new school hours

MS104 School Hours have changed due to the new teachers contract. The new hours for the 2014/2015 school year are:

8:20 am - 2:40 pm

New Bell Schedule 2014/2015

principal transition

After 30 years of dedicated service to the Baruch community, Rosemarie Gaetani has resigned as Principal. Ms. Gaetani will continue to be involved as a leadership coach with the Chancellor's team in improving struggling schools. See Ms. Gaetani's announcement of her retirement here.

Taking over from Ms. Gaetani as Principal is former Assistant Principal, Rocco Macri. Mr. Macri has been a part of the MS 104 community for over 13 years with varying roles including  guidance counselor and coach for both the boys' and girls' basketball team. Please read Mr. Macri's welcome letter here.

Also joining the team is new Assistant Principal Anne Nugent.

We bid both Mr. Macri and Ms. Nugent a hearty welcome in their new roles and wish Ms. Gaetani the very best in her retirement.

Planners are available for purchase in the Main Office for $10.

back to school night    
Mark your calendar for Back to School Night which is scheduled for Thursday, September 18 beginning at 5:00 pm

This event will allow families to meet their child's teachers to learn about the curriculum for the school year, as well as other important features of the year ahead. More information coming soon.

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

high school process and events
The 8th grade guidance councelor, Venessa Jalayer, will be holding a high school meeting soon for parents of 8th grade students.
In the meantime, note and mark your calendar for the following high school related events:

September  20 & 21 
Citywide High School Fair at Brooklyn Technical High School 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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.  


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. 


With an 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 this spreadsheet)

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