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Bard High School
Early College

Donate to the BHSEC Manhattan PTA

525 E. Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
212-995-8479 x2281


What We Fund

  • All seminar books used in the Y1 and Y2 college program

  • Teaching and building supplies for BHSEC faculty and staff

  • Student activities and after-school clubs

  • Theater productions

  • Graduation costs

  • An overnight college trip for Year One students

  • Arts faculty

  • Athletic team uniforms

  • Library subscriptions

The PTA of BARD High School Early College is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our Tax ID Number is 81-0612857. All contributions are tax deductible in accordance with the IRS rules and regulations.

The link below connects to BHSEC Manhattan PTA By-Laws

The PTA advocates for BHSEC Manhattan students, parents, faculty and staff, helping to maintain open lines of communication and an exchange of information between all parties. All families with a child at the school are automatically granted free membership to the PTA. Perhaps most importantly,  we help raise money so the school can sustain its high  level of academic rigor. Our financial support helps cover the cost of full-time faculty, which helps keep class size small. Listed are just some of the programs to which we contribute or cover the cost of entirely


BHSEC Manhattan Events

2023-2024 school year


PTA meetings are Thursdays from 6-8pm unless otherwise specified

  • September 21, 2023: Welcome to BHSEC

  • October 26 , 2023: Elections for open PTA Board and SLT positions/TASTE OF BHSEC

  • November 30, 2023: PTA meeting on Zoom, Topic: Teen Mental Health

  • January 25,  2024, zoom. Topic:  Preparing for the Digital SAT

  • February 29, 2024, zoom. Topic:  Homework Guidelines

  • April 18, 2024, in person.  Topic: Y2 Panel on the College Process

  • May 2, 2024, in person. Topic: Open forum for parents to discuss the school year

  • June 4 , 2024, in person. Elections for SLT/PTA Exec Board followed by Taste of BHSEC

  • June 20, 2024, in person. Approval of budget and final business


SLT meetings are Mondays at 5pm unless otherwise specificed

  • September  11, 2023

  • October 2, 2023

  • November 6. 2023

  • December 4, 2023

  • January 8, 2024

  • February 5, 2024

  • March 4, 2024

  • April 8, 2024

  • May 6, 2024

  • June 3, 2024


PTA Leadership

Michele Orecklin, PTA co-president

David Mizner,  High School Co-VP

Yan Yang, High School Co-VP

Anthony Massucci, Secretary

Rosalyn Scaff, PTA co-president

Jennifer Weiss, Early College VP

Brent Stehmer, Co-Treasurer

Michael Wesslock, Co-Treasurer

Carol Turitz, Parent Coordinator

Questions for the BHSEC PTA please email


Checks can be made payable to: The Bard High School Early College PTA

Mailing address:

attention Carol Turitz

525 E Houston Street, New York, NY 10002

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General Meeting Minutes



General PTA Meeting Notes – September 21, 2023

Meeting started at 6:00 PM

1. Michele Orecklin outlines the meeting agenda.

2. Treasurer’s Report

Discussed grants, matching donations, and how families can help support the PTA.

Outlined the areas at our school the PTA supports, such as art supplies, class trips, uniforms.

Also discussed: Jupiter platform, potluck in October, SLT elections.

Voted on Jupiter platform, which was approved.

3. Principal’s Report: Stephen J. Chaterpaul, Principal

-Pupil Path and move to Jupiter platform.

-Lunch and lateness by students post-lunch & student attendance

-His 9 years at BHSEC, career and life history

-His core values

-Academic policy, Grading platform & practices

-Student’s badging implementation

-Q&A with parents in attendance

-Curriculum night

-Google Classroom vs. Jupiter

-Use of student’s free periods

-Student Town Hall

-CAAS system

-Student Assignments

The next PTA meeting is October 26 at 6:00pm.

Meeting concluded at 8 PM

General PTA Meeting 



General PTA Meeting Notes – October 26, 2023


Meeting started at 6:00 PM

1. Michele Orecklin introduced the executive board.

2. Treasurer’s Report:

Bard’s PTA website discussed.

Ask for donations and how to support the PTA.

Annual Appeal plans.

3. Principal’s Report: Stephen J. Chaterpaul, Principal

Discussed MySchools, Jupiter and Operoo program.

Pupil Path and the move to Jupiter platform.

Explanation of login to Jupiter.

Introduction of Carol Turitz, Parent Coordinator, to parents in attendance.

The next PTA meeting in November.

Meeting concluded at 6:15 PM for potluck in the Bard Yard

PTA General Meeting Notes – January 25, 2024


Meeting started at 6 PM

1. President Report: Michele Orecklin

2. Principal Report; Stephen Chaterpaul

-Upcoming PSAT & SAT days 

-Schedule for the coming months.

3. Treasurer Brent Stehmer Report.

-PTA looking for a new accountant.

-Health of PTA

-Annual Appeal Update

-Fundraising Needs.

4. Applerouth: Heather Meadows Presentation

5. Resume President report/Q&A From Parents

Grants, New Business, Homework Policy and parent concerns.

Meeting concluded at 7 PM













PTA General Meeting Notes

February 29, 2024


1. Meeting begins on zoom at 6pm

2.PTA co-presidents Michele Orecklin and Ros Scaff explain meeting agenda has been set due to concerns of parents, primarily in the 10th grade, about the amount of homework and resources to deal with the mental health implications. Dr. Chaterpaul will speak first, then he and AP Christina Canty will answer questions to be read by Michele and Ros.

3 6:10 Principal Chaterpaul shares a slide presentation on how/why amount of homework fluctuates over the course of four years. Explains why this has been the case, particularly the rise from 9th-10th grade, given the demands of the college program. Relates results of survey indicating in which classes students spend the most time doing homework. Explains accreditation process via Bard College

4. 6:30 Participant questions. Parent questions read by PTA co-presidents. Concerns are raised about lack of adequate resources to address mental health. AP Canty and Principal Chaterpaul encourage parents to encourage their children to speak to their teachers as first line of defense. Parents question transparency re: results of a survey administered to 10th graders. Dr. Chaterpaul discusses the difference between homework “policy” and homework “guidelines.” Parent questions what recourse students have if/when they are unable to complete homework. Parents express concern over sleep deprivation due to homework.

5. Meeting adjourns at 8pm



General PTA Meeting Notes

April 18, 2024


Meeting started at 6:00 PM


1. President’s Report:Jennifer Weiss stands in for Michele Orecklin and Rosalyn Scaff, PTA co-presidents. Discussed tonight’s meeting agenda.

Added May 2, 6pm in-person meeting

May 23 meeting, also in personPTA Positions open, holding elections “Please submit name and brief bio.”


2. Treasurer’s Report: Brent Stehmer

Looking for a new co-treasurer “I do not have so much good news, Money will be, and is, tight.Running at a deficit for the past year." Asked if parents know of grants.


3. Principal’s Report: Dr. Stephen Chaterpaul Discussed the faculty, Year 2 students applying to colleges, Staff cruise around Manhattan.


6:25pm: Bard Year 2 students introduced.

Discussed challenges and successes with college applications, what they want to study and college essays. Advice: Start essay over summer and get feedback CUNY schools take Bard credits.


Meeting ended at 7:30 PM

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