P255 Students win at 2015 VSA citywide art competition

Last June students from P255 @ 154 ( Brian M., Terrel W., Adam C. , Hamza M. and Aryan M.) won the 2015 VSA citywide art competition. Their entry was mixed media and titled “Flushing Celebrates Our Asian Culture”. Their artwork was one of twelve selected (from hundreds of entries) to be in the VSA Annual Calendar. In November, we went to The Marquis Studios Annual Awards Ceremony at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery to receive their awards. Their artwork will appear in “A Year In Pictures” exhibition at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

The guest of honor was Clay Aiken, entertainer and co-founder of the National Inclusion Project.  His foundation is now recognized nationwide as the leading voice in the social inclusion of children with disabilities. Our students had their picture taken with him and answered his questions about their artwork.  Our students also received awards from Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith who founded VSA (Very Special Arts) 35 years ago to provide arts and educational opportunities for people with disabilities all over the world. VSA is part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Our students’ artwork was also enlarged and framed by David Marquis, Executive Director of Marquis Studios and presented to three City Council Members and the artwork will be displayed in their office. The students also had fun smiling for Channel One news cameras.

As you can see in the pictures, our students had a wonderful day at Pratt and look forward to receiving their 2016 calendars!

(Submitted by Wendy Schwerdt – Art Teacher)

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Thankful Tuesday: November activities at P255@154

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.

P255@PEC School Learning Garden

P255@PEC School Learning Garden

The students have done a great job watering and maintaining the school garden as part of our Vocational Education Program. Special thanks to Mr.Kelbyn’s class for overseeing the Gardening Program this summer. The students planted tomatoes, peppers, butternut squash, basil, thyme, and sage. They harvested and bundled them so they were ready for our Garden Harvest Stand. Thanks to all of our parents and staff who bought our herbs and vegetables at the first PTA meeting of the school year. These funds will enable our Gardening Program to continue. Enjoy the pictures!

Submitted by: Mary Ellen Rice/PEC

For more updates on the school garden, check out their website:




First PTA Meeting 2015 – 2016 School Year



 When: October 8, 2016 6-8pm

WHERE: PEC (JHS168) 158-40 76th Road, Flushing, NY

                   3rd Floor- Room 329

 The PTA meeting is a great opportunity to meet the Executive Board Members, other parents, the administration, teachers and our coordinators. During this meeting, our Assistant Principals will be speaking about the assessments utilized to evaluate our children and each coordinator will be speaking about their unit. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

It is vital to the success of a school to have parent involvement.

We know it is far to travel for some of you, but it is important to attend meetings when your schedule allows. Respite care will be available and we will serve pizza for all!

Check out more information from the PTA by clicking here.


Family Fun Night Recap

IMG_1185Last Thursday we had the annual PS255Q “Family Fun Night.” Approximately 20% of our families attended and 50 staff members. It was an incredible evening filled with fun events including but not limited to:


Picture taking

Face painting


Wii activities

The PTA sponsored two bouncy houses in the gym as well as great food and prizes, cotton candy, and more.

All that attended were able to enjoy the night in a safe environment full of fun and food. A special thanks to our parent leadership team that organized the night, set it up and cleaned up after the festivities. They are remarkable and work incredibly hard.

I would also like to thank Yocasta (Parent Coordinator) and the PS255Q teaching staff that worked during the night or just came by to support the event.

It was THE BEST FAMILY FUN NIGHT ever and I hope next year more of you will come and enjoy an evening designed just for our kids and their families.

You will have a great time!

Yours truly,

Richard Marowitz