Here we celebrate our school’s awards, accomplishments, and strides in education.
Congratulations to Bay Academy
The Bay Academy Dreamz Team consists of 6 students from the Science Talent Program. Dr. Cubbin their teacher assigned the Verizon App Challenge to his students as a STEM related project. The app challenge is a nationwide contest in which middle and high school students are challenged to develop concepts for mobile apps that solve a problem in their community. The challenge is an activity that teaches collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and entrepreneurship, as well as STEM skills and coding. It builds on students’ excitement about technology and aims to equip them with skills they need to succeed in the jobs of the future. The Dreamz Team created their concept to solve the problem of Insomnia. They collected data on Insomnia and how it affects teenagers. Their submission consisted of an essay on the app concept as well as a three-minute video.
The Dreamz Team won the Best in State Award and Best in Region Award. The school received 5K each student was awarded a t-shirt, trophy and tablet. The team moved to the next phase of the competition. The Fan Favorite Award is chosen by popular vote. The team’s video submission was posted on the app challenge website, and the public was invited to vote for their favorite. With over 12,300 votes, The Dreamz Team won the Fan Favorite Award. The program will receive 15K and in-person and virtual training and support from MIT to assist the team in building and publishing their app. Travel expenses will be provided to each member of the team and each member’s accompanying parent/legal guardian to attend the national TSA conference in Orlando, Florida.
PS 97 has been granted a school building extension that will include new art and music rooms, new gym, new cafeteria, and other new opportunities for their students and faculty. Congratulations to PS 97.
New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia identified 220 high achieving and high progress schools as Reward Schools. 110 of the schools identified are New York City public schools, 3 of the Reward Schools are in District 21. Reward Schools are schools that either have high academic achievement or have madethe most progress in the State and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups.
Congratulations to: I.S. 98 P.S. 215 I.S. 239
The Showcase Schools program is designed to recognize, celebrate, and share promising practices across New York City Department of Education schools. Showcase Schools promote collaboration by hosting three visits throughout the school year,in which any interested NYC DOE educator may attend The PS 253 and PS 216 community is proud to have been chosen as a Showcase School Sharing Promising Practices for the 2016-2017 school year. The school works incollaboration with staff, parents, and students to achieve high academic standards for all students. P.S. 216, the Arturo Toscanini School, is partnered with Edible School Yard and together with the support of local politicians and private donors from the community the school is home to a fully operational garden and state of the art outdoor kitchen. Every student experiences an empowering, inspiring education in the hands-on garden and kitchen classes that are integrated into the daily school curriculum. P.S. 253, the Magnet School of Multicultural Humanities. The learning focus area of the showcase is "cultivating student led learning through metacognition." At PS 253, student independence and growth when reading and writing are fostered through a school-wide focus using meta-cognitive strategies to analyze and modify patterns of thinking based on self-refection and peer feedback. Congratulations to: To District 21’s Showcase Schools P.S. 216, P.S. 253