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Book Talk in Brooklyn, NY: ‘The Real Real’ by Emma McLaughlin and Nicki Wheir

by NYC Firm Schools on August 24, 2009

If you did not get your fill with Bravo’s ‘NYC Prep,’ then….

The Clifton Corner will be hosting an evening with the authors of ‘The Real Real,’ Emma McLaughlin and Nicki Wheir. These two talented writers are the masterminds behind ‘The Nanny Diaries’ (which was recently turned into a movie starring Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, and Alicia Keys) and are now releasing a work of young adult fiction that focuses on the journey of a Hampton’s senior who finds herself caught in the mire of truth and betrayal in a high school reality “XTV” show…

Here is more info. on the book:

The bestselling authors of ‘The Nanny Diaries’ introduce a new heroine to root for: Jesse O’Rourke, coffee barista, high school senior, and unwitting reality TV star.

Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown—your school—is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.

Now imagine they’ve trained them on you.

When Jesse O’Rourke gets picked for a “documentary” being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she’s tempted to turn down the offer. But there’s a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she’s studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for “what sells on camera.” . . . At least there’s one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse’s crush has also made the cast.

As the producers manipulate the lives of their “characters” to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Time: 7pm

To Reserve a Spot: Contact Sandra at 718-768-7627 or email: sandra [at] cliftoncorner dot com

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, Studio 3A
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Directions: “Look for the lions!”
Take the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, and walk along the park to 53 Prospect Park West -OR- Take the F-train to 7th Avenue and walk up two avenues to 53 Prospect Park West
The building is between 1st & 2nd Streets, next to Poly Prep Lower School, “The Mansion”
Ring buzzer #4, and then follow the stairs up two flights. The studio is on the right.

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NYC Schools and the Return of H1N1">NYC Schools and the Return of H1N1

by NYC Firm Schools on August 20, 2009

The H1N1 flu outbreak of last year is set to make a comeback as soon as there are thousands of children in close proximity to one another, serving as a focal point for transmission. The Huffington Post recently reported on NY School’s preparation for the second outbreak of the H1N1 flu.

While educators and health officials decide how best to ward off a stronger strain of the virus in the fall, St. Francis Assistant Principal Patrick McLaughlin said his students may have already learned from experience to be vigilant.
He already noticed the changes: Sharing water bottles at school suddenly became a major transgression.

Students who have been though the Swine flu outbreak of last year tended to earn a new respect for simple personal hygiene and the consequences of sharing food and drinks with one another, especially if the other person shows signs of an illness.

One interesting side affect of the H1N1 flu outbreak of last year was the reported surge in interest in communicable diseases and how outbreaks happen, as well as being able to relate the outbreak to the historical flu of 1918.

And in 25 years of teaching health class, McLaughlin had never seen students get so excited about communicable diseases.

Using real world events to tie into student’s everyday education in science and sociology can increase both interest, understanding and retention of the lesson plan.

No one wants to call the city’s outbreak a blessing, but the spring’s out-of-season flu invasion did provide a peculiar kind of gift. Now New York City’s Health Department and schools are trying to take advantage of the lead time – preparing for a fall season that is expected to be even worse.
The details of the city’s swine flu plan are still being finalized by a Health Department panel

NYC schools will be preparing for the flu this season, hopefully with vaccines, education and hygienic instruction.


Chapin’s Upper School Program

August 18, 2009

The Chapin School, a private girls school in NYC, kicks into the high gear during the Upper School years, aggressively preparing their students for entrance into chosen Colleges and Universities. The school offers 16 Advanced Placement courses to meet students’ high-level achievement goals in a variety of subjects, effectively giving them college credit and [...]

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Nursery School Admissions: Masala Style

August 16, 2009

Parents of NYC nursery school applicants are now preparing themselves for the 2009-10 admissions cycle. As we saw in ‘Nursery University,’ the dreaded process is quite competitive. While NYC parents feel alone in the ‘insanity’ of this process, we would like to remind them that they are not alone. As reported by CNN in May, [...]

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NY School Testing Results in Higher Scores, More Arguing

August 7, 2009

Standardized testing results in NY Schools, recently discussed in a NY Times article, focuses much on the dissent among the political and educational professionals and their opinions on the recently released NY Public school’s testing results. Many believe that “teaching to the test” increases grade points but is detrimental to the overall education of our [...]

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NYC Prep Parents">Bravo’s NYC Prep Parents

August 1, 2009

Ultimately, it was the students’ parents who had to agree to this —
Jessie, PC, Camille, Kelli, Taylor, and Sebastian, from Bravo’s NYC Prep,
parents of NYC Firm Schools
parents evaluating a school — can I see myself fitting in? are they representative of the types of parents who attend this school?

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Private School Focus on St. Ann’s

July 30, 2009

Located on a campus including 7 buildings in Brooklyn, St. Ann’s is a NYC Private School with a tradition of fostering talented minds and turning out gifted graduates.

The mission of St. Ann’s is both personal in its intent and professional in its demands, letting you know right away that this school is somewhat different then [...]

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Private School Expansion Finalized

July 27, 2009

Claremont Prep, a private NYC school in lower Manhattan, has been looking to expand their offerings and has finalized a deal for 200,000 square feet of space on Broad St, with spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. The school plans to start a new High School in the space, [...]

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Prep from the Start">Pre-School Prep from the Start

July 17, 2009

When people think of the frantic effort involved in getting a child into a great NYC Prep School, they are usually thinking of a high school that requires incredible test scores and a flawless academic ranking. Unless you are a NYC parent, that is. For parents with small children in New York, the [...]

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Classroom Project Focus on “The Pearl” from

July 14, 2009

As part of the partnership between the NYC Firm Schools Blog and, we will occasionally highlight NYC public school classroom projects that appear on our giving page.
The first project that we highlight on the NYC Firm Schools Blog Giving Page is from The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts located in Harlem/Morningside [...]

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