Principal's Message

     Over the past six months we have been working to create a homework policy that balances the need for students to practice skills and examine content with the fact that today's student has many other priorities as well.  As a school community we firmly believe that homework offers students the ability to practice and receive feedback from their teachers.  Teachers have spent the last six months aligning their classroom instruction to this new policy.  The attached policy will be in effect immediately.
Midwood Homework policy 2015.doc
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

Summer Reading 2015
Each student is required to
read two books.
Incoming Freshmen:
Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner
Left to Tell by Immaculee Iibagiza 
The astonishing life of Octavio Nothing
by MT Anderson
Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez
July's People by Nadine Gordimer
When I was Puerto Rican by
Esmeralda Santiago
Rising Sophomores:
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
In defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
by Michael Polan
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-
time by Mark Haddon
Friday Night Lights by HG Bissinger
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Absolutely True Diary of a
Part Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
by Yu Yun Li
The Secret Life of Bees by
Sue Monk Kidd
Krik ? Krak ! by Edwidge Danticat
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir
by Eddie Huang  
Rising Juniors:
The Invention of Wings by
Sue Monk Kidd
Caleb's Crossing by
Geraldine Brooks
The River King by
Alice Hoffman
We were the Mulvaneys
by Joyce Carol Oats
Flight Behavior by
Barbara Kingsolver
Cavalier and Clay by
Michael Chabon
The Last Town on Earth
by Thomas Mullen
112263 by Stephen King
Rising Seniors:
All Creatures Great and Small
by James Herriot
Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party
by Ying Chang Compestine
Rocket Boys {October Sky} by
Homer Hickam
Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self
by Lori Gottlieb
A Walk in the Wood: Rediscovering
America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bill Bryson
The Pact: Three young men make
a promise and fulfill a dream  
by Sampsom Davis, George Jenkins,
Rameck Hunt and Lisa Frazier
Advanced Placement English 
Language and composition only
Read all Three of the following and
one of the books assigned to your
grade above:
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
The Glass Castle by
Jeannette Wall
  

Dates for Photo Identification
at Midwood High School
Between the hours of
8:30am-11:30am based upon
the following schedule:
July 13 {Monday} -
Students whose last names
begin with A thru F
July 14 {Tuesday}
Students whose last names
begin with G thru M
July 15 {Wednesday}
Students whose last names
begin N thru S
July 16 {Thursday}
Students whose last names
begin with T thru Z
August 4 {Tuesday} and
August 5 {Wednesday}
Students who missed their
scheduled appointment

Attention Incoming Freshmen
Please click on the link below to
access our Freshman Selection Form. 
On this form parents and students can
indicate their preference for an art/music class
 and a choice of foreign language. 
Students who also have experience in chorus
 or band can also select to join the
Midwood High School band / orchestra. 
Please note that these choices
are considered preferences. 
Although we will do everything possible
to meet a student's choice, students
may be placed in classes due to budgetary
 and / or programming issues.
Link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dtdYhSFoinuUR41gQAYj-uDt7QP2MY-KoQjKHY4BOJk/viewform

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Girl's Volleyball Tryouts
Thursday, Sept. 3 &
Friday, Sept 4 at 10am in
the G gym. Medical &
permission slips must be
completed to attend the
try-out. If you need forms
go to Athletics on this
web site and print the forms
to take to the doctor.
Any player from 9th to 12th grade
may attend the try outs.

Free Summer Meals
Starting June 27th at participating
schools, pools, parks, libraries
and NYCHA locations near you.
For more information go to
www.schoolfoodnyc.org

2015 Sing for Hope Arts Intensive Application
July 20–24 & August 3–7, 2015
Program Overview: A free week-long arts
program, Sing for Hope's Arts Intensive
provides motivated high school students
with the opportunity to explore a
comprehensive array of art forms in a
rigorous, immersive, creative environment.
Classes are led by professional artists from
Sing for Hope's Volunteer Artist Roster,
and past sessions have included acting,
improvisation, a cappella, songwriting,
visual art, DJing, and dance, among others.
This program will take place in the
SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.
for the application, go to
https://singforhope.formstack.com/forms/sfhartsintensiveapplicationform


THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PRESENTS
Exciting Science and STEM Summer Enrichment
Opportunities for Pre-K to High School Students
at the Environmental Study Center
BIOTECHNOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL
STUDY CENTER
GARDENING
SCIENCE OF COOKING
OCEANOGRAPHY
FORENSICS
ART IN NATURE
ECOLOGY
ANIMAL
INVESTIGATIONS
Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/42059691-E589-4EF0-8808-E936C2175FC4/0/ESCSummerPrograms_Flyer_2015.pdf
 http://schools.nyc.gov/students for more information and to apply.


Congratulations to our Midwood Science Students!
The 2015 Science Research Day was held on
Friday, May 8, at Brooklyn College.
For the second year in a row Midwood Science
students received every award in the
high school division.

Midwood wins 18 awards and $5000
in prizes at 2015 ACT‑SO
Midwood received 6 gold medals,
4 silver medals, 4 bronze medals,
3 ambassador awards,
and 1 outstanding teacher award.
Go to http://midwoodscience.org/ for more information.

Dear Parents & Students:
The warm weather is upon us
and it seems like a good time
to issue a few reminders about
appropriate dress for school. 
It is important for everyone to
understand and recognize the
difference between attire that is
school appropriate versus attire
that is more suitable for circumstances
outside of school. Therefore, all students
are expected to wear clothing
that is appropriate for school. 
Clothing that distracts students,
disrupts the educational process,
or poses a health or safety threat
to anyone is not acceptable in our school.
Please see attachment.
AppropriateAttire-Students[1].doc
Attention Juniors:
If you did not take
your yearbook photo
you will be able
to reschedule in the Fall

Cell Phone Policy
Cellphonepolicy.pdf
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,
employment.
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.}.    

We encourage families to complete
their School Meals Application
online so that they will not need
to submit a paper form.  
 https://www.applyforlunch.com/
 

Please see attachment for  policy regarding
student eligibility for participation in senior events.
 
SeniorEligibility.doc
BELL SCHEDULE 2014/2015
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. 
Sincerely,
Fern Bren
Assistant Principal
Pupil Personnel Service

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 1
First Day of Summer School
Friday, July 3
Independence Day Observed (schools and offices closed)
Tuesday, August 11
Last Day of Classes for Summer School
Wednesday, August 12
Regents/RCT
Thursday, August 13
Regents/RCT

Weather

Today, 6/30/2015
High: 80 Low: 69
Mostly cloudy
17% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 7/1/2015
High: 85 Low: 69
Rain showers likely
60% chance of precipitation.