pta meeting

The first PTA Meeting of the year is Wednesday, September 24 beginning 9 am.  Come hear and meet members of the PTA and our principal, Mr. Macri.

There will also be an Introduction to Engrade - the online grading system in which parents and students can keep track of how students are doing in their core subject classes.  Test grades, homework assignments and more are tracked in the system by teachers for each student.  Assistant Principal, Mr. Comparetto will lead this introduction.  

Please note:  Students will be receiving their Engrade individual access codes soon from their core subject teachers

8th Grade Families
There is a lot of information here!  Please review the whole section.

High School Meeting
Ms. Jalayer, the 8th grade guidance counselor, will host a "High School Information" meeting on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 9:00 am in the Auditorium for parents/guardians of 8th grade students. Ms. Jalayer will describe the New York City High School selection process

The same presentation will be held at 12:00 pm for parents/guardians who require translation. If you require translation services, please contact Blanca Rivera, our parent coordinator at 

Letters will be distributed in homerooms shortly.

Pink High School Survey

All 8th grade students should have received the pink SHSAT and Audition Registration survey (a.k.a. "The Pink High School Survey" form) in their homeroom. 

Every 8th grade student must fill out this form and return it to their homeroom teacher no later than October 3, 2014. Students need to complete the form even if they are not planning to take the test and/or audition. 

By filling out this survey, Ms. Jalayer will know which students want to take the Specialized High School Exam, as well as who wants to audition for up to six studios at LaGuardia, High School. Additionally, students may indicate interest in the other visual arts/performing arts high schools that require auditions. 

Once Ms. Jalayer receives the forms, she will register the students in order to get tickets. 

Tickets for the SHSAT and LaGuardia will be distributed the week before the test/audition dates.

Important Reminder
A reminder to all 8th grade parents/guardians: Please continue to register and sign up for high school open houses and information sessions you are interested in by contacting the schools directly either by phone or on their school website.
Keep in mind that these spots fill very quickly!!! Call early and often.

Specialized High Schools Open House Dates

The Bronx High School of Science
75 West 205th Street
Bronx, NY 10468
Wednesday, October 22nd
5-7 pm

The Brooklyn Latin School
223 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Thursday, October 23rd
5-7 pm

Brooklyn Technical High School
29 Fort Greene Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tuesday, October 21st
6-8:30 pm

High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York
240 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Tuesday, October 14th
5-8 pm

High School of American Studies at Lehman College
Lehman College Performing Arts Center
2925 Goulden Avenue
Bronx, NY
Tuesday, September 30th
5:30-7:30 pm

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
York College Center for the Performing Arts
94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11451
Wednesday, October 8th
5-8 pm

Staten Island Technical High School
485 Clawson Street
Staten Island, NY 10306
Wednesday, October 1st
6-8 pm

Stuyvesant High School
345 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
Monday, October 6th (for families that reside in Manhattan & Brooklyn)
5-7 pm
Tuesday, October 7th (for families that reside in Queens, Bronx, & Staten Island)
5-7 pm

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
of Music & Art and Performing Arts

100 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
No Fall Open Houses

October 18 & 19
Borough High School Fairs- More Information TBA

October 25 & 26 
Specialized High Schools Application Test (SHSAT) 
Testing for All 8th Graders

November 1
SHSAT All 8th and 9th graders with special needs or 504 accommodations

November 16-
SHSAT  Make-up by permission only; Sabbath Observers with special needs or 504 accommodations

If you have any questions regarding the high school application process, please contact Venessa Jalayer, 8th Grade Guidance Counselor by email 

breakfast and lunch
We are pleased to announce that MS104 has been designated as a Universal School Meals site as part of Chancellor Farina's initiative to provide free meals to all students in schools servicing grades six through eight. 

All students are entitled to free breakfast and lunch daily.

Breakfast will be served each day beginning at 7:30.

In lieu of completing the application for free and reduced lunch, parents are asked to complete the Title I Income Eligibility form. It is essential that all families complete this form as funding that the school is entitled to receive is calculated based on this information. As a School Wide Program, we have utilized our Title I funding to support the entire school program. We strongly encourage all families to complete this form to ensure that our data regarding our community's population is accurate. School staff members are available to answer questions and provide assistance in completing these forms. 

These forms are expected to be distributed to students during the week of September 8 so please be sure to check with your child to ensure that you receive the form.

state test results and common core questions
2014 State Test Results are available on the ARIS Parent Link website (  Parents will need their child's Student ID and Password in order to get their child's individual results.  


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.

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.

Wednesday, September 24
PTA Meeting
PTA General Meeting
Parent Workshop - Intro to ENGRADE
9:00 am in the Cafeteria
Thursday, September 25
School CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 26
School CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah
Monday, October 13
Columbus Day--School CLOSED
Saturday, October 18
Borough High School Fairs-
More info TBA
Sunday, October 19
Borough High School Fairs-
More info TBA
Friday, October 24
Halloween Dance
3:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Saturday, October 25
Specialized High Schools Application Test (SHSAT)
Testing for all 8th Graders
Sunday, October 26
Specialized High Schools Application Test (SHSAT)
Testing for all 8th Graders
Tuesday, November 4
Election Day--School CLOSED
Students Only