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Open School Night on Sept. 17 took place both inside and outside PS 19 in Corona, Queens. Inside, parents met with teachers; outdoors in the yard, there were raffles, dance exhibitions and information booths — the school’s first-ever Community Learning School fair.
It’s completely still until dance teacher Michael Kerr, from MS 443 in Sunset Park, strikes the drum and suddenly everyone is in motion. The 6th-grade girls twirl and bend while the boys tentatively reach and arch.
Ready for anything. There are a lot of different feelings you feel the first day. You think only the children are anxious, but so are the adults! You don’t know what to expect or how the day is going to go, but you know you’ll always have one or two children who feel scared.
The first day is such a tornado of a day. It’s fun because it’s a jumpstart to the year, but you look forward to the part of the year when you’re in your rhythm again.
I spent most of the day trying to meet as many kids as possible, doing my best to make them feel comfortable and welcome. I know that feeling of coming into high school and feeling overwhelmed.
There are a lot of different feelings you feel the first day. You think only the children are anxious, but so are the adults!
Betty Walston grew up in Harlem, and even though she’s now living in the Bronx, she returned for the Harlem Week Children’s Festival on Aug. 15 with her nine-year-old daughter.
With students on the team clustered in a semi-circle to watch, the coach and one of their teammates demonstrate a technique known as the two-on-one tie-up.
The workshop at PS 721, a District 75 school in Gravesend, Brooklyn is humming with activity: Students are focused on hammering, painting and gluing at different work stations. They’re building furniture for their new school library: a couch, stools, footrests, even iPad holders and bookstands. Their materials: sturdy cardboard, brown paper bags, grocery store boxes and plastic.
What are the odds that a group of urban high school students, many of whom had never set foot in an art museum before, would love an avant-garde museum devoted to new and challenging artwork? Yet students from Harlem’s Mott Hall HS were exuberant in their praise after visiting MoMA PS 1 in Long Island City last spring.
Four New York City public school students received UFT scholarships to attend classes at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute in Princeton this summer. “It has opened my perspective on many things,” said one Bronx high school student.
Hard work and achievement were honored at the 46th annual Albert Shanker Scholarship Awards ceremony at which the union handed out nearly $1 million in scholarships to 177 high school seniors and five prospective graduate students.
The Council for Unity was started 40 years ago to help give high school teenagers a path out of gangs and street life. It's taken root and transformed students' lives at Madison HS in Brooklyn.
After an in-depth study of the Holocaust, 10th-graders at the HS of Art and Design poured their hearts out to Elie Wiesel in letters. Their words so touched Wiesel that he wrote back to them just a few weeks later.
Mayen Davis couldn’t bring her sixth-grade science class with her to the Costa Rican rainforest so she brought the rainforest to the Jamaica campus of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Queens.
As educators, teachers know best what supplies they need for their classrooms. That’s why the UFT has mounted a campaign to restore the funding in the city budget. The teachers featured on this page were among the hundreds who shared their stories of why Teacher's Choice matters.
Jon-Anthony Rivera, a senior at Harry S. Truman HS in the Bronx, signed up to take photography for the same reason many of his friends did.
A master teacher and two model teachers at PS 811, the largest District 75 high school in the city, have created a collaborative, open-door support system to improve practice among their colleagues.
Feature stories | May 7, 2015 >>
Music teacher Adam Goldberg has created a technology band at PS 177, a District 75 school in Fresh Meadows, where some students play traditional instruments and others play the iPad. Playing music on the iPad provides a unique form of self-expression for special needs students.