Community Circle: Coming Up at BCAM

 BCAM Advisory Community Announcements Monday, March 11, 2019



  • Academic Calendar: This is the 6th week of 3rd Quarter. Your mid-quarter progress reports will be mailed home today!
  • This Week: We have a full academic week this week, today-Friday.      
  • 10th Grade AP English – Full length mock exam on Thursday at 8:30 in library.
  • National Honor Society – Ms. Bello will meet with all 11th graders that currently qualify for the National Honor Society.       Applications are due March 22nd!!
  • BCAM March Madness Advisory Competitions: Please see attached sheet that lists the different activities that will comprise March Madness all month!!!


  • BCAM Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thank you to all parents and students who took the time to attend parent teacher conferences!


  • Attendance Challenge: Grades are competing against each other for March 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: English 101 Course meets today/Wednesday at 3pm with Professor Cohen in Room 332. Criminal Justice 101 meets today/Thursday 3pm with John Jay College Professor in Room 103.
  • Algebra for All Tutoring: Algebra for All tutoring with Ms. Gent/Ms. Bujan this Wednesday! It is invite only!


  • Dance Academy Rehearsal: Dance Academy continues rehearsals Wed/Thurs 3pm in Dance Studio.
  • 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 continues Thursday 3pm with Mr. BSatz.
  • BCAM Vocal & Performing Arts Club: Vocal/Performing Arts Club meets Tuesdays with Mr. Osman.
  • BCAM Model Material: Model Material rehearses Wed/Fri in auditorium with Ms. Murray.


  • 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.


  • Dues: Senior dues: $230 is now past due and late.
  • Senior Prom: The prom is on!!!!!!   TICKET SALES WILL CLOSE ON MARCH 22nd – all tickets for seniors AND their dates must be purchased by the 22nd. EACH ticket is $130!
  • Senior pictures: Ms. Bello will meet with seniors this week to select yearbook and 5x7 photos
  • Yearbook: Make sure to send pictures to Ms. Jaishwar!


  • BCAM Student Council: You have meeting WEDNESDAY AT 4PM with Ms. Clark/Ms. Gent.


  • Monday: Weekes – PD,   ADDIDAS Data meeting @ 2:50
  • Tuesday: Parent Outreach 2:41-3:11. Collaborative planning – 3:15-3:56. Teachers will work on updating bulletin boards.
  • Wednesday: Calin PD, Maros/Greer am PD, Lawrence/Bujan pm PD
  • Thursday: 10th grade AP English Mock exam 8:30 -12. Friday: 15 students art project 11am -2:30, Gent/Burke/Munch/Bujan PD, Weekes PD, Bello/Mia am PD
  • 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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  • Parent Outreach - 2:41-3:11

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  • Collaborative Planning - 3:15-3:56

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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

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