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Education Lunar New Year in Sunset Park, Photo by Michael Vito
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Tuesday that New York City will become the second major urban school district in the nation, after San Francisco, to close on Lunar New Year in the official school calendar. In the upcoming 2015-16 school year, schools will close on February 8 for the Lunar…

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Kids at P.S. 118 The Maurice Sendak Community School on 8th Street and 4th Avenue unveiled a mural in the main hallway to celebrate what would have been Maurice Sendak’s 87th birthday on Wednesday. The Brooklyn-born children’s author passed away in 2012, but his memory lives on in the halls of P.S. 118. To celebrate the…

Art & Music Reel Works filmmakers
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Nearly 15 years ago, filmmaker John Williams and his wife Stephanie Walter Williams were asked to lead a documentary filmmaking workshop for teens at the Prospect Park YMCA. The program was a hit and so John and Stephanie decided to start Reel Works, a free after-school filmmaking program for teens. “We realized filmmaking was a pathway to…

Education school bus via scardy
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Goodbye ARIS, hello NYC Schools. Thanks to a new mobile-friendly service, announced by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today, parents will soon be able to access their kids’ academic records with the click of a button. The program, which parents can sign up for starting June 8, will give families the ability to view student information…

Education A crowd packed the sidewalk in front of PS 321 at a recent rally. Photo courtesy of Emma Murphy.
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Another round of standardized testing is underway, and if you have concerns about how increased emphasis on these tests will impact your kids, consider attending an upcoming meeting on the topic. The School-to-School Dialogue on High Stakes Testing will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15 from 7-9pm at the Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll…

Education A crowd packed the sidewalk in front of PS 321 at a recent rally. Photo courtesy of Emma Murphy.
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With a vote on the New York State budget set for April 1, parents, teachers, and administrators from local schools are ramping up efforts to fight Governor Cuomo’s proposed education reforms — which they argue would, in part, provide too little funding to schools and put too much emphasis on standardized tests. During recent rallies at…

Education Photo via the NYC Department of Education
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Pre-kindergarten enrollment season is here again. Beginning yesterday and ending Friday, April 24, pre-K applications are being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year, from parents of any child born in 2011 and currently residing in New York City. The Department of Education (DOE) has a pre-K resources page and Parent Guide available on their website, which includes…

Education A crowd packed the sidewalk in front of PS 321 at a recent rally. Photo courtesy of Emma Murphy.
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Chants of “Whose school? Our school!” reverberated from the sidewalks surrounding PS 10 (511 7th Avenue), one of several local schools where students, teachers, parents, and local politicians gathered this morning to send a message to Governor Andrew Cuomo: they are standing strong in the face of his proposed education reforms, which teachers across the state…

Education Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor’s Office
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New York City public school students will have two new official holidays as of the 2015-2016 school year: Eid al-Adha on September 24, and Eid al-Fitr during the summer. The new school holidays are in celebration of two of the major holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world — including the city’s growing Muslim-American population.…

Education PS/MS 282 Royal Panthers Chess Team! Photo by Jeremy Amar
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Local students continue to make our neighborhood proud by bringing home impressive trophies from chess tournaments! This past weekend, kids from PS/MS 282 (180 6th Avenue) and PS 321 (180 7th Avenue) headed up to the New York State Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs, and they came back with some impressive results. The 282 Royal Panthers chess team, which has an amazing track…

Education Photo by David
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Assemblymember Jim Brennan is not happy with the budget and corresponding legislature recently proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, and he is not about to let it slide. The local representative is inviting neighbors to sign online petitions regarding education and public transport, as well as to attend a meeting discussing these issues at 6:30pm this Wednesday, March 4…

Education PS/MS 282 mural in progress by 20/20 Vision for Schools on Flickr
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aIXZdDulM0 Students at PS/MS 282 have gotten a taste of basic computer science, and they’re hooked — and you can help them become even more accomplished coders! “PS/MS 282 has decided to see if we can introduce our kids to coding year round,” says Andrew Marshall, 282 PTO co-president. “The opportunities available to people with…

Education PS 93, photo by Jim Henderson/Wikimedia
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Not satisfied with middle school options in the neighborhood? No worries, the Department of Education plans to to open six new middle school programs in Brooklyn for the 2015-2016 school year – including several exciting dual language programs. The School for International Studies is getting a French language program, Isaac Bildersee I.S. 68 will get…

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