Archive for the ‘School Events’ 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 Ta’Shea Parham, 6th Grade Reporter

From bland to flavorful. From colorless to colorful. The PS 214X cheerleaders have transformed themselves from casual to Eaglelicious!

After all of the bake sales and other fundraising events, the cheer team finally got their much-needed and well-deserved uniforms.

The color scheme of the uniforms is burgundy and white—our school colors. Uniforms include the following items: hair ribbons, a long sleeve white turtleneck that is worn under the shell, the shell (top), a cute cheer skirt (with shorts to go under it), and bright white sneakers. “We are very thankful for the uniforms,” says Jhane Hughes, cheerleader from class 603.

The cheerleaders will be taking pictures in their team uniforms and distributing the photo in flyers throughout the school community.

By Xavier Fernandez, 8th Grade Reporter

In June 2011, there will be trips for the eighth graders, graduation, and a prom dinner dance. There is one catch for these events to even happen, you have to pay for it.

Only a few eighth graders have paid their senior dues in full. Most have neglected to finish payments for their packages. Seniors, there is a short amount of time left to pay for these events—April 21 is the deadline to make payments.

Thus far, only forty students (out of 125 seniors) have paid for graduation events and out of those forty, only seven have completed payments in full.

Senior dues must be paid for these special events to happen and for there to even be a graduation ceremony.

There are four senior packages available for purchase: Package A, B, C, and D. Package A ($75) includes graduation costs only. Package B ($200) includes graduation and the prom dinner dance. Prom dinner dance includes three tickets—one for the graduate and two guest tickets. Package C ($200) includes the graduation and senior trip to Great Adventures. Finally, Package D ($310) is the full package, including all of the above mentioned senior activities.

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 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 Genesys Jimenez, 8th Grade Reporter

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal,” were the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Respect for All Week, a mission for peace, begins the week of February 14 – February 18 at P.S. 214X.

This week is a chance for 214X students to create peace puzzles, poetry, videos, clothing, and many more creative projects with the message of peace. Students will showcase their projects during their academy’s scheduled Town Hall meetings.

If you have any questions about Respect for All Week, ask Ms. Aida Abundo, Guidance Counselor, or Ms. Adrienne Rubinsky, Social Worker.

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”-Buddha

By Destiny Colon, 7th Grade Reporter

In P.S. 214X’s auditorium there was an 8th grade presidential debate that took place 4th and 5th periods, on Friday, January 14th, 2011.

Our school presidential candidates are: Assil Eidah, 804, Antonio Julbe, 801, David Lopez, 801, and Thalia Vega, 801. Candidates running for vice president are: Hilmee Kassim, 801, Savannah Miller, 805, Jehnnali Perez, 801, Shemarr Reece, 801. Candidates running for secretary are: Leslie Cepeda, 802, and Latoya Jones, 801.

Middle-schoolers asked a range of questions, as they tried to get more information from their candidates. William Martinez, of class 703, asked Vice Presidential Candidate, Hilmee Kssim, “What are you going to do about school trips?” Kassim responded, “The only ways your classes are going to get trips are if you behave in class. Also, the trips are for us to learn, but also to have fun.” Tyrone Thomas, of class 801, asked Presidential Candidate, Thalia Vega, “Why do you want to run for president?” Vega responded, “I’m running for school president because ever since I’ve been in this school, I wanted to be a voice of change.” When Vice Presidential Candidate, Jehnnali Perez, was asked, “As vice president how are you going to explain to Mr. Cintron the problems with the absence of mirrors in the bathroom?” Perez answered, “David and I will try to talk it out and try our best to put mirrors in the bathroom.”

Here are some quotes from our Presidential Candidates:

  • “I respect our 214X school mission statement.”—Eidah
  • “I’m responsible and trustworthy. Vote for me and I’ll make a change.”—Julbe
  • “I will encourage my peers to do better.”—Lopez
  • “I’ll make the school administration listen to what we have to say and no voice will be pushed aside.”—Vega

The elections were held on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. By Friday, January 28th, when the votes were counted, David Lopez and Jehnnali Perez were announced as the winners of the election. The role of secretary went to Latoya Jones.

by Destiny Colon, 7th Grade Reporter

The Lorraine Hansberry Eagles defeat the Emolior Titians by 39-33 at Wednesday’s away game on January 26, 2011 in the 214X gym. Eagles are now 2-0 this season.

Eagle’s top scorer, with a total of 12 points, was Oscar Ramirez, from class 805. William Martinez, of class 703, scored a total of 9 points.

The game was close; each team going back and forth with the lead up until the very end. After the game, the Eagles were really excited with their fair and hard-earned win.

I spoke with Jalen Oliver, from class 803, and Hilmee Kassim, Eagles’ Captain, from class 801, about how they felt before the game. Oliver’s response was, “I felt confident.” Meanwhile, Kassim’s response was, “ I was nervous because I was injured.” I asked Charles Smith, from class 801, about his opinions on the game. Smith responded, “I had some doubts because [the] Emolior players’ height were like super tall!”

When questioning Ramirez about what his personal strategy was in order to ensure an Eagles’ win, he said, “I wanted to play aggressively and play defense.”

Bryce Woods, from class 805, said, “I felt like I had a monkey off my back. This was a big rival game for our school,” when commenting about how he felt about winning the game.

When asked if he could change anything about the game, Luis Rodriguez, from class 702, responded, “I wish I would’ve played more in the game, but I trusted my coaches.”

Coach Angela Johnson, 501 Homeroom Teacher, also had to say something about the victory game, “It was an intense game, but my boys did their thing—awesome teamwork and [they] supported each other, even the ones who didn’t get to play.”