Frequently Asked Questions - September 2012

We are thrilled about starting the 2012-2013 school year at Spring Creek.  For the first time, Young Writers will get a library, lockers, professional gymnasium and workout room with locker rooms, music program, state-of-the art auditorium, computer lab, and much much more!

Along with a new building come many different questions!  Here are a few (along with answers)…


Q: Do we have the building to ourselves?

A: No, we have neighbors!  We are sharing the Spring Creek Educational Campus with two other schools – one is a 6-12 school (Spring Creek Community School) that is brand new and just has a 6th grade next year and the other is 75K053, a small District 75 school with about 100 special education students.


Q: So where does Young Writers live?

A: We live on the 4th floor.  You will take most of your classes on the 4th floor.   All of our offices are also located on the 4th floor.


Q: When would I use the other floors?

A: You will never have any reason to be on the 3rd floor.  You will, however, spend some time on the 2nd and 1st floors.   Here’s when:

·       2nd Floor

o   Library

o   Club Room

o   Music Room

·       1st Floor

o   Cafeteria

o   Auditorium

o   Gym/Locker Rooms


Q: Which stairwells can I use?

A: There are three main stairwells you will use during specific times of the day.

·       STAIRWELL C (the main stairwell): You will use this ONLY for entry at 9:05 and dismissal at 3:31.

·       STAIRWELL A (near AAden’s office): You will use this to go to the gym, auditorium and the cafeteria (all on the first floor).

·       STAIRWELL D (near Angie’s office): You will use this to go to music and the library (both on the second floor) or to go to the gym, auditorium, and the cafeteria (all on the first floor).

Why do we do this? It’s important that we respect the separate spaces of our school neighbors. Sound complicated?  Don’t worry.  We’ll be there to remind you.


Q: Do we get lockers?

A: Yes! Lockers will be assigned in the first week of school.  You will need to purchase (for a small fee) a school lock during the first week and use only your school assigned lock. Only school supplies and some personal items may be kept in lockers.  Lockers are subject to random search at any times.  Remember, AFYW does not assume responsibility for any lost or stolen items in lockers.



Q: When can I use my locker?

You can use it before/after school, during lunch and (very quickly) during passing if necessary.  You may use it during class ONLY under special circumstances and with a pass from your teacher. Abuse of locker privileges (frequent use during class time and/or being late to class) may result in total loss of locker privileges.


Q: What about gym lockers?

A: You will have the use of a locker room and lockers prior to and after gym classes.  You must bring your own lock and must remove it after each class.  Locks left on overnight will be destroyed.


Q: Do we have an elevator?

A: Yes! But…it is not for general student use.  Sorry, guys.  There are 400 Young Writers plus an additional 200 students and 150 staff members using the building.  We simply cannot accommodate the entire student body.  If you have a valid medical written excuse from a doctor, we may issue you a special pass.  See you Advisor. 


Q: What’s our school schedule?

A: We (almost) all start at 9:05 and everyone gets out at 3:31 except some seniors.  A few students may have a 0 period class, but you will find out during the first week of school.   NO excuses!!! You all need to be at school ON TIME each day!

Every Wednesday, we dismiss at 1:15 so that we can meet and plan as a faculty.


Q: Where are the restrooms and when can we use them?

A: There is a boys restroom and a girls restroom on the 4th floor across from the main office – this will be your main restroom.  There are also restrooms on 1st floor when you are using the gym, auditorium or cafeteria. 


Q: When is lunch?

A: Your lunch period will be at either 12:29 or 1:10 and is 39 minutes in length.  11th and 12th graders each together, 9th and 10th graders eat lunch separately.  Young Writers may not leave the school building for lunch.


Q: Where do I get my Metrocard?

A: Metrocards will be assigned during the first week of school.  Be careful not to lose it!  If you do, you can sign up for a replacement card with our Parent Coordinator, Raul Lopez in 427.  Metrocards may not be available for immediately replacement.


Q: Where do I go to get working papers?

A: Bring copies of your birth certificate, physical exam, social security card to your guidance counselor.


Q: What’s going on after school?

A: On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:31 – 5:00, we have lots of after school offerings.  In the past, we have had basketball, cheerleading, poetry, karaoke, music makers and drama.  We also offer homework centers and tutoring.  This year’s activities and offerings have yet to be finalized, so if there is something you are interested in, let us know right away!!


Q: Where do I go when I need help?

A: Most Young Writers’ students already know this, but for those of you who are new…there are LOTS of people who can help.  Check out the who’s who list included in this mailing.  But the best place to start is with your Advisor!


Q: How to I contact the school?

A: Right now (mid August), we are in-between schools.  We do not yet have our new working phone numbers AND our old phone numbers no longer work.  In the first week of the school, we will have new numbers to give you.  In the meantime, the best way to reach us is via email.

Courtney Winkfield, Principal –

Angela Pruitt, Assistant Principal –


Q: What’s the policy on electronics?

A: Cell phones, iPods, radios, PSPs, and other electronic devices are prohibited on school property.  These are expensive and should be left at home.  Young Writers is not responsible for their loss of theft.  If devices are SEEN or HEARD, they will be confiscated. 

1st Time: Get it back at the end of the day

2nd Time: Parent has to come to school to retrieve it

3rd Time: Item is held until the end of the semester


Q: Do we have a dress code?

A: We don’t have a uniform, but we do follow a dress code guided by the Chancellor’s Regulations.  

·       NO HATS – The NYC Department of Education has established a policy which prohibits students from wearing hats, doo-rags and scarves in school building during instructional day. The staff of Young Writers actively enforces this policy and is authorized to confiscate these items.

·       We have ZERO TOLERANCE for any item of clothing that can be interpreted as gang-affiliated.  This includes wearing flags, bandanas, beads and rosaries of any kind.  We will confiscate any of these items and may set up a parent meeting in response.

·       Additionally, we expect Young Writers to dress appropriately while in school.  The following clothing is not allowed: low cut blouses, midriff tops, exposed underwear/bras/boxers, short skirts or shorts, clothing with inappropriate graphics or language. 


Q: What courses do I take as a Young Writer?


A: Great question – see the chart below!


Grade Level







English 1/2

Writers Lab

Global History

Integrated Algebra

Physical Science





English ¾

Writers Lab

Global History

Integrated Algebra

Living Environment





English 5/6

U.S. History


Earth Science

Graphic Design





English 7/8

AP Language Comp

State of the World

Regents Prep


IA Regents Prep



Liv Env Regents Prep









People and Places at Young Writers
Need Help? See your Advisor first!  Otherwise, reach out to one of these folks:


Where do I find the…




Courtney Winkfield


Assistant Principal of Instruction

Angie Pruitt


Assistant Principal of Organization

AAden Stern



Sonia DeJesus


Parent Coordinator

Raul Lopez


School Aides

Lareese Robinson-Roane

Rosa Oquendo


Guidance Counselors

Tanisha Brown-Daniel

Tamara Holzer


College Counselor

Tamara Holzer




2nd Floor

ESI Office

Michelle Eisenberg


Special Services Office