When the students arrived back at school this September they were in for a huge surprise. The 12:1:1 class, at our 307 site, received a class set of Kindle Fire 8 tablets from a DonorsChoose grant.
These tablets allow students to connect to Amazon’s extensive Freetime library and read hundreds of books. They are also being utilized for group lessons using apps such as Nearpod, Scratch Jr. and Kahoot.
Students are practicing the daily routines of charging their tablets, logging in and opening and downloading software. They are excited to use technology throughout the school day in a variety of ways.
The last few days of summer school at 151 were hectic to say the least. Trying to keep our students occupied and engaged between last-minute packing, labeling and the loading of the giant moving trucks, alongside the ongoing refurbishment of the roof of the main building was rather challenging. Our students got lucky with a few extra trips and had plenty of fun bowling, at the movies and in the park. We thought we’d share a few of our moments as we said goodbye to our trailer park.
But look where we are going!
School reopens on September 7th at 8.10. All former Q255@151 students should report to Q397. 32-52 37th Street, Astoria, NY 11103.
We had lots of edible, under-the-sea, seafood-free fun at our 151 site this week as we celebrate the last weeks of summer school. It’s a bitter-sweet time for us as these are also our last days at 151 in the little trailer park that we have now outgrown. Although, we are moving on to bigger, better things at our new PS397 site, we have been here a long time and we don’t all do so well with change.
Our culminating event was a Jr Chef competition. Students worked really hard, aided by our amazingly creative paraprofessionals and teachers. We created grocery lists, took community walks to shop at local stores (they will miss us!) and used joint-action routines to create some of the most remarkable under-the-sea themed feasts for our judges to taste.
Our judges were the wonderful school-aide Rosemarie and our favorite summer nurse Phong but students were especially delighted to see the special guest judge, their friend, Josephine. Dishes were marked on presentation, creativity and taste. Congratulations to the winners in each team Ms Rebecca’s class, Mr Shaun’s class and Ms Jenny’s class but it was agreed that all the dishes were amazing in their own special way.
On Tuesday 6/20 – PS Art 2017 had a ceremony to celebrate the work of student artists. Twenty seven student artists (pre-K to 12th grade) had work selected to be shown on the big screen in Times Square. There were speakers from the Department of Education, the MET , student artists and also the Times Square Advertising Coalition.
It was wonderful to see all the beautiful artwork on display. Shamier Johnson, a 5th grade student at P255@154, created a beautiful picture entitled “Four flowers”.
His art teacher, Ms. Wendy was in the crowd to see his accomplishment on the big screen. All work will be on display at the MET thru October.
-submitted by Ms. Gwen Pressley (Classroom Teacher P255Q @ PS154