Principal's Message

Midwood High School is a large comprehensive high school that serves over 3800 students.  We provide rigorous college preparatory instruction combined with the arts, sports and clubs.  Our school has been nationally ranked in US News and World Report and the New York Post Top 50 high Schools in New York City.  Our Medical Science Program requires 5 years of math and science as well as opportunities in science research.  Our Humanities program requires 1 year of Latin, 3 years of foreign language and electives in Social Studies and English.

Information You Should Know

The Department of Education has a new program which allows all students the ability to download Microsoft Office software for free.
Please see the attached letter regarding this offer.
Free Mircrosoft Office software.pdf
Wednesday, February 3  Seniors may report to the auditorium during periods 4, 5, 6 if they wish to see their guidance counselor.
Wednesday, February 3  Freshmen may report to Room 155 during periods 8, 9 and 10 if they wish to see their guidance counselor.

  Thursday, February 4      Juniors may report to the auditorium during periods 4, 5 and 6 if they wish to see their guidance counselor.

  Thursday, February 4      Sophomores may report to Room 155 during periods 8, 9 and 10 if they wish to see their guidance counselor.

Friday, February 5 Any student who did not see their guidance counselor on Wednesday or Thursday, may report to Room 155 after Period 3.

Please remember that guidance counselors cannot entertain a request to change a student’s program for personal reasons (i.e., employment, after-school activities, family responsibilities).  The only way a student can receive a program change is if the student is in an incorrect class.

Graduation Day is just five months away and the preparation has begun!  Part of your graduation responsibilities is your senior dues.  Your senior dues this year will be $135.00 and must be paid no later than Friday, April 1st, 2016.  Payments received after April 1st, will incur a $15.00 late fee, resulting in payment of $150.00. If your dues are not paid by Friday, April 1st, 2016, a yearbook will not be ordered for you, and you will not be guaranteed a cap/gown or Tee-shirt in your size.
SeniorsDues 2016.doc
NYC Great! (Girls Reaching Every Apex Together) is designed to provide experiences that support the development of leadership and communication skills in young women who are currently in the 9th grade. The goal of each interaction with participants is to have them consider, “Why settle for average when you can be GREAT?”
Young women in grade 9 who are currently attending a NYC Department of Education public school in Brooklyn may apply. Sessions are held once a month on a Saturday at St. Francis College. Applicants are required to answer three short essay questions and attend a personal interview. For more information about the program, visit
Applications will be through February 12th

Congratulations to our students, Md Hamin and Chankele Winfield, received Gold Key Awards from the Scholastic Art Competition.  Chankele also received two Honorable Mentions.  
Gold Key winners have their work display at MOMA!
Silver and Gold Key recipients and educators:
Mark your calendars! The 2016 NYC Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at The New School! All Gold Key and Silver Key recipients are cordially invited to attend and may bring up to two guests.
Date: 11:30 am (Art) & 3:30 pm (Writing) on Sunday, March 13
Location: Tishman Auditorium, The New School's University Center, 63 Fifth Ave, New York, NY
Gold Key Recipients (Art):
All 9th-12th grade Gold Key recipients will be invited to choose one gold key for The 2016 NYC Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition, which will take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! If you were awarded more than one gold key, please select one work to be included in the exhibition. You may drop off your artwork at Scholastic Awards, 557 Broadway New York, NY Thursday February 4th, 10am-7pm, Friday February 5th, 10am-7pm and Saturday February 6th, 10am-4pm. Due to space limitations, gold key artwork from 7-8 grade students will be displayed digitally.

Moving Mountains Inc.
Performing Arts Company is back for the 2015­ - 2016 season
There are still spots available to register.
MMI is back for another fun filled school year of everything Entertainment, for ages 10­ to 18. Sessions take place every Saturday, audition required, experience not needed!
What: Drama, Dance, Vocal, Film & Professional Development
When: Saturdays at 10:30am
Where: Medgar Evers College
1150 Carroll St, room: P17
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Film students must be at least 14 years old before Jan. 2016
To find out more information about Moving Mountains Inc. or to schedule an audition
log onto or call 347­-365-­6057 email

Staten Island NAACP to Host Annual
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair 2016 (HBCU Fair)
Spelman and Morehouse Colleges want to meet AVID students


Admissions representatives from more than 20 Black colleges and universities will be at Ralph R. McKee High School on Saturday, February 6th from 1pm to 5pm for the annual Staten Island HBCU FAIR 2016. Sponsored by Staten Island NAACP, it is hosted by McKee High School.  This island-wide event is free and open to all students, parents and guardians.


High school students will have the opportunity to speak with recruiters and admissions personnel about the benefits of attending a traditional HBCU. In some cases, high school seniors will have application fees waived and on the spot admissions.  Scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors will be available.

Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2016 (students currently in grades 7 through 11). This intensive program is held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. Summer Arts Institute is administered by the NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects.Students can major in dance, theater, instrumental music, orchestral strings, vocal music, film, or visual arts. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their discipline. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college/university or conservatory. The daily schedule includes studio work and experiences with professional artists. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting arts venues and exploring careers. The Institute culminates with an exhibition and performance showcasing the students’ work. Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only ONE studio. Program Dates: July 5 – July 29, 2016Student Application Period: December 1, 2015 - February 5, 2016Student Auditions: Saturday, April 2 & Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Frank Sinatra School of the ArtsFor more information and to apply, please visit The Summer Arts Institute Website

SUNY is once again offering two Financial Aid Days to assist students and their families in applying for financial aid and completing the FAFSA.  This year, the dates are January 16 and February 20
These workshops are offered free of charge and are available at 44 locations throughout New York State.  Students and families are encouraged to pre-register online at or by calling the SUNY Recruitment Response Center at 1.800.342.3811.

The Midwood Debate team is in our
1st year and our goal is to
compete in the 42nd Annual Harvard
National Forensics Tournament
From Feb. 12, 2016 to Feb. 15, 2016.
We have 20 students as members
and we are trying to raise money
to pay for the cost of traveling from
Brooklyn, New York to
Cambridge, Massachusetts
for this tournament.
We are in our first year as a
debate team and we are
honored to so far place 4th place in our division.
Please go to
to donate.


Asian Youth in Action (AYA) is a 7-month
internship program running from
February 2016 to August 2016 for youth
ages 14-20. This is an opportunity for Asian
young people who speak Bangla, Korean,
Mandarin, and/or Cantonese to serve low-income
Asian immigrant communities. Interns will
gain hands-on experience through:–
Developing relationships and working with
the Chinatown Tenants Union or the
NYCHA Organizing Project for 10 hours
each month.– Monthly leadership skills
trainings and social issue workshops.
Including public speaking, racial justice,
feminism, housing rights, multilingual
interpretation, and more.– Monthly
team-building workshops to establish
friendships and events with other
youth and immigrants from across the City.
For more information and application

We encourage families to complete
their School Meals Application
online so that they will not need
to submit a paper form.

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Cell Phone Policy
Programming & Class Equalization
Midwood High School is a term school.
Students receive programs at the
beginning of each term.
Programming any school, but
especially one as large as
Midwood High School, is a challenging
task and typically results in the
need for program changes.
The need for changes can include errors,
oversights, and most importantly
the need to equalize class sizes
according to union rules.
By union contract all
schools have the first ten {10}
days of school each term to
finalize the equalization process.
Unfortunately this process often
leads to students receiving
program changes that they did
not request. While we recognize
the initial disruption that this
causes to students, it is necessary
and part of the mandatory process.
It is important that parents and students
understand that these changes may
occur randomly for any students during
the first 10 days of the semester.
We ask for your patience and
understanding during this process.
Midwood High School's programming
office cannot accommodate individual
students personal programming needs
i.e., before/after school responsibilities,
Each term parents and students
{at each grade level} must assume
that their school can start as early
as 1st period {7:15A.M.} and end as
late as 10th period {3:30P.M.}.    

Please see attachment for  policy regarding
student eligibility for participation in senior events.
Bell Schedule.docx
Extended Bell Schedule
Extended Bell Schedule.docx
Dear Parents & Guardians,
For the safety and well-being of your child it is imperative
that we
have accurate biographical and emergency contact
information on
file for both you and your child. 
All changes of address, phone numbers,
 cell phone numbers,
guardianship and emergency contact persons must
be reported
to your child’s guidance counselor. 
According to the
Chancellor’s Regulations, all changes of
address must be accompanied by a gas, electrical, or water bill. 
 A mortgage statement is acceptable as well.  If you rent and do not
pay utilities, a notarized letter from your landlord is required.  
Additionally, change of guardianship requires a notarized form which
is available at our school. 
Fern Bren
Assistant Principal
Pupil Personnel Service

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 8
Lunar New Year
Schools closed
Mon, Feb 15 - Fri, Feb 19
Mid-Winter Recess
Monday, February 22
Parents Association Meeting
College Career Readiness, interviewing techniques & internships 
Thursday, March 10
Parent Teacher Conference
Friday, March 11
Parent Teacher Conference

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Today, 2/5/2016
High: 40 Low: 30
Partly sunny
14% chance of precipitation.
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