Community Circle: Coming Up at BCAM

 BCAM Advisory Community Announcements Monday, September 16, 2019



  • Academic Calendar: This is the 3rd week of 1st Quarter.  It is a full academic week today – Friday.  There are 3 weeks until Mid-1st Quarter Progress Reports. Everyone please be on time to school and give best effort!
  • College Now Classes: All 11th and 12th Grade students who are eligible for College Now classes, you will meet with Ms. Bello, Ms. Veronica and Ms. Mia today in Computer Lab.  12th Graders will do 7th Period.  11th Graders—8th Period. SEE ATTACHED LIST!!! 3 College Credits! English 101 taught here on Wednesdays/Thursdays 3pm-430pm by our very Ms. Pope aka Professor Pope, Room 326!  And there are great classes to take on the John Jay Campus!
  • BCAM Students/Staff for Saturday Sunday 8th Grade Recruitment Fair: We need poppin students and staff to work this weekend’s 8th Grade fair, where we connect with 8th grade families and students to come to BCAM next year!  If you are interested in doing this, please Mr. Cooper for sign up and permission slip in the main office!
  • BCAM Joins the Skateboard/Snowboarding/Surfing Program Chill!!!: Congratulations to Mr. Cohen for securing our participation in the incredible Chill Program.  We have 6 student spots for the skateboarding program which begins in few weeks.  See Mr. Cohen in Room 332!!!


  • On-Time Attendance Contest and Reward: On the flip side of lateness detention, we are now on with September On-Time to School Competition and Rewards.
  • Blue Cards, Lunch Forms, Metros & Lockers: Students will not receive metro cards nor lockers without submitting Blue Cards and Lunch Forms.  Thank you to those have already.  If you need to submit or receive these forms please see Mr. Cooper in the Main Office.
  • ID Cards: Ms. Middleton will finish 9th Grade ID pictures today and then move to new students of 10th-12th Grades.


  • 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!


  • Classroom Baseline Assessments: This is the final week for classes to complete baseline assessment!  Get them done!


  • Senior Portfolio Begins This Thursday: BCAM 11th & 12th Grade students spoken to by Ms. Herbes, Ms. Ross, you begin Senior Art Portfolio 3pm Thursdays in Ms. Herbes’ Room 306. 
  • Visual Arts Opportunities: BCAM students please see Ms. Herbes 306, Ms. Martinez 307 and Ms. Ross 308 for great visual arts programs!  Applications are being completed. 
  • BCAM Model Material: Thanks to Ms. Murray and BCAM Model Material for hosting Fresh Friday activities in the cafeteria!  Model Material rehearsals are on ???
  • BCAM Dolls: Our BCAM Dolls dance group will have an interest meeting this Wednesday at 3pm.  Please see 12th Graders WIntah, Toni-Anne or Jaqwan, or Counselor Ms. Mel for info. SEE ATTACHED FLYER. 


  • BCAM Soccer: THE BCAM Soccer team played 2 tough matches this past week vs. Boys & Girls HS and Automotive. We played great but came up short in both matches.  Practice today/tomorrow and rematch vs. B & G Wednesday!  
  • BCAM Lions Basketball: Any young men interested in trying out for our Lions Basketball team, you must see Ms. Greene in Room 135 for information.  See her for medical forms. Workouts take place at 6:15am and Saturdays.
  • BCAM Lady Lions Basketball: Any young women interested in trying out for our BCAM Lady Lions Varsity and Junior Varsity teams, please see Mr. Hunter in the gym or Mr. Munch in Room 134.  Practices 4pm M/T; 3pm W-F.
  • BCAM Lioness Cheerleading: BCAM Lioness Cheerleading Team held tryouts last week! Please see Ms. Weekes Room 326 and Ms. Jaishwar in Room 330 for practice details.  Submit your forms!


  • Zero Tolerance Lateness: Beginning this morning and every single day from today on, if you are late for your 1st period class (or for 12th Graders your 1st class of the day), you will be eligible for Tuesday/Thursday Lunch-Time Detention, where you will eat your lunch in a silent room instead of cafeteria.  If lateness continues you will be scheduled for After-School Detention.  DO NOT BE LATE FOR SCHOOL.  ENOUGH SAID.
  • 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.


  • Outside Lunch: Only seniors who are on time every day and in good academic standing will be eligible.
  • Senior Dues: $230 due to Ms. Exantus Office 302 by October 25!
  • 1 on 1’s: Ms Bello will begin 1:1 meetings with all seniors starting this week.
  • Curriculum Night: All seniors must attend curriculum night on Thursday, September 26th with a parent or guardian.    


  • BCAM Student Council: Any students interested in joining our BCAM Student Council, meeting will be this Wednesday 3:00pm in Room 303 with Ms. Clark.  You are planning Fresh Fridays and other school-wide initiatives!


  • Monday: O’Brien meeting 11:30am. Grade Teams/Departments 2:50pm-4:00pm- Electronic agenda already sent.
  • Tuesday: PD Pods 2:50pm-3:56pm: Pope/Calin 326, Herbes 306, Shapiro 303, Jones 130
  • Wednesday: Cohen meeting 6:30pm.
  • Thursday: Cooper PD. Quinones/Beckford PD. O’Brien/Bullock meeting 1pm.
  • Friday:
  • Saturday/Sunday: 8th Grade Recruitment Fair! See Mr. Cooper for sign up!
  • All Staff reminders:
    • Please take Kinvolved attendance periods 1-3 by the end of third period. Ms. Lopez/Ms. Shapiro will be collecting lateness/absence data during 4th period every day, so all information for periods 1-3 needs to be in and accurate in order for detentions to be assigned correctly and families to be notified. You should take attendance for ALL periods, but it is important that 1-3 are in by the end of 3rd.
    • 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, especially for new students or students you don’t know well yet!
    • Don’t forget that Back to School Night is right around the corner (September 26th). When speaking to families, make sure to make some early pushes for participation. We will be giving out new HotSpot Phones to all 9th grade students who come, so you can use this to incentivize parents to attend!
  • Lesson plans and unit plans every day to support well-planned, organized classes.
  • Classroom and hallway bulletin boards displaying curriculum, student work, rubrics.
  • 8:05am 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

September 5, 2019


Dear BCAM Students and Families,


We heartily welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year at Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM), located in the newly renovated Campus 117 Building. 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 both 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. This is going to be a great year -- we hope you are ready, let’s go!


PTA Dates

Please join us for these upcoming family events:

  • First PTA Meeting Wednesday September 18th 6pm
  • Family Curriculum Night Friday September 26th 5pm -7pm
  • Reminder No School September 30th and October 1st, 9th and 14th



 Dr. James O’Brien, BCAM Principal (

Samantha Exantus, BCAM Assistant Principal (

Janna Bello, BCAM Assistant Principal (

& the entire BCAM community