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Congratulations VSA Winners!

Two of our very talented students, Yusuf Sayedy and Alexandra Martinez-Narcia’s  artwork was selected for the 2019 VSA NYC Calendar by Marquis Studios. Marquis Studios is an arts education organization that publishes a calendar every year to feature the work of our most talented student artists. 

On Dec. 5th our students  went to receive their awards at the Annual VSA NYC Ceremony in New York City. Many NYC Council Members were honored for their funding to support arts programs in District 75 schools. Yusef and Alexandra were supported by our amazing Art teacher, Mrs. Wendy Schwerdt. Well Done!

Their winning artwork was exhibited in the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in an exhibit entitled” Community Heroes and Helpers”. Collaborating on this project not only fostered our students artistic growth, but also allowed them to share ideas about people in our community who work hard to protect our environment. As you can see, Yusuf and Alexandra are very proud of themselves!       

2 students holding a calendar featuring their artwork, accompanied by their art teacher.
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A letter from our new Assistant Principal

Dear Parents and Families:

Meghan KozakI am honored to have been chosen to become the next assistant principal at P255Q. I began my educational career as a 1:1 paraprofessional for students with autism. Soon thereafter, I was hired as a literacy coverage teacher for P255Q in February, 2009. I then taught in both 6:1:1 and 8:1:1 middle school classrooms up until last year when I became the unit coordinator at our elementary site in Middle Village. All of these experiences have shaped my educational philosophy and passion for working with our students and their families. I look forward to meeting and working with you and your child in this new role as the assistant principal at our P7 and PS 307 sites. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time. I can be reached via email at mkozak@schools.nyc.gov as well as by phone at 718-899-6528 (P7) or 718-779-5241 (PS 307). Looking forward to an exciting school year together!

Respectfully yours,

Meghan Kozak

Assistant Principal

Newsletters, School-wide Events

November Newsletter

Principal Gregg Lopez Smiling

Hello, we all appreciate the arrival of November and it is here.  As the leaves fall, it signals a time of year when we celebrate the greater school community and give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives.  The connection of school, home, and community is an essential part of P255Q’s vision and mission. With our weekly community experience walks, our elementary students are currently integrating our geography unit of study by learning the names of streets as well as learning how to navigate them safely.  They may also be collecting leaves for an art project. Our middle school students engage in pre-vocational experiences as they are open the School Store in which they learn shopping, stocking, and management skills. They may also use some of local stores as models to practice functional academic skills. Our high school students are beginning real work experiences with St. John’s University, CVS drugstores and Visiting Nursing Services. We are proud of all of the work our students accomplish while engaged in these community activities.

November is also a time for parent teacher conferences.  This is a great opportunity for us to update each other on student progress. Attending conferences provides a chance for teachers to share information specific to your child and for parents to ask important questions.

We just had a school movie night, which was attended by over 70 family members and students. It was a huge success enjoyed by everyone.  Keep checking the school calendar and the school website p225q.org for upcoming events, we hope to see you and your family at one of them soon.

Sincerely,

Gregg Lopez

Principal

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Welcome to the new school year!

Principal Gregg Lopez SmilingWelcome to school year 2018/2019.   I am very excited to begin this year as the new Principal of P255Q. I started teaching at 255Q in 1998 and then became an Assistant Principal in 2001.  During my tenure, I have learned many things from the teaching professionals, our students and their families. Our school community is our greatest resource! We will continue many of our best teaching practices, as well as seek out additional resources and ways to support the development of your child.

We have welcomed many new students, their parents as well as new staff to the P255 family on September 5th.  There will be much to do, and it will take a few days for all to get back into the routine of a full school day.

Parents, be sure to include a communication book in your child’s backpack so we may begin communicating to you as the year begins. You will receive many notifications from the school and opportunities to participate in parent workshops, support groups as well as participation in school events. Parents of new students will also have a new student orientation to meet the teachers and myself.  I look forward to seeing you at one of the many school functions.

Sincerely,

Gregg Lopez

Principal

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Say Hello, Wave Goodbye!

Gregg Lopez and Richard Marowitz smiling.
Gregg Lopez & Richard Marowitz

We were all sorry to hear our wonderful principal Mr Richard Marowitz made the decision to retire earlier this year. Mr Marowitz has been an integral part of P255Q for over 20 years. During his career he has been an instrumental advocate for students with disabilities in District 75. He has seen our marvelous school grow from its infancy to eight sites. We are excited to be honoring him at a retirement party in October.

Although we are sorry to lose Mr Marowitz, the staff of P255Q was delighted to hear that Gregg Lopez was formally appointed principal of our school on June 21st. Mr Lopez began his career with P255Q as a teacher and has been assistant principal with our school for over 16 years. He has supervised almost every site at one time or another and is very familiar with all our staff and students, making him the perfect leader to continue with the vision and mission of our school. Congratulations, Gregg. We welcome you as our new principal and look forward to working with you.

Ketler Louissaint and Gregg Lopez
District 75 Superintendent Ketler Louissaint formally appoints Gregg Lopez as Principal of Q255

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New Classroom Websites @ 397

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Teachers across all sites have been brainstorming how to improve our communication with parents. At 397Q some teachers began to use their new technology skills and resources to create class websites so parents can see some of the amazing work that their students are doing in their classrooms. Here are links to the first ones to be published. I hope there are more to follow soon. Click through the links to explore the wonderful work our teachers and students are doing.

Ms Melissa’s Class

Ms Victoria’s Class

Technology Lab News

Ms Clara’s Art Class

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Grand Opening at 397

20180124_100813We had a very exciting morning on January 24th at 397 when Mr Marowitz, all four Assistant Principals, City Councilman Costa Constantinides, Lt. Suzanne Catoggio, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North’s School Safety Division, Josephine Morales, former unit coordinator at  our P151 site, and some of our amazing parents of current and past students came to celebrate the official opening ceremony of our new building with us.

We started the celebration with a few words from Mr Marowitz, former PTA presidents, Victor Ty and Nora Echart, and Mr Constanitinides who gave us the fantastic news that we are getting a grant for a technology upgrade! Then, teachers Ms Jennifer and Ms Rebecca brought tears to our eyes with their fantastic presentation remembering the chaos of packing up while teaching summer school, the complicated logistics of moving an entire school, setting up 17 classrooms and finally some words about our new luxurious-to-us surroundings.

Miss Victoria’s class outdid themselves with their words about what they love about our new building. Afterwards, we headed outside for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with a real-life drumroll, followed by the awarding of Honorary P255Q Member certificates to our wonderful advocates. The morning ended with a quick tour of some of our fantastic new learning spaces and classes for the attending parents. It really was a wonderful morning and we hope to have many more such events in our wonderful new building. Thank you so much to all that made it happen and of course to our wonderful coordinator Katie McLaughlin who makes it all work. You can check out some videos and photos of the event at our photo site here.

students sitting around a table waiting to speak