Monthly Family Newsletter

March 2015

*Monday, March 9th: Special Guest Speaker Rubén Blades, musician, activist, winner of 7 Grammys and the next hopeful President of Panama! Read more about his many accomplishments and speak with Laura if you are interested in attending.

*Tuesday is the deadline for Open Honors applications for spring classes. Open Honors is a special program at Harvest where students can elect to do more challenging work, both in quantity and quality, for Honors credit on their transcript–showing their commitment to learning, education and learning the most they can in areas of strength. If you’re not sure if Open Honors is right for you, on in which classes, please talk with your parents, advisor and teachers to get the best match this semester.

*Tuesday, March 10th: PTA meeting, 5:30-7:00. We will be reviewing the highlights of Intensive and hopefully presenting an aspect of spring curriculum.

*Friday, March 20th: Reading Banquet. Students–Come for the literature; stay for the sparkling cider. 3:30-5:30

*Thursday OR Friday March 26th-27th. Progress Report Conference for all Parent-Teacher-Students. All parents please plan on coming to discuss your child’s learning in their spring classes. All students should be at the conferences.

*Friday, April 3rd: Spring Break Starts!

    Maternity Leave Notice

*As many of you know, I am due to have a baby any day now. Though I am excited about the great work of parenthood, I hate to tear myself away from Harvest for even a brief while and am working up to the last second. I plan to return to Harvest in early June. In the meantime, we will be supported first by our Vice Principal, Dr. Mike Dunson as well as by mentor principal Mr. Ken Cuthbert, an experienced former principal who has been coaching principals around the city and assisting for other maternity leaves, and by Arleen Liquori, the highly competent principal of Legacy in our building. While I am away, please continue to reach out to:

•Advisor –> first outreach for any communication or a question about your child (emails are*)

•Attendance or Absence notification –> Advisor and Tyree Jackson,
•IEP or Special Education question –> Frankee Grove,
•Academic Policy (credits, exams, Gateways and Capstones), JumpRope, or Schedule –> Steve Lazar,
•General Concern or follow-up –> Dr. D, Assistant Principal,

*Andy del Calvo is; Andy Snyder

    Student Activities and Opportunities

*Filmmaking will start, due to popular demand, this coming Monday at 3:40 (students, please wait in Harvest Central or the Commons for Filmmaking just after school).

*Congratulations to the dozen or more students who tried out for the Baseball and Softball teams this week. Please be in touch with Angelo or fellow students if you would like to play ball this spring.

    *SYEP applications are available. Summer Youth Employment

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. Participants are selected by lottery for the program.

For more information:

Below is a link to complete Summer Youth Applications on-line. Please note deadline is April 10, 2015.

Applicants will need photo ID please visit this link to get a free ID:


February 2015

We are very excited to be launching our third annual special Harvest tradition: the Winter Intensive, a time during intercession between first and second semesters that students have the opportunity to study one particular subject in depth. Filmmaking. Writing. Camping. Research. Art criticism. Social analysis. These are just a few activities offered in Harvest Collegiate’s Winter Intensive course offerings. For one week, starting Tuesday, February 3 and ending Wednesday February 11, you will enroll in one of the courses below each culminating in an exhibition or presentation. Each course is worth a .5 credit; it appears on your transcript and becomes a part of your GPA with your other courses. We hope you become immersed in an exciting subject, meet new friends and have a wonderful experience outside the typical realm of the winter blues in NYC.

Link here:  Winter Intensive Course List

A few important Notes

•A goal of ours at Harvest is to help you become lifelong readers; that means our reading expectation of a book a week is always in effect. During Intensive, independent reading will continue and all students are expected to keep reading at least half an hour each night.
•Since missing even one day of Intensive means you are missing over 10% of the course (the DOE’s standard of attendance-in-crisis), please know that if you are absent during Intensive, your credit will be in jeopardy.
•Many Intensives have a significant additional cost associated with travel, admissions fees, special material and smaller class sizes. While we believe in being “need blind” and having everyone attend an Intensive regardless of cost, we are asking for your contributions to help defray the cost of your child’s own benefit. Special thank you to the PTA for your contribution to Intensive!
•Intensive starts this coming Tuesday. Please note, Monday is a citywide professional development day where no high schools in the city have class. Your regular, new classes for second term will start on Thursday, February 12th.

Upcoming Events

Thursday Feb 5th: Special guest teen psychologist Sean Grover will be speaking with our PTA next Thursday on Developing Healthy Habits in Teens. Sean has come before an been excellent–we really encourage you to come out, even if you don’t typically.

Friday February 13th, 5:30-7:30 : Harvest student Theater Performance The Foreigner.

2/14-2/22: Midwinter Recess, no school citywide.


January 2015

*Early Dismissal this Friday January 9th, 11:32am.

*PTA with an overview on Gateways and Capstones, January 13th, 5:30-7:00.

*Guitar Fest next Friday January 16th, 5:20pm. Parents, you’re invited: Come hear students from all three classes compete in our first ever Guitar Fest competition.

*New Immigration Policy Workshop Thursday, January 22, 6:30-7:30pm. A Managing Attorney at Immigrant Justice Corps, will be giving a presentation at Harvest on the new immigration program announced by President Obama last month. These new programs offer temporary legal status to students who entered the United States before their sixteenth birthday and have lived in the United States since January 1, 2010, as well as to parents of United States citizens who have lived in the US since January 1, 2010. In both cases, there are additional conditions. Ms. Oshiro will talk about the programs, and help families understand the steps they need to take to gain this status.

*Final day of first semester classes and End Terms Ceremony (with Awards and music)–please wear formal dress. (This is for students only).

*Symposium presentations of Gateways and first Capstones: week of January 26th-January 30th (exact schedule will be released as students complete final drafts).

*Harvest Student Theater Performance: The Foreigner, a two-act comedy by Larry Shue.

We hope to see you at one or more of the above events, and hope you are having a warm and good new year so far,

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