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Back To School & Fall Guide 2019

Contents of the Queens Chronicle's 2019 Back To School & Fall Guide.BACK TO SCHOOL• City simplifies HS application process• Eva Moskowitz on Success Academy• Getting more school seats in Queens• The ongoing debate over the SHSAT

Thursday 08/29/2019
Getting into a good high school
Posted: August 29, 2019

That rite-of-passage for New York City teenagers — the nerve-racking experience of applying to high schools — has been unchanged for years.

The kids starting eighth grade next month weren’t even born when today’s knotty system of algorithms, ranked choice and travel hardship was introduced.

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Success Academy CEO talks shop
Posted: August 29, 2019

The political winds are not exactly at Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz’s back.

Her charter school network took a huge political loss when Republicans lost control of the state Senate last year, with Democrats achieving complete control of Albany. In March, the city reached 235 charters, the maximum allowed under state law. Then, despite calls to do so by a longtime charter ally, Gov. Cuomo, the Legislature this year did not raise that cap.

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Addition, no subtraction, of seats
Posted: August 29, 2019

Queens school districts are wagon-full of new school seats for the 2019-20 school year, though, even more than in the other boroughs, they could probably use a complete truckload.

“Since 2014, we’ve created more than 17,700 seats (including pre-K) in Queens.For the start of the 2019-2020 school year, we’ll be adding more than 1,600 additional seats in Queens,” said Kevin Ortiz, manager of communications and external affairs for the city’s School Construction Authority.

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SHSAT: Who has the answers?
Posted: August 29, 2019

A year ago, Mayor de Blasio published an op ed piece on Chalkbeat.com, the website which covers the city school system, and the debris is still raining down from the explosion it set off.

“The Specialized High School Admissions Test isn’t just flawed — it’s a roadblock to justice, progress and academic excellence,” the mayor wrote.

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Not enough fun and games in gym
Posted: August 29, 2019

Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is not only on the Council’s Education Committee, for which he served as chairman from 2014 to 2017, but was a fourth-grade teacher at PS 199 in Sunnyside for 25 years.

He remembers how there was one gym teacher who taught 25 periods of physical education but there were 44 classes in the school. So the remaining 19 didn’t get gym classes with a gym teacher but instead had phys ed in a regular classroom.

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Pol: Teach hate symbols’ meaning
Posted: August 29, 2019

In February, three juveniles were charged with drawing dozens of swastikas in chalk on the playground of PS 139 in Rego Park. Police and elected officials defined the incident as a hate crime. “There is no way around it,” Capt. Jonathan Cermeli, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, told the Chronicle then. “That is a hate crime.”

But Robert Dicker, practicing child and adolescent psychiatry doctor at Northwell Health, was not as quick to define it as an act of hatred. He told the Chronicle at the time that the teens may not have known the meaning behind the symbol, used by the German Nazis before and during World War II. “They see that symbol, they see it in the news and have no idea what it’s associated with,” he said. “Needless to say, it’s in the news fairly often. I don’t know how suggestible they are.”

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2019-20 Public School Year Calendar
Posted: August 29, 2019

Sept. 5, 2019 Thursday SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS.

Sept. 12 Thursday Parent-teacher conferences elementary schools and K-8 schools (evening).*

Sept. 19 Thursday Parent-teacher conferences middle schools (evening).*

Sept. 26 Thursday Parent-teacher conferences high schools, K-12 and 6-12 (evening).*

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Monday and Tuesday Rosh Hashanah (Schools closed).

Oct. 9 Wednesday Yom Kippur (Schools closed).

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Lots of song and dance on stage
Posted: August 29, 2019

With the arrival of fall comes the raising of curtains and the tuning of instruments that signify the start of the new professional performing arts season in Queens.

To mark the occasion this year, Queens Theatre, one of the premier venues in the borough, recently announced a new membership policy. A $50 annual fee brings a 20 percent discount on most tickets, the waiving of all box office fees, four drink tickets for use at the lobby concession stand and invitations to special events.

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Exhibits of all kinds await you
Posted: August 29, 2019

Art. Film. Science. History. Food.

If any of these topics appeal to you, the approaching fall season provides the ideal time to visit some of the borough’s countless cultural institutions that are devoted to them.

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What’s on tonight? Find out here
Posted: August 29, 2019

In a world where there are more home entertainment options than ever, there is still something special about the coming of fall when the various television networks introduce their lineup of new programs. Here is a look at what they have in store for us.

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Getting physical in the fall
Posted: August 29, 2019

With the weather soon set to be turning cooler, there still are plenty of opportunities for Queens residents of all ages to stay active in programs being offered by the City Parks Foundation.

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, the foundation’s mission is to transform city parks into dynamic centers of activity through sports, arts, recreation and education.

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A short ride to fall foliage splendor
Posted: August 29, 2019

The leaves already have started turning to show their vivid fall colors.

And whether one is interested in organized or self-guided leaf-watching tours, or as a backdrop for any number of fall activities, numerous places and activities are a short distance from Queens; and in some cases, you don’t even need a car.

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Thursday 08/23/2018
Nearly 2,000 seats coming online in ’18
Posted: August 23, 2018

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.

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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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