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
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
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