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P.S. 160 Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead 2017-2018

  

The Walt Disney school is moving full S.T.E.A.M ahead this year in Science, Technology, Engineering , Art and Math. This website is here to keep you informed of "What's Happening At P.S. 160".

How To Maneuver Through Our Website: Click on the menu and under each tab find out information about our school. 

*Information about the Rules/Regulations of P.S. 160 and the NYC DOE can be found under the About The Walt Disney School tab.-

 At the About The Walt Disney School sub tab you will find: 1) Our Mission /Vision Statement 2) Link to the NYC DOE Rules & Regulations  3) Our Parent Handbook where you can find information about the in's and out's of P.S. 160.

P.S. 160's Policies/Rules sub tab you will find: 1) A link to the NYC Chancellor's Regulations 2) P.S. 160's Parent Involvement Policy 3) Cell Phone/ Electronic Usage Policy 4) Grading Policy   

*Please check out our Parent Coordinator (Parent FYI).-  Here you will find parent resources, information about upcoming workshops, parent/student events, information concerning middle school and links to our Remind text and email system .

* The Class Directory - This is  where you can find  information  such as ; homework assignments, reports and special announcements  concerning your child's class.

 

 

Parent Events & Resources

  

5th Grade Information-

5th Grade Dues are $90 and they include the following: Senior Dance, T-shirt, Cap & Gown, and Autograph book. Payment dates- March 29th or April 9th please have payments placed in a white envelope attn: PTA with your child's name and class on the outside.

5th Grade Senior trip information will be distributed on March 26th.

FUNDRAISING THURSDAYS- JOIN US: SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL WHILE HAVING SOME FAMILY FUN!      FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT- MARCH 22ND- 5:30 PM TO 7:30 PM; ADMISSION-$8 for a family of 3/$1 for every additional family member. 

 

 

   

  D.A.D.S. INITIATIVE Focus: Empowering our boys to succeed! Interested "dads" please listen out for more information via phone blasts and text messages. Our next meeting is taking place on Wednesday March 21st at 5:30 pm.

Click on the links below for great websites.

http://www.aplusmathcoach.com/Grade_1/Grade_1_Go_Math_Homework.html This link is the GO math resource site. You have access to parent letters, study guides, homework and much more.

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/worksheets/?grade-  Link for ELA printable worksheets  for grades K-5th.

http://www.k12reader.com- Link for ELA printable worksheets for grades K-5th.

http://www.tlsbooks.com- Link for ELA printable worksheets for grades Pre-K - 5th.

 

Please click on the Parent 411 tab to find more resources for parents.

 

 

Welcome to The Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School: Please scroll down to find out what is happening at our school.

  "Statement on Accessibility: We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0."If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact Kwafi Gray @ kgray6@schools.nyc.gov to request assistance.

 We start back on a Day 1

Parents join us Sat. April 14th at 9 am- for a Parent Resource Fair 

9:00 am - PTA meeting ( 5th grade parents can hand in Senior Dues money at this time),  10:00 am- Math Workshop- ENGAGE NY and Test strategies ; Ms. Clancy Math STEAM Lab Cluster teacher will be facilitating.

We encourage all parents to attend, especially our 3rd , 4th & 5th grade parents. There will be information tables with various resource materials from organizations in and around our community.

  April 11th & 12th are our 3rd, 4th &  5th grade NYS ELA Exam and our NYS Math EXAM is scheduled for May 1st & 2nd.

Parent Reminders - On Test Day

Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast:                                                                                  Many teachers report that students who don't do well on tests haven't gotten enough sleep, and haven't eaten breakfast on the morning of the test. Doing both of these things will ensure that your child is working at full capacity (Narang, 2008).

Make sure your child is prepared and arrives to school on TIME:                                                                                                    Some schools may supply the tools your child needs for the test, such as pencils, an eraser, paper, and a calculator. Others may require the students to bring those materials themselves. Check with your child's teacher to see if you need to provide your child with any of these materials. Also, check to see whether you child will be able to make up the test if she is sick on test day (Narang, 2008).

Remain positive:                                                                                                                                                                                                      Staying calm will help your child stay calm. If she gets nervous about the test or is likely to experience anxiety during the test, help her practice some relaxation techniques that she can try once she's taking the test (Narang, 2008).

Parent FYI: click on link to view a helpful parent test taking tip sheet parent_test_taking_tips.pdf 

 Our students have the NYS Science test coming up in the spring, please click on the following links for the science vocabulary words: science vocab1.pdf , Science vocab2.pdf  science vocab3.pdf

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday March 15th. 

We had a great time at the opening of our New Gym- Thank you to Councilman Andy King for his support !  In partnership with our Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School Community Initiative  we  hosted 2 sports clinics for all students that attended. Parents enjoyed hands on activities in our  STEAM Lab classrooms. Our special guest Councilman Andy King was instrumental in us receiving the grant to refurbish our gym.   It was a wonderful opportunity to meet our staff and see what innovative things are happening within our classroom.
 Parents Please Note: There are some new protocols for our NEW GYM- Please click on link to view: New gym protocol.pdf                                                                                                                        

GYM UNIFORMS CAN BE ORDERED THROUGH THE SCHOOL PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR ORDER FORM:   GYM UNIFORM ORDER FORM.pdf ,  gym uniforms are here again.pdf  

Just A Reminder : Parents, it is important that we have an Emergency Contact Card on file for your child with correct pick up and contact information. Students will not be released to anyone who is not on their blue emergency card. If you need to add any new information please click on the link and send the adjusted information in your child's homework folder.  blue card pdf.pdf  (Please click here to download Parent Contact Sheet).

Please be mindful to listen out for phone blasts from the school in regards to upcoming activities.  

Note: If you have not signed up for our REMIND Text message service please scroll down for more information on how to log in and receive text messages from the school.

 Pre-K student arrival/Dismissal is through the side frontyard.  Kindergarten through 5th grade arrival/dismissal is through the large backyard. Please click on the link to see more information  Protocol Sept 17.doc.

  

 

 

CEC ( Community Education Council ) MEETINGS -

 This month's CEC meeting: March. 13th at 6 pm,  LOCATION: PS 73

Congratulations again to our teachers who received tenure on Dec. 19th. MS. NELSON (PRE K-144), MS. NIX-MILLER (5-366) AND MS. DOHERTY (S.T.E.A.M. ART TEACHER). 

 Community Education Council (CEC) meetings are very important and parents/ community members are welcome to attend. It is a great way to get informed about what is going on in your school district. Please click on the link to find out more information about CECs.-http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/CEC/currentmembers.htm.

 

 At our CEC Meeting  held on April 25th at PS 68, 4011 Monticello ave.  at 6 :00 pm (Business Meeting) and at  7:00 pm  (Calendar Meeting). The main topic of discussion at this meeting was the state of education. What is the plan for  our schools under the  new Trump Administration.  Parent leaders from different schools urged parents to review the "proposed" Bill H.R. 610, "Title l- Choices In Education Act" and to become proactive in the state of their child's education. 

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Looking Forward 2017-2018 School Updates

What's Happening In School?- 

Click on link to view the NYC DOE School Calendar 2017 - 2018. http://schools.nyc.gov/Calendar/default.htm

 

Incoming Pre-K and New Kindergarten Parents Info: Pre-K K orientation parent info.doc 

 

School Contact Information

  P.S. 160's Contact Information:

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE  WE ARE INTHE PROCESS OF SETTING UP PARENT ACCESS TO OUR  TEACHER EMAILS.   

Phone #- (718) 822-8402  Fax # (718) 822 8416

Principal: Lori Baker, E-mail- lbaker3@ schools.nyc.gov    

Asst. Principal: Katherine Atiles, E-mail- katiles@schools.nyc.gov

Parent Coordinator: Kwafi Gray,   E-mail - kgray6@schools.nyc.gov

Test Coordinator's Corner-Important Testing Dates & Information.

  Grades 3–8 State Tests

Elementary and middle school students in New York State take yearly State tests in core academic subjects to assess their mastery of the Common Core Learning Standards. Students’ test results are one of the factors that schools use to decide whether to promote a student to the next grade. Educators also analyze students’ test results to help determine which instructional standards to focus on, and to evaluate their programs.
The links below take you to pages with more information about each particular test that elementary and middle school students take; you can also read more about how subjects are taught in New York City on the Academics page. 

English Language Arts (ELA): Students in grades 3-8 take this test in spring.

  • Math: Students in grades 3-8 take this test in spring.
  • Science: Students in grades 4 and 8 take this test in spring.

 

http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/resources/testing/default.htm Click on this link for more information about NY State Exams.

Quick Links to Important Websites: REMIND (messaging system), Engage NY, etc...

STEAM - Collaborative Research

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    Magic Machines-Project Based Learning

    Our culminating PBL project is underway. Students collaborate to design a simple machines playground. 

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    Hands On Learning

    Simple Machines- A simple machine is a mechanical device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force. Designing their own pulley, students learned how a pulley is used to support movement and change of direction.

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    Science-Inquiry

    How can you design a rocket that flies the farthest? Students were challenged to make a rocket that flies.

    Materials:

    *paper;

    *scissors;

    *pencil;

    * straw;

    *scotch tape;

    *meter stick;

    *space to launch rocket.

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    Collaborative Research

    We live in a multicultural country; it’s important to understand cultures other than your own. Through collaborative research the students become aware of different countries and their customs. 

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  • The Water Cycle

    Third grade students learn about the Central Park Reservoir.

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  • Calling All Engineers

    3rd grade students collaborate to complete an aqueduct challenge. 

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  • Pack Your Bags: Destination Egypt

    Using multiple resources the students collaborate and learn about Egypt’s geography and culture.  After doing so, students will create a travel brochure about Egypt. 

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  • Properties of Matter-Invisible Ink

    The students learned how to write a secret message using lemon juice. Lemon juice is an acidic and weakens paper. When the paper is heated, the remaining acid turns the paper brown and reveals the message. 

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  • Science Inquiry- Properties of Matter

    Essential Question: Does air take up space? If so, how can you inflate a balloon in a bottle? 

    The students learned about the properties of gas by conducting an experiment. They learned a balloon wont inflate inside a bottle if the bottle is already filled with air. There’s no room for the balloon to expand inside the bottle. However, when you punch a hole in the bottle, the air molecules in the bottle have an exit. The molecules are pushed out as the balloon fills the space inside.

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  • Science Inquiry-Energy

    Students learned the importance of energy and renewable resources: wind, solar, geothermal.  The students worked cooperatively to create a model of a windmill to help understand processes:

    What are renewable resources? How does a windmill work? What kind of energy turns a windmill?

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  • Cooperative Math-Problem Solving

    During math students work with a partner to discuss answers.

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  • STEAM Home Challenge; Promoting Critical Thinking

    Students were asked to design anything using unsharpened pencils. They were allowed to use any additional materials as long as they used unsharpened pencils. 

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