News & Updates

Please welcome our PTA's 2020-21 Executive Board:
  • Co-President: Nan Ng
  • Co-President: Bill Rettig
  • Recording Secretary: Cherryl Jimenez
  • Treasurer: Sanja Bogovic (newly elected)
  • Co-VP of Fundraising: Supriya Purov-Fernandes (newly elected)
  • Co-VP of Fundraising: Anna Tsang
  • Chair of Hospitality: Shaunda Anderson
  • Alumni Relations: Irina Kimyagar
  • Co-VP of Electronic Communications: Susan Gardner
  • Co-VP of Electronic Communications: Michael Rhee
And here are the SLT Parent Members for 2020-21:
  • Katarina Jokic
  • Michelle Kiliski (newly elected)
  • Tommy Koe (newly elected)
  • Karen Lin
  • Randi Romero (newly elected)
Many thanks to all of the parents who attended Townsend Harris' first-ever virtual elections for the PTA Board and SLT.
 
 
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* Zipper Hoodies * Pullover Hoodies * T-shirts *
All shipped directly to your home.
Pre-order by October 30, 2020, for early November delivery.
All proceeds help the PTA support the school!
 
To see the instructions and fill out the order form, click here.
 
 
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Meeting runs from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Please see the agenda below.
  • PTA welcomes parents; introduction of PTA Board
  • Remarks from Mr. Condon, Principal
  • Remarks from Assistant Principals Ms. Fee, Ms. York, Ms. Brustein, Ms. Brandeis, Mr. Olechowski
  • Remarks from Dafne Manhart, Parent Coordinator: welcome new parents; the role of parent coordinator
  • Remarks from Jeremy Wang about role of guidance office; upcoming college deadlines
  • PTA business: Upcoming PTA Board elections; PTA budget; PTA plans; workshop ideas PTA website; fundraising
Please check your email in PupilPath for more details on how to join us virtually by Zoom. For security reasons, the login and passcode will not be published here.


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de Blasio screenshot
 
New York City public schools will re-open on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. For much more details on the city's school re-opening plans, including important dates and safety protocols, please click on this link.


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The Chancellor of the Department of Education (DOE) recently hosted a live event on the city's school re-opening plan. If you missed the session, you can watch a recording by clicking on this link or on the screen shot below.
 
Re-opening video screenshot


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Our preferred school reopening plan has changed to the Enhanced Virtual model. This reopening schedule provides fully remote learning Monday through Thursday. Each grade would meet in school one Friday every four weeks on a rotating schedule (freshman on the first Friday, then sophomores the next Friday, etc.). These enriched Fridays would be time for clubs, guidance counseling, college rep meetings, and other student-centered activities.
 
The previous Model 3B would have been a blended model where students would meet for in-school live classes for two consecutive school days followed by four consecutive school days of remote learning. Slides from the THHS info session comparing the two reopening models are available here.
 
One advantage of our new Enriched Virtual model is that all remote lessons would be synchronous (in real time with Q and A and not taped or assigned videos) and taught by THHS regular faculty. An issue with the blended Model B is that it may use teacher time in an inefficient way (9 students per class) so that many of the remote classes would need to be asynchronous and/or taught by people outside of THHS. Of course, Model B would allow more social contact with peers in school but may result in more possible exposures and, for some students, would require more use of public transit. Students opting for remote-only learning may also be at an unfair disadvantage under Model 3B.
 
Since our proposed Enriched Virtual model is not one of the three DOE pre-approved models, it would need to be approved by the DOE by August 24. If the DOE denies it, then we would need to revert back to Model 3B. General DOE information on reopening is here. The DOE also has a general reopening info session for all public school parents.
 
Blended learning schedule
 
QC Bridge Year program update
 
In a letter to students and parents, Principal Condon has given us the good news that our vital QC Bridge program has been funded for the fall term! Our school managed to self-fund the $400k from our budget without relying on cutting electives. Some of this money came from savings in having fewer supply needs; making more optimal use of class sizes; and increased budget flexibility because we will have 70 more students this year than last year. Keeping this essential program also restores money to support our clubs; The Classic and Phoenix; the Election Simulation; college essay coaching; our school play; Orchestra teacher support and more.
 
Our administration is optimistic that we can find some outside funding in the spring from state and city sources or private foundations because we cannot fully self-fund this again in the spring term. QC classes begin on August 26. All seniors will be taking the usual two QC college credit courses: our great books Humanities course (co-taught by a QC prof and a THHS English teacher) and a QC elective, which will be remote as CUNY is remote for this fall.


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Our school has been adjusting to the realities of the DOE's deeply damaging decision to defund our Queens College Bridge program. This cut amounts to a staggering 10% of our total budget. Our QC Bridge program is a 36-year tradition that is an inseparable part of our identity

Townsend Harris High School at Queens College
 
These cuts are especially painful in light of the fact that the DOE will not cut the budget of nearly every other school in the city. Though THHS serves a student body that reflects the demographics of our great borough and where half qualifies for reduced or free lunch, the DOE still decided to make these devastating cuts to our school, the brightest light in a system of 460 high schools. We are ranked number one in New York State for a reason.
 
Our school leaders have reached out to several key DOE people and elected officials to see what can be done to influence the DOE to restore some of the funding to our QC Bridge program. At this point, the conclusion is that there is no chance of the funding being restored.
 
In the meantime, Principal Condon and our school leaders have decided that Townsend Harris will self-fund this promised senior-year rite of passage. Their plan is to maintain the usual two QC courses in the Fall. But in the Spring, the QC program will only have the Humanities Colloquium course with no QC elective. However, the cost of this program must come from our now reduced budget. So we will need to be creative to find funding of about $800,000.
 
So how will THHS find the money to self-fund the QC Bridge program?
  • To assure you, the school will not lay off any existing teachers.
  • Also, for now, most (if not all) electives will be saved.
  • Because of teacher attrition and the larger incoming freshman class, THHS will need to hire several new teachers. Savings may come from hiring teachers from the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) pool which will not cost THHS any money at all. ATR teachers are tenured teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are no longer able to find full-time employment in the NYC school system. They would be hired on a one-year contract.
  • Other options include reaching out to foundations such as Bloomberg, Gates, and Robin Hood.
We are sure that everyone is angry about this terribly unfair cut to our great school. So what more can we do?
  • The THHS Student Union and the PTA have organized a petition on Change.org. Please sign it and add a comment expressing your feelings. We will use this petition to influence our City leaders and others to help our school.
  • Write to your elected leaders. We have organized a convenient document with links to template documents here.
After reading this message, we understand that you may have many questions and concerns such as the possible hiring of teachers from the ATR pool and being able to afford the QC Bridge program. We are asking for your patience until Mr. Condon sends his formal communications directly to the parents.
 
We will keep in touch and let you know of any developments.


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Principal Brian Condon met with the DOE last night. The outcome was grim – the DOE will completely defund the QC Bridge Year program effective immediately. This represents an $800,000 (or 10%) cut to our $8 million budget. But most other NYC high schools are not getting any cuts at all. This is clearly very unfair and should make us all angry.
 
How we make up for the two classes that all seniors were supposed to take at Queens College and stay within our budget are challenges that our school leaders are addressing right now. Options include asking for a QC fee reduction.
 
Make no mistake, the effect of this deep cut will hurt our school in many ways, including possible cuts to electives, clubs, and sports. Nearly half (47%) of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch. We need to find out from the DOE how making these draconian cuts will supposedly help our most vulnerable population.
 
Our school leaders are now weighing their options, but it's clear that Mr. Condon will fight these unfair and harmful cuts and will not give up easily. This includes leaning on our elected officials, reaching out to the media, and counting on our students, the Student Union, parents, our PTA, and our dedicated Alumni Association to advance our cause.
 
What can we as parents do? Tomorrow, Principal Condon will send out a letter to our school community with details and any recommended steps to take. Please note that any options won't be limited to the ones that Principal Condon will suggest to us. We should try to be as creative and passionate as possible about how to restore these cuts to our children's educational program.
 
The PTA will be sending out another message with talking points and further steps to take in the days ahead.
Last night, our principal, Brian Condon, sent out an "all-hands-on-deck" letter urging your help in preserving Townsend Harris's Bridge Year Program where our seniors take four classes at Queens College. (To read the original letter, please click here.) The Bridge Year Program has been a cornerstone of Townsend Harris since 1984, and is one of the main reasons why students decide to attend our school in the first place. Right now, the Department of Education (DOE) may be in the process of either cutting or completely eliminating funding for the Bridge Year Program which will not only leave our rising seniors with a hole in their programs, but also deprive future students of an essential part of their educational experience at Townsend Harris. (As a way of background, the DOE has, for years, tried to undercut funding for this program.) Tomorrow, a senior DOE budget director will meet with Mr. Condon to discuss funding for the program.

What can you do? Please contact your city representative RIGHT NOW by calling and/or sending him/her an email message. You can use the text from this form letter or write your own text. You can also find the contact information for your representative by clicking here.
 
If there was ever a time to work together to help Townsend Harris, now is the time!


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If you missed the online information sessions of the school's reopening plans earlier this week, you can view the PowerPoint slides by clicking on the image below or this link. We hope you find it useful.
 
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Join fellow PTA parents during this informal virtual celebration as we mark the end of another academic year at Townsend Harris. Because the continuing COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on our annual tradition of having a year-end party at a local restaurant, it won't stop us from meeting online where we can connect with and support one another, allow senior parents to say good-byes, and leave supportive messages to our children's teachers and the school's staff. And if you are interested in getting more involved with the PTA in the 2020-21 school year, please come by and let us know!


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Everyone who bought tickets to the already-cancelled April Yankees game has two options:
  • The money paid for the tickets will be kept on account as a credit, and can be used for tickets later this season or during the 2021 season. No action is required for those who want to keep the credit, as it will be applied automatically.
  • For those who want a refund, please email support@fevo.com
 
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The New York Times profiled how the students at two New York City high schools rose up to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of them was our very own Townsend Harris! The article focused on how the editors and staff writers of our school's newspaper, The Classic, reported not only on the effects of the corornavirus on the Townsend Harris community, but also how the student body recreated some of the annual rituals of the graduating class who were unable to meet in person to celebrate the close of their high school experience. To read the article, click here or on the image below.

NYT article
 
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For the first time in its history, Townsend Harris High School today held a virtual ceremony for a graduating class of students. Due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the members of the Class of 2020 gathered online at 3:00 pm where they celebrated four years of hard work and accomplishments during a two-hour ceremony filled with music performances, photos, speeches, and videos. To watch the entire commencement on YouTube, please click here. To see some screenshots, click here.
 
THHS graduation
 
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The Coalition for College is hosting an online college fair on May 28, 2020, to help students connect with top schools around the country without needing to leave your home. During four live panel discussions, admissions officers from 100 schools will share information about their college and answer your questions.
 
These schools also meet the organization's affordability and student success criteria. As a way of background, the Coalition for College is a diverse group of more than 150 distinguished colleges and universities across the U.S. that is committed to making college a reality for all high school students through its set of free, online college planning tools that helps them learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.
 
Learn more and register for this free event here: https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/events/may-virtual-college-fair


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PTA meeting on May 13, 2020: Meeting runs from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Please see the agenda below.
  • PTA opening remarks
  • Mr. Condon, Principal
  • Ms. York, Assistant Principal of Guidance
  • Ms. Fee, Assistant Principal of Organization (tentative)
  • Dafne Manhart, Parent Coordinator
  • Q&A with parents


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The Townsend Harris Model UN team has created the COVID-19 Response Initiative Team (CRIT), dedicated to fundraising to help Jamaica Hospital fight the novel coronavirus. During this pandemic, it is essential to support local hospitals in the community who are on the front lines of this “invisible” war; the lack of supplies and the recent shortage of healthcare workers has made it apparent that now is the time to take action, before it is too late. Your generous contribution will help provide support for doctors, nurses and other front-line medical professionals in a variety of ways, including appropriate equipment and supplies, and providing meals, lodging, and transportation services as they continue to work tirelessly to treat our community. We hope to unify our school and our community in fighting this common enemy. We didn’t choose to be placed in the epicenter of this crisis, but now that we are here it is our responsibility to look out for our friends, families, and neighbors; we must never desert our comrades in the ranks.

Our website (best viewed on a computer): https://epark2705.wixsite.com/covid19fundraiser

Please consider donating using our Edco page below! Every single dollar donated will have a tremendous impact on the healthcare workers who are at the frontline of this pandemic! https://ed.co/teams/townsend-harris-high-school/covid-19-response-initiative-team-crit

Thank you!

THHS Model UN COVID-19 Response Initiative Team


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Breaking story . . . Townsend Harris is the #1 public high school in New York City, the #1 public high school in the New York metro area, and the #1 public high school in the state, according to the 2020 rankings by U.S. News & World Report. And of the over 24,000 public high schools in America, Townsend Harris is ranked #5 (up from #11 last year). Click on the image below or this link to see the full rankings.
 
THHS 2020 rankings

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The Coalition for College is hosting an online college fair on April 23, 2020, to help students connect with top schools around the country without needing to leave your home. During two live panel discussions, admissions officers from more than 40 schools will share information about their college and answer your questions.
 
These schools also meet the organization's affordability and student success criteria. As a way of background, the Coalition for College is a diverse group of more than 150 distinguished colleges and universities across the U.S. that is committed to making college a reality for all high school students through its set of free, online college planning tools that helps them learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.
 
This online event is recommended for students in grades 9 through 11.
 
Learn more and register for this free event here: http://coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/april-2020-virtual-fair.html


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More than ever before, the Townsend Harris community needs your support in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic which, unfortunately, has made Queens the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States. We have all been seriously affected (some more than others) by the devastating path of this still-ongoing crisis, including the loss of loved ones, employment, and that sense of confidence which sets our nation apart from all others.
 
But even in the midst of this uncertainty, the one thing we can give to our children is the GUARANTEE that, once they return to Townsend Harris, we will keep providing them with the resources to continue not only their first-class education, but also the extracurricular activities that make Townsend Harris the highest-ranked high school in the entire state. We will show them that, rather than weakening us, Townsend Harris will emerge even stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic, not only in spirit but also financially.
 
As many of us are now shopping online even for basic necessities, you can donate to the PTA simply by shopping on Amazon.com without any extra cost to you. Here's how to do so:
  • The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases.
  • Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation."
  • Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible to generate donations.
  • After you place a qualifying smile.amazon.com order, it may take several days for the amount you have generated to update.
  • Do NOT log into your regular Amazon.com account or the mobile app.
    Instead, you MUST log into Townsend Harris High School's special link to AmazonSmile. Or click on the banner below.
  • The name of our AmazonSmile organization is "Parent Teacher Association of Townsend Harris High School."
 
 
And to learn how to make more donations directly to the Townsend Harris PTA, please CLICK HERE. Every donation (no matter how small) is important because they will all add up to a bright future for our children at Townsend Harris.

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Just to give you a quick update, Friday's Yankees game fundraiser (April 17, 2020) is still postponed. What should you do if you purchased tickets for Friday's game? We have been assured by the Yankees organization that all purchased tickets will be honored by the Yankees organization in one form or another, and could include rescheduling, rain-checks, or reimbursement.
 
On the official Yankees homepage, the answer remains the same as before: "When updated official information becomes available, with respect to the postponed regular season games, the Yankees will communicate it to their fans promptly and through a variety of channels, including Twitter (@yankees) and on the www.yankees.com website. We ask that everyone keep their tickets for all home games as Major League Baseball and the Yankees continue to evaluate events leading up to the start of the season."
 
The PTA is also working on a new date for the Spring Raffle Fundraiser. One option is to hold this fundraiser in the fall.
 
We would like to thank everyone for their continuing participation in and support for these two events. Once we get the new dates, we will have more reason than ever before to get together and get re-acquainted again.


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The PTA has postponed its Spring Raffle Fundraising Event to a later date.
 
Once the PTA sets a new date, we will raffle off gift baskets made from donations by families and friends of Townsend Harris High School. Themes include, but are not limited to, arts and crafts, bath and body, culinary, sports, food, games, gift cards, and more.
 
All proceeds raised will benefit our children and programs at Townsend Harris! Each raffle ticket costs $5.00 or five tickets for $20.00.
 
See the photos below for a preview, or click on this link to see photos of all the gift baskets.
 
For a PDF list of both the gift baskets and descriptions in one document, click here. For the list of our very, very generous sponsors, click here.


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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all MLB games for the coming season have been postponed, including the game for the Townsend Harris outing on Friday, April 17, 2020. Here is an excerpt from the official Yankees homepage:

"When updated official information becomes available, with respect to the postponed regular season games, the Yankees will communicate it to their fans promptly and through a variety of channels, including Twitter (@yankees) and on the www.yankees.com website. We ask that everyone keep their tickets for all home games as Major League Baseball and the Yankees continue to evaluate events leading up to the start of the season."

We have been in touch with the Yankees representative who is helping us with the logistics of our April 17th outing. If the game on April 17th is cancelled, the representative said that all purchased tickets for that game can be exchanged or reimbursed. We will have more details at a later date.

 
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To prevent the further spread of the coronavirus and keep our community safe, the PTA has cancelled the general meeting scheduled on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. We will keep the Townsend Harris community updated with any developments.

 
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In April 2020 (more details to come), the PTA will have its Spring Raffle Fundraising Event where we will raffle off gift baskets made from donations by families and friends of Townsend Harris High School. Themes include. but are not limited to, arts and crafts, bath and body, culinary arts, sports, food, games, gift cards, and more.
 
All proceeds raised will benefit our children and programs at Townsend Harris! Each raffle ticket costs $5.00 or five tickets for $20.00.
 
See the photos below for a preview, or click on this link to see photos of all the gift baskets.
 
For a PDF list of both the gift baskets and descriptions in one document, click here. For the list of our very, very generous sponsors, click here.
 
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The Spring 2020 Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on:
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
  • Friday, March 13, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
You can attend one date or even both dates!
 
Please take advantage of these conference hours to speak to our child's teachers about their progress and to share your concerns. Make sure you bring a copy of your child’s report card. Students are invited to attend these conferences with their parents. You can also speak to your child’s guidance counselor in Room 312.


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PTA meeting on March 11, 2020: Refreshments and mingling from 6:15 pm to 6:30 pm. The formal meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Please see the agenda below.
  • PTA business: Treasurer's report, fundraising, plans for the rest of the year
  • Speaker: Mr. Condon, Principal: Updates on new demerit policy, dress code and DOE new emphasis on progressive teaching methods. Q&A to follow.
  • Dafne Manhart, Parent Coordinator: Updates and news
  • Selina Lee, Co-president THHS Alumni Association: The role and purpose of our alumni organization and how it helps our school.
  • Q and A with parents, ideas for future meetings and workshops.

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Join your Townsend Harris High School community for an outing to Yankee Stadium on Friday, April 17, 2020, and cheer on the New York Yankees as they take on the Cincinnati Reds! First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM. A portion of each ticket purchased will go back to benefit Townsend Harris High School!

Fans who purchase tickets through this offer will receive an exclusive New York Yankees Hat co-branded with the Townsend Harris High School logo! This hat CANNOT be purchased separately from the ticket sales.

THHS Yankees Hat THHS Yankees Hat logo
 
Ticket Options:
  • Main Level (Section 234) - $38.00/ticket
  • Field Level (Section 134) - $53.00/ticket
  • Field Level (Section 132) - $58.00/ticket

Hat Pickup: You will receive an email 48 hours prior to the event with the location of the Townsend Harris High School hat table. Hats will be available to be picked up prior to the 4th inning. Hats CANNOT be purchased separately from the ticket sales.

Ticket Delivery: You will receive an email one (1) day before the event with instructions on how to download your mobile ticket, along with Will Call pick up information, based on preference. All ticket verification QR codes will appear 48 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the game.

For questions please contact Greg Petorak at gpetorak@yankees.com or (646) 977-8062.


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On Saturday, February 8, 2020, our Science Olympiad Team competed in the New York City regional competition at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens. At the end of the day, they placed 3rd in the city! They now advance to the statewide competition. Many thanks to our team leaders, Mrs. Loew (the Coordinator of Student Activities), and our parents for their support. To see more photos, please click here.
 
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Townsend Harris began to install hydration stations for our students. Below is a photo of one of them. Many thanks go to Assistant Principal Ellen Fee for securing the funds to make this project possible and also to the PTA for pushing it forward.
 
Hydration station


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The Townsend Harris PTA is sponsoring FREE SAT and PSAT full-length practice tests this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at Kweller Prep in Forest Hills. This will help our sophomores and juniors prepare for the required PSAT (sophomores) and SAT (juniors) administered on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, during school. Here are the logistical details:
  • Date: Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
  • Time: 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Location: 108-22 Queens Blvd, 2nd Floor (Kweller Prep’s Midway Theater building)
To register for the practice tests, please click here.
 
Your scores will be given to you right after the test and will not be shared or recorded.
 
This is an opportunity that the PTA is sponsoring, but not necessarily endorsed by Townsend Harris High School.


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Do you have brand new unwanted gifts/items or gift cards? Does your business or workplace have merchandise or services it can donate to Townsend Harris? Do you frequent a place of business that can donate some of their merchandise?
  • If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you can help the Townsend Harris PTA make gift baskets for our Spring Fundraising Raffle event!
  • Gift basket themes may include, but are not limited to, arts and crafts, bath and body, culinary, sports, games, gift cards, and much more.
  • We need your donations, help, and support to make this event successful!
  • By Friday, February 28, 2020, please drop off your donations to Ms. Manhart, our Parent Coordinator, in Room 334, and label it "PTA Spring Raffle." You can also ask your child to drop them off.
  • We also welcome monetary donations. Please make out a check to "THHS PTA," place it into an envelope with your name and your child's name on it, and ask your child to place it into the PTA mailbox inside Room 313.
Preview of prizes and raffle tickets will be available in March.
All proceeds raised will benefit our children and programs at Townsend Harris!
 
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PTA meeting on February 12, 2020: Refreshments and mingling from 6:15 pm to 6:30 pm. The formal meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Please see the agenda below.
  • PTA business, including Treasurer’s Report, Fundraising, and plans for the rest of the year
  • Report from Mr. Condon, Principal
  • Report from Dafne Manhart, Parent Coordinator, on school updates and the upcoming Federal Census
  • Presentation for our parents and students -- "Building Winning Student Resumes" by Shanaz Baksh, teacher at Queens HS of Science at York College.
  • Q&A with parents, and ideas for future meetings
Please join us for our monthly Principal's/Parents Breakfast on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am in the Principal's Conference Room (301). Principal Brian Condon will host this one-hour Q&A session and give a review of the school's upcoming events and news.

 
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PTA meeting on January 8, 2020: Refreshments and mingling from 6:15 pm to 6:30 pm. The formal meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Please see the agenda below.
  • Ms. Brustein, the Assistant Principal of Math, Science and Technology, will lead a panel discussion on our science courses with teachers Ms. Shen, Ms. Cooper, Mr. Raghunath, and Mr. Stern. Several students will participate. Q&A to follow.
  • PTA updates, Treasurer's Report, Fundraising, plans for the year
  • Report from Mr. Condon, Principal
  • Report from Dafne Manhart, Parent Coordinator on school news
  • Q&A with parents, and ideas for future meetings
 

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Many thanks to our local community sponsors
for supporting Townsend Harris High School!

 
 
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A very special thank-you goes out to all of our parents and friends who contributed their food, financial donations, and time to making our Annual Holiday Luncheon for Teachers and Staff a really big success. See some photos below. You can view more photos on this link.
 
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The Townsend Harris PTA is working with Queens-based Cascon Cheesecake & Bakery Co. in our Annual Holiday Pie Fundraiser. You can buy some delicious homemade pies while supporting the PTA. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward activities, supplies, and materials for your children.
 
All pies are $16.00 except for Pecan Pie ($17.00). Cheesecakes are 7” and pies are 10.” See the photos below.
 
To order your pie(s), please read these instructions CAREFULLY:
  • Print out this PDF form.
  • Fill out the form and enclose in an envelope with the words “Holiday Pie Fundraiser.”
  • For checks (payable to “THHS PTA”), place sealed envelope in PTA mailbox in Room 313.
  • For cash (exact change only), give sealed envelope to Ms. Manhart in Room 334.
  • The DEADLINE to submit your order is 12:00 pm, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.
  • You or your child may pick up your pie(s) on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, from 7:45 am–8:30 am and from 3:00 pm–4:00 in the SCHOOL LOBBY.
Thank you for support in keeping Townsend Harris the number one public high school in the city and the entire state!
 
Cascon Pies
 
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Townsend Harris parents are invited to learn the details about our school’s special writing program that provides guidance and coaching to our juniors on writing the all-important college admissions essay. Townsend Harris has hired professional writers who use a proprietary method called Story2. Get the scoop from the writers who teach this method to our students.
  • Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Location: Student cafeteria (1st floor)
  • The role of the college essay and the Story2 method: 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
  • Demonstration of the Story2 software: 6:45 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Q and A: 7:00 pm - 7:15 pm
This presentation is free. No registration is necessary. Just show up!
 

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Here is the logistical information for the next PTA meeting. We hope to see you there!
  • Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Refreshments and mingling: 6:15 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Formal meeting: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Agenda:
  • PTA updates: Treasurer's Report, Phon-A-Thon, Workshops, New PTA Parent newsletter, hydration station, plans for the year (10-15 mins)
  • Presentation on our Journalism elective class with Mr. Brian Sweeney (English teacher and adviser for student newspaper The Classic): Five-minute video, students present on The Classic (15-20 mins)
  • Presentation on guidance, electives, course selection with Ms. Veronica York, Assistant Principal for Guidance (15-20 mins)
  • Dafne Manhart, Parent Coordinator, on school news and updates (5 mins)
  • Common App and Naviance basics (the college readiness website): How to log in, main features, how it is used and works with the Common App. (Time is flexible)
  • Q and A with parents, and ideas for future meetings


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For the 2019 SING! performance, a picture is worth more than a thousand words! See some photos below. To see even more photos, CLICK HERE. A big thank-you goes out to Townsend Harris parents Anna and Frank Tsang for taking the great photos during this year's unforgettable performance.
 
Sing 1
 
Sing 2
 
Sing 3
 
Sing 5
 
Sing 4
 
Sing 6


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If you were unable to attend the 2019 SING! performance, you can watch the video below.
 
 
 
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The Townsend Harris PTA now has a Facebook page. Please click the image below to check it out.
 
THHS PTA Facebook page
 
 
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To download the latest edition of the college handbook, please click on the image below.
 
2019-20 College Handbook
 
 
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The PTA sells Townsend Harris-branded merchandise not only during our monthly meetings, but also during lunch bands in the Student Union store located in the cafeteria. (Prices are listed on the store window and during PTA meetings.) Proceeds from all sales go to activities, supplies, and materials for our children. Your support will go a long way!
PTA merchandise
 
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The PTA's Annual Staff Holiday Luncheon will be held on Friday, 12/20/19, in the school library on the 3rd floor starting at 11:30 am. This year’s theme is “My Famous and Family Recipe.” We would like you to cook (or buy) your famous cultural dishes and share them with our teachers and staff. This is a great way to connect with them, too.

BRINGING YOUR FOOD
  • All dishes will be presented to the staff with your child’s name and grade. We will also announce your child’s name and grade in our thank-you message to the staff during the luncheon.
  • If you own a restaurant and would like to donate a large amount of food, we will advertise your business.
  • You and your child(ren) are invited to serve food to the teachers and staff, and also to join them for lunch.
  • Bring your food to Ms. Reyes in Room 313 on Friday morning, 12/20/19, at any time between 8:00 am and 11:00 am.
MAKING A DONATION: If you can't bring food, you can donate $10-$20, and we will use the money to purchase food. Here is how to donate:
  • Bring cash (in an envelope) to our PTA meeting, or
  • Ask your child to drop off a check with your child to PTA mailbox located outside of Room 313.
  • However you contribute, make sure to include your name, email, and child’s name & grade on an envelope.
  • Please make your donation by Monday, December 16, 2019.
VOLUNTEERING
  • Whether or not you donate food (or money), we still welcome parents to help during the holiday luncheon!
  • If you can volunteer to set-up, serve food, or clean up, please come to the school library (on the third floor) by 10:00 am on Friday, 12/20/19.
Please let us know how you want to participate by filling out this online form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWbZ8mIiOXS0eull7PraF92_FdthWFKspObneDsloLpVANLw/viewform
 
If you are having trouble with the link, just email the information to us:
PTA@TownsendHarris.org
 
Please follow Townsend Harris PTA Facebook for updates and information:
www.facebook.com/ptaofthhs
 
 
你好Townsend家庭,
我们想请求您帮助我们在 12/20/2019 周五举办的年度员工假日午餐.
今年,我们想称:My Famous and Family Recipe.
我们希望每个家庭都能做饭或购买他们着名的文化菜肴。如果你没有时间做饭,你可以捐出10到20美元,我们将用它来购买午餐.
如果您想在午餐时捐款,您可以携带现金到我们的PTA会议,或者在THHS PTA的密封信封地址写一张支票给THHS PTA,上面有您的姓名,电话号码,电子邮件,孩子的姓名和班级.
与您的孩子一起发送到PTA邮箱.
如果您拥有餐厅并想捐赠大量食物,我们希望为您的业务做广告.
我们会让您的老师/学校工作人员知道您的孩子的名字是由您捐赠的.
请在12月16日星期一告诉我们您发送的内容。我们想在下一次PTA会议上完成所有事情.
您或您的孩子可以在12月20日星期五上午在313号房间给Reyes女士带来食物.
如果您可以自愿提供食物,帮助设置/清理,请在上午10点之前到达学校图书馆.
您可以通过点击告诉我们您将如何参与.
这个链接.
并填写表格.
如果您在链接方面遇到问题,请通过电子邮件向我们发送信息.
这是与老师和学校员工联系的好方法.
 

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In case you missed it, you can watch the entire 2019 Founders Day event right here.
 

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THHS fundraising barometer
  • Look at the graphic on the right. That's much money the PTA has raised from our parents, friends, and supporters this year.
  • While $18,856 is a lot of money, IT STILL FALLS SHORT OF THE HIGH EXPECTATIONS WE HAVE FOR OUR CHILDREN.
  • For the 2019-20 academic year, the school's budget is $8.8 million. Did you know that 97% is used for teacher and staff salaries, and the remaining 3% is used for basic supplies and expenses?
  • VERY LITTLE (if any) is used for student activities, theater productions, clubs, robotic competitions, college trips, and other important activities which help our students become well-rounded people.
  • So the PTA plays a CRUCIAL ROLE in filling this gap every single year.
  • YOU CAN HELP BY MAKING A DONATION TODAY. Just click here.
  • We are also continuing our annual PTA Phone-A-Thon. This is our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year!
  • On any day from November 12-14, 2019, we need you to come to Townsend Harris (anytime between 4 pm - 8 pm) to make calls to other parents and encourage them to donate to the PTA so that we can fully fund your children's classes and extracurricular activities.
  • Please let us know your availability by clicking on this link.
 

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Townsend Harris is known not only as the best public high school in New York City, but also the entire state. But sometimes we forget that the namesake of the school was also an actual person. Townsend Harris, a merchant from upstate New York, was President of the city's Board of Education, helped to create the foundation of City College, and later became America's first diplomat to Japan. To read more on his fascinating person, click here.
 
Townsend Harris portrait

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The latest issue of the Classic the school's student newspaper gives background on the cancellation of several electives, why students were placed in electives they didn't request, different ways of changing your program, and why some students had more AP courses than others. To learn more, click here.
 
Programming graphic


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  • We are continuing our annual PTA Phone-A-Thon. This is our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year!
  • On any day from November 12-14, 2019, we need you to come to Townsend Harris (anytime between 4 pm - 8 pm) to make calls to other parents and encourage them to donate to the PTA so that we can fully fund your children's classes and extracurricular activities.
  • Several departments have already requested funding to purchase books, equipment, and supplies which are not covered by the regular school budget. Also, your donations will determine what activities get funded for this academic year, including SING! and Festival of Nations.
  • Unlike emails and paper mailings, personal calls made by parents just like you last year helped to unlock the generosity of the Townsend Harris community.
  • So please consider giving your time (anywhere between 30 minutes to 60 minutes) to chat with fellow Townsend parents and encourage them to support their children by making a donation.
  • Please let us know your availability by clicking on this link.
  • Click on this link to see more photos from the October 2019 Phone-A-Thon.
 
2019 PTA Phone-A-Thon


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The next PTA meeting will be on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Parents can meet and mingle from 6:15 pm6:30 pm. The meeting itself will take place from 6:30 pm8:00 pm. Please see the agenda below:
  • Updates on the Phone-A-Thon; test prep; workshops; College Advice newsletter; and other plans for the year.
  • Welcome from Brian Condon, Principal
  • School budget matters from Ellen Fee, Assistant Principal.
  • Dafne Manhart, Parent Coordinator on school news and updates
  • Lauren Caiaccia, Athletic Director on our PSAL team successes; role and value of our sports teams
  • Choosing the College List: Strategies and insights into finding the best colleges for my child. Why a selective college? SUNY vs private colleges.
  • THHS College Trips: summary and proposed new March trip to Upstate NY
  • Answers to written parent questions.


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It was a busy last two days as parents descended on Townsend Harris to speak to teachers about the progress of their children during parent-teacher conferences.
 
Parent-Teacher conferences


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At a recent non-league tournament, our Girls Volleyball team came in first place. Congratulations, ladies! Being the best high school in New York State while coming in first in sports is completely fine with us. And that trophy is the same size as a toddler!
 
Girls Volleyball
 
 
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The College Essay Workshop scheduled on October 22, 2019, has been cancelled. We will post any new information as it becomes available.
 
 
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The President of the United States in full campaign mode visited the Workshop in Art Exploration class where he taught our students how to draw him. Over the past few days, our students have been participating in an exercise in electoral politics where some of the major presidential candidates visited different classes, presented their major policy positions, and fielded questions.
 
President visits art class
 
 
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At last night's PTA meeting, our co-presidents unveiled its newly-created Award for Outstanding Service to Our School Community where students received $100 cash prize for serving the Townsend Harris community. Recipients included students who created the (E)ST(E)EM club that promotes STEM fields to our students using internships, speakers, and hackathons, and also the Art Club which uses art as a way to promote art education and awareness. Our Coordinator for Student Affairs, Ms. Sarah Loew (below left), presented the awards to our students.
 
PTA awards


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DOES YOUR CHILD NEED EXTRA HELP or is struggling in certain subjects? Maybe s/he has a teacher who doesn't explain the material in a teen-friendly manner or is too intimidating to approach? Free peer tutoring is available in many subjects for all students during lunch bands in room 115. Townsend Harris' tutoring program matches tutors and students who may need some extra help. To request a tutor, please click here.
 
DOES YOUR CHILD EXCEL IN A CERTAIN SUBJECT and would like to help others? Ask him/her to become a tutor by filling out this online form. Peer tutors are eligible for in-school community service hours (up to 10 hours per semester) and 0.5 club credit per semester.
 
 
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  • Our annual PTA Phone-A-Thon is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it's just around the corner!
  • On any day from October 21-23, 2019, we need you to come to Townsend Harris, make calls to other parents, and encourage them to donate to the PTA so that we can fully fund your children's classes and extracurricular activities.
  • Several departments have already requested funding to purchase books, equipment, and supplies which are not covered by the regular school budget. Also, your donations will determine what activities get funded for this academic year, including SING! and Festival of Nations.
  • Unlike emails and paper mailings, personal calls made by parents just like you last year helped to unlock the generosity of the Townsend Harris community.
  • So please consider giving your time (anywhere between 30 minutes to 60 minutes) to chat with fellow Townsend parents and encourage them to support their children by making a donation.
  • To let us know your availability, please click on this link.
     
     
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If you are a prospective student or parent who is interested in learning all about Townsend Harris High School – its history, programs, athletics, and recognitions – please download and read this year's "brag book." Just click on the photo below.

And don't forget to attend our Open House for prospective students (and their parents) on Monday, November 4, 2019, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
 
2019 Brag Book cover
 
 
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Townsend Harris' school counselor Jeremy Wang will be presenting (in Chinese) a free college admissions seminar at the Taiwan Center in Queens. More more information and to register, please visit this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/college-admission-seminar-tickets-75057086767
 
大學入學申請講座
 
講座內容將包含:
 
1. 美國的大學有哪些類型
2. 大學類型各不相同
3. 大學如何選擇學生
4. 如何為升學做準備
5. 如何申請大學
6. 獎學金及助學金 ...和更多!
 
關於特邀演講嘉賓-王雉鶴顧問:
 
王稚鶴目前任教於湯森哈里斯(Townsend Harris)高中,為中英文雙語輔導老師。他在紐約市教育局供職已經超過20年, 並有與初中和高中不同年齡階段青少年的工作經驗,其中八年,他任職於皇后區的216初中, 九年在史岱文森擔任大學升學指導。今年是他在湯森哈里斯任輔導教師暨升學指導的第五年。
 
他多次受邀在紐約市教育局、紐約教師工會、華人家長會等組織,以「學生成長」、「初中升高中」、「高中升大學」為題,與同事、學生和家長分享他的經驗與心得。
 
他對學生的教學熱忱及對自己工作的敬業精神,王稚鶴在學生、家長和同事中贏得高度的讚譽。 2003年他獲得由紐約市教育局和紐約教師工會聯合頒發的年度「最佳輔導教師」。此外,為表彰他對華人社區的貢獻,2008年華人家長會(CAPA)授予他「傑出領導」的榮譽。
 
報名 & 更多資訊
 
電話: (718) 445-7007
 
 
 
 
 
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In case you missed the message on PupilPath, Townsend Harris is excited to offer your child free access to Method Test Prep, an outstanding online SAT/ACT prep program. The program is self-paced and allows your child to focus on general or specific areas of the tests. In nationwide results, students who complete Method's online courses show strong improvements in their exam scores.
 
Many students created accounts last year, but if they have not done so, please visit the following link: https://app.methodtestprep.com/TownsendHarrisHighSchool/signup
 
Your child must use his/her Townsend Harris Gmail account. They will also need the following registration token code: 15684515
 
If you have any questions, please contact your child's guidance counselor.
 
 
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Today was the Season Opener for PSAL Boys Fencing. The team from Townsend Harris came out in force with Coach Chris Hackney, and competed against high schools from across the city at Long Island City High School in Astoria. (The regular season starts tomorrow.) Below is one photo of a Townsend Harris team member (in foreground with blue shoes) competing against a team member from Stuyvesant.
 
Townsend Harris opener
 
 
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You can donate to the PTA simply by shopping on Amazon.com. See the excerpts from Amazon.com and instructions below on how to do so:
  • The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases.
  • Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation."
  • Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible to generate donations.
  • After you place a qualifying smile.amazon.com order, it may take several days for the amount you have generated to update.
  • Do NOT log into your regular Amazon.com account or the mobile app.
  • Instead, you MUST log into Townsend Harris High School's special link to AmazonSmile.
 
ATTENTION: The name of our organization is "Parent Teacher Association of Townsend Harris High School."

 
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Townsend Harris doubled the number of teachers it hired this academic year compared to the one last year. How can you keep up with news like this? Follow the Classic, Townsend Harris' award-winning newspaper. To learn more, click here.
 
Classic photo
 


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The latest edition of the Phoenix, the school's literary and arts journal, has fantastic illustrations, photographs, poems, and short stories — all created by our students. (See some examples below.) To learn more and to get involved, please click here.
 
Phoenix 1 Phoenix 2 Phoenix 3
 
 
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Please see the updated PTA meeting schedule below and be sure to mark your calendar with the new dates.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (Election for PTA Executive Board)
To see detailed information on PTA meeting times and dates, please click here.


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Last week during school, all sophomores, juniors, and seniors received a packet from the PTA to give to their parents and guardians:
 
  • The materials for sophomore and juniors were identical – a Parent Handbook, a PTA welcome letter, a PTA contact list, a PTA donation form, and an envelope for donations.
  • The materials for seniors were the same as those for sophomores/juniors with one exception – the seniors received a list of Townsend Harris college acceptances for the Class of 2019 which you can also find on page 11 of the Parent Handbook.
 
To see these materials, please see the above post.
 
Freshmen already received these materials (and more) during the second new student orientation on August 28, 2019. See the posts from 09/02/19.


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Below are the schedules for the first two days of school at Townsend Harris:
 
THURSDAY, SEPT. 5, 2019
  • Band 0: 7:15 am (Zero band classes will NOT meet today.)
  • Official class (8:00 am - 8:35 am): Your child will receive their schedules, Metrocards, locker assignments, and more.)
  • Band 1: 8:40 am
  • Band 2: 9:20 am
  • Band 3: 10:00 am
  • Band 4: 10:40 am
  • Bank 5: 11:20 am
  • Band 6: 12:00 pm
  • Band 7: 12:40 pm
  • Band 8: 1:20 pm
  • Band 9: 2:00 pm
  • Mandatory meeting for Juniors: 2:35 pm - 3:05 pm
  • Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors: Dismissal at 2:35 pm
 
FRIDAY, SEPT. 6, 2019
  • Band 0: 7:15 am (Zero bands will meet today! Go to zero band!)
  • Official class (8:00 am - 8:35 am): Your child may change their programs and more)
  • Band 1: 8:40 am
  • Band 2: 9:20 am
  • Band 3: 10:00 am
  • Band 4: 10:40 am
  • Bank 5: 11:20 am
  • Band 6: 12:00 pm
  • Band 7: 12:40 pm
  • Band 8: 1:20 pm
  • Band 9: 2:00 pm
  • Mandatory meeting for Sophomores: 2:35 pm - 3:05 pm
  • Freshmen, Juniors, and Seniors: Dismissal at 2:35 pm
 
MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2019
  • Regular schedules begin.
 
 
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Parents, did you miss the new student orientation on August 28, 2019? (This is for students entering as freshmen or sophomores in September 2019.) We attached the handouts distributed on that day. Click on the post above this post — just scroll up a little more.

If your child did not attend this second orientation, please don't worry!  On the first day of school (Thursday, September 5, 2019), everyone must meet in the Auditorium when they arrive at school. Administrators will tell everyone the location of their official class (in other words, their homerooms). In their official classes, each student will get his/her schedule along with Metrocards (if they qualify for one), locker assignments, and other important information.

Below is a summary of what happened on that day (from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm). Here we go . . .

(1) Our incoming students arrived at the school and found a list in the lobby which indicated their assigned classroom for the orientation.
 
(2) In each classroom, 3 or 4 student mentors (along with a teacher or administrator) introduced themselves:
  • They broke up each class into groups of 3 or 4 students who then exchanged contact information with one another.
  • The mentors gave out a planner to each student along with several forms. (You will find these forms in the post above.)
  • The mentors went through a time management activity with the class, explained each form, and answered any questions from the new students.
  • New students did NOT receive their ID cards yet. At this point, we don't have any specific date on when the ID cards will be ready. But once they are ready, the school will distribute them to everyone.
  • Each student then met with their guidance counselor to go over their schedules.
(3) Afterwards, all of the new students went to the gym:
  • They bought their required gym apparel (a tee-shirt and shorts).
  • They also had the option to buy sweatpants and hoodies if they chose to do so. These items are not required.
  • While the students were in the gym sitting in the bleachers, the assistant principals introduced themselves and answered questions.
(4) The new students then returned to their respective classrooms with their mentors who then answered any other questions. They were dismissed at around 8:00 pm.
 
(5) Starting at 6:30 pm, parents gathered in the cafeteria:
  • Administrators gave out the login information for PupilPath. Each family received their own login information.
  • Each assistant principal gave a short presentation and some general advice.
  • The Parent-Teacher Coordinator, Ms. Dafne Manhart, also introduced herself and offered advice to parents.
  • The Co-Presidents of the PTA, Ms. Nan Ng and Mr. Bill Rettig, introduced themselves and explained the importance of getting involved in the PTA and making contributions.
  • The PTA also distributed the 2019-20 Parent Handbook (for free) to each family along with information on contributing to the PTA. Copies of the Parent Handbook will be available during every PTA meeting during the academic year.
  • The PTA also sold car window stickers, mugs, tee-shirts, hoodies, Metrocard holders, and other items.
 
Photo 1
 
Photo 2
 
 
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The second orientation for new students will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, August 28, 2019. For more information, please see the letter image below.
 
2019 second new students orientation
 
 
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The Townsend Harris PTA will distribute the 2019-20 Parent Handbook free-of-charge during the 2nd new student orientation on Wednesday evening, August 28, 2019, and also during PTA meetings throughout the year. (See the cover image below.) This resource brings together important information into a single document, including test dates, grading policies, diploma requirements, the bell schedule, faculty offices, and much more.
 
2019-20 Parent Handbook cover image
 
 
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Happy Fourth of July Weekend from the Townsend Harris PTA! Knowing our children, they will probably know the answers to most of the questions on an Independence Day trivia quiz courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations. See how well you do by clicking here or the image below. Good luck!
 
 
 
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Here's another reason why our students love Townsend Harris Fridays are half-days! So they will have extra time to study, relax, explore other academic and personal interests, or do a combination of all three. (After all, the school's mission is "to foster a love of learning, to instill the habit of inquiry, and to promote an awareness of beauty in nature and in the arts.") See the diagram below for more details.
 
 
 
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On June 13, 2018, the Townsend Harris High School PTA held its annual End-of-Year Celebration at East Buffet & Restaurant in Flushing for its members along with the Townsend Harris administration, faculty, and staff. During the festivities, which attracted one of our largest crowds in recent memory, we:
  • thanked our outgoing Executive Board members;
  • welcomed the incoming Executive Board; and
  • listened to remarks from Principal Brian Condon and other staff members.
We hope everyone can join us for next year's celebration!
 
See some photos from the event below. (Photographer credit: Frank Tsang) To see more photos, please click here.




 
 
 
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Today is the first day of summer, and we're wondering what our children will wear. In case you didn't know, Townsend Harris has a dress code (see below), and it has been called everything from "sexist and discriminatory" (in the school's student-run newspaper) to "a component part of the culture" of our school (from our principal). But no matter how you see it, we can all agree that no one needs a sweater today.

DRESS CODE — Student dress is a matter of taste and judgment. However, students are reminded that school is preparation for the workplace and requires appropriate dress. To this end, we have attempted to simplify the school code regarding appropriate dress. Please follow these basic guidelines:
  1. No head covering is to be worn.
  2. Shoulders must be completely covered. Chest and back must be reasonably covered.
  3. Midriff must be covered.
  4. Shorts and skirts must be of a reasonable length (exceeds the wearer’s true arm length all around).
  5. Students must wear shoes, and the shoes must have backs. Flip-flops and beach shoes are not permitted.
  6. Pictures and statements on clothing must be appropriate.

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Every month, The Phoenix — the school's literary and arts journal — sponsors monthly Readings (known elsewhere as "open mics") where students read poetry, stage dramatic works, sing, and play instrumentals. Check out some highlights in the video above.


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And it's called Queens College. (We are literally next-door neighbors.) Starting in their freshman year, our students get a separate Queens College ID card which allows them to use the facilities on this campus known as the "crown jewel" of the CUNY system. During their senior year, all Townsend Harris students — as part of what is known as the Bridge Program — take two courses at Queens College in the fall semester, and another two courses in the spring semester. To see the 2019 Bridge Year Handbook, click here. (It's a PDF document.)


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The Red-White-and-Blue flies proudly in front of Townsend Harris High School.
 


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Just a reminder that the PTA is hosting its annual End-of-Year celebration tomorrow evening. You will find more details and sign-up information below.

DATE:
Thursday, June 13, 2019

START TIME:
6:00 pm

LOCATION:
East Buffet & Restaurant
42-07 Main St.
Flushing, NY 11355

FOR VALET PARKING:
- As you travel north on Main St, go slowly past the restaurant (which will be on your right).
- At the very first light, make a right turn onto Maple Ave.
- After the turn, you will see a parking lot on your immediate right.

RSVP DEADLINE:
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

RSVP link:
Fill out this online form.


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Parents, did you miss the first new student orientation on June 6, 2019? (This is for students entering as freshmen or sophomores in September 2019.) We attached the handouts distributed on that day. Click on the post above this post — just scroll up a little more.

And here is a summary of what happened that day:

(1) Our incoming students went into the gym and had some icebreakers to get to know each other. They included:
  • Do you prefer vanilla or chocolate?
  • Do you like Marvel or DC?
  • Do you have Samsung or Apple?
  • Do you like pancakes or waffles?
(2) The teachers in the gym collected the medical, academic and biographical information, and consent forms from the students. Parents who had these forms gave them to a representative at the PTA table who then delivered the forms to the guidance office.

(3) After the gym, they went to the cafeteria where several clubs had set up tables to give out information.

(4) Our students then went to the library where they:
  • activated their Townsend Harris email accounts;
  • took their ID photos (which will be given out at the beginning of the 2019 fall semester);
  • spoke with representatives of various sports teams (yes, this took place in the library); and
  • ordered their Townsend Harris tee-shirts.
(5) Afterwards, students interested in joining the orchestra and other instrumental groups had their auditions.

(6) For the over 200 parents who came to the orientation, they:
  • sat in the auditorium while our intrepid Parent-Teacher Coordinator, Dafne Manhart, answered questions about Townsend Harris; or
  • went to the lobby of the building to check their emails and take care of personal business. (No shame in that because life goes on!)
(7) A second orientation for new students will take place on August 28, 2019.


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In case you didn't get the memo, Townsend Harris is the best public high school in the state, according to the 2019 rankings by U.S. News & World Report. And of the over 26,000 high schools in America, Townsend Harris is ranked #11. Click on the image above or this link to see the full rankings.


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Kweller Prep is a proud supporter of the Townsend Harris PTA. Please see the schedule below of their summer SAT-ACT classes! Also, visit their homepage to see the full schedule of prep services.
 
Please check what our sponsor KWELLER PREP is offering for our students to prepare for the SAT and ACT.
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NAVI CONSULTING (formerly Merica Consulting) works with the Townsend Harris PTA to prepare our students for a bright future. To register for their June 2020 educational seminar, click here. Or contact them at info@naviconsultingny.com or 888-978-1588.
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