THE PRIDE OF EAST TREMONT

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Turnaround School Guitar club. Political debate. Pumpkin picking. Mosaic art. Cooking. Fashion design. Ballroom dancing. Welcome to…The Pratt Institute? The New School? New York University? Not even close. Welcome to P.S. 32, in the Bronx. Principal Esther Schwartz favors an energetic approach to learning. Students at her K-5 school choose from a thrilling array of [&hellip
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DR. KING'S DREAM, ON E. 96TH STREET

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Diversity Citation Manhattan Country School was founded in 1966, at the peak of a period remembered largely for its social ideals. Today, the school continues to reflect that vision, and that of the school’s founders, who sought to emphasize diversity, equality, social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I think we [&hellip
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LOST AND FOUND

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Every cat and dog adopted from the ASPCA and New York City Animal Care and Control has one thing in common: they’ve all been microchipped. That’s because those organizations know firsthand what can happen when dogs and cats are lost or separated from their owners. Collars and tags can come off or be taken off. [&hellip
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BLACKBOARD AWARDS 2008

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Although we’re decades past our elementary years, we at Manhattan Media still feel like we go back to school every fall with the publication of our Blackboard Awards series. This week, the focus is on a handful of public, private and religious elementary schools that go above and beyond when it comes to educating New [&hellip
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COUCH TALK

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In a recent interview, Woody Allen, perhaps the world’s most famous neurotic, wondered aloud whether he could have achieved artistic success without regular psychoanalysis. “People would say to me, oh, it’s just a crutch,” Allen told Adam Moss in New York magazine. “And I would say, yes. It’s a crutch, and exactly what I need [&hellip
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MAKING THE SIMPLE THINGS EASY

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No problems booking that massage, right? Dialing a telephone number has never been a stretch. Remembering to get those low-fat yogurt as well as the vinaigrette is a no brainer. For sufferers of schizophrenia, though, even such simple tasks are a struggle. Those diagnosed with the disease endure a range of cognitive impairments that affect [&hellip
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THE PROZAC COCKTAIL

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Soon after I started taking antidepressants in my early twenties, I moved to Paris, armed with my pills and a note from my doctor for airport security explaining why I had enough medication in my suitcase to cheer up a small country. I don’t remember what I was taking at the time—probably Paxil or Prozac—but [&hellip
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A CROSS-POLLINATING LEARNING COMMUNITY

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Manhattan’s Outstanding Public Elementary School At the beginning of the school day at P.S. 183, the front hallways and offices are abuzz. Chatting parents linger to compare notes, while younger siblings toddle down the steps after dropping off their big sisters and brothers at school. In the main office, teachers, parents and administrators flit in [&hellip
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YOUNG WRITERS THRIVING IN THE SLOPE

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Brooklyn’s Outstanding Public Elementary School In a Brooklyn neighborhood known for its cluster of famous authors, Park Slope’s P.S. 321, The William Penn School is fostering a new generation of writers. Beginning in pre-kindergarten, students engage in a writing process pioneered by Teachers College at Columbia University. Teachers at the pre-K through 5th grade school [&hellip
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HELPING GIRLS TAKE THE RIGHT RISKS

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Outstanding Private Elementary School It’s been decades since students curtsied at The Hewitt School, founded in 1920 as “Miss Hewitt’s Classes,” when little girls greeted their headmistress each morning with this formal gesture. Today, the all-girl, K-12 school prepares students to take intellectual, academic, athletic and artistic risks and become leaders who will help make [&hellip
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