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Nearly 2,000 seats coming online in ’18

If you’ve been to a civic, education or community board meeting in Middle Village, Maspeth, Corona or Elmhurst over the last few years, odds are you’ve heard more than a few dozen times about how overcrowded School District 24 is.And those angry area residents are right, as many schools in the district operate at well over 100 percent capacity.

Thursday 08/23/2018
How the city keeps students safe
Posted: August 23, 2018

The beginning of the 2018-19 school year is like no other when it comes to school security; the topic is on the mind of educators, parents and students — perhaps more than it’s ever been — as the first full instructional calendar following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. is set to start.

So what security measures do New York City schools take? It depends on the school. The administration at each building works with a safety committee every year to create a safety plan that must be approved by the city Police Department. On top of that, the Department of Education works with the NYPD to implement additional safety measures on a case-by-case basis, including police monitoring of a school and the surrounding area, placing additional school safety agents inside and retraining teachers and other staff members on safety protocols.

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A look at what’s for lunch at school
Posted: August 23, 2018

Queens is one of the most diverse places in the world. Fittingly, kids at city Department of Education schools in the borough have some unique options for lunch and breakfast, which are both offered to students for free.

Crispy chicken waffle sandwiches, stewed pinto beans, a gyro on a pita with tzatziki sauce and veggie tacos are among the meals that will be available on the DOE’s lunch menus during the upcoming school year.

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Signing up for UPK and 3K
Updated: August 27, 2018 - 1:31 pm

All New York City children are guaranteed a prekindergarten seat in a public school. Children born in 2015 will begin pre-K in September 2019. Your child must be a current city resident to apply.

Universal Pre-K for the 2018-19 school year was available to all children who were born in 2014 and live in New York City. The application period is now over, but those who want to enroll a child for the 2019-20 school year may do so this winter.

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A lifetime of learning goes on
Updated: August 23, 2018 - 1:15 pm

The approach of fall means it’s time to go back to school. While many children probably wish their vacation could go on forever, some of their senior citizen counterparts undoubtedly eagerly anticipate the opportunity to get back into a classroom — sometimes years after last setting foot in one.

It might be in consideration of a new career, or perhaps just a desire to continue a lifetime of education, or maybe just for the fun of it. And many institutions around the borough are delighted to have them, including several in the City University of New York system.

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Public School Calendar 2018-2019
Posted: August 23, 2018

Sept. 5, 2018— Wednesday— SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS.

Sept. 6— Thursday— Partial day for prekindergarten.

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Back to School shopping tips
Posted: August 23, 2018

With the first day of school just around the corner and stores filled with back-to-school promotions, the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs is offering parents tips on how to find good bargains, protect themselves from deceptive pricing practices and teach their children to become smart shoppers.

“Back-to-school shopping is an exciting time for families, but with long supply lists and flashy marketing campaigns, parents know all too well the amount of money that can be spent during this busy time,” said DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas. “With our tips, parents can create a plan and shop smart while teaching their kids about the importance of saving money and budgeting.”

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The world’s boro of entertainment
Posted: August 23, 2018

Just as diversified as the people who call Queens home are the fall attractions at multiple professional entertainment venues across the borough, with everything from a poignant dramatic look at life in Brooklyn to a Bollywood-style dance spectacular on tap.

Queensborough Performing Arts Center kicks off its season on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. as Kol Esperanza, an Israeli vocal group back by popular demand, rings in the Jewish holiday season in A New Year Celebration. The program will include American standards and Broadway showstoppers, as well as Israeli favorites and Jewish classics. Tickets: $40, 45, 50.

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Kids’ activities run all year
Updated: August 24, 2018 - 3:45 pm

With summer’s heat set to soon transition to the crisp dew of autumn, students in Queens will prepare their minds to do the same as classes for the 2018-19 academic year begin. But both before and after the season ends, area organizations are hosting programs for children and families that the young ones can learn from outside the school setting.

Museums, recreation centers, theaters and more are offering children and family activities throughout late August, into September and beyond, ranging from educational workshops to afterschool sports. The following is just some of what’s offered; checking these and other organizations’ websites will reveal much more.

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Back to the ’70s, and the future
Posted: August 23, 2018

In an ever-changing world, the fall has always been the time when school begins, the weather cools off and the various TV networks debut most of their new programming. Here’s a look at what the industry has in store for us.

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Can’t beat a day at the museum
Posted: August 23, 2018

A day trip to the American Museum of Natural History allows one to step off the streets of Manhattan and into another world — or several, for that matter.

But whether one’s interest settles somewhere between oceans’ depths and deep space, dinosaur fossils or the latest research on human senses, be warned — you may find a single day is not enough to see and take it all in.

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Thursday 08/24/2017
BACK TO SCHOOL / FALL GUIDE 2017
Updated: August 24, 2017 - 1:24 pm

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

CONTENTS:

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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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