HCCS - Replication Update - 7/16/18

Dear HCCS families,

 We have great news regarding our replication!

 We have successfully completed the first step in the replication process as our Letter of Intent (LOI) for The Hellenic Classical Charter School – Dyker Heights (HCCS-DH) was accepted by The New York State Education Department.

 The next step is to submit the full application in mid August.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to sign the petition and complete the surveys. If you have not already done so, kindly visit the HCCS-DH website at https://www.hccsdh-nys.org  to sign our petition and to complete our survey on the school design.  Your feedback and support is very important to the success of our replication. 

 We will continue to update you on the replication application process.  If you have any questions kindly contact our Director of Operations, Joy Petrakos at (718) 499-0957 or email at Joy.Petrakos@hccs-nys.org .

 We could not do this without you!

The HCCS Family

September Special Dates


First Day of School for students - Wednesday, September 5th

Pre-Kindergarten Hours - 8:30 - 10:30am

Kindergarten Hours - 8:30 - 11:30am

Grades 1 - 8 Hours - 8:00am - 3:45pm


 Third Day of School for students - Friday, September 7th

Pre-Kindergarten Hours - 8:20 - 2:50pm

Kindergarten Hours - 8:00 - 3:30pm

Grades 1 - 8 Hours - 8:00am - 3:45pm


HCCS will be closed on Monday & Tuesday, September 10th & 11th in honor of Rosh Hashanah


HCCS will be closed on Wednesday,  September 19th in honor of Yom Kippur


HCCS hosts first annual "Take a Look Inside Gala" - Friday, October 12th at 7pm at HCCS



Dear HCCS Families,


We are very excited about our upcoming first fundraiser "Take a Look Inside Gala".  The event will be held on Friday, October 12th at 7pm in the school's gym-a-torium.  All proceeds will benefit the school's air conditioner fund!


 The gala chairpersons are: Stefanie Christakos at sc@jha.com and Voula Savva at vouvou773@aol.com.  A gala committee is in the process of being formed. 


The following help is needed for the gala:


o   We are currently soliciting donations which can be in the form of gifts, gift certificates, services, and/or monetary donations. 

o   Committees are being made for basket and gift preparation, event setup and/or cleanup. 

o   If any families have connections to restaurants who would like to donate food and/or drink to the event that would also be greatly appreciated.  

o   Classroom representatives are needed to assist with classroom basket donations.


Additional information about purchasing admission tickets, raffle tickets and reserving tables will be forthcoming shortly. 


For more information or to help, please email Stefanie, Voula or contact Dena Capetanakis in the main office.

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Principal's Message

Dear HCCS Families,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you and your children back for the 2018-2019  school year.  If you are new to our school, I would like to welcome you to the greatest school in the world!

I am proud to announce that for the fourth year in a row The New York State Education Department has identified our school as a “Reward School”.  A Reward School is a school that has made the most progress and/or a school that has the highest achievement in the state without significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. Congratulations to our entire amazing HCCS family for achieving this recognition! 

Our goal is to bring our students to the level of college and career ready.  I encourage all our families to log on to the web site engageny.org. On this web site you will find a parent and family section that not only informs you of the new initiatives but also includes educational activities you can do with your children that are related to the Common Core Standards.  You will also find guides to the standards, as well as videos and information on how to interpret the standards and the recent state test results and score reports. 

We are planning a year filled with engaging standards-based work in our beautiful new school building. Many new initiatives will be announced in later weeks such as our recent notification that we are once again accepted into The Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers, The NYC Ballet Nutcracker Program, the middle school STEM initiative entitled, Urban Advantage, and many more.  Our school calendar, including upcoming events and celebrations will posted on our school web site and emailed to you.   

 Please do not hesitate to call us should you ever have any questions.  Together we will provide an extraordinary learning environment and education for our children.


 Christina Tettonis



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PTA Meetings 2018-2019

  • Tuesday, September 18th   8:30am
  • Tuesday, October 16th         5:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 13th    8:30am
  • Tuesday, December 11th    8:30am
  • Tuesday, January 15th         8:30am
  • Tuesday, February 12th       5:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 12th            8:30am
  • Tuesday, April 9th                 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 14th                8:30am
  • Tuesday, June 11th              5:30pm


PTA Snack Sale Dates 2018-2019


September 12 & 26                 

October 10 & 24                         

November 14 & 28                      

December 5 & 19                     

January 9 & 23

February 13 & 27

March 13 & 27

April 10 & 17

May 8 & 22

June 5 & 19

The HCCS Class of 2018 and their High Schools


CONGRATULATIONS to our 8th Graders!

  15% of our 8th graders were offered admission to a Specialized High School

  • Brooklyn Latin High School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • Staten Island Technical High School  
  • Stuyvesant High School  

New York City High Schools:

  • Bard High School
  • Brooklyn College Academy
  • Brooklyn Collegiate Preparatory HS
  • Brooklyn High School of the Arts
  • City Polytechnic HS of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
  • Digital Arts & Cinema Technology HS
  • Edward R. Murrow High School
  • Expeditionary Learning School
  • FDR STEAM-Multimedia Design
  • Fort Hamilton Dramatic Arts Academy
  • Fort Hamilton High School
  • Fort Hamilton Honors
  • High School of Arts & Technology
  • High School of Fashion Industries
  • HS of Telecommunication, Arts & Tech
  • High School for Medical Professions
  • John Jay School for Law
  • Lyons Community School
  • Midwood Liberal Arts and Science Institute
  • Midwood Humanities Institute
  • Midwood Medical Science Institute
  • Millennium Brooklyn High School
  • New Utrecht H.S. Medical Program
  • N.Y.C. Museum School
  • Park Slope Collegiate
  • Secondary School for Journalism
  • Urban Assembly New York Harbor School
  • Williamsburg HS of Architecture and Design
  • Williamsburg HS of Arts & Technology
  • Young Women’s Leadership School/Queens

Catholic High Schools

  • Bishop Kearney H.S.                                         
  • Bishop Loughlin Memorial H.S.                 
  • Christ the King H.S.                                           
  • Cristo Rey H.S.                                                 
  • Fontbonne Hall Academy   
  • LaSalle Academy  
  • Nazareth Regional H.S
  • Notre Dame H.S.
  • St. Edmunds Prep
  • St. Johns Prep     
  • St. Joseph H.S.
  • St. Saviour H.S.          
  •  Xaverian  H.S.
  • Xavier H.S.


* As of date, our students have also received over $413,600 in scholarships for Catholic High Schools.


*Round Two Results Date TBA

Applications and Lottery Update

Applications for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year are available under the admissions tab.


Please note, our lottery was held on Friday, April 13, 2018.  

For information on your child's application status, please contact Mrs. Joyce Liappas at 718.499.0957.

HCCS named High Achieving and High Progress Schools as Reward Schools in New York State

The Hellenic Classical Charter School was named as 1 of the 155 high performing schools in New York State. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students, and teachers. Hellenic is truly an exemplar school. 


To read more about this wonderful news, please follow the link below to the New York State Education Department's web site:


HCCS deemed Reward School for fourth consecutive year!

HCCS deemed Reward School for fourth consecutive year!

Reward Schools are either schools that have high achievement or schools that have made the most progress in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups.student progress as deemed by the NYS Education Department. 

HCCS featured in the book "The Best Elementary Schools in New York City".

HCCS is featured in the book New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools: A Parent's Guide 4th Edition.


"HCCS is a winning, spirited school where kids are motivated to participate wholeheartedly.  Children study the world through the rich lens of Greek language and culture..."  



HCCS congratulates Faye Michalakos - recipient of the NYC DOE Big Apple Award Teacher.

Faye Michalakos, a  veteran teacher at HCCS, was awarded the NYC DOE Big Apple Award Teacher by NYC Chancellor Carmen Farina.  

The Big Apple Awards is a citywide recognition program that celebrates the educators of New York City who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities. By honoring the success of these teachers, the NYC Department of Education recognizes the countless teachers who go above and beyond to serve our students and families.  

Congratulations to Faye and our entire staff of amazing teachers.

HCCS - Notice of School Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 9:30am

Location 1: HCCS, 646 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11215


Location 1:


646 5th Avenue

Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215


Location 2 (via Skype):

Queens College, Jefferson Hall

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, N.Y. 11364


Please note that individuals who wish to have speaking time, or to place an item on the agenda, must submit their request in writing no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting, or Friday, September 21 at 5:00pm.  Requests should be submitted to the school office. 

Materials that will be reviewed by the School  Board and subject to vote and/or adoption are available before the meeting in the school office.