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BACK TO SCHOOL / FALL GUIDE 2017

Please enjoy our latest issue of the Queens Chronicle's Back to School / Fall Guide 2017.CONTENTS:

Thursday 08/24/2017
High School admissions prep
Updated: August 25, 2017 - 10:09 am

With high school choice in place for all New York City students, the 13-year-olds in this fall’s eighth-grade class need to get about the business of choosing which high school they will register at next year, right?

Wrong! In the city public school system, “High school choice” means that schools choose the students they want to admit, while students begin as early as the fifth grade to prepare to compete for the schools they would like to attend. Every student is guaranteed a spot in some public high school, somewhere, but all students who wish to attend a public high school must apply, even to their zoned school.

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Now opening: three new schools
Updated: August 24, 2017 - 1:15 pm

While the city will be adding nearly 3,700 new school seats in Queens, that only begins to scratch the surface of what’s needed to alleviate the overcrowding crisis affecting thousands of students.

In The World’s Borough, three brand-new school buildings will be opening their doors. They are PS 335, located at 150-15 Raleigh St. in Ozone Park, which will have 516 seats; PS 332, a 468-seat elementary school at the former site of Keil Bros. Garden Center & Nursery, at 210-21 48 Ave. in Bayside, the siting of which was met with community opposition; and PS 298, a 796-seat school coming to 50-51 98 St. in Corona. Also coming to Queens are the openings of three additions to existing schools.

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Whom to believe on violence?
Updated: August 24, 2017 - 1:15 pm

Besides making sure their children are getting a quality education, the No. 1 thing parents want to know about their kids’ school is that it’s safe.

So when the morning bell rings once again for the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 7, will children be entering a safe public school system or one riddled with violence?

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The Walking Ed: ‘zombie’ charter revival
Updated: August 24, 2017 - 1:14 pm

With days left until mayoral control of New York City schools would disappear, state Assembly Democrats refused to link the extension to the cap on charter schools; Republicans in the Senate would agree to nothing else.

Nevertheless, the deal eventually reached in Albany has left all sides declaring at least partial victory.

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How teaching has changed
Updated: August 24, 2017 - 4:07 pm

The days of the old country-style schoolmarms have long since passed, but one needn’t look back nearly that far to realize just how much the art of teaching has evolved over the years.

The consensus among educators, representing public and private schools, high schools and elementary schools, city and suburban schools, seems to be that it was the advent of technology and the introduction of the Common Core that have had the greatest influence on their teaching styles.

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2017-18 Public School Year Calendar
Updated: August 30, 2017 - 12:14 pm

Sept. 7, Thursday, SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS.

Sept. 8, Friday, partial day for prekindergarten.

Sept. 13, Wednesday, elementary school: parent-teacher conferences.

Sept. 21, 22, Thursday and Friday, Rosh Hashanah (schools closed).

Sept. 26, Tuesday, middle school: parent-teacher conferences.

Sept. 28, Thursday, high school: parent-teacher conferences.

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In fall, the country comes to Queens
Updated: August 24, 2017 - 1:14 pm

There’s nothing quite like a cool fall afternoon spent picking the finest apples, finding the fattest Halloween pumpkins, sipping steamy cider and admiring the awesome fall foliage.

Fill your lungs with a deep breath of that crisp air. Fill your stomach with those delicious cider donuts. Fill your heart with the sights and sounds of Mother Earth’s changing seasons.

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Stars will shine all season
Updated: August 24, 2017 - 1:14 pm

In need of some fun and exciting family entertainment? Well, help is on the way, courtesy of our borough’s professional performance venues, which have attractions of every sort and variety lined up for the coming months.

The Queensborough Performing Arts Center has a packed season in store, kicking off with “Shades of Buble,” a three-man tribute to Michael Buble, one of the most popular neo-crooners of this generation. Promised hits include “Quando, Quando, Quando,” “Come Fly With Me” and “Fever.” This nostalgia-filled event comes to QPAC on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $35-$45.

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Library is offering a festive fall
Updated: September 01, 2017 - 10:08 am

The Queens Library has long said it’s not just about books anymore.

And its schedule of the arts, from lectures to performances, for the fall and into winter has offerings that you won’t find in any reference section. Here is just some of what’s in store

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Racing just a sliver of
Updated: August 24, 2017 - 1:13 pm

Head north on I-87 for about three-and-half hours and see for yourself: Saratoga Springs boasts far more than horse racing.

“There are great restaurants and the downtown area is so quaint and walkable,” Annamaria Bellantoni of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce told the Chronicle. “And even on the little side streets, there are great shops and restaurants.”

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What’s new on traditional TV
Updated: October 09, 2017 - 3:50 pm

In an ever-changing world there is still one constant: namely that when school is back in session, the broadcast networks unveil their new shows. Here is a look at what they have in store for us.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Dorm life/bachelor pad 101
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 11:12 am

Going out on your own is never easy, whether it be as a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Back to School & Fall Guide 2014
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 4:01 pm

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City preps for universal pre-K, year one
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:57 pm

If it goes off without a hitch, it may be the shining moment of Mayor de Blasio’s term in office so far. If it doesn’t, it could be a black eye to any chances of a second.

As summer winds down, a new school year prepares to start up, and with it, 50,000 new prekindergarten students, the first class of the city’s universal pre-K program who will be entering the classroom for the first time on Sept. 8.

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Mom’s got a long checklist to go through
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Our family’s traditional August soaking detachment from all responsibilities was slothing happily along when, on Aug. 19, I received a Facebook message wishing me a Happy Hoo Hah Day. That’s how I knew it was time to start thinking about back-to-school.

When my siblings and I were teens, my brother invented Hoo Hah Day as a way to indulge while still sheltered by several weeks from summer’s last call on Labor Day. We observed by concocting a favorite beverage and running wild in the yard at night. Now as the mother of a 9-year-old, my first priority for back-to-school season is still to happily top off summer before we yield to practical preparations.

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Parents seek to weaken teacher job protections
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:56 pm

As students and teachers head back into the classroom, some parents and union officials are heading into the courtroom.

At issue are teacher tenure and other job protections for educators. The plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the state this summer — including two parents from Queens suing on behalf of their children — contend that tenure and the lengthy process for removing teachers are so onerous that many bad educators remain in the system, denying children their constitutional right to a sound basic education.

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Education never ends at the Queens Library
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Career counselor Nancy Cafferty sits at a small round table opposite two young ladies who have come for guidance in their search for fulfillment in the workforce.

Kafayat Onanuga, of Jamaica, is in her mid-20s and has been through the process before. Leandra Cedeno, who lives in Ridgewood and is also 20-something, has come for the first time.

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Keeping players healthy is the name of the game
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:55 pm

The debate over player safety and the impact of playing sports on an athlete’s body has raged on the professional level for years.

News of a major league pitcher needing elbow reconstruction surgery or an NFL star getting a concussion are often top stories on ESPN and professional sports leagues have made player safety one of, if not the, highest priorities.

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2014-15 Public School Year Calendar
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Sept. 4, Thursday SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS. (Partial day for prekindergarten.)

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Is one test the best HS admissions standard?
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 9:26 am

Bills to change the admissions criteria for the specialized high schools were defeated in the last state legislative session and won’t come up again until January when the next one starts. But that hasn’t stopped advocates on both sides of the issue from pushing their agendas, especially since election season is approaching.

The issue is especially hot in Queens, which sends more students (1,119) than any other borough to these high schools — Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Brooklyn Latin School, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and Staten Island Tech — which currently require that admission is based on a single entrance exam, as mandated by the Hecht-Calandra Act of 1971. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts is the only specialized high school that does not require that students take the Specialized High School Admissions Test, but rather admits them through auditions.

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Autumn’s about to heat up
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:52 pm

With weather already starting to shift into fall, look forward to a burst of punchy prints, vibrant gem hues and funky, eclectic patterns spilling over from summer.

While New Yorkers tend to lapse into wearing darker, muted tones like black, slate, or deep stone fruit colors in the fall, runway trends suggest shoppers should stand out against the autumnal landscape.

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Keep on gardening in the fall
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:49 pm

If you think fall means putting away your trowel and rake, think again. Preparing the garden for the winter as well as next spring is an important part of planning for its future.

And just because the days are getting shorter and cooler doesn’t mean you should overlook fall planting of vegetable crops that will be ready to harvest long before Thanksgiving.

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Pumpkins, squash and apples, oh my!
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Fall isn’t always a season people look forward to. Kids go back to school and the days get cooler and shorter.

But if there is one thing to be excited over, it’s the delicious comfort food that comes along with the browning leaves and long sweaters.

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Previewing the fall TV season
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:51 pm

When we Baby Boomers were growing up the changing of the seasons from summer to fall meant two things: (a) the start of a new school year and (b) the various TV networks launching their new primetime programs.

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