¡Vamos pa’la Washington Height! Let’s go visit some neighbors para bailar!
Let's kick-off spring reading season with "The Music From Our Country" an amazing story of a little girl named Mechi who lives in Washington Heights. She learns how to dance bachata from her family in their "sala" (living room.) Mechi is woken up to a yummy breakfast, then gets a dance lesson as a treat. Let yourself dance to the rhythm of this story. Enjoy the spirit of a family, their love for each other and their music. The book highlights self-expression, representation, and cultura in a Dominican household.
Facts about Author Dabrali Diaz
Dabrali Diaz was born and raised in Washington Heights. She has always been involved in dancing. She has a LLC called Dancing Dabrali and has danced many genres professionally including bachata and salsa to name a few. Dabrali is an alumni of PS 173. She attended from Kindergarten to 5th grade and graduated 2002. One of her goals is to build a legacy for her community by creating an impact through her Dominican Culture.
A new year, and a new batch of successful students here at PS173. Congrats to all the winners of Student of the Month. Keep up the good work!
And we're back!
A few weeks ago, PS173 invited Corey Jones, a former high school teammate of Lebron James, to share with us the power of growth mindset through a variety of concrete and fun activities. Growth mindset is a concept we encourage our kids to apply in all aspects of their lives. It requires kids to think more deeply about the, "process" of learning rather than solely focusing on the end product. Through this process, students learn the importance of mistakes and occasional failures---because with each step, they learn something new about themselves and develop the patience and drive to accomplish whatever goals they set.
Thanks to our amazing music teacher, Ms. Sable, we were able to welcome summer with Grammy Nominated trombonist and composer Papo Vazquez! Kids were up on their feet as we listened and danced to the cultural sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. This was a once in a lifetime experience that our kids at PS173 will never forget.
On behalf of everyone at PS173, we wish everyone a healthy, safe, and fun summer break! See you in September!
Congratulations are in order for our April and May Students of the Month! This is a tricky time of year with summer so close in reach, but these kids have stayed motivated and worked their hardest through this busy time. Demonstrating kindness, effort, and overall positive school spirit, these students stood out as clear winners!
On Friday, May 23rd, students from all grades participated in our first every Cultural Exhibition. Our amazing movement teacher Ms. Chavez worked tirelessly with each grade over the last several months to explore a variety of cultural dances and songs such as India to the Dominican Republic. It was two days filled with fun and celebration!
For the first time ever, PS173 held Career Week focused on engaging our students in a world of possibilities. Throughout the week, both the lower grades and upper grades participated in activities that promoted the importance of college, trade schools, and careers, and how each one requires hard work and effort. In the lower grades, activities were geared towards the importance of community workers and how one day, they too can be making a difference like their family and friends around them. The upper grades were introduced to what college and trade schools are and how everyone has to work hard in order to get there. Through research and hands on activities, students were able to experience first hand what colleges have to offer in the form of majors and minors through our web searches, how to fill out an, "application," and how to write a persuasive, "college essay" demonstrating what qualities and experiences they have that would make them a good fit for a particular career path.
Our week finished off with our Career Fair! Family and friends from all over joined us in conversation about their educational experience, what they wanted to be when they grew up, and what their role is in our society today. Kids were eager to hear from everyone they met--joining us were artists, architects, doctors, fitness specialists, sanitation workers, and so many more. The kids had a blast, and even the teachers learned a thing or two!
Back at it with another Spirit Week to pump us up for the NYS Math Test! This week, students participated in fun dress ups such as "Color of The Rainbow" Day, Crazy Hat/Hair/Sock Day, Twin Day, Career Day and finally, Culture Day.
Big congrats to this month's winners! We are so proud of all our students, particularly on days like this! Each of our kids have shown tremendous progress and we can't wait to see what successes lay ahead.
Did you know that everyone's fingerprints are inherited? Or that a fast food burger can stay in almost mint condition without molding or smelling...for over 5 weeks! (YUCK!) Our STEM teacher, Ms. Grube, hosted this year's very successful science fair surrounded by all of the 5th grade participant's teachers, families, and friends. Students thoroughly researched a topic of their choice, posed a hypothesis, tested their hypothesis through a variety of experiments, formed a conclusion/theory, and then presented their work at the fair. Each student's work was, "judged" based on their visual presentation, their depth of knowledge on their topic, and how they incorporated each piece of the scientific method in their project. Excellent work by all our scientists--looking forward to next year!
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