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July, 2018

Little Neck

PS 221 named borough’s best recycling elementary school

An elementary school in Little Neck has a big heart for recycling. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights teen earns prestigious award

The sky’s the limit for a smart, socially conscious Jackson Heights teen celebrating two really big wins. Comment

Flushing, Maspeth schools crowned clean-up champions

PS 32 State Street School of Flushing has won a citywide clean-up contest in the elementary school division and Maspeth High School clocked in as a runner-up in the high school division. Comments (2)

Teacher’s union wins paid parental leave

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced that mothers, fathers and non-birth parents who are public school teachers as well as other city Department of Education employees will be granted six weeks of paid parental leave at 100 percent of salary starting Sept. 4, according to the United Federation of Teachers. Comments (1)

June, 2018


Bayside rallies in support of specialized exam

Can a highly criticized test stand the test of time? Comments (8)

Queens electeds divided on mayor’s SHSAT proposal

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to change the method of how students are admitted to specialized high schools has sown division between Democrats from the northern and southern parts of Queens. Comments (4)

Queens students admitted to U.S. service academies

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) awarded Certificates of Congressional Recognition during a ceremony Monday to eight Queens students accepted to the U.S. service academies after nominating them to attend the distinguished institutions. Comment
The Civic Scene

We should celebrate our high schools’ many accomplishments

College adviser Nicole Caruso has announced that the Hillcrest High School’s class of 2018 earned over $2 million in institutional and private scholarships, including full scholarships to NYU and Howard University. Overall, she says that 93 percent of the graduating seniors applied to CUNY, SUNY or private schools. Comment

Specialized test prep program a real success

As city and state leaders prepare to take up the challenge of evaluating and possibly changing the admissions process for New York City’s specialized high schools, it is essential they consider the great strides already being made from the ground up to expand access to these excellent institutions. Comments (1)

PS 79 celebrates Flag Day with patriotic performance

In a longstanding tradition for over 100 years at PS 79 Francis Lewis in Whitestone, students dressed in red, white and blue observed “Flag Day” June 14 with a patriotic performance followed by a flag planting in the yard. Comments (1)

Electeds rally against mayor’s plan to change admissions process for city’s elite high schools

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) joined elected officials and community leaders last week to rally against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to dismantle the Specialized High School Admittance Test and failure to include input from the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep offers more than just academics with its summer programs

St. Francis Prep will be offering their students opportunities this summer that focus on broadening their view of the world around them and how they can contribute to those in need. Comments (3)

Vallone, DiNapoli call for passage of school safety bills

A package of 12 bills to bolster school safety in the city is gaining traction at the state level with a rally attended by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on Bell Boulevard Monday. Comment

Stuyvesant High School grad competing for chance to represent U.S. in International Chemistry Olympiad

A recent graduate of Stuyvesant High School in Flushing is competing for a spot on a team to represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad overseas from July 19-29. The U.S. team will compete with peers from more than 70 nations for gold, silver and bronze medals. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College graduates cross the stage at Barclays Center

Nearly 10,000 family members filled the stands at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to send off about 1,600 LaGuardia Community College graduates during Tuesday’s commencement. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

PS 376 in Bayside Hills will add one new grade each year

The city’s Department of Education held an inauguration ceremony Saturday at the now-completed PS 376 in Bayside Hills near 48th Avenue and 210th Street. Comments (1)

Queens College celebrates its 94th commencement

Dark clouds and rain couldn’t dampen the high-spirited celebration of Queens College graduates who earned their degrees at the 94th commencement ceremony held at the campus Quadrangle in Flushing last week. Comment

York College celebrates 48th commencement ceremony

York College held a celebratory 48th commencement ceremony in Jamaica with a record-breaking 1,206 graduates receiving their degrees Friday. Comment

Queensborough Community College bids farewell to longtime president

Queensborough Community College President Diane Call is closing the book on a 47-year career with the Bayside-based CUNY branch. Comment

May, 2018


Elmhurst school to implement new Bengali dual-language program

A new dual language Bengali program will be implemented in September at PS 7, the Louis F. Simeone School in Elmhurst, Queens, after U.S. Reps. Joseph Crowley and Grace Meng (D-Flushing) urged the city Department of Education to create programs in South Asian languages. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Renaissance Middle School in St. Albans to host annual science fair

Community District Education Council 29 will present its 14th annual Science and Technology Fair at Renaissance Middle School (IS 192) in St. Albans June 2, with the deadline for pre-K to eighth grade students to apply May 25. Comment

St. John’s ushers in next generation with commencement ceremony

About 1,800 St. John’s University undergraduates walked across the Great Lawn of the Jamaica campus to formally receive their degrees Sunday morning and heard remarks on systemic racism from Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle. Comments (4)

World Journalism Preparatory School ranked in top 100 for financial literacy education

The World Journalism Preparatory School, located at 34-65 192 St. in Flushing, has been ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Schools nationwide for Financial Literacy Education, according to Working In Support of Education, a national nonprofit organization. Comment

LaGuardia Community College mechanical engineering major awarded prestigious national scholarship

Eleni Romano, 24, a mechanical engineering major at LaGuardia Community College, was named a recipient of the prestigious and highly competitive national Jack Kent Cook Scholarship last week. She is the ninth winner from the Long Island City campus since 2006. Comments (1)

Jamaica’s William Wordsworth Elementary School set to graduate five pairs of twins

Principal Patricia Mitchell of William Wordsworth Elementary School in Jamaica will have a bittersweet moment this spring when five sets of twins she has watched over for the last four to six years — from pre-school to fifth-grade — will graduate from the school. Comments (1)

Grover Cleveland High School wins International Bridge Building Contest

Ridgewood’s Grover Cleveland High School beat its competitors, taking first place in the International Bridge Building Contest at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Comment

Bills to create School Security Task Force introduced in City Council

A legislative package in City Council, sponsored by various members from Queens, would create a task force to examine the best methods for preventing violence in schools which will be led by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill if passed. Comment
South Ozone Park

Queens schools sweep DOT’s “We’re Walking Here” competition

Six Queens schools swept the Department of Transportation’s “We’re Walking Here” competition that encourages students to engage in a healthy and active lifestyle while learning about street safety. Comment

Carranza announces expansion of bilingual programs

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced last week that over 200 bilingual programs opened or expanded in the last four years in the city’s public schools and there will be an additional 48 opening this fall, including the first of its kind Albanian dual language class. Comments (4)
Jamaica Estates

The Mary Louis Academy names its new principal

Members of the board of trustees at The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates chose Ann O’Hagan-Cordes as the new principal of the all-girls Catholic college preparatory school last week, concluding a three-month search. Comment

April, 2018

Long Island City

Long Island City High School student from wins full culinary scholarship

A senior at Long Island City High School was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., as the top prize at the Careers through Culinary Arts Program New York Awards Breakfast at the Pierre Hotel earlier this month. Comment
Fresh Meadows

New schools chancellor visits Francis Lewis High School

As part of his city wide listening tour, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza attended a student town hall at Francis Lewis High School Monday where he introduced himself to students and asked what their main concerns were as part of one of the city’s largest and most successful schools. Comments (1)

Dromm urges DOE to inform parents of right to opt out of state exams

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) rallied with parents, students, teachers and education advocates Monday in Jackson Heights to demand that the city Department of Education inform parents of their right to opt their children out of state exams. Comments (2)

Immigration groups call on city to fund adult learning programs

Immigrants rallied at the steps of Queens Borough Hall Tuesday to call on the de Blasio administration to continue funding adult learning programs in the city budget, due for passage in June. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Martin Van Buren High School is off receivership, in “good standing:” elected officials

Queens lawmakers celebrated Martin Van Buren High School making its way into good financial standing as it was taken out of receivership this month and will no longer be on the list of schools slated for closure after investment in programming, technology, and physical upgrades. Comment

Braunstein, Vallone propose locking school doors

In light of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 students dead, two Bayside-elected officials are asking the city Department of Education to rethink its policy toward locking the front doors of schools. Comment
Five Queens students were named winners in the Police Athletic League’s competition for creative poetry for children across the five boroughs. Comments (1)

March, 2018


Jamaica students’ fitness app wins congressional contest

Two Jamaica high schoolers’ fitness app have won a congressional competition, which they will showcase in Washington next month. Comments (1)

One way to help prevent school violence

The tragic school shootings and the growing number of mindless acts of mayhem have stirred emotions and provoked debates about the root causes of these events. The most contentious aspects of the debates are the accessibility and the kinds of weapons used. Comments (1)

Making it right

Kudos to the NYPD for reversing its decision on the posting of armed officers in three public high schools in Queens. Comment

Stavisky, Koo call for expansion of specialized test program

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) have called for the continued expansion of Specialized High School Admissions Test preparation programs to help diversify the city’s specialized high schools. Comments (1)

A closer look at arming teachers

UFT President Michael Mulgrew is on record that he does not support the idea of his members (teachers) carrying firearms in school. Comments (2)

Al-Iman students celebrate Heritage Day

Students at the Al-Iman School in Jamaica celebrated different cultures around the world at the school’s annual Heritage Day event last Friday. Comment

Crowley helps nonprofit launch scholarship accounts for kindergarten students

More than 3,500 kindergarten students in western Queens are getting a head start on saving up for college with the help of a charitable nonprofit organization. Comment
Far Rockaway

Protests save two Far Rockaway schools

More than two months of protests have paid off for the Brian Piccolo Middle School (MS 53) and the Robert Vernam School (PS/MS 42), which Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña had targeted for closure in December. Comment
Howard Beach

Mayor appoints Richard Carranza as new schools chancellor

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s selection for a new schools chancellor went from feeling like a simple draft pick to a soap opera in the course of five days, but Monday he announced that Houston Superintendent Richard Carranza will replace the city’s top educational official, Carmen Fariña. Comment
Queens Village

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy to close this summer

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy, a religious school that had been a mainstay in Queens Village since 1932, will be closing its doors and leaving 170 students in limbo. Comments (5)

Catholic HS principals support victims of Florida shooting

As the principals of the Catholic high schools of Brooklyn and Queens, we have kept the administration, faculty, staff, students and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in our prayers since the thoughtless tragedy on Feb.14. Comments (2)

Clear the air

It’s hard to believe in this day and age in Queens that two top city officials failed to persuade Christ the King High School to allow one of its students to have the name “Malcolm X” printed on his senior sweater. Comment

Far Rock community rallies to protest school closings

Parents, teachers, community leaders and youth were at the footsteps of Tweed Courthouse in City Hall last week protesting the closure and conjoiining of 19 schools in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Comment

February, 2018

Middle Village

Pols support ‘Malcolm X’ student at Christ the King rally

Activists and elected officials are not letting Christ the King High School off the hook after a black student was told he could not use the name “Malcolm X” on a school sweater. Comment
St. Albans

Department of Education allocates $32.6 billion budget for 2018-2019

Community education council leaders, School District 29’s budget director and its deputy superintendent were at Lorraine Hansberry Elementary School (PS 118) last week at 190-20 109th Road in St. Albans to discuss the $32.5 billion 2018-2019 fiscal budget for New York City’s 1.1 million students, as well as pensions for teachers. Comments (1)

Graduation rates rise, dropout rates decline

The mayor’s office announced last week that out of the five boroughs, Queens had the largest improvement in terms of graduation and dropout rates. Comments (2)
Rowdy attendees disrupted a Feb. 8 School Construction Authority meeting at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, protesting against one school’s closure and a lack of funding for repairs and additions at others. Comment
Ozone Park

Queens school cafeterias among the city’s worst: Report

Nearly half of the city’s public school cafeterias are not up to health code, according to a recently published report by the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Comment

Report: Queens College a top value for future educators

Queens College was among the top 20 schools for teaching degrees on the annual Best Value Schools’ 2018 list last week and was also named the most affordable school overall. Comment

Support our charter schools

As a Neighborhood Coordination Officer in the New York Police Department, I spend my days strengthening the relationships between police officers and Queens communities. In my efforts to make New York a safer, stronger city, I’ve gotten to know my community inside and out, and I’ve learned a lot of important lessons. Comments (1)

January, 2018

The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College has added 122 years’ worth of historical documents donated by the Real Estate Board of New York to its on-campus repository in Long Island City. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Music teacher empowers students through hidden magic of iPads

Music is an amazing and powerful teaching tool. It can be used to empower students as music makers, while creating a joyful connection that always puts smiles on their faces. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway native plans to open charter school

As two schools in the Far Rockaway area are set to be closed, a native of the neighborhood intends to open a charter high school late next year. Comments (1)
Queens Village

City searches for chancellor to replace Carmen Fariña

Whoever replaces Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who announced her retirement as the head of education in New York City before 2017 came to a close, will have a tough year ahead when it comes to helping failing schools thanks to President Trump’s tax bill. She will be stepping down once her replacement is chosen. Comment


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