School Year 2016-2017 Highlights

The school year 2016-2017 is officially over!

June 29, 2017, marked the end of the school year for NYC public school students. It was a wonderful school year filled with many memories and lasting connections in our community. We’re so proud of all of our students and extend our gratitude to our teachers, staff and families for helping nurture and grow our students potential. Here is a look back at some of the great things our community did this year!

Featured Schools

Danielle Bocchino (fifth-grade teacher, P.S. 215 Morris H. Weiss, Brooklyn)
Mrs. Bocchino has taught at P.S. 215 for 14 years and holds her students to rigorous standards, rewarding them with “conversation coupons” when they use accountable talk. Mrs. Bocchino stresses the importance of student independence because, she believes, “It is important to let them do the work.” At the beginning of this year, just 17 percent of her students were meeting fifth-grade math standards; by mid-year, 86 percent were meeting the standards including 34 percent who were exceeding them.



School Events

P.S. 253 Students “Adopt a Grandparent”

Student representatives from P.S. 253 recently brought holiday cheer to residents of the Shoreview Nursing Home. The visit was part of a community outreach organized by Parent Coordinator Gina Dacchille and the Student Government Club, under the direction of Robin Gellman, AIS Literacy Teacher.  Titled “Adopt a Grandparent” the project’s goal was to promote empathy and civic responsibility among the students and to provide the opportunity for interaction between the senior citizens and youth from the same community.  Students spent the morning distributing homemade cards and beautiful poinsettia plants for the residents. These were meant to serve as reminders to the seniors that they are cared about and valued members of the community.  In addition, the P.S 253 Arts department entertained with choral and dance selections from their holiday show.  It was a wonderful experience for all participants!  


Arts & Sciences

Congratulations to I.S. 281 Joseph B Cavallaro’s Robotics Team “The Tech Toads” who competed in two Robotics Competitions on March 18th and 19th.  For the first time, I.S. 281 placed in the top 32 out of 1625 NYC teams to compete in the First Lego League Championships at City College.  They finished 4th overall, winning the coveted Judge’s Award.  Cavallaro’s Underwater Robotics Team won 1st Place at the NYS SEAPERCH Regional Championships and an invitation to the National Championships at Georgia Tech University in May.  Rachel Carson, who is part of the District 21 Pipeline, along with Cavallaro, won first place beating out all other high schools.  These teams will join forces in May at Georgia Tech for the Nationals to represent N.Y.C! 

Sports & Athletics

Mark Twain Intermediate School’s  8G athletics talent students defeated police officers of the 60th Precinct 61-56 on January 18, 2017.



On Friday, June 2nd District 21’s Superintendent Isabel DiMola and UFT District Representative Kate O’Hagan celebrated the collaboration between District 21 Principals and their UFT chapter chairs. The pairs, dressed as twins, celebrated the work done creating the framework for great schools in District 21. The collaboration is a key component in expanding and growing the network of resources available to District 21, its staff, its students and their families.

 PS 153 was awarded an Active Design Grant from Citizens Committee of New York. With this $4,000 grant, the school has beautified spaces in the school that will encourage healthy and active living

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