Student Dispatch 9/18/23


  • SHOUT OUT to ALL Students who participated in Mather Summer Work Projects and NPS Activities.  Geser Aggag, Eric Cabral, Jeremy Cruz, Yarubi Fernandez, Jason Fernandez, Rahimul Hasan, Joe Holdreith, Xavier Ildefonso, Wendy Luna, Luca  Montaperto, Alyssa Neciosupe, Amineta Niang, Nydia Pucha, Yalissa Regalado, Joseph Reynoso, Rashun Robinson, Ayden Santana, Angie Sans Frias, Adama Sylla, Omarion Thompson, Mamdou Traore, & Tyrone Vick. This amazing group of students completed work in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Wyoming in a variety of National Parks. Thank you all for your dedication and hardwork. 


  • MEMORIAL FOR WESLEY VASQUEZ - Over the summer, we shared the tragic news of Wesley Vasquez’s death. Even though Wesley was not a student at Mather at his untimely death, he was a part of our community. We will be honoring his memory on Monday, September 18th during lunch in the Mindfulness Room. Mr. Mayer will facilitate a remembrance circle and any students and staff are welcome to join.
  • LOCKER DECORATIONS…NO GO - The outside of your lockers must remain clean and free of decorations and stickers. Any stickers or decorations on the outside of lockers will be removed. However, you can put magnetic decorations on the inside of your locker. If you have any questions, please speak to Mr. Mayer, Mr. Kelly, or Ms. Fein. Additionally, please lock your combination lock - it does no good sitting inside an open locker.  
  • PERSONAL SUPPLIES? - If you are in need of personal supplies, please see Ms. Soman in room 427. She will be able to support you with what you may need.  
  • PAID $$$ INTERNSHIP FOR UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH The Beyond Rising Internship program is designed for workforce development and aims to match UNDOCUMENTED youth, 16-20, with employment opportunities within post-secondary campuses like Fordham University and Lehman College. Participation in the internship requires a commitment of 10-12 hours per week, which can be adjusted to fit the participant's schedule and availability. Interns will be assigned to various colleges and universities in the NYC area. Compensation for their contributions will be offered by the Oyate Group in the form of a $500 monthly stipend, provided through VISA gift cards. Beyond Rising's program is set to commence in the middle of Fall 2023 and will continue until May 2024. APPLY HERE
  • MINDFULNESS (AND CONDOMS) AT LUNCH! – The Mindfulness Room (459A) will now be open Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at lunchtime for any students who would like to enjoy some quiet time, play a little piano or some games, sit on a couch, color, and chill!

    On Fridays in particular, Ms. Steffens will be available in the Mindfulness Room at lunch to give out condoms and other safer sex supplies, share sexual health information and referrals, and answer any random questions you might have. Outside of that time, you can always visit Ms. Steffens in her regular office (427C), Ms. Burgher (401A), or Mr. Adamec and Ms. Jervis (425) to get condoms and information to keep you healthy and safe!
  • FREE SMARTPHONE AND MONTHLY CELL PLAN Are you between the ages of 18-26 and a current or former youth in foster care?  You may be eligible for a free smartphone and a monthly cell plan including data through ACS and iFoster.  
  • BATHROOM REMINDERS Bathrooms are locked the first 10 minutes and last 10 minutes of every period. This includes during passing time. You must take your classroom bathroom pass in order to go to the bathroom, planners are not a substitute. Please be mindful of when you are going and how long you are taking in the bathroom.




  • SCA (STUDENT CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION) IS RECRUITING FOR THE FALL! Olivia from SCA will be coming to Mather on Tuesday 9/19 at 11:20 am and then again at 1:50 pm, coinciding with the Pack periods (Location TBA), to promote fall crews that they are hiring for. These two crews are ideally set to start on 10/14 and will run every weekend (primarily Saturdays with some Sundays/virtual days) until mid-November for the Jamaica Bay crew and through mid-February for the roving crew. Listen for the announcement Tuesday if you are interested in working a paid weekend fall job!
  • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR PRATT DICE PROGRAM – Interested in Art or Design? Applications are now open for the Pratt Institute’s after school DICE program. Design Initiatives for Community Engagement (DICE) provides valuable art and design instruction taught by Pratt faculty members. This is a great program for high school students looking to strengthen their skills and find a community of like-minded creative youth. Pratt is one of the top Art & Design colleges in the country!! You do not need prior experience to participate. Here are some quick facts about the program:
  • DICE (Design Initiative for Community Empowerment)
  • Will take place on Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Begins September 27th and runs for two 10-week semesters (20 weeks)
  • Classes will be taught at Pratt’s historic Brooklyn Campus (Clinton Hill)
  • 100% Scholarship program, restricted to youth who meet the income eligibility guidelines
  • 100% free. All art supplies and materials are provided. No tuition costs.

This year’s classes include: Art, Animation, Architecture, Design Entrepreneurship, Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Fashion & Textile Design, Graphic Design As Activism


Four (4) DICE Scholarships are available for Mather students!! Scholarship winners must maintain excellent attendance and punctuality in order to complete their projects and remain in the program.


Application and more details → DICE 2023–2024 Application

The application requires a brief personal statement and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school staff member who can speak to your commitment to art and/or design.  

  • DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS’ (DOB) YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL – Are you interested in learning more about policy, construction, law, sustainability, inspections, design, engineering, or architecture? Apply to be part of The Department of Buildings‘ Youth Leadership Council starting in October 2023. Presentations, activities, and discussions are led weekly by subject matter experts and the DOB's Youth and Industry Engagement Team.

Sessions will take place in-person weekly on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30pm until January 2024 at the DOB’s Headquarters, 280 Broadway NY, NY 10007.


If you have questions, please email [email protected]

FINAL DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday 10/2 at 4pm

For more info and to apply → Fall 2023 DOB Youth Leadership Council Application


  • SENIOR EVENTS – Senior events will begin planning very soon. If you are interested in participating in fundraising, planning, and organizing, please see or email Ms. Dobarganes or Ms. Burgher.


Check out Mr. Rogers’ “virtual wall” on the Mather High School site for WBL, COLLEGE, SCHOLARSHIPS and CLASSES Opportunities!

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