There are exciting new possibilities for after-school activities at 217 like robotics, theater and dance, chess photography and more. If you are interested in having your child join any of these clubs please print out the form attached below and return it to the PTA mailbox at 217 or email the information to Jessica Steiner, PTA co-president ASAP. Her email address is on the form.
Right now, we are gauging interest in these programs, not registering students.
More detailed information about each club is attached below, as well.
On August 28, representatives from PS/IS 217, including members of the PTA, met with Cathy Dove, VP of Cornell Tech, and Meghan French, Director of External Relations.
Cornell recapped the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program. Eight middle schoolers from Roosevelt Island joined twelve other girls in an eight-week program that taught them how to code. This was the first time middle schoolers had been admitted to the program, and while most did well, there was a higher drop-off rate than is typical with high school girls. As a result, Girls Who Code was going to examine whether they needed to adjust the curriculum in order to better accommodate younger girls.
Cornell's commitment was to education for all grades, but they told us that they wanted to focus their efforts on the middle school population. When the PTA representatives pointed out that they had expected all grades to benefit, Ms Dove responded that Cornell is very short-staffed right now, but will be hiring a Director of K-12 outreach. That job is currently posted, and we anticipate working very closely with the new person to bring benefits from the partnership to all grade levels.
We let Cornell know that our most pressing needs are for teacher aides and assistants, but because their campus is so small (currently 30 MA and Ph.D students) and is not focused on education as a major, they wouldn't be able to provide personnel as a resource. However, they will work with us to find organizations and partnerships that may help with that need.
Organizations they mentioned include:
* Scholarships for 1-2 middle schoolers in Cornell Summer programs in Ithaca - Cornell will follow up with more information
* Teaching Assistant Partnerships for Middle School with Citizen Schools - Cornell will put Ms Beckman and the organization in touch
* Girls Who Code - Cornell is exploring possible follow-up to the Summer Immersion program
* Weill Cornell Medical Center - Apparently, the administration is interested in a partnership of some sort. Cornell Tech will put them in touch with us.
If anyone is interested in the Cornell Tech jobs or knows someone who would be a good fit, the job descriptions are posted here:
Director of K-12 Position:
K-12 Admin Assistant:
Please join us on Friday, September 27th at 5:30 pm for our first event fundraiser of the year, a Family Movie Night and Pizza Party!
Free pizza with admission and snacks and drinks for purchase will be enjoyed in the First Floor hall and lobby from 5:30 to 6 pm. At 6, we'll be heading up stairs into the Auditorium for the movie!
Please help children make sure to throw away all their snack trash before entering the Auditorium and let's keep our school clean. Thanks!
Curriculum Night is your opportunity to visit your child's classroom and hear
from the teachers about what, and how, your child will be learning this year.
Connect with other parents and start thinking about how you can volunteer at
school; it's the right time to consider becoming Class Parent! When you arrive
at school, please go directly to your child's classroom. Presentations will
begin promptly at 5:30pm.
Immediately following the classroom presentations, everyone will gather in
the Auditorium for remarks by Principal Mandana Beckman, and an
information-packed PTA meeting!
The General Membership (that's our whole parent body) PTA Meeting
Agenda will include:
Come for Curriculum, Stay for the PTA, and Get Involved!