December, 2011


Southeast Queens schools lose fight to save their future

It was a down year for parents, students and teachers at Jamaica High School and three other southeast Queens schools after the city finally moved ahead with its plan to shut down the institutions, but their supporters said they will continue to fight in 2012. Comment.

Mysterious donation resounds at Queens College

Educators were pleased to find the Queens College music department $1.6 million richer after a mysterious donation from the estate of a deceased Forest Hills woman. Comment.

Save city after-school programs

Recently, the city after-school community celebrated the work being done in after-school programs in the area and around the country, joining in the national Lights On After-school celebration. Comment.

Public School Hero

High school Coach Charles Granby last week became the first coach in the PSAL to win 700 games. It is a record likely to stand for many years. Comment.
Long Island City

Cornell wins bid for NYC tech campus

The new applied sciences campus that will be coming to the city may be on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island, but state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said Tuesday the announcement of two universities planning to build on the island was great news for Long Island City. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

IS 59 students win battle over obesity

Cohen Children’s Medical Center received a large donation last week to boost its new program to fight childhood obesity and a group of Springfield Gardens students from IS 59 showed the hospital’s administrator a creative way of fighting the problem. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Parents call on DOE to create more seats in five-year plan

About 100 parents, administrators and students from PS 2 in Astoria Heights and PS 11 in Woodside demanded more consideration for their overcrowded schools at a Community District Education Council 30 meeting in Jackson Heights last Thursday. Comment.

Walcott disapproval rating rises: Poll

Queens residents gave the city’s school chancellor low marks on his job performance last week as national test results showed a slight drop in scores for city children since 2009. Comment.

Gov’t must do more to aid students

The decision by City University of New York board of trustees to raise student tuition is unfair. Students are already paying a hefty amount and many of them have student loans, which are going to be difficult to repay. Comment.

Deputy mayor touts new tech school plan

The deputy mayor in charge of trying to boost the city’s economy told York College’s student body and faculty last week that the only way for New York to recover its economic strength would be an investment in education and tapping into the potential of future employers. Comment.

Bayside school goes blue over big award

A Bayside school was decked out in a certain color last week after it was named just one of 305 Blue Ribbon Schools in the entire country. Comment.

Safe Space offers SE Qns. kids a new beat on life

The staff at Safe Space in Jamaica has always tried to come up with innovative ways to help the hundreds of disadvantaged youth who walk through their doors, and a new program they launched has been hitting all the right notes since its inception. Comment.

East-West school roof leaks trigger wish list

Students at a Flushing school responded to leaky ceilings last year by converting drip-catching buckets into wishing wells. Comment.

Principal frets about scuffles over cell phones

A Flushing principal reached across cultural, ethnic and administrative lines last week to get to the root cause of some decidedly 21st century problems that plague the neighborhood: the smartphone. Comment.

Community College Cup Is Half-Full

A report recently released by the Center for an Urban Future claims that city community colleges “are not yet delivering on all their potential.” And it reached this conclusion because, like other community colleges in the city, LaGuardia and Queensborough have only a 28 percent graduation rate. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Avella blasts city over resources at Jamaica High

Jamaica High School’s days may be numbered, but state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said the city still has an obligation to give its remaining students the opportunity for a good future. Comment.
Long Island City

Stony Brook, Rockefeller among tech campus rejects

Two entities have been rejected in their bids to build an applied sciences or engineering campus somewhere in the city because they did not meet the criteria for the city’s competition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week. Roosevelt Island is one of the possible sites. Comment.
Flushing Times

Molloy rededicates state-of-the-art library for alumnus

Archbishop Molloy High School’s library was named in honor of a 20th century war hero and after a recent renovation the space now boasts amenities fit for the 21st century and beyond. Comment.

Two-year city colleges not up to par: Report

The 28 percent graduation rate at LaGuardia and Queensborough community colleges matches the citywide average and a new report says community colleges in New York City “are not yet delivering on all their potential.” Comment.

Students protest as CUNY OKs tuition hike

CUNY students from all five boroughs flocked to Manhattan Monday to protest against a threatened tuition increase, but even though the majority of the public college’s board went ahead with the hike, the sole member who voted no said there will be bigger demonstrations in the future. Comment.

November, 2011


Bayside’s PS 159 celebrates coveted Blue Ribbon Award

Teachers, staff and proud students at PS 159 put the icing on the cake of their 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award last Thursday with an assembly celebrating the Bayside school’s recognition as one of the best in the nation. Comment.

Flushing residents want sex to stop

Residents of a Flushing housing complex want students from two nearby high schools to stop engaging in X-rated extracurricular activities in their backyards. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

SJU students bake Thanksgiving pies for food pantries

More than 70 St. John’s University students spent their Sunday evening baking pies for Queens food pantries, churches, a senior center and a foster care facility. Students from 11 fraternities and sororities prepped about 1,050 apples to fill around 300 pies. St. John’s chose five organizations, where they planned to deliver 200 of the pies, as well as 300 turkeys. Assemblyman Rory Lancman partnered with St. John’s and arranged for donations to six other sites, which they said were in need. Councilman James Gennaro encouraged participation in the event. Comment.

Bayside teen scientist advances to national finals

With Christmas right around the corner, Brian Kim’s packing and covering mathematics techniques should come in handy, but until then he will just have to settle for winning prestigious science competitions. Comment.
College Point

Busless students on the road

The city will make it easier for College Point middle-schoolers to get home from class in Whitestone, but it has not budged on letting them do so in yellow buses. Comments (1).

One-way street OK’d by CB 7 near PS 209

Community Board 7 voted Monday night in favor of a one-way street conversion in Whitestone that would alleviate traffic congestion around an elementary school but also curb in appropriate behavior on the part of parents. Comments (1).

QCC honors vets on campus with memorial

Student and faculty veterans at Queensborough Community College were honored last week with the dedication of the college’s Remembrance Grove and the promise that their service to the country would not be forgotten. Comment.

Hillcrest High School scores an A

Everyone at Hillcrest High School should be proud of our most recent accomplishment. We were officially informed that the city Department of Education has designated Hillcrest HS as an “A” school on the 2010-11 Progress Report. Comment.
Long Island City

Electeds announce high school enrollment fair

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) are inviting the community to participate in a high school enrollment fair at the Long Island City YMCA Nov. 16. Comment.

QCC to launch program that assists immigrant families

Queensborough Community College recently announced plans to develop a program that would serve as a model for museums and other community colleges to teach English and critical thinking skills to adult immigrants and their families through the use of art. Comment.

Lawrence Cemetery stages historical tour

The historical figures who are buried at Lawrence Cemetery came back to life Saturday, but instead of giving some post-Halloween haunts to visitors, the burial ground’s members educated them on the importance of the site. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights school expands to new building

Cambria Center for the Gifted Child & Cambria School of Excellence held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday evening for a new facility for students from fifth through eighth grade. The school expanded to a building next door to its original site.Photo by Nat Valentine Comment.
Willets Point

Coalition for Queens supports tech center at Roosevelt Island

After Queens was snubbed last month in the competition to establish a tech campus in New York City, one organization was already planning on how to incorporate the borough into a frontrunner’s plan. Comments (1).
Jamaica Hills

Hillcrest gets A on progress report for biggest jump in boro

Hillcrest High School in Jamaica celebrated two achievements this year: its 40th anniversary and receiving an A on the city’s high school progress report for the 2010-11 academic year. Comments (1).
College Point

JHS 185 parents want buses

A group of parents and elected officials who are furious over the last-minute cancellation of yellow bus service for middle school students in College Point held another protest Friday morning, two days after an education representative got an earful on the matter. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC High scheduling mixup angers community

Officials at the city Department of Education and in government met last week to try to fix a monstrous scheduling mess at Long Island City High School that resulted in 900 students being forced to discontinue one of their electives while 120 other courses were combined. Comment.

Marshall helps launch CUNY Month at Queens College

The Queens beep kicked off CUNY Month last week at Queens College in Flushing, an institution that was highlighted in an education study released over the summer. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Hillcrest High School earns A on city progress report

The city released its fifth annual public high school progress report last week, and for the 2010-11 school year schools in Queens outperformed the citywide average, with 98 percent of schools either maintaining or moving up or down one grade from the previous year. One Queens school, Hillcrest High School, jumped two letter grades, from a C to an A. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Willets Pt. site snubbed in bids for tech center

After a Monday deadline, seven universities submitted plans for a New York City campus as part of a mayoral initiative to establish a technical center and while there were no bids for Queens, two powerhouse institutions had an eye on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island, which could bring major economic benefits to the borough. Comments (1).

October, 2011


Taking on Cyberbullying

Elected officials held a news conference at a Queens high school that they hope will raise public awareness about cyberbullying. Comment.

Queens school leaders: Walcott unresponsive

Some leaders of the borough’s community education councils, which act as liaisons between parents and the city Department of Education, gave city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s office an “F” for communication. Comments (1).

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PS 48 students celebrate new school building

Students at PS/IS 48 in Jamaica have been yearning for a school building where they did not have to share a single room in which to eat, play and assemble and this year their wishes were granted. Comment.
Long Island City

Maloney backs bringing university for engineering to Roosevelt Island

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), other Queens elected officials and Long Island City business groups threw their support Monday behind Roosevelt Island becoming the new site for an applied sciences and engineering university in the city. Comment.
Cambria Heights

State cyberbullying bill presented at Cambria Heights school

An effort to curb cyberbullying through legislation made its way to Campus Magnet HS in Cambria Heights last week to raise awareness and get teens to document their experiences. Comment.
Forest Hills

Protect kids at Metro Ave. bus stops: CB 6

At the end of each school day, hoards of students from two high schools converge on a busy Queens intersection where hijinks and crowded crosswalks have created an accident waiting to happen, community leaders say. Comment.
Middle Village

CB 5 to meet over Christ the King charter school

A committee was set to meet this week to discuss the possibility of putting one of the area’s first charter schools within Christ the King High School in Middle Village. Comment.
Long Island City

Honor students connect at LIC college’s 40th birthday

When the students in the honors program at LaGuardia Community College celebrated their institution’s 40th birthday last week, the soiree was far more than just a party. Comment.
Jackson Heights

LGBT history should be taught in City’s schools: Dromm

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced Tuesday he was introducing a resolution calling for the city Department of Education to integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical figures into the general school curriculum. Comment.

DOE lays off workers from crowded schools

The city Department of Education laid off 28 Queens public school employees Friday represented by District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal employee union. Comments (1).

Do not let computers replace teachers in schools

With all the focus on the importance of technology in our schools, there is another important issue that needs to be addressed. That is the fact that our students need to be able to know how to express their thoughts through oral reading and writing. Comments (2).

Queens Library offers book amnesty to adolescents

The Queens Library’s young users who have been taking a long time to finish their favorite book now have the chance to clear the slate. Comment.

September, 2011

Long Island City

Queens leads city in overcrowded classrooms: UFT

Queens public schools lead the city in overcrowded classrooms, according to a survey the United Federation of Teachers took of school registers on the sixth day of class this year. Comment.

Parents protest canceled buses

Parents of seventh- and eighth-graders at JHS 194 in Whitestone diligently went through the usual back-to-school routines this year: shopping for clothes, getting last-minute haircuts for their little ones and figuring out what bus to expect to pick their children up at the neighborhood stop. Comment.
Middle Village

PS 49 head slams DOE residency law

A Middle Village principal echoed calls last Thursday to rein in parents who give false addresses in order to place their children in high-performing schools around the borough. Comment.
Long Island City

Ex-president of Chile speaks at LaGuardia graduation

After the shouts of exultation subsided, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet urged graduates of LaGuardia Community College to remember their roots and improve humanity. Comment.

Two Bayside schools among best in USA

The U.S. Department of Education recently recognized three northeast Queens elementary schools as among the most successful in the nation. Comment.

Creedmoor proposed for tech center

The Joint Bellerose Business District Development Corp. suggested the Creedmoor campus would be an ideal site for an applied sciences and engineering campus in response to the city Economic Development Corp.’s wish that such a institution be built. Comment.

Parents fake docs to enroll pupils: PS 113

Parents are forging documents to get their children into a sought-after but swelling Glendale school, and the practice could edge out longtime residents who actually live in the district, a principal said to a tense meeting last week. Comment.
Jackson Heights

CB 3 eyes upgrades with yearly budget

Community Board 3 proposed a relatively short wish list for its fiscal year 2013 capital and expense budgets, which focused on building and expanding new schools, libraries and affordable housing at its monthly meeting last Thursday. Comment.

New nursing program helps QCC students finish at Hunter

Queensborough Community College has announced a new program beginning this fall that will enable the college’s qualified nursing students to transfer credits seamlessly to Hunter College in order to obtain their baccalaureate degrees. Comment.

City begins brainstorming to fix Queens school crowding in 2012

Everyone wants their child to go to a great school, but with spaces in Queens limited, the city has its hands full simply finding seats for the ever-increasing number of students who fill its rosters each September. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

City’s report card mixed

The mayor released a report on the performance of all city agencies over the last year and touted increased efficiency in many areas, but several alarming trends were also contained in the data. Comment.
Jamaica Times

CB 8 approves new gym at Mary Louis

Community Board 8 overwhelmingly voted in support of Mary Louis Academy’s plans to build a new athletic center during its monthly meeting last week. Comment.
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