August 2019 Regents Examination Schedule

Employment Opportunities at BCAM

We are currently seeking teachers certified in Math or Science, 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

Community Circle: Coming Up at BCAM

BCAM Advisory Community Announcements Monday, June 10, 2019



  • Academic Calendar: This, plus Monday of next week, is the 9th and FINAL week of 4th Quarter. Let’s finish strong!!! Be on time and do your best for the best possible grades!   
  • Regent Week: Regent exams begin next Tuesday, June 18th. SEE ATTACHED SCHEDULE. Let’s go!!!
  • Guests This Week: We are hosting 2 other Learning Partner school in the library today.
  • Saturday Prep: Saturday Regent Exam Prep takes place this Saturday 9am-1pm for Global, US, English, Algebra, Earth Science and Living Environment. Those who must pass Regent exams are invited to attend.
  • 11th Grade Mandarin Field Trip Tomorrow: Ms. Fan is taking 45 Eleventh Graders to Chinatown tomorrow for a museum visit and lunch. Please see her for details.
  • My Brother’s Keeper Field Trip Tomorrow Evening: 12 of our young men and Mr. Davis and Mr. Bullock will attend a bowling field trip tomorrow evening at 5:30pm with Brooklyn Net Caris Levert and his 22 Project, along with U Want Game Program.
  • Senior Brunch: We will host the graduating seniors for a nice senior brunch Wednesday in the gym.
  • BCAM Athletic Banquet: This Wednesday evening at 6pm is our annual Athletic Banquet in the gym. If you played on a BCAM PSAL Team, please see you coach for the details or Mr. O’Brien for an invitation for you and parent.
  • 11th Grade Leadership Opportunity for Next Year: If you are interested in training and being a BCAM Peer Leader next year, please see attached and see Ms. Mia in Room 108 for all the details. SEE ATTACHED.


  • Hamilton Performance: Congratulations to Makhi, Neveah and Rafael for their incredible performance before the Hamilton show last week. Congrats to Ms. Jaishwar and Mr. Howell on enacting this field trip. Please check on website and NY1 to see this story.
  • Global Transition Exam: Congratulations to all the students who pushed themselves and did their best on last week’s Global Transition Exam.
  • Hiking with Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Munch and Mr. Gilman: Congratulations to the following students for completing a grueling all day hiking experience last Saturday: Isiah Daley, Renee Munro, Steve Emmanuel, Robert Ansanah, Nicole Mason, Diana Taverez, Emily Valdez and Tionna Fraser.


  • 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.


  • Algebra for All Tutoring: Algebra for All tutoring with Ms. Gent/Ms. Bujan this Wednesday! It is invite only!
  • Saturday Regent Prep Academy Continues: We continue Saturday morning at 9am!


  • Reel Works Film Academy: The BCAM/Reel Works Film Academy continues this Wed and Thurs at 3pm in Rm. 112.


  • BCAM Athletic Banquet: This Wednesday evening at 6pm.
  • Boys Basketball: The BCAM Boys practice all week with Ms. Greene.
  • Girls Basketball: The BCAM Girls have workouts this week with Mr. Hunter and Mr. Munch.


  • 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 Status: Any seniors who are taking classes for required credit and/or for Regent Exam preparation, you MUST CONTINUE THESE CLASSES UNTIL THEY CONCLUDE ON JUNE 17TH. AND ALL APEX STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO CONTINUE COMING TO SCHOOL!
  • Graduation Brunch and Mandatory Practice – This year’s graduation brunch is this Wednesday at 10am in the BCAM gym. All seniors that paid senior dues are invited. Students will receive their senior bags and cap and gowns at the brunch before heading to the museum for MANDATORY graduation practice.


  • Monday: LPP Hosting in Library. 2:50pm ADDIDAS PD in Room 207.
  • Tuesday: Fan 11th Field Trip.
  • Wednesday: Senior brunch 10am. Athletic Banquet 6pm.
  • Thursday: Normal.
  • Friday: Awards Town Halls!!!
  • All Staff reminders:
    • UPDATE Skedula
    • 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

May 1, 2019


Dear New BCAM Students and Families,

We heartily welcome you to Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM), located in the newly renovated Campus 117 Building. We are honored that you have selected us as your high school and joined our school community. BCAM is considered an outstanding small, public high school and is committed to preparing every one of its students for college-level academic, artistic, and professional success in and after high school.  

As BCAM students, you are expected to follow all of our community rules and guidelines. We ask you to work very hard, but you will feel supported in this effort. Families, we ask you to attend conferences four times yearly, sit on year-end portfolio presentations, and be members of our PTA. In addition, we possess a myriad of extra-curricular arts academies, PSAL teams, and programs for our students.

We strongly encourage you to review our website at to learn about and keep up to date with our school information. And please link on our website to our BCAM Community Handbook to gain a sense of what to expect upon your enrollment. As a preview, our school and Campus has the following:

  • Brand new dance, recording, film and theater studios in our refurbished basement arts annex
  • A beautiful track & field outside for PE and athletic teams
  • Fully equipped, state of the art classrooms, science-labs, gym, auditorium and library

Also, please make arrangements to acquire the following required supplies for the school year:

  • 1 large 3-ring binder for all classes, 6 spiral notebooks for each academic class, notebook paper
  • 1 graphing calculator

 We would also like to invite you to our Community Forum and Carnival Saturday May 11th @ 11am and on Friday May 17th to our Spring Arts Gala Evening @ 6pm This will be a fun day & evening of wonderful student performance, visual and media art. It is excellent way to experience a great part of our school culture. We hope you will join us. Please see enclosed invites for more info.

In addition, please place the following required dates in your calendars and plan on attending:

Tues July 9th Wed July 10th Thurs July 11th 9:00am-12:00pm: BCAM New Student Summer Bridge

During this required three-day bridge orientation, your new BCAM student will take mini classes; complete introductory assessments; and gain an in-depth understanding of our school. PARENTS MUST ATTEND ORIENTATION TUES, JULY 9TH 9:00AM TO 10:00AM.

           Thursday, September 5th, 8:20am: 1st Day of School.

This is a full academic day of school. Students are expected to adhere to our BCAM Express Yourself/Respect Yourself dress code and bring all supplies to begin.

Thursday, September 26th, 6:00pm-8:00pm: BCAM Back-to-School Evening

On this evening, all families are required to come meet our teachers, receive class curricular overviews and learn about important rules, guidelines and opportunities. This evening sets the tone for the year. 

In conclusion, please contact Parent Coordinator Joseph Cooper at, (718)230-5748 ext. 338 with any questions, and to confirm your Summer Bridge Attendance. Once again, we welcome you.


 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