An Unassuming Brilliance

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Birthdays are always special, but in Liza Akeret’s “4’s” class at Epiphany Community Nursery School, they are marked with a birthday crown, special song and handmade cards. Parent Anthony Pratofiorito recalled his daughter’s recent celebration. Akeret asked students to say something that they liked about the birthday girl, and compliments ranged from, “She likes to [&hellip
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The First Grade Transformation

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Camille Ehrenberg likens the development of her 1st graders to a child’s first year of life: a short period of incredible growth and change. “It’s extraordinarily visible. You can’t miss it,” Ehrenberg said. “When they leave, they are totally transformed.” Ehrenberg’s fascination with child development led her to teaching. She spent eight years as an [&hellip
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From Filmmaker to 4th Grade

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In Hollywood films, compassionate, inspiring teachers are easily found. Thomas Roberts, a 4th grade teacher at Trinity School, brings that enthusiasm to the real world. “Learning is a joy in Mr. Roberts’ classroom,” said parent Bahar Tavakolian. He is everyone’s favorite teacher—be it a girl or a boy, an introverted student or an extroverted one…he [&hellip
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Flu-Like Symptoms Shutter St. David’s

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St. David’s, a private Catholic school for boys on East 89th Street, closed today after several students reported flu-like symptoms. “Asking the students not to come to school today was the best way to control the spread of the symptoms through our community,” said St. David’s Headmaster, David O’Halloran. “It was the responsible thing to [&hellip
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THE NEW FACES OF BRANDEIS HIGH SCHOOL

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Named after the famously liberal Supreme Court justice at its founding in 1965, Louis D. Brandeis High School on West 84th Street has been known less for upholding noble ideas and more for being a last-resort school with an abysmal graduation rate. Still, its being marked for closure along with 14 other schools this year [&hellip
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MAYBE YOU'LL NEVER BE AN INVESTMENT BANKER

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Anxiety runs high in this year’s graduating class. New grads feel especially vulnerable, since they’re trying to break in while current employees are holding tight to the jobs the up-and-comers might fill. Worse, there’s growing evidence that the financial consequences of entering the job market during recession could last from a decade to a lifetime,
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SHOW ME THE MONEY

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Princess Wynn, 17, is waiting for answers from the colleges she got into. A senior at St. Jean Baptiste High School in Manhattan, she’s waiting to find out how much financial aid she will receive. Her parents can’t help her cover all of the tuition, so she might have to apply for loans
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‘D’-GRADE MIDDLE SCHOOL TO CLOSE

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The Department of Education announced last week that it would close J.H.S. 44 William J. O’Shea, a troubled middle school that shares a West 77th Street building with the Computer School. Though the news was hardly surprising—J.H.S. 44 received a D on its recent progress report—some thought the announcement should have been revealed weeks, or [&hellip
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HIGH SCHOOL BLACKBOARD AWARDS 2008

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High schools are responsible for putting the finishing touches on students before they head off to college, the workforce or other life-broadening endeavors. Good schools know how to push teens to their limits, while keeping their feet planted firmly on the ground and giving them the support they need to develop into young adults. The [&hellip
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GROWING RIFT OVER P.S. 199 CROWDING PROPOSALS

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The Department of Education’s preliminary proposals for tackling overcrowding in District 3 have led to escalating tension between parents at P.S. 199 and The Center School, whose children share a building on West 70th Street. Various factions from the two schools sharply disagree on whether The Center School should be moved to alleviate the space [&hellip
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