BCAM Arts & Media Spotlights

BCAM Art Show Now on Display at the Bed-Stuy YMCA!


Click HERE to see a picture slideshow of the event.

Thank you to all of our friends, family, and community members who joined us at the official Art Opening at the Bedford- Stuyvesant YMCA. The opening was a huge success and we could not have done it without your support! This year's 3rd Annual Show is titled Brooklyn Through Our Eyes and features 12th grade Senior Art Portfolio chalk pastels and 9th grade Art graffiti paintings celebrating the diverse communities and landscapes throughout Brooklyn. The show will be on display through May 9 and we invite folks to come and check it out.

Hope to see you there! Please see click HERE for details, maps, and directions!

BCAM Artists Collaborate on Community Arts Xigga Project

BCAM Artists are (left to right): Angelica Pizzaro, Nicole Rodrigez, 
Ashley Moreno, Dwight Dawkins, Briana Jean-Mary, Oneisha Conway,
Anastasia Kitt; (Frontrow ) Jeremy Rumnit, (Instructor) Jess Valoris

Check out the slideshow of the event HERE.

A small group of young visionaries from BCAM participated in a community arts workshop with the Xigga Projeck, led by our very own BCAM Visiting Artist-in-Residence Ms Jess Valoris. They spent a little over an hour together, participating in improv activities and writing exercises, and delving into the Xigga manifestas and then it was time to hit the streets.

Armed with courageous creativity and some chalk, these students took over a corner of Brooklyn. They transformed an empty wall and deserted street corner into a vibrant universe and dynamic space for community connection and empowerment. Students started by sketching out pyramids and planets and galaxies and literary excerpts from the 
xigga manifestas. And then they began to engage passersby... From babies to elders to college students: inviting people to draw on the wall, to share what inspires them and makes them come alive, to write down what they want to manifest in their worlds. It was a powerful nexus of arts and community!! 

Check out the slideshow of the event HERE.

BCAMTV Wins Prestigious Spot at the Tribeca Film Festival


(Top Left) Senior Sayquan Prescott plays Jay Kurtis.

We are proud to announce that our BCAMTV video program has won a spot on the red carpet at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival!  "The Ballad of Jay Kurtis," a short film we made in cooperation with BRIC Arts, was accepted to "Our City, My Story," a part of the festival that celebrates excellence in youth-made media.  This also puts us in the running for the 2014 Robert F.Kennedy Center's "Speak Truth to Power" video contest.  Congratulations, BCAMTV! We can't wait to see our young actors and performers on the big screen!

BCAM Athletics

Christopher Benjamin
to play in the NYC Mayor’s Cup Basketball All-Star Games on Saturday, March 29 at City College of New York (CCNY)
.  The games will showcase the best male and female high school seniors from the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) against the best seniors from the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) as they compete for the title of “Best in the City.” The doubleheader will feature a girls’ all-star game at 1pm followed immediately by a boys’ all-star game at 3pm.

Fans who are unable to attend the event can watch live streaming video of both games on the NYC Mayor’s Cup Facebook page (
www.Facebook.com/NYCMayorsCup). The Facebook page will have the most up-to-date information about the event as well as post event photos and box scores.

Click on flyer above for location and other details!

BCAM CoEd Lions' Soccer

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BCAM's very own soccer league has joined the SSAL [Small School Athletic League].  Click HERE for the schedule for the 2013 - 2014 season.

We wish them success.  Make us proud!!

For more information on Small Schools Athletic Leagues, check them out on their website at www.ssalsports.org!

         Welcome to the Lions' Den!



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BCAM Lions' are the 2013 - 2014 PSAL City Champions in the 'B' Division. 

Congratulations Coach Lawanda Greene, Assistant Coach Dave Nelson and our athletes: 
Christopher Benjamin, Jonathan Bryan, James Cooper, Patrick Cross, Andrew Francisco, Jaheim Galbreath, Sayquan  Prescott, Jevonte Wilson, Kareem Robertson, Willie Saunders, Jordan Foy, Christopher Gibson.  

Much love also go towards those who help behind the scenes.  Shout out and honorable mention to Amanda Davis, Trey Lewis, Emani Morgan, Dejon Springs, Ms. Helen Ortiz, and Ms. Ferrin Bujan. 

You make us proud!

Boys Basketball 2013 - 2014 Schedule
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Lady Lions 2013 - 2014 Basketball Schedule


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Up and Coming Around BCAM

From Principal Dr. James O'Brien

Read the Latest Important Community Circle Announcements and Principal Letters!    


         Click on "Read more..." below.



117 Campus receives a NEW SCOREBOARD! [Click on pics...]



Players from the Boys and Girls Basketball teams helped to bring it in. New scoreboard was installed March 26, 2014!!

BCAM Chosen as an Exploring The Arts (ETA) Partner School 

We are proud to announce that BCAM has been chosen as a partner to and grant recipient from the Tony Bennett Exploring the Arts Partnership (ETA). In addition to receiving the $10,000 Principal's Grant to fund arts integration into our curriculum, BCAM also received two $2500 Teacher Challenge grants written by classroom teachers to incorporate media and arts resources and training into the classroom. Click the links below to read the winning Challenge Grant proposals.


Where I’m From: Our Local History in Words and Picture
Cooperating Teacher: Adam Mendola (9th Grade English)



Rebranding and Revealing Truth: Creating Video Parodies in 11th Grade Media Arts
Cooperating Teacher:
Christy Herbes-Samaroo (11th grade Media and Art)



"Ode to the High School Dropout" by BCAM's very own Mrs. Jones-Llopiz

Listen and pay attention.  This is real life.

"Ode to the High School Dropout" tells the story of how the choices we make in our present can powerfully impact our future. The lesson to learn is heed the advice of those who are older and more experienced. Your youth is precious, but short-lived in the grand scheme of things.

Click HERE to read "Ode to the High School Dropout."


Library REACH Grant from The Fund for Public Schools has been awarded to the K117 Campus Library to enhance technology and resources.

Congratulations to Ms. JoanAnn Chovnick and Ms. Andreea Calin for working on this!

Check back soon as more details to follow...

Community Handbook 2013-14

Click HERE to read the handbook online.

Click HERE to download a printable version.

2nd Quarter Honor Rolls are in!

Click HERE for the GOLD Honor Roll.

HERE for the SILVER Honor Roll.

HERE for the BRONZE Honor Roll.

A Performance Theater, Dance & Recording Studio are on its way to the K117 Campus!!

BCAM and Campus 117 are proud to announce that the proposal Principal O’Brien wrote and pushed for four years to get the three huge condemned rooms in our building’s basement renovated and remodeled has been green-lighted and the work will commence February 2014.  They will be turned into a black box mini performance theater, a fully equipped dance studio, and a fully equipped audio and video recording studio.  How about that!!!  BCAM once again turning Campus 117 into a 21st Century school building to support BCAM’s arts mission as well as the entire campus community.

Click on the blueprints below to see them up close:


BCAM's Partner BRIC is hosting an upcoming film festival....

BRIC presents Brooklyn Youth Media Festival: Concrete Stories, a two-day showcase of media produced by Brooklyn-affiliated youth under the age of 20, celebrating Brooklyn’s talented young media makers who are capturing the “feel” of urban life through narratives, documentaries, and animations. 

Check it out!  Click on image below.


Sister Step Up @ BCAM


Sister Step Up , is BCAM's young women’s mentorship and leadership program for young women to be empowered together as a family. We meet every Wednesday at 2:30-4:30pm and we do activities and discuss about many things such as body image, self-reflection, our dreams, and many other topics. It's a space were we talk freely, is a safe environment, and it's comfortable to be around girls and our mentor. 




On Saturday, January 25th the Step Up girls went to  a conferences discussing our futures and meet many new exciting people like professionals and businesses women, who help us figure out a variety of different jobs in the world according to our skills and likings. In the conference we talk to these women and are joined with other young women in our age group/grade. The women at the conference are successful role models for girls. It was a great learning experience where we were able to find out how to make a living when we are older.

There will be many more amazing conferences to attend so anyone willing to be a part of the Sister Step Up Program may join freely in any grade. It's an amazing chance to get help with your future, meet new people, boost your confidence, and much more.

Click on images below to see pictures of our young ladies at Step Up's 'I Dream To Conference' on January 25, 2014.  Click HERE to see Step Up's calendar of events.








Mr. Lawrence's Seminar Class in collaboration with The Laundromat Project.

Power of Perception is a media awareness/filmmaking program that focuses on how media shapes the images of ethnic youth, and teaches the fundamentals of Audio/Visual Production. In this class, students were introduced to the mechanics applied through film, television, music, print, and the Internet, which mold a universal view of race and culture in America. The film, which was created by BCAM students and taught by The Laundromat Project, is fueled by discriminatory acts that the students have experienced and echos a voice for change. This film was inspired by the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award winning film, American Promise. The Power of Perception Curriculum was designed by Ebony Noel Golden of The Laundromat Project, and taught by Film Educator Frank R. Hooker, Jr. and NYC Educator Brent Lawrence with Administrative support by Principal James O'Brien of BCAM as well as Kemi Llesanmi and Petrushka Bazin Larsen of The Laundromat Project.

Click HERE to view "Power of Perception" Video.

HERE to learn more about
The Laundromat Project

The pictures in the album below is from the award ceremony that was held Thursday, January 16, 2014. [
Click on picture below to see slideshow.]


During this course, students learn to write, record,and produce original music based on social issues. Students combine hip-hop with journalism/songwriting skills, technological literacy and the arts.

Album coming shortly....

World Up
students pose for the camera after laying down tracks at Rubber Tracks Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

To see slideshow, click on picture below.

Click on pics below to see them up close and personal.

To learn more about World Up, find them on their website at


NY Times on the movie The New Public  about our school, our very own Kevin Greer, and about new teachers/teacher preparatory programs. 

The film will be released in early 2014, details to followClick on images!

Read Reviews and more!

Our 2012 - 2013 School Survey is In!

We improved and far surpassed city averages in all four major survey categories: Academic Expectations, Communication, Engagement and Safety and Respect!!!

Check it out HERE!


BCAM High School is serving our students and the community 'proficiently'

Our Report Card Grade is a 'B'.


Click HERE to review BCAM's report card.

                 Desire by Denise



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Denise Fasuyi
is a graduate from BCAM's 1st Graduating Class.  She has developed, created, and designed her 'Desire by Denise' Fashion line. Denise is truly a star in the making.   Please help BCAM in congratulating Denise!

Desire by Denise exists to bring all your fashionable desires to life. It's a clothing line that consists of fun, flirty, crazy, bold and bright garments. By taking her love for colorful African prints and incorporating them into modern everyday wear; DbyD happily celebrates African culture, bringing awareness and placing emphasis on its uniqueness.


Watch Future Arts Gala 2013 Videos Online!

Did you miss the BCAM Future Arts fundraising gala 2013 last month? Do you want to see the amazing performances again in HD video? We are proud to announce that you can now watch videos of the epic student performances online! Click HERE to see the creative show that successfully raised incredible funding for our BCAM arts program! Thanks to our Video Educator, Mr. Mendola, for capturing the talent of our students!

BCAM Backtalk TV Now Online!

Click HERE to go to the BCAM Backtalk site.

The moment you've all been waiting for is here!

BCAM Backtalk 
TV is a 24-hour online station that currently consists of short, quick videos about the things that matter to YOU, the BCAM community. Check out our trailers for upcoming shows, including BCAM Lions' Home Games, Community Circle, "The Story of My Tattoo," "BCAM Advice," and much, much more! 

Mon, Apr 14 - Tue, Apr 22
School Closed
Spring Recess
Wednesday, April 16
Credit Recovery
8:30am - 3pm
Wednesday, April 23
Cabinet Meeting
7:10 a.m.
Staff PD Pods
Students report to school
@ 8:30 a.m.

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