Meals and Remote Learning Devices - March 24, 2020 All

Beginning March 23, free meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city. Three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at locations across the city. Use the site lookup tool to find a location near you!

  • No registration, ID, or documentation required.
  • All three meals a day may be picked up at the same time.
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises.
  • Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children.

To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out the Request form. The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted on a temporary basis and will need to be returned.

Important Message for Families - March 22, 2020 All

As we head into our first day of remote learning, the New York City Schools Chancellor has prepared the following letter for the families of all our 1.1 million New York City public school students, available on the InfoHub Coronavirus Letters page.

Coronavirus Update for Families - March 16, 2020 All

Dear Families,

All of us are living through an unprecedented time as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of the coronavirus. New Yorkers are joining millions in cities, states, and nations across the world in confronting decisions that we’ve never had to face—and maybe never could have imagined having to.

Here in New York, Mayor de Blasio and I have been clear that any changes to our school system as we know it would be an extreme measure—a last resort. We’ve been monitoring the outbreak in New York City day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. This weekend, it became clear that continuing public education in our school buildings was no longer sustainable for the time being.

On Sunday, we announced that for the next three and a half weeks, we are moving to a remote learning model, with a projected reopening of school buildings the week of April 20, 2020. I know this may feel abrupt, and has the potential to cause disruption in your lives. We are committed to consistent and clear communication with you throughout this time period, and a clear understanding of what will happen.

Our announcement today means that Monday, March 16, school buildings are closed and students will be out of session. However, students and families can pick up medication or receive any standard medical services from Tuesday through Thursday, during regular school hours; school nurses and school based health center staff will be on site. During that time, teachers will also be expected to report to their buildings and receive full-day professional development on remote learning.

Later in the week, students will begin picking up materials, including technology to participate in remote learning when needed. Additional guidance on all of this will be shared with you in the next couple of days.

All throughout this week, grab-and-go breakfast will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building.

On Monday, March 23, we will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations.

That Monday, we will also launch remote learning for grades K-12. I have every confidence in New York City educators and know they will rise to the occasion, and dedicate the same passion for delivering high-quality instruction remotely as they do in the classroom. We know we have the most dedicated school staff: teachers, custodians, administrators, and especially the school food workers who will be continuing to work during this time as part of a citywide meals program. More information on the launch of that program will be coming soon.

I want to be clear that this is not a closure, but a transition. We will not lower our expectations for our students. We know they are hungry to learn and we will match their curiosity and passion with work-from-home materials, including distribution of devices that will support our remote-learning instructional model.

There are already instructional resources available for every grade level in every subject at schools.nyc.gov/learnathome.

We know this is a difficult time, and we are working hard to make sure our City continues to support families in every way we can. I want to assure families we’re working to make this as seamless a transition as possible.

Now is the time to come together to do what’s best for the health and safety of all New Yorkers. We are with you, partners in education in the greatest city in the world. We have the world’s most talented students, educators, and staff—and nothing will ever change that.

We will continue to communicate with you in the coming days, and encourage you to visit our website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update for more information and updates on this transition.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

Critical Update on DOE Operations - March 16, 2020 All

As per the Chancellor's communication, NYCDOE schools are closed for instruction effective today through the end of the April vacation. We are currently planning on how we will support students through virtual and at-home learning over the upcoming weeks and what this new reality means for District 75 in terms of our uniqueness.

Tuesday-Thursday, all staff should report to their assigned school site. Staff with multiple site assignments should follow their typical reporting schedule on each day, and Inclusion teams should report to their regularly assigned host school to engage in planning along with their general education colleagues. This time will be used to ensure that students have what they need to support instructional continuity at home beginning March 23rd.

We know that this is a challenging and unprecedented time, with many questions left to be answered. We hope to obtain these answers in the upcoming days, and will pass along all information to you as it comes. We thank all staff for your ongoing commitment to your students, communication to your school communities, and support to your families. Your steadfast leadership is what assures us that we will effectively continue to serve our students during this unexpected shift in our school year.

Take good care and stay well.

Shelter In - January 17, 2020 Beacon

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

The safety and well-being of all students and staff members at P35M: Manhattan High School remains our highest priority. Towards that end, we are informing about a non-school related incident that took place today near our school.

Out of an abundance of caution, the school was placed in a Shelter-In for approximately 15 minutes due to NYPD activity in the vicinity of our school building. The Shelter-In was lifted after NYPD determined that there was no threat to our school building.

We assure you that every precaution was taken and will continue to be taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff. I want to thank all students and staff for their cooperation during the Shelter-In.

We look forward to your continued partnership as we work together to ensure that P35M: Manhattan High School continues to provide the best and safest learning environment possible for all of its students and staff.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Assistant Principal Gavriel Berkovits at (212) 465-4390.

Sincerely yours,

Marta Barnett
Principal

Phone Service Restored - August 7, 2019 Beacon

Our issues with the phones have been fixed. Thank you for your patience.

Phone Service Not Working - July 30, 2019 Beacon

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the phone service at our Beacon site. We can dial out, but we cannot receive calls, so you may be unable to reach us by phone.

If you need to reach us, email is the best method of communication at this time. For attendance issues, please email Ms. Rivera at erivera67@schools.nyc.gov. For email addresses of teachers and personnel, please view the Faculty Directory. For general inquiries, please email admin@manhattanhs.org

Fleet Week - May 30, 2019 All

Fleet Week

On May 23, Manhattan High School students attended Fleet Week on board the USS New York.

Snow Day - March 3, 2019 All

Snow Day Announcement

Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City public schools will be closed Monday, March 4, 2019. After-school programs, adult education, YABC programs, and PSAL activities are also cancelled.

DOE central and field offices will remain open.

New York City district schools will be open, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. All programs and activities will be held as scheduled.

Thank you to all custodial engineers and custodial staff who will be out in full force to shovel snow, clear sidewalks, and ensure our buildings are ready for staff and students to safely return.

Shelter In - December 7, 2018 Beacon

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff,

The safety and well-being of all students and staff members at P35M: Manhattan High School at The Beacon School remains our highest priority. Towards that end, we are informing about an incident that took place today near our school today, during which no one was hurt.

At approximately 1:00 pm, a small engine fire occurred in an unoccupied school bus outside of the school building. FDNY immediately responded to the scene. Out of an abundance of caution, the school was placed in a shelter-in for approximately 15 minutes. FDNY quickly addressed the issue, after which point the shelter-in was lifted. A new school bus was assigned to transport students and service was not interrupted.

We assure you that every precaution was taken and will continue to be taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff. I want to thank all students and staff for their cooperation during the shelter-in.

We look forward to your continued partnership as we work together to ensure that P35M: Manhattan High School at The Beacon School continues to provide the best and safest learning environment possible for all of its students and staff.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Assistant Principal Gavriel Berkovits at (212) 465-4390.

Sincerely yours,

Marta Barnett
Principal

College Application Week - October 18, 2018 Main Beacon

College Application Week

The week of October 22 is College Application Week. Seniors should fill out at least 1 application. For assistance, please see Ms. Watkins at the Beacon Site or Ms. Rankins at the Main Site. More information about the college application process is available at Start Here Get There.

Camping Trip - June 4, 2018 Main Beacon

On May 24 and 25 Mr. Wybaillie took students from the Main and Beacon sites on an overnight camping trip. We all had a lot of fun and practiced some great living environment skills!

Students at the camping trip

Snow Day - March 20, 2018 All

Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City district schools will be closed Wednesday, March 21, 2018. After-school programs, adult education, YABC programs, and PSAL activities are also cancelled.

SAT School Day administration will be postponed to Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

NBA Game - February 14, 2018 Main Beacon

Students at the NBA game

On Monday February 12, 2018 select students were greeted on a trip to a NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. This was the 2nd annual reward trip for students who have shown great improvement both in academics and social behavior.

Special Thank you to staff who have helped out on trips Ms. Flores, Ms. Bodner, Ms. Murphy, Mr. Rivera, Mr. Spady, Mr. Prisco, and Mr. Turner. Special thank you to Barclays Center staff and Brooklyn Nets for the hospitality.

Election Results - February 12, 2018 Beacon

The student government election results are in! Check them out on the student government page.

Snow Day - January 3, 2018 All

As per the New York City Department of Education all NYC Public Schools will be closed Thursday, January 4th, 2018. After-school programs, adult education, YABC programs, and PSAL activities are also cancelled.

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