report card distribution
Report cards for the second marking period will be distributed Thursday, March 20.
This year's Science Fair has been moved to March. Dates to be announced.
internet safety workshop
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.
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!
8th grade families
high school results
Attention 8th Grade Students and Families
Round One High School Results
will be distributed the week of March 10th
(No exact date has been released)
Round 2 High School Admissions Fair
The Round 2 High School Fair will take place on March 15 and 16 at
Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus (122 Amsterdam Avenue, New
York, NY 10023)
[Subway: 1 to 66th Street – Broadway; or
Bus: M11, M66 to Amsterdam Ave – W 65th Street]
At the Round 2 Fair, schools with available seats, including new schools
for the 2014-2015 school year, will have representatives present to
share information about their programs.
Families will also be able to meet with admissions counselors to discuss any questions about the process.
All 8th grade students, even those who received an offer in Round 1, may participate in Round 2 of High School Admissions and attend the Round 2
If you received a Round 1 offer and are choosing to participate
in Round 2, please note:
* Students who do not match in Round 2, will keep their Round 1 offer.
* Students who receive a Round 2 match will
automatically give-up their Round 1 offer.
[NOTE: This means that you will not
be able to choose between the Round 1 and Round 2 offers. Additionally,
if you receive a Round 2 offer, an appeal for your Round 1 offer will not be considered.]
Please contact Rachael Schleifer, 8th Grade Guidance Counselor, with any questions.
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
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
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.
Math Team Announcement
Congratulations to the Math Team for their outstanding performance at the recent competition. A special shout out to Hanping Zheng of Class 863 for being MS 104's high scorer.
Join the MS 104 Glee Club!
Students from all grades will come
together and make music! The Baruch Glee Club will begin on Monday,
February 3rd from 3:00-4:00 pm in Room 222. See Ms. Ackerman with any
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.
STEM Meet-up Schedule Change
Due to a conflict with parent teacher conferences, the February 27th Meet-up is being rescheduled.
The next 2 Meet-ups are:
Thursday, February 13
Thursday, March 6
Code Scouts - Computer Science Club
Introducing Code Scouts Computer Science Club at Baruch!
The Baruch Computer Science Club now has it's own website! Click here to check it out.
Beginning January 15, "CODE SCOUTS" will meet Wednesday afternoons from 3:15-4:45 pm in the computer lab.
See Ms. Tesoriero in Room 320 with questions.
Playoff dates to be determined (TBD)
Yoga meets Thursdays after school from 3:15 to 4:15 pm in the cafeteria.
Due to a Faculty Meeting on Monday, February 24 and the Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, February 27, Art Afterschool will not be able to meet next week.
Art afterschool resumes Monday, March 3.
Ms. Giraci is pleased to announce that students from all grades can now attend either Monday or Thursday after-school art sessions from 3:15 - 5:15 pm.
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
As of February 24th The Monday Music Ensemble Club will no longer be meeting. Ms. Lambert will begin running the Glee Club on Mondays after school once we return from break.
Wednesday "Select Ensemble" is full at this point. Students are
welcome to come practice individually or in small groups during morning
session, lunch periods and after school (on days where Ms. Lambert is not running a club) -- Ms. Lambert is in Room 122.
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.
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.
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.