BCAM Arts & Media Spotlights
As the school year winds down, we are looking forward to meeting our new students next fall. We encourage incoming freshmen and their families to read our welcome letter, which includes information about important events, necessary supplies, and school expectations. To read the letter, please click here.
Read our recently-released 2015-16 Framework for Great Schools report here.
This report shares data that describes how our school is performing across the six elements of the Framework, based primarily on results from the 2015-16 NYC School Survey and the latest finalized Quality Review.
Congratulations to our 11th grade students Larry Cespedez-Montes, Tivon Lindie, and Keeshon Stephenson (and their teacher Nkomo Morris)! Their game ESCAPE THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE was selected as the 2016 High School Winner for the Youth Justice Theme, by the Games4Change organization. Their game will be showcased beginning June 11th at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Congratulations to BCAM 9th grader Haley Rivera, whose artwork was selected and will be featured in the 2016 Brooklyn Borough Arts Festival! Haley's artwork will be on display beginning May 27 at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Additionally, 11th graders Anthony Harden and Tatiana Pimentel will represent their film CODESWITCHING, which was also selected for the festival.
Join AIYM for an evening of art including: live music, photography and film. Our Artistic & Intelligent Young Men's group has worked tirelessly to create high quality content that will premiere at MOCADA, a prestigious Brooklyn Museum.
See flyer for details and rsvp to support!
Our Globetrotters are gearing up for Japan by participating in Hostel International NYC's Cultural Kitchen program. Students researched aspects of Japanese culture before spending a night at Hostel International, where they cooked a Japanese meal for and presented to a variety of international visitors. Check them out below!
HI NYC Educational Programming from Evan Carter on Vimeo.
3rd Quarter Honor Roll.pptx
Congratulations to our 3rd Quarter Honor Roll students!
Dance Academy has been working hard to take their dance abilities to the next level this season.
Over the last few weeks, special guest choreographers Shirlene Quigley, Ashley Rich, and Jonathan Rodriguez came to give master dance classes and tips on how to succeed as professional dancers. Shirlene, who was on tour with Beyoncé for years, gave a street jazz and heels dance workshop. Ashley Rich, contestant on So You Think You Can Dance season 8, taught a lyrical workshop. And Jonathan Rodriguez, whose choreography can be seen all over New York and Latin America, taught a challenging salsa workshop.
Congratulations Dance Academy on challenging yourself!
11th Graders: Anthony Harden, Tatiana Pimentel and Desiree Goodwine
, filmmakers in Ms Jusu's Media Arts class, created a short film that is killing the youth film festival circuit.
The film is a top 10 national finalist
in the "America I Am"
youth filmmaking competition. Highschools competed throughout the United States.
Check out the contest's FACEBOOK
page to like!
Code-Switching was also selected to screen at the 2016 Brooklyn Borough Arts Festival on Friday May 27th from 6-8pm.
You can watch the film below to see many familiar BCAM faces!
CODE-SWITCHING, a micro documentary from BCAM FILM on Vimeo.
Peer Group Connection Family Night 2016
On Thursday, February 25, upperclassmen students in the Peer Group Connection (PGC) mentoring program hosting the first PGC Family Night in the BCAM Cafe. Students and parents had the opportunity to have open, frank conversations about topics relevant to teens and their families while enjoying food and music.
Many thanks go out to the students who have participated in the PGC mentoring program seminars, to Nkomo Morris and Denise Murray for spearheading the program and coordinating training for students and staff, and to Supportive Schools for their assistance in implementing the program at BCAM.
People’s Champs & BCAM’s performance is the culmination of a two-week music, production & songwriting workshop. In this very special collaboration, students fromBedford Stuyvesant’s Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM) will be led by experimental-dance-soul-funk collective People’s Champs and trombonist / OneBeat exchange alum Alex Asher in the creation of new, original music.
Ruminating on the theme “My Brooklyn — Stories from My Brooklyn”, People’s Champs and BCAM will address topics of place, ownership, justice, change and community in Brooklyn. The collaborative performance will be followed by a set of original music from People’s Champs’ debut LP “American Dreamers.”
This is the first of a special series of events curated by Found Sound Nation, a collective of artists who design collaborative music creation projects with the goal of building just and healthy communities, including the OneBeat international music exchange. Our events challenge the traditional concert experience by presenting adventurous original works that amplify the voices of youth and underrepresented communities, and connect people across cultural and geographic divides.
People's Champs & BCAM play at 8pm February 13 at the National Sawdust Theater. Click the link for directions and tickets: http://nationalsawdust.org/
This week's BCAM news and announcements.
BCAM Lounge is a series of Open Mic events organized, hosted, and participated in by BCAM student artists. Once a month, the BCAM Lounge series will allow students the opportunity to showcase their talents in spoken word, rap and emceeing, singing, dance and many other forms of performing arts alongside adults pursuing the arts in the world. The goal of this series is to highlight the talent of BCAM students while also exposing them to the wide range of talented artists in their Brooklyn community.
Kamau is a rapper, poet, vocalist, and dreamer in action from Maryland now living in Brooklyn. He appeared as our special guest for the BCAM Lounge, where he shared both his spoken word poetry and his music. Kamau and the student rappers who participated in the event closed the evening with cypher.
“College & Mentor Partner iMentor November Monthly Report”
BCAM Monthly Report 11.20.15.pdf
BCAM's Spain Trip
Spanish Teacher Ms. Nephthys Antwine-Evans along with chaperones Ms. Sarina Maros, Mr. Mamadou Diallo, and Mr. Brent Lawrence took 20 students on an academically fun-filled trip to SPAIN.
Get a sneak peek of their journey in the slideshow presentation below.
Aperture Photography reception held Saturday, June 6, 2015 featuring BCAM students
Annual Arts in Schools Report 2014-2015
Read our Arts Report below. Click on image.
Congratulations to students Kimani Calliste, Kalif Artis, and James Buchanan for planning and presenting their video game idea, "HellSoul", at the annual Emoti-con! Conference on May 30th.
May 30, 2015
Among other parts of the day, Kimani and Kalif met Iltimas Doha, a young tech designer and professor who is creating a hoodie that will allow youth to film negative interactions with the police without taking out a phone.
Next year, Mouse Squad's theme will be ROBOTICS! Are you interested in learning to build, work with, program, or use robots? Come talk to Ms. Morris if you want to join!
BCAM's "Fronting" to screen at Concrete Stories 2015
BCAM's "Fronting" to screen at Concrete Stories 2015! Over 80 submissions have been entered but only 11 selected and BCAM is one of them!
Concrete Stories Youth Media Festival will take place on May 28th, 2015, at BRIC House. There will be a 1pm screening for school groups and a 6pm screening for the general public. [You can watch "Fronting" below]
Congratulations to BCAMTV and Mr. Adam Mendola.
[Click on image to view movie]
Congratulations to BCAM's TV class and Mr. Mendola. Our "Fronting" video has made it to the finals of the 2014 Newsies!
Winners will be announced at the 11th NYC High School Journalism Conference at Baruch on Thursday, December 11, 2014. To see more of the 2014 finalists, click HERE.
BCAM Day of Justice, Power and Peace
Click HERE to see photos from the day
Clic HERE to see BCAM video responses
The BCAM Day of Justice, Power and Peace was a special day which honored the memories and families of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, and all those slain in incidents with police. It was a day of sharing, learning, and empowering our community. It sought to inspire continued action that improves the culture of our school, empowers our young adults, and positions BCAM as a continual part of civic improvement dialogue.
The following were components of the day:
· There were no classes on this day, but a clear schedule of workshops, artistic opportunities, a whole school assembly and a peaceful vigil procession through our neighborhood
· Everyone was invited to wear black to show solidarity and call for justice.
· We documented the entire day with photos and video and have posted on: #cityofnewyork, #bcam, #blacklivesmatter, #knowledgeispower, #icantbreathe, #nypd, #ericgarner, #michaelbrown, #ferguson, #handsup, #bcamstandsforjustice
Go take a Hike!
On Tuesday November 18, 2014, with temperatures hovering around 26° F and winds speeds gusting up to 32 mph, Mr. Lawrence along with 17 BCAM students hiked Mt. Minsi in the Delaware Water Gap. The group began their hike in the town of Stroudsburg, Pa, which required 1.5 miles to the trailhead before ascending 1,000 ft in 2 miles.
Many of our BCAM students were first time hikers, who slid across ice, climbed over rocks, fought the bitter cold and pushed themselves beyond their breaking point. After braving frigid temperatures and enduring sore muscles they were rewarded with spectacular views of the Mt. Tammany and Delaware River. Our students are enthusiastically awaiting our Spring Hike. Snowshoeing any one?
BCAM Artists Collaborate on Community Arts Xigga Project
BCAM Artists are (left to right): Angelica Pizzaro, Nicole Rodrigez,
Ashley Moreno, Dwight Dawkins, Briana Jean-Mary, Oneisha Conway,
Anastasia Kitt; (Frontrow ) Jeremy Rumnit, (Instructor) Jess Valoris
Check out the slideshow of the event HERE.
A small group of young visionaries from BCAM participated in a community arts workshop with the Xigga Projeck, led by our very own BCAM Visiting Artist-in-Residence Ms Jess Valoris. They spent a little over an hour together, participating in improv activities and writing exercises, and delving into the Xigga manifestas and then it was time to hit the streets.
Armed with courageous creativity and some chalk, these students took over a corner of Brooklyn. They transformed an empty wall and deserted street corner into a vibrant universe and dynamic space for community connection and empowerment. Students started by sketching out pyramids and planets and galaxies and literary excerpts from the xigga manifestas. And then they began to engage passersby... From babies to elders to college students: inviting people to draw on the wall, to share what inspires them and makes them come alive, to write down what they want to manifest in their worlds. It was a powerful nexus of arts and community!!
Check out the slideshow of the event HERE.
The Department of Education recently released BCAM's 2015-16 Framework for Great Schools report. This report shares data that describes how the school is performing across the six elements of the Framework, based primarily on results from the 2015-16 NYC School Survey and the latest finalized Quality Review. To read the report, click here.
The BCAM Globetrotters participated in Hostel International NYC's Cultural Kitchen Program. The students researched aspects of Japanese culture before spending a night cooking for and presenting to a variety of international travellers at Hostel International. Check out the video below!
HI NYC Educational Programming from Evan Carter on Vimeo.
On Thursday, February 25, upperclassmen students in the Peer Group Connection (PGC) mentoring program hosted our first PGC Family Night in the BCAM Cafe. Students and parents had the opportunity to have frank conversations about high school and other teen topics while enjoying food and music. Many thanks to Nkomo Morris and Denise Murray for spearheading the PGC mentoring seminar, the students participating, and to Supportive Schools for their help in implementing this program at BCAM.
2015-16 End of 2nd Quarter Regent Invitation and Updates.doc
- 10th-12th Grades’ Notice of January Regent Dates—This is the important notice of your student’s upcoming Regent exams. Please make sure to note these dates and support him/her in arriving for the exam on time. (NOTE: 9TH GRADERS DO NOT HAVE ANY REGENT EXAMS UNTIL JUNE, 2016. HOWEVER MANY WILL BE INVITED TO COMPLETE LIVING ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE LABS THAT WEEK.) The Regent Exam Calendar is on the flip side of your notice.
- Our January & February, 2016 BCAM Calendar. Please note these dates:
· 12th Grade iMentor Event—Tuesday, Jan 19th, 6pm
· 11th Grade iMentor Event—Wednesday, Jan 20th, 6pm
· BCAM PTA—Wednesday, Jan 20th, 6pm & Wed, Feb 24th, 6pm
· Regent Exam Period; no school—Jan 26th –Feb 1st (school resumes Tuesday, February 2nd)
· 2nd Q Parent Conferences; Thurs, Feb 11th, 5pm-7pm & Fri, Feb 12th, 1pm-3pm (half day)
· Midwinter Vacation—February 15th- 19th.
· Credit Recovery Sessions-- Tues, February 16th- Thurs, February 18th 8:35am-1:30pm. (school resumes Monday, February 22rd)
· ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT MID-YEAR PORTFOLIO PRESENTATIONS HAVE BEEN CHANGED FROM JANUARY 22ND TO FEBRUARY 11TH.
- Notice of our upcoming Parent Conferences and PTA Meetings
· Parent Conferences are Feb. 11th-12th and PTA Meetings are Jan. 20th & Feb. 24th). Please plan on attending both important BCAM Family events.
BCAM Lions & Lady Lions Visit Nike Zoom Arena
Click HERE to see the entire Nike Zoom slideshow.
On Saturday, February 14th members of the BCAM Lions and Lady Lions Varsity Basketball Teams, along with Lady Lions Head Coach Hasaun Hunter, Assistant Coach Rahmel King, Athletic Director George Bullock, Principal James O’Brien and honorary BCAM Lion Julian Smith-O’Brien traveled to Manhattan to the Nike Zoom Arena to participate in a special workout with Nike coaches. The workout was made possible by BCAM partner UWantGame. The Zoom Arena was part of the Brooklyn-New York NBA All-Star Game 2015 Weekend. BCAM players were fitted with newly released Nike shoes and practice uniforms and then worked out on the LED court in front of a packed house. In the middle of their workout young NBA stars Elfrid Payton of the Orlando Magic and Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz joined them and assisted in their instruction.
It was an incredible experience and a fitting reward for all the hard work the Lions put into their programs. Shout out to BCAM Lions Head Coach Lawanda Greene who could not attend the trip. She was missed. A special thanks must be extended to UWantGame Director Joe Branch, Assistant Director Tracee Loran and Program Director Azia Javier for making this experience possible. And a hearty thank you and congratulations goes to Nike Brand Director Stanley Lumax for creating the Nike Zoom Arena and for inviting BCAM to be a part of the Nike family.
BCAM Field Day 2014 Is A Huge Success
From donut eating to sack racing, this year's Field Day on June 6 featured friendly competition throughout the school. Congratulations to the 10th grade for winning first place overall!
for pictures from the event
BCAM Student Produced Mix Tape Now LIVE
Click HERE to listen to the Mix Tape produced by BCAM's very own Music Production Group from B. Satz's seminar. The Mix tape features tracks written and performed by students over the course of this year. We invite you to enjoy the musical talent of our students!
BCAM Seniors Featured In and Produce BRIC Arts Media Festival
Seniors Sayquan Prescott (left) and Nakata Hope (3rd from left) at the Festival Opening.
We are happy to announce that Concrete Stories: Brooklyn Youth Media Festival was a great success! Senior Nakata Hope helped to produce the festival through a Youth Media Arts internship she completed at BRIC Arts. Senior Sayquan Prescott was the lead actor in the winning Film which can be viewed HERE.
To see some of the highlights from the festival and a reflection on the internship, please check out this post:
Our boys' basketball team studies as hard as they play!
Our boys' basketball team studies as hard as they play!
Our boys' basketball team studies just as hard as they play!
Up and Coming Around BCAM
1st Quarter Parent -Teacher Conferences
Thursday, November 20th - 5pm-7pm
Friday, November 21st - 1pm-3pm
iMentor's 15th Annual Benefit a Success!
iMentor's 15-Year Anniversary Benefit took place on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 and was a resounding success! Highlights from the evening:
Big Fundraising Success—$4.7M Raised
The benefit raised $4.7M for iMentor’s work. Raising that amount of money with one fundraising event is incredibly rare. It’s a massive testament to how hard their Development Team works to ensure that iMentor is able to serve more and more students every year.
New Videos—Check Them Out!
The benefit premiered two fantastic new videos about iMentor’s work. One is featured below. Click on the picture.
Congratulations to our partner iMentor. To learn more about iMentor, please click HERE.
BCAM's 1st iMentor reception was held at BCAM High School on November 6, 2014 @6pm.
Building Community Through BCAM Fresh Friday Field Trips
Friday Oct 10th was our first 2014 Fresh Friday, a day where advisories of students and staff explored the city in advisory groups, completing community building activities and documenting their experiences. Some adventures included: exploring the outdoor garden space on the Manhattan Highline, creating pottery at a local artist's studio, visiting Chelsea art galleries, exploring the Sony Technology Lab, and walking Pier 6 on the Brooklyn Promenade. Truly it was a fun and educational day for all students and staff involved!
Click HERE to see some photos from the day's events!
From Principal Dr. James O'Brien
Read the Latest Important Community Circle Announcements and Principal Letters!
Click on "Read more..." below.
"Ode to the High School Dropout" by BCAM's very own Mrs. Jones-Llopiz
Listen and pay attention. This is real life.
"Ode to the High School Dropout" tells the story of how the choices we make in our present can powerfully impact our future. The lesson to learn is heed the advice of those who are older and more experienced. Your youth is precious, but short-lived in the grand scheme of things.
Click HERE to read "Ode to the High School Dropout."
Community Handbook 2014-15
Click HERE to read the handbook online.
Click HERE to download a printable version.
A Performance Theater, Dance & Recording Studio are on its way to the K117 Campus!!
BCAM and Campus 117 are proud to announce that the proposal Principal O’Brien wrote and pushed for four years to get the three huge condemned rooms in our building’s basement renovated and remodeled has been green-lighted and the work will commence February 2014. They will be turned into a black box mini performance theater, a fully equipped dance studio, and a fully equipped audio and video recording studio. How about that!!! BCAM once again turning Campus 117 into a 21st Century school building to support BCAM’s arts mission as well as the entire campus community.
Click on the blueprints below to see them up close:
NY Times on the movie The New Public about our school, our very own Kevin Greer, and about new teachers/teacher preparatory programs.
The film will be released in early 2014, details to follow. Click on images!
Read Reviews and more!
Desire by Denise
Denise Fasuyi is a graduate from BCAM's 1st Graduating Class. She has developed, created, and designed her 'Desire by Denise' Fashion line. Denise is truly a star in the making. Please help BCAM in congratulating Denise!
Desire by Denise exists to bring all your fashionable desires to life. It's a clothing line that consists of fun, flirty, crazy, bold and bright garments. By taking her love for colorful African prints and incorporating them into modern everyday wear; DbyD happily celebrates African culture, bringing awareness and placing emphasis on its uniqueness.
Watch Future Arts Gala 2013 Videos Online!
Did you miss the BCAM Future Arts fundraising gala 2013 last month? Do you want to see the amazing performances again in HD video? We are proud to announce that you can now watch videos of the epic student performances online! Click HERE to see the creative show that successfully raised incredible funding for our BCAM arts program! Thanks to our Video Educator, Mr. Mendola, for capturing the talent of our students!
BCAM Backtalk TV Now Online!
Click HERE to go to the BCAM Backtalk site.
The moment you've all been waiting for is here!
BCAM Backtalk TV is a 24-hour online station that currently consists of short, quick videos about the things that matter to YOU, the BCAM community. Check out our trailers for upcoming shows, including BCAM Lions' Home Games, Community Circle, "The Story of My Tattoo," "BCAM Advice," and much, much more!