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Congratulation to Ms. Gathers as well as all the artistic scholars that contributed in the making of the Boston Market Community Mural Contest. 

According to a 2013 report from the New York City’s Comptroller’s Office entitled “Bridging the Digital Literacy Divide” (PDF), 26.7% of households do not subscribe to high speed Internet service. The Library HotSpot loan program attempts to address these issues through loaning 10,000 mobile hotspots through the city's three public library systems.

With the Library HotSpot, you will now be able to connect your device (desktop, laptop, tablet, etc.) to the internet! To obtain a Library HotSpot, you must register* for and attend an orientation session. You can search the full calendar of orientation sessions here.

*We have a limited number of HotSpot devices and you will need to register early to guarantee a device.

In addition, you must agree to take surveys during the time you have the mobile hotspot. You can borrow the Library HotSpot for a year, with no renewals. Below are the general guidelines and lending policy for borrowing a Library HotSpot from Brooklyn Public Library (BPL).

In order to borrow a mobile hotspot from BPL, you must:

  • Be an adult aged 17 and older
  • Have a valid Brooklyn Public Library card with under $15 in fines*
  • Have a valid New York State ID (Driver's License, Permit, or Identification Card), Passport, or Armed Services card
  • Have less than $15 in overdue fines and be cleared of any BPL collection agency fees
  • Have a recent piece of mail postmarked within 90 days
  • Have no Internet access at home
  • Agree to participate in surveys and other outcome based evaluations
  • Agree to Sprint's acceptable use policy, which prohibits pirating, illegal downloads, viewing child pornography, etc.
For more information, visit http://www.bklynlibrary.org/hotspot or your local library. 

Watch the anti-bullying video made by "Young Scholars Making a Difference."

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Incoming Sixth Grade: 
Click here for the ELA summer assignment.
Click here for the SS supplies list. 

Incoming Seventh and Eighth Grade
Click here for the ELA summer assignment. 

Please note that for ELA, scholars will need 1 HEAVY DUTY, PLASTIC-COVERED 5 subject spiral notebook with pockets. We find that 5-Star brand is the most durable. Those who purchased other brands needed to purchase multiple notebooks because the original ones did not hold up. 

Students will also need a constant supply of pens/pencils and post-it notes. There are often sales in the summer on these items, so please a an eye out for the best deals around.  An official supply list will be distributed when school begins.

Click here for recommendations on good books to read. If you'd like to find books on your reading level, or you would like to make sure a book is right for you, use http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/

Click on the image below to find out more information about the NYPD Law Enforcement Program 

Frederick Douglass Academy VIII proudly welcomes our new Assistant Principal, Mr. Burnside. Alongside Mrs. Grandchamps, Mr. Burnside will help make our great school even better. 

Please be sure you are aware of the new cell phone policies. Click the links below to read both the parent and student contracts.

2015 parent cell phone policy contract.docx

2015 student cell phone policy contract.docx


FDA VIII participates in Box Tops for Education. Parents and scholars please save your box tops and submit to Ms. Balfour.