Community Circle: Coming Up at BCAM

 BCAM Advisory Community Announcements Monday, November 5, 2018



  • Academic Calendar: This is the 10th week of 1st Quarter. This is the last week of 1st Academic Quarter!!! Tomorrow is Election Day and there is no school for students, and Professional Development for staff.
  • Vote!!!: If you are 18 years old please vote tomorrow! These are huge elections for many offices and issues!  
  • BCAM Dream Team Open Mic #2 This Friday: BCAM students please attend this Friday’s Open Mic Lounge hosted by the Dream Team this Friday afternoon at 4:00pm in the Black Box Theater. Any students who wish to share music, dance, modeling etc please see Ms. Murray.
  • Historically Black College Fair This Saturday: 11th and 12th Graders, please sign up on Ms. Bello’s Bulletin Board for this Saturday’s big HBC Fair at Riverside Park. There will be colleges you want to meet!!! SEE FLYER ATTACHED.
  • BCAM Performance Pep Rally and Fall Party!!!: BCAM students please mark your calendars for Friday, November 16th as a huge afternoon of student performances by Model Material, BCAM Dolls, Lioness and BCAM Rap Stars, followed by a huge party DJ’d by our very own Kymarlie Aka The Mad Lion!!!       Tickets $5, or $8 at the door!      
  • BCAM Teens Take the Met: This Friday is the really cool Teens Take the Met field trip where our students will go to the Met Museum of Art and vibe and make art with different high school students from all over NY!       Permission slips are due to Ms. Martinez in 235 by Thursday. See her for details.


  • 11th Grade College Fair Visit: Thank you to Ms. Weekes and Ms. Jaishwar for taking 30 of our 11th Graders to a mini-college fair last Friday. Thank you to those 11th Graders for repping well.
  • 1st Period Attendance Winner: Congrats to Ms. Evan’s 1st Period class for winning the best October 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 and our Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter @bcamhs.


  • College Now Classes: All 11th and 12th Grade students takin College Now English 101 with Professor Cohen Tuesday in Rm. 332 (Wednesday canceled) and Anthropology 101 with Professor Sabura on Tuesday and Thursday in Rm. 206.
  • Algebra Tutoring: Algebra tutoring is rescheduled for this Wednesdays with Ms. Gent in Rm. 322.


  • BCAM Rock Band: Students interested in learning to play the guitar, bass, drums or keyboards, and singers are welcome to rock out with Mr. Greer on Wednesdays in Rm. 326 from 3pm-4:15pm.
  • BCAM Art Portfolio Academy: Attention all 10th-12th Graders interested in developing college level visual art portfolio work, this Thursday in Ms. Ross’ Room 308 continues weekly art sessions with Ms. Ross and Ms. Martinez.
  • BCAM Studio Academy Beats, Rhymes & Mics: Studio continues this Thursday with Mr. BSatz in the Blackbox!
  • BCAM Vocal & Performing Arts Club: Any students interested in joining BCAM’s Vocal/Performing Arts Club with Mr. Osman, please come to meeting Tuesdays in Room 307 at 4pm.
  • Dance Academy Auditions: Dance Academy Auditions will be held on Wednesday, November 14th and Thursday, November 15th @ 3pm in the Dance Studio.
  • BCAM Dolls: Practice for The BCAM Dolls is Thursday in the Dance Studio.
  • BCAM Model Material: Model Material will have practice Wed/Friday in the Black Box.


  • BCAM Lady Lions Alumni Game: Our 5th Annual Lady Lion Alumni Day Game Fundraiser will be Tues Nov 20th at 4:00pm. And please support the Lady Lion free throw shooting fundraiser as well!
  • BCAM Boys Flag Football: Any boys interested in joining our BCAM Boys Flag Football Team, please see Mr. Munch in Room 203. Practice on Wednesday (but not this Wednesday).
  • BCAM Lions Basketball: Lions Basketball practices Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday this week. Please see Mr. Bullock.
  • BCAM Lioness Cheerleading: Study Hall Wednesday 2:30 – 4 in rm. 206. Practice Friday, 3-5pm in the studio.
  • BCAM Table Tennis: Students (male and female) interested in joining our Table Tennis Squad see Mr. Diallo in rm. 331.


  • 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.


  • 12th Grade Town Hall: Seniors will have a Town Hall this Thursday afternoon.      
  • Dues: Senior dues: $230 is now past due and late. If that amount is not paid by 11/19 it increases to $253!!!
  • Apex – Ms. Bello will meet with all students that are scheduled to start apex this week.
  • Senior Trip­- $40 deposit is due November 16th. 1/40 students have paid. If we do not meet the minimum of 40 students by November 16th, money will be refunded and the trip will be cancelled      


  • Student Council Officer Elections: Elections will take place the week of November 13th. Winners will be announced @ pep rally on November 16th. Students will elect a President and Vice President for all grades. Students must be passing all classes and must commit to attending student council meetings two times a months to be eligible to run for office. See Ms. Clark or Ms. Gent by Friday, October 26th if you want to run.
  • BCAM Student Council: Meeting on Wednesday at 4pm in Rm. 303!
  • BCAM Dream Team: Meeting today at 3pm in rm. 136.


  • Monday: PD meeting 2:50pm-4:00pm in Room 207.
  • Tuesday: No Students. PD for staff at various locations and Bk Tech HS.
  • Wednesday: Cohen, Calin PD
  • Thursday: O’Brien out. Bello PD. Achievement Mentoring Lunch Kickoff!!!
  • Friday: O’Brien out.
  • 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

October 10, 2018

Dear BCAM Students and Families,
Please see enclosed your student’s 1 st Quarter Progress Report, which is a snapshot of his/her grades with 3 weeks left in our 1 st Academic Quarter. In addition, thank you to all families who took the time
to attend our September 26th Curriculum Evening & Senior Parents Evening. Enclosed are the following:

  • Our School Calendar with October-November dates
  • A directional sheet sharing with you how to connect to our PupilPath online grading system. This provides up to the day grades and progress of your student. Please log on!
  • Important documents for our Senior Class of 2019 regarding senior activities.

Please note the following important dates in the coming month:

  • Wednesday, October 17 th : BCAM PTA Meeting & Parent Workshop #1
  • Thursday, October 18 th - Fri, October 19 th : 12 th Grade College Overnight Trip
  • Tuesday, November 6th: Election Day: Student Non-Attendance Day
  • Friday, November 9th: The last academic day of the our 1 st Quarter
  • Wednesday, November 14 th , 6pm: BCAM PTA Meeting & Parent Workshop #2
  • Thurs, November 22 nd & Fri, November 23 rd : Thanksgiving Recess
  • Thurs, November 29 th , 5pm–7pm & Fri, November 30 th , 1pm-3pm: 1 st Qtr. Parent Conferences
    • Please join us either Thursday evening or Friday afternoon to meet with your student’s teachers to review 1 st Quarter grades and 2 nd Quarter progress. Friday will be a half-academic-day with students dismissed at 11:29am after 4 th period. THIS IS A REQUIRED PARENT CONFERENCE FOR ALL OUR FAMILIES!

Finally, we encourage you to review our website at, follow our social media Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter @bcamhs to keep up to date with our school and access our calendar. Do not hesitate to contact our Parent Coordinator Joseph Cooper (718)230-5748, Ext. 338, Thank you for your partnership and participation.


Dr. James O’Brien, BCAM Principal (
Samantha Exantus, BCAM Assistant Principal (
Janna Bello, BCAM Assistant Principal (
& the entire BCAM community