New York Public Schools Upcoming Key Dates in May

It’s hard to believe that school is a few weeks from being completed for the 2011-2012 year but there are still important events on the calendar. 

NY League for Early Learning (NYL) LifeStart
Parent Information Night: Gigi’s Playhouse
Learn more about this early intervention program that works with young people with Down Syndrome. Please RSVP by May 4 to 212-418-0321

When: Wednesday, May 9 from 6pm-8pm
Where: NYL LifeStart Program, 292 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cost: Free


Helping Parents and School Districts Become More Effective Partners: Special Education Mediation Information Sessions
This session, hosted by the NYS Dispute Resolution Association, Inc, will help parents learn to communicate more effectively. Participants will also meet representatives from organizations that assist parents and schools with communications. Click here to register.

When: Friday, May 11 from 10AM to 12PM
Where: Community Mediation Services, 89-84 163 Street, Jamaica
Cost: Free


Eagle Week Community/Parent Forum
As part of their Eagle Week, the Eagle Academy Foundation will be offering a free forum about raising and engaging young men. Register here.

When: Saturday, May 12 from 3PM to 7PM
Where: Fashion Industries High School, 225 West 24 Street
Cost: Free
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Application Deadline

SYEP provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with summer employment. Participants are placed in entry-level jobs at government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, and community based organizations among others. The deadline for the applications is May 18.


Practice Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT)
Middle schoolers interested in taking the SHSAT can take advantage of this opportunity co-sponsored by the Queens Library and Kaplan. Preregistration is required.

When: Tuesday, May 15 from 4PM to 5:30PM
Where: Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Cost: Free


Super Saturday STEM Expo
This fifth annual expo is designed for kids from Pre-K to Grade 12 and their families. It will feature hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities and demonstrations by Harlem public school students and organizations like museums and colleges.

When: Saturday, May 19 from 10AM to 3PM
Where: The Harlem Armory, 40 West 143rd Street
Cost: Free


Reading Exams
These exams are designed for grades 3 to 12 who are receiving bilingual and dual language instruction. The exams for students receiving instruction in Chinese will take place on May 21. The Spanish test will take place on May 22.


NYS Science Performance Test
Students in grades 4 and 8 will sit for this exam that tests their progress towards NYS standards in science from May 23 to June 1. The school chooses the specific date.


College and Career Readiness: What do I need to know to help my child?

This annual event for parents of English Language Learners (ELLs) will offer families information about helping their child become college and career ready as well as information about summer learning opportunities. To register, complete this form and return it to your parent coordinator by Friday, May 4.

When: Friday, May 25 from 9AM to 2PM
Where: The Jacob Javits Center at 11th Avenue between West 34th and 39th Streets
Cost: Free


Memorial Day
Schools will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28.



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