halloween dance 

The Halloween Dance is Friday, October 24 from 3:45-6:00 pm. 
Students will be excited to see the cafeteria transformed into a Halloween fun-filled dance hall.  There will be a DJ/music, dancing, contests and prizes. 

Admission is $5.00 per student.  Pizza, drinks and candy will be available for sale.
Costumes are welcome during the dance but are prohibited during the school day.  Masks and Hand Held Accessories are not permitted at the dance.   

The dance is for current students of Baruch only and is not an adult event.

Parent volunteers are needed to make this a great event for students.  We need help with set-up/decorations, chaperoning and clean-up. More specifics on that to come.   Please email if you are able to help in any way.  Thank you!

As mentioned in the PTA Meeting last week, there is an SLT position available for a 6th grade parent. 

SLT elections are typically held in June which means there does not end up being a representative 6th grade parent on the SLT, so this is an attempt to ensure that parents from all grades are represented.  

SLT Meetings are run by the Principal
and meet monthly at 7:45 am in the Principal's Office.  It is important that anyone interested in running be aware of this commitment.  

There are two 6th grade parents who have indicated that they would like to be on the ballot.  Any other 6th grade parent interested in running in this election should send an email to indicating their desire.  The election for this SLT slot will be held at the next PTA Meeting on Wednesday, October 15 at 9:00 am.  Candidates are asked to be in attendance for this election and will be asked to address the meeting in a short (up to 2 minutes) narrative to specify what they would bring to the SLT table if elected.

Please note:  In June 2014, there was an SLT election open to parents.  This election was uncontested (only one parent ran for this slot) and that parent was elected into the SLT at the June 2014 PTA Meeting.  

In June 2015, SLT slots will also be open for election.  More information will be sent out as it gets closer to that time.  

take advantage of urban advantage!

MS104 is proud to take part in the middle school science initiative Urban Advantage which, in part, offers Family Science Days at fantastic NYC institutions.  For more information go to


Get an invitation/voucher from the Parent Coordinator, Blanca Rivera or MS104 Science Teachers for Free Admission for students and their families.  Each institution will offer refreshments and special programs.


Note - You must bring voucher with you and students must be accompanied by an adult.  See voucher for more details.



Sunday, October 5

Staten Island Zoo 

Special Program 1:00 - 4:00 pm


Sunday, October 12

New York Aquarium/WCS

Special Program 5:00 - 8:00 pm


Sunday, October 12

New York Botanical Garden

Special Program 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Sunday, October 19

Bronx Zoo/WCS

Special Program 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Sunday, October 19

Queens Botanical Garden

Special Program 1:00 - 4:00 pm


Sunday, October 25

American Museum of Natural History

Special Program 1:00 - 4:00 pm


Sunday, October 25

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Special Program 1:00 - 4:00 pm


Sunday, October 26

New York Hall of Science

Special Program 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

sports, clubs and afterschool

cheerleading team

Cheerleading Tryouts
will be Wednesday,  October 8th and Thursday, October 9th from 3-4 pm in the cafeteria.

lf you have questions, please see Mrs. Gargiulo in Room 310 or Mrs. Bermudez in Room 204 during morning homeroom.
Please note - Permission Slip and attendance on both days is mandatory in order to tryout.

glee club
Thursday, October 2 at 2:45 pm

Glee Club Auditions will be held in the Music Room (Room 122).  

Students should come prepared to sing 1 minute of a song of their choice.    See Mrs. Akkerman in Room 222 or Ms. Lambert in Room 122 with questions.

volleyball games

(Games begin at approximately 4:00 pm)

Friday, October 10

Baruch vs. East Side Community at Baruch

Tuesday, October 14
Baruch vs. Nest+M at Baruch

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 
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
Tuesday, November 11
Veterans' Day--School CLOSED
Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving--School CLOSED
Friday, November 28
Thanksgiving--School CLOSED