Feature stories

July 5, 2018

Hitting all the high notes

Music is lifting up students at PS 91 in University Heights in the Bronx — not just emotionally but academically, too.

Meeting heroes

PS 204 staff invite local veterans, service men and women and police and firefighters to be part of the school’s Veterans Appreciation Day tradition, and many return year after year.

The ‘wonder’ years

Science teacher Travis Sloane’s conception of science is “phenomenon-based.” Rather than exploring scientific ideas in isolation, students at PS 267 on the Upper East Side start out by observing real-world phenomena. 
“They look at things that happen on the planet on a regular basis and ask why,” Sloane says. “Then, they conduct investigations and explorations. They’re asking questions to find answers, like real scientists.”

Rockin’ the Runway

At Teachers Rock the Runway at union headquarters on May 31, student designers from programs at Maxwell, the HS of Art & Design and the HS of Fashion Industries presented their creations, designed for all body types at a fashion show organized by the union.

Soap Box Derby

At the Soap Box Derby on June 10 at the Petrides School complex on Staten Island, some 80 cars built by students representing 40 schools competed for six spots in the national event this July in Ohio.

Big Apple Awards

“We’re home to New York’s finest, New York’s strongest, New York’s bravest and now New York’s brightest,” said Tómas Hanna, the Department of Education’s chief human resources officer, as he addressed the recipients of the sixth annual Big Apple Awards at DOE headquarters on June 14. The winners were selected from a pool of more than 6,500 nominees.

Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards

UFT members Regina Zafonte of the HS for Math, Science and Engineering in Harlem and Alyssa Scherer of PS 64 on the Lower East Side are the recipients of this year's Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.

‘A wonderful validation’

Retired UFT Vice President Frank Carucci accepted the 2018 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall as board president of Manhattan’s La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, alongside Artistic Director Mia Yoo.

District 16 science fair

The District 16 science fair brought together the best projects from each grade of each school in the district. The event was a labor of love for Jessica Harris, a science teacher at Madiba Prep, who organized it.

Blackboard Awards

Teachers may be called “unsung heroes,” but their praises were sung and their accomplishments celebrated at the annual Blackboard Awards ceremony held at the New York Institute for Technology on June 4.

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