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

Midwood High School Freshman Course Preference Form
This form will allow incoming Midwood High School freshmen the ability to select their preferences regarding language and art / music. Students may choose their preferences until August 15, 2016. Preferences will be honored according to budgetary and / or programming issues. Students are NOT guaranteed their preferences.
To fill out the form go to:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dtdYhSFoinuUR41gQAYj-uDt7QP2MY-KoQjKHY4BOJk/viewform


Dear Parents,
Midwood High School sends out emails and an electronic newsletter for parents/students.
This newsletter contains important information for you and your child.
Please fill out and submit this form and you will be added to the email list.
To fill out the form go to: 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10MEHzsXnrhGkJM7BUWuVCCGGwQmeVifgB60dZaavLJc/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

Any boy interested in joining the boys track team must email
Coach Cohen at MaCohenBK@aol.com ASAP. 
No prior experience is necessary!


"ATTENTION AP SPANISH LANGUAGE/ LITERATURE STUDENTS:

AP Spanish Summer Assignments can be found under - Class Pages- Foreign Language- AP Spanish Language/Literature"


Incoming Students Photo Identification Cards
between the hours of 9:00AM and 12:00PM
Monday, August 29 Students whose last name begin with A thru F
Tuesday, August 30 Students whose last name begin with G thru M
Wednesday, August 31 Students whose last name begin with N thru S
Thursday, September 1 Students whose last name begin with T thru Z
The Parents Association will be selling gym shirts and shorts the same days ID pictures are taken.
Master locks for $12.00

Summer Hours for Transcripts
& Education Verification
July 13, 2016
July 20,2016
July 27, 2016
August 3, 2016
August 10, 2016 
August 17, 2016 

Midwood High School at Brooklyn College
Summer Reading 2016
Each student is required to read two books for the summer. Find your class on the list below and choose two texts. Be prepared to complete an assignment in the fall. This may be a test, essay, or project assigned by your teacher. This list may also be found on the school’s website MidwoodHighSchool.org.  Please feel free to read more books on the list. They are all great reads!
Incoming Freshman:
Vaclav and Lenaby 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
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Krik ? Krak ! by Edwidge Danticat
Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang
Rising Juniors:
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Caleb’s Crossingby 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 BillBryson
The Pact : Three young men make a promise and fulfill a dream by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, ,Rameck Hunt and Lisa Frazier.
Advanced Placement English Literature only
Read all Three of the following and one of the books assigned to your grade above:
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Sula by Toni Morrison
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Advanced Placement English Language and composition only
Read the following and one of the books assigned to your grade above:
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
AP Capstone Seminar
Outliers by M Gladwell
Best Amerincan Science and Nature writing 2015 by Rebecca Skloot



Welcome New Parents!
Join the Parents Association.
Please see attachment for the Parents' Association meeting dates. 
During orientation the Parents Association will be
selling gym shirts {$10} & gym shorts {$12}.
Cash only.
2016.2017 PA Meetings.docx
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

2016 -2017 SCHOOL YEAR
NEW YORK STATE IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
MENINGOCOCCAL CONJUGATE VACCINE
GRADE 12 – 2 DOSES 
              OR
                    1 DOSE (IF THE DOSE WAS RECEIVED AT 16 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER)


 

Please see attachment for basic facts about Zika virus, including where you can find more information, alerts and warnings.

Chancellor_BassettZikaTravelParentLetterEnglish.pdf
Midwood Homework Policy
MidwoodHomeworkpolicy.doc
Apply now to STEM Summer in the City, a free program designed to provide current 2nd - 10th graders the opportunity for an innovative, engaging, and fun summer learning program designed specifically around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In addition to weekly STEM challenges, involving coding & game design, developing engineering solutions and inventing with robotics, the program also includes enrichment opportunities in the Arts, Physical Education and includes trips to NYC cultural institutions. This summer we are looking to pilot a Minecraft track where all students will be able to build and share their creations in Microsoft's new Minecraft portal for schools.
2016_STEMFlyerHighSchool.pdf
Midwood High School is thrilled to be named as one of the Best High Schools in the Nation and New York State by the U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Post America's Most Challenging High Schools. 
What makes this honor so meaningful is Midwood is one of the most diverse, largest, urban public high school that does not require an admissions test.  This is a testimony to the hard work of our community of teachers, parents, students, and administrators at Midwood.
U.S. News & World Report Link
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-york/districts/new-york-city-public-schools/midwood-high-school-13472

Washington Post Link
http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/schools/2016/list/new-york-schools/

Midwood High School follows the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.
Non Discrimination Statement_03-01-2016-162825.pdf
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 Microsoft software.pdf
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/
 

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.}.    

Please see attachment for  policy regarding
student eligibility for participation in senior events.
 
SeniorEligibility.doc
BELL SCHEDULE 2016/2017
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

Tuesday, July 26
Clarendon Library
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
3-D Printing, Coding, Robotics
Wednesday, July 27
Clarendon Library
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Teen Music Class, Mystery Club, Manga Club
Thursday, July 28
Clarendon Library
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Wii U Gaming
Friday, July 29
Clarendon Library
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
PS3 Gaming
Monday, August 1
Clarendon Library
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Teen Board Games, Tai Chi

Quick Links

It’s that time of year again—summer in New York City!—and the Department of Youth and Community Development is pleased to present the 2016 New York City Youth Guide to Summer Fun. Whether you plan to cool down in the Rockaways or heat things up at the New York City Fire Museum, gaze at the sky or watch a movie under the stars, take in jazz at Bryant Park or celebrate Summer on the Hudson, you can find them—and many other free and low-cost opportunities—in this convenient guide. DYCD would like to thank the City agencies, museums, youth groups, libraries, arts organizations and cultural institutions that play a role in compiling this information each year.
Go to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dycd/html/resources/summer_guide.shtml for more information


2016/2017 School Calendar
201617SchoolYearCalendar.pdf


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Weather

Today, 7/26/2016
High: 92 Low: 76
Partly sunny
14% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 7/27/2016
High: 88 Low: 65
Partly sunny
12% chance of precipitation.