NYC Climate Strike 2019

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Important Information regarding the Climate Strike

Updated September 19, 2019

On Friday, September 20, students may decide to participate in the Climate Strike, a youth-organized event for action against climate change.

The Department of Education (DOE) will excuse absences of students participating in the Climate Strike on Friday 9/20, provided students have parental consent. Students can only leave school with a parent or a guardian on the Blue Card. Here is additional important guidance:

  • Both partial and full day absences will be considered excused with parental permission.
  • There will be no disciplinary consequences for excused absences.
  • Students need to be signed out by parents or guardians if they wish to participate in the walkout.
  • Parents giving permission for their child to be absent should notify us in writing and give their note to their first period teacher. 
  • If a student is present for a portion of the day, they are considered present for the day and absent for any class periods not attended.
  • If a middle or high school student participates in the strike without parental permission, the student’s absence will not be excused.

Read more about attendance policies at the DOE here:

Participation in the walkout is an individual decision, and we encourage your family to discuss your plans ahead of time.

High School Admissions Updates

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These updates will not change how you apply to high school, how you get an offer, or where you get an offer.  Find out more in the sections marked *NEW* below.


· Pick up a copy of the High School Admissions Guide to learn about the admissions process and browse high school programs

· Set up your account in MySchools. Once you’re logged in, you can search for and learn about high school programs across the city—save your favorite programs by clicking the stars next to their names.

· Register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or LaGuardia High School auditions.

· Starting in October, you can begin adding programs to your application. You can apply to 12 programs.

· Meet with a counselor to discuss your high school options.

· Attend the high school fairs and go to open houses throughout the fall. Check here for the most up-to-date information on event locations, dates, and times.


· Submit your high school application by December 2, 2019

· Apply one of three ways:


· Get your high school offer letter! This letter will include:

· Your high school offer and/or, if applicable, your specialized high schools results, which may include an offer from a testing school and/or any offers from LaGuardia studios.

· *NEW* A list of programs where you’ve been waitlisted. You’ll be automatically added to the waitlist of any program that you listed higher on your application than the program where you received an offer. For example, if you get an offer to your third-choice program, you will also be waitlisted at your first-choice and second-choice programs.

  • Note: There will be no Round 2 application and High School Appeals.

  • Note: The Specialized High Schools will not have waitlists.


*NEW* If and when seats become available at a program, waitlist offers will be made.

· Schools will be in touch directly if seats open up and they can make you an offer.

· Waitlist offers will be made based on seat availability, admissions priorities, and admissions methods.

· You will be able to check where you are on the waitlist for any school, in real time. You will also be able to add yourself to waitlists during this time. However, please note that your best chance of getting an offer to any program is to include it as a choice on your original application.

High School Information

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Dear 8th Grade Families, 

Welcome back! I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing summer.  I want to introduce myself to those of you who do not already know me.  My name is Cynthia Caspi and I am the 8th grade guidance counselor at MS 88. I will be working with you and your family on the high school admissions process throughout the year.

NYC has established an online high school application process.  You must create an account in MySchools to start and submit your child’s high school applicationMySchools creation codes will be sent to your home in the coming weeks.  You can explore high schools, special programs, school performance, admission methods and athletic teams. In addition, you will be able to schedule the SHSAT, auditions and assessments on MySchools.  Furthermore, you can also refer to the High School Directory and the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook distributed to all 7th grade students in June.  If you have not received these two books, let me know. Below are admission websites that can further assist you in the high school application process.            

Set aside time this fall to visit schools and attend admissions events. You can meet with high school staff and attend a high school admissions workshop at the events below.  We have our own events scheduled below for you to meet with our team at MS 88!

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I will communicate with you throughout the process, so look for any other high school admissions information I send.  The deadline to submit your online application is December 2, 2019

I look forward to working with you and your child as you navigate the high school admissions process.

Thank you,

Cynthia Caspi

Guidance Counselor

718-788-4482 ext. 166

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