Monday, June 19, 2017

About Kweller Prep

Developed by an Attorney at Law, Kweller Prep is an established business with a 15-year track record of success in preparing students for specialized middle-school, high-school, college entrance, and graduate school exams. With thousands of acceptances to specialized high schools and top colleges, Kweller Prep has built a time-tested learning center with unsurpassed performance. Our competitive advantage is the way in which we operate; we focus on each child individually to ensure success. Our rigorous program is designed for ambitious students to help them achieve their academic goals. Tutoring centers in Queens and Manhattan serve as learning incubators where parents, students, teachers, tutors, and counselors alike can learn from one another and grow. Nearly every tutor at Kweller Prep is the first one in his or her family to attend a Specialized High School or Top University on a scholarship.Kweller Prep was created by the vision of Frances Kweller, attorney at law. She was the first one in her immediate family to attend both a top university (New York University - Steinhardt School of Education) and Graduate Program (Juris Doctorate - Hofstra University School of Law). In short, Kweller Prep is designed to help get you where you want to go!

Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 SHSAT Handbook

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/39E5EC65-FA08-4A2A-91AD-9F7334670B3D/0/20172018SpecializedHighSchoolsStudentHandbookENGLISH.pdf

Sunday, June 11, 2017

princeton Essay supplements 2017

Activities

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you. (Response required in about 150 words.)

Summers

Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held. (Response required in about 150 words.)

A Few Details

  • Your favorite book and its author
  • Your favorite website
  • Your favorite recording
  • Your favorite source of inspiration
  • Your favorite line from a movie or book and its title
  • Your favorite movie
  • Two adjectives your friends would use to describe you
  • Your favorite keepsake or memento
  • Your favorite word

Essay: Your Voice

In addition to the essay you have written for the Common Application or the Universal College Application, please write an essay of about 500 words (no more than 650 words and no fewer than 250 words). Using one of the themes below as a starting point, write about a person, event or experience that helped you define one of your values or in some way changed how you approach the world. Please do not repeat, in full or in part, the essay you wrote for the Common Application or Universal College Application.
  1. Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way.
  2. “One of the great challenges of our time is that the disparities we face today have more complex causes and point less straightforwardly to solutions.”
    Omar Wasow, assistant professor of politics, Princeton University and co-founder of Blackplanet.com. This quote is taken from Professor Wasow’s January 2014 speech at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at Princeton University.
  3. “Princeton in the Nation’s Service” was the title of a speech given by Woodrow Wilson on the 150th anniversary of the University. It became the unofficial Princeton motto and was expanded in 2016 to “Princeton in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.”
    Woodrow Wilson, Princeton Class of 1879, served on the faculty and was Princeton’s president from 1902–1910.
  4. “Culture is what presents us with the kinds of valuable things that can fill a life. And insofar as we can recognize the value in those things and make them part of our lives, our lives are meaningful.”
    Gideon Rosen, Stuart Professor of Philosophy and director of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, Princeton University.
  5. Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at the beginning of your essay.

Engineering Essay*

If you are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, please write a 300-500 word essay describing why you are interested in studying engineering, any experiences in or exposure to engineering you have had and how you think the programs in engineering offered at Princeton suit your particular interests.
*This essay is required for students who indicate Bachelor of Science in Engineering as a possible degree of study on their application.

Friday, May 26, 2017

TRIP TO BRONX SCIENCE!

Who: Kweller Prep students and parents, friends and family (everyone up to 50 people)

What: Free bus trip from Kweller Prep Queens to the Bronx HS of Science

Where:  Kweller Prep Queens: 104-40 Queens Blvd; Suite 1C; Forest Hills. 

When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 4:30 PM. 
Please arrive early to find parking. Bus will leave from Kweller Prep by 4:45 pm.
Estimated Departure from Bronx Science back to Kweller Prep Forest Hills is 7:45 pm

Why: Bronx HS is among the best specialized HS in NYC.
Come see why this school is worth the trip!  

RSVP for the free bus: Please reply to this email or to info@KwellerPrep.com with the parent's and child's names and cell phones by June 1, 2017 to confirm attendance. Students ages 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent. 
You can also meet us directly at Bronx Science High School by 6:00 pm.
Please arrive early to find parking. 

RSVP for the Bronx Science Tour: Parents and students need to fill out this form for Bronx Science's records in addition to emailing Kweller Prep by June 1, 2017: 




Afterschool Sign Up

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AqyznNZuhysrGWihm7KjGf1UWhT4Wx2mFU2NyIo7HiU/edit


Monday, March 27, 2017

Nest Middle School Admissions

MIDDLE GRADE ADMISSIONS

Thank you for your interest in the Middle Grades at NEST+m, a citywide Gifted and Talented program. As NEST+m is a screened school, all students must take our entrance exam to be considered for admission.
Enrollment Weighting 2016-17
NEST+m
Entrance Exam
Standardized Test Scores: English Language ArtsStandardized Test Scores:
Math
Student Course GradesAttendance and Punctuality
60%10%10%15%5%
Selection Criteria – The selection criteria ranges identified below may be adjusted based on the applicant pool.
  • Course Grades: English (85-100), Math (85-100), Social Studies (85-100), Science (85-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (3.0-4.5), Math (3.0-4.5)
  • Attendance and Punctuality
Special Note (Updated 2.28.17): Please note that the 2017-2018 Middle Grades admission application process is now closed.

Admissions FAQ:
  1. Q: How many seats do you anticipate for the 2017-2018 school year?
    • A: We anticipate having approximately 47 open seats.
  2. Q: This school was not on my son’s middle school application list, what should I do?
    • A: NEST+m is listed in the City-Wide Middle School application. We are listed as “New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math”.
  3. If my family and I did not attend the Open House, can we still apply?
    • Open House is not mandatory; this will not have a negative impact on the application.
  4. I forgot to add NEST+m on the Middle Grade application; can I register for the exam?
    • All students are required to rank us on the Middle School application; we will send invitations to the entrance exam based on the child’s ELA and Math scores, GPA, and attendance.
  5. I am a parent applying for middle school, should we mail our records and transcripts separately?
    • Once you turn in the completed Middle School application to your child’s guidance counselor, all required data is sent to us electronically. Please do not send paper copies.
  6. My child attends a private school, how can we apply?
    • You will need to request a Middle School application through the DOE Office of Student Enrollment.
  7. Do I need to fill out a separate application?
    • No, all students are required to rank us on the City-Wide Middle School application.
NEST+m Middle Grades Admissions Team

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tax Deduction for Education

its tax time-of-year again!

Deductions?
Read this before you file your tax return. We’ll help you claim your educator deductions so you can get back as much money as possible.
Congress has made an annual ritual out of waiting until the last minute to extend some four dozen tax benefits that have to be renewed every year, including many that NEA members have come to rely on.
In the waning days of 2015, however, Congress surprisingly came together on a compromise tax bill that made many of these deductions and credits permanent, retroactive to the beginning of the 2015 tax year.
Thanks in large part to the NEA and its members who pushed legislators for many years to make the extension permanent, the new legislation extends the benefits indefinitely. This includes both the $250 above-the-line deduction for classroom supplies and the tuition and fees deduction—both of special interest to educators.
The $250 deduction is particularly advantageous because it is an above-the-line deduction on Schedule A, which means you don’t have itemize to take it and it reduces your overall adjusted gross income (AGI). The new legislation indexes the amount to inflation—though it is unchanged at $250 for 2016 – and allows professional development expenses to be included in the deduction.
Educators may also benefit from the state and local sales tax deduction (an alternative for states with no state income tax to deduct from federal taxes) or other expired breaks that have been restored, even though those breaks don’t target them specifically.
Understand that many provisions of the tax code have income caps and phase-outs and other wrinkles that may affect your actual tax liability. Be sure to work with a tax advisor or reliable tax software that clearly addresses your situation, especially if you are in the higher income brackets. And keeping receipts or a careful log is critical for the classroom supplies deduction and other tax benefits.
Other situations faced by educators preparing their taxes include:
Income from outside work, such as a summer job or tutoring
If there is no additional withholding on this outside work, you want to be sure to avoid a penalty for under-withholding—i.e., when your overall tax liability exceeds the amount of tax you had withheld by certain margins.
If this is the first year you have had extra income, there won’t be any penalty, because your withholding at work will cover 100% of your previous year’s income. If you regularly have extra income, there are a couple of options to make sure you avoid a penalty. One is to increase your withholding in your permanent job, either by reducing the number of exemptions you take (which increases the amount of withholding) or by specifying a certain additional amount on your W-4 to be withheld. The other option is make quarterly payments of estimated tax on the additional income.
The outside income should be reported on a Schedule C, where you can also deduct any expenses associated with the outside job. You are also liable for “payroll” taxes (these are the contributions to Social Security and Medicare) on the extra income, which is calculated on a Schedule SE.
Other unreimbursed employment expenses
The $250 educator’s expense deduction has now been extended indefinitely. You can deduct expenses for classroom supplies beyond that amount as unreimbursed employment expenses, which are defined as expenses that help you conduct your job even if they are not required.
However, these additional deductions are subject to the 2% limit on itemized deductions—this means you can only deduct the amount that exceeds 2% of your AGI.
If your AGI is $50,000, for instance, you could only deduct expenses that exceed $1,000, even if you are already itemizing deductions for mortgage interest or other reasons.
The same applies for expenses such as dues to unions and professional associations or subscriptions to publications.
Rules for deducting expenses for a home office are fairly strict (as well as for equipment such as computers). The home office space must be used exclusively for work purposes, which is a tough criterion.
Continuing education
If you take courses that you pay for yourself, whether or not they are required for certification, there are a couple of possibilities for deducting that expense. The compromise tax bill renewed the deduction for tuition and fees for college education for two years, the tax years 2015 and 2016, but did not make it permanent. This tax benefit allows you to deduct up to $4,000 a year (the amount is lower for higher income brackets), and this again is an above-the-line deduction on Schedule A. So not only is it not subject to the 2% rule, it reduces your AGI for other deductions that are itemized.
Another option, which is a permanent part of the tax code, is the Lifetime Learning Credit for 20% of education expenses up to $2,000. The new bill raised the amount to $2,500. This is a credit, so it is taken off your tax liability dollar for dollar. However, it is nonrefundable, which means you have to have some tax liability for it to count against. You can only take one of these options or the other, not both.

Source: https://www.neamb.com/finance/dont-miss-these-educator-tax-deductions.htm