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Second Annual Gala (3/26/15)
Gala Please join us on the evening of Thursday, March 26th for Mark Twain's Second Annual Gala at Gargiulo's in Coney Island. Not only will the proceeds of the evening help support all the amazing programs at Mark Twain, you'll enjoy a sit-down dinner, an open bar, baskets with themes by talent and neighborhoods, senior student performance vignettes, and dancing. Contact our parents association at for info on our Mega Raffle. Cocktail Attire is appropriate. The event runs from 6pm to 11pm and Gargiulo's is located at 2911 West 15th St.
darrenaranofsky Additionally, join us that evening as we make our Mark Twain Distinguished Alumni Award presentation to Darren Aronofsky (2010 nominee for Best Director by both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for "Black Swan" and 2014 director of "Noah" which grossed over $100M domestically and over $362M worldwide.) His web site has additional information about past and upcoming projects.
Early Bird pricing is available through February 22. Tickets are available online at 
til March 6 at slightly higher prices to reflect our online transaction surcharge. 
If you have any questions about special food preferences, seating arrangements, etc.,  email our Parents' Association at ASAP.  If you wish to create a journal ad to commemorate your chid's year at Mark Twain, send a special thank you to a teacher or administrator, advertise your business or just support the school, email
Future City Competition
The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.
On January 17 at the Sony Wonder Labs in Manhattan, Mr. Tonio Rizzi and his team (Rebecca C, Quinn M, Tomas B, Jan M, Giuseppe Q, Michelle V, Alysa C, Jia Y, Julia H, Kendrick Y, Daniel Z, Alex C, Joshua C, William L, Alex T, Benjamin C) competed against 62 other teams.
Mark Twain's Awards Consisted of:
1st Place: People’s Choice Award
1st Place: Most Creative Residential Area
3rd Place Overall
'Respect for All' Art Contest 

Mark Twain 8th grader Yan H. of Mrs. Louzonis’ 8G Art Talent class was one of a select group of NYC students who won the chancellor’s Respect for All contest. Yan was one of only two NYC 8th graders recognized for their thoughtful and creative artwork based on the theme of Respect_for_all respect. During the opening ceremony the students’ artworks were on display at Tweed Mansion, the headquarters of the NYCDOE, where they were admired by DOE personnel, proud parents and elated teachers alike. Peter Yarrow, performer and founder of the Respect for All Program, was on hand to entertain the gathering with inspirational songs such as his famous Puff the Magic Dragon. The students received certificates of excellence from Carmen Fariña, chancellor of NYC public schools, and enjoyed the abundance of snacks as they toured the gallery of the outstanding artwork. Congratulations Yan!

The work of Nickole K. of 8G Art Talent was selected for the Arts Connection exhibition entitled “World’s Near and Far.” Her painting Visiting Heidi will be on exhibit in March immediately following the Tuesday, March 31st 2015 ceremony held at the headquarters of Eton Park Capital Management Company. Both she and her teacher Mrs. Louzonis hope to attend the celebration this coming spring. Congratulations Nickole.

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
New Science Lab Pics

Here are some photos for one of our just remodeled science labs.

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.
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.

Our Open Houses are over. We are in the middle of the actual testing and audition process. If you started the process and never received an appointment letter, call 718-449-6697. If you didn't start the process, unfortunately you are much too late. As always, prospective students and parents are encouraged to download our 8 page brochure. 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. 
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