Regular Updates

Welcome Mr. McLaughlin

posted Dec 16, 2017, 3:05 PM by C Hauber   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 10:51 AM ]

Mr. McLaughlin

Mr. McLaughlin comes to Elm Tree Elementary School as the new Assistant Principal. He has ten years of experience as an Assistant Principal in Brooklyn and is looking forward to a successful start here in Corona at Elm Tree Elementary School. One area of focus is improving our students’ skills with math fluency. He is leading our “Math in a Minute with Mr. McLaughlin” where students challenge themselves to complete a certain number of math facts in one minute. This is to assist students with knowing their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Who is up for the challenge???

A Familiar Face and a New Face!

posted Dec 16, 2017, 2:54 PM by C Hauber   [ updated Dec 17, 2017, 10:37 AM ]

Welcome Ms. Niven!  
Ms. Niven is now serving as the Interim Acting Principal, after Ms. Estro's retirement.   Ms. Niven has been with Elm Tree Elementary School since the beginning in 2013. She was first the Literacy/Math Coach and has served the Elm Tree Elementary School Community for the past three years as the Assistant Principal. She is looking forward to a successful school year continuing to serve the Elm Tree Elementary School parents, students and community. 

Well Wishes for Ms. Estro

posted Dec 16, 2017, 2:35 PM by C Hauber   [ updated Dec 16, 2017, 3:07 PM ]

October was filled with “Well Wishes” for Ms. Estro who retired October 31st. She was the founding principal of Elm Tree Elementary and absolutely loved being a principal here at PS211. Pictured is Ms. Estro wishing the students of Elm Tree a successful school year and thanking the students for all her fond memories. Best wishes to Ms. Estro on her retirement!

Map of the New School Zones

posted Aug 25, 2017, 8:32 AM by C Hauber   [ updated Aug 27, 2017, 2:55 PM ]

Most Overcrowded School District Gets Rezoned

posted Aug 25, 2017, 7:37 AM by C Hauber   [ updated Aug 25, 2017, 7:38 AM ]

Queens’ School District 24, the most overcrowded school district in the five boroughs, will be rezoned to better accommodate students and make use of the building space for the 2018-2019 school year, according to the city’s Department of Education.

Courtesy of the DOE

Community Education Council (CEC) 24 heard a presentation by the DOE on May 23 and will vote on the proposal at the group’s June meeting.

The rezoning is moving forward to allow for the creation of a new home for PS 211 at 50-51 98th St. in Corona, with a capacity of 796 seats. It will be located in the same lot as IS 61 Leonard Da Vinci. PS 211 is currently located at 86-37 53rd Ave. in Elmhurst.

The rezoning would include PS 13, PS 14, PS 16, PS 28, PS 89 and PS 110. The rezoning gives each school the potential to reduce student population by 20 to 30 percent. The only school that would increase is PS 211, with an increase of up to 11 percent possible. PS 13 would only see a decrease of 5 percent in population.

In the DOE’s presentation, the agency explained that the new school would ensure that each school has an appropriately zoned size and would diminish the need to cap and overflow students or reduce waitlisted students in District 24.

No current students will be required to switch schools. The rezoning will only affect students starting school in the fall of 2018.
The DOE is currently collecting data from the public and the CEC on the proposal to ensure that it would appropriately serve the district.

A rendering of the new PS 211

David Carrington, an analyst for the DOE, said that the agency interviewed the principals of the schools affected and redrew the lines in a way that would best allay concerns and give them more flexibility with their budgets.

He noted that overcrowding in the district is especially severe in Corona and Elmhurst, and that some local schools are operating between 120 and 170 percent of capacity.

Joann Berger, the president of the Council of PTA Presidents in the district, said she was concerned that while the DOE was rezoning, the agency was not taking into consideration all of the new apartment buildings being constructed in the district that would likely house children who would need to attend local schools. She believes that this would affect the DOE’s projected population decreases.

What do you do to Get Moving?

posted Mar 1, 2016, 9:24 AM by C Hauber   [ updated Aug 25, 2017, 7:56 AM ]

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