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
(Honor Roll Students received a written notification and invitation to a celebration.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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 appeals
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Yoga meets Thursdays after school from 3:15 to 4:15 pm in the cafeteria.
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
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 email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.