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Street renamed for beloved educator

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Fitting dedication

Holding the sign are (from left) UFT Assistant Secretary Bob Astrowsky; City CouPat ArnowHolding the sign are (from left) UFT Assistant Secretary Bob Astrowsky; City Councilwoman Gale Brewer, Ruth Messinger, a former city councilwoman and Manhattan borough president; former PS 84 parent Barbara Minch; and Jacqueline Morrison. It’s said that educators are immortal because the work they do lives on in their students who grow up to move civilization forward. Sidney H. Morison, a pioneering advocate for dual-language education and a fighter for social justice, exemplified this even before he became principal at PS 84, the Lillian Weber School, in Manhattan, where he served for 26 years before retiring in 1995.

District 4 student exhibit at El Museo del Barrio

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Creativity unleashed

Music teacher Craig Klonowski with 6th- and 7th-graders from MS 372, Esperanza P Pat Arnow

Music teacher Craig Klonowski with 6th- and 7th-graders from MS 372, Esperanza Preparatory Academy, perform in the lobby.

Students who performed “The Rooster Who Went to His Uncle’s Wedding.” Pat Arnow Teacher Marta Molina-Perez (back row, right) of PS 72, Lexington Academy, with parent Genevieve Andre (back, left), who made the costumes, and teacher Krystal Martinez (back, center) with students who performed “The Rooster Who Went to His Uncle’s Wedding,” in both Spanish and English.

Students in Manhattan’s District 4 had an opportunity to showcase their talent, with their artwork and performances on display at El Museo del Barrio on May 26. “This is the first time it’s ever been done in the district,” said UFT District 4 Representative Servia Silva. “What kids can do when given the opportunity is really amazing.” The colorful artwork and performances backed up that claim. Elementary and junior high schools throughout the district sent in their artwork, and seven schools performed music and plays. “These students have been working hard and it shows!” Silva said.

NYCATA exhibit and awards

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Pièce de résistance

Clare Stokolosa of IS 61 in Queens points out her watercolors to her friend Mari Pat Arnow

Clare Stokolosa of IS 61 in Queens points out her watercolors to her friend Maria Golias. More photos >>

Honoree Frank Carlucci (right) shares the spotlight with NYCATA President Joan D Miller Photography

Honoree Frank Carlucci (right) shares the spotlight with NYCATA President Joan Davidson and singer/art advocate Tony Bennett.

The extraordinary creativity of New York City public school teachers is on display at the Brecht Forum Gallery at 451 West St., Manhattan, in the Spring 2011 Artist/Teacher Exhibition through June 26. The work of 33 teachers is featured in the exhibit sponsored by the New York City Art Teachers Association/UFT, which has been featuring work done by teachers at its biannual shows for more than 30 years. NYCATA President Joan Davidson spoke of the variety of subject matter, style and points of view represented at the show. “Each of us has a style,” she said at the June 9 opening.

Chapter leaders, paras, secretaries attend workshops

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UFT health and safety professional development

Cara Metz Paraprofessionals were among the many UFT educators benefiting from the union's intensive safety and health workshops.
School Secretaries Chapter Leader Mona Gonzalez (left) joins Brooklyn's PS 102 secretaries (from second left) Elizabeth Byrne, Laura Syracuse and Helene Serio at one of the workshops.
Cara Metz Juanito Vargas of the Mental Health Association of New York of Care speaks to chapter leaders about suicide intervention on behalf of troubled students and staff.

Underscoring the pertinence of the training, 200 chapter leaders were dealing with issues of gun violence in schools at the Chancellor’s Day professional development session at UFT headquarters on June 9 when, coincidentally, a 16-year-old Bronx student was randomly killed in a shooting during a Coney Island outing. The daylong session was one of a series offered that day by the UFT Safety and Health Department to meet the special needs of chapter leaders, secretaries and paraprofessionals.

PS 753, Brooklyn, teacher selected for space program

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Rocket man

Honeywell Academy From Brooklyn to ionosphere, teacher Denis Kogan of PS 753 is participating in space programs that enable him to serve as a liaison between fellow education teachers and the aerospace community.

Certain chunks of Denis Kogan’s life seem like episodes of “Survivor.”

He swam out of a mock helicopter crash in a manmade lake, took a 50-foot parachute jump and defied gravity in a simulated space trip mission, all in the name of science.

But his greatest feat is that he is one of only 38 educators nationwide and the only one in New York State to be selected for the 2011 Space Foundation Teacher Liaison Program.

NYC Dance Educators Dance Festival

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Strutting their stuff

Masked students from Brooklyn’s PS 208 perform “Circle of Life,” a dance choreog Miller Photography

Masked students from Brooklyn’s PS 208 perform “Circle of Life,” a dance choreographed by dance teacher Arianne Bershadsky.

Brooklyn’s IS 234 students show their technical skill in “Peony Smoke Rings” cre Miller Photography

Brooklyn’s IS 234 students show their technical skill in “Peony Smoke Rings” created by their teacher, Elizabeth Doctors.

Despite fears of layoffs and shrinking arts programs due to city funding cuts, dance teachers cheered on their young artists at the 9th annual New York City Dance Educators Dance Festival at UFT headquarters on May 24. More than 200 student dancers/choreographers from schools across the city and from every level participated.

UFT Players present ‘Golden Age of Television’

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Going back in time

UFT Players present ‘Golden Age of Television’ - 1Miller PhotographyJanet Kaplan (left) and Marjorie Bryant as the ostensibly identical Doublemint Twins spoof the ubiquitous Wrigley Gum commercial. Other parodies included the NBC Peacock, a Prell shampoo commercial, perennially stiff Sunday night CBS impresario Ed Sullivan, a gushing Julia Childs, a Chock Full o’Nuts (“that heavenly coffee”) commercial sendup, a cloying Miss Frances of “Ding-Dong School” (OK, she was the darling of the pre-K set) and others.

Those old enough to have lived through the 1950s’ and early 1960s’ “Golden Age of Television” might remember it as more gold leaf and tin than golden, but the period got a rare shine from the UFT Players on June 9 as they reprised sketches from the era’s better comedies, goofier commercials and oversized personalities. 

Cliff Ross (left) as 328 Chauncey St., Bensonhurst, bus driver Ralph Kramden of Miller PhotographyCliff Ross (left) as 328 Chauncey St., Bensonhurst, bus driver Ralph Kramden of “The Honeymooners” mugs with Suzanne Lambert as best bud and sewer worker Ed Norton and Leona Ackerman as Kramden’s long-suffering but intensely loyal wife, Alice.

State legislators honor UFTers

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Contributions recognized

Ganz with both the Reiff resolution and her own proclamation.Dave SandersGanz with both the Reiff resolution and her own proclamation.

Two UFTers were honored by state legislators in Albany on May 24. The late Janice Reiff, former District 28 representative, was remembered fondly in a resolution mourning her passing. The resolution, issued by both state houses, cited Reiff as “an outstanding teacher” and union staffer who “distinguished herself in her profession and by her sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of her community.”

The late Janice Reiff.Dave SandersThe late Janice Reiff.

New York State Spanish spelling bee

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Gran competencia

Gran competenciaHolding the trophies are first-place winner Ruth Senmache from the West Street School in Newburgh and second-place winner Noella Carabajal from PS/IS 218/Rafael Hernandez Dual Language School in the Bronx. The first-place prize was a Dell laptop, donated by McDonald’s, and two round-trip airfares anywhere in the world that JetBlue flies; the runner-up received a cash award donated by McDonald’s. Every participant received a medal and prizes donated by an array of organizations. Seventy-six deletrea­dores — or spellers — from throughout New York State came together on June 3 at UFT headquarters for a marathon, nail-biting Spanish spelling bee. The event is an annual celebration of the study of Spanish in public schools, with winners from spelling bees in each school or district competing against each other.

32nd annual New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health Awards

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Important anniversaries remembered

Chatting before the ceremony are (from left) Linda and Joseph Zadroga, UFT Vice Miller PhotographyChatting before the ceremony are (from left) Linda and Joseph Zadroga, UFT Vice President Sterling Roberson and UFT Director of Safety and Health Chris Proctor.

The 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the 41st anniversary of the enactment of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act were commemorated at the 32nd annual New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health Awards celebration on June 2 at UFT headquarters. Among those honored were Joseph and Linda Zadroga, parents of Joseph Zadroga, the police officer who died from prolonged exposure to Ground Zero’s toxic chemicals and after whom the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was named.

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