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Holiday Hackathon
Holiday Hack-a-thon Nearly a dozen of our Computer Math Talent students (from Mr. Rubin's Grade 6 classes and Mr. Rizzi's Grade 7 classes) spent the day at Microsoft's Times Square offices "competing" against other Middle and High School students from NYC's SEP schools. After checking in, the participants received Hackathon hoodies and other "swag" and a light breakfast. Then were were some large group lessons (there were nearly 125 students and two dozen adults) on the construction of Paper Circuits (paper, conductive paint or graphite, batteries, tape, LED bulbs), the kids actually made functioning electrical circuits and then were let loose with nearly unlimited art supplies to let their imaginations and creativity run wild. They squeezed lunch somewhere in the middle but it was largely a hands on day. Some hackathons are highly competitive, this one turned out to be more of a gift and all the participants left with a Maky Maky and seemed quite happy to get them. Below are some photos snapped from the event. There's even a few of SantaCon going on downstairs in Times Square.
Monologue for Drama Talent Applicants
Winds Talent Hosting Pro Horn Player

On Friday, Nov. 21, Mr. Faiola and his Winds Talent classes will be hosting professor, composer and professional Horn player Tyler Oglivie. This is part of a continuing effort to prepare all our students for college and career readiness. Our aspiring musicians will gain insight into the college audition process and the frenzied yet rewarding life as a performer. You can visit Mr. Oglivie's site at

Students Selected for Art Exhibition 

Hot off the presses. We just received competition notification from Arts Connection that 2 Media Talent students were selected for exhibitions. Peter H. for "To a Great Mind, Nothing is Little", & Shanan K. for "Simplicity in Complexity V". Congratulations to all the participants, the exhibitors and of course our Media Talent teacher Ms. Julie Checkett.

SO Election Winners
SO President - Cierra H.
SO Secretary - Arhum S.
SO Treasurer - Frederic M.
SO 8th Grade Vice-President - Justin F.
SO 7th Grade Vice-President - Yaru L.
SO 6th Grade Vice-President - Madison A.
Special Assembly on Tuesday
gayleformanbook We are very pleased to announce that Gayle Forman, best-selling author of If I Stay and Where She Went, will visit Mark Twain on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. All seventh and eighth graders will attend an assembly with Ms. Forman and have the opportunity to get their copies of her books signed.  
Second  Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy
photo1 photo2   On the 2nd anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, Mark Twain ambassadors visited a house in Coney Island that Habitat for Humanity is currently rebuilding.  Our students toured the home and delivered lunch to  Councilmen Treyger and the volunteers from Habitat for Humanity.
Important High School Info
The section on the right for High School Info has a list of additional individual open houses too. 

Our Open Houses are over. You are welcome to download our 8 page brochure described below.
You'll find a link to our 8 page brochure right here. The last page contains the latest information about the various talent tests specific to Mark Twain. The interior contains further descriptions of our varied Talent programs that may make more sense after your visit. There also some tidbits in those descriptions that may help with test preparations.
You can view the PowerPoint that was presented at the beginning of the slide show by using the link on the right.
Senior Dues 
Collection will begin on Wednesday. You'll be getting a handout in homeroom with further details. If you pay online, remember to print out your receipt which will serve as proof of payment. Yes we can get a copy but with 400 kids, we'd appreciate it done right from the start so Mrs. Orsini has perfect records.
HAI Afterschool Program 
HAI Flyer You can download their flyer here and their application here. If you have questions about the program, email or call 212-575-7676 ext203. The program runs from September 8 through June 25 after school til 6pm Monday through Thursday and til 5pm on Fridays. The complete application can be downloaded, printed, completed and brought directly to Mr. Fortunato in room 176. We suggest you act swiftly before the spots fill up.
School Lunch Free for Middle Schoolers 
Starting immediately, the city will spend an additional $6.25 million a year so that all 177,000 students in the sixth through eighth grades will qualify for free breakfast and lunch without requiring parents to certify that their income falls into certain categories on the federal lunch forms. 
Online Phys Ed Purchases 
We are now going to be selling our Phys Ed apparel, locks, etc. via this website
We'll keep the link on the left in Site Shortcuts. Parents can purchase their child's phys ed stuff on line, and the student can bring in the receipt for their items. The uniforms are redesigned too. All Orders Will Be Picked Up At The School By The Students. Any Questions Or Inquiries Regarding This Site Should Email