report card distribution
Report cards for the first marking period will be distributed Friday, December 13.
school play/drama club meeting
The Drama Club will hold a 30-minute Informational Meeting regarding the school play Thursday, December 12 after school at 3:15 pm. The meeting will be held in the school auditorium.
All information necessary for students to audition or work in the tech crew of this year's play will be provided at the meeting.
See Mr. Ko with questions.
The Book Fair will be December 9 - 13 from 9 am - 3 pm in the library. Each class will visit the library and teachers will have wish lists.
to see when your child's class will be attending the Book Fair so that
you can plan to give your child some money to purchase a book(s) on that
This year we are offering an Online Book Fair from December 5 - 29. Parents and students (and relatives!) can
order books for home, for gifts or for teacher wish lists and all
purchases will benefit the school. Shop the online fair now!
Parent volunteers are needed to help with the Book Fair! Please click here for the Sign Up Genius link. We can't do this alone!
canned food drive
Please contribute to the Baruch Canned Food Drive between Monday, December 9th - Friday, December 20th.
Bring all canned goods to your homeroom and place in the collection box. All the food is being donated to City Harvest. Please help make a difference in the community.
MOST HELPFUL ITEMS:
- canned fruit and/or vegetables
- peanut butter (plastic jars)
- macaroni and cheese (packaged)
- hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)
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.)
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!
computer science week at baruch!
live in a world surrounded by technology. Information, commerce,
communication, and entertainment all rely on computers. But only a tiny
fraction of us learn computer science, the basics of how computers work,
or how to create software, apps, or web sites. Computer Science
provides a foundation for virtually any career and everybody can benefit
from learning the basics.
Did you know?
- Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years- and these are some of the highest paying jobs.
- 90% of schools in the US do not teach computer science. Yet in many countries, it's required (China, Vietnam, Estonia, United Kingdom (soon!) & Australia)
basics can be learned by anybody, starting in elementary school. But
fewer than 10% of students try. Only 2% are women. 1% are students of
literacy will be key to your child's future. And this year we're
joining a massive campaign to prepare students for the 21st century
during Computer Science Education Week (December 9-12).
We will join The Hour of Code
national initiative which has an audacious goal of introducing 10
million students to one hour of computer science. Learn more about this
initiative and the importance of exposing all children to Computer
Science here. Find out how easy and fun it can be!
How it works for Baruch's Computer Science Week events:
following is a list of the week's activities at Baruch. Students may
come to as many events as they like however they MUST reserve a spot and
space is limited.
- Students should get a CS-Week Form from their Homeroom teacher which should be filled out.
- The CW-Week forms should be delivered to the box outside Room 320.
- Students sign up for individual events on the sign-up sheet outside Room 320.
Monday, December 9 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm Room: TBD
Simon Baruch Bridge Building Competition - Students
will work in teams of two to design a bridge using West Point Bridge
Design Competition Software. Designs will be entered into a competition
and prizes will be awarded in January. (limited to 30 students)
Tuesday, December 10 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm Room: TBD
Hour of Code - Students will engage in interactive tutorials differentiated for all skills levels. Protect
the angry birds from zombies, create an interactive holiday card with
Scratch, and learn to create your own frogger game. Students should bring their own headphones (limited to 30 students)
Wednesday, December 11 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm Room: TBD
- Meet the creators of BrainPop Games who will lead a session to engage
students in their work. The Simon Baruch Green team will present how
interactive games promote environmental awareness. (limited to 60
Thursday, December 12 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm Room: TBD
Mozilla Maker Party
- Representatives from Mozilla will show students how to use Webmaker
tools to create digital media, remix websites to make them your own,
make fun videos and more! (limited to 60 students)
Wednesday, December 18 from 3:15- 3:45 pm Room TBD
Introducing Code Scouts - Computer Science Club @MS104! There will be a Informational Meeting regarding this new club on Wednesday, December 18. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to explore this club. Code Scouts will meet on Wednesdays afterschool.
yearbook cover contest
Each year Baruch MS104 holds a Yearbook Cover Art Contest open to all 8th graders. The First place design will appear on the cover, second place on the back of the book, & the other entries will be featured inside. Images should be full-color, no larger than 9"x12", original, on drawing paper (not copy paper).
All entries must be delivered to Ms. Giraci by Friday December 13th.
See Mr. Giraci with any questions and for further details.
yearbook baby pictures
Baby pictures of all 8th graders are needed for the 2013/14 Yearbook. Pictures should be submitted to homeroom teachers by Friday, January 31.
On the back of the photo, please write your full name and homeroom.
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.
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
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:
Wednesday & Thursday during morning session (7:50 - 8:40 am)
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
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.
sports, clubs, and after-school activities
Code Scouts - Computer Science Club
Introducing Code Scouts Computer Science Club at Baruch! On Wednesday, December 18 there will be an informational meeting from 3:15-3:45 pm (Room TBD). Code Scouts will meet after school weekly on Wednesdays.
Monday, December 9
Baruch vs. ICE at Baruch
Boys Only: 4:00 pm
Wednesday, December 11
Baruch vs. MS298 at Baruch
Girls Only: 4:00 pm
Wednesday, December 18
Baruch vs. East Side Community at Baruch
Girls: 4:00 pm; Boys 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 19
Baruch vs. IS 89 at IS 89
Girls: 4:00 pm; Boys: 5:00 pm
After School ART
Starting Jan 6th, Afterschool Art will expand to the following schedule:
6th & 7th graders
Mondays from 3:15-5:15
Thursdays from 3:15- 5:15
Click here for the permission slip for After School Art
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
After school music ensemble will meet on Mondays in the Music Room (Room 122) from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Please see Diana Lambert, our new music teacher, with any questions.
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.
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.
The math team will meet Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 pm. Please see Ms. Nick with questions.
Additional information regarding other clubs and activities will be announced as they become available.
baruch blast archive
Past Baruch Blasts are archived on the Baruch 104 website (www.104m.org) 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 (arisparentlink.org). Parents need their child's Student ID and Password in order to get their child's individual results.
written document will be sent home to students toward the end of
September containing individual results. Parents can email Blanca
Rivera, Parent Coordinator at BRivera@schools.nyc.gov 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
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.
- 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
- Information is available on Baruch's website: http://www.104m.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com and include your child's first and last name and grade to ensure your place on the Baruch email list.
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.