Employment Opportunities at BCAM

We are currently seeking teachers certified in ELA or Special Education, to fill open positions for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to our assistant principal Samanta Exantus at SCharle3@schools.nyc.gov.

Community Circle: Coming Up at BCAM

BCAM Advisory Community Announcements Monday, April 8, 2019




  • Academic Calendar: This is the 1st week of 4th Quarter. You have one final academic quarter with a new start and new opportunities.       Let’s make the most of it by being on time and giving best effort.
  • This Week: We have a full academic week this week, today-Friday. In your classes this week you will take mini assessments which count as an exam grade. This will help prepare you for Regent exams and provide us with good data on class progress. Math Mon-Tues; History Tues-Wed; Science Wed-Thurs; English Thurs-Fri.
  • 11th Grade Town Hall: 11th Graders will have college preparatory town hall this Friday, 8th period.
  • Saturday Academy Regents Prep: Regents prep classes continues this Saturday for Living Environment, US History, Algebra, Earth Science and English. Session 1 is 9:00-11:00 and Session 2 is 11:15-1:15.       Put in the effort now so you will pass in JUNE! Thank you to those students who attended this past Saturday.
  • BCAM Budget Vote: Let your voice be heard. Wednesday, April 10th – all BCAM students, staff and parents will have the opportunity to vote on how to spend $2,000. SEE ATTACHED FOR THE CHOICES! VOTE AND HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD.
  • Spring Break Credit Recovery: We will hold required credit recovery during Spring Break on Tuesday-Wednesday, April 23-24, 8:30am. We will issue notices beginning this week.


  • 11th Grade US History: Congratulations to Mr. Howell, Ms. Jaishwar and Ms. Calin’s 2nd and 3rd Period 11th Graders who were fantastic in attending an important historical play last Tuesday. Well done everyone.


  • Attendance Challenge: Grades are competing against each other for March Attendance!!!!  
  • Morning ID Swipe:       This week we will begin requiring ID swipe in the morning when you enter the building.
  • Zero Tolerance Lateness: If you are late for your 1st period class or your 1st class of the day), you will have your parent notified and will serve a same-day 45 minute detention at 3:00pm. And if you don’t attend detention, or your lateness happens in a pattern, you will have Saturday detention 9am-12pm or Inside Suspension.       Don’t be late!!!


  • BCAM Social Media: BCAM students please check out pictures, features and info on our website www.bcamhs.org and our Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter @bcamhs.


  • College Now: English 101 Course meets Tuesday/Wednesday at 3pm with Professor Cohen in Room 332. Criminal Justice 101 meets Tuesday/Thursday 3pm with John Jay College Professor in Room 103.
  • Algebra for All Tutoring: Algebra for All tutoring with Ms. Gent/Ms. Bujan this Wednesday! It is invite only!


  • Reel Works Film Academy: The BCAM/Reel Works Film Academy continues this Wed/Thur at 3pm in Rm. 112.
  • Dance Academy Rehearsal: Dance Academy continues rehearsals Wed/Thurs 3pm in Dance Studio.
  • BCAM Rock Band: Rock Band rocks out 3pm Wednesday with Mr. Greer.
  • BCAM Studio Academy Beats, Rhymes & Mics: Studio Academy continues Thursday 3pm with Mr. BSatz and Mr. Obah.
  • BCAM Vocal & Performing Arts Club: Vocal/Performing Arts Club meets Tuesdays with Mr. Osman.
  • BCAM Model Material: Model Material rehearses Wed/Fri in auditorium with Ms. Murray.
  • BCAM Reel Works Film: see above in Up Front This Week.


  • Girls Flag Football: BCAM Girls Flag Football had 2 tough losses last week vs. New Utrecht and Madison HS.       They play this week on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Boys Handball:
  • Boys Basketball: The BCAM Boys have workouts this week in the morning.      
  • Girls Basketball: The BCAM Girls have workouts this week in the afternoon.


  • Community Expectations: You must be on time to your first class at 8:20am. No hats, scarves, etc. allowed on your heads during the school day. No electronics allowed in classes during the academic day.
  • Computer Lab Rules: There is no food or drink allowed in our Computer Labs! Please follow these rules. Thank you.
  • Detention: Detention late arrival to school and disruption is Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm.      


  • Senior Irresponsibility: There are a growing number of 12th Graders who are missing classes and not doing the required work to achieve well, let alone pass classes. These students have their graduation in doubt now, and unless this immediately changes, they will not graduate at the end of June.
  • Yearbook: Make sure to send pictures to Ms. Jaishwar!
  • Apex:       Continue to work on apex.       Let’s get it done.


  • BCAM Student Council: Will be on a BREAK until further notice.


  • Monday: PD 2:50pm-4:00pm.
  • Tuesday: Martinez/Ross PD. Parent Outreach 2:50pm-3:10pm. Collaborative Planning 3:10pm-4:00pm.
  • Wednesday: BASEL Team meeting 7am-8am.
  • Thursday: Burke PD. O’Brien meeting 12pm-3pm.
  • Friday: Weekes PD.
  • All Staff reminders:
    • Please take Kinvolved attendance periods 1-3 by the end of third period, and for all periods each day!
    • Please make sure your Kinvolved attendance and 3rd period bubble sheets are 100% accurate. We have seen some inconsistencies, so don’t rush and make sure you get names correct!
  • Lesson plans and unit plans every day to support well-planned, organized classes.
  • Classroom and hallway bulletin boards displaying curriculum, student work, rubrics.
  • 8:10am recommended whole staff morning meeting.
  • Strong engagement and common core/regent preparation in every class.

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Mission Statement

At Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM), we prepare our students for 21st century academic, creative, and professional success. Through an art, media, and technology-enriched academic curriculum emphasizing community collaboration, we challenge ourselves to think critically and create knowledge in pursuit of personal excellence and meaningful social change.

Principal's Corner

February 12, 2019


Dear BCAM Students and Families,

Happy African-American History Month! These important items have recently been mailed out: 

  1. Official 2018-19 1st Semester (Term 1) Report Card 

This document shares your student’s 1st Quarter and 2nd Quarter Grades and the Final Term 1 Semester Grade, which is an average of the two quarters. 

  1. Official 2018-19 Transcript 

This transcript includes 2018-19 Term 1 Grades, Credits and January Regent Scores. This transcript also includes a current Cumulative Grade Point Average and Credits Earned to Date.


 February/March, 2018 BCAM Calendar. Please note these dates:

  • Midwinter Vacation: February 18th- 22rd (school resumes Monday, February 25th)
  • Midwinter Credit Recovery: Tues, Feb 19th-Wed, Feb 20th
  • 1st Semester Parent Conferences: Thur, Mar. 7th, 5pm-7pm & Fri, Mar. 8th, 1pm-3pm

 Thursday, February 28th: BCAM Celebration of Black Excellence Art/Performance Showcase

We want to cordially invite you on Friday, March 1st, 1:30pm-2:30pm to culminate African-American History Month with us as our students and even some staff, perform, share art and share inspirational words in this wonderful program BCAM Celebration of Black Excellence.

Finally, we strongly encourage you to go to our BCAM Website www.bcamhs.org and BCAM Instagram @bcamhs for up to the minute articles, dates, and information regarding our school.


 Dr. James O’Brien, BCAM Principal (jobrien@bcamhs.org)

Samantha Exantus, BCAM Assistant Principal (exantus@bcamhs.org)

Janna Bello, BCAM Assistant Principal (jbello@bcamhs.org)

& the entire BCAM community

K117 Remediation Work

Dear Families and Staff:
This is a follow-up to my January 11, 2017 water test results notification letter. I am pleased to share we have successfully completed remediation work at I.S. 117 - Brooklyn (Brooklyn Community High School of Communication, Arts and Media at 300 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205) and on January 04, 2017 and January 06, 2017 and February 01, 2017 and October 12, 2017 and November 21, 2017 and November 30, 2018, the remediated fixtures were tested and the final laboratory results indicate that all samples taken and tested were below the action level of 15 ppb.
On December 06, 2016 and May 05, 2017 and October 12, 2017, every operational source of water, including for drinking or preparing food, at I.S. 117 - Brooklyn was tested for lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 22 of the 139 samples of water taken and tested from outlets in the building. Each affected fixture at I.S. 117 - Brooklyn was taken out of service on January 11, 2017, and the remediation work was completed.
In any building where lead test results show even one water outlet above the action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb), the DOE implements its standard response protocol, under which it removes any drinking or food prep outlet from service, flushes all or part of the system to eliminate water sitting in pipes overnight, replaces equipment and re-tests after the equipment is replaced. As part of our remediation protocols, fixture(s) that were out of order or inaccessible at the time of the initial testing were repaired and tested. All drinking or food prep fixtures are only put back in service once results of laboratory tests are below the action level of 15 ppb.
Out of an abundance of caution, the custodial staff will continue to flush the I.S. 117 Brooklyn water systems on Monday mornings before school starts in order to eliminate water that has been stagnant in pipes over the weekend and to ensure safe drinking water is
available for students and staff.
A more detailed letter related to the testing for lead at I.S. 117 - Brooklyn is attached, and complete test results are posted on the DOE website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/ schools/K412. Click Data and Reports and look for the Facilities Heading.
Please visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/water-safety to learn more about the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school, as well as to look up water test results for each school.
Thank you for your patience and support and we wish you and your students a wonderful semester.
Sincerely yours,
Lauren Siciliano
Deputy Chief Operations Officer