Introducing Yondr Pouches @ BCAM!

A Yondr Pouch will be provided to each student free of charge.  Each pouch will have the student’s name on it. Please be aware that the pouch is BCAM property.

Yondr Pounches: Entry/Exit Policies

Building Entrance/Arrival:

Upon arrival, students will follow these steps:

  • Unlock the Yondr pouch
  • Place their phone and electronics inside (including headphones & smart watches) 
  • Securely close it and store the pouch in their backpack. 

Students arriving prior to 2nd period will enter through the lunch room doors.  

Students arriving 2nd period or later will enter through the main entrance and complete the process in the main lobby.


Building Exit/End of Academic Day:

At the end of each academic day, students will unlock their pouch at the unlocking base at their exit.  Students will remove their phone from the pouch and then close the empty pouch.   11th and 12th graders will exit through the main doors.  9th and 10th graders will exit through the lunchroom doors. 

Yondr Pouches: Replacement/Missing Pouch Policies

Replacements/Disciplinary Action:

If a student forgets their pouch:

  •  School staff will hold the cell phone in a secure place until the end of the day (following the process we have used since school began).

If a student loses their pouch: 

  • First replacement 
    • $10 for new pouch & student meeting with dean/administration
  • Second replacement
    • $20 for new pouch & student & parent meeting with dean/administration


If a student damages or breaks their pouch (not normal wear and tear):

  • Pay for a replacement pouch and cannot return to school without a parent (1st time)
  • Pay for a replacement pouch and receive ISS (2nd time)
  • Pay for a replacement pouch and receive an out of school suspension (3 or more times)


BCAM Phone Policy Notes

All current phone-use guidelines and disciplinary processes remain in place with the implementation of pouches.  There is absolutely no phone use during the academic day 8:20am-2:40pm.  

  • Students must return pouches if transferring from BCAM
  • Students must return pouches when graduating BCAM in order to receive their diploma
  • Students must return pouches at the end of EACH school year
  • Students will receive their pouch at the beginning of EACH school year.

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Principal's Corner

Tuesday, October 31, 2023


Dear BCAM Families:

We hope this letter finds you well as we near the end of our 1st Academic Quarter. We want to thank all our families for the continued support and partnership with our school. Our school year is going fantastic thus far. Students with strong attendance are doing really well. They are focused and working hard. We have 28 extra-curricular programs taking place this 1st Semester. We hope your student is in at least one of them! And our 1st Quarter ends on Thursday, 11/9, wherein students will receive formal grades into their report card, and we will then have parent conferences Thursday, 11/16 and Friday, 11/17. You will receive conference schedule options in the week before conferences. So, BCAM Families, this mailer has a lot for you because we want you to be fully informed! Please take a few moments to go over each of these documents. The following is enclosed:


1) Your student’s most current transcript with brand new semester grades and regent exam scores through June, 2023 or August, 2023 if your student completed summer school classes and exams. The grades are the formal grade that is the result of averaging 1st and 2nd Quarter grade report card grades. ***Also, please be aware that now every single BCAM student’s academic record can be found in their MySchools Account. If you do not know how to access your student’s MySchools Account, please immediately email our new Parent Coordinator Renesha Westbrooks ( and she will get you linked to your account.


2) Directions to access your student’s Jupiter Online Grading System. Please follow these directions and you can stay up to date with ongoing assignments and grades. Please note that our teachers will fully update Jupiter grades every 4 weeks or so.


3) Guidelines for Our Yondr Phone Pouch System. Beginning this Monday, 11/6, upon entry, all students will be required to turn off phones and place them in a secure pouch that they will carry with them for the academic day. The pouches will be unlocked at the end of the day. This will be our permanent system moving forward, as we heard our families when they shared they’d like students to have possession of their own electronics instead of us locking them up each day. We will continue to share updated information constantly via our Kinvo Text System, our website, our Instagram @bcamhs, and phone calls. Please do not hesitate to contact us by Kinvo text, call (718)230-5748 or email Ms. Westbrooks with any questions or concerns. As always, in any situation, we are partners in support of your student.


James O’Brien, Principal

Janna Bello-Andrews, Assistant Principal

Brent Lawrence, Assistant Principal

Joseph Cooper, Community School Director

Renesha Westbrooks, Parent Coordinator

and the entire BCAM Staff

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.