Community Circle: This Week at BCAM

 BCAM Advisory Community Announcements Monday, May 7, 2018



  • Academic Calendar: This is the 5th week of 4th Quarter. There are exactly 4 weeks left of school/4th Quarter!!!       Everyone please turn it on and do your best, be on time.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: BCAM students this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week! Please appreciate all your teachers! You will be able to write and give out BCAM Shout Out Cards this week in Advisory. Remember, even this little gesture matters to your teachers.      
  • AP Exams This & Next Week: Good luck to our various AP classes as they take their huge AP exams on the following dates:
    • Wednesday, 5/9 @ 8:30am: Mr. Gilman’s 10th Grade AP English Literature (be here at 8:00am)
    • Thursday, 5/10 @ 12:00pm: Mr. Lawrence’s 10th-12th Grade AP Environmental Science (be here at 11:00am)
    • Friday, 5/11 @ 8:30am: Mr. Davis’s 11th Grade AP US History (be here at 8:00am)
    • Wednesday, 5/16 @ 8:30am: Mr. Cohen’s 11th-12th Grade AP English Composition (be here at 8:00am)
  • NYSELAT Exam This Week: Good luck to our ELL students and Ms. Calin on this Wednesday/Thursday NYSELAT Exam!
  • BCAM Regent Exam Preparation Sessions: All students are invited to attend these extra Regent Prep sessions:
    • Wednesdays-Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Living Environment Prep with Ms. Jones, Room 313
    • Saturday, 9:00am-12:00pm: Algebra Prep with Ms. Gent, Room 322
  • Community Forum Carnival This Saturday: This Saturday, May 12th from 11am-3pm is BCAM’s 2nd Annual Community Forum and Carnival in the school yard! We hope you will join us for meaningful discussion around our community school goals, followed by awards, a performance by the stunt team, a community meal (Caribbean food!), and student-led carnival games and activities, including bounce house, dunk tank, DIY station, face paint and much more! There will be raffles and giveaways for mother’s day and other attendees. Students, staff, families and small children are all encouraged to come! Staff—please include in your family outreach this week! See Ms. Mia for all details.
  • BCAM 2018 Gala Celebration: Attention BCAM Community, we will host our 6th Annual BCAM Arts Gala Friday, May 18th 6:30pm-8:30pm.       There is rehearsal for all acts involved this week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:00pm-4:30pm in the auditorium. Please see Ms. Jusu or Mr. Lawrence for details.


  • BCAM’s Quality Review: Thank you to all staff and students for contributing to a very successful NYC DOE Quality Review for BCAM. We ended up with all A’s and B’s on our Quality Review Report Card.       This is solid. Now let’s focus on achieving in our 4th Quarter classes and preparing for Regent exams in June!
  • 11th Grade Overnight/Day College Field Trips: Thanks to all the 11th Graders who made our college trips last week a success. And a special thanks to BCAM staff Ms. Clark, Mr. Munch, Mr. Davis for chaperoning the overnight trip. Additional special thanks to Ms. Murray, Ms. Jaishwar, Ms. McCammon and Ms. Lopez for chaperoning day trip. Finally, a huge thank you/congratulations to Ms. Veronica for coordinating all trips and chaperoning the overnight!!!  


  • May Advisory Competition: All students who achieve 90% attendance in the 22 days of May will earn huge ice-cream cones from the Ice Cream Truck that comes to BCAM once the month is over! See attached.
  • April Attendance Winners: Congratulations to the April Advisory attendance winners who are awarded trips for their great attendance: 9th Mr. Bullock (so what!!!), 10th Ms. Lyons, 11th Ms. Jaishwar, 12th Mr. Howell.


  • BCAM Social Media: BCAM students please check out pictures, features and info on our website and our Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter @bcamhs. Go follow and get those clicks up!


  • Academic Centers: Academic centers for 4th Quarter continue this week. Please check the board outside Ms. Bello’s.
  • 10th Grade Earth Science: Make up labs will be done with Mr. Lawrence this Thursday after-school.
  • College Now Classes: English Tues-Wed 3:00pm-4:30pm. Anthropology Tues/Thurs 3:00pm-4:30pm.
  • 9th Grade Algebra/Geometry Peer Tutoring: 9th Graders tutoring this Thursday/Friday w/ Ms. Gent.
  • BCAM Saturday Algebra Practice: Saturday practice continues this Saturday morning 9am.


  • BCAM Dance Academy: You have Gala rehearsal this week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday!      
  • BCAM Art Academy: Continues this Thursday 3pm-4:30pm with Ms. Ross Room 308.


  • BCAM Handball: Congratulations to BCAM Handball and Mr. Diallo on a great season!  
  • BCAM Lady Lion Flag Football: Ladies Flag Football had a tough week last week. This week are final games of the season: games Wednesday/Friday.       Practice today, tomorrow and Thursday. Keep your head’s up ladies!  
  • BCAM Stunt Team: Congratulations to BCAM Stunt and Ms. Weekes/Ms. Oritz/Ms. Murray on a great season!  
  • BCAM Lions Basketball: Lions you continue workouts and AAU games this week/weekend.
  • BCAM Lady Lions Basketball: You continue workouts and games this week afterschool and weekend.  


  • 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: Required detention continues this Wednesday afternoon after school.


  • Prom: Prom $ deadline has been extended to Friday, May 25th.  
  • Academic Centers: Congrats to all seniors who have attended academic centers.  2 down, 3 to go!!!


  • BCAM Honor Society: There will be a mandatory meeting for all Honor Society Candidates (Evelyn, Jenitza, Sharese, Asha, Joelmy, Khadidiatou, Taniah and Anastacia) on Wednesday, May 9th at 2:45. 
  • BCAM Student Council: Meeting this Thursday with Ms. Clark.
  • BCAM Globetrotters: If you are interested in joining our Globetrotters Program travelling to Italy next spring 2019, please see Ms. Evans in Room 304.
  • BCAM Dream Team: The Dream Team will meet this week in room 334 at 3:00pm. Special Congrats to all BCAM students  and staff who participated in last week's Quality Review. Thank you for your commitment to ensuring our school's success. 9th Grade advisories sessions start THIS WEEK. Special thanks to Gent, Scipio, and O'Brien for opting into 3 week sessions.       BCAM Community Forum and Carnival takes place THIS Saturday 5/12 from 11am-3pm in our school yard. ALL Community members are welcomed. Come on by for Student Council facilitated tours and Stakeholder info sessions followed by Carnival activities run by the Dream Team. 


  • Monday: Herbes PD. O’Brien PD afternoon. Davis/Jaishwar PD. No Staff PD today.
  • Tuesday: Breakfast & Lunch for BCAM Staff in Teacher’s Lounge! Bello PD. Gala Rehearsal. Parent Outreach 2:50pm-3:10pm. Collaborative Planning 3:10mp-4:00pm.
  • Wednesday: Exantus PD. Gala Rehearsal. Jones Regent Prep.  
  • Thursday: Academic Centers. Gala Rehearsal. Jones Regent Prep.
  • Friday: Cohen PD.
  • Saturday: BCAM Community Forum Carnival 11am-3pm!
  • All Staff reminders:
    • 5th Week of 4th Quarter.
    • 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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Principal's Corner

May 7th, 2018


Dear BCAM Students and Families,


Greetings and happy spring from the BCAM Community. Thanks to all the families that attended last week’s final round of BCAM Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you are receiving this mailing, it means we missed you. Please read the following enclosed items and mark down important dates listed below.  


3rd Quarter Report Card Grades & 4th Quarter Progress Report (Enclosed Reports)

Please find your student’s 3rd Quarter final grades and his/her current progress report with 4 weeks left in our 4th academic quarter. Please note that their official 2nd Semester grades, which are issues in June, are an average of their 3rd Quarter and 4th Quarter grades.


Fully Updated 2017-18 Attendance Report

Please note your student’s current attendance, listed in the lower right hand side of this report. We expect all BCAM students to be on time and present every single day!


BCAM 6th Annual Gala Evening Friday, May 18th

BCAM Families you are invited to attend our annual Gala, filled with wonderful performances, art exhibiting and a celebration of our graduating and college bound seniors! It is Friday, May 18th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Please join us and bring the entire family!


Upcoming Important Dates

  • Saturday, May 12th: BCAM Family Forum Carnival at 11:00am!!!
  • Wednesday, May 16th: BCAM PTA Meeting at 6:00pm.
  • Monday, May 28th: Memorial Day Holiday.
  • Friday, June 1st: Last day of classes for BCAM 12th Graders in good graduation standing.
  • Tuesday, June 5th: Global History Regent Exam.       NO CLASSES FOR STUDENTS.
  • Thursday, June 7th: Chancellor’s PD Day. NO STUDENTS.
  • Monday, June 11th: Last academic day of 4th Quarter.
  • Tuesday, June 12th-Friday, June 22nd: Regent Exams.
  • Monday, June 25th: BCAM Graduation for Class of 2018.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or requests for further information. Please check on website, and follow us on social media: Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat @bcamhs



Dr. James O’Brien, BCAM Principal,

Samantha Exantus & Janna Bello, BCAM Assistant Principals

& the entire BCAM Community