Archive for the ‘214X Profiles’ Category

by Merari Hernandez, 8th Grade Reporter

October 24, 2010, the big day that thousands of eighth graders in New York were waiting for—the second day of the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), a test that determines one’s acceptance into any of the eight elite high schools in New York City.

A handful of eighth graders from 214X applied and took the test. But of the few, only three proved worthy, and came out victorious. On February 11, the brave eighth graders who took the test received letters containing the words that foretold whether or not they would be attending a specialized high school in September. Reda Bouzidi, Charles Smith and Tyrone Thomas, all students of class 801, were the three who opened the letter to see that they had what it took to compete with the other thousands of diverse eighth graders across New York State who took the test.

“I thought I failed. I guessed on the last twenty questions because the time was limited,” said Bouzidi, who was accepted into the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College.

“After taking the test, I felt anxious. I knew I passed, but I didn’t feel it,” Thomas stated, thinking back to that day in October.

Both Smith and Thomas were accepted into Brooklyn Latin High School, but neither of them will be attending due to distance. Thomas will be attending a private school, St. Raymond’s, and Smith plans to attend an all boy’s school in the Bronx.

While the three of them passed, neither of them even knew about the test’s format nor requirements for specialized high schools until seventh grade. Prior to the SHSAT, Bouzidi planned on attending a private high school and Smith thought he was going to a Catholic high school.

To prepare for the rigorous test, Thomas attended a program, Specialized High School Institute; Bouzidi bought and used Kaplan’s SHSAT Test-Prep book; and, Smith used a SHSAT handbook he received from a teacher.

by Destiny Colon, 7th Grade Reporter

Born in the Dominican Republic, speaks Spanish and English fluently, loves to help people… who is this? Ms. Tennessee Marcelo-Martin, a 6th and 7th Grade ELA teacher at PS 214X.

Ms. Martin came to the United States in the 6th grade. This is when she first started learning English. It was hard for her because English was not her first language. However, she was motivated to learn the language well.

Before her career in education, Ms. Martin worked in human resources at GHI [Group Health Insurance] and at Target.

Ms. Martin did not always want to be an ELA teacher. Originally, she dreamed of being a school counselor because she loves to help people, provide support, and reach out to others. However, teaching has still given her the opportunity to help students.

Ms. Martin’s goals are for all her students to obtain a solid education. Ms. Martin’s advice for students is to, “Stay focused in your education and create opportunities that allow you to follow your dreams!”

She is a graduate of George Washington High School and Herbert H. Lehman College, both in the Bronx.

by Tyrone Thomas, 8th Grade Reporter

The magnificent, middle school math loving, Ms. Sakisha Toney is one of the most accomplished people in P.S. 214X.

She has two degrees, a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Mathematics. She is currently working on a second Master’s Degree in School Building Leadership at Mercy College in the Bronx. The blue-loving Ms. Toney earned her Bachelors at Dowling College in Suffolk County. She acquired her Masters at Lehman College in the Bronx.

Ms Toney, who loves fun, has always wanted to teach because she has a love for math. When she was four years old, she did her elder sister’s homework. In high school, Ms. Toney had teachers who couldn’t even teach up to her potential. She thought it would be awesome if she could show students the way math should be taught. And, she’s done just that. Now, she is a very loved math teacher at our school.

Amazingly, Ms. Toney was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She also works full time, is single, has three kids, and maintains a 4.0 grade average in her current studies.

Ms. Toney’s dreams for the future are to obtain a doctorial degree, become a principle, and own a mansion.

Ms. Toney is extremely helpful, tutoring for free and doing people’s hair. She dedicates her free time to helping and supplying knowledge for others.  Ms. Toney is truly a one-of-a-kind, caring person that should be recognized in our school community.

by Destiny Colon, 7th Grade Reporter

Mr. David Cintron has many achievements to be proud of, both personal and professional. To begin, he was the first person in his family to graduate from college. Also, he is the proud father of three daughters. Most notably, he has been the wonderful principal at Lorraine Hansberry Academy for over two years whose love for his students is tremendous.

When Mr. Cintron was a teenager, he worked cleaning parks and as a store janitor. Before his educational career, he was a retail manager. He taught as an ELA teacher for many years, noting that being a teacher is hard work because one must help all students.

Being a principal at our school, Mr. Cintron is responsible for possibly everything that goes on in and around our school community. This school year, Mr. Cintron has many activities in store for the middle school. Traditional events such as the Winter Dance, International Night, 214X Idol, and a Valentine’s Dance will take place. Although, there will be field days and a week of fun devoted specially to the graduating class. The goal for these events and activities is to build a strong community among students and raise money for the school.

When asked what he hopes our seniors will take with them when they leave 214X, he hopes they are, “committed, understanding the tremendous benefits of an education and to never stop believing.”