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Go Tigers!

Yesterday was a important day for Brooklyn Frontiers. The basketball team played in their first scrimmage. But it felt like a real game, with real refs, score boards, and a real organized setting.

We played against the league champions from last year, the South/West Brooklyn Panthers. The score was 31-23. For a lot of the young men on the team, this was their first time playing in an organized setting against competition that surpassed what we have here in school (lunch time basketball). But the boys hung in there and played hard. But I wanted to point out a few things that I noticed in our before, during, and after the game.

Before: The unison that these young men walked with, the comraderie that they showed. Was quite inspiring. I know normally when we are in the school building we see students yelling, being upset, or not getting along. But in this moment, it felt different. There was a togetherness, and sense of community amongst them.

During: Let the record show that Diamond Joseph scored the first point in Brooklyn Frontiers PSAL history on one made free throw.
Another sight to behold is the guys cheering each other on, wanting success for each other in anyway possible, whether they were in the game or not. There was no arguing (although a few pouty faces).

After: Although there were a lot of positives to pull from the game, nobody likes to lose. But, on our way to our respective homes, there was not a lot of head hanging, arguing, or fighting. But instead a happiness. Guys were laughing, being proud of being a team really owning each other as team mates. Brothers in Arms.

So that summarizes Brooklyn Frontiers Basketball first expedition into the world of sports. We hope that we can continue to build off of this experience and translate it to success IN THE CLASSROOM and on the court.

We would like to thank everyone for the continued support in making this happen, and we will continue to try to build on the positives that this team can bring.

Celebration of Cultures Night returns to BFHS

The Celebration of Cultures night was a HUGE success in its second year at Brooklyn Frontiers High School!

Andy Vernon-Jones and Naadu Blankson-Seck
Andy Vernon-Jones and Naadu Blankson-Seck

The crowd filled the gym as they toured the many display tables representing the various cultures from our community.  DSCF9019There was also a diverse food tasting with foods from samosas, to jerk chicken to mac and cheese!  The school’s reggae band rocked 
the house, and the evening was brought home with a step dance performance from Taquanna and her sisters!  Fun, laughs and good times were had by all! DSC_8230

Thanks to all the students, families and staff that helped make the 2016 Celebration of Cultures night such a success!


Celebration of Cultures

On December 17th, 2014, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, the BFHS Parent Teacher Association, in conjunction with the BFHS Student Leadership group and the BFHS Social Studies Department, hosted a BFHS CELEBRATION OF CULTURES!

Brooklyn Frontiers High School was excited to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures represented throughout our school community.  During the Celebration, students, parents, and staff had an opportunity to teach others about the cultures that are important to them.  Each parent/student/staff that signed up received a table, and each table was a celebration of their culture!  Tables were covered with finger foods!, flags!, memories!, maps!, pictures!, traditional objects!, information!, music!, everything!

Cultures represented included:  Haitian Culture, Ghanaian/African Culture, Puerto Rican Culture, the Culture of the Dominican Republics, Guyanese Culture, Trinidadian Culture, Jamaican Culture, Jewish-American Culture, Italian-American Culture, Israeli Culture, and Mexican Culture, Brazilian Culture, and Rastafarian Culture.  There was dancing, loads of amazing food, and even a Capoeira performance by Omulu Capoeira!  The gym was decorated with all the flags of the world.

We’ve never seen so many people in our gym!  Probably over 120 people attended!  Each person who came in got a passport and, if they got stamps from all the tables, they were entered into a raffle at the end of the night.  The feeling in the room was one of a big family of proud human beings, celebrating and loving what makes us different, and celebrating and loving what makes us all the same!

We all truly learned about the diverse, deep, and amazing cultures that come together to make up our community here at BFHS!  One love!

Thanksgiving Celebration

The yearly Brooklyn Frontiers High School Thanksgiving Celebration took place on November 26th, 2014 and was AMAZING!!! The gym looked magical, decorated with the paper chains, homemade centerpieces, and We Are Thankful For birds made by all the student groups. In all, for the 3rd Annual Group Paper Chain contest, the groups created 8,662 links! The winner of the contest was Kelly’s group with 1,470 links followed closely by Raylene’s group with 1,238 links. (Last year’s winners, Christine’s group, presented the golden paper chain to Kelly’s group at their pizza party.)DSCF7084Even better than the decorations was the spirit. Student Leadership set the tone with a kind welcome and a Gratefulness display. Student representatives from each group read poems or essays on the subject of what they were thankful for. Students spoke about what our community means to them, thanked the staff for seeing them and never giving up, and spoke about the bond they felt to each other.DSCF7091Christine’s group surprised her with birthday wishes. Between all of these speeches, students from M&M’s American Sign Language Class signed an ASL translation of popular songs. It was AWESOME!!! Students erupted with applause when Elijah W. signed along with “I Believe I Can Fly!” All student performers were excellent: funny and heartfelt. The BFHS band brought it all home.
As usual, staff and students alike brought in tons of food: turkey, stuffing, rice, kung pao chicken provided by the DOE, cupcakes in the shapes of turkeys, banana pudding, everything! Everyone left stuffed and content.

Our community is growing. For our first graduating class of 2015, this was their last Thanksgiving at BFHS. For our new students, this was their first. But, all together, we are building rock-solid traditions and a foundation that cannot be shaken.

Happy Thanksgiving to every, single person in the BFHS family.


Students from the Photography 2 class visited the International Center of Photography in Manhattan. We toured the exhibit Genesis, by Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado who spent 10 years photographing the most beautiful places in the world that have not been touched by industrialization or pollution. Students showed off their understanding of photographic concepts while learning about the photographer’s goal of inspiring environmental preservation through his pictures.

Welcome to Brooklyn Frontiers!

Brooklyn Frontiers High School is a new high school that serves entering ninth grade students who have fallen behind their peers by two or more years. We offer a personalized educational experience for students, recognizing the unique strengths and needs of each individual. The academic program is designed to challenge each learner and implemented in a supportive environment that emphasizes the value of critical thinking skills, personal relationships and student self-advocacy. We are committed to ensuring that students stretch their goals beyond graduation and gain the skills and self-confidence to successfully transition to college and careers.

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