Science teachers Schuman, left, and Frederickson putting on a fiery show
(BPT) - Three siblings sit in their kitchen enjoying a bedtime snack of sliced oranges. One of them accidently takes too big a bite and suddenly his face is red and he can’t breathe. A routine activity has turned into a choking emergency. Without a second thought, an older sibling wraps his arms around his brother and performs the Heimlich maneuver. The orange slice is dislodged. Oxygen is restored. They all can sleep soundly.
Some of the city’s best high schools are in danger of being weakened, and some of the city’s best students are in danger of being forced into lower-quality schools — all because of ongoing efforts to level the educational playing field that actually would do no such thing.
At issue are admissions to eight of the city’s nine specialized high schools — the ones that are not performance-focused and do not grant entrance based upon an audition. We’re talking the best of the best here: Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Staten Island Tech, Queens High School for the Sciences, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and the High School of American Studies at Lehman College.
Plans are underway to build the nation’s first free daycare and community center specifically for widowed spouses and families in Forest Hills.
The Rubinhaim Foundation, a Forest Hills-based nonprofit that collects donations to support families who have lost a parent, hopes to start construction on a new building that will house Angel’s Daycare and the Rubinhaim Community Center in March.
Martin Luther School in Maspeth ushered in autumn with its third annual Harvest Festival last Saturday. “We just wanted an event that would bring in as many of the community kids as possible,” Kelli Westfal, event organizer for the past three years, said. She estimated 1,500 community members attended. Children zipped between carnival games, arts and crafts activities, an inflated bounce house and obstacle course, and a popular dunk tank. Tables brimmed with homemade goodies like pumpkin pies, grilled corn, cookies and candied apples. Many student volunteers used the event to add to their community service hours, Westfal said. Fun and games weren’t the only focus; musical and scientific demonstrations snagged the spotlight on the festival’s main stage. Science teachers Gary Frederickson and Glenn Schuman demonstrated chemical tricks for a mesmerized crowd, at one point involving a Lego robot that dropped Mentos candies into a bottle of Diet Coke, causing a foamy geyser. “[We wanted to] show them some of the cool demonstrations they can do with science,” Frederickson said. — Cristina Schreil
Martin Luther School in Maspeth ushered in autumn with its third annual Harvest Festival last Saturday.
“We just wanted an event that would bring in as many of the community kids as possible,” Kelli Westfal, event organizer for the past three years, said. She estimated 1,500 community members attended.
(NAPSI)—Many teachers say it’s not uncommon to find they have students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia in their classrooms. Fortunately, if they have not received tools or training in how to teach those students, teachers do have an ally they can rely on.
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(BPT) - With each school year, children and parents alike must adapt to new teachers, new classes and new activities. For children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD), the condition can add increased complexity to an already challenging situation. Certain school-year “checkpoints” – like the first report card, parent-teacher conferences, and the upcoming holiday and winter breaks – are opportunities for parents to assess how their children are adjusting and see if changes may need to be made to their treatment plans.
Testing, testing, one, two, three ...
That’s what students do when they want to get into one of the city’s eight elite high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and the like, including, in this borough, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College.
Coming out of the closet has been described as one of the hardest things a person can do, especially someone who comes to the realization of his or her sexual orientation later in life.
In accordance with National Coming Out Day — a countrywide event to encourage people to come out to their friends and family and fight for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community — millions of people took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to talk about the first time they told someone of their gender or sexual preference.
The much-maligned trailers at Richmond Hill High School may finally be torn down this year, it was announced at Community Board 9 Thursday night.
Vishnu Mahadeo, a representative from state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park), said that the trailers that have served as classrooms in the high school’s schoolyard for over a decade will be closed and dismantled by June 2015.
(Family Features) As they gear up for Halloween this year, kids across the United States can make a difference in the lives of kids around the world by raising funds for those in need.
(BPT) - There’s no denying that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is on society’s radar. President Barack Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative hosts a yearly STEM-themed science fair at the White House. STEM summer camps are popping up across the country and hundreds of thousands of parents, educators and policymakers convene annually at STEM conferences nationwide. The nation’s job market even reflects the popularity as recent data shows that across STEM fields, job postings outnumbered unemployed people by almost two to one.
(NewsUSA) - Impeccably green mountains overlook a picturesque New England landscape as families gaze upon capped and gowned graduates sitting along mahogany benches. One cannot help but think of this scene as suited only for institutions of the academic elite.
Peter C. Mastrosimone’s article “Queens Library spent money on luxuries, NYC comptroller says” (Oct. 3, qchron.com) highlights a massive problem within the Queens Library. Instead of funding literacy programs and hiring qualified teachers such as myself, staffers such as suspended President and CEO Tom Galante are allowed to spend money on $1,000 dinners and baseball memorabilia.
This is so upsetting to me. One reason is that even as a volunteer tutor at the Queens Library’s Long Island City center branch, I wasn’t even given reimbursement for the $10 per week I spent on subway fare.
Our libraries these days are little more than havens for homeless people, with obnoxious staff, dark lighting, and not enough space for children to sit and read. It is so disheartening when I compare Queens libraries to those in Manhattan, such as the one located at 328 East 67 St. That branch includes the latest books, a huge children’s library, and educated, polite staff who are more than happy to help the library’s visitors.
As a lifelong Queens resident, I help fund the Queens Library with my tax dollars. I would appreciate the opportunity to work to help make it better and a source of pride for those that use it. However, becoming a member of the staff has been very frustrating, with most applications seemingly going into a black hole. Those running the library are too distracted allocating funds for personal use. Perhaps Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and whoever takes over now should become more involved in picking those running the daily operations.
The month-old Business Technology Early College High School celebrated its formal ribbon cutting last Friday with leaders from the Queens education and business communities and government in attendance.
The school, which opened in the Martin Van Buren High School building in Queens Village, right now teaches 124 freshmen with the goal of having them earn their high school diplomas as well as associate degrees in six years while creating the next generation of diverse leaders in business technology.
Cutting class and getting drunk isn’t just for rebellious high school students anymore.
A Glen Oaks teacher was arrested for driving drunk during school hours Monday morning after crashing her car in Forest Hills.
Harvest the power of the sun.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the city will be funding the installation of solar panels on two dozen city schools, as part of the administration’s “One City, Built to Last,” green buildings plan.
Whether a high score on the SHSAT — Specialized High School Admissions Test — ought to remain the single gateway to eight of the city’s elite high schools has become a hotly daebated issue.
Two bills being debated in Albany would require multiple criteria — including middle school attendance records, grade point averages and state test scores — play a role in admissions decisions.
(BPT) - With school back in session, you might hear your kids talking about the activities they get to do in class, on field trips or in after-school activities. To make all these extra adventures successful learning opportunities for your kids, they require financing and manpower. So what can you do to keep the extracurricular programs going strong?