Statement by Mandana Beckman, Principal of 217: "Recently there's been significant interest and numerous requests about G&T classes specifically regarding whether 217 will open additional G&T classes in Kindergarten, grades 1,2 and 3. We'd like to acknowledge and thank families for their passion and support.
At this time, G&T classes in all grades are full with waiting lists and we are unable to accommodate extra classes. As seats become available in our G&T program, our staff is making offers based on the prioritized wait lists provided by the NYC Department of Education. The DOE is continually updating these lists, and our staff uses the most recent, updated list when making offers."
The teachers at 217 have created a
homework resource website
for families to utilize.
MAIn Street Wire Profiles 217's PTA Presidents and Highlights Recent Impressive Wins For the sCHool
Written by Briana Warsing. Posted in Volume 36, Issue 17 - June 11, 2016
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of PS/IS 217 (217) is the largest organization on the Island and they are racking up some impressive wins for our kids. Test scores are up. A green roof is coming. Parent involvement is increasing and the feeling of community pride in our school is growing. The Gifted and Talented (G&T) program now boasts a wait-list of over 30 six-year olds for our incoming first grade. The PTA has fought, negotiated, petitioned and politicked tirelessly to win both, among a long list of others.
The WIRE sat down with some PTA Presidents, past and present, to discuss this long history of advocacy for the youngest Islanders and their families, including newly elected Erin Olavesen, whose term begins at the end of the summer, and current PTA President Olga Shchuchinov.
read more: http://www.mainstreetwire.com/archive/2016/3617/843-pta-votes-in-new-leadership
First Marathon Bus Corp runs a paid bus service between District 30 neighborhoods in Western Queens (Jackson Heights, Woodside, Sunnyside, Astoria, and Long Island City) and the school.
For more information, contact Luz Zapata
at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 607-9277
Kindergarteners celebrated the culmination of an author study. They all met in the cafeteria to share poetry and artwork inspired by Lois Ehlert.
Thank you, parents, for clipping and sending your Box Tops for Education all year. For 2015-2016, we collected a grand total of $774.60. That's 7,746 Box Tops!
Coach Scot has happily agreed to continue to donate a scoop of ice cream for each student who submits 100 or more Box Tops in the 2016-2017 school year. He donated 38 scoops for 2015-2016! Thank you, Coach!!
Please feel free to continue to drop off Box Tops in the collection box by the front entrance across from security. Put them in an envelope or baggie labeled with your child's name and class number. Any Box Tops collected now will be credited in the fall.
Many thanks for your enthusiasm!
This year 217 PTA has partnered with Staples to provide our families with a convenient, fast and economical way to order your students' school supplies for the upcoming 2016/17 school year. Order your kit now with a one step easy check out! All supplies from your teacher's wish list will be delivered to 217 in time for the first day of school.
All supply kits come with our new 217 Bag Tag. PreK kits include cot sheet. Kits in grades 3-8 include the 217 academic planner.
Order Your School Supplies for the Next School Year Online By June 21!
Our school account number is 26788,
click on the link HERE to place your order by June 21!
The entire 4th grade visited Google in March. Students participated in design thinking activities in Google’s CS Edge classroom (marshmallow challenge and Little Bits), took the Google Tour and came to the Cornell Tech campus for lunch.
Dean Dan Huttenlocher, Chief Administrative Officer Juliet Weissman, and three grad students spoke about Cornell Tech and academic and employment pathways.
CorNELL tECH HELPS 217 GET SELECTED FOR Elementary School Computer Science Pilot: SEp JR "Software Engineering Program"
From: Diane Levitt Cornell Tech Sr. Director of K12 Education
PS/IS 217 has been admitted into the NYC Dept. of Education's Elementary School Computer Science Pilot! Over 115 schools applied for
approximately 10 slots.
As the elementary component of CS For All's Software Engineering Program (SEP), the curriculum is known as SEP Jr. According to the DOE:
The goals of the program are to increase the number of elementary school
students, particularly from traditionally underrepresented groups, who
learn computer science, and to develop students’ computational thinking and
problem solving skills in real-world contexts...SEP Jr. will help schools to
introduce technology as a tool for creative expression and problem solving
through the use of tablets, computers and robots. SEP Jr. will introduce students to fundamental CS topics that will prepare them for the transition to more advanced computing in middle and high school while developing skills that are useful across subject areas, such as collaboration and persistence.
PS/IS 217 is sending three teachers to the SEP Jr. training this summer. They will alsoparticipate in additional training throughout next year. The DOE will provide in-schoolsupport for the program as well. These teachers will eventually train others at PS/IS 217, so that SEP Jr. will eventually reach all grades PK-5.
SEP Jr. is the DOE's first major elementary school program in CS For All, the mayor';s 10-year public/private partnership to integrate computing education at all schools. Cornell Tech could not be prouder of PS/IS 217 for winning a spot in the pilot.
In other news, Cornell Tech computer science education consultant Kelly Brandon is inthe middle of a four-day residence at PS/IS 217, working with 5th and 6th grade teachers to create and lead lessons that integrate computer science into math and science curriculum.
Please join us at the Town Hall on June 13 at 6:30pm in the Manhattan Park TheaterClub, 8 River Road. You'll learn more about the construction of our new campus and the growth of our graduate school programs. I'll share what we've done at PS/IS 217 this year, and some exciting news for the year ahead.
I want to say a big thanks to the school and PTA leadership for their great work on behalf of the students of PS/IS 217 this year. I hope everyone has a great summer!
Learn more: http://sepnyc.org/sepjr/
June 1, 2016 217 honored Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Member Ben Kallos and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright's chief of staff Katarina Matic for all their support for our STEM green roof project. With funding secured we can now move to the design and bid phase thanks to 1.5 million dollars in support from our elected officials!
Thank you again to all who voted for the green roof project. 217 showed that when city, state and community come together we can achieve great things!
Photo credit: Ghila Krajzman