Community Circle: Coming Up at BCAM

 BCAM Advisory Community Announcements Monday, February 11, 2019



  • Academic Calendar: Happy Black History Month BCAM Community!       Although, we should celebrate all of our histories every day, not just during a designated month! And happy early Valentine’s Day! This is 3rd week of 3rd Quarter. You are expected to work hard, be on time and achieve strong grades!
  • This Week: We have a full academic week this week, with normal days today – Friday! Next week is Mid-Winter Break with no school Monday, February 18th – Friday, February 22nd.
  • Next Week Mid-Winter Break Credit Recovery: Please see the attached lists of required students who must attend credit recovery next week Tuesday, February 19th and Wednesday, February 20th. You will receive a formal notice and your parents will be notified as well.
  • 2nd Quarter NX (Incomplete) Work: All NX work to turn an incomplete 2nd Quarter grade into a passing grade is due Friday, February 15th. No exceptions. If it is not completed, your grade will turn to a Fail.
  • Black History and Valentine’s Karaoke: On Thursday, February 14th, we will host a Karioke Contest in the Black Box Theater to celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. It is a $3 fundraiser.
  • BCAM Lady Lions Playoff Game This Thursday: BCAM Community let’s all pack the gym this Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm to support the Lady Lions as they host Playoff Game #1! Let’s go Lady Lions!
  • BCAM Lions Senior Day Game: And let’s then return to the gym Friday afternoon 4:30pm to celebrate our seniors and the Lions as they play their final regular season home game of the year!


  • 11th SAT Practice Test Last Friday: Congratulations to the 11th Graders who gave their all last Friday on the 3rd SAT Practice Exam. You were outstanding. The 11th Graders who missed it will make up the exam this week on Thursday morning, 8:30am-12:00pm.
  • Last Week’s Advisory Challenge: Congratulations to Mr. Bullock, Ms. Exantus, Ms. Jaishwar, Ms. Weekes, Mr. Lombard and Mr. Davis Advisories for winning the Chinese Food Advisory Challenge last week!!!


  • Attendance Challenge: This week, those students on time on Valentine’s Day Thursday, February 14th (Thurs) will win a special treat, and those on time and present on Friday, February 15th will win hot chocolate to warm them up!
  • 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 and our Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter @bcamhs.


  • Classes: There is serious writing, computing, experimenting, analyzing and creating going on full swing in all our classes this week! Keep up!
  • College Now Registration: Please see attached that registration is taking place for BCAM College Now classes English 101 and Criminal Justice 101. They begin February 26th and provide 3 college credits for those that complete!
  • Algebra Tutoring: Algebra tutoring with Ms. Gent is on this week!


  • Dance Academy Rehearsal: Dance Academy has regular rehearsals this week on Wednesday/Thursday, preparing for the Excellence Showcase Thursday, Feb 28th.
  • BCAM Dolls: Dolls have practice Tuesday/Thursday afternoon preparing for Excellence Showcase Thursday, Feb 28th    
  • BCAM Rock Band: Rock Band rocks out 3pm Wednesday with Mr. Greer.
  • BCAM Art Portfolio Academy: Art Portfolio takes place this Thursday 3pm with Ms. Ross/Ms. Martinez.
  • BCAM Studio Academy Beats, Rhymes & Mics: Studio Academy is on Thursday 3pm preparing for Excellence Showcase.
  • BCAM Vocal & Performing Arts Club: Vocal/Performing Arts Club meets Tuesday with Mr. Osman.
  • BCAM Model Material: Model Material rehearses Wednesday/Friday preparing for Excellence Showcase.


  • BCAM Lions Games: The Lions did not play last week. They have an away game today, and the Senior Night home game on Friday afternoon at 4:30pm. Let’s pack the gym Friday afternoon.
  • BCAM Lady Lions: The Lady Lions went 2-0 last week, including a win vs. Medgar Evers Monday and a wonderful Senior Night game last Wednesday vs. Brooklyn Tech HS. They play this Thursday in the Lion’s Den in their 1st playoff game. Let’s pack the gym this Thursday!
  • BCAM Lioness Cheerleading: Coach Weekes, Coach Ortiz and Lioness cheer 2 times this week: Thursday for the Lady Lions and Friday for the Lions.
  • NEW- Girls Flag Football Coming: Any BCAM young ladies interested in playing PSAL Girls Flag Football, please see Mr. Bullock in the Dean’s Office for required medical/parent consent forms.


  • 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 for classroom or school disruption will be on Wednesday afternoons 3pm.


  • Senior Pictures: Photographer is here today for senior picture retakes, which are $15. See Ms. Bello.
  • Dues: Senior dues: $230 is now past due and late.
  • Senior Prom: Only 4 out of 50 students have paid for prom. It will be cancelled if the other 46 students do no pay the $130 per person, including guest, by February 25th!!! Let’s go seniors.


  • BCAM Student Council: You have meeting WEDNESDAY AT 4PM with Ms. Clark/Ms. Gent.
  • BCAM Dream Team: Meeting today with Ms. Murray.


  • Monday: Maros, Gilman morning PD. Bujan afternoon PD. Picture Day. Staff PD 2:50pm-4:00pm.
  • Tuesday: Normal Academic Day. O’Brien principal meeting 3:00pm. Staff Parent Outreach/Grade Team Meetings 2:50pm-4:00pm.
  • Wednesday: Weekes, Lyons PD.
  • Thursday: Bello, Bujan, Gent PD.
  • Friday: Normal Academic Day.
  • 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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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 and BCAM Instagram @bcamhs for up to the minute articles, dates, and information regarding our school.


 Dr. James O’Brien, BCAM Principal (

Samantha Exantus, BCAM Assistant Principal (

Janna Bello, BCAM Assistant Principal (

& 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 schools/K412. Click Data and Reports and look for the Facilities Heading.
Please visit 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