Category Archives: Education

School Says Afterschool Program Slots Still Available

One of the pillars of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office has been afterschool programming for middle-school students. And according to the head of PS 207’s own afterschool program, area parents of children in grades 6 through 8 can still take advantage of de Blasio’s initiative at the Howard Beach school. “We just want to make people aware that they should enroll soon,” said Michael Taylor, director of the afterschool program at PS 207, “because we’re going to … Continue reading

Area Communities Tops in State Reading Program

More than 100 students from the communities that comprise state Senate District 15 last week received official certificates from the Senate after emerging on top in number of participants in the legislative body’s summer reading program. Before summer began, state senators reached out to district schools, offering the opportunity to enroll in the program, in conjunction with the state Library. Participating students kept an online journal to track their progress throughout the break from school. The online journal, used via … Continue reading

Loan Reforms Could Help Students Struggling With Debt

With nearly 40 million student loan borrowers holding more than $1.2 trillion in student-loan debt, federal statistics now show that student-loan debt has surpassed credit cards as the country’s third largest type of household debt. Moreover, millions of student-loan borrowers are in default, and even more are delinquent in payments. But, help may be on the way in the form of several recent efforts to reform student loans by enabling borrowers to refinance at lower interest rates, much in the … Continue reading

New Ozone Park Public School Set to Open in Sept. 2017

The city School Construction Authority indicated last week that the new public school designated to be built on an empty lot in Ozone Park is approximately 60 percent of the way through the design phase. Public School 323, a Community School District 27 institution that will serve approximately 504 students in grades Kindergarten through 5th, will be located on the south side of Albert Road between Raleigh Street and 99th Place. With construction scheduled to start in September 2015, doors … Continue reading

Christ the King Students Excel and Accelerate in Math

Christ the King High School Principal Peter Mannarino congratulates students who accelerated their mathematics education by completing a summer course in pre-calculus through Christ the King Continuing Education. The course, taught by faculty member Richard Hartman, was conducted over a six- week period and encompassed over 50 hours of instructional time. Their successful completion of the course allowed these students to progress directly from Algebra II / Trigonometry to AP Calculus. Now in its fourth year, the program has enjoyed … Continue reading

De Blasio, Stringer Spar Over Pre-K Plans

City Comptroller Scott Stringer says his office has less than 30 percent of all city universal pre-kindergarten contracts just days before the first day of school.   Stringer said he only received 141 of more than 500 contracts for pre-K service providers, preventing an independent review and registration of more than 70 percent of contracts before the Sept. 4 start date. “My office will continue to work expeditiously to review and register contracts as we receive them, in accordance with … Continue reading

Ulrich, Communities Prep for Participatory Budgeting

While formal meetings to discuss proposals and vote are still several months in the offing, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and community leaders talked to The Forum this week about the participatory budgeting process and how it has impacted the concept of local governance. Last year, Community Board 9 was introduced to the participatory budgeting initiative—an optional “democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay … Continue reading

Program Preps Woodhaven Women for Success

An affordable education program is helping Woodhaven women make the grade. For only $30, women 19 years old and up can enroll in special classes that will prepare them for the high school equivalency diploma test. formerly known as the GED. The classes are held Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center at 87-04 88th Ave. In order to attend classes this fall, interested applicants must register at the center … Continue reading

No Consensus on Common Core

Despite the fact that city students showed some progress in the second round of standardized test scores, based upon the re-made and highly controversial Common Core standards, many members of the community, from parents and educators to politicians, said they remained skeptical about the more rigid Common Core curriculum and standards. First implemented in New York State in 2011 with the initial round of testing just last year, Common Core has made more than its share of enemies. Although the … Continue reading

De Blasio Touts After-School Initiative in Richmond Hill

Bill de Blasio’s successful mayoral campaign was built around his “Tale of Two Cities,” which highlighted what he saw as unprecedented socioeconomic inequality facing the Big Apple. One of the ways in which he sought to bridge that pervasive gap was through education, particularly after-school programs, and last week he visited Richmond Hill to applaud the efforts of educators and raise awareness of enrollment applications for these enhanced after-school activities. De Blasio and city Department of Youth and Community Development … Continue reading

Southern Queens Pre-K Clear to Launch

The city kept busy this summer making sure its universal pre-kindergarten sites were ready to launch on Sept. 4, but announced some sites were still categorized as public health hazards. Nonetheless, southern Queens was ready to go. The city Health Department along with the Department of Education said this week that 12 of the more than 1,100 sites where pre-K classes were being offered still showed violations and were in need of immediate action if they wanted to open on … Continue reading

State Veterans Summit Produces Results

Elected officials from across the state came together back in March to discuss some of the toughest issues facing our veterans as they return home, and one piece of legislation was signed into law this week to achieve that goal. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new law on Monday, which he said would expand and strengthen services for veterans, active service members and their families by easing the transition to a new school for children of military families that relocate … Continue reading

New Principal Preps for Success at Ave Maria

With not even an entire week under her belt, Ave Maria Catholic Academy’s newest principal Marybeth McManus said she already has big plans for her first full-time school administrator role. Looking ahead, the new principal said she looked forward to engaging students in community service and team-building exercises as she sets her roots in the Howard Beach community. As she becomes more familiar with the area, the administrator said she would be drawing on her extensive background in Catholic education … Continue reading

Youth choir rocks Howard Beach

The Our Lady of Grace Youth Choir brought down the house on Sunday, July 27th with their production of “Singin’ in the Summer.” Performing to a capacity crowd of more than 300 family and friends, the afternoon featured not only a 15-song show, but also a meal donated by the families of the 30 choir members. A bounce house and balloon sculptures provided by Jeanie Beanie of Over the Moon Entertainment topped off the day’s festivities. Steven Eriquez, choir director, said … Continue reading

Avella money revamps Queens College lab

A Queens College science research and teaching laboratory will soon receive what many consider to be a much-needed facelift after state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) provided $2 million to the school. The classroom in need of renovations was originally built as a teaching laboratory for physical chemistry in 1949 and was changed into a student research laboratory in 2010. The switch only facilitated the building of new floors, leaving the original tabletops, gas, vacuum and water supply lines and wooden … Continue reading