Up and Coming Around BCAM

                         BCAM's "Fronting"

                                   [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.


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 will be held at BCAM High School on November 6, 2014 @6pm in the cafeteria.

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!

                               K117 Gym Upgrade!!


Thanks to the hardwork, push, and efforts of BCAM High School, the K117 Campus has received a gym upgrade. 

It now has a completely redone floor, the removal of the center partition barrier, newly painted lines including an official volleyball court, and a new logo at center court!!!! It will be ready for use October 20, 2014. Click on the above picture to increase the viewing size.

BCAM's very own, Ms. Christy Herbes-Samaroo, designed the artwork for the new logo at center court.  Job well done!!!!

We invite you to stop by and take a look for yourself at the new upgrades.  And keep coming back to this website to hear about other upgrades that BCAM is initiating in the K117 Campus.  Many good things to come!

Step Up @ BCAM is back 
for the 2014 - 2015 school year!

If you are interested in joining a network of teen girls and their mentors, Step Up continues for 9th grade students in Room 328 on Wednesdays from 2:45 - 4:45pm. 10th grade Step Up teens meet in Room 328 on Thursdays 2:45 - 4:45pm.  Come join the new instructor Ms. D. Francis after school!

To learn more about Step Up, click



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."


Library REACH Grant from The Fund for Public Schools has been awarded to the K117 Campus Library to enhance technology and resources.

Congratulations to Ms. JoanAnn Chovnick and Ms. Andreea Calin for working on this!

Check back soon as more details to follow...

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:


During this course, students learn to write, record,and produce original music based on social issues. Students combine hip-hop with journalism/songwriting skills, technological literacy and the arts.

Album coming shortly....

World Up
students pose for the camera after laying down tracks at Rubber Tracks Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

To see slideshow, click on picture below.

Click on pics below to see them up close and personal.

To learn more about World Up, find them on their website at


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 followClick on images!

Read Reviews and more!

                 Desire by Denise



            Click to play this Smilebox slideshow 

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! 

BCAM Academics

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!

Click HERE 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:



BCAM Arts & Media Spotlights

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.

BCAM Art Show now on display at the Bed-Stuy YMCA!


Click HERE to see a picture slideshow of the event.

Thank you to all of our friends, family, and community members who joined us at the official Art Opening at the Bedford- Stuyvesant YMCA. The opening was a huge success and we could not have done it without your support! This year's 3rd Annual Show is titled Brooklyn Through Our Eyes and features 12th grade Senior Art Portfolio chalk pastels and 9th grade Art graffiti paintings celebrating the diverse communities and landscapes throughout Brooklyn. The show will be on display through May 9 and we invite folks to come and check it out.

Hope to see you there! Please see click HERE for details, maps, and directions!

BCAM In the Spotlight

Wear your BCAM!!
Students--Remember to wear your BCAM shirt everyday to school with the exceptions of Fridays.  If you are in need of a new BCAM shirt to be purchased, please see Ms. Ortiz or Mr. Cooper in the main office. 
BCAM Policies
If you have any questions about our uniform policy or any other BCAM policy, please speak with one of our Deans, Mr. Momplaisir or Mr. Bullock in room 335B.
ID Cards
BCAM ID card pics were taken the first day of school, September 4, 2014, for all new incoming students.  If you are in need of an ID, see Ms. Middleton, our Administrative Director in room 322 [3rd Floor].  All newly enrolled students will receive an ID free of charge.  If you would like a replacement ID card, there will be a $5 charge.  If you would like a replacement ID card with a new picture, there will be a $7 charge.
Parent Involvement
Parents--Feel free to contact our Parent Coordinator, Mr. Cooper, in room 322 (ext 541) if you need any information regarding any of our school-wide activities.  We want to encourage you to join our Parent Association and let your voice be heard. 

Get Required BCAM Uniform Polo Shirts
$20 for Uniform Shirts w/o the patchwork.
$10 for Gym Shirts and T-Shirts.
$30 for a BCAM Hooded Sweatshirt.
See Ms. Ortiz or Mr. Cooper in Room 322.
Monday, November 3
PD Pods
Tuesday, November 4
Chancellor's Conference Day [Election Day]
Students will not be in attendance.  Staff report for PD @ 8:30am.
Wednesday, November 5
Cabinet Meeting
7:15am - 8:15am
Thursday, November 6
iMentor Program
11th Grade
iMentor Reception

Today, 10/31/2014
High: 56 Low: 47
Mostly cloudy
17% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/1/2014
High: 52 Low: 41
Rain likely
80% chance of precipitation.