Tag Archives: P.S. 24

Dual-Language Programs Benefit Parents, Too

Each morning, red, yellow and green strollers roll up 38th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The train of mothers, all Hispanic, arrives at P.S. 24, an equally colorful building across from sunken subway tracks the D train uses as it rumbles toward Coney Island. From her seat behind a small desk just through the main  Read more »

Time Is of the Essence at P.S. 24

Time Is of the Essence at P.S. 24

It’s 1:29 p.m. on a March Monday, and for a few blissful minutes, the cafeteria at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, will remain empty and quiet.  Refrigerators whir.  The kitchen staff set up trays for the buffet. At 1:34, the double doors burst open with a stampede of more than 100 fifth graders.  The  Read more »

Parents Fill Out Promise Neighborhood Surveys in Sunset Park

The green-and-white balloons were a big hit. They entertained the children who skittered about the P.S. 169 cafeteria and occasionally paused to ask for help snatching the string of one that had drifted wayward toward the ceiling. Three young boys staked out the middle of the room and batted a white one back and forth  Read more »

‘Sometimes Your Vision Is Bigger’: A Teacher Trains to Lead His Own School

‘Sometimes Your Vision Is Bigger’: A Teacher Trains to Lead His Own School

Reginald Higgins, an aspiring principal and former elementary school teacher, works with a student at P.S. 66 in the Bronx. (Photography by Jason Alcorn)   Last spring, when the fifth graders at P.S. 45 in Bushwick began to anticipate starting middle school, their literacy teacher Reginald Higgins introduced his favorite book, “First French Kiss.” “When people  Read more »

Does Too Much Testing Create a Thinking Gap?

Does Too Much Testing Create a Thinking Gap?

On a winter Monday morning in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the expressions on Linette Arroyo’s second graders’ faces matched the grey day outside.  Hunched over their desks inside P.S. 24, they lifted their pencils and waited for the next word. “Hope,” Ms. Arroyo said.  “I hope it doesn’t snow again.  Hope.” Little hands rushed to scrawl  Read more »