Archive for the ‘Morningside (After School Program)’ Category

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


¼ c. cornstarch

3 tbsp. cocoa

1/8 tsp. salt

½ c. sugar

2 tbsp. butter

2 ¾ c. milk

Directions: In a saucepan, stir cornstarch, cocoa, salt, sugar, and butter. Add milk gradually and let boil until thick. Serve warm or cold. This dish is fantastically delicious!


by Marieke van Woerkom, PAZ Educator

Gerda Lerner, one of the founders of the field of women’s history, once said “When I started working on women’s history about thirty years ago, the field did not exist. People didn’t think that women had a history worth knowing.” Now, every March 8, people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day.  Hundreds of events occur on this day and throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

In the US the whole month of March is designated as Women’s History Month.  Like other minorities, women as a group have been discriminated against, ignored and made to be invisible.  It wasn’t till the 1960s, in this country, that the women’s movement motivated women to question their invisibility in American historical texts. The women’s movement, moreover, raised the aspirations and opportunities of women across the country.  Equality between men and women is still a long way off, but progress has been made and American women today have more opportunities than those in generations past.

So what about in the rest of the world?  Here too, women face issues of discrimination and invisibility.  Of the 121 Nobel Peace Prize winners, for example, to date only 12 have been women.  Kenyan native Wangari Maathai won the prize in 2004 for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.”  Wangari Mathaai was not one to let her gender limit her life.  She herself took charge and lived a life of firsts.  She was the first woman in her family to attend college, the first women in East and Central Africa to earn a Ph. D. and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1977, Wangari Maathai started a campaign that came to be known as the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. Addressing the enormously complex challenges of deforestation and global climate change, the movement partnered with poor rural women who were encouraged, and paid a small stipend, to plant millions of trees to slow deforestation across Kenya. Besides the planting of trees the movement worked to preserve biodiversity, educate people about the environment and promote Women’s and girl’s rights.

In her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech Wangari Maathai shared: “As the first African woman to receive this prize, I accept it on behalf of the people of Kenya and Africa, and indeed the world. I am especially mindful of women and the girl child. I hope it will encourage them to raise their voices and take more space for leadership.

In 1977, when we started the Green Belt Movement, I was partly responding to needs identified by rural women, namely lack of firewood, clean drinking water, balanced diets, shelter and income.

Throughout Africa, women are the primary caretakers, holding significant responsibility for tilling the land and feeding their families. As a result, they are often the first to become aware of environmental damage as resources become scarce and incapable of sustaining their families.

… Tree planting became a natural choice to address some of the initial basic needs identified by women.”

Wangari Maathai came to be known as “The Tree Woman” in her native country. She faced numerous challenges, was arrested and jailed as she worked to empower women and protect the environment.  Yet she persevered.  Her story is now told around to world to inspire and mobilize others to affect change in their communities.

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 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

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.”

Girl Talk is a column that gives feedback and advice to real girls. Questions can be submitted to, or to the PAZ Office, Room 212A.

Dear Girl Talk,

I like 4 boys in my school. And I really like all of them so much. What should I do?


Girl Who Likes 4 Boys

Dear Girl Who Likes 4 Boys,

It sounds to me like you are really in touch with your emotions girl! Liking is a good feeling to have, and in life you may like more than one boy at the same time—This is normal. If I was you, I would take my time and get to know each one of them and then figure out which one you like the most, and who likes you back. You may even find that after getting to know them all, you might not like them as much as you thought. But don’t lose focus of you girl!


Girl Talk

Dear Girl Talk,

What would you do if you were picked on in school?


Sad Girl

Dear Sad Girl,

Chances are that most people in your class have been picked on sometime in their life… and, now you’re experiencing this. First of all, if someone was picking on me, I would tell my teacher, or a family member that I trusted to give me positive advice. Being picked on is a form of bullying and it is not allowed in our school. I would also speak to Ms. Augustine, Mr. Puckering, or Ms. V if it was happening during afterschool; they would refer you to peer mediation. Sad Girl, it is not okay for others to put you down. Many times those who put others down are students who themselves have low self-esteem. Put your head up Sad Girl, talk to an adult you trust, and let those who are picking on you know that you are NOT THE ONE! You are a strong, powerful girl who will no longer take it.

Powerfully Supporting YOU,

Girl Talk

by William Baez, 8th Grade Reporter

Do you want to go snowshoeing and hiking? Well, come to Peace from A-Z (PAZ) Afterschool Program where there’re non-stop activities like cooking, sports, tutoring, and more.

PAZ, in its second year running, has proven to be an even bigger success at P.S. 214X than last year as evidenced by high student enrollment. PAZ is not only academic, but includes physical and hands on activities as well. Students receive tutoring in Math and ELA and can participate in fun activities like yoga, outdoor recreational sports, and explore nature with the Eco Club. Furthermore, PAZ offers a mediation program where students can choose peaceful ways to resolve their conflicts.

Vanessa Tricoche, PAZ Director, states that, “PAZ provides academic excellence for grades 5-8. It also provides academic enrichment [to students] for an extra 110 minutes.”

Students interested in joining PAZ can pick up applications in room 212A.

PAZ ends on June 16, 2011.

by PAZ After School, Contributed by Quiara Santiago, 6th Grader


1 tsp. salt and pepper 1 cup corn

¼ cup green onions 1 cup black beans

1 tsp. cilantro

½ cup cheese



Directions: Mix salt, pepper, green onions, cilantro, corn, and black beans. Heat pan and melt butter. Put tortilla in pan. Cover with bean mixture and cheese. Cover with tortilla. Cook until both sides are golden brown. Then, eat.

by Victor Willert, Middle School A.P.


1 cup soy sauce

1 cup sesame oil

1 tsp. sugar

1 lb. beef, thinly sliced



Directions: Marinate beef in soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar for a day. Fry beef in a wok, or pan fry, until cooked. Serve warm with kimchi and rice.