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Join CEC13 and D13 Presidents Council for a Joint Calendar Meeting. Tues., Sept. 20, 2016


What can we do as a parent community to help District 13 continue to grow?

We want to hear from you!  So please join us for a parent/family discussion of D13 matters.

See flyer for our upcoming joint calendar meeting with CEC13 and D13 Presidents’ Council to be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at:

MS 113  – Ronald Edmonds Learning Center

300 Adelphi Street

Brooklyn, NY 11205

The meeting starts at 6:30pm.

See flyer below or click here:  calendar-meeting-v3-revised


WE NEED YOUR VOICE Regarding District 13 Middle Schools!

There are important potential changes being proposed for our District 13 middle school options, and we NEED your input!

First, the Department of Eduction (“DOE”) has proposed to re-site and “re-design” MS 313, a small middle school currently co-located in the PS 307 building, to a new school facility at 60 Water Street, also known as the “Dock Street” building, in DUMBO. You can review the DOE’s proposal here.  Please submit your comments on the proposal via the CEC website:  Even better, please attend the DOE’s hearings where the public (i.e., you!) can comment on the proposal:

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8/30 Zoning Update: DOE to Discuss Draft Scenarios at CEC’s 9/1 Business Meeting

On Friday, August 28, the New York City Department of Education’s Office of District Planning (DOE – ODP) requested placement on the Agenda for the CEC’s public business meeting on Tuesday, September 1. The ODP intends to share with the CEC and the public at least one preliminary scenario for rezoning PS 8, which they have said will include a preliminary map and additional scenario details.

We have agreed to this request and are presently revising our agenda to reflect the DOE’s presentation. The expected presentation is NOT a formal zoning proposal (i.e., it does not begin a timeline that would require a CEC vote within 45 days); rather it is aimed at generating community and CEC input toward a formal zoning proposal that the DOE will submit at a later date.

Please note that, despite our requests for an opportunity to review any scenarios in advance so as to better engage our communities, the DOE has NOT provided the CEC any specific information about its preliminary scenario(s) and we are therefore unable to share any details at this time.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the District Office at 355 Park Place at Underhill Ave in Prospect Heights.

We will share any additional information as it becomes available. Please see our revised agenda updated to allocate time for the DOE ODP to make its rezoning presentation.

Update on Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Rezoning

Update 8/23/2015: Please see the subsequent post to the post below — the DOE has provided further guidance to the CEC that what will be delivered the week of 8/31 will not be the final proposal on which the CEC will be expected to vote, but rather a set of proposed scenarios (maps) to be reviewed for input.

As many of you are aware, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) has stated publicly that it has concluded that the zone size of PS 8 needs to be reduced. Accordingly, the CEC for District 13 is expecting a proposal from the DOE to rezone PS 8 to reduce its zoned area in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. We expect this rezoning to impact the school zones of PS 8 and PS 307.

The DOE has now informed the CEC that it is working toward a delivery date of the rezoning proposal to the CEC on August 31. The CEC had asked the DOE that the rezoning proposal be delivered by now.

As a CEC we are charged with representing the parents and children of District 13, and as such we share the concern of many parents about the very tight timeline prescribed by the DOE process. We will continue to press on the DOE to deliver this proposal as soon as possible. As soon as we have a proposal from the DOE we will share it with the D13 parent community and public at large via multiple channels, including the website.

Finally, please mark your calendars for CEC 13’s September calendar meeting, during which we expect discussion of the DOE rezoning proposal will be the primary topic. September 30th, 6pm at PS 307. Please see the CEC calendar for more info.


Working Session meeting tomorrow August 11

Agenda Working Session Calendar Meeting 08 11 15

College Access Program

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The Khan Foundation of NYC is offering a FREE opportunity for top performing low-income high school upperclassmen that would be a good fit for their FREE College Access Program.

Khan Foundation (KF) is looking for High School Upperclassmen who are dynamic, highly-motivated and have the willingness to attend FREE weekly Saturday Morning Workshops in our 2015-2016 College Access Program (CAP).

Khan Foundation NYC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of low-income and undocumented high school students in New York City with college and career readiness programs.

KF is relaunching their ANNUAL FREE COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM (CAP) this Fall, beginning (August 1, 2015). CAP will work to help students over the course of 6 months to effectively find, apply to, and attend colleges that are best suited to them as well as assist them with financial aid and scholarships.

CAP will select rising 11th and 12th grade students from Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Accepted students will receive targeted guidance and mentorship through Weekend Workshops where instructors will provide college admissions preparation as well as application & scholarship assistance throughout the entire process.

The College Access Program includes:

  • Free 12 week SAT Course
  • College Research & Test Planning
  • Campus Visits
  • Live Meetings with College Admissions Counselors Strategies for Writing Strong Personal Essays One-on-One Guidance Appointments Financial Aid/Scholarship Sessions And much more!

To highlight the success of our program, KF is proud to announce that all of their 12th grade students have received college admissions to the following institutions:

  • New York University
  • Cornell University
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • Boston University
  • Syracuse University
  • Penn State
  • Hofstra University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stony Brook University
  • St. John’s University
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Albany
  • Baruch College
  • Hunter College
  • Brooklyn College
  • (Just to name a few!)

We ask that you please pass this information on to your students, families, counselors, teachers and youth organizations to help us spread the word!  Applications are still available at our website:   Interested candidates are asked to apply early, as seats are limited.

For questions please email our Program Director, Melissa Johnson: or contact Ms. Ashley Azor, Program Coordinator at 718-309-5354.

**Tonight** (7/14) is the CEC13 Annual Meeting! Elections and DOE presentation on Downtown Brooklyn Schools. 6:30pm. District Office.

Tonight is our annual CEC meeting. We will be electing officers and also hearing from the DOE about on-going discussions regarding downtown Brooklyn school planning, among other important topics.

The meeting is 6:30pm at the District office at 355 Park Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238