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PTA Meeting and Financial Aid Night
Thursday, December 4, 6-8pm
December PTA Meeting is followed by Financial Aid Night.
Students and parent/guardian are urged to attend. The information is key for this year's seniors and helpful for juniors as they get a "sneak peek" at a crucial phase of the college process
- BTHS College Office FAFSA Assistance and Support
- Presentation Speaker: Dzelika Daniel, CUNY, Office of Student Financial Assistance
- Question and Answer Period
College Info Meetings and More
Thurs Dec 4th, 6-8pm - Financial Aid Night
While the handouts and information the College Office are for the immediate use of this year's seniors, juniors can get a "sneak peek" at a crucial phase of the college process. Hear from the BTHS College Office and Dzelika Daniel from CUNY Office of Student Financial Assistance
Mon, Dec 15, 6:30-8:30pm - Demystifying the SATs/ACTs: the college testing sequence
It's never too early to start learning about the college process. Sophomore and junior families, please join us to hear more about the SAT/ACT/ SAT Subject Tests, a suggested timeline when to take exams, and National Merit Awareness.
College Search and Additional Info
- Explore College Programs - College Board
- College Search for Beginners - Campus Grotto
- SAT Success - College Board and Khan Academy
- BTHS College Office - click the College Office Tab
- BTHS College Office Smartphone App - get upcoming deadlines, scholarships, panels and more
SAVE the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test
The Coalition of Specialized High Schools urges all current parents to tell your New York City Council Member to Vote NO on Resolution 442. Save the Test. Save our schools. Promote diversity, fairness and merit! Do it today.
Related Opinions and Articles
- "Don't fiddle with entry test to NYC's top high schools" , by Larry Cary, in AM New York
- "The History of New York City's Special High Schools", in Gotham Gazette
- "Taking a Break From the Negative", by co-PTA president Elissa Stein, in Huffington Post
- "A cram course for Bill ", in New York Daily News
- "NYC Students Tackle Test to Elite High Schools, It’s Fair, They Say" by Petr Svab, Epoch Times
- "An Open Letter to NYC's Mayor" , by co-PTA president Elissa Stein, in Huffington Post
- "Is the Test the Problem: Maintaining Rigor and Improving Access a NYC's Specialized Schools", the Brooklyn Tech Alumni position
- More SHSAT News
Read about our fabulous teachers and staff on the "Teacher Feature" page.
Geraldine Lapierre, Music
We reached out to Ms. Lapierre to learn a little bit more about her and the music program at Tech. Here is what she shared with us:
How long have you taught at Tech, and what is your educational background?
I have been teaching at Tech for 26 years. I am an Orchestral Music Teacher. I attended Hartwick College in Oneonta where I studied Music at the Anderson Center for the Arts. My major was in Performance on the violin and my degree was a Bachelor of Science. Upon graduation, I won a music scholarship from Hartwick College and continued on for my Masters in Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
What drew you to teaching? Were you ever a full-time, professional musician, and do you perform now?
I love music and I love teaching young people how to play instruments. Yes, I am a professional musician. I played professionally with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Charles Schneider. The Catskill Symphony Orchestra paid my college tuition. I used to perform at churches, weddings, anniversary parties, and some studio work. I am on iTunes - my most recent performance is captured on a holiday CD. Dahna Bender is the vocal artist and the name of the CD on iTunes is "Giving of the Heart", which raised funds for the displaced animals from Hurricane Sandy.
What is it like to teach music at a school that is so math-and-science focused?
It is amazing. What most people don't realize is what it takes to create and implement music. We incorporate the use of math and physics in our classes everyday. Our students must calculate the rhythm in their brain while splitting the strings (placing their fingers down on the strings like hammers - shortening and lengthening them, changing the frequencies) and reading different clefs.
Describe your extracurricular involvement at Tech with clubs and the like.
We put on two major concerts per year: the Winter Concert and the Spring Concert. We also have a theatre production every year. Last year we did "Hairspray," and it was terrific. We also attend the All-City Honors Orchestra and this past year I had more string students qualify than any other city high school, including LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and Performing Arts. We also compete in the All-City Chamber Orchestra Competition at Bishop Loughlin High School.
This is an interesting tidbit: when I first started at Tech I taught band and I was the cheerleading coach. The reason I took the job at Tech was because Principal John Tobin told me he would allow me to start a stringed instrument club and possibly a future orchestra. Dreams really do come true!
Note: Ms. Lapierre turned to DonorsChoose to to fill a critical funding need in the music department. Happily, the Tech community fulfilled her requests. Since then, several other Tech teachers have made use of the DonorsChoose system, in which part of the money comes from contributions and the rest from grants. We hope all parents will do what they can to help fill the funding gap the school is experiencing.
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