Archive for the ‘Elementary School’ Category

by Quiara Santiago, 6th Grade Reporter

Were you at 214X Idol, on March 11? If you were, then you know that Christopher Ramirez, of class 501, won overall and Faith Johnson, of class 603, won best show tune. If you were not there, then you missed out on the incredible guest performances of Lady Gaga, J-Lo, LL Cool J, Enrique Iglesias, and the host Beyonce.

There was a lot of great singing talent besides Ramirez’s powerful performance of Eye of the Tiger. Highlights from the evening include Elizah Cartagena (602), Patricia Elie (602), Demi Santos (604), Zoe Williams (503), and much more.

Idol contestants sang many great songs, from pop to musicals. Williams sang Party in U.S.A by Miley Cyrus. Meanwhile, Elie sang a true classic, Tomorrow from the musical Annie. There was even a guest performance by the Cheetahs Monsters, who rocked the house with Lady Gaga as she performed Poker Face.

I polled some of the PAZ Afterschool students and most people in the survey didn’t agree with the audience’s vote. Respondents to the poll thought Elie or Johnson should have won 214X Idol overall.

Do you know what the celebrity judges wore? Lady Gaga wore a long black shirt, a black tutu, a belt made of playing cards, and black tights. J-Lo wore a dark brown shirt, vest, and jeans. LL Cool J wore a short black shirt, black, red, and white shorts, and a gold chain. Enrique Iglesias wore a black shirt, black jeans, and a chain. Beyonce wore a black jumpsuit with a red bow. All the celebrity judges looked fabulous.

by Ms. Johnson-Parham, Math Staff Developer

Did you know March is Women’s History Month? With that in mind, here are some wonderful women of color who keep it real Mathematical!

Let me re-introduce you to Euphemia Rosalie Lofton Haynes. She was the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1943. Born Martha Euphemia Lofton in 1890 to a prominent family in Washington D.C., she became a distinguished member of the educational system. In fact she was central to the integration of the D.C. public schools. She was a phenomenal woman to say the least. She passed away in 1980.

Now, let’s take a trip down south and to the west to Memphis, Tennessee. Here we’ll discover the third African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics, Majorie Lee Browne. She was born September 9, 1924 (a fellow Virgo) and passed away October 19, 1979. Her father, known as a mental math whiz, imparted his enthusiasm for mathematics to his children and Marjorie ‘always loved mathematics.’ She received her Ph.D. in 1950 from the University of Michigan.

Finally, let’s take a trip further down south through the Gulf of Mexico to Havana, Cuba. Argelia Velez-Rodriguez, considered the fourth African American woman, despite her Cuban heritage, to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics was born in Havana Cuba in 1936. She didn’t become an American citizen until 1972, after receiving her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Havana in 1960. Since 1980 she has been a program director for the Department of Education.

If you would like to know more about these, or other fabulous females of mathematics, look them up online!


by Destiny Colon, 7th Grade Reporter

During the PAZ After School Program, I surveyed fifty-two students asking whether or not they did their homework. Twenty-five students responded “yes,” while twenty-seven students responded “no.”

When asked what advice he would give to students who don’t do their homework, Tyquawn Priester, from class 703, stated, “Everyone that doesn’t do ya homework ya better before you fail [the grade].” When asked why she didn’t do her homework, Maria Hernandez, from class 703, stated, “Cause my homework is boring and sometimes I don’t feel like it!”

(Advice with a sprinkle of magic.)

Dear TinkerBell:

What do you think about bringing items from home to school?


I ❤ Toys

Dear I ❤ Toys:

Please use good judgment at ALL times.  If you think you shouldn’t bring something to school from home, please DON’T!  Better to be safe than sorry!  You may think it is okay to bring toys to school, but I’m sure your teachers do not appreciate the distraction. Toys are for you to play with when you get home.  Also, if you bring them to school, they can get stolen.

Never, ever bring anything from home that is DANGEROUS! No lighters/matches, sharp objects, weapons, etc.  If you bring any of these things to school, you will find yourself in lots of trouble!

TinkerBell wants you to be Happy and Safe! Xoxoxo!

With a sprinkle of fairy dust,



By Celeste Colon, 4th Grade Contributing Writer

The Cheetahs are a group of third and fourth graders that step with a fun beat for entertainment. The Cheetahs practice with coach, Ms. Elizabeth Perez, SETSS Teacher.

The Cheetahs are M’Asia Butler, of class 103, Nyaisa Santana, of class 303, Shiann Brown, Saniya Everett, Kasey Gonzalez, Desiree Martinez, Ashli Maximo, and Alexander Santana, of class 401, Dejahnee Paniagua, of class 402, and Crystal Nicholas, of class 403. The Baby Cheetahs are Kaelyn Daniel and Timani Taylor, of PK-02, and Alyssa Puckering of K-053.

Everyone in this group enjoys stepping with the team, but for different reasons. Gonzalez and Everett like it because it is exciting and they have the opportunity to perform onstage. Nicholas, co-captain, likes it because it’s entertaining. Santana likes it because his older sister dreamt to be a stepper, so he was excited to be able to live her dream. Brown, the team captain, stated, “[Stepping gives] you air and I feel wild.”

Everyone learned the steps at different speeds, but Brown learned faster than the others. Brown states it’s easy because, “once you learn it, you do it quick.” Gonzalez says it’s a little bit of both, “I learned fast of course, but a little slow at some parts of stepping.” Everett stated, “I learned fast because it’s easy to me as always!”

It only took Brown two days to learn the steps for 214X Idol and the March Awards Ceremonies. Gonzalez said, “It took me three and a half days.” Santana wants to improve on his moves to make Coach Perez proud.


by Destiny Colon, 7th Grade Reporter

Cloth, a hot glue gun, and imagination were all it took to create the PAZ Peace Collage for Respect for All Week, February 14-18. Students walked through the Respect Gallery, on the second floor, to view the collage and other PS 214X respect projects created during Advisory.

Since the beginning of the new year, the PAZ After School Program has been working on a respect collage for the Respect Gallery. Some of the individual collage pieces are really enjoyable to look at—not only are there peace signs, hearts, flowers, and respectful words of advice, there are animals such as tigers, turtles, birds, dolphins, and whales. The animals featured in the collage were done specifically because these animals are facing extinction.

The peace collage originated with Ms. Vanessa, PAZ After School Program Director. “My idea was not only about humans giving respect, but giving respect to the environment as well.”

The collage featured artwork from sixty-five students who worked together as a team.

Demi Santos, from class 604, said, “I think it’s all about saving the environment and people having peace.” Ms. Buccos, the PAZ After School Chef, said “I love that everybody came together to work on it and that’s what I think peace is about.” Also, Ms. Pujols, PAZ 8th Grade Instructor, had something to say about the completed piece, “It’s beautiful and it’s something I really like. [It] brings out the reality in people that want to do something together. And, it’s cool that there was a huge amount of teamwork.”

by Alexa Pineda, 6th Grade Reporter

Students will always have class distractions everyday in school. This makes it difficult to concentrate because sometimes our focus, which should be on our schoolwork, shifts onto the distraction. Here are some ways to avoid class distractions and home distractions so that you can be the best student in the universe.

  • Avoiding hall distractions: Most of the time you’re in class with the door open. Sometimes you even have two periods in that class and you hear other classes transitioning when the end of period bell rings. Try asking your teacher to close the door—your teacher just might allow it.
  • Taking action against a loud class: If you have a loud class, you might get annoyed or distracted easily. So, if you’re annoyed and you’re teacher doesn’t notice it, ask your teacher respectfully to quiet the class down so you can get back to your class work.
  • Libraries: Libraries are excellent quiet places that can help you study for a test, do your homework, and find information for a piece you’re researching as well.
  • Study buddies: A study buddy is someone that can help you with your class work, homework, and to help you stay focused. Try to keep each other from distractions.
  • Commitment: When studying at home, try avoiding/putting things that you know distract you away. Take out your notes you took from school to review skills/strategies you learned then do your homework. If you have a problem that no one in your house can help you with, call the Homework Hotline: 1-877-ASK-ROSE. This number is available to assist you Monday–Friday 7 pm – 10 pm for students in Grades 6-12. If you speak Spanish, call Llamen A Un Maestro: 1-212-777-3380.

These are all suggestions that can help you avoid distractions in school and at home.


by Genesys Jimenez and Tyrone Thomas, 8th Grade Reporters

Do you think your days off are going to be boring, or do you want to make the most of your break? Well, here are a few activities and events that will make your vacation a lot less boring.

Movies Opening February 18th

  • Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son: A comedy based on FBI agent, Malcolm Turner, and his 17-year-old son, Trent, go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Disguised as Big Momma and Charmaine, they must find the murderer before the murderer finds them. (PG-13)
  • I Am Number Four: An action-adventure based on a teen, John Smith. Smith is a fugitive on the run from enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, Smith is the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small town of Ohio, which he now calls home, Smith encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love, powerful new abilities, and a connection to the others who share his destiny. (PG-13)
  • Film Festival at the Audubon Center, Prospect Park, Brooklyn (February 15 – 21). Screening of Planet Earth and Clever Monkeys. Free.


  • Ice skating at the pond in Bryant Park, located between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th Avenue. Open till February 27. Skate rentals: $ 13.
  • Nintendo World Store, located at 10 Rockefeller Plaza. A video game addicts wonderland and great place for some family fun. You can sample new games on a 45” HD monitor.  Free.
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab, located at 56th Street and Madison Avenue. A technology and entertainment museum. Free.
  • Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace at Penn Pavilion, located at 401 7th Avenue. Admission: $5.00.

by Merari Hernandez, 8th Grade Reporter

Many Americans know that February is marked as Black History Month. But, do they know who thought of it? Or, how about when it was decided? Black History Month has a history all its own.

First known only as “Negro History Week,” this nation-wide holiday soon evolved into something more than just a few days of reminding the youth of America about African American history. It’s a time to remember the African American men and women who contributed to the shaping of our society—both theirs as well as ours. One of the first who believed African Americans deserved some recognition was Dr. Carter G. Woodson. How did he come to accomplish such a task? It took time and patience, but through his determination, he created a path for Africans in America. What Woodson hoped to accomplish through Black History Week was to educate Blacks about their cultural background and instill in them a sense of pride in their race.

When did Black History Month start? It began as a mere remembrance of two important figures, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, on the second week of

February. Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, which also led to the founding of the Journal of Negro History. In 1926, Black History Week, or Negro History Week, was born. In 1976, Black History Week became Black History Month, where for the entire month, students as well as adults, learned more about African American history.

February, coincidentally, is also a month that includes important dates that helped shape the African American community. Such as February 3rd, which was when the 15th Amendment was established, granting blacks the right to vote in 1870. And February 12th, the day the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909. February 25th, 1870, Hiram R. Revels, the first black U.S senator, took his oath to office. Additionally, as stated earlier, both Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln were born in February; however, Douglass died in February, making this month all the more important.

by Ms. M. Maehara, Lorraine Hansberry Tribune Advisor

P.S. 214X’s first Valentine’s Day Dance will be held on Friday, February 11th, 2011 in the cafeteria.

Students in grades 5-8 are invited to attend. The dance will be from 5pm – 8 pm. Tickets are $5.00 per person and will be sold at the door—cash only.

Students may not invite any non-P.S. 214X guests.

See you there with your Valentine!