Category Archives: Education

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

Pre-K program lands in Woodhaven

Parents of young children in Woodhaven will not have to look high and low for open pre-kindergarten classes come September, because the Woodhaven Public Library will be rolling out its free program in the 2014-2015 school year. It is the first of its kind not only in the city, but also in the entire country. Southern Queens was seen as an area that greatly needed universal pre-K classes, due to competitiveness of the current programs, according to Joann King, director … Continue reading

Woodhaven teen’s spirit honored through scholarship

The life and spirit of High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture (CTEA) graduate Roman Pirozek may live on through a $1,000 scholarship awarded to Rickey Ramkishun at this year’s CTEA graduation in June. Pirozek , a 19-year-old Woodhaven resident, died unexpectedly in September 2013, when a remote-controlled helicopter he was operating at Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn struck him, causing severe trauma to his head and throat. He died the scene. Staff members at CTEA began raising money … Continue reading

Meng Honors Student Art Contest Winner from Flushing in Washington, D.C.

  U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) honored Queens student Xiangkun Kong in Washington, D.C. for winning the Congresswoman’s 2014 “Sixth Congressional District Art Contest.”   Meng’s second annual art competition, which consisted of submissions from numerous high schools throughout Queens, is part of “An Artistic Discovery,” the national Congressional art contest that showcases the artwork of high school students from across the nation.   Kong’s winning artwork – along with the winning pieces from art contests in Congressional districts throughout … Continue reading

Maspeth honors high schoolers

Maspeth High School showed off last week when it honored students at its third annual awards ceremony, thanking distinguished members of its 30 clubs and awarding even more on their academics. Joshua Vazquez received one of the top honors in the form of the Citizenship Award and shook hands with Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir and the Maspeth High School faculty at the ceremony. Other award recipients included: Declamation Award – Presented by Mr. Kwon Gold Award – Tyrell Harrison Silver Award … Continue reading

Queens College welcomes new president

There is a new president at the helm in Queens College. The City University of New York’s board of trustees tapped Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez to serve as the borough college’s president, replacing James Muyskens, who was appointed on an interim basis on Jan. 1. The Ivy League-educated teacher and former cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico was selected after a national search and brings leadership and educational experience to the … Continue reading

Students put Woodhaven’s history on display

  The Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society is adding some color into students’ lives by asking them to envision their community without any. A Woodhaven coloring book was only one of the several projects the group was helping students at St. Thomas the Apostle’s Woodhaven history club explore, along with researching the history of the Wyckoff-Snedicker family cemetery on 96th Street and crafting a video on the history of Forest Park. Ed Wendell of the historical society said his group wanted … Continue reading

Maspeth HS senior shoots high on and off court

  Paolo Tamer said he has one goal in mind as he enters his senior year at Maspeth High School: being the best he can be both inside and outside the classroom. His attitude is realistic and focused, the 17-year-old said, taking things one step at a time in his approach to academics, athletics and community service. Anastasia Bitis, boys varsity basketball coach for the school and Tamer’s mentor, said the young basketball player has talent and star quality, but … Continue reading

Panel approves annex plans for Richmond Hill HS

The city Panel for Educational Policy approved the Education Department’s controversial proposal to reform Richmond Hill High School’s usage of an annex that administrators argued has helped alleviate overcrowding there. Panel members met at Taft Educational Campus in the Bronx Tuesday night for the group’s monthly meeting, giving a seal of approval to a measure that would move nearly half of the 400 students from an annex back into the main building in order to make room for a new … Continue reading

Oquendo’s Grandmother sounds Off for School Alarms

The grandmother of the 14-year-old with autism who went missing and eventually turned up dead called on the City Council to act faster in its efforts to keep that from ever happening again. Doris McCoy testified before the City Council’s Education Committee last Thursday morning discussing “Avonte’s Law,” which would require the Education Department to equip all special education elementary schools’ exit doors with an alarm system. Her grandson Avonte Oquendo wandered out of the Riverview School in Long Island … Continue reading

Queens College Study of Abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line Set to Begin

Proposals for the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line, including reactivating the train service and turning the space into a park similar to Manhattan’s High Line, is about to land further scrutiny in a study that the Queens College Department of Urban Studies is set to launch. The study, initiated by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), will begin by students in the department distributing survey questionnaires about the potential impacts of the various proposed redevelopment options for the rail line, which … Continue reading

Attention Bookworms! Summer Reading Challenge is Around the Corner

As students prepare to bask in the freedom of no school for the next couple of months, an area legislator is reminding them that it still pays to pick up a book – and more than every once in a while – this summer. Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) announced the Assembly’s annual Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner. Each year, the Assembly partners with the state libraries to encourage children to continue flipping pages after the school year … Continue reading

Richmond Hill HS Boos City’s Plan for Annex

Standing in the cavernous auditorium of Richmond Hill High School last Thursday, parents, educators, and students echoed a message to the city that they have sounded time and again: Do not limit the more than 100-year-old institution’s access to an annex that they said has helped to significantly cut down on overcrowding and has attributed to an all-around better academic environment. The city Department of Education has proposed to move about 200 of the 400 students in the Richmond Hill … Continue reading

With Eyes on Democratizing Publishing, Writers Aim to Help Aspiring Authors Find Homes for Words

Google the “difficulties of getting published,” and what comes up? Well, in 0.39 seconds, according to the whiz that is the Internet, about 29.5 million results. Let’s repeat that: 29,500,000 links, all apparently having something to do with how hard it is to see your words live somewhere other than your computer. You can almost hear the collective sigh emanating from writers across the country. Author Chuck Wendig may have said it best several years back in a piece entitled, … Continue reading

Teachers Back Stavisky for Senate

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) accepted key endorsements this week from some of the city’s biggest voices on education representing more than 140,000 teachers and school employees. The United Federation of Teachers, the New York State United Teachers and the Professional Staff Congress all threw support behind the former teacher and seven-term senator, citing her education background as a motivator for their decision. It was the first time that NYSUT, an umbrella organization for the UFT and PSC, endorsed an … Continue reading