museum of American Theater is pleased to invite students to participate in our FREE 2021 Spring HEAR ME! Monologue Showcase & Competition. https://www.hearmemonologue.com/hear-me-details.html  Students can submit: 1)  a 2 1/2 minute monologue they’re doing in class; 2)  a personal choice (@ 2 1/2 minutes); 3)  or a monologue from our Play Compendium:  https://www.hearmemonologue.com/scenes–monologues.html No auditions necessary. The HEAR ME! Showcase is designed to bring together HS students from across the city & give them a chance to be creative, challenged & play during these challenging times. The NY Times says HEAR ME! Showcases are “Amazing!” We know you will too. Email for info, or check: www.hearmemonologue.com

– Due April 8: The Lab for Teen Thinkers is a FREE year-long public humanities program for rising Y1s & Y2s (current 10th & Y1) presented by Bard Graduate Center. The summer seminar offers teens the unique opportunity to study with a variety of scholars, curators, and PhD students working in the intersections of material culture, decorative arts, and design history. Teens learn about career pathways in museum education, library sciences, archaeology, conservation, and curatorial studies. The summer seminar culminates with teens conducting research projects and sharing their ideas with community audiences. Upon successful completion of the summer program, teens receive a generous stipend and move into phase two of the program.

– NEW – Virtual Open House: Saturday, April 10, 2021; 11 a.m. – Internship at NY Botanical Garden: Are you interested in science, the environment or working with children? We are hosting a Virtual Open House for teens and their families to learn more about this volunteer internship and the application process. The Intern Explainer Program taking place from September 2021 through January 2022 is for students currently in high school. RSVP to explainers@nybg.org to receive an invitation to attend the Open House on Zoom. Application Deadline:April 30, 2021 Intern Training: Tuesday–Friday, August 31–September 3, 2021 Virtual Volunteer Shifts: Saturdays or Sundays, September 11, 2021–January 29, 2022; 10 a.m.–12 p.m. while NYBG’s Everett Children’s Adventure Garden remains closed; will shift to Onsite Internship shifts if reopening of the Children’s Garden is possible, Saturdays or Sundays; 9:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m. or 1:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m.Registration will open in March . APPLICATIONS OPEN IN MARCH

– Fellowship program available at  Kim Moscaritolo’s City Council campaign for high school and college students interested in local government and progressive campaigns. Kim is running in Council District 5, a highly competitive race, which includes parts of the Upper East Side, East Harlem, and Roosevelt Island. Kim has been the top fundraiser in her race and she does not accept donations from landlords and real estate developers, the police union, or corporate lobbyists. Rather, the campaign is powered by grassroot supporters and volunteers. As an Emmy Award-winning journalist, Kim has spent her career speaking truth to power. Please feel free to reach out to Abbey at abbeymford@gmail.com or (917)-791-0408 with any questions and feel free to pass this email and flyer along to anyone else who might be interested.

– BOSSGIRLS!! Apply today for Summer 2021 (Virtual). Applications will close on May 3, 2021 for BOSSGIRLS, a free entrepreneurship camp for high school girls from the Zahn Innovation Center at the City College of New York, Students work on their own startup ideas as they learn to build a business from the ground up. They’ll gain new skills, develop greater confidence, and make new friends along the way. As an added bonus, students are provided mentorship through our sponsors at Standard Chartered, and they hear from women entrepreneurs throughout the program. Find the application & more info here: http://www.zahncenternyc.com/bossgirls/

Subjects/skills covered: Ideation/Design Thinking; Customer Discovery, Research, and Interviewing; Business Model Development; Marketing; Competitive Analysis; Financials; UI/UX Design & Prototyping; Presentation skills, and more! No prior experience is required, but we do require a completed application form to be considered. You can find the application & more info here: http://www.zahncenternyc.com/bossgirls/  For questions, please email: contact@zahncenternyc.com . www.zahncenternyc.com   Stay connected & sign up for our newsletter.

– CCC’s (Citizens Committee for Children) YouthAction members are calling on all New Yorkers ages 14 to 24 to complete a citywide survey of young people to make sure that the next Mayor and City Council understand and prioritize youth voices. We will use the data we collect from this survey to advocate for a youth agenda during the 2021 citywide elections and to create a transition plan for the new administration that centers youth voices. Learn more on the Voicing Our Future webpage. TO PARTICIPATE: Text YOUTH to 877-661-5647 or fill out the google form  You will receive a $5 gift card for completing the survey, and we will follow up with more opportunities for those who wish to join in our electoral advocacy efforts.

– Feb. 27:  Virtual I Am Black History Conference & HBCU Summit, 9am-3pm, $25 Registration fee https://hbcusummitseries.com/collections/i-am-black-history-conference-hbcu-summit/products/i-am-black-history-conference-hbcu-summit-without-box  The Virtual I Am Black History Conference https://hbcusummitseries.com/?mc_cid=d844031e81&mc_eid=dd719e208 a takes students on a journey exploring how the African American experience and culture through our virtual seminars: Civil Rights, Music, Dance, TV & Film, and Historical Figures has shaped the world we live in. Students will engage, interact, and participate in conversation with experts dedicated to chronicling Black Excellence.All our sessions are designed to educate, inspire, challenge, and provoke communicative thought in students.The day starts at 9:00AM – 3:00PM and will also include the Virtual HBCU Summit, where students will have the opportunity to meet HBCU Representatives to learn about Historically Black Colleges & Universities.

– Due March 1, from Bard Smolny College of St.Petersburg State University: Invitation to participate in the international experimental film festival, SmolShorts 2021. SmolShorts is an international student film festival held annually by Smolny College of St. Petersburg State University as a part of the SmolCon conference. The fourth annual festival will take place from 16 to 18 April this year. The festival is a great opportunity for young aspiring artists to have their first competitive experience, receive feedback from a professional jury, and demonstrate their work on the big screen. SmolShorts aims to foster personal relationships as well as productive creative collaboration between students For more information about the festival, please visit https://smolshorts.com/e SmolShorts welcomes submissions in the following categories: Experimental video; Experimental animation; Experimental documentary To take part in the festival, fill out the form on the website https://smolshorts.com/opencal  If you have any questions, please contact us at smolshortsfest@gmail.com

– Submit films now to March 16https://filmfreeway.com/NYCPublicSchoolFilmFestival 

The 3rd Annual New York City Public School Film Festival presented by NYC DOE and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment! Films will be selected for the Festival by a panel of educators and media professionals.  For full rules and regulation information, please go to: filmfreeway.com/NYCPublicSchoolFilmFestival

Submitted films must be 5 minutes or less, and in .mp4 or .mov format. Films must use only original or public domain music. No nudity, profanity or violent acts are permitted. Youth filmmakers must play the major creative role on the production of the submitted works — as directors, writers, and/or editors. Teacher directed, produced or generated works will not be considered. Submission categories are: Animation, Short feature/narrative, Documentary, Experimental, P.S.A./Advocacy

Online resources will be posted in the new year to support filmmakers with the technical and storytelling aspects. Building on the immense success of last year’s virtual screening – including over 15,000 views of the 2020 selected student films, highlighted in the 2019-20 Annual Arts in Schools Report released yesterday – we are thrilled to screen the films virtually on May 6, 2021. And following the May 6thvirtual screening, student filmmakers will be invited to virtual discussions with industry professionals.

– Scholarship Contest Open now to – April 15: What measures do you believe should be implemented to stop young adults/adults from driving while intoxicated?There will be three prizes given away in the contest with first place being $1,000. Students must submit a video on Facebook or Instagram and tag Stokes Stemle. More information such as eligibility requirements and general rules can be found here https://stokesstemle.com/scholarship/. The contest opens on January 15th and ends April 15th

10th & Y1:  Starting in February, Revolution Prep is offering a 3-night webinar series hosted by Peter Van Buskirk, a veteran of the selective college admission process with 35 years of experience — 12 of them as the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Franklin & Marshall College.  Peter travels the country speaking to groups of students and parents to help families find student-centered solutions in college planning. His high-energy, interactive programs bring much-needed transparency into the selection process, and provide students the tools to identify and be admitted to colleges that are the “best fit” for them.

Find the dates, topics and registration info here https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/  Parents and students are encouraged to attend.

– The Edgies Teen Center and College Prep Program is now accepting applications for our free enrichment programming for the spring which runs from February to June. The program will begin February 2, 2021 virtually through Zoom. Edgies Teen Center is committed to empowering New York City teens ages 13 – 18 by ensuring that they have the skills, resources and opportunities to achieve their full potential. Edgies teens receive individual guidance from highly qualified staff, as well as access to immersive professional studios and academic enrichment, including college preparation.Our goal is for every Edgies teen to have the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in higher education. We want to ensure every student who comes through our doors can overcome financial, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. Students must be willing to demonstrate a commitment to pursuing post-secondary education. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible to speed the application process and help ensure first choice of programs and schedule. Apply here: Apply here

– Apply to the Volunteer Intern program for the campaign to elect Mark Levine for Manhattan Borough President. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in a campaign! Campaign interns will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of a political campaign, including policy, communications, field organizing and fundraising. Responsibilities will vary, but we strongly encourage interns to take on responsibilities in areas that interest them most. The internship is open to current students and recent graduates. Strong interpersonal, communications and writing skills as well as an interest in New York politics and/or campaigns are necessary. If you’re interested in politics or getting more involved in your community, there’s no better activity than interning and volunteering with a local campaign! If interested, please send a resume OR cover letter to Ilana Maier at ilanammaier@gmail.com with “Internship Application – YOUR NAME” in the subject line. Website: http://votemarklevine.com/

– generationOn generationOn, the youth and family division of Points of Light, encourages students to learn the value of service and volunteerism by giving them tools and resources to make their mark on their communities and the world. generationOn has created ways to help youth and their families stay engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing virtual volunteer opportunities and a Virtual Volunteering Toolkit to help youth design and implement virtual volunteering projects.

– Recruiting Volunteers for Translation! The MinKwon Center for Community Action is looking for translators! If you speak a second language other than English, please send us a response by emailing volunteer@minkwon.org. The hours will definitely be counted as volunteer or community service hours if you would like for them to be! In the email, please provide your: First name, Last name, Other language you speak

– Summer at Blustamp Engineering: Visit https://bluestampengineering.com/friends/ to explore Summer 2021 offerings. Students work virtually via Zoom and Slack to build hands-on engineering projects; They build individually or with friends, classmates or teammates; Taught by our expert instructors including teachers and engineers; Flexible evening and weekend times. Benefits for Students:Learn teamwork and analytical skills as they test and debug projects; Get real experience to add to their college applications or to give them something to discuss in interviews. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions - jessie@bluestampengineering.com / 516-331-1085.

Young Women In Bio (YWIB) https://www.womeninbio.org/page/YWIBOnline

is pleased to announce the launch of its new YWIB Online platform, which includes a dedicated YouTube channel and associated Facebook page. Together, these online resources provide access to young girls across the United States and in Canada to our educational and leadership programs and other opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) free of charge.

Other Resources to Explore & Things to Do: 

Feb 24, 1pm: Virtual Tenement Talk: The African Family Experience in Early New Amsterdam The African Family Experience in Early New Amsterdam: Join the Tenement Museum and the African Burial Ground National Monument on YouTube Live for a special virtual program to trace the history of African experiences in New Amsterdam. Centuries before New York became the city we now know, Africans and their descendants built the infrastructure of this Dutch colony, created communities, and shaped the future of the city. We will explore the history of two African families through primary sources to learn about who they were and how they made a home on the land that became Manhattan. LEARN MORE

Feb. 24, 1pm: The African Family Experience in Early New Amsterdam: Join the Tenement Museum and the African Burial Ground National Monument on YouTube Live for a special virtual program to trace the history of African experiences in New Amsterdam. Centuries before New York became the city we now know, Africans and their descendants built the infrastructure of this Dutch colony, created communities, and shaped the future of the city. We will explore the history of two African families through primary sources to learn about who they were and how they made a home on the land that became Manhattan. LEARN MORE

NEW: March 4: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching the Environmental Justice (EJ) and Systemic Racism Speaker Series by featuring The Mapping Inequality Project on March 4, 2021 from Noon – 1 p.m. EST.  This unique collaboration created a foundational resource for unprecedented research, education, organizing, and policy advocacy on redlining and current environmental challenges. The series will begin with a set of five sessions that thoroughly examines the relationship of redlining and current environmental challenges, particularly the climate crisis. It provides publicly accessible digitized versions of redlining maps for about 200 cities. This has already generated an explosion of trailblazing work in the area of EJ and systemic racism. Project co-founders Robert Nelson, University of Richmond, and LaDale Winling, Virginia Tech, will discuss the genesis, philosophy, methodology, and impact of this game changing project.

Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882–1943) was talented enough to be a performer or to live life as a composer — contemporaries like Florence Price and William Grant Still come to mind — but he kept studying, and kept searching for sound. Widely available biographical literature is scant, but it’s no secret that the man was not only a voracious learner, but his life and work revolved around these musical pursuits. He was identified as a prodigious piano talent, and in his teens was the organist at an Ontario British Methodist Episcopal Church that is today named after him. He was a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, and spent his early professional life teaching at a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including Lane College, the Lincoln Institute, Bennett College, and Hampton University — where he chaired the department of music and introduced a Bachelor of Science Music program…” https://www.wqxr.org/story/searching-robert-nathaniel-dett/  I Can Tell the World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBwOAwsw_JQ

Abide with me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzg7m_EckFg

In collaboration with 18 community gardens and NYBG’s Edible Academy, Bronx Green-Up created the Bronx Community Farm Hubs at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. These neighborhood gardens and farms, predominantly run by volunteers, have come together to support food production and distribution in their communities. To learn more, check out the full-length Bronx Community Farm Hubs video. We look forward to continuing and expanding this work in 2021!

Crazy For Composting!! March 13: Crazy for Composting event will feature all the energy, excitement, and opportunities of the in-person event. Whether you are a beginner or advanced composter, you can look forward to a day of fun and informative sessions where participants and partners share information, successes, and solutions to your composting challenges. And plenty of opportunities to connect to like-minded people who know that making and using compost is the climate-friendly way to green our communities and grow food

Visit Wave Hill Gardens: https://www.wavehill.org/ 

A plentiful snowfall leaves the gardens clothed in deep expanses of white, veined by the long, low shadows cast by the winter sun—a still, cool landscape until the call of a bird or crackling leaves signal that snow and ice are beginning to melt. What a moment for experiencing the season! Reservations are open for visits this week—Thursday through Sunday.

Wave Hill’s 2021 Horticultural Lecture Series starts and ends at great English gardens, both with plantings of modern sensibility and a strong emphasis on encouraging biodiversity. In between, we offer a story of great American gardeners, growers and plant people who, just as they were realizing success in the early 20th century, were forced to give it up and start again following World War II. This year, for the first time, our distinguished lecture series takes place virtually on Zoom.