Message from Administration on #ENOUGH student walkout

March 13, 2018

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

The horrific school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, has profoundly affected communities across the country and many young people feel spurred to take action.

Young people, through actions like civil disobedience and peaceful protest, have been at the forefront of many movements and struggles for justice in our city’s and our nation’s history, and we recognize that many of our own students may similarly decide to engage in forms of discourse and protest in response to the tragic event in Parkland.

We have been made aware that some students are planning to participate in what is being called “#ENOUGH National School Walkout” to be held on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 AM. The walkout is scheduled to be 17 minutes long to commemorate the 17 parkland victims.

While we support students participating in civic engagement and exercising their First Amendment rights, we want to remind you that regular classroom schedules will continue as usual and that the safety of our Bronx Latin students is our number one priority.  Bronx Latin is not encouraging students to leave the school campus due to safety concerns.

If students are planning to attend events after the 17 minutes or leave the campus, they will be considered absent from the classes they miss.  

Regards,

Administration

Bronx Latin

Welcome Back Students!

Welcome back to Bronx Latin students! We hope that you had a restful and productive summer vacation. We are looking forward to another great year here at Bronx Latin! As we start our school year – here is some advice from some of your teachers

“Every year is a new chance at recreating yourself, so use this chance wisely” – Ms. Ho Sang

“Never give up when it gets hard because that’s when you’re actually learning. Fake it til you make it. If life is hard for you at home and you don’t take care of what you need at school it’s going to make it harder- don’t forget that getting your education is the ticket to a better life.” – Ms. Silva

“Disregard the noise around you- honor your own true selves” – Mr. Wood

 

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.