Archive for the ‘Middle School’ Category

by PAZ After School and Quiara Santiago, 6th Grade Reporter








Directions: Boil pasta until soft. Add butter and cheese till melted. Season with salt and pepper. Top with tomato and eat.

This recipe is fast, easy, and most importantly, you can make it any time. This recipe only needs five ingredients. Enjoy and eat up.

by Merari Hernandez

P.S. 214X’s girls should be able to participate in the same extracurricular activities that boys are involved in, right?

Depending on your respected opinion, here is what a select group of students and faculty surveyed feel about this issue: Out of a total of fifty-one surveyed, thirty-one voted “yes,” girls have as many opportunities as boys do. This is in contrast to twenty respondents, who voted “no,” girls do not have as many opportunities as boys do.

One of the students surveyed, Juan Sanchez, of class 801, who voted “yes,” explained why he felt that way. “Girls do have the opportunity, but they just don’t take it.” On the other hand, Destiny Colon, of class 702, believed differently. “Girls don’t have enough opportunities, because a lot of girls don’t participate in sports,” she clarified.


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 Xavier Fernandez, 8th Grade Reporter

On March 7, 2011 the PAZ after school program had a guest chef cooking class with the ESL/Newsletter Director, Ms. M. Maehara. The dish that was prepared was tamaki, or make your own sushi.

What was so special about this certain dish was that the seventh graders were able to choose what they preferred in their sushi. The variety of foodstuffs to put in the sushi was not enough to please the seventh graders; however, the sushi tasted good depending on what you decided to put in it.


nori (seaweed)

BBQ unagi (BBQ eel)

sushi rice

nato (fermented beans)

radish sprouts

Japanese cucumber (seedless)

fried tofu

crab meat





Tabasco sauce

rice vinegar

Japanese yellow pickles

sesame seeds

soy sauce


Sushi Rice:

4 c. rice

½ c. rice vinegar

dash of salt

1 tsp. sugar

Directions: The rice used in the sushi is prepared normally. Prepare the rice vinegar, salt, and sugar mixture. Stir well. When the rice is cooked and hot, add the vinegar mixture. Stir well, letting the rice soak up the mixture. Let cool to room temperature. Do not refrigerate.

Egg Thing:


soy sauce


Directions: Scramble egg. Add sugar and soy sauce. Stir well. Cook over medium heat like an omelet. Let cool.

Tuna Thing:

1 can of tuna (in water—not oil)


Tabasco sauce

Directions: Empty contents of tuna. Add mayonnaise till the mixture is creamy—like tuna salad. Add Tabasco sauce to desired hotness.

Being that it was do-it-yourself sushi, students got to choose what they wanted inside of their hand rolls; however, many people were not content with what was available. Furthermore, some of the students could not handle the power of the wasabi. Enjoy!


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!”

by Destiny Colon, 7th Grade Reporter

The Lorraine Hansberry Eagles defeated the Emolior Titans 28-24 at Tuesday’s home game on March 8, 2011 in the Lorraine Hansberry Gym.

The second game with the Emolior Titans was once again a full house. PS 214X encouraged the team, especially player Bryce Woods, from class 805. “The crowd pumped me up real good because they are my fans supporting me.” Woods scored seven points for the team.

The cheerleaders performed their famous cheers several times throughout the game and at halftime. DJ MVP played music throughout the game. When the Eagles won, DJ MVP played Moment for Life by Nikki Minaj and Drake.

Oscar Ramirez, from class 805, said, “Despite me being fouled out, I still had enough trust in my team!” Ramirez was fouled out, but scored the most points—ten.

Coach Ms. Angela Johnson said, “It was a lot of pressure to win the game. Despite the intensity, I think my boys pulled off another victory, and we’re going to the playoffs!” Likewise, Principal David Cintron was proud of the Eagles.


By Tyrone Thomas, 8th Grade Reporter

The winners of the Design a Senior T-shirt Contest were Assil Eidah, of 804, first place, and Kiara Acevedo, of class 801, second place. “I am happy that I can make the tee-shirts better than last year’s,” Acevedo declared.

The first place winner’s design will be featured on the front of the shirt, while the second place winner’s design will be on the back.

The winners will receive a year pass to all Eagle home basketball games and some money towards their senior package.


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.