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Upcoming Events FINAL PTA MEETING, THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 6:00–7:50pm
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016

Please plan to attend our FINAL PTA meeting for the 2015-2016 academic year, where we will welcome incoming families, bid a fond farewell to our graduating families, screen our newly created BHSEC video “A Place to Think” which premiered at our Spring Benefit to glowing reviews, conduct the all-important vote on next year’s PTA budget, conduct a parent vote on a proposed calendar change for June 2017, and then hear a presentation from Principal Michael Lerner on “what to expect next year.” 

We very much hope to see you there and look forward to your participation in this very important meeting!

Please RSVP to Parent Coordinator Carol Turitz at to confirm your attendance at the June 17 meeting at 6pm so that we can be sure to have an accurate headcount for food!

We also offer a warm welcome to our incoming 2016-2017 PTA Executive Board members Rena Amitay (Co-Treasurer), Brad Abrams (First Vice President), and Claudia Bedrick (High School VP) as well as our new slate of School Leadership Team parent representatives

10th Grade – Amie MacDonald (Primary)

10th Grade – Steven Urbatsch (Alternate)

Yr I George Koshy (Primary)

Yr I Barbara Glassman (Alternate)

Yr II Evelyn Leong (Primary)

Yr II Jennifer Hunter (Alternate)


Natalie and the Executive Board

Natalie Green Giles, Loretta Lundberg, Paul Vella, Liz Fine, Fabienne Laraque, Holly Pemberton, Kenny Gronningsater, Rod Granger, Namisha Dawkins Brown, Brendan Dowd, and Masha Sales




Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016


6:00pm – 8:00pm


Our May PTA meeting features the ever popular “Year 2 College Debrief” that will include a panel discussion amongst several Year 2 students on all aspects of their college search experience. The panel will be moderated by 10th grade and BHSEC alum parent, David Roane. This event is not to be missed – you will come away with a better sense of the college search process at BHSEC and we guarantee that you’ll be inspired and moved by our impressive Year 2 students and their personal journeys.

IN ADDITION, at this meeting we will

  • conduct the elections for the 2016-2017 PTA Leadership positions and School Leadership Team parent representatives; and
  • present the proposed PTA Budget for 2016/2017 school year, which will be voted on at the June PTA meeting.

Please plan to arrive right at 6:00 pm; the PTA agenda will begin at 6:15 pm.

And to all those who helped make Friday night’s Spring Benefit the fabulous evening it was, a huge thank you! We truly feel fortunate to be a part of this community!

Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016



Friday, May 13th
La Nacional-The Spanish Benevolent Society
239 West 14th Street
New York City
It’s a Bard Day’s Night! 

Join us for a grand evening of festive food, open bar, entertainment, carefully curated mini silent auction, raffles, and celebration–all in support of our fabulous and unique school. 

Tickets are now on sale! 
General admission @$125
BHSEC angel sponsor tickets @ $250
Sponsor a faculty member tickets @ $55


We are looking for donations of items for our silent auction–tickets to sporting events, performances (Adele, anyone?!), unique experiences, behind-the-scenes tours, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, wine or other spirits, etc.
PLEASE email Natalie at with your donations.
Purchase Tickets

Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April 14 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner

Dear Fellow BHSEC Parents,

Every term the BHSEC PTA hosts a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner with delicious food to celebrate our wonderful and hardworking teachers and staff.  This spring, the dinner will be on Thursday, April 14 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in the BHSEC cafeteria, just before the evening Parent Teacher Conferences.

Please help us make this dinner the best ever by sending in your favorite dishes (homemade or store-bought) and by volunteering your time to help with set up, serving dinner and clean up. Vegetarian dishes and a wide variety of dishes are always appreciated.

For those of you sending food, please indicate the contents, e.g., mixed salad, contains nuts, cheese, or shellfish, or vegetarian lasagna, etc.

 Sign up here:

 If you are busy but still would like to participate, you can send a cash donation, and we will be happy to purchase delicious food on your behalf!  Please send cash in an envelope with your child and have them give it to Carol Turitz, Parent Coordinator.

If you are sending a dish, please make sure it will be delivered to school by 2PM. Please email 9th grade parent Holly Pemberton, if you have any questions.

Thank you!


Thursday, April 14–evening conferences (5:30pm-8:00pm)

Friday, April 15–afternoon conferences (12:30pm-3:00pm)




La Nacional/Spanish Benevolent Society, 239 W. 14th Street NYC

Tickets will be going on sale later this week.  Mark your calendars for a fabulous night out in support of our school.  Food, drink, entertainment, raffles, and loads of good cheer!

MARCH 31 PTA Meeting with Special Presentation on Teen Anxiety
Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016


Please join us for our March PTA meeting with special guest presenter Dr. Jess Shatkin from the NYU Child Study Center. Dr. Shatkin will speak on the very relevant topic of teen anxiety and will give Bard parents an opportunity for a question and answer session after his talk.

Thursday, March 31


6:30pm—PTA business meeting, followed by Dr. Shatkin’s presentation


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Dr. Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH, leads the educational efforts of the NYU Child Study Center. In addition to directing one of the largest training programs in the country in child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine & Bellevue Hospital Center, Dr. Shatkin is the founder and director of nation’s largest undergraduate child development program, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) at NYU. His major clinical interests are mood and anxiety disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, disruptive behavior disorders, and sleep. Dr. Shatkin is one of the country’s foremost voices in child and adolescent mental health. He has authored more than 100 articles, chapters, and published abstracts throughout his career, along with one book, Treating Child and Adolescent Mental Illness: A Practical, All-in-One Guide (W.W. Norton and Company, 2009), now in its second edition and retitled Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Practical, All-in-One Guide (2015). He has also co-edited a book of manuscripts on pediatric sleep disorders. He is frequently featured in top print, radio, TV, and Internet media, including the New York Times, Good Morning America, Parade, New York Magazine, Health Day, CBS Evening News, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. In addition, Dr. Shatkin hosts “About Our Kids,” a two-hour call-in radio show broadcast live every Friday morning on Sirius/XM’s Doctor Radio.


Feb 25 PTA Meeting/Feb 26 Event at Bard Graduate Center
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 6:00pm-8:00pm

 at the beautiful Bard Graduate Center  38 W. 86th Street, NYC

With special guest speaker Shamus Khan, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies, Columbia University, and author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School. 

Professor Khan’s research is primarily within the areas of cultural sociology and stratification, with a strong focus on elites. In addition to the above title, Dr. Khan has been a contributing opinion writer to Time Magazine and the New York Times, and is completing the book  Exceptional: The Astors, Elite New York, and the Story of American Inequality (Princeton, forthcoming).

Please join fellow Bard parents, faculty, friends, and our special guest, Dr. Shamus Khan, at our winter Meet.Eat.Drink.Think. gathering at the Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Enjoy fabulous food and drink, good cheer, lively and topical conversation, and great raffle prizes as we shake off winter and support our school.  Those who attended our November event will tell you: you don’t want to miss this one!

Tickets are now on sale!  You can purchase tickets for yourself, support a faculty member’s attendance, and/or purchase raffle tickets:


Stay tuned for more updates on the event (raffle prizes, etc.).

Many thanks to our generous beer and wine sponsors for the event, Sixpoint Brewery and Skyview Wines and Spirits!




We have two great presentations on the agenda for our upcoming February 25 PTA meeting, full of extremely helpful insights and information for parents, so mark your calendar:


Summer Opportunities and Pursuing Extracurricular Opportunities:  How Parents Can Support their Children (presented by BHSEC Student Activities Coordinator Kristi Powell and members of our Guidance Department); and

Understanding Our Students’ Perceptions of the Transition to 9th Grade and Year 1: What Parents Should Know (presented by Y2 School Leadership Team parent representative Judy Levine, based on the results of a student survey conducted this fall).

6:00pm (refreshments)

6:30pm -8:00pm (meeting)

Hope to see you there! QUESTIONS about the topics for the meeting or anything else?  Email Natalie Green Giles, PTA President, at


February Friday Fundraiser at the Bard Graduate Center Tickets Now on Sale!
Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Please join fellow Bard parents, faculty, friends, and to-be-named special guests at our winter Meet.Eat.Drink.Think. gathering at the Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Enjoy fabulous food and drink, good cheer, lively conversation, and great raffle prizes as we shake off winter and support our school.  Those who attended our November event will tell you: you don’t want to miss this one!

Tickets are now on sale!  You can purchase tickets for yourself, support a faculty member’s attendance, and/or purchase raffle tickets here:


Stay tuned for more updates on the event (raffle prizes, special guests, etc.!)!

Many thanks to our generous beer and wine sponsors for the event, Sixpoint Brewery and Skyview Wines and Spirits!


  • There is no school this Monday, February 8, in observance of Lunar New Year
  • The next PTA meeting will be THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Parents will have the chance to a presentation on extracurricular and summer opportunities for our BHSEC students (students will have the opportunity to attend a summer opportunity/extracurricular fair on Wednesday, February 10).





PTA General Meeting, Thursday, January 21, 6:30pm
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Please join us for our next general PTA meeting on Thursday, January 21, from 6:30pm-8:00pm, in the BHSEC multi-purpose room.  In addition to the business portion of the meeting, we will also be voting on the proposed revisions to our by-laws, discussed and distributed at our November 19 meeting, and will be convening a working group to begin planning for our major spring events (2016 is the 15th anniversary of the Manhattan BHSEC campus and we want to celebrate it grandly!).  Please be sure to join us if you have ideas/want to help out.  We need you!

A copy of the proposed revised PTA by-laws can be found here:  PABylawstemplate bhsec 11162015

A very handy summary of the changes proposed can be found here:  Summary of Proposed By Law Revisions november 2015

A HUGE thank you to all of our families who made their contributions to our annual appeal in time to claim a tax deduction for 2015.  All tax donation acknowledgement letters have been sent out at this point.  If you did not receive a letter, please contact us at–chances are we don’t have your current address on file.

As we move toward the final days of the semester and the finals and regents exam schedule, please refer to the exam schedule sent out to you from both Carol Turitz and Kristi Powell.  You can also go to the calendar tab on the PTA website to see the schedule day by day.





Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Please giveYour 2015 Annual Appeal Donation


For those who were able to attend yesterday’s breakfast meeting with Bard College President Leon Botstein at the BHSEC Queens campus, you had the chance to hear, firsthand, about the significant investment Bard College has put into our school over the past 15 years.

As Dr. Botstein phrased it, by creating a “first class early college program, Bard has put the college into the high school for intellectually ambitious teenagers” while “wildly improving” the level of a 9th and 10th grade high school education.  The results have been a resounding success, both in terms of the quality of the education our children receive and the fiscal advantage of earning of a high quality associate degree from a private university at no cost to the student.

Our school receives a budget of approximately $3.6 million from the NYC Department of Education, but costs roughly $4.9 million to operate.  Fundamental to our high school and early college program is rigorous instruction (requiring college-level materials), small class sizes for seminar-style learning, and faculty with deep expertise in their subject matter.  This, among other components, is what sets us apart from other NYC public high schools.  None of this is funded by the City or State.  Our PTA helps to subsidize this gap.

We all know how fortunate we are to have our children attend this rare public school, which nurtures their extraordinary potential and allows them to leave high school with 60 college credits. Please make your financial contribution before the end of the year to allow us to keep our funding commitments to our children’s educational experience. This will be the best tax-deductible donation you can make for this year!

You can:

  • Donate on line by clicking here:   DONATE HERE
  • Send a check payable to BHSEC PTA
    525 East Houston St., New York, NY  10002, attn: Carol Turitz


Winter Concert and Arts Exhibit TONIGHT, December 16, 6:00pm
Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Start the holidays by joining us for the Winter Concert and Arts Exhibit on Wednesday, December 16, 6:00pm

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015


Join us for the November general PTA meeting on Thursday, November 19 from 6:00pm-8:00pm and hear a special presentation from guest speaker Jed Applerouth, nationally recognized expert in college testing.  Mr. Applerouth will offer parents a deep analysis of the New SAT and help parents understand how it differs from the current test as well as differences between the ACT and the new SAT.  For families who are just starting to think about the college application process (especially our 9th and 10th grade families) as well as Year 1 families who are still making testing decisions, this will be an invaluable presentation from an expert in the field.

See Jed’s article on Deconstructing the New SAT published in the Huffington Post by clicking here:

In addition to the guest speaker, we will be introducing updated bylaws for membership review and feedback, as well as providing the business reports for the association.

AGENDA, Thursday, November 19

  • 6:00pm–refreshments
  • 6:30-6:45–business reports, principal’s update, and introduction of new bylaws
  • 6:45-7:30pm–presentation on Deconstructing the New SAT by guest speaker Jed Applerouth







November 20 Fundraiser at the Bard Graduate Center
Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015




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18 WEST 86th Street, NYC

with special guest speaker

Dr. Sherry Turkle
Author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Join us for an evening of fabulous cocktails, nibbles, mingling with BHSEC parents, faculty and friends, and inspired conversation at the beautiful Bard Graduate Center, led by guest speaker Dr. Sherry Turkle, professor in the program of Science, Technology, and Society at M.I.T. and author, most recently, of “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age”.

Come support our school and engage with Professor Turkle on the central question: What has happened to face-to-face conversation in a world where so many people would rather text than talk?

Check out Dr. Turkle’s September 26 New York Times op-ed, “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk”

Click here to purchase tickets.  Please also considering purchasing a “sponsor” ticket for a faculty member!  BUY TICKETS

This event will sell out so be sure to get your tickets early!





Important October/November Dates!
Posted on Friday, October 16, 2015

Thursday, October 29 6:00pm-8:00pm

General PTA Meeting

This PTA meeting will include our election of new SLT and PTA Executive Board members, followed by a very special new program:


Parent to Parent–An Evening of Shared Experience from BHSEC Parents to BHSEC Parents

Don’t miss this exciting, first-time ever program in which BHSEC parents of ALL GRADES will have the opportunity to gain and share wisdom related to successfully supporting their BHSEC teens.  Small group discussion circles, dedicated to specific topics, will be designed to let parents participate in a meaningful way where they can focus on the topics that are most of interest to them.

Discussion circle topics will include: stress and time management for 9th graders and 10th graders; managing the social aspect of teen life at BHSEC; helping your child find and balance the right extra-curricular activities; how to be involved in homework; how and when to advocate on your child’s behalf and how to communicate effectively with the school; and managing the college application process, both in Year 1 and in Year 2.

We hope this format will promote active engagement of our parent community (and a chance to meet each other in small group discussion circles) and provide an invaluable opportunity to learn and share, regardless of what grade your child is in at BHSEC. This program is not intended to supplant the professional work of our wonderful guidance counselors and College Transfer Office, but offers a space for a broader conversation among parents around the issues and challenges that tie us together as a community.  Please do join us for this very special evening, which will immediately follow our very important election for new PTA Executive Board members and our 9th Grade Parent Representative on the School Leadership Team.
If you can bring a snack to share at the meeting, please let us know!  Sweet or savory, but finger foods only.  Email us at to let us know what you can bring.
The evening schedule will be as follows:
6:00pm:  Refreshments, mingling, and distribution of meeting packets (with candidate statements)

6:30pm:  Election of officers/SLT representative, followed by brief business meeting

6:45pm:  Parent to Parent–An Evening of Shared Experience from BHSEC Parents to BHSEC Parents
Meeting adjourns at 8:00pm

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 5:30pm-8:00pm AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 12;30pm-3:30pm– Parent Teacher Conferences
Volunteers Needed for Thursday, November 12 Dinner for Faculty and Staff!
Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, November 12, from 5:30pm -8:00pm AND Friday, November 13, from 12:30-3:30pm.
On Thursday, November 12, the PTA will host an early dinner for the faculty and staff prior to the evening conferences.  We look to our parent community to supply the feast for our wonderful faculty and staff (cooking, purchasing prepared food, or donating funds).  We will be setting up a volunteer spreadsheet shortly for those who can either contribute a food item or help with the set up, serving, and clean up on November 12, but in the meantime, we are looking for a co-chair to help our PTA board member Masha Sales run the event.  If you are interested in serving as a co-chair for the Faculty and Staff Dinner, please email us at ASAP.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Fall Friday at the Bard Graduate Center:  A Cocktail Reception for BHSEC Parents, Faculty, and Staff

A festive Friday night in support of our school!  Join us for fabulous cocktails, nibbles, and a special guest speaker at the beautiful Bard Graduate Center on the Upper Westside of Manhattan (W. 86th Street).  This will be the first of a two-part series of BHSEC parent and faculty gatherings at the Bard Graduate Center (the second in the series will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016).

Tickets will go on sale next week.  Stay tuned!

By now, our annual appeal letter should have landed in your mailbox at home.  We can’t stress enough how critical this campaign is to ensuring the ability to fulfill our financial commitments to our school and to our children’s experience.
The annual appeal is our single largest source of fundraising and it supports everything from the cost of textbooks, to uniforms for sports teams, to our arts and music program, to crticial funds for our college transfer office.  These expenditures allow Dr. Lerner and his faculty and staff to deliver the rare and remarkable high school and early college experience that is the unique vision of BHSEC.  Please understand that our school is small and our needs are great:  your generous contribution to the annual appeal transforms the lives of all of our students, now and for many years to come.
You can donate online by clicking here:
OR you can return the donation form in the reply envelope you should have received by mail, with a check payable to the BHSEC PTA. And please be sure to check if your employer will match your contribution-many do!  Employer matching programs bring in thousands of dollars to our school.
Many thanks to the many families who have already responded to call and made their donations.  We really can’t do this without every one of our 521 families.  Please join your fellow parents and make your contribution TODAY!

Our Annual Appeal Begins Today
Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Sustain the unique vision of our extraordinary school.  It can’t happen without your support.  The BHSEC PTA is all of us, working on behalf of all of our children.  Please make your contribution to the Annual Appeal now.    Donations made online can be made in one payment or spread out in equal monthly installments. It’s that easy!  Thank you for your support!!

Presentation from Sept 17 Meeting, Curriculum Night Sept. 30, and Annual Appeal launch
Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015

Now that we are in the second week of classes (but still one week away from the first full week), we hope everyone is settling into their routines. As mentioned at the recent PTA meeting last Thursday night, Sept 17, we are really looking forward to continuing to build our BHSEC Manhattan parent community this year, as we find new ways to come together, get to know each other, and, of course, support our kids and our school.  Here are some important dates to note and some key information, especially if you were unable to attend our first PTA meeting last week:


More than 60 parents came to our first PTA meeting last Thursday night to kickoff the school year and hear from Principal Michael Lerner and Dean of Studies Siska Brutsaert.  For those who could not attend, attached is a copy of Dean Brutsaert’s very helpful overview of the BHSEC curriculum along all four years of study:  Academic Overview PTA mtg 150917.


Our curriculum night will be Tuesday, September 30, from 5pm-8pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers in the classrooms and get a clearer picture of what they will be studying this semester.  Please plan to join us for this important night.


The PTA will be running an in-school sale of our hot new line of Bard merchandise (hoodies, t-shirts, sports bags, etc.) on Monday, September 28 during student lunch hours.  Make sure to remind your child to bring money if they are interested in purchasing any of the merchandise.  The merchandise will also be available during our Curriculum Night on September 30.


We have three open positions on the PTA Executive Board (co-treasurer, corresponding secretary, and budget officer) and an open position for the 9th grade SLT parent representative (and alternate).  Thank you so much to the parents who have already stepped up to put their names in for the SLT and for executive board positions.  We are still actively soliciting nominees for open positions, ESPECIALLY for the co-treasurer and corresponding secretary positions.  If you have any interest in these positions, and you want to discuss the duties and responsibilities further, please reach out to us at  We really need you!!


Our annual appeal is the single biggest source of PTA funding to fund the many essential resources we provide to our school.  This year the PTA has committed to spend roughly $270,000 to provide support for things including college textbooks to our Year 1 and Year 2 students, support for our fabulous PSAL sports teams (who compete in the toughest high school divisions!), underwriting  both our arts and music programs, and critical funds for our college transfer office so they can provide the phenomenal guidance, attention, and support to our students as they go through the college admissions process.

While the official annual appeal will be launched with a letter mailed home the week of September 29, you can save the PTA the printing and postage by getting a jump on your donation by clicking right here, right now:


And always feel free to contact the PTA with any questions, ideas, or suggestions at




Back to School!
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015

Welcome back returning parents and welcome new parents!  We hope everyone had a good summer and is feeling ready for the first day of school–Wednesday, Sept 9.  Our kids will be in Writing and Thinking seminar for the first three days of school.

Please make sure you have signed up to receive communication directly from the PTA by clicking the “registration” tab button on the banner above and filling out the quick online form.  This is a vital link between the BHSEC PTA and families.  Our goal is to have all of our families registered (that goes for both new families and our current families) so we can be sure everyone is connected and getting the information they need.

And mark your calendars for the first PTA meeting of the 2015-2016 year on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00pm.  You will have a chance to meet and/or reconnect with each other, meet members of the administrative team, and hear an incredibly helpful overview of the BHSEC curriculum and philosophy across the four years and what you and your child can expect.

Feel free to reach out to us in these last days of summer vacation at

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, September 17 at 6pm!




Parents, Please Take Our Quick Online End of Year Survey!
Posted on Friday, June 12, 2015

Parents, please take our quick online survey by clicking here or going to this web addressurvey2_0s:

Please share your thoughts, ideas and feedback on this year’s PTA’s meetings, events and other activities.  What did we do right? Where could we do better? What would be helpful for next year?

Thanks, the PTA Executive Board

BHSEC PTA Fiscal Year 2016 Budget — Approved at the June General PTA meeting
Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The  BHSEC PTA FY 2016 Budget was unanimously approved at the June General PTA Meeting, June 11, 2015.

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Congratulations to Next Year’s PTA and School Leadership Team Parent Leaders and to All The Parents Who Ran For Positions and Participated in the Election!
Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015

More than one hundred parents came to last week’s May PTA meeting to participate in the PTA and School Leadership Team elections.  An impressive and dedicated group of twenty parents showed their commitment to BHSEC by running for parent leadership positions.  Many thanks to all who attended the PTA meeting, and I’d especially like to thank and commend all those parents who stepped up to run for a parent leadership role.  All of you are winners whether or not you won a position and I hope that you will all continue to work actively to support our school and our kids’ education.  We need you! There are still important open positions on next year’s PTA Executive Board, including Deputy Treasurer, Budget Officer and Corresponding Secretary.  Elections for these open positions will be held next Fall.  Please contact next year’s PTA President, Natalie Green Giles,, if you may be interested. (And I hope that you will all reach out to Natalie anyway to congratulate her on her new position, thank her for taking it on and offer to help!).eb-meeting

Congratulations to next year’s PTA and School Leadership Team parent leaders:

PTA Executive Board 2015 – 2016 PTA
President: Natalie Green Giles (current 9th grade parent)
Co-Recording Secretary: Elizabeth Fine (current Year 1 parent)
Co-Recording Secretary: Fabienne Laraque (current 9th grade parent)
Treasurer: Loretta Lundberg (current 10th grade parent)
Co-Vice President: Ean Matthews (current 10th grade parent)
Co-Vice President: Paul Vella (current Year 1 parent)
High School Vice President: Masha Sales (current 9th grade parent)
Co-College Vice President: Rod Granger (current Year 1 parent)
Co-College Vice President: Kenny Gronningsater (current Year 1 parent)

School Leadership Team Parent Representative 2015-2016
10th Grade: Tameka Isaacs (Primary)
10th Grade: Laura Frisk (Alternate)
Yr I Jennifer Hunter (Primary)
Yr I Ramon Reyes Jr (Alternate)
Yr II Charles Scott (Primary)
Yr II Judy Levine (Alternate)

Our final PTA meeting of this school year is on Thursday June, 11th.  Dr. Lerner will lead a discussion of “what to expect next year” at BHSEC as your kids enter 10th grade, Year 1 and Year 2, and we’ll have a vote on next year’s PTA budget.  Fellow Year 2 parents, we hope that you will also join us at your final BHSEC PTA meeting and share your thoughts about what you cherish and what you’d like to change about BHSEC and the PTA.

Thanks, the PTA Executive Board

BHSEC PTA Annual Spring Gala & Auction on Saturday, May 9th 7:00-10:00 pm
Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015

BHSEC Gala 2015

Tickets on sale online – Scroll below to buy. Mobile users click here if form does not display correctly.

Please join us on Saturday, May 9th from 7:00-10:00 pm on for the Bard HS Early College PTA Annual Spring Gala and Auction at Powerhouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn. This is the most important fundraising event of the year, with the goal of raising $50,000 to support our school.

Don’t miss BHSEC’s largest social event of the year!  This festive and elegant gala event brings together parents, teachers, staff, alums and alum parents and celebrates the end of the year. The Gala features a delicious catered dinner, open bar with fine wine and craft beer, plus a silent auction and a live auction featuring amazing items. Some of the items our talented auction curators secured include a week at country vacation homes, tickets to the theater and sports events, and dinners at the City’s finest restaurants. The auction will feature a volunteer auctioneer from Sotheby’s.

There will also be a raffle drawing for great prizes, including Apple ipad, Apple ipad mini, and TD Bank cash cards.


Winter Warming Wine & Cheese Party: Fun, Friends and Festivity
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015

Please join us for a wintertime party featuring fun, friends and festivity. We’ll be serving fine wine, Brooklyn Brewery beer, non-alcoholic drinks and light refreshments.

Principal Dr. Michael Lerner will be our speaker. Meet and reconnect with BHSEC parents, faculty, staff and alums for a warm wintertime party that will also support our kids’ education, build the BHSEC community and fight off the cold!  Ticket purchasers must be 21 years or older.  Due to space limitations, we can only sell 150 tickets.  This event sold out last year, so please buy your tickets early!

Tickets available online now. Scroll below to buy. Mobile users click here if form does not display correctly.

Don’t Miss the January PTA Meeting on BHSEC Extracurriculars!
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015

BHSEC Parents and Guardians, please join us for our first PTA meeting in 2015!  BHSEC isn’t just about academics! Please join us for the January PTA Meeting on BHSEC music, sports, student clubs and activities, how your kids can get involved – and why they should! The meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 22nd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the BHSEC Auditorium. The PTA business agenda will start at 6:15 and the program on extracurricular activities will start at 6:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be served and we’ll be selling Bardware. Please come and enjoy these special presentations:

  • a performance by the BHSEC Step Team
  • a musical performance by two students
  • a panel with BHSEC PE Director Chris Gagstetter & several students discussion about the BHSEC Sports Program
  • a panel of 5 students discussing the various student clubs they participate in, such as Student Union, School Leadership Team, Yearbook, and Young Democrats.

Please RSVP to Carol Turitz,, if you plan to attend.


The 2014 BHSEC PTA Phon-A-Thon
Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Can you help us make this annualPhone-a-thon logo event a great success and support our students’ education?


The 2014 BHSEC Phon-a-thon is on 11/5, 11/6, and 11/10 and you can help in 2 important ways:

1. Donate 

When you donate online before the Phon-a-Thon begins, you help reduce the number of calls we have to make.

We promise not to call you if you donate this week.  

When choosing a donation that fits your budget, please remember that your gift to the BHSEC PTA:

  • Supports your child’s quality education at BHSEC
  • Represents the value you place on your child’s early college education
  • Is fully tax deductible

Click here to review this year’s budget and how the it funds our students experience at BHSEC

You may also send in your check made out to BHSEC PTA to:
525 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002

2. Volunteer

We have received tremendous support, and we are now making the final volunteer schedules .
Thanks to all who have stepped forward to help  – we are counting on you!
Thank you.


Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dear Fellow Bard Parent,

Please giveBard High School Early College is buzzing again with our teens’ voices! Our children have all just completed BHSEC’s famous Writing and Thinking Workshop, where students learn to use writing as a tool to develop and communicate their unique voices.


Support from the PTA Annual Appeal is critically important for our school.  We ask that every family consider making a donation of at least $1,000 for each child you have attending BHSEC.   We know that’s asking a lot, but in return, your donation helps BHSEC provide our children with a top quality education, 60 college credits and an Associate’s degree from Bard College upon graduation, tuition-free.  What other cause or investment is more important? 

Your voice as a parent is equally important, and now we need each of you to say “Yes, I want to help!” BHSEC provides a top quality education and a warm, supportive community for our kids, thanks to the tireless work of Principal Michael Lerner and BHSEC’s dedicated teachers and staff. As parents, you also play a vital part.  With your help, the BHSEC Parent Teacher Association will raise $245,000 this year to support our kids’ education by helping to keep class sizes small; purchasing needed text books, sustaining art, music and drama programs for our students; supporting our kids’ sports teams and dozens of student clubs and activities; paying for student travel scholarships; contributing to College Transfer Office costs, including a large portion of the Year 1 College Trip, and much more.  Our Annual Appeal raises most of these funds.

To maintain the high quality early college education that BHSEC provides to our students, we needyour help more than ever this year.  BHSEC’s current budget continues to be squeezed.  Department of Education funding levels remain flat, and Bard College’s contribution is increasingly constrained, but the cost of providing a high quality education with small classes and a diverse high school and college curriculum in New York City continues to go up.

We’re aiming for 100% family participation to meet our goals for this year. Please mail a check made out to BHSEC PTA to BHSEC PTA, c/o Carol Turitz, 525 E. Houston St., New York, New York 10002 (or have your child bring it in to Ms. Turitz in the main office) or make a secure donation online at the BHSEC PTA website, You can pay iCan you help us?n monthly installments and your contributions are fully tax-deductible.  And check to see if your employer has a matching grant program!  Please be as generous as you can and send the highest amount you can donate.  Above all, we thank you for your commitment to our children and to a truly amazing school! 


Kit Kennedy (PTA President) and Andy Hamingson (PTA Budget Officer) on behalf of the BHSEC PTA Executive Board,

PTA President’s Letter to Parents September 2014
Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dear Fellow Bard Parents:

One of the things that we can do as parents to support BHSEC and our kids’ education is to come together as a community of parents and families to get to know each other better and to work together to keep our school strong.  That’s why it was so exciting to have more one hundred parents join us for Welcome Potluck and First PTA Meeting on September 18th.  More than fifty parents cooked, baked or sent in food for our Welcome Potluck dinner and dozens of parents also came early to help with set up and to help prepare our giant school-wide mailing for the Annual Appeal.  Thanks so much to all of you for stepping up to volunteer and for sharing some your precious time to support our school and our kids’ education.   Your commitment and caring about our BHSEC community is impressive.

100% participation for our 100% our children's Of course, our work for this year as a PTA is just beginning.   We have a big year ahead of us.  With Department of Education funding for our school flat, and with funding from Bard College increasingly constrained, our work is cut out for us.  With your help, the PTA BHSEC Parent Teacher Association will raise a record-breaking $245,000 this year to support our kids’ education by helping to keep class sizes small; purchasing needed text books, sustaining art, music and drama programs for our students; supporting our kids’ sports teams and dozens of student clubs and activities; paying for student travel scholarships; contributing to College Transfer Office costs, including a large portion of the Year 1 College Trip, and much more.

You can help us meet this important fundraising goal.  By now, you should have received the PTA’s Annual Appeal letter in the mail.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year!  Please give as generously as you can.   You can send in a check or you donate securely online at,  with an option to donate in eight monthly installments. On November 5th, 6th and 10th we’ll be holding our annual Phone-A-Thon to call all Bard parents to ask them to donate to the Annual Help– but if you’ve given already we promise not to call you!

You can also help by giving us some of your valuable time.  Last year, more than one hundred Bard parents volunteered their time for the PTA.  First up this year: we need 45 parent volunteers to help us staff our Phone-A-Thon, which will take place on Nov. 5th, 6th and 10th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the UFT’s office at 52 Broadway, 18th floor.   We have a special need for parents who can speak Spanish, Cantonese, Russian, Arabic or other languages. Please contact Lyn Bangaree if you can volunteer for the Phone-A-Thon:

We have many other volunteer opportunities, large and small.  Have you ever helped with an elementary or middle school auction? Please join our Spring Gala and Auction steering committee – we’re planning another great Gala and Auction in May.   Are you party planner or in the world of food, wine or restaurants? We also need parents to help us find a great venue at a great price for our Spring Gala and Auction (can you help us find space at an art gallery, community room or restaurant space?) and to help us find food and wine vendors who may be interested in donating goods to us.  Are you interested in being a school leader?  Are you a wiz at sales?  We need parents to help us sell Bardware  – our Bard branded clothes and gear – throughout the year to both kids and parents.       If you are an accountant or finance person, we could use your skills to help us maintain our books and spreadsheets.  Do you have computer or software skills? We’d love your help with maintaining and building out our website.  Let Kit know if you’re interested in these or any other volunteer opportunities.

Our next PTA meeting is October 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the BHSEC auditorium.  The meeting will feature a panel discussion with Physics teacher Ben Mikesh and BHSEC librarian Meghann Walk and several BHSEC students on successful study habits for BHSEC students both in the high school and early college programs and also how to balance academics with extra-curricular activities.  We’ll also be holding the election for the 9th Grade School Leadership Team representative and alternative and for the PTA Executive Board co-high school vice president.   We hope that all new and returning parents will join us to build our community.  We’ll provide light refreshments as usual.  I hope that you will all join us for PTA meetings each month.  PTA meetings are a great way to meet other parents and teachers and learn more about our kids’ education and experiences at school. The year’s PTA meeting schedule is posted on our website.

Finally, if you haven’t already (or if you’re not sure!) please take a minute to register with the PTA to give us your most recent contact information.  You can do this on our website here.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or ideas for the PTA.  You can reach me at

All the best, and I hope to see you on October 23rd.

Kit Kennedy, BHSEC PTA President, on behalf of the PTA Executive Board


Welcome and welcome back from the Bard PTA!
Posted on Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dear Bard Parents and Guardians: On behalf of the Bard High School Early College Parent Teacher Association, welcome to the new parents and welcome back to those of you who are returning. I hope that your kids are having a smooth transition back to school, whether they are entering BHSEC in the 9th or 10th grade for the first time or returning to 10th grade, Year 1 or Year 2.  Each of these transitions is exciting — and challenging! To kick off the new school year, our first PTA meeting and our always popular Welcome Back Potluck dinner will be on Thursday, September 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, in the BHSEC auditorium, 525 E. Houston St. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, teachers and faculty and to raise any questions about the school year. Our principal, Dr. Michael Lerner, will talk to us about what’s in store for our kids over the next year and share his thoughts on how to succeed at Bard. We’ll also accept parent nominations for the BHSEC School Leadership Team and any open positions on the PTA Executive Board.   Please come to this important kick-off meeting and bring your favorite dish for the Potluck Dinner – homemade or store-bought. Please email the Potluck Committee,, and let them know what you can bring. More details here. Looking forward,we’ve posted the dates for all the PTA meetings for the year here. All parents, guardians, and teachers are members of the PTA and we hope you will all get involved.   The PTA’s goal is to support BHSEC and our kids’ education. We work to create a warm and supportive community for parents, guardians, teachers and staff at BHSEC and to help all of our kids succeed academically and socially.   This year, our goal is to raise almost $245,000 to support BHSEC. With your help, these funds will support BHSEC and our kids’ education by: keeping class size smaller; funding sports teams and arts, music and drama instruction for our kids; supporting student activities and travel and faculty enrichment; and purchasing college text books for our Year 1 and 2 college level students.   Our PTA website,, is a great source of information. The PTA Executive Board leads PTA and you can find our contact information is here. I hope to meet and get to know many of you at PTA meetings. At any time, please contact me or other Executive Board members if you have questions or if you just want to connect with other BHSEC parents. Kit Kennedy, President, BHSEC PTA, on behalf of the BHSEC PTA Executive Board (

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PTA Kickoff Meeting and Welcome Potluck Dinner, Thurs., 9/18, 6:00 -8:00 pm
Posted on Saturday, September 6, 2014

Welcome backParents, Guardians and Teachers, welcome to the new school year! To kick off the new school year, our first PTA meeting and our always popular Welcome Back Potluck dinner will be on Thursday, September 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, in the BHSEC auditorium, 525 E. Houston St. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, teachers and faculty and to raise any questions about the school year. Our principal, Dr. Michael Lerner, will talk to us about what’s in store for our kids over the next year and share his thoughts on how to succeed at Bard. We’ll also accept parent nominations for the BHSEC School Leadership Team and any open positions on the PTA Executive Board. Please come to this important kick-off meeting and bring your favorite dish for the Potluck Dinner – homemade or store-bought. Donations of paper goods and plastic cutlery or of cash are also welcome.  Please email the Potluck Committee,, and let them know what you can bring.   See flyer above  for details.   See you at the Potluck!

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Welcome to new parents, guardians and teachers and welcome back to all others! Please join us for our monthly BHSEC PTA meetings, which will be held in the BHSEC auditorium from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on the dates below. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the PTA meeting agenda begins at 6:30 pm, usually followed by a speaker or discussion about BHSEC academics, extracurriculars or teen parenting issues. Topics will be announced in advance. Light snacks are always served. PTA meetings are a great way to meet other parents, teachers and staff and to learn more about our kids’ education and experiences at BHSEC and how to help them succeed. The PTA Executive Board meets at 5:30 pm before each General Meeting to discuss PTA business and all parents, guardians and teachers are welcome to attend.



Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm




NOVEMBER PTA MEETING: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm



The PTA Executive Board will meet on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm


JANUARY PTA MEETING: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


FEBRUARY PTA MEETING: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


MARCH PTA MEETING: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm




MAY PTA MEETING/YEAR2 COLLEGE DEBRIEF: Thurs., May 28,, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm



Thursday, June 11, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

PTA Meeting May 15th: Year 2 College Debrief & Elections
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014

Please join us for this important meeting this Thursday for the PTA/SLT elections at the May 15th 6:00 – 8:00 pm.   This PTA meeting will also feature the always popular “Year 2 College Debrief” where Year 2 students and parents will talk about their college admissions journey and offer advice to Year 1 and high school students and parents.  Light refreshments will be served.

Bard PTA SLT Bios Final

2014-2015 Bard High School Early College PTA/SLT Bios




Kit Kennedy

I’m running for President of the PTA.   My family and I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn. My son Peter, a graduate of PS 321 and MS 51 in Park Slope, is a year 1 student at BHSEC.  This year, I was the First Vice-President of the PTA, and last year I was Co-Secretary of the PTA.  When my kids were in grade school, I was very involved in the PTA at their grade school and was also on the School Leadership Team.   When Peter was in middle school I was less involved, and it’s been a pleasure and a great learning experience to become increasingly involved with the PTA at BHSEC over the last three years.   The other parents on the Executive Board are great to work with and I’m impressed by the support and generosity of all the parents in the BHSEC community.  I think our challenge for the PTA for next year is to work to get greater numbers of parents involved, to reach out in particular to involve parents whose primary language in not English, and to continue to build a strong community of parents, teachers and staff all pulling together to support BHSEC and the quality of our kids’ unique education here.  We also need to continue to build our fund-raising ability so that we can support the amazing education that our kids get at BHSEC even in difficult budget times.   In my day job, I’m an environmental advocate at a national environmental organization based here in New York City, where I manage the fifty-person clean energy team, with a budget of over $10 million.




Elizabeth Fine

I have three children, and my youngest, Josh Waldman, is a 10th grader at BHSEC.  My two older children are in college.  We live in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  I was an active member of the PTA at PS 321 and at my children’s school in Washington, DC, where we used to live and am excited at the possibility of joining the Executive Committee of the BHSEC PTA.


In my professional life, I am a lawyer and have spent most of my career in government — at the federal, local and now state level.  I currently serve as General Counsel for Empire State Development, a New York State public authority that focuses on economic development.  I recently left the New York City Council, where I served as General Counsel since 2006.  I have also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, where I was a senior policy advisor under Attorney General Janet Reno and in the White House Counsels’ Office under President Clinton. I graduated from Brown University and NYU School of Law and have a L.LM from Georgetown University Law Center.


Fabienne Laraque, MD, MPH

I am an internal medicine physician with a preventive medicine/public health specialty and a master in public health. I am also a graduate of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


After my training, in 1997, I joined the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) in the Bureau of Maternity Services and Family Planning as the Deputy Medical Director and Director of the research unit, then Assistant Commissioner, overseeing research and programs on maternal, infant and women’s health.


From 2002-2007, I was the Director of the Office of Surveillance for the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control still at DOHMH and from June 2007 to May 2011, I was the Director of the Care, Treatment and Housing Program in Bureau of HIV Prevention and Control, overseeing Ryan White-funded HIV care services and housing services.  In that position, I developed evidence-based program implementation, evaluation, program monitoring, and related research, creating the landmark HIV Care Coordination Program, serving thousands of patients.


As a result of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where I was born and educated, I decided to temporarily join the CDC to implement a field epidemiology training program for the Haitian Ministry of Health, as part of the Haiti Health System Reconstruction Program.  My husband accepted the position of Tuberculosis Control Advisor in Haiti also. We took our children to Haiti from 2011 to 2012 where they went to an American school. Upon returning to NYC at DOHMH, I started working on viral hepatitis, and I am now the Medical Director of the newly created Viral Hepatitis Surveillance, Prevention and Control, developing programs to fight hepatitis C and B.


I have two children:  Ashley is a 17 year old Year 2 at BSHEC Manhattan. Ashley spent 10th grade in Haiti and returned to BHSEC for Year 1.  Jonathan is 14 and will start in 9th grade at BHSEC Manhattan in September.  The school has provided Ashley with a great education. I greatly appreciated being involved in the PTA last year and I look forward to serving the school community further as my son receives the same wonderful education.




Laura Frisk

Originally from Arlington, Virginia, I studied art history at Hampshire College before moving to New York. Next year my husband Ben Houghton and I will have two BHSEC students, a 9th grader, and a Year 1. My background and interests include children’s and YA book publishing, photography, and library and archival collections.   This year I was a parent member of the DOE’s Quality Review of BHSEC, and will also serve on the Budget Committee.  In past years I have served on my children’s elementary school SLT, Hiring and Quality Review committees. I hope to further support the BHSEC community and PTA initiatives by serving as the Corresponding Secretary next year.



Lynette Bangaree

I am the current Co-Treasurer for the PTA and have been for the prior school year. I am currently employed as the Escrow accountant for a Law Firm Stroock Stroock Lavan LLP. I am happy to be able to use my skills and knowledge to assist with the position as Co Treasurer here at Bard. It is and has been a very successful year at Bard. My son Ryan, a Year 1 will be graduating in 2015 and I do know, that me, being of the PTA has no doubt aided in his success here at BARD. It is truly very rewarding to be able to help our kids now and for the future. I would like to follow through with the Co-Treasurer position to assist the incoming person and to make it a smooth transition.


Loretta Lundberg

I have over 30 years of experience in banking and I am a Managing Director at BNY Mellon, responsible for the Default Services and  MBS groups within the Corporate Trust Division.     I have a  B.A. from Dickinson College in History and International Studies and a MBA in Finance from Pace University.    I currently serve as a Trustee and Finance Committee member on the Board of St. Joseph’s High School located in downtown Brooklyn.  Previously I served on the Board of Trustees of Lutheran Hospital in Sunset Park.   I am the mother of Alice Tillman, a 9th grader.   I believe my background in finance and board experience will be helpful in the role of co-Treasurer of the BHSEC PTA.




Paul Vella

Married to Jill Jacobs.  Older son Matt,  Bard Grad, now in second year at Geneseo.  Younger son, Joseph, in second year at Bard. MBA graduate of Thunderbird School of Global Management.  25+ years int’l consulting to private companies and gov’t organizations from Spain, helping companies do business in the USA.  Strong emphasis on food, wine, and tourism industries.  Also have a Paella Event Production business, used to promote products and do fundraisers.  Speak Spanish, French, and Italian.  Here is my website, too:



Ean Matthews

Father of Gene Matthews, 9th Grade (2013-14). I’ve lived and worked in many countries, mostly as a lawyer. I’m originally from Sydney, Australia, my wife is Canadian and Gene was born in Manhattan.  We recently moved back to NYC after 5 years in London, England, but have lived in NYC for ca 20 years in total. The school is such a wonderful place and I’m looking for a way to contribute.  I’d be honored to be a Co-High School VP and help out any other way I can.


Jill Schwartz

Mom of Gabriel Hoshino, 9th grade. I am a native New Yorker and an East Village resident, my husband is from Japan. I have always been a retail store owner and operator until recently.  My largest project in my career was the co-founding of the brand Laila Rowe. This chain of stores was sold 6 years ago and now I have much more free time to help out in my children’s education. I would like to help out with Bard in any way I can.




David Boehm

Reform-minded educator with extensive finance, operations and technology experience. Currently Director of Finance & Operations at Inwood Academy for Leadership, a public charter school in upper Manhattan. Prior to launching IAL, taught HS mathematics at Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies in the South Bronx for five years.

Committed social entrepreneur, applying process re-engineering and financial operations/technology expertise to affect change in our educational system. Prior to entering the education sector, spent twenty years in financial services, including senior management roles at Brown Bros. Harriman, Alliance Capital, SWIFT and founder/CEO of NeXtgen Technology. I hold a Master’s degree from CUNY – City College and Bachelor’s from Boston University School of Management.


Jennifer Praeger

Jennifer’s career spans executive-level marketing and online communication strategy positions at a range of non-profit and for profit organizations. Prior to joining PRIVATE WiFi, a start-up technology company in 2011, where she is the VP of Marketing and Business Development, Jennifer was the Web Marketing Manager at Mount Sinai Medical Center.  Jennifer also held senior level marketing positions at Metropolitan College of New York, ClickandBuy, Mason and Geller Marketing, and Lloyd’s of London Press.


Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Business Administration in marketing from NYU’s Stern School of Business.


Her husband, Harry Safter, is a commercial real estate executive. Their younger daughter, Katie Safter, is a Year 1 at BHSEC, and their older daughter, is a Senior at Grinnell College.




Andrew D. Hamingson

Andrew has served as the first ever Executive Director of St. Ann’s Warehouse since February, 2012 where his responsibilities include overseeing the company’s relocation to its permanent home in the historic Tobacco Warehouse, all administrative oversight of the financial, marketing, and development operations.  Prior to St. Ann’s Andy was the Principal in A.D. Hamingson & Associates, a Development and Strategic Planning Services company. As Executive Director of the Public Theater, Andy oversaw all administrative and fiscal matters from 2008 until February 2011, and managed the theater’s first ever $35 million Building Campaign and renovation project.  Before joining The Public, Andy served as Atlantic Theater Company’s Managing Director from 2004. The Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere of Spring Awakening transferred to Broadway and won 8 Tony Awards including Best New Musical in 2007.  Prior to the Atlantic, he worked at the Manhattan Theatre Club for 12 years, the last five as Director of Development, culminating in raising $40 million to renovate and restore the historic Biltmore Theater.  Andy has been a Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Drama Theater Management Program since 1997.  He is a trustee of Theater Communications Group, and on the Advisory Boards of The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Page 73 Productions, and Beth Morrison Productions.


Andy has been PTA Co-Treasurer of Bard High School Early College for the past two years as well as Gala Chairperson for 2013 and 2014, and loves every minute of his service to this great school!





Coralie Hook

Coralie Hook is a Social Worker, Teacher, Director, and License Beautician. Coralie is also a dedicated and enthusiastic Dance School Administrator. Coralie’s heart has been dedicated to the world of dance for 17 years. Coralie is proud to launch her own Arts Program in 2009. Coralie has been working with students, teachers and parents since 1995.

Coralie has an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts a Bachelor of Science in Social Work minoring in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s in Education.

Dedicated, resourceful education professional with proven ability to create and monitor policies and practices that promote a safe learning environment; ensure a school culture that encourages continuous improvements for teachers and students; develop an environment that encourages open communication with colleagues, students and the community; and mentor educators in the creation and implementation of class instruction, lesson plans and student assessment in conjunction with state learning regulations. Detailed educational knowledge and core skills.

Coralie has been working with students, teachers and parents since 1995. Coralie Hook strives to work with the community to promote the arts that creates openness, tolerance and change.

Jennifer Hunt

I am running for 10th grade SLT rep. I have been on the SLT this year and feel like I am still getting my bearings – I have been particularly interested in the issue of struggling  9th and 10th graders and would like to continue investigating that issue. I am a clinical psychologist and college professor and have been a school psychologist for the Department of Education.  In addition to my rising tenth grader I have a daughter who will be year two next year.


Judy Levine

I have served on the BHSEC SLT for the past two years and currently serve as SLT co-chair.  As such, I have helped organize a new SLT meeting format more acutely focused on the school-wide priorities listed in the School’s Comprehensive Educational Plan; built a more collegial working relationship between the parents, faculty and students on the team; and encouraged greater transparency with regular updates and input solicited on the SLT’s work at each PTA meeting.  Prior to BHSEC, I was involved in SLT leadership for over a decade as a founder, co-chair or member of the SLTs at ECC/Tribeca Learning Center, East Side Middle School, and Lab High School. I have found that my skills in group facilitation and goal-setting have helped focus each SLT on the most strategic issues for that body to consider.

In my professional life, I am the executive director of Cause Effective, a nonprofit that helps a wide variety of NYC nonprofits with organizational and resource development strategy.  I would love to continue to serving the BHSEC community as the Y1 parent representative.


Mike Shapiro

My name is Mike Shapiro. My son, Nathan, will be a Year 1 student in the fall. My wife, Peggy Stafford, and I also have a daughter who’ll be in 5th grade.

This has been a productive, compelling year for BHSEC’s School Leadership Team, and I’ve appreciated the opportunity to serve as a parent representative. We dug deep into several consequential topics, including the question of how best to support our 9th and 10th grade students as they transition in two years’ time from middle school to college. In considering the issue, I engaged widely with parents of all four grades and a good number of students. In turn, I worked actively to convey parent concerns and suggestions to the SLT.

I served for many years on the SLTs at Brooklyn New School and MS51. As a parent representative, I led the process of writing a new set of bylaws for the SLT, and contributed directly to crafting several sections of the Comprehensive Educational Plan. Our aim was to fulfill the Department of Ed mandate while insuring that the CEP would reflect and advance the school’s unique virtues.

I also chair the Arts Committee at BNS. As with a School Leadership Team, the Committee’s mission hinges on close collaboration between parents, teachers and administration – and advances most successfully when individual resolve is complemented with openness, patience, and humor.

This is work I believe in deeply. I’m keen to serve as a strong advocate for parents and students, and help BHSEC continue to thrive in its second decade.

Laura Shedd

I am the parent of Lila Peters, who will be a Year 1 Bard Student in the 2014-15 school year.  Lila and I both feel very fortunate to be part of Bard’s wonderful learning community.  I would like to give a few highlights of my qualifications for the Year 1 parent rep to BHSEC’s SLT.  I am currently a program officer at the Early College Initiative at CUNY, which supports a growing network of 14 early college high schools, each partnered with a CUNY college.  I also worked for eleven years in Brooklyn public schools as a middle school math teacher, and have served as a teacher representative on two schools’ SLT’s.  I would be pleased to bring my experience as a public school parent, educator, and advocate of early college high schools to BHSEC’s SLT.



Jim Devor

Over the past three years, I have served on the School Leadership Team (as 9th Grade and Year 1 parent member and 10th Grade parent alternate).  During that period, I have maintained a perfect (albeit, occasionally tardy) attendance record.  I was also a SLT member at my daughter’s Middle School.

Outside of Bard, from 2009 until last June I served as President of the Community Education Council for District 15 (“CEC-15” – covering most of Brownstone Brooklyn and Sunset Park as well as all of Red Hook).  As President, I oversaw the CEC’s mandated participation in the Park Slope school rezoning which drew extensive coverage in the New York Times (and that earned me the tagline: “Who does this guy Jim Devor think he is?”).

Associated with the Park Slope rezoning, I spear-headed the successful campaign for a Targeted Admissions program at a newly constructed school building in Brownstone Brooklyn serving District 15 school children.  Thus, for the first time under Mayoral Control, admissions priority is being given to English Language Learners and children eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch.  For a more extended description, see: <>.

My main interest on the SLT has been to help make sure that parent, administration and student interests remain in sync. That includes exercising the oversight needed to insure that the school’s budget is aligned with the objectives set forth in our Comprehensive Education Plan (and vice versa).  I also served as an SLT member on last year’s PTA budget committee. In addition, I have recently been scrutinizing, at some depth, just how well the College Transfer process has been implemented at BHSEC as compared to comparable NYC Public High Schools (hint: it’s been more successful than I originally imagined).

I look forward to continuing to act as a resource for the SLT and to maintaining a positive and constructive role at Bard.


PTA Nominating Committee Needs You to Run!
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On behalf of the BHSEC PTA Nominating Committee, parents are invited to nominate themselves or other parents to sit on next year’s PTA Executive Board and/or the School Leadership Team. We are always looking for new parents to help support the school. This is a great opportunity for parents to meet other parents and share your voices. For our children’s tomorrow, take action today!

Nominations period is open. We invite you to run for any of these positions for the 2014-2015 school year:

  • PTA President
  • Co-PTA President
  • Co-Recording Secretary
  • Co-Corresponding Secretary
  • Co-Treasurer
  • Co-First Vice-President
  • High School Co-Vice President
  • College Co-Vice President
  • 10th Grade School Team Leadership Member
  • Year 1 School Team Leadership Member
  • Year 2 School Team Leadership Member
  • Budget Officer

Deadline to nominate is the next PTA meeting on April 24th.  Please email Nominating Committee member Harvey Epstein at if you are interested in running, in nominating another parent or have any questions.  In your email, identify your full name, email address, child’s year, and the position Bard Nominating Committee Poster PTA logoof interest.  Thank you!!!

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Dinner April 10th
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Spring 2014 Volunteer Needs
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring is in full swing at BHSEC and the PTA needs your help with lots of activities that we are engaged in to support BHSEC and our kids’ education.   Please help us out!


Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner, Thursday, April 10th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Please send in your favorite home-cooked or store-bought dish for our Spring Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner.   We also need volunteers to help with set up starting at 2:00 pm and with clean up starting at 6:00 pm.   Please email Fabienne Laraque to let her know what dish you will send in,; and email Leslie Wright,, and Jennifer Praeger,, if you can volunteer with set up or clean up on April 10th.BHSEC Spring Faculty Appreciation Dinner Flyer March 2014


Spring Gala and Auction, May 3rd from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, Powerhouse, 37 Main St., Dumbo, Brooklyn.  We hope that you will join us for the Spring Gala – tickets are limited and are on sale now at  We need volunteers to help prepare for the Gala and to help with solicitations for the silent auction:  we have a special need for parents with contacts or connections to the following: restaurants, clothing/fashion, sports tickets, artwork and concerts.   We will also need plenty of volunteers with setting up, running and cleaning up for the Gala on May 3rd.  If you can volunteer to help with the Gala, please contact Andy Hamingson at


BardwareWe have some great new Bardware in stock for Spring and need volunteers over the next two months to sell Bardware to students and parents, including during parent-teacher conferences on April 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and on the 11th from 12:00 – 3:00 pm.   Please let Judith Schwartz know if you can help:           


PTA Leadership and School Leadership Team positions for next year:    We need parents to serve in leadership positions on the BHSEC PTA Executive Board and on the BHSEC School Leadership Team next year.  Please consider nominating yourself for a PTA or SLT position or nominating any other parent whom you think could help make a difference.   All you need to do for now is give us a name and contact info at any point between now and the April PTA meeting on April 24th by sending an email note to the Nominations Committee Co-Chairs, Judy Cohen,, and Sherri Levine  We’d also like a couple of parents to also be part of the Nominations Committee.   Please let Judy or Sherri know if you’re interested.  Elections for these positions will be held in June.


PTA Budget Committee:   Over the next two months, the PTA Budget Committee, co-chaired by the PTA officers, will be preparing a draft budget for the PTA for next year.  We plan to present the draft budget for discussion at the May PTA Meeting and there will be a vote at the June PTA Meeting.  We would like several parents to join the Budget Committee to help us consider all the important issues that go into putting together the PTA budget.   If you are interested in being on the Budget Committee, please contact Kit Kennedy at

Upcoming: Scotch & Wine Tasting Event on January 31st
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014



One Day Left to Make a Difference
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

As the final hours of 2013 tick away, please consider making a donation to the BHSEC PTA annual appeal. We have raised 80% of our PTA annual appeal goal, and 240 BHSEC families have generously donated almost $140,000


Please donate today and invest in your child’s education. Donate-button

If you have already given, THANK YOU – and please give again!

If you haven’t given yet, please give as generously as you can but please give something. Every gift makes a difference – NO GIFT IS TOO SMALL.

Remember that your gift is 100% tax deductible!

Click to donate online.

You can also donate in over eight monthly installments.   All gifts demonstrate the generosity and commitment of BHSEC families to support our school–its arts programs, sports, and college programs — and help the school to purchase crucial items like textbooks and keep class sizes smaller.

Click here to review this year’s PTA budget, and how it supports our students’ education at BHSEC, supporting sports, art, music, drama and dance, as well as teacher enrichment, student travel, the College Transfer Office, college textbooks and much more.

You may also send in your check made out to BHSEC PTA to:

BHSEC PTA Treasurer, 525 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002

Your child can also bring in a check and give it to Carol Turitz, Parent Coordinator.

Thank you so much for your support of BHSEC and our kids’ education.

Happy New Year!!

The PTA Executive Board

(If you have questions or need assistance, please contact PTA VP Kit Kennedy,

Welcome Back, BHSEC Parents!
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013

Dear Parents,

It’s truly a pleasure to welcome you to another year at BHSEC! As a school administrator myself, I can attest to a few sleepless nights over the past couple of weeks in the lead-up to the 1st day of school.

The start of the 2013-14 year is another milestone for our kids. If you’re an incoming 9th grade parent, get ready for a fun, exciting (but rigorous) educational experience. For Y2 parents, this year is the culmination of your child’s BHSEC journey. As the parent of a Y1 student, I’m really looking forward to the start of my son’s college program experience.

The PTA, in conjunction with BHSEC leadership, has planned a great line-up of meeting topics & community events for the year. I hope to get a chance meet each & every one of you before, during, or after, these events. Sharing our experiences & learning from parents who’ve “gone before us” is a great way to maximize your child’s educational experience @ BHSEC, while giving something back to the wider Bard community.

The 1st general PTA meeting is coming-up on Sept 26th @ 6:30pm. In keeping with tradition, this first PTA meeting includes a School-wide Potluck Dinner beginning @ 6:30 in the BHSEC auditorium. Under a separate email, we’ll be providing more details & asking you to bring in food for the potluck. I won’t say that my stuffed peppers will be the best dish on offer, but definitely in the Top 5.

Finally, I’d like to highlight a change we hope will allow more parents to participate in the PTA’s planning process. The Executive Board has decided to hold all our meetings on the same date as the general meeting (beginning @ 5:15pm), so if you can make it to BHSEC a bit earlier, we look forward to adding your voice to our discussions.

On behalf of the BHSEC PTA Executive Board, I welcome you all to another exciting year!

David A. Boehm, President