Joy of Learning

There’s No Day Quite Like the First Day of School

For all of us who attend, deal with, or work for New York City's public schools, the first day of school is the most important day of every school year. For students and parents, the first day of school represents the end of summer and the start of new daily routines both inside and outside of school. But for the City's teachers, principals, administrators, aides, and other staff members who work on behalf of the NYC Department of Education, the first day of school, or "FDOS" in DOE-speak, is not so much the "start" of something as it is the conclusion of…
September 13, 2016
High School AdmissionsPublic Schools 101

Applying to NYC High Schools? Use School Finder

Just in time for this year's high school enrollment season, searching for high schools just got a whole lot easier. Introducing NYC School Finder: the DOE's new online search tool for New York City's high schools. With over 400 schools and 700 programs to choose from, it can be a bit of a challenge to find a high school with a program that meets your needs and interests. Now while we have these wonderfully dense (read: GIGANTIC) 2016-17 directories available for the City's middle schoolers and their families both in print and online in 10 languages, NYC School Finder takes all the information…
September 12, 2016
Chancellor's Notes

Welcome Back to School!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year and to the NYC Department of Education's (DOE) new blog, The Morning Bell! Ever since I was appointed Chancellor of NYC's public schools in January 2014, it has been my goal to improve City schools while strengthening the bonds they share with students, parents, and surrounding communities. And if there is one thing I have learned over the five-plus decades I have worked in education, it is that the best way to strengthen these bonds is by improving the way schools communicate about their work with the students, parents, and…
September 8, 2016
Public Schools 101

Achieve NYC Guide Now Available for Parents

The 2016-17 edition of Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools is now available at all City public schools and online! Available in 10 languages, Achieve NYC is a one-stop resource regarding the City's public schools. Through Achieve NYC, parents will find information regarding important dates and holidays, school staff member roles, enrollment requirements and guidelines, grade-specific learning expectations, transportation options for students, City and State promotional standards, special services and programs, and financial aid for college. Parents may obtain physical copies of Achieve NYC directly from their children's schools beginning on September 8. Likewise, parents may also…
September 8, 2016
Calendar TalkHigh School AdmissionsPublic Schools 101

Open Houses & Fairs Announced for NYC High Schools

Planning to apply for admission to an NYC public high school this year? Want to speak with representatives from high schools you have had your eyes on for some time? Need to know more information about what is required for admission to a particular screened high school? For these questions, and more, consider attending any of our 2016 Fall High School Admissions Events scheduled between September and December. You can attend information sessions and open houses hosted by each individual high school. Likewise, you may also attend the DOE's official Citywide High School Fair on Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25,…
September 8, 2016
Free for AllPublic Schools 101

FREE Microsoft Software for NYC Students

Did you know that all students who attend New York City public schools have free access to Microsoft software and services? Thanks to a partnership between the DOE, Microsoft, and NY City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City students, along with their parents/guardians, are able to download the following Microsoft digital products free of charge: Office 365 ProPlus on Windows (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Access, InfoPath and Publisher) Office for Mac Professional 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote) Office for iPad, iPhone, Android (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) In addition, all City students and their parents/guardians have free access…
September 7, 2016
Joy of Learning

The Cutest Video You’ll See Today

The beginning of a new school year is always an exciting time for our students, and this year is no different. And while there will always be some who aren't exactly thrilled with the prospect of going back to school once the summer is over, we know that there are plenty of young New Yorkers who cannot wait to start the school year. Take the kids in the following video, for example: THEY. CANNOT. WAIT. Cute, right? The "Adorable" power level on this video has to be well over 9,000. Hope you all have a great start to the new school…
September 6, 2016
Calendar TalkFood for ThoughtPublic Schools 101

What’s for Breakfast & Lunch? (September 2016)

September marks the start of a brand-new school year, and to kick things off, the DOE's Office of SchoolFood has just about every student covered with delicious and nutritious food choices available throughout the month. Click here to view this month's official SchoolFood menus for Free Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast in the Classroom, and other DOE food services. And remember: breakfast is always free for all NYC public school students! Want to know if your family qualifies for free school lunch? Find out here. Finally, did you know that the DOE has a SchoolFood app? To see what food is being served in our…
September 1, 2016
Calendar TalkPublic Schools 101

The Month Ahead (September 2016)

With September right upon us, it is time for us to take a peek at our official Schools Calendar to see what is in store for City schools in the month ahead: September 2016 Thursday, September 8 First day of school. Early dismissal for kindergarten. Partial day for pre-k Friday, September 9 First full day for kindergarten. Partial day for pre-k Monday, September 12 Eid al-Adha: schools closed Tuesday, September 20 Dads Take Your Child to School Day Click here for more information Saturday, September 24 Sunday, September 25 2016 Citywide High School Fair 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. To…
August 31, 2016
Big Apple Awards

Congratulations to This Year’s Big Apple Award Honorees

After thousands of nominations, hundreds of interviews, and hours of internal debates, the DOE announced the recipients of this year’s fourth annual Big Apple Awards! The Big Apple Awards is a recognition program that celebrates City teachers who inspire their students, demonstrate exceptional success in improving student learning, enrich their school communities, and serve as great model teachers for other educators throughout the City. This year, the DOE chose to surprise each of the 17 teachers in person; Chancellor Carmen Fariña, Senior Deputy Chancellor Dorita Gibson, and Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg each surprised the award recipients in their classrooms and offices…
June 27, 2016