Students Adjust to the New Normal


“I check in daily with CYD to stay focused. They’ve helped me apply for unemployment and plan best ways to work as soon as it’s possible. Setting deadlines and managing my time has been challenging. But I’m motivated! I still plan to graduate next year and study computer engineering and climate science.”


“I’m only 6 credits away from graduating and attending BMCC. But distance learning has been tough. I’m going to give myself more time to complete and give it my best. It’s a stressful decision but my CYD counselor has helped me breathe through it. I’m still going to graduate and get to college. It’ll just be a little later than I planned.”


“My dad lost his job and I took a couple weeks off from food delivery because I was nervous. I’m back at my job because we need the money, but I wear a mask and am careful. I talk to my CYD advisor a lot. I’m studying my hardest so I still graduate in 2021. Then college for business or criminal justice.”

What We’re Cooking

Like you, we’ve all had a bit more time to spend on cooking and baking. Our staff shares some of their shutdown favorites. Enjoy!

Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles

Shared by Fatimah Shalash, Site Director HPHS

Puerto Rican Pernil (Roast Pork Shoulder)

Shared by Ashley Falzone, Employment Coordinator

Marsala Mushroom Pasta Bake

Shared by Briana Carp, Director of Legal Information

Crispy Chocolate Cake

Shared by Hattie Hill, Director of Post-Secondary Services MCNDHS

Almond Amaretto Bundt Cake

Shared by Forrest Buckman, Director of Data Development

Sweet Crepes

Shared by Tomiko Abreu, Post-Secondary Coordinator, City-As-School

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