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:
The holidays are almost here - wear your favorite holiday sweater to school on December 21st to celebrate!
As part of 217’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program, 217 is excited to announce November's PBIS award recipients! The PBIS awards for November go to elementary students in each class who exemplified SELF CONTROL.
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: Emmi Drovin and Mina Kim
K002: Mishka Poras and Isabella Hadge
K003: Diya Singhvi and Gabriel Galarza
K004: Isabelle Jena and Naomi Loo
101: Elijah Godette and Jacqueline Block
102: Luna Drouin and Madiyar Serikov
104: Oliver Zhang and Sofia Liang
201: Linga Kandulu and Amit Yosef
202: BilsonTughuyendere and Matias Zambrano
204: Aila Schrider and Liam Hanrahan
301: Viviana Caplan and Michael Kim
302: Zarif Muhammad and Maxim Lin
304: Dashiell Davis and Kaylee Jankowski
401: Gabriella Miro and Mohamed Elakrmi
402: Churan Wu and Xiomara Salto
404: Cole Scanlon and Gulshan Aachol
501: Tara Samuelu and Case Olson
502: Madison Foster and Sujud Benhamida
504: Alicia Chamla and Thea Spoorenberg
505: Sebastian Pinerio and Aliza Wagreich
601: Persya Perez and Maziko Kandulu
701: Ayesha Younis and Rosemeri Vasquez
801: Asawer Alsharra, and Nam Nguyen
Registration for the 217 Family Coding Night at Cornell Tech has already reached capacity and is CLOSED. Only those with names currently registered will be admitted into the event.
If you have already registered it is critical that you bring a laptop for your family - Cornell doesn't have enough to accommodate all the families on the list!!
We'd like to congratulate all our students who participated in last night's 3rd Annual Talent Show! The audience was impressed by the array of dancing, singing, acting, gymnastics and more!
A huge THANK YOU to all the teachers and parents who helped make this event a success - see you all next year!!
PS/IS 217 Calendar