Students Return Back to School September 5, 2018! School day is 8:15 – 2:35 and doors open at 7:45 am

523988_10102239454771560_2125255785_nParents, teachers, and students all return back for the first day of classes on Wednesday September 5, 2018! We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new 6th and 9th grade students, and welcome back our 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12th graders! “Family Night”, where incoming 6th and 9th grade parents can learn more about Bronx Latin will be held on the same night as back to school Parent Teacher Conferences, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

For the 2018 – 19 school year, the Bronx Latin schedule will remain the same, with school beginning at 8:15 and ending at 2:35.

Dress Code for Middle School Students: 

Young Women: Middle school young women will wear white polo/cphoto 1 (5)ollared shirts; tan or beige uniform skirt to the knee (no mini-skirts); solid tan uniform slacks.  Skirts and slacks (no jeans or sweat pants) must be worn at the waist and in an appropriate size.  Jeans are not permitted.  Solid black shoes or solid black sneakers must be worn.  Sweaters and hoodies may be worn, however they MUST be solid black and hoods may not be worn on head.  Clothing worn under the uniform, such as tights or long-sleeve shirts, must either be solid black or solid white.

Young Men: Middle school young men will wear white polo/collared shirts; solid tan or beige uniform slacks.  Slacks (no jeans or sweat pants) must be worn at the waist and in an appropriate size. Jeans are not permitted.  Solid black shoes or solid black sneakers must be worn.  Sweaters and hoodies may be worn, but they MUST be solid black and hoods may not be worn on head.  Clothing worn under the uniform, such as long-sleeve shirts must either be solid black or solid white.

Dress Code for High School Students:

297551_10102279067876580_1547284126_nYoung Women: High school young women will wear black or white polo/collared shirts; tan or beige uniform skirt to the knee (no mini-skirts); solid tan uniform slacks.  Skirts and slacks (no jeans or sweat pants) must be worn at the waist and in an appropriate size.  Jeans and leggings are not permitted.  In addition to the solid black shoes or sneakers, the ladies may also wear other styles of sneakers/shoes.  Slippers and flip flops are not permitted.  Sweaters and hoodies may be worn; however they MUST be solid black and hoods may not be worn on head. Clothing worn under the uniform, such as tights or long-sleeve shirts, must either be solid black or solid white.

Young Men: High school young men will wear black or white polo/collared shirts; solid tan or beige uniform slacks.  Slacks (no jeans or sweat pants) must be worn at the waist and in an appropriate size.  Jeans are not permitted.  In addition to the solid black shoes or sneakers, the gentlemen may also wear other styles of sneakers/shoes.  Slippers and flip flops are not permitted.  Sweaters and hoodies may be worn; but they MUST be solid black and hoods may not be worn on head. Clothing worn under the uniform, such as long-sleeve shirts, must either be solid black or solid white.

Suggested school supply list for all students:schoolsupplies

  • Backpack
  • 3-ring binder (1 inch)
  • #2 pencils
  • Pens: Black or Blue
  • Eraser
  • Glue stick
  • Loose leaf notebook paper
  • Graph paper ( for grades 8 – 12)
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil sharpener (small)
  • Ruler
  • Pocket folders (about 7 or one per class)
  • Spiral Notebooks (about 4 or one for Math, Science, Social Studies, English)

* More supplies may be added after the first day of school, depending on the needs of the classes

* Students will be provided with a 2018-19 Bronx Latin planner to keep track of Daily Assignments

Message to the Graduating Class of 2018

Congratulations Bronx Latin Class of 2018! Bronx Latin has been called a “breaking all odds school” – and it is true. I am inspired, each and every day that I step into this building by what is happening within these walls.  We are a small school, but we are a family – and a family where we persist and are pushing each other to be our best, rooting for success – and helping to pick each other up and support each other when we fail.

But this graduating class in particular has made Bronx Latin enormously proud, and attained successes that maybe many of you sitting in the audience or those of you in your caps and gowns may not be aware of.

This senior class – the Class of 2018 – is an inspiration to me and the community.

  • This cohort of 2018 boasts Bronx Latin’s 94%! Out of those graduates 64% are graduating considered “college ready” in both math and English.  According to the New York State Education Department statistics, the graduation rate in the South Bronx is only 56%, and just 12% of those are considered “college and career ready”. Our graduation rate far exceeds the average for the South Bronx, and New York City as a whole – and our college readiness rate is over 5 times the average college ready rate for the South Bronx. If that isn’t “breaking the odds” than I don’t know what is.
  • 31 out of 75 graduates today will also be graduating with their Advanced Regents diplomas! This is 40% of our graduating class!

Why, you may ask, am I spending so much time talking about these statistics? And my answer would be to tell you that these numbers matter. That the work we are doing here at Bronx Latin every day matters. Did you know, according to a research study from Georgetown University,  that in the last decade over 12 million jobs were created – and out of those 12 million jobs only 80,000 went to people with a high school diploma. That is less than ½% – not .05% but HALF of one percent. For all intensive purposes that number may as well be 0%. Yes – getting a high school diploma is important and that is why we are all gathered here today – but your high school diploma that you receive here today is not the end goal – but it is the key that will help you unlock and access college and attaining a college diploma. If you haven’t been privileged enough this year to be stopped by Ms. Fiorentino in the halls and read Bronx Latin’s mission statement – you will get a small taste now. Focus on the last line “We strive to empower our students to thrive in and graduate from college and positively impact their communities.” Did you catch that? The goal of Bronx Latin was never to get you to graduate high school – we knew with your hard work and the love and dedication of your teachers you would make that goal. Bronx Latin’s goal is for you to go to college. And not just go to college – but to thrive in college. To graduate in 4 years. And to come back to this community to make it a better place. And is Bronx Latin reaching that goal? I think we are. I follow many of our alumni, and it is with great pride I have watched so many in recent months and years posting pictures of themselves in their caps and gowns at their COLLEGE graduations. That is what Bronx Latin  -all the hard work, the constant pushing by teachers who love you, the push to take AP classes, SAT prep, the persistence of your college counselor Ms. Nova, the conversations with Ms. Fiorentino – that it is what it is all about. Ensuring that you all thrive and succeed in college.

In the end I hope you remember one word I hope it is this: persistence. Bronx Latin to me is the embodiment of persistence – the students, teachers, and parents. We all persist and keep pushing to be the best we can be. Brian Dyson, the former CEO of Coca Cola said “Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over til the moment you stop trying.” Persistence. You just finished 4 years of high school – the struggles, the fight for your grades, Regents exams, family issues – yet you are sitting before me in your caps and gowns. Why? Persistence. Some of you may have faced what seemed to be impossible odds and at the end may have slowed up or felt like quitting- yet you never gave up and you persisted.  In college you will face many obstacles. Look around this room – this is the last time that we will all be sitting in the same room together. When you leave for college you will be farther from home, separated from friends, and away from family. But if I know one thing – it is that you have learned how to persist. You will face dark times, you will be challenged. You may feel like giving up – but I encourage and implore you to take what you learned in the walls of this building – and continue to persist.

Bronx Latin Class of 2018 – you have made me so proud. You have made Bronx Latin proud. While so many people focus on what is wrong with the world around them – you here in this room are a shining example of what’s right. I love you. I have faith that you will continue to persist.

Congratulations Graduates!

Love,

Assistant Principal, Anna Nelson

Bronx Latin 2016 Alumni featured in Paul Smith College paper The Apollo

Bronx Latin 2016 alumni Cristhian Gonzalez, a sophomore at Paul Smith College in New York was featured the Paul Smith paper The Apollo! See the article here: http://www.paulsmiths.edu/theapollos/peoplegonzalez/

People of PSC: Cristhian Gonzalez

By Randy Martinez

People of PSC: Cristhian GonzalezThe Second Transition

A Native of the Dominican Republic, Cristhian Gonzalez came to the states 7 years ago; moving to the Bronx, New York. When he first arrived, it was an incredible learning curve to understand the cities’ inner workings and how to navigate it. He went from living in a country with a population in the low millions, to living in just a city of the same size, and transitioning was one of the most complex challenges Cristhian says he has had to face to date. Yet, he realized earlier on that to live in New York City was an opportunity many adults desired as a teenager; he had to embrace his chance to live in one of the most culturally stimulating places in the world. While living in the city and attending Bronx Latin High School, Cristhian never could have thought that at the end of his senior year of high school he would be transitioning once again, this time to the Adirondack State Park, a place completely different than what had just become his new normal over the years.

As the summer ended, I walked away with a newfound friend and a deep respect for his individual journey

Cristhian Gonzalez enjoys the freedom of living in the Adirondack wilderness, but that hasn’t always been the case. Through the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Cristhian, like a few others began a summer session at Paul Smith’s College to prepare for the coming year, and this is when I met him myself. There is a saying that when you are a Dominican you can always identify a fellow Dominican. Whether this is true or not I cannot say. But one math class I leaned over and complained to Cristhian in full blown Spanish, not forgetting the many colloquial words found on the island, just knowing he would understand; and I was right. We both talked frequently about the uniqueness of this campus, how free it feels to be a student amongst 14,000 acres and to view it all as your classroom. As the summer ended, I walked away with a newfound friend and a deep respect for his individual journey. Personally, for me it was challenging to move from my home in the city to this isolated campus, I could only imagine what it felt like for Cristhian to move from his home to a new home and then to start the process all over again.

Cristhian began his academic career at Paul Smith’s College in the Entrepreneurial Business Studies program, where after speaking to his advisors and Professor Joseph Conto, he found his way over to his current major: Hotel, Resort, and Tourism Management. As Cristhian put it, “…When I started in the Business program I liked it and thought it was a great start, but deep down I knew what I really wanted to do was work with people of all cultures and be in a position in which I could travel frequently, and I figured that was in the hospitality industry.”

Today, Cristhian continues to work toward his degree while also maintaining a role in our college local DECA Chapter. DECA is a global organization based around preparing future leaders in the hospitality and business field. After being at Paul Smith’s these last two years, it is clear to Cristhian that the Adirondacks and our campus is a special place to learn. In November, he traveled with a fellow hospitality student to Philadelphia to represent our college and let other students out there know that studying hospitality at Paul Smith’s College is an experience unlike any other. This April, Cristhian will be continuing his work with DECA and attending DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.