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Woodhaven library to play host to UPK class

The Woodhaven branch of the Queens Library will operate one prekindergarten class this fall, in conjunction Mayor de Blasio’s universal pre-K program — the first public library in the country to do so.The class, which will have 18 students, will operate in the library’s basement events space.

Thursday 07/17/2014
BTECH prepares to welcome students
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 4:59 pm

In September, 125 freshmen will walk into the Martin Van Buren High School building. They won’t be students at Van Buren, but rather a new co-located school there. When they graduate in 2020, they will have not only a high school diploma, but also a college degree.

The new school, Business Technology Early College High School, or BTECH, will try to offer what the school’s founders call “a different type of high school experience,” which, rather than prepare students for college, will actually give them some of that education, so when they graduate, employers seek them out.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
DOE changes school utilization document
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 9:08 am

The city Department of Education announced last month that it was making changes to its Blue Book — the annual document that outlines school organization and utilization — based on suggestions from a panel created earlier this year by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a.

The Blue Book has been the focus of several education-related debates in the city in recent years, from trailers in schoolyards to co-locations. Critics allege the Bloomberg administration’s Blue Books underestimated how much space schools need and overestimated how much space was available to make co-locations politically palpable.

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PS 16 gardening club makes a difference
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 9:08 am

This past Saturday, more than two dozen volunteers from the PS 16 PTA Gardening Club came together to beautify Corona Plaza.

Under the direction of Adriana Jacykewycz, the Parks Department’s director of horticulture for Queens, the group spent the day grooming the plaza garden and planting new flowers in the green space on 104th Street.

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Thursday 07/03/2014
Bittersweet goodbye for Jamaica High
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 11:21 am

Going back to visit their old high school is something many students do. The objective is to see their favorite teachers, administrators and friends to see what changes been implemented since their departure.

Unfortunately, the new graduates of Jamaica High School will not be able to do this.

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Hostos president picked for Queens
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 11:21 am

CUNY didn’t have to look far to find a new president for Queens College. Felix Matos-Rodriguez, president of Hostos Community College, a CUNY school in the Bronx, was named late Monday to take the reins at the Flushing school.

Matos-Rodriguez, 52, succeeds James Muyskens, who resigned in December to return to teaching. He was president for 11 years, and an interim leader, Evangelos Gizis, has been in pace since he left.

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Budding leader wins 32BJ scholarship
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 11:23 am

Every year, 32BJ, one of the largest unions in the city, awards scholarships to members’ children. This year, one of those students is Aldina Klapija, a Jackson Heights resident.

The 17-year-old beat out dozens of applicants with her good grades and essay on her hero, Mohatma Ghandi.

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Farewell to Jamaica HS, as its last class graduates
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 11:23 am

Not long after this year’s graduating seniors were admitted, the city Department of Education moved for a second time to close Jamaica High School and, after four years of slowly being phased out, the school graduated its final 24 students on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

“You are the 175th graduating class,” Principal Erich Kendall told the graduates, “and there will not be a 176th.”

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Friends remember Kevin Miller’s loss
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 11:23 am

Kevin Miller Jr. will forever be the smiling high school freshman depicted in a portrait at the northwest corner of Springfield and Linden boulevards in Cambria Heights.

He was 13 in October 2009 when he was shot and killed, an innocent victim caught in a gang-related crossfire.

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Port Authority steps in for Vaughn College students
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 11:23 am

From the highest point on Vaughn College of Aeronautics’ East Elmhurst campus, students can get a clear view of their future.

The school’s “control tower” — an observation deck several stories high designed like an airport control tower looks down on busy Runway 4 at LaGuardia Airport. From here, the entire length of the runway can be seen, as can planes taking off and landing. Inside the observation deck are speakers which play a live feed of air traffic control at LaGuardia’s tower, less than a quarter mile away.

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