The Month Ahead (May 2024)

Seems like the sun is finally staying out a little while longer...

 

GIF featuring the passage of time for a sunny day in Central Park
Maybe now we can finally pack away our winter coats...

May's here, and with the arrival of the new month comes the startling realization that May is the last full month of the 2023–24 school year! This means that over the next few weeks, City classrooms will be ramping up their end-of-year lessons, tests, and activities while also laying the groundwork for the upcoming 2024–25 school year. This time of the year is the perfect time for students to complete extra credit work, catch up on missed assignments, and wrap up any long-term projects that they've been working on throughout the school year.

May is also a month of celebration and remembrance in our schools—this month, we're commemorating the history and heritage of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Jewish Americans in the United States. We're also celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week in May in support of our City's hardworking educators. And who could forget Mother's Day this month—we can't wait to see what our youngest scholars are crafting in their classrooms for CIty mothers this year!

Beyond that, when it comes to City schools, May has a few dates for public school families to keep in mind, including parent-teacher conference days, State exam testing periods, the last day of upper G&T admissions, this year's release dates for 2024 3-K and Pre-K offers, and of course, Memorial Day. 

Let's take a look and see what else is happening this month in NYC Public Schools, courtesy of our official 2023–24 NYC Public Schools calendar.



NYC Schools Calendar — May 2024

DateDetails

All Month Long

Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
&
Jewish American Heritage Month

Monday, May 6–Friday, May 10

Teacher Appreciation Week

Join us as we celebrate our hardworking educators all week long!

Tuesday, May 7–Friday, May 17

NY State Mathematics Assessments for Students in Grades 3–8

Please check with teachers and school staff members at your child's school to learn your child's exact examination dates.

Thursday, May 9

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Elementary Schools and Pre-K Centers)

Evening conferences for students in grades K–5 as well as students attending K–8 schools and Pre-K Centers.

Friday, May 10

G&T Upper Grade Admissions Closes

For current K–3 families who are interested in applying for Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs for fall 2024 placement.

Monday, May 13–Friday, May 24

NY State English as a Second Language Assessment Tests (NYSESLAT) Administered

For students in grades K–12 who are identified as English language learners or multilingual learners; please speak with your child's teachers or counselors to learn more.

Tuesday, May 14

2024 Pre-K Application Offers Released

Families who applied for fall 2024 admissions to City Pre-K programs can access their offers on MySchools beginning on this date.

Wednesday, May 15–Friday, May 17

NY State Science Examinations for Students in Grades 5 and 8

Please check with teachers and school staff members at your child's school to learn your child's exact examination dates.

Thursday, May 16

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Middle Schools and District 75 programs)

Evening conferences for students attending junior high schools (grades 6–8) and District 75 programs.

Thursday, May 16

2024 3-K Application Offers Released

Families who applied for fall 2024 admissions to City 3-K programs can access their offers on MySchools beginning on this date.

Thursday, May 23

Parent-Teacher Conferences (High Schools)

Evening conferences for students attending high schools (grades 9–12) as well as those attending school buildings with grades K–12 and buildings with grades 6–12 only.

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day (observed)

All NYC public schools and DOE offices closed.

 



Some notes about this month's schedule:

May is Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Throughout the month, NYC Public Schools are celebrating Asian American/Pacific Islander history and heritage by highlighting books, events, and outstanding learning resources. Join in on the celebration throughout May by checking our coverage on social media (X, Facebook, Instagram) and our main website.

 

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage in May

This month, NYC Public Schools are celebrating Jewish American history and heritage by hosting events, providing classroom discussions, and highlighting outstanding books and other great learning resources. Check in with your teachers to learn how Jewish American Heritage Month is being commemorated at your school!

 

Thank Your Favorite Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6–10)

Celebrate New York City's incredible teachers by thanking your favorites all week long with our official NYCPS All Stars webpage!

 

New York State Mathematics Exams for Students in Grades 3–8

From May 7–17, NYC public schools throughout the City will be administering New York State Mathematics Tests to students in grades 3–8.

If your child is slated to take these exams, please speak with staff members at your child's school for more information. You may also learn more about the exam by reviewing the Parent Resources page on the New York State Education Department's website or by visiting our "NY State Math Test" page.

 

May's Parent-Teacher Conferences

On May 9, 16, and 23, City public school teachers will be hosting another round of parent-teacher conferences for City families. Speak with your child's teachers to set up mutually convenient virtual meeting times, and take the opportunity to learn more about your child's current progress and overall readiness for the upcoming 2024–25 school year.

 

G&T Upper Grade Application Closes May 10

Families of students currently in grades K–3 who are interested in placing their children into New York City's Gifted & Talented programs and are eligible to apply can submit an application via MySchools until Friday, May 10, 2024. Eligibility will be based on report card grades.

Learn more on our official Gifted & Talented (G&T) webpage.

 

ESL and MLL Students Take the NYSELAT Throughout May

From May 13–24, NYC public school students in grades K–12 who are identified as English language learners (ELLs) or multilingual learners (MLL) will be required to take the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSELAT)

If your child is slated to take this test, please speak with staff members at your child's school for more information.

 

New York State Science Examinations for Students in Grades 5 and 8

On May 15–17, NYC public school students in grades 5 and 8 will be given the New York State Science Examination.

If your child is slated to take this test, please speak with staff members at your child's school for more information.

 

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And that's pretty much it for May! For the latest news and happenings about NYC Public Schools, bookmark us right here on The Morning Bell, and follow us on our social media channels on X and Facebook!

On behalf of NYC Public Schools, we wish all City families, educators, and students a warm and glorious month!


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
Image of two students reading

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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31R055 PS 55 Henry M. Boehm CAST
01M184 PS 184M Shuang Wen School
03M333 PS 333 Manhattan School for Children
21K525 Edward R. Murrow High School
18K233 PS 233 Langston Hughes
22K193 PS 193
30Q010 IS 10 Horace Greeley

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The Month Ahead (May 2024)

Seems like the sun is finally staying out a little while longer...

 

GIF featuring the passage of time for a sunny day in Central Park
Maybe now we can finally pack away our winter coats...

May's here, and with the arrival of the new month comes the startling realization that May is the last full month of the 2023–24 school year! This means that over the next few weeks, City classrooms will be ramping up their end-of-year lessons, tests, and activities while also laying the groundwork for the upcoming 2024–25 school year. This time of the year is the perfect time for students to complete extra credit work, catch up on missed assignments, and wrap up any long-term projects that they've been working on throughout the school year.

May is also a month of celebration and remembrance in our schools—this month, we're commemorating the history and heritage of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Jewish Americans in the United States. We're also celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week in May in support of our City's hardworking educators. And who could forget Mother's Day this month—we can't wait to see what our youngest scholars are crafting in their classrooms for CIty mothers this year!

Beyond that, when it comes to City schools, May has a few dates for public school families to keep in mind, including parent-teacher conference days, State exam testing periods, the last day of upper G&T admissions, this year's release dates for 2024 3-K and Pre-K offers, and of course, Memorial Day. 

Let's take a look and see what else is happening this month in NYC Public Schools, courtesy of our official 2023–24 NYC Public Schools calendar.



NYC Schools Calendar — May 2024

DateDetails

All Month Long

Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
&
Jewish American Heritage Month

Monday, May 6–Friday, May 10

Teacher Appreciation Week

Join us as we celebrate our hardworking educators all week long!

Tuesday, May 7–Friday, May 17

NY State Mathematics Assessments for Students in Grades 3–8

Please check with teachers and school staff members at your child's school to learn your child's exact examination dates.

Thursday, May 9

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Elementary Schools and Pre-K Centers)

Evening conferences for students in grades K–5 as well as students attending K–8 schools and Pre-K Centers.

Friday, May 10

G&T Upper Grade Admissions Closes

For current K–3 families who are interested in applying for Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs for fall 2024 placement.

Monday, May 13–Friday, May 24

NY State English as a Second Language Assessment Tests (NYSESLAT) Administered

For students in grades K–12 who are identified as English language learners or multilingual learners; please speak with your child's teachers or counselors to learn more.

Tuesday, May 14

2024 Pre-K Application Offers Released

Families who applied for fall 2024 admissions to City Pre-K programs can access their offers on MySchools beginning on this date.

Wednesday, May 15–Friday, May 17

NY State Science Examinations for Students in Grades 5 and 8

Please check with teachers and school staff members at your child's school to learn your child's exact examination dates.

Thursday, May 16

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Middle Schools and District 75 programs)

Evening conferences for students attending junior high schools (grades 6–8) and District 75 programs.

Thursday, May 16

2024 3-K Application Offers Released

Families who applied for fall 2024 admissions to City 3-K programs can access their offers on MySchools beginning on this date.

Thursday, May 23

Parent-Teacher Conferences (High Schools)

Evening conferences for students attending high schools (grades 9–12) as well as those attending school buildings with grades K–12 and buildings with grades 6–12 only.

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day (observed)

All NYC public schools and DOE offices closed.

 



Some notes about this month's schedule:

May is Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Throughout the month, NYC Public Schools are celebrating Asian American/Pacific Islander history and heritage by highlighting books, events, and outstanding learning resources. Join in on the celebration throughout May by checking our coverage on social media (X, Facebook, Instagram) and our main website.

 

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage in May

This month, NYC Public Schools are celebrating Jewish American history and heritage by hosting events, providing classroom discussions, and highlighting outstanding books and other great learning resources. Check in with your teachers to learn how Jewish American Heritage Month is being commemorated at your school!

 

Thank Your Favorite Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6–10)

Celebrate New York City's incredible teachers by thanking your favorites all week long with our official NYCPS All Stars webpage!

 

New York State Mathematics Exams for Students in Grades 3–8

From May 7–17, NYC public schools throughout the City will be administering New York State Mathematics Tests to students in grades 3–8.

If your child is slated to take these exams, please speak with staff members at your child's school for more information. You may also learn more about the exam by reviewing the Parent Resources page on the New York State Education Department's website or by visiting our "NY State Math Test" page.

 

May's Parent-Teacher Conferences

On May 9, 16, and 23, City public school teachers will be hosting another round of parent-teacher conferences for City families. Speak with your child's teachers to set up mutually convenient virtual meeting times, and take the opportunity to learn more about your child's current progress and overall readiness for the upcoming 2024–25 school year.

 

G&T Upper Grade Application Closes May 10

Families of students currently in grades K–3 who are interested in placing their children into New York City's Gifted & Talented programs and are eligible to apply can submit an application via MySchools until Friday, May 10, 2024. Eligibility will be based on report card grades.

Learn more on our official Gifted & Talented (G&T) webpage.

 

ESL and MLL Students Take the NYSELAT Throughout May

From May 13–24, NYC public school students in grades K–12 who are identified as English language learners (ELLs) or multilingual learners (MLL) will be required to take the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSELAT)

If your child is slated to take this test, please speak with staff members at your child's school for more information.

 

New York State Science Examinations for Students in Grades 5 and 8

On May 15–17, NYC public school students in grades 5 and 8 will be given the New York State Science Examination.

If your child is slated to take this test, please speak with staff members at your child's school for more information.

 

___

And that's pretty much it for May! For the latest news and happenings about NYC Public Schools, bookmark us right here on The Morning Bell, and follow us on our social media channels on X and Facebook!

On behalf of NYC Public Schools, we wish all City families, educators, and students a warm and glorious month!

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