We have some exciting news to announce!
The results of the 2015 District 5 City Council Participatory Budget ballot votes are in. Project # 5 PS / IS 217 Green Roof project ($500,000) WON! Congratulations to everyone who supported this effort!
If your child is entering fourth or fifth grade in the 2015-2016 school year, you can start the admissions process for placement in citywide and district Gifted & Talented programs on Monday, May 11.
Parents of eligible children may submit a Request for Placement (RFP) in person at a Family Welcome Center. The deadline for submitting a RFP is Friday, May 22, 2015.
Eligibility will be determined by multiple measures:
Eligibility for students not currently enrolled in public school (e.g., private, parochial, home school, etc.) is established through a review of the three measures stated above. In the absence of state tests, parents will be contacted to submit objective assessment data that demonstrates advanced performance in ELA and Math.
Elementary School Admissions Team
Ms. O'Connor teaches the 3rd Grade G+T class.
Question 1: What's your favorite thing about P.S/I.S 217?
Some of my favorite things about P.S/I.S 217 are just the interaction with the kids and the community among the teachers. I love that not only do I get to teach the students educational stuff, but life skills. I get to be there when they lose a tooth, get into an argument with a friend, have a crush, I see the good and the bad. These are wonderful moments for me because I get to watch them grow into these little people and guide them along this journey called life. It's an incredible honor indeed especially when I get to do it with wonderful teachers who help me grow into a better teacher and person.
Question 2: If you could trade jobs with someone else for one day, what job would you choose and why?
One of my students had asked me this question a few weeks ago, and it puzzled me. I couldn't think of anything I rather be doing, I couldn't think of anything that seemed more fitting for myself and where I could make a bigger difference than I do now. Of course there are things that I love to do such as dancing, however my biggest dream was to make a difference in the world, and just help everyone that I come in contact with. This dream doesn't necessarily have to be found within a career, but in the way I live my life. I may not see the difference I make in my students lives immediately, but I must hope that when they do get older that they'll remember me and all that I taught them. My job is tough at times, but the way that I look at it is if you truly are passionate about what you do and who you do it for then of course you'll have ups and downs. That's why it makes it all worth it in the end, because I get to see that light bulb appear when a student understands a concept after struggling all year, learns to be considerate of others or ends up loving to read and going to school.
Question 3: If you could get every student in your class to do one thing, every day, what would it be?
Gosh, one thing that I would love for each of my students in my class to do every day would try to be selfless. I would want my students to understand the importance of being kind and compassionate. These are so important to me because I know that every little bit does make a difference, and I want my students to feel as if they are important in changing the world, because they are just by being themselves.
Question 4: How do you get to work each day?
I am not typically a morning person so I do hit my snooze button a lot! However, when I am up I get ready quick and leave my apartment. I take the 7 train to Roosevelt Avenue, and transfer to the F and take that to Roosevelt Island. If the red bus or the city bus is there I will hop on that, but most days I like to walk from the train station to school. I love feeling the breeze, looking at the sky, and just being surrounded by nature. This quiet time is quite relaxing and it really preps me for the day to come.
Question 5: What is your favorite event at P.S/I.S 217?
I absolutely love spirit week. Spirit week has always been my favorite growing up as a kid, or even in college. There's something about being united with everyone else that brings the community together. Everyone has the same goal and the energy is amazing. You get to see a different side of people where there is no stress, but everyone is just having fun. You get to see different people's personalities come out through their versions of each theme. I simply love dressing up and just being silly.
Ms. Zucknovich teaches 1st Grade.
What’s you favorite thing about PS/IS 217?
Zucknovich: My favorite thing about working at 217 is the relationships with students, families and other teachers. I think relationships are the most important thing in any job. I think taking a risk to learn, trust and cooperation all stem from it. There is a real sense of community at 217 and it’s what makes me want to come to work each day.
What’s your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
Lunch? What’s that? Seriously, that depends if I’m being “good” or “bad”. If I am being bad, pizza with anchovies (more than 1 slice please) and salad. If I am being good, a soup or sushi. When I am at school it’s either salad or a balance bar. Lunch is on–the-go.
If you could trade jobs with someone else for one day, what job would you choose and why?
There are more than a few jobs I’d enjoy. I think I’d like to write screenplays for movies. I can recite the lines to a movie I’ve never seen and usually get the dialogue right. I would love to write characters, especially complicated ones. I would also like to be a wedding planner or design jewelry. All are interesting jobs I think.
What was your favorite subject when you were in elementary school?
Actually, it was Spanish. Even if I was really tired I could string together a few words. I was relaxed and able to laugh at the many mistakes that I made. My Spanish is still not great but when I travel, I find locals are just as patient as my teacher was.
How do you get to work each day?
It changes literally with the weather. If it is snowing I’m on public transportation. If it is sunny (this year) I drive. There are pro’s and con’s to each. I can never decide which I prefer so I do them both.
What’s the last great book you read?
I read a lot of nonfiction "The Tipping Point" and "Micro-Trends" are two books that I enjoyed. How trends in society come about and what direction they might go is fascinating to me. I also like a good romantic classic like
"Pride and Prejudice" as well.
How has being a student changed since the time you were in elementary school?
I think for students now there is a lot more group work and explaining of your thinking. These are great changes because learning is so much less rote and students are developing a stronger understanding of what they are studying. There’s more pressure too but I think overall the changes are for the better.
What did you do on your summer vacation?
Last summer I saw a lot of family and friends and did some small trips. My favorite part was renting a beach house by the ocean. Nothing fancy just a place to cook and read and enjoy the company of friends and family. My 13 year-old niece showed my husband how to skateboard. I am still laughing at those pictures.
If you could get every student in your class to do one thing, everyday, what would it be?
I think I’d like students to be self-motivated to reflect on and revise their work. That’s a tall order I know, even for adults. Often kids are reluctant to review their work more than once. I’d love for them to develop that habit. We’re working on it!
What is your favorite event at PS/IS 217?
Definitely Spirit Week! I love dressing up-the crazier the better! I also love the PTA auction. I love to look at all those fun prizes!
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