Make a Splash on June 12—Our Next Climate Action Day!

Our next Climate Action Day is on June 12, 2024, and this time, the theme is water! Learn more about what you can do to help conserve water usage and help keep our waterways clean, and about how you can make your own water filter with materials you already have at home! 

How Would YOU Spend $3.5 Million in Your Community?

Have you decided how to spend The People's Money yet? From now until Wednesday, June 12, New Yorkers aged 11 and up can decide how to spend $3.5 million of City funds on projects in their communities. Learn more about NYC's participatory budgeting (PB) process, and vote for your favorite project proposal online!


Level Up Your Health and Conditioning Through PSAL's Free Student Summer Training Program

Through PSAL's High School Summer Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Program, any NYC student entering grades 9–12 in September 2024 can register for free athletic training, fitness and conditioning, sports-specific skill development, and fun recreational activities at participating sites across the City! Learn more about PSAL's program, and submit your registration today!


The Month Ahead (June 2024)

We made it to the last month of the 2023–24 school year! See what's happening in NYC Public Schools in June 2024, including Caribbean American Heritage Month, New York State Regents Exams, Anniversary Day, PRIDE Month , Eid al-Adha, Juneteenth, and the last day of school!


Congratulations to the Winners of the Plastic Free Lunch Day Artwork Contest!

We're proud to announce the winners of the Plastic Free Lunch Day Artwork Contest, which is helping spread awareness about the importance of reducing the usage of single-use plastics in our cafeterias.


Swipe for "Extra Credit" with the MTA!

Through the MTA's new Extra Credit initiative, NYC high school students can win a free Meta Quest 2 headset simply by swiping their student MetroCards! Learn more about Extra Credit, and start maximizing your student MetroCard swipes beginning May 20!


In celebration of Pride Month, we’re sharing the story of Edie Windsor, a computer programmer and pioneering LGBTQ+ activist best known for her role in the landmark 2013 Supreme Court case, United States v. Windsor, that helped lead towards the eventual legalization of gay marriage in the United States.

Learn about Edie Windsor on Hidden Voices

Thea Spyer (left) sitting with her arm around Edie Windsor (right) outside on some rocks with bare trees in the background.

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month! To celebrate, we're sharing the story of Antonia Pantoja, a Puerto Rican activist and educator known for fighting for the rights of her community, especially in New York City.

Learn more about Antonia Pantoja on Hidden Voices

Black and white photograph of Antonia Pantoja in a classroom. The background is tinted green.

Books of the Week

Access to clean water keeps us healthy and hydrated—that’s why we’re focusing on water for our fourth Climate Action Day on June 12, and with these book recommendations! In addition, we’re celebrating National Oceans Month in June. We hope you enjoy these titles about water conservation, marine biology, protecting our oceans and waterways, and more.

Early Readers (3K–Grade 2)

  • The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs, by Kate Messner; illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
  • Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, by Claire A. Nivola
  • Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean's Biggest Secret, by Jess Keating; illustrated by Katie Hickey
  • Yoshi, Sea Turtle Genius: A True Story About an Amazing Swimmer, by Lynne Cox; illustrated by Richard Jones

Elementary (Grades 3–5) 

  • Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet, by Barbara Dee
  • Water is Water, by Miranda Paul; illustrated by Jason Chin
  • We are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom; illustrated by Michaela Goade

Middle School (Grades 6–8)

  • The Line Tender, by Kate Allen
  • Oceans of Plastic: Understanding and Solving a Pollution Problem, by Tracey Gray
  • The Wild Robot Protects, by Peter Brown
  • World Without Fish, by Mark Kurlansky; illustrated by Frank Stockton

Upper Grades (Grades 9–12)

  • Don't Call Me A Hurricane, by Ellen Hagan
  • Dry, by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
  • Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan Fought for their LIves and Warned the Nation, by Candy J. Cooper with Marc Aronson
  • Whale Quest: Working Together to Save Endangered Species, by Karen Romano Young
Image of two students reading.

You can find these books, and many more great reads, on Sora, our Citywide Digital Library, which provides free access to thousands of digital e-books and audiobooks for our students!


Missed our previous books of the week?

Check out all of our past recommendations in the Books of the Week Archive!


SPOTLIGHT ON OUR SCHOOLS

With the end of the 2023–24 school year comes the end of the Public Schools Athletic League's (PSAL) spring season across several sports. Check out the following photos to see some of our newest PSAL champions, and let's give a huge round of applause to all of our City's student athletes!

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The High School of American Studies' softball team posing behind a banner that reads, "2023–24 Softball "1A" PSAL Champions"
23-24 2A Boys Tennis Championship Winners
A softball outfielder from the Baccalaureate School for Global Education throwing a softball.
23-24 PSAL Co-Ed Golf Champions
23-24 PSAL Girls Badminton City Champions Biting Medals
23-24 Boys Individual Doubles Tennis Champions
23-24 PSAL Softball 3A Champions
23-24 PSAL Boys Rugby Champions
23-24 1A Boys Tennis Championship
23-24 PSAL Girls Rugby Champions

Celebrating Pride Month graphic with rainbow illustrations.

Celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month graphic with floral illustrations in bright colors.

G&T Results for Grades 1–4 Are Out Today!

Applied to New York City's G&T programs for grades 1–4 earlier this spring? Then great news: you may now log into MySchools to see your child's results!

Visit MySchools.nyc to see the results, and start planning for fall 2024!



Ready to Read: Literacy Resources for Families

NYC Reads is reshaping the way that we teach our students to read, but the learning doesn't have to stop at the classroom door! Whether it's a family book club or a phonics-based 20 questions game, you can bring the "science of reading" home by using any of our helpful resources that will help your children continue to develop their literacy skills, like: 

  • Reading Games
  • Phonics, Vocabulary, and Storytelling Practice
  • And more!

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