CITY CULTURE BECOMES THE CLASSROOM

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Rising Star Public High School For most students, New York City museums are field-trip destinations. For students at the New York City Museum School, they are classroom settings. Once a week, high school students from the school leave their West 17th Street home to bring their lessons to life inside the city’s cultural institutions. “We’re [&hellip
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BALANCING TRADITION AND ACHIEVEMENT

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Rising Star Religious High School In 2002, businessman and philanthropist Lev Leviev established the Jewish Institute of Queens in Rego Park to serve the borough’s Bukharian Jewish community. This group from Central Asia longed for a special place where recent immigrants could move forward while retaining a sense of their roots. Leviev had helped various [&hellip
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A NEW APPROACH TO SPECIAL NEEDS

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Citation for Special Needs Programming To call the Rebecca School a “special needs” school doesn’t quite tell the story of this innovative facility on East 30th Street. Staff and administrators work daily to reinvent the way special needs children are educated, and the way their families are supported during the process. Relying on the Developmental [&hellip
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CREATING AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY

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Principals of the Year Beth Lubeck-Ceffalia grew up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where she had “fabulous teachers” who inspired her to give back to the community through education. Today, she is not far from her childhood home, serving as principal at P.S. 132, The Conselyea School, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Lubeck-Ceffalia was an assistant principal at the [&hellip
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SETTING THE TONE FOR SUCCESS

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Principals of the Year Harvey Katz, principal of P.S. 117 Keld/Briarwood School in Jamaica, Queens, says the key to success is cooperation. “We are all working together,” he said of the staff and parents at his pre-K-through-6th-grade school. “The idea is communication.” Katz encourages both students and parents to take an active part in the [&hellip
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EMBRACING ALL LEARNERS

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Principals of the Year Few elementary school students read books in both Spanish and English, rehearse with a young people’s chorus and take yoga classes during a school day. But at P.S. 75, all 800 students take advantage of those opportunities daily, thanks to the dedicated leadership of Principal Bob O’Brien. “He is a great [&hellip
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PREPPING FOR FLU SEASON

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It’s time for a flu shot. Flu season in the northern hemisphere can range from as early as November to as late as May. The peak month usually is February. The vaccine can be administered anytime during flu season. However, the best time to get inoculated is October-November. The protection provided by the vaccine lasts [&hellip
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MIDDLE SCHOOL BLACKBOARD AWARDS 2008

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Middle school can be a tough time between childhood and the teen years, when identities change, friendships shift and academics sometimes take a backseat to social life. The schools we honor this week, however, do a commendable job at ushering students through this tricky period, helping them navigate the transition to high school and adulthood. [&hellip
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FINE-TUNING A TOP-NOTCH SCHOOL

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Outstanding Public Middle School Robert F. Wagner Middle School, M.S. 167 has always been one of the city’s better-regarded middle schools. Now, in an expanding landscape for middle schools, Wagner has taken the lead as a dynamic, supportive and rigorous place—a large middle school with a homey feel and stellar academics. In recent years, under [&hellip
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