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by Merari Hernandez, 8th Grade Reporter

Leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows, pots of gold. The first thing that comes to mind is probably St. Patrick’s Day, a day celebrated once a year to admire the Irish.

However, St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish to begin with! He was actually a British captive, captured by Irish pirates when he was just sixteen, but returned to his family six years later. Although, he returned to Ireland, as a bishop, and became the patron saint of Ireland in the seventh century. On March 17, near the end of the fifth century, Saint Patrick passed.

St. Patrick’s Day is in fact a religious holiday, celebrated internationally. The color green was adopted years later. Blue was the first color associated with Saint Patrick. Shamrocks were used by Saint Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity, since the shamrocks have three leaves.

There are many ways this holiday is celebrated. Parades take place in major cities in several states, such as New York, Chicago, Boston, and even St. Louis. Every March 17, the Chicago River and the North White House Fountain are dyed green. Participants of parades in these cities cover themselves completely in green, as well as painting their faces completely green, or a simple shamrock.

Even though this holiday is known as an Irish celebration, the first parade took place here, in New York City on March 17, 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the English Military marched through the streets, trying to express their feelings towards the mistreatment of Irish immigrants in America.

But, the US and Ireland aren’t the only countries that celebrate this holiday. Surprisingly, several other countries also take part in this celebration, such as Argentina, Japan, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand, and Great Britain.

by Ms. Johnson-Parham, Math Staff Developer

Students Who Tell the Truth : A school has 200 students; however, these are special students. Some of them ALWAYS tell the truth, and the rest of them, alas, NEVER tell the truth. Among the subject areas of math, science, and social studies, each student has one favorite. A survey was conducted where each student was asked three yes, or no questions: “Do you like math the most?” “Do you like science the most?” “Do you like social studies the most?”

The results were as follows:

  • 104 students said “yes,” they liked math the most.
  • 86 students said “yes,” they liked science the most.
  • 60 students said “yes,” they liked social studies the most.

How many students tell the truth, and how many do not?

HINT: How many subjects will each kind of student answer that “they like the most?”

Always remember: “A Winner Finds A Way!”



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 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!

by Ta’Shea Parham, 6th Grade Reporter

Before the Test:

  • Study before the test (but don’t overdo it). Too much studying can sometimes be overwhelming.
  • Always ask and clarify the date of a test.
  • If there are any strategies, concepts, or skills that you are having trouble with, ask a teacher for help.
  • Form study groups and get together with friends—just make sure you’re actually STUDYING.
  • Get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast.

During the Test:

  • Always be prepared for a test: Bring several No. 2 pencils or pens (for essay portions). It never hurts to be extra prepared!
  • Don’t cheat! You never know if that person is wrong and you are right. Just try your best.
  • If you are having trouble with a question, don’t spend fifty million hours on it. Mark it and go back to it later.
  • Always do your best on tests no matter what. Even if you think you are going to seriously fail, who knows? You, might just ace it.

After the Test:

  • If you find out that you’ve failed don’t give up. Learn from your mistakes and study harder. Try, try, and try again.
  • If you find out that you’ve succeeded, don’t stop there. You can always improve. Try to beat your best score.

by Ms. Johnson-Parham, Math Staff Developer

In the spirit of Black History Month, I would like to introduce you to four remarkable African American mathematicians. I hope they will inspire you to not only delve deeper into mathematics, but to follow your dreams no matter the obstacles or the adversity you may face.

Elbert F. Cox, Dudley W. Woodard, and William W.S. Claytor were the first, second and third African Americans to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics. In fact, in 1925, Elbert F. Cox became the first black person in the world to receive this highest degree in Mathematics. In 1943, Euphemia L. Haynes became the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics.

These remarkable mathematicians pursued their dreams despite the discrimination, prejudice, and bigotry rampant in society. Dr. Cox’s thesis was turned down by countless universities in the US, Germany, and England before being accepted by a university in Japan. Dr. Woodard defied segregation ‘norms’ and moved into an all white community. He lived life as he chose. Despite never being allowed to stay in the same hotels as his white colleagues and never being offered a faculty position (except in the predominately black college that he had attended), Dr. Claytor continued to lead the field of mathematics, specifically in topography, until he retired.

Needless to say, these people didn’t make any excuses; they just found a way to live their dreams!

by Ta’Shea Parham, 6th Grade Reporter

For all you middle-schoolers with sloppy, disorganized binders, here are some tips to help you with your problem.

  • Separate every subject, including small group instruction (SGI) with dividers. Also, consider separating your homework from class work in each of these sections with sub-dividers.
  • If the holes of your loose-leaf paper rips, use tape or reinforcements to reattach it instead of just shoving it into some random place never to be seen again.
  • Always order ALL work by DATE. If you don’t, it can be very confusing to find recent, or old assignments.
  • Keep all loose worksheets, projects, and especially tests in folders. Label these folders accordingly.
  • Put your planner to use! Write down all tests, projects, and homework due dates in your planner. Trust me, it’ll make life much easier for you.
  • Still at a loss? Get an adult or peer to help you organize.

As you can see, there are many ways you can step up and become organized. Just choose the strategies that are right for YOU. Being organized can make you a better student and help you earn a VERY good grade in each and every subject.

Girls and Sports

Posted: February 1, 2011 in Destiny Colon, Health, Parents, Students
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by Destiny Colon, 7th Grade Reporter

Five Reasons Girls Should Play Sports:

  1. Those who play do better in school
  2. Learn teamwork and fun skills
  3. Good for your health
  4. Boosts self-esteem
  5. Exercise cuts the pressure, building self-confidence