honor roll congratulations
Congratulations to all those who made the MS 104 Honor Roll! 
MS 104 encourages all students to maintain high expectations and strive to reach their potential.  Students who made the Honor Roll have committed themselves to academic excellence and are being recognized for this accomplishment. 
(Honor Roll Students  received a written notification and invitation to a celebration.)

spring break

A reminder that school is closed for Spring Break April 14-22. Students return to school on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.


There will be no Baruch Blast over the Spring Break. 


Please note: Make sure that your children safeguard their Metro Cards during Spring Break Week. A reminder that DOE-issued Metro Cards may only be used when school is in session.

state math test

The NY State Math Tests are Wednesday - Friday, April 30 - May 2.

school survey

2013/2014 "Parent Surveys" were sent home with your child Friday in a green envelope.  This survey gives parents the opportunity to give information regarding the school about what is working well and what areas are in need of improvement.  Your opinion counts and makes a difference! 


We are aiming for 100% participation and request your support in this endeavor.  


Just as last year, we are offering two incentives to maintain our consistently high rate of return.  


For each grade, the HOMEROOM with the highest rate of return will receive a pizza party.  Secondly, the HOUSE with the highest rate of return will receive an Afternoon of Fun in the yard.

green team news

Green Team has been hard at work teaching the students and staff about going green and sustainability! Green Team members presented at this year's STEM EXPO where they created and led families in games and craft projects to teach them about fun ways to recycle. Students also created informational flyers, posters, and newspaper articles to educate the school about sustainability.

Green Team is now in preparation for Earth Day where we are planting flowers and herbs in recyclable containers like water bottles and milk cartons. Future Green Week activities TBA!

All students are still welcome to join Green Team and help make a difference in our school! Meetings are Wednesdays after school from 3:00-4:30 pm.

Baruch spirit week coming soon!

Spirit week is scheduled for May 5th-May 9th. Student-faculty games will be held on May 9th.


More details soon on what is always a ton of fun all week long. 

teacher appreciation week

Teacher appreciation week is May 5-9. Remember all of the hard work and effort the teachers show our children, and demonstrate your appreciation.

Summer Youth Employment Program
Students 14 and older can apply for Summer Youth Employment. The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth with paid summer employment for up to six weeks during July and August.

Students interested may apply online by clicking here.  Or see your guidance counselor for an application or questions.

internet safety workshop

We were so pleased to see many parents attend the recent Internet Safety Workshop.  We are the only school that this NY Assistant DA chooses to come to now and we are very lucky to have him. 


Click here to see a summary of the workshop, view handouts and see a list of websites provided by the DA for more information which was published in last week's Baruch Blast. 

in case you missed it

Click here for the Sexual Health presentation at the last PTA Parent Workshop by Ms. Lin and Ms. DiCarlo. 


Included in the presentation are topics covered in MS104's Health curriculum for 6th, 7th and 8th grade.

box tops
Since 1996, the Box Tops for Education program has helped schools across America earn cash for the things they need.  (Click here for more information on the program.) 


Please help our school by sending in Box Tops.  You can find the familiar pink and orange Box Top on products such as cereal boxes, paper products, snack packaging, etc. 


Bring Box Tops to the Main Office where there is a collection box.  Student volunteers will be checking it each week to keep track of our progress.  Support your school today and see what a difference you can make!

8th grade families  

high school appeals
Applications for High School admissions appeals will be available after Round 2 results are distributed. No exact date has been announced.

(Students cannot appeal to any of the Specialized High Schools.)
Appeals are intended for students with special circumstances including:
Travel Hardship - the school is more than 1 hour and 15 minutes travel time each way.

Special education - The student needs services and the school does not have the program.

Moving - The family or school has moved.

Medical - The child has a medical condition, so they can not attend the school.

Safety issue - A student has problems with a student who attends the school.

Wrong code - This school was not the school entered on your application.
Please contact Rachael Schleifer, 8th Grade Guidance Counselor, with any questions.

senior trip
This year's Senior Trip to Great Adventure is schedule for Friday, June 6th.  All eligible students who are interested in going on the trip must pay a fee of $75. 
The fee includes:
* Class of 2014 Senior T-Shirt (to be worn day of trip)
* Transportation to and from Great Adventure
* Admission to the park
* "All You Can Eat Buffet" from 12:00 - 2:00 pm
* One free return ticket to Great Adventure
Important Dates and Information:
*  Payment is now being accepted for the trip.   
* The LAST DAY students can submit payment is Friday, April 25th
* Payment should be submitted to Ms. Doyle in the Main Office during morning homeroom.
* Payment can be in cash, check or money order made out to "General Fund of JHS 104"
* Senior Dues and Senior Trip are separate expenses and need to be paid in separate payments.
* Senior Dues must be paid before a student can pay for the Senior Trip
* See Mr. Comparetto with any questions
senior dues
As of February 3, Senior Dues will be collected in the main office during homeroom period from graduating students. 
The fee is $75 per student. Senior dues cover expenses associated with renting Hunter College's auditorium to accommodate the large number of students and families at graduation, security, tickets, flower arrangements, programs, diplomas, student awards and senior buttons.  Additionally, transportation costs for our color guard and equipment are covered as well as yearbook production costs. 
Graduation will held on Tuesday, June 24.  All students who submit payment of senior dues will receive a senior button and yearbook in June. Tickets for graduation will be distributed in June and each student will receive four tickets for friends and family. 
Senior dues DOES NOT cover expenses for the senior trip, cap and gown and the senior prom.  These separate expenses will be paid at a later date. More information on those will come later in the year.
Any residual funds from senior dues will be used to support a variety of school programs such as Baruch Bucks and other PBIS programs, school-wide after school sports, art and academic programs and/or financial assistance for senior activities for families in need.

sports, clubs, and after-school activities

Club Summary by Day (not including sports teams)

Monday:  Art, Glee

Tuesday: Debate

Wednesday: Ceramics, Code Scouts, Green Team, Music

Thursday: Art, Math, Chess, Yoga, STEM


Many clubs allows students to "drop-in" when they can, so encourage students to try a new club when they can.


STEM meetups

The STEM Meetups after-school program will meet twice a month on Thursdays from 3:00- 4:30 pm in Room 211.  Click here for permission slip, survey and dates.  Students may attend as many sessions as they want or are interested in.  They are not required to come to all sessions. 


Congratulations to the Lady Lions who have advanced to the finals of the Manhattan Middle School Basketball League! The girls will play for the league championship this Sunday, March 9th at MS 104. The game will start at 11:45 am. We wish them luck!

The boys team continues its playoffs as they play in the Final Eight against MS 54. If they win they will play in the Final Four on Saturday.



after-School Yoga  Yoga meets Thursdays after school from 3:15 to 4:15 pm in the cafeteria.       

green team

What is the Green Team? Students who are interested in learning how to be "more green." Students interested in helping to organize recycling competitions, gardening events, and other green activities for our school. Students interested in making a real difference in our school and our community.

The Baruch
Green Team meets Wednesday afternoons in Room 211. If you have any questions about Green Team, please contact Ms. Solarsh in Room 211 or email

chess club
The Chess Club will meet weekly on Thursdays in Room 405 from 3:00-4:30 pm. Students may feel free to attend any Thursday. See Mr. Hinnant with any questions.

debate  team
The Debate Team will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:30 pm in Room 318.   See Ms. Nugent or Ms. Sugrue with questions.
math team
The math team will meet Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 pm. Please see Ms. Nick with questions.

school progress report

NYC Department of Education School Progress Reports are in and we have terrific news to share regarding our school.  


Simon Baruch received an "A" with an overall score of 86.3 out of 100 putting us in the 97th percentile of Middle Schools in NYC!   Our overall score increased some 20 points from the 3 previous years. 


With an enrollment of our size and the wonderful diversity of students we have which comes from having a mix of screened and unscreened students as a zoned school, this is something to truly be proud of (even if these Progress Reports are somewhat controversial). 


Each of the following links shows a variation of the DOE findings:


Click here to view our Progress Report


Click here to our Progress Report Overview


Click here to see how Simon Baruch compared to other Middle Schools in New York City.  (The NYC DOE groups Middle and Elementary Schools together in this spreadsheet)

using the school library

The school library is a wonderful place to study or do homework in addition to being a great place for students to find books.  Library hours have recently expanded so now seems a good time to give more details. 


The library is run by Ms. Colosimo.  Students may borrow up to two (2) books at a time for a 2-week period, and may renew the books, if necessary.    

In order to borrow a book, students simply give their last name to Ms. Colosimo during open library hours. Library hours are:

Morning Hours:

Wednesday & Thursday during morning session (7:50 - 8:40 am)


After-School Hours:

Monday & Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm


Lunch Time Hours by Grade:

6th Grade  - Tuesdays during lunch

7th and 8th Grade - Wednesdays during lunch


To come during lunch, students obtain a library pass from the AP on duty in the cafeteria. There are a limited number of passes for each day.  Once the student comes up to the library they must remain in the library for the rest of the lunch period to avoid unnecessary disruption to other classes in session.

baruch blast archive

Past Baruch Blasts are archived on the Baruch 104 website ( on the Home Page under the PTA Section. 


Click here to check it out now or just feel good knowing you don't have to remember every little piece of information off the top of your head.

common core information

Many thanks to Principal Gaetani, Ms. Nugent (ELA) and Ms. Deng (Math) for the informative presentation and discussion regarding Common Core Standards at the last PTA meeting. We had a terrific attendance but we understand that's it's not always possible to get to PTA meetings.  Below you will find links to information that was presented.

Introduction and Math Presentation ELA Presentation Handout

state test results
2013 State Test Results are available on the ARIS Parent Link website (   Parents need their child's Student ID and Password in order to get their child's individual results.   


A written document will be sent home to students toward the end of September containing individual results.   Parents can email Blanca Rivera, Parent Coordinator at with questions.  


For more information on Common Core, click here to see the NYC Department of Education website or click here for the NYC Department of Education Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Families on the 2013 State Common Core Tests.


communication at baruch
  • Morning Announcements are made daily over the loud speaker.   Encourage your child to listen. 
  • The Blue Baruch Communication folder your child received should be in their backpack at all times.  Please check it on a regular basis for information from the school.  Monthly calendars, permission slips and other information comes home via the blue folder.
  • Information is available on Baruch's website:    Check it regularly.  
  • The Baruch Blast email is sent out every Thursday morning to parents/caregivers of current Baruch MS 104 students.  It contains information regarding upcoming events and announcements about what is going on at school.    
  • Baruch News Flash emails are sent when the school needs to share information quickly. To receive the Baruch Blast/News Flash send an email to (click here) and include your child's first and last name and grade.  Filled out a form but still not receiving Baruch emails?  It is possible that we could not read the handwritten email address, or we made a typo inputting your information.  Please send an email to and include your child's first and last name and grade to ensure your place on the Baruch email list.
Please note:  The Baruch Blast is one form of communication regarding activities and information going on at the school. It is by no means the only one. Unfortunately the Baruch Blast will not contain everything happening at the school.

Engrade is the online grade book system used at MS104. Accessed with a personal code given to the student by the his\her teacher, the student and parents/guardians can view grades, some homework assignments, and can contact teachers.
Mon, Apr 14 - Fri, Apr 18
spring recess
Mon, Apr 21 - Tue, Apr 22
spring recess
Wed, Apr 30 - Fri, May 2
NYS Math Testing
Mon, May 5 - Fri, May 9
Teacher Appreciation Week
Wednesday, May 14
PTA General Meeting
9:00 AM
Monday, May 26
Memorial Day -- school closed
Thursday, June 5
Chancellor’s Conference Day -- school closed