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Sure feels like 2023 snuck its way in, right?

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Now that we’re in the new year and have had at least a moment or two (hopefully) to recover from the holidays last month, it’s time to look ahead and see what’s in store for the first month of 2023 across New York City’s public schools.

This month, the City’s biannual Education Council Elections and our annual Big Apple Award nominations period will kick off for the school year; conversely, our 2023 Elementary Admissions application will close later this month. Also coming up in January is our annual observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, as well as New York State’s first administration of Regents Exams for the 2022–23 school year.

So without further ado, let’s see what’s happening in NYC public schools in January 2023, courtesy of our official 2022–23 NYC Schools Calendar.

NYC Schools Calendar — January 2023

Tuesday, January 3

Winter Recess Ends

All NYC public schools and offices reopen.

Tuesday, January 3

Nominations Open for the 2023 Big Apple Awards

Students, families, administrators, and community members can nominate any City public school teacher for consideration for this year's Big Apple Awards until February 28, 2023.

Monday, January 9

2023 CCEC Elections Begin

Parents of current NYC public school students interested in running for seat on a Citywide or Community Education Council (CCEC) must submit an election application by February 13.

Monday, January 16

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Day

All schools and DOE offices are closed.

Thursday, January 19

6:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.

Navigating College (Zoom)

Learn more about the educational rights of immigrant students and the policies that have been designed to ensure safe school environments for students, regardless of immigration status.

Registration recommended for this webinar—click this cell to visit the registration page.

Friday, January 20

Last Day to Submit Applications for 2023 Kindergarten Admissions

For NYC families with children born in 2018 who are seeking kindergarten seats for their child in fall 2023.

Tues., Jan. 24—Fri., Jan. 27

New York State's January 2023 Regents Examinations

Participating students should speak with their counselors to learn more about these exams.

Monday, January 30

Professional Development Day for High School Staff Members

Students in high schools (grades 9–12) and 6–12 programs do not attend.

Monday, January 31
First Day of the Spring Semester

Some notes about this month’s schedule:

2023 Community and Citywide Education Council Elections

Beginning January 9, parents of New York City public school students can submit applications to run for Education Council seats across the City.

Education Councils are part of New York City’s school governance structure. There are Community Education Councils (CECs) for each of the City’s 32 school districts, as well as four Citywide Councils (High Schools, Special Education, English Language Learners, and District 75). Collectively, the City’s CCECs are charged with promoting student achievement, advising and commenting on educational policies, and providing input to the Chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy.

To learn more about the City’s Education Councils and this year’s election process, visit our Elections 2023 Community and Citywide Education Councils (CCECs) webpage and submit your intent to run via your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) by February 13, 2023.

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2023 Big Apple Awards

It’s time to recognize and celebrate New York City’s outstanding teachers!

The 2023 Big Apple Award nomination period is now open—students, families, administrators, and community members can nominate any DOE teacher for a Big Apple Award from now through February 28, 2023.

Nominate your favorites on our official DOE All Stars website.

Kindergarten Admissions

From now until January 20, 2023, families with children who will turn five years old in 2023 can apply for fall 2023 admission to kindergarten at NYC public elementary schools (Grades K–5) across the five boroughs.

In addition, families who are interested in applying to kindergarten Gifted and Talented programs can now use the general kindergarten application to submit their G&T program selections—a separate application is not necessary. Eligibility will be determined after you apply.

Learn more about this year’s kindergarten admissions process on our Kindergarten Admissions website, and consider attending open houses near you that are being held throughout the month.

January 2023 NYS Regents Exams

From January 24 through January 27, 2023, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will administer this year’s first Regents Examinations to New York State students.

Students should verify whether they are scheduled to take Regents exams in January by speaking with their teachers or counselors. Likewise, if a qualifying student would like to take a Regents exam this January, they should speak with their counselor.

January’s Regents exams will be held in the following subject areas: English Language Arts, Living Environment, Geometry, Algebra I, Algebra II, Physical Setting/Physics, Global History and Geography II, Physical Setting/Chemistry, and Physical Setting/Earth Science.

To learn more, visit NYSED’s January 2023 Regents website.

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And that’s all for the first month of 2023! For all the latest in NYC public schools, subscribe to us here at The Morning Bell or follow us on our social channels on Twitter and Facebook!

On behalf of the DOE, we wish all City families a wonderful start to the new year!

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