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Parent Update: Week Ending 5/20/2017

posted May 22, 2017, 8:46 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 22, 2017, 8:46 AM ]

This week, students are busy taking their Quarterly Exams. Our band came back from Hershey, PA. The trip was a resounding success, with many awards bestowed on our talented group of students.

6th Grade:

Ms. Gamsey:
The 6th grade "ecologists" are on their way to learning how the many populations in an ecosystem rely on each other in order to survive. They are also learning how abiotic factors, such as weather, can influence an ecosystem.

Ms. Wacholder:
In math Class 6-13 has been working on using a coordinate plane to solve real world problems. We will be continuing with net and surface area problems. In science Class 6-13 has been working on classifying living things.

Ms. Summer:
Students are reviewing geometry concepts including calculating area, surface area, and volume.

Ms. Hanley:
Students in 6-3, 6-9, and 6-10 continued reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and began writing a comparative essay using both the novel and the short story "The Gold Cadillac."

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 6th grade students finished their argumentative on demand essay on Alexander the Great. Then they began to explore the founding of Ancient Rome.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 6-1 and 6-2 learned about viruses and vaccinations. The Science Quarterly is on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Ms. Duro:
6-3 and 6-4 were doing Lesson 16.2 and 16.3 (Mean Absolute Deviation and Box Plots).

7th Grade:

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-12 continued on with Of Mice and Men. We also began Document Based Questions (DBQs) on human body systems and Westward Expansion.

Mrs. Maslow:
Classes 7-1 and 7-2 learned how the Periodic Table of Elements is organized as well as how to draw the Bohr’s model of atoms. The Science Quarterly is on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Ms. Flatts:
My students completed the final portion of the writing process for the argumentative essay on euthanasia.

In addition my students will continue reading Of Mice and Men to focus on Steinbeck's depiction of African Americans and women based on Crooks and Curley's wife's character.

Mr. Auguste:
Classes 7-5 and 7-7 learned how to find the area of a composite figure.

8th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade students studied Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. They took a unit test last Friday.

Ms. Casey:
My classes are reading The Help and answering questions in their packet.

Ms. Duro:
Class 8-3 completed a project on Budgeting for a Vacation and at the same time, are finishing all the performance tasks.

Mr. Auguste:
Class 8-2 learned how to factor quadratic equations.


Enrichment: 

Ms. Peltz:
Congratulations to chorus students on their Silver rating given for their performance at NYSSMA!

Ms. Realmutto:
Students in the Gardening class planted additional annuals of flowers, vegetables and herbs.

Library Notice:

All books/magazines will be due no later than Wednesday June 7th

After June 8th, the Chancellor’s Conference date, the library will only be open for the following:

  • Project Class (Thursday, pds 3 & 4 and Friday pds 2 & 3)
  • To return books
  • Pay/replace a lost or damaged book
  • Clear any fines, etc. from library account
From June 9th until the end of the year, I will be

  • collecting books 
  • weeding 
  • conducting an inventory 

Parent Update: Week Ending 5/12/17

posted May 15, 2017, 6:25 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 15, 2017, 6:25 AM ]

Don't forget parent teacher conference Thursday evening May 18! From 4:30-7:30pm

6th Grade:

Ms. Fogorazzo:
In 6th grade the students finished a unit of study on Ancient Greece with an on demand essay that had to use textual evidence to determine if Alexander the Great was truly "great."

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Class 6-5 wrote an essay comparing the story elements of Mildred D. Taylor's novella The Gold Cadillac to her novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 6-1 and 6-2 learned about the organelles in an animal and plant cell and what their specialized jobs are.

Ms. Hanley:
Classes 6-3, 6-9, and 6-10 analyzed conflict in the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Students will have an exam on Chapters 1-7 on Friday May 19th.

Mr. Gamsey:
6th Grade Science
The 6th grade scientist are wrapping up their discussion about the role that cells play in all living things. They have discovered that a cell is its own living thing and trillions of specialized cells make up multi-celled organisms, like us!!!

7th Grade:

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Classes 7-1 and 7-5 continued their reading and analysis of Of Mice and Men.

Mr. Tupper:
This week my math class students learned about angle pairs and how to use spatial awareness to determine missing values. Students also began learning to determine the volume of prisms.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 7-1 and 7-2 learned about how to calculate the number of protons, electrons, and neutrons in an atom. In addition students learned the early history of the Periodic Table of Elements.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-12 read chapters two and three in Of Mice and Men and completed a major project and presentation on human body systems.

Mr. Auguste:
Classes 7-5 and 7-7 learned how to contrast between vertical and adjacent angles.

8th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade, students continued to analyze the effects of the Great Depression as well as the reforms put in place to relieve the economic crash.

Ms. Kieran:
This week we compared The Help to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ms. Casey:
My classes continued to read The Help and worked on focus, discussion, and reader response questions.

Mr. Auguste:
Class 8-2 learned how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find a missing side.

Ms. Tammaro:
Last week we began chapter 10 of The Help. Students love the interesting language and deep subject matter. Aibileen is reluctant to help Skeeter, but she decides to help her and the book on African Americans working for whites is on the way. We are excited to see how Skeeter and Aibileen portray life and racial issues in the South during the 1960s.

Enrichment:

Ms. Realmutto:
Students in the Gardening class continued preparing the garden for planting of the vegetables and flowers that have been growing in the classroom.

Mr. Gamsey:
Marine Park Robotics
Although we ended our tournament season with multiple awards from both the First Lego League and SeaPerch tournaments, we are still hard at work. The four robotics teams are preparing their robots for our first-ever "Robot Olympics". There will be seven events. Some of the events include: The 50 yard dash (using gear systems to increase their speed); the shot put (tossing a ball a distance); a relay race (using touch sensors to "pass the baton"); and the final event, LEGO ROBOT BATTLE BOTS!!!

Parent Update: Week Ending 5/5/17

posted May 9, 2017, 6:08 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 9, 2017, 6:08 AM ]

It certainly doe not feel like Spring, but it is here! The Math tests are over and we know our students worked hard!  

6th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 6th grade students analyzed Greek architecture. In addition they debated whether Alexander the Great was a hero or a villain.

Mrs. Maslow:
Classes 6-1 and 6-2 learned what the science of taxonomy is and how organisms are classified. They learned why the Animal Kingdom is divided into Vertebrates and Invertebrates, and that 98% of organisms on Earth are invertebrates.

Ms. Gaskowitz:
This week Class 6-5 analyzed African American poetry dealing with the theme of the American Dream while making connections to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

7th Grade:

Ms. Cucos :
Class 7-12 began Of Mice and Men and reviewed questions for our Math Exam.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 7-1 and 7-2 learned about the protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom. They learned about the energy shells that surround an atom and how many electrons each energy shell can hold.

Ms. Gomez:
This past week Classes 7-8, 7-9, 7-10, and 7-11 learned to tell time in Spanish. We also asked and stated at what time an event was taking place. We also took our quiz on telling time.

Ms. Flattts:
The students reviewed the theme of power vs. powerlessness and individual vs. community in an on demand writing assignment. The On Demand question was ‘Was George a brother or bully to Lennie?’

Mr. Auguste:
In Classes 7-5 and 7-7 we learned how to draw figures that satisfy figures that satisfy the given condition.

Ms. Gaskowitz:
7-1 and 7-5 read and analyzed Chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men, while discussing foreshadowing.

8th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade students analyzed the reasons that caused the Great Depression.

Ms. Long:
8-4 completed final test prep for the State Math exam as well as test prep for the upcoming State Science exam.

Mr. Auguste:
In Class 8-2 we learned how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the missing side.

Ms. A. Klein:
Algebra
How did we use statistics to draw conclusions from quantitative data?

Grade 8 math
How did we review and prepare for the math state assessment?

Non-Academic:

Ms. Realmutto:
Last week students in the Gardening class continued to sow seeds for herbs, flowers, and vegetables. After the amazing garden clean-up the previous week the garden is almost ready for transferring our seedlings outdoors.

Parent Update: Week Ending 4/28/17

posted May 1, 2017, 5:24 AM by Esther Keller

Spring is certainly in the air!  And so is learning at I.S. 278.

6th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 6th grade students completed a group research project on one aspect of Ancient Greece and the impact it had on American life. Students worked with iPads and computers to create a presentation.

Ms. Wahl:
My students identified figurative language, symbolism, and dialogue in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Ms. Hanley:
Students in 6-9 & 6-10 began reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and have begun analyzing the setting of the novel as well as how the setting affects the characters we have been introduced to.

Ms. Wacholder:
Class 6-13 has been working on finding the area of a rhombus, triangle, trapezoid, rectangle, parallelogram, and polygons. We will be taking the state math test on Tuesday , Wednesday, and Thursday May 2-4.

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Class 6-5 read Chapters 3 and 4 of Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and analyzed conflict, theme and characters.

7th Grade:

Mr. Tupper:
Students reviewed the concepts and ideas that were taught this year in preparation for the upcoming math state exam. Students used evaluation practices to identify their own areas of strength and weakness for the purpose of directed study/review. Students also reviewed test taking strategies and protocols that can assist with the evaluation and interpretation of word problems.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-12 prepared for the Math exam by reviewing key topics such as linear equations, finding GCF and plotting points. We also wrapped up our Constitution unit and A Long Walk to Water.

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Students in 7-1 and 7-5 continued learning about the Great Depression, including the definition of migrant workers and FDR's new deal. They began reading chapter 1 of Of Mice and Men. 

Ms.Flatts:
Students read chapters 1-3 in Of Mice and Men with an emphasis on John Steinbeck's life, his Nobel Prize speech, predictions, tone, and the theme of power vs. powerlessness.

Mr. Auguste:
Students in Classes 7-5 and 7-7 reviewed how to find the unit rate, area of circle, percent of change, simplifying integers, and writing and solving equations and inequalities.

Mr. Murolo:
My classes are finishing up the unit on Chemistry.

8th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade students learned about the Roaring 20's and how the lives of women and African Americans were impacted during this era.

Ms. Kieran:
My classes were working with Mrs. Keller and creating Google Doodles that depicts the "struggle for Civil Rights.". This project is in conjunction with a visit to the library where students engaged in learning tasks about the Civil Rights movement to prepare us for reading The Help.

Ms. Traiman:
Class 8-12 finished Chapter 26 in To Kill aMockingbird and concentrated on the plot of "falling action"
In math we finished learning how to use the Pythagorean theorem and reviewed for this week’s state test.

Mr. Auguste:
Students reviewed how to find the slope, y-intercept, system of equations, transformation and writing an equation of a line.

Ms. A. Klein:
What have we concluded learning about functions, measurement geometry, systems of equations, and transformations. (We reviewed all 8th grade math topics for NYS Assessment)

Non- Academic:

Ms. Realmutto:
Students in the Gardening class began sowing seeds indoors for the school garden. They also went outside for a tour of the garden.

Ms. Peltz:
Chorus Talent students are working on NYSSMA entry songs to be performed on Friday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. They have also been reminded to check their uniforms and be sure they have everything they need: Chorus polo shirt, black dress pants (no leggings), black dress shoes. Other upcoming events are: Hershey Trip May 19-20, and Spring Concert May 25.

General Chorus students are working on material in their class songbooks and will have an opportunity to perform on Monday, May 22. Students interested in this performance will vote on their concert songs and begin polishing them.

PA 195 Hosting Author's Event 4/27/17

posted Apr 21, 2017, 5:57 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 5:57 AM ]


Letter From the Chancellor

posted Apr 20, 2017, 9:24 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 9:27 AM ]

Attached is a letter from the Deputy Chancellor regarding changes in the discipline code. 

Parent Update: Week Ending 3/31/17

posted Apr 3, 2017, 9:03 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 9:03 AM ]

ELAs are behind us (with the exception of the few students still needing to make-up exams). The school musical, The Little Mermaid, has arrived. In the meanwhile... we're still learning @I.S. 278.

6th Grade:

Ms. Duro:
603 and 604 finished Lesson 11.4. Lesson 12.1 was completed last Tuesday. Lesson 12.3 was discussed on Wednesday to Friday of last week.

Ms. Vieria:
Last Monday, class 6-13, finished up their test prep in preparation for the ELA State Exam students took on 3/28-3/30. We will now move into our new novel, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor.

Ms. Gaskowitz:
My studentswatched the film versions of The Giver and assessed whether or not the novels central themes have been justified.

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 6th grade students completed a gallery walk- learning about life in the Ancient Greece city states of Athens and Sparta.

Ms. Maslow:
My classes learned about tornadoes and how students in the central states of the U.S. also have tornado drills in addition to fire drills. We also learned how tornadoes only occur in the U.S, and the conditions needed for one to form.

7th Grade:

Ms. Vieria: 
Last Monday, classes 7-8, 7-9, 7-10, and 7-11 finished up their test prep in preparation for the ELA State Exam students took on 3/28-3/30. We will now move into our new novels (Roll of Thunder for the 6th grade and Of Mice and Men for the 7th grade). 

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
My studentswatched the film versions of The Outsiders and assessed whether or not the novels central themes have been justified. 

Mr. Tupper:
My math class students continued to work with circles. Students were using radius and diameter to identify and interpret circumference and area. Students were also working with formulas to further enhance their understanding of expressions and equations.

Ms. Cucos:
7-12 reflected after each day of testing to see how they can improve for the next day. We also worked on sharpening basic Math skills.

Mr. Murolo:
My classes began writing an argumentative essay on analog vs. digital technology. Then, we will begin our chemistry unit with the intention to learn about solubility.

Ms. Maslow:
My classes watched a Brainpop about the advantages and disadvantages of analog and digital technology as part of the Sound Waves and Light Waves Unit. Students annotated a text, filled in a graphic organizer, and had a choice of quotes as the argumentative writing prompt. The essay is to be completed at home and is due April 7th.

8th Grade:

Ms. A. Klein:
Algebra
Students drew conclusions about using scientific notation with the real number system.

Grade 8
Students analyzed angle relationships and measurements.

Ms.Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade students examined Woodrow Wilson's 14 Point Plan for "peace without victory" following World War I.

Parent Update: Week Ending 3/24/17

posted Mar 27, 2017, 6:08 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 6:08 AM ]

Tomorrow is day 1 of the New York State ELA Test. We congratulate our students on all their hard work and wish them luck! We know they'll do a fabulous job!

6th Grade:

Mr. Bochbot:
My 6th graders began learning about Ancient Greece.

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 6th grade we continued our study of Ancient Greece. Students examined and illustrated the polis, or Greek city state. In addition, they learned about the importance of citizenship and the impact it had on our country.

Ms. Wacholder:
Class 6-13 has been continuing with Module 12 " Graphing on the Coordinate Plane" and "Dependent and Independent Variables". In science we prepared for the Science Quarterly, which was administered on 3/23.

Ms. Maslow:
We learned about the formation of thunderstorms and how to protect ourselves and families during one. We reviewed for the Science Quarterly by playing a Bingo game.

Ms. Wahl:
This past week we completed Pre-Reading Stations on subtopics that will be discussed in our next book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. Each station focused on a specific topic and implemented skills such as analyzing the text, annotating, and answering guided questions.

Ms. Summer:
Students of 6-9 and 6-10 worked cooperatively in groups to review for the quarterly exam. Students took the third math quarterly last Wednesday. We will continue to prepare for the upcoming math state exam and begin Unit 6- Geometry!

Mr. Gamsey:
6th Grade Science
As the expression goes referring to the weather... "March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb", so does the 6th grade science curriculum. After taking the Science Quarterly, we have wrapped up our weather forecasting unit. We are now moving onto Life Science. The students will learn what makes a living thing, "living". We will discover living things are made of cells. We will end the year studying populations and ecosystem

7th Grade:  

Mr. Bochbot: 
My 7th grade students learned about the 8th amendment and are now going to move into the first presidency. 

Mr. Auguste: 
Classes 7-5 and 7-7 reviewed unit rate, percent of change, linear equations, and solving equations and inequalities. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-12 worked hard on their Quarterly Exams. We also practiced annotating texts and citing evidence.

Ms. Gomez: 
In Spanish class we learned numbers in Spanish. We can now say and write the numbers in word form up to 100! 

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
All ELA classes took their quarterlies and worked on test sophistication skills.  

Ms. Maslow: 
We learned about the differences between reflection, refraction, and diffraction. We also practiced for the Science Quarterly exam with a Bingo game.  

Ms. Gullo: 
Ms Gullo's classes have wrapped up Unit 3-7EE and have begun Unit 4-7G.  

Some facts about this year's state math exam
1.  May 2-Day 1-26 multiple choice questions (no calculator permitted)
2.  May 3-Day 2-25 multiple choice questions (with calculator)
3.  May 4-Day 3-6 short response and 4 extended response questions (with calculator)

The test this year will not be timed as long as students are actively and productively working. 
**Your mathematician has calculated and determined that out of the 61 questions:
12-18 (20%-30%) will be RP (ratios and proportions) questions
9-15 (15%-25%) will be NS (number system) questions
18-24 (30%-40%) will be EE (expressions, equations and inequalities) questions
3-9 (5%-15%) will be G (geometry) questions
6-12 (10-20%) will be SP (statistics and probability) questions

8th Grade:   

Ms. Casey: 
My classes took and reviewed the quarterly exams and worked on test sophistication skills in preparation for next week's ELA exam. 

Ms. Fogarazzo: 
In 8th grade, students finished their unit on World War I. They examined new technology used during the war as well as President Wilson's plan for peace.  

Mr. Auguste: 
This week,  Class 8-2 reviewed slope, system of equations, linear equations, scientific notation and transformations. 


Non-Academic: 

Ms. Peltz: 
Chorus students are securing their parts to NYSSMA selections.  They will review "Old Joe Clark", "Be Joyful This Day", and "Homeward Bound".  They will learn "May You Always Have A Song." 

Mr. Gamsey:
Marine Park Robotics
Tournament season ended last week for the Marine Park Robotics program.  The two SeaPerch teams participated in the U.S. Navy's underwater robotics tournament at the Aquatics Center in Corona, NY.  Unfortunately, we were not able to repeat as city champions and go to Nationals this year.  We did win the award for Team Spirit and were the runner-up for Best Engineering Notebook (a new category).  Our 7th graders have shown such growth since September!  Wait 'til next year!!! 

Updated and Translated NY State Assessment Resources for Parents

posted Mar 27, 2017, 5:03 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 5:10 AM ]

The New York State Education Department has translated the assessment resources for parents into 10 languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), French, Haitian Creole, Karen, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

These translated materials are now available on their website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/parent-resources-17.html

Letter from the Chancellor

posted Mar 23, 2017, 6:17 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 6:17 AM ]

Attached, is a letter from the chancellor...
We are writing with an update to our letter from January 30, 2017, to reaffirm our commitment to protecting the right of every student in New York City to attend public school, regardless of immigration status.

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