Now that the summer is behind us, autumn’s chill is hard at work trying to make us dig out our jackets, sweaters, boots, and scarves from their seasonal tombs in our closets, wardrobes, and drawers. But while the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are changing color, at least you can count on us to take a peek at our official Schools Calendar to see what is in store for City schools in the month ahead:

October 2016
Monday, October 3
Tuesday, October 4
Rosh Hashanah: schools closed.
Monday, October 10 Columbus Day: schools closed
Wednesday, October 12 Yom Kippur: schools closed
Saturday, October 15
Sunday, October 16
Borough High School Fairs
(View our website for locations and times)
Saturday, October 22
Sunday, October 23
Specialized High School Admissions Test (Grade 8 students only)
Wednesday, October 26
Thursday, October 27
Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences (check your school for specific schedules)
Sunday, October 30 Specialized High School Admissions Test (Grade 9 students, Make-Up Tests, and Grade 8 – 9 students with Individualized Education Programs and approved 504 accommodations

Just a quick note about our specialized high schools:

Throughout the month of October (beginning on Wednesday, October 5 at Stuyvesant High School), each of our specialized high schools will host an Open House event that will allow parents and students to learn more about each of these exciting school options. To find out when each school’s open house will take place, please review our website for more information.

Also, remember that to take the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), which is required for admission into 8 out of the 9 specialized high schools, students will need to speak with their guidance counselors in order to be registered for the exam. Students have until October 13 to be registered for the SHSAT. For more information, please check out the DOE’s official 2016-2017 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook.

Enjoy your October!

The Morning Bell

Official blog for the NYC Department of Education, home of over 1.1 million students across 1,800+ schools

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