It looked like PS/IS 217 had a fun night learning new coding skills at Cornell Tech! Click through to see the Cornell Tech photos!
A lot of families enjoyed making use of the photo booth too - photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TKHLqZgFzWpxcwcx8
Check out these photos of our first graders participating in their pre-ballet enrichment class - it looks like they are having a fantastic time!
We believe that offering enrichment programming at PS/IS 217 offers students additional opportunities to develop into well-rounded children. Each year the PTA fully funds enrichment programming in the school - thanks to contributions of our families, and fundraising throughout the year. It's not too late to make your donation! Click here to learn more!
Orion is a brilliant young artist who
demonstrates an attention to detail in his
artwork that is far beyond his years. A sweet
and kind student who always enters the art
room ready and happy to express his creativity,
Orion helps other students with their work and
is always a ray of sunshine in art class. Keep up
the great work Orion!
Since getting to know Alexander in art class, I
have come to see how much of a sweet,
helpful, and hardworking student he is. Every
day, Alexander comes to art class prepared to
work his hardest and show his amazing
creativity. In addition to being a great artist,
Alexander is also passionate about helping
other students in the class and myself. Keep up
the great work Alexander!
Tinabora is a remarkable artist who always
works her hardest to achieve her goals.
Tinabora shows striking attention to detail in
her artwork and takes her time in perfecting
her craft. She always enters the art room with a
great attitude and a smile on her face that is
contagious. Keep up the great work Tinabora!
Savana is always a joy to have in the art room.
She is a social butterfly, always thinking out of
the box and exercising an amazing level of
creativity. It is obvious that Savana absolutely
loves art class, and her super energy always
rubs off on her fellow classmates as well as
myself. Savana finds fun in everything, and
always has thoughtful questions. Keep up the
great work Savana!
Kyle is a super creative intellect who possesses
such an astounding joy in creating. The second
Kyle enters the art room, he gets straight to
work and always has so much fun expressing
himself. He shows so much attention to his
artwork and takes so much pride in what he
creates. Keep up the great work Kyle!
Since the beginning of the year, Angel has
shown me such an amazing level of
improvement and such maturity in the art class
room. Angel is such a creative and talented
young artist with a true passion for the arts.
Angel shows so much excitement while working
on her projects and cannot wait to show off her
beautiful work to everybody. Keep up the great
As part of 217’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program, 217 is excited to announce December's PBIS award recipients! The PBIS awards for December go to elementary students in each class who exemplified a GROWTH MINDSET.
Each month, as the PBIS curriculum highlights different core values - and awards will be presented to students who best embody and exemplify these traits.
K001: Elena Durovic and Avighna Thapa
K002: Mohammed Alshames and Minh Kue Nguyen
K003: Atsuto Fukanuma and Aubrey Morgan
K004: Giorgia Donato and Olivia Ting
101: Celeste Yockey and Gui Simioni
102: Ramona King and Ady Zheng
104: Sammy Healy and Alma Itkin
201: Joshua Atuana and Aimee Chamla
202: Mizuki Ogawa and Haruka Matsumura
204: Samantha Messerschmidt and Dahlia Kranich
301: Julie De Koop and Thomson Warsing
302: Maria de las Heras Ruiz and Heam Grad
304: Vivian Zast and Madeline Escobar
401: Zuri Barber and Roman Chard
402: Sianna Figueroa and Tsumugi Tomioka
404: Shai Golan and Miklos Dvorak
501: Adlai Jenkins and Gael Curutchet-Ziv
502: Mathew Leoni and Chi Nguyen
504: Ella Fasbender and Rafin Kabir
505: Gus Hurwitz and Sonia Kranich
601: Victoria Bonet and Aleylah Dickens
701: Safiatou Balde and Kostia Ilnystskyi
801: Taatike Koura and Kaniel Molina
Minh Khue Nguyen
Minh Khue is a brilliant young artist who
demonstrates an attention to detail in her
artwork that is far beyond her years. A sweet
and kind student who always enters my art
room ready and happy to express her creativity,
Minh Khue helps other students with their
work and is always a ray of sunshine in art class.
Keep up the great work Minh Khue!
Jayden Kristoph Ortaliza
The very first day I met Jayden, I was absolutely
astonished by his amazing attitude. As a
student new to PS/IS 217, Jayden always
exhibits a deep love for school, zest for life, and
is a social butterfly; making instant friends with
everybody he meets. Every day in art class, he
comes into my room excited to express his
creativity, and always asks if there is anything
he could do to help me during class. Keep up
the great work Jayden!
Aisultan is a remarkable artist and student.
Every day he shows me such a great and
positive attitude, he is always kinds to others,
and always has the biggest smile on his face.
Aisultan has a great passion for drawing and is
constantly working his hardest to improve his
skills and knowledge in art class. Aisultan’s
super attitude and dedication he demonstrates
with everything he does will take him so far,
and the sky’s the limit for this young and bright
artist. Keep up the great work Aisultan!
Walker is one of the most creative kids I have
ever met! He is always thinking out of the box
and is wise beyond his years. Walker is always
showing me and his fellow classmates new
ideas and new ways of doing things. He has a
super special outlook on life and is always
looking at things from a unique point of view.
Walker is never afraid to be himself and
accomplish tasks in an unconventional manner.
Walker has the makings of a brilliant artist,
intellectual, or whatever he puts his mind to.
Keep up the great work Walker!
Every time David is in my classroom, he
demonstrates such kindness to others,
unsurpassed determination in is art projects,
and is always asking what he could do to help.
David is a very independent and hard worker,
but never hesitates to ask for help. He enters
my room with the biggest smile on his face, and
with such great energy; even though it’s 8:20 in
the morning! David shows enthusiasm,
excitement, and such amazing creativity in the
art room, and is always such a joy to be around.
Keep up the great work David!
Gemma is such a sweet, kind, and thoughtful
young artist. She is meticulous in following any
steps in an art project and takes great care and
attention to detail in her work. Gemma always
has a bright smile on her face and happy to
help others in the classroom and share her
wonderful knowledge and ideas. She shows me
so much maturity and confidence in everything
she does and always brightens up my day. Keep
up the great work Gemma!
Saturday, January 26th from 4-6pm at PS/IS 217
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We look forward to our annual celebration of the amazing diversity at 217!
If you would like to get involved by cooking a dish from your country or helping us organize this event, please email email@example.com.
In New York City, all children are eligible to attend free Pre-K in the calendar year they turn 4! If your child is turning 4 in 2019, take a tour at PS/IS 217!
Tours for perspective Pre-K parents will be held on:
* 8:40 am, January 15th 2019
* 8:40 am, February 12th 2019
Click here to sign up for a tour!
The date for photo re-takes has changed!
If you signed up to have your child's school picture re-taken, please note that the re-takes will now happen on Friday the 18th January (not 15th).
Recently, 6th grade finished reading The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, a book that follows two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs, who are divided by their socioeconomic status.
To celebrate the end of the unit, students got into the theme, dressing up as either Greasers or Socs, and enjoyed an ice cream Sunday party before watching the The Outsiders movie.
Enjoy the update from Coach Xavier afrom the MIghty Hawks' recent championship meet! By all accounts everyone did an amazing job - we are proud of you all!
Recently our very own Mighty Hawks competed at the final competition of the season, the City Championships. The city championships is the best tournament in the city for middle schoolers because it has every middle school student athlete under one roof fighting for gold.
Our flying Mighty Hawks participated in the NOVICE division. As a team, we were able to take 2nd place out of 23 total schools! Our best finish on the year! Coach Jeff and I were extremely impressed at the toughness our mighty hawks showed in the face of even tougher competition.
DeAngelo Hunt is in his first year of wrestling, but has showed tremendous growth; in his first competition of the year, he took 1st place, and carried that momentum into the city championships, where he went 3-0 and took home first place! Winning a total of two novice divisions, DeAngelo is now undefeated (6-0) in tournament play!
Taking home 2nd place was the Dynamic duo of Gemma Bongiorni and Timur Seliger; each of these students went 2-1 on the day. Also, special congrats to Gemma for being able to earn her first victory in a dominant fashion by beating her opponent 10-4 in the opening round!
Another huge highlight of the day came from Jacob August; like Gemma, he too was able to get his first taste of victory by edging his opponent 7-5 in the first round.
Persya Perez, in a field of all boys, was able to leave her opponent SCORELESS in the opening round, beating him 3-0, and went on to earn a 3rd place finish in the competition. Although he had a very tough opening round, Eddie Perez, the younger of the siblings, battled hard and showed resilience by securing a victory by fall in the last round. This helped to ultimately earn him a 3rd place finish!
Christian Coleman, the lone 4th grader, was able to wrestle through 2 matches and earn 3rd place.
Laila Cox, one of the only 3 girls on the team, was able to wrestle hard through 3 matches. Her performance earned her a 4th place finish. Like Laila, Isaiah Hunt also was able to earn a 4th place finish, by wrestling 3 matches in one day, the most he has ever completed in a single competition.
Overall, I am very happy and proud of every Mighty Flying Hawk who helped lift us to a second place, including the 3rd graders Aiden, Dashiell, Allessandro and Serge, who have been sharpening their skills to prepare for competition in the not so distant future!
For this year's Hour of Code, older grades took on the task of mentoring younger grades work through several coding puzzles and a Tynker Candy Quest! We love seeing our students not only learning more about the basics of computer science and coding, but also having the chance to practise emerging leadership skills!
Enjoy some photos of our classes taking part in their Hour of Code!
With winter now upon us, we want to remind all parents that children should be coming to school with warm winter coats and hats. Please make sure that all your child's clothing items are labeled!!
DOE Guidelines for Outdoor Play in Cold Weather:
The Department of Education believes children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is snowing, there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor creates an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), students will have outdoor recess.
Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year is already upon us! The admissions process for 2019-2020 is as follows:
Please note that all families with children born in 2014, including current Pre-K students and those with disabilities, should submit an application. Admission is not first-come, first-served. All applications received by January 14 will be treated the same, according to the admissions guidelines.
More information can be found on NYC DOE website:
Ways to apply:
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