On March 12, MS 202 in Ozone Park opened its doors to the entire southwest Queens community and beyond. People came from all around — Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Broad Channel, Richmond Hill and as far as Baisley Park.
As families, friends and visitors entered the lobby, they were greeted by a welcoming, dynamic and colorful atmosphere. The walls were covered in artwork all done by MS 202 students. The drama students — dressed as statues in metallic glitter — gave everyone a thrill as they “came to life” as their “buttons” were activated.
Principal William Fitzgerald gave a powerful presentation about the work that goes on every day at MS 202. The school’s Advanced Regents Program was also highlighted.
The many parents and visitors were so impressed that the eighth-grade students who successfully complete all of the coursework and pass all of their state exams graduate with Regents credits in both algebra and Earth science.
Goddard High School, which shares the same building with MS 202, also took part. Principal Joseph Birgeles, greeted everyone with a very warm and heartfelt speech about how beautifully their two schools work together. Before a tour of the school, guests were introduced to the entire staff and faculty, who availed themselves to answer a multitude of questions from the guests.
The sixth-grade chorus and eighth-grade cheerleaders also performed for the crowd. As a special treat, the ARP eighth-grade Honors Band gave a stellar musical performance, which rounded out the evening’s showcase of the magnificent work of the schools’ fine arts departments.