Bronx Latin Teacher Spotlight – Aida Rosenbaum

 I teach Earth Science and AP Environmental Science at Bronx Latin. I was inspired to become a teacher because the neighborhood school that I grew up in did not offer a decent education at the time. I could not stand for that type of inequality to persist. When I finished college I went back to that same school and taught there for 6 years.
Q: What is your favorite part about teaching?
A: I love when students are inspired by something I taught them and they come to me later to tell me about something they saw or heard outside of school that was related to our class. That shows me that students are really interested and thinking outside of school. 
Q: What is your least favorite part about teaching?
A: My least favorite part about teaching is grading lab reports and essays. However,  I know it is absolutely essential to give feedback to my students so they can learn how to improve. 
Q:What do your consider Bronx Latin’s strengths?
The strength of Bronx Latin is it’s cohesive culture. The consistency of policies and expectations keeps the environment safe and the academic level rigorous. Using data from mid-year simulations in every Regents class helps every teacher tailor review in a productive way and gets up the test results we are all looking for. 
Q;What challenges do you face at Bronx Latin?
A: We do face a challenge of a lack of space. We share a campus and every classroom is booked for basically every period of the day. This make it very difficult to find time within the school day to prepare for lab activities or make changes to the classroom set up. 
Q;Where would you like to be in 5 years?
A: In 5 years I would like to be coaching teachers more frequently and still teaching one or two classes. I feel like I have a lot to offer my peers but at the same time I love being in the classroom with students so I do not want to give that up entirely. 

Resources for Bronx Latin Parents

Bronx Latin parents have been asking the school for multiple resources for students beyond academics in the classroom. Here are some resources to help you!

Urban Health Plan Clinic – located on the 1st floor of Bronx Latin. Did you know that we have a full service clinic with real doctors and even dentists available to all students on the 1st floor of the building? All you need to do is make sure that you have filled out the consent paperwork and your child is eligible. If interested please send your student to get the paperwork from Ms. Rosario in room 426.

Health Information Tool for Empowerment: The Health Information Tool for Empowerment is an online directory offering information on more than 5,000 health and social services available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in the Greater New York area. HITE helps people connect to vital community services quickly and easily. The directory offers information on community services throughout all of New York City and Long Island in the following categories: Dental & Optical, Financial Assistance, Health Care & Medicine, Immigrant Support, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, School, Youth & Family Services, Social Services, Transportation, and Wellness & Prevention.

Mobile Crisis Unit: A mobile crisis team is an interdisciplinary team of mental health professionals (e.g., nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health technicians, addiction specialists, peer counselors). Teams operate under the auspices of voluntary agencies and municipals hospitals. They respond to persons in the community, usually visiting them at home, although their mandate allows them to make contact at other locations. Mobile crisis teams serve any person in New York City who is experiencing, or is at risk of, a psychological crisis, and who requires mental health intervention and follow up support to overcome resistance to treatment. Mobile crisis teams usually are called by family members, neighbors, friends, landlords, clergy or other person(s) concerned about an individual. Mobile Crisis Team staff provide a range of services including assessment, crisis intervention, supportive counseling, information and referrals, linkage with appropriate community based mental health services for ongoing treatment, and follow up. Teams will arrange transportation to emergency rooms if further psychiatric and/or medical assessment and care is indicated.

GED and ESL classes for parents – tuition free at Banana Kelly! Click here to learn more – GED Flyer.

Middle School NY State ELA Tests March 28 – 30

Common Core Parents and Students –

The New York State Common Core ELA tests will be happening this week, Tuesday, March 28- Thursday, March 30th. In preparation for the tests, here are a few things to keep in mind

  • Be on time for school! Students should get at school at 8 so they have time to eat breakfast and use the restrooms before testing. Testing begins at 8:15 am!
  • Eat a HEALTHY breakfast! Your brain is a muscle and needs food to function – so feed your brain healthy food so it’s at it’s best! This means protein, fruits and vegetables, and water! Try to avoid caffeine and junk foods
  • Get a good night’s sleep before the test! Middle school students will not be getting homework the night before the tests so they have time to take it easy.
  • No electronics! Students are encouraged to leave electronic devices at home, because they are not allowed during testing
  • Have a positive attitude! It’s goes a long way! Your teachers believe in you – so believe in yourself!

Good luck from the teachers at Bronx Latin during testing this week!