The X12 P255Q Newsletter is a weekly project by our 8:1:1 class at the PS 154 Site. This week, the students interviewed Mr. Richard Marowitz, our retired Principal. Check it out below!
During the week of February 11th, students and staff at P255 @ 154 celebrated Respect For All Week with daily activities and themed dress up days. Respect For All is a program that highlights kindness, compassion for others, inclusion of all, respect for diversity, and the prevention of bullying. Check out below to get a glimpse of what our school did each day.
Monday: “Caught Being Kind” All acts of kindness were recognized and celebrated with student’s earning certificates throughout the day
Ms. Nicole awards Bennett for holding the door for his classmates.
Sasha and Ethan are “caught being kind” when they share supplies with each other.
Anthony proudly shows off his certificate that he earned for being kind to a friend.
Tuesday: “Everyone Fits In Here” Students wrote messages or glued symbols of kindness on puzzle pieces which then formed one large puzzle of unity. This puzzle is displayed in the hallway of our unit.
Wednesday: “Everyone Counts” This was a themed dress up day where students and staff wore clothing with a number.
Thursday: “Wear Red” Students and teachers wore red to be unified to show respected and compassion for each other.
Friday: “I am…” Students created a colorful bored displaying distinctive traits and attributes about themselves. This is on display in the hallway.
In addition, 154 participated in National No One Eats Alone day, which is a lunchtime program where students engage with each other or teachers to increase socialization and promote inclusion of all.
On Tuesday, November 6, paraprofessional staff from each site gathered at PS 154 for a half-day of training. The day began with a Back to Basics PowerPoint by Coach Vernice Borleo and 397 Coordinator Katie McLaughlin. Speech Teachers, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists from each site created presentations to refresh the staff on best practices from their respective disciplines as well. Throughout the AM sessions, the paraprofessionals were engaged, entertained, and rewarded for their participation!
Our theme for summer school this year was summer camp. As a culminating event, the staff thought simulated camping activities would not only be fun and engaging, but would be a perfect way for the students to experience what they had been learning about throughout July and August.
Campsite: We were going for a traditional campsite experience. The students made S’mores (no flame necessary-we used marshmallow fluff and chocolate spread). Speech teachers created visuals to help the students prepare their snacks. Next, the students sat around a “campfire” to sing songs and tell stories. Finally, we had a campground photo booth for some great photo ops.
Our hiking course was put together by the OT / PT Department. What summer camp experience is complete without a good hike!
Last, but not least, we created a Water Park at our playground, with the help of our OT / PT Department. What better way to spend a sunny day than splashing around with your friends?
Staff members, students and special guests enjoyed our Summer Camp at P 255Q @ PS 154! We can’t wait for next summer to do it all over again!
On December 2 the 3rd and 5th grade inclusion students at PS154 went to the Sixth Annual Inclusive Education Summit at the CUNY Graduate Center. Students demonstrated how they are “Champions of Inclusion” by sharing their accomplishments and hard work in their studies and academics. Students engaged in dialogue about inclusive education in their schools. They shared their projects with other inclusive education communities within New York City. Students presented with confidence and demonstrated great public speaking skills.
Each student was assigned a realistic fiction book about a person or people with a specific disability. Students were asked to read the book and create a Thinking Map Book Report. Students were then given a specific thinking map to complete on chart paper to show understanding of the text and how people with disabilities can be included in the everyday world.
Students did a fantastic job and had a lot of fun! It was a great experience for everyone. We are looking forward to next years Inclusive Education Summit!
-Submitted by Kerry Golden, Inclusion Teacher, P255Q at PS154
November was a busy month at the 154 unit!
In the spirit of P255’s UNIQUE theme “School Leaders” for September and October as well as Election Day, all the students at 154 collaborated to vote on their favorite school subject. This Election Day event was held on Wednesday, November 4. Staff created modified ballots and our very own voting booth!
Later in the month we celebrated our student of the month awardees with a special visit from our very own school leader, Principal Richard Marowitz. Check out the photos of all the activities below.
On Feb. 26,2015 P255@154 hosted a Health Fair. It was the culminating activity of the health and fitness theme that we had been working on the last two months. One class created social story using the Smartboard. One class took the students’ blood pressure, others created displays based on the theme. Homework was provided. Students exercised in the gym using Activity Works DVD. Students were provided with a healthy snack when they left.
Students were engaged during the fair and it was very successful!
– Submitted by Debbie Kaye (PS255 at 154)