Fleet Week and a Long Holiday Weekend

It's Memorial Day weekend, and while some of you may be checking the weather and planning a brief escape or time to relax, the three-day holiday weekend is also an opportunity for learning about history.

For starters, it's Fleet Week and tall ships from around the world are here in New York Harbor. They can be viewed in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. This year's event marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812. There are also special events at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

NewYorkFamily.com has a number of other suggestions for history-minded attractions this weekend, including the Intrepid museum and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park.

The Daily News reports that free condoms will be given out to students attending the prom at Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School next month. The principal, Darryl Rascoe, says that he's being practical, because several students already have children, and that he's going to host a safe-sex assembly.

DNAInfo reports that some Upper West Side parents want the city to start a Russian dual-language program. They're trying to show the Department of Education that there's enough interest because of the relatively high number of residents of Russian ancestry in the neighborhood.

The New York Post says that a Bronx principal who was investigated for collecting overtime while working out in a gym will head a new school.

Education Week reports on new insights about introverted students. It says that instead of pressuring them to speak out more often, teachers should give all students time to reflect.

Gotham Schools's Rise & Shine morning post has a more complete roundup of Friday's news.

Today, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott will speak at the New York Cares Youth Service Conference at Pace University at 9:45 a.m.

The Department of Education is holding its 10th annual conference for parents of English language learners, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The chancellor will welcome over 2,000 parents speaking more than 10 languages who registered to attend the conference, which is co-hosted by the nonprofit organization Learning Leaders. The event is organized to help parents connect with the academic services, supports and programs available to their children in New York City public schools. This year's theme is "College and Career Ready at All Grade Levels" to provide parents guidance on how to prepare their children for college and careers as well as how to take advantage of the many cultural and academic resources available in New York City this summer.