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!


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.



Opportunities for Students (May 2024)

Throughout May, several local partners and organizations like the New-York Historical Society, the Cooper Union, Columbia University, and Urban Arts, are seeking City students for scholarships, free video game coding courses, and networking opportunities. Learn more about the opportunities available to NYC students this month, and start applying today!


NYC Public Schools Distributes Two Millionth Comic Book with Latest Releases

With the release of our two latest comic books, NYC Public Schools have now distributed over two million comic books in the past five years! Learn more about our newest releases, "Patsy Takemoto Mink" and "A Story in Every Object! An Asian American Comics Anthology," as well as our other releases, and start reading today!


In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, we’re sharing the story of activist Judy Heumann, a daughter of Holocaust survivors whose advocacy would earn her the nickname “the Mother of the Disability Rights Movement” for her important role in the fight for equal access for people with disabilities.

Learn about Judith Heumann on Hidden Voices

Photo of Judy Heumann in front of a sign reading Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Books of the Week

May is National Physical Fitness Month! Celebrated each year since 1983, this month serves as a time to promote the importance of physical activity, health and wellness, sports participation, and more. In that spirit, we’re sharing some of our favorite titles that tell the stories of real-life athletes, as well as fictional sports stories. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Early Readers (3K–Grade 2)

  • Billie Jean! How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women’s Sports, by Mara Rockcliff; illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
  • Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles, by Michelle Meadows; illustrated by Ebony Glenn
  • Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path, by Joseph Bruchac; illustrated by S.D. Nelson
  • Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio, by Rob Skead; illustrated by Floyd Cooper 

Elementary (Grades 3–5)

  • 42 Is Not Just a Number, by Doreen Rappaport
  • Barbed Wire Baseball: How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII, by Marissa Moss; illustrated by Yuko Shimizu
  • Breaking the Ice: The True Story of the First Woman to Play in the National Hockey League, by Angie Bullaro; illustrated by C.F. Payne
  • A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttman Created the Paralympic Games, by Lori Alexander; illustrated by Allan Drummond

Middle School (Grades 6–8)

  • Becoming Kareem: Growing Up on and Off the Court, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
  • Fast Pitch, by Nic Stone
  • One Life: Young Reader’s Edition, by Megan Rapinoe
  • Taking Up Space, by Alyson Gerber

Upper Grades (Grades 9–12)

  • Furia, by Yamile Saied Méndez
  • Here to Stay, by Sara Farizan
  • Rez Ball, by Byron Graves
  • Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke, the First Openly Gay MLB Player and Inventor of the High-Five, by Andrew Maraniss
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For more great reads, check out the Sports Collection on our citywide Digital Library, Sora, which provides free access to hundreds of digital e-books and audiobooks for our students!


SPOTLIGHT ON OUR SCHOOLS

Last month on Wednesday, April 17, we celebrated our third Climate Action Day of the year. Check out the photos below to see how some of our schools embraced the day's theme of “Health, Wellness, and Green Space,” with fun and creative ways to care for the environment in their community and beyond!


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View Your Child's 3-K Results Today!

Applied to New York City's 3-K programs earlier this year? Then great news: you may now log into MySchools to see your child's results!

 

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Time to Get Your Pre-K Results!

Applied to New York City's Pre-K programs earlier this year? Then great news: you may now log into MySchools to see your results!

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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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