Pajama Day is Here! Pajama Day is a chance for our students and staff to spend the day in their most comfortable jammies, surrounded by their favorite pals, all while learning and having fun. We see how this day creates a sense of community in our school.
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The results of our students of the month recipients are in for March. These students are wonderful role models for their schoolmates by always trying to make wise choices. They have kind hearts and are courteous and thoughtful of others. Teachers and classmates agree that these students are a pleasure to be around. Congratulations to our March, Students of the Month. Our K2 pep rally had Harlem Magic Masters as special guests. It was a show full of basketball skills and dance routines that provided a rush of excitement. Our kids and teachers were dancing…or attempting to dance. We had a really great time. Our third, fourth and fifth grade students have been working very hard getting ready to take the state exams. To help cure test anxiety we had our annual Beat the Test pep rally basketball game with the Harlem Magic Masters. It was motivational and focused on raising student confidence and enthusiasm. We had motivational cheers, music, teachers and students dancing and a fun filled basketball game. Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Technology is changing rapidly and changing the world that we live in. It is imperative that our students receive an education that prepares them for this very real and not so distant future. They must learn to think critically, solve problems, communicate, design, and create. Our Students didn’t need a computer to start learning coding. We turned our students into coders with just pens, paper and a stack of cups. PS 173 students say that the Science fair force them to go above and beyond what is typically required of them in school projects. It is also great way to teach them interpersonal skills like how to present research or how to advocate for their own ideas in a research setting. Doing these science experiments offered our students the unique opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) Finally, the scientific knowledge gained through participating is another outstanding benefit of science fairs. See enjoy our science fair projects. Students were given a brief introduction to Snap Circuits to introduce the basic properties of electricity and electronics. They learned how to build a simple circuit, to understand the fundamentals behind circuitry and how circuits are used in all of the technological devices we use today. They leaned about Direct Current, and how an electric switch works. Snap Circuits is an educational toy that teaches electronics with solderless snaptogether electronic components. Each component has the schematic symbol and a label printed on its plastic case that is color coded for easy identification. The students worked in groups testing the kits providing insight into the types of circuits and comparing the different properties of series and parallel circuits. Students will be able to recreate circuits of various functionalities such as shining a light bulb, spinning a motor, or both. They were able to manipulate the circuits and create their own circuits using the components provided in the snap circuit kit. March Madness is the NCAA college tournament. P.S.173 celebrated with its own 1st annual Students vs. Faculty basketball game. With students and families cheering on, the girls & boys school basketball teams battled the teachers/staff out on the court. The boys and girls basketball teams were excited to show the teachers how P.S.173 Wolves play ball. During the game students played hard against the teacher, Brian showed off his ball handling skills and might have broken a teachers ankle or two, while Angelina drove hard to the basket with several floaters that went in. All the students came to play hard against the teachers and showed their excellent skills throughout the night.
At half time students from the audience were invited to take freethrows. Many of the students were excellent shooters. As the game continued the students' basketball skills weren’t enough to beat the teacher who came home with the Honoree Bragging Rights trophy. Teachers won the game by one point through a game plan of team work. At the end each side showed fierce competition and it was all fun and games. Don’t worry students' there is always the next event to beat the teachers. Great Job everyone! Students from Bachata Academy visiting from Dominican Republic, came to our school to give our PS 173 students the thrilling live music experience. Everyone was blown away by these young musicians. It was an aweinspiring show. Our students were so impressed with the performance that at the end of the show they asked the musicians for autographs.
Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing kids, teens, and books together. Students and faculty of P.S.173 altered our school to transform it into one big Dr. Seuss collection to celebrate Read Across America. Throughout the week, students and staff made our hallways and classroom look straight out of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. Each floor read one of Dr. Seuss' books, which inspired the decor and activities that went on in each classroom. 
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