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Nov192010

Millennium 2

New High Schools are always coming online and are usually announced shortly before the New HS Fair in Jan. but news of Millennium II has leaked so Lisa Gioe made an announcement to her parents at MS 447 Math and Science District 15 last night.

Millennium 2 will be opening in the John Jay HS complex on 7th Ave. and 4th St. in Park Slope in Sept. 2011 with Lisa Gioe as principal. It will be a replication of the popular Millennium HS with the addition of an ASD NEST program like the one that has been instituted at 447. I believe that this may be the first program of its kind in a HS. It will also be an "advanced Exploratory Program supporting internships". It will not be a choice on the Main Round application. If you would like to add the school to your list of HS you can do it during the short period after the New HS Fair in Jan. when you are allowed to resubmit the application and add new programs that will be starting in fall. 

Currently MS 447 has two very experienced Assistant Principals, Sharon Mahabir, who has been with the school since its founding and Dawn Faraj who had also been the Math Coach and a long time asset to the school. One of them will likely be tapped for the 447 principal's job.

It will be interesting to see if the Millennium brand will draw more local families to the John Jay building. I am also concerned for the lovely and focused students from Research that I heard speak recently in support of their school. A co-location is always a rocky process, but it doesn't necessarily have to be one that harms the existing schools. I hope that all the programs will grow in strength with the attention that will be directed to the building.

Reader Comments (12)

Does the John Jay building have metal detectors?

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta

Yes.

November 19, 2010 | Registered Commenterjoyce

this move does harm existing schools. ms447 for instance. the principal has obviously been seeking higher ground and the school she founded is slowly sinking.

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbe here now

Sounds good. Any word on where Brooklyn Prospect will be moving? I was hoping to John Jay!

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusa

the john jay building does have metal detectors, but they are proposing that the mil.2 students would have a separate entrance without metal detectors. you can imagine the uproar that is causing amid the teachers/students of law/journalism/research. it is a large act of racial profiling.

as a long time public high school teacher of urban youth and an easily identified white yuppie of the slope, i am all for the creation of another high school. i have heard remarkable things about millennium and replication of a great medium sized high school in bklyn is very much needed. the challenge comes in the negotiation of space and the merging of the more urban youth (read: mostly poor, Black, Latino) with the demographic of park slope (read: mostly White, middle-upper class). if that could be successful, it would be a landmark school as well as an exciting educational experience for all.

we all love living in nyc for the diversity factor, but when it comes to schools they are greatly segregated. i teach in cobble hill and the only students in our building are from the neighborhood are from the gowanus projects. i have had my students ask me where the White kids from the neighborhood go to school, and I explain that they're all at the competitive high schools or private schools. if we could truly merge populations all would benefit. the urban kids would benefit from the higher literacy/skill levels of the Slope kids, and the Slope kids would benefit from the insights that the urban students can offer--as well as the street smarts! i can't even begin to explain how much i have learned from my students in the past 11 years about nyc that i never would have gleaned by just living here. it's given me a different lens through which to view the city, society, and many many issues.

i guess my way-too-long response is just to say that mil.2 needs to work to merge these two populations. it won't be easy or pretty at first, but it's a goal that should be foremost in the school's agenda. just my two cents.

November 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlori u.

there is more than metal detectors in the building...and some tasty, new white/asian meat for us will suit us just fine. For fire safety reasons you won't be able to lock us out!! Sex, drugs and robbery. Can't wait.

November 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrazi

As a veteran teacher who has been working
at Research for six years, I find it fascinating that
Students at millennium 2 will not be subjected to scanning....
fascinating what a double standard we still have
at this late date in our country. Our school population
at Research is largely composed of immigrants-- both
Newcomers and those who have tested out of ESL due to their
High proficiency levels. Please do not propose these
Changes wout thinking very carefully about the messages
You will be sending to our children.

November 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEspresearch

I haven't heard anything about metal detectors being removed from the school or anyone being allowed in the building without being scanned.

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

I agree with Lori and Espresearch. I would STRONGLY urge that anyone involved in trying to get the Millennium II kids exempted from scanning instead try to get the scanners removed entirely from the John Jay building. They are a legacy of the previous John Jay High School, which was reportedly bad enough to need metal detectors. It was closed and replaced by the three schools that are currently in the building (the Secondary Schools for Law, Journalism, and Research), but the metal detectors remained. I know that the principals of those schools feel that the scanners hamper their ability to enroll students from the neighborhood--not to mention inconveniencing their students, who must arrive early to allow time for scanning--and they've been trying to get rid of them for years. When I was on the Community Education Council for District 15, we tried to help, but there was a great fear of liability, and no one was willing to take the risk that something might happen if the scanners were removed. Of course, the message to the students that "we don't trust you" and "you're unsafe around your fellow students" is incredibly damaging.

Removing the scanners would be an excellent method of smoothing the way for the new school into the building. While I was on the CEC, and later at the Brooklyn Borough President's office, I saw many difficult co-locations. The new schools always seemed to have extra perks: new furniture, renovated spaces, and a general excitement around them. The existing schools felt very much like ugly stepsisters, not only missing out on the shiny new things, but also having to give up classroom space, gym and auditorium time, lunch periods, etc. What a way to start a relationship, huh?

Instead, the new school should come bearing gifts--something to show that it's not all bad, that there can be some benefits to the existing school(s) from the new relationship. In this case, it's a no-brainer. Removing the scanners would remove a ball and chain that the other schools feel has been holding them back, and the students and staff of those schools would see a tangible benefit that might make up for some of their losses.

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Powel

Why do we need another school? Why don't we support the schools that we have by sending our children to them and advocating for all of the kids that attend these schools. Not to get too idealistic--but isn't that the point of public education?

I do not know what "replicating" Millennium means. It is a nice school with nice kids and nice teachers and administrators. The school space and location are the most unique things about the current school, but I do not think that these can be replicated. If the replication refers to the mix of kids, we can accomplish that at any one of the screened programs that currently exist--just apply and be ready to be involved.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBKParent

"Replication" means that they are replicating the model, using the current school mission and vision as a template for a new program. An example would be Brooklyn Latin, which is a "replication" of Boston Latin.

November 22, 2010 | Registered Commenterjoyce

Another interesting point of view -
http://lab.wgbh.org/open-call/ghosts-of-john-jay-high

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMG

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