Archive for the ‘Seniors’ Category

by Merari Hernandez, 8th Grade Reporter

October 24, 2010, the big day that thousands of eighth graders in New York were waiting for—the second day of the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), a test that determines one’s acceptance into any of the eight elite high schools in New York City.

A handful of eighth graders from 214X applied and took the test. But of the few, only three proved worthy, and came out victorious. On February 11, the brave eighth graders who took the test received letters containing the words that foretold whether or not they would be attending a specialized high school in September. Reda Bouzidi, Charles Smith and Tyrone Thomas, all students of class 801, were the three who opened the letter to see that they had what it took to compete with the other thousands of diverse eighth graders across New York State who took the test.

“I thought I failed. I guessed on the last twenty questions because the time was limited,” said Bouzidi, who was accepted into the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College.

“After taking the test, I felt anxious. I knew I passed, but I didn’t feel it,” Thomas stated, thinking back to that day in October.

Both Smith and Thomas were accepted into Brooklyn Latin High School, but neither of them will be attending due to distance. Thomas will be attending a private school, St. Raymond’s, and Smith plans to attend an all boy’s school in the Bronx.

While the three of them passed, neither of them even knew about the test’s format nor requirements for specialized high schools until seventh grade. Prior to the SHSAT, Bouzidi planned on attending a private high school and Smith thought he was going to a Catholic high school.

To prepare for the rigorous test, Thomas attended a program, Specialized High School Institute; Bouzidi bought and used Kaplan’s SHSAT Test-Prep book; and, Smith used a SHSAT handbook he received from a teacher.

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 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 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 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.”

by Xavier Fernandez, 8th Grade Reporter

Scores will be released in early February for 8th graders that took the Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT). These students will have till the end of February to return their New High Schools Choice Forms back to their guidance counselor.

There are eight specialized high schools in NYC that students must test for in order to be considered for admission: Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Latin School, Brooklyn Technical School, High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College, High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Staten Island Technical High School, and Stuyvesant High School. These schools emphasize math and science.

Fiorello H. LaGuardia of Music, Art, and Performing Arts is the only non-testing specialized high school. This school admits students based on auditions, or an art portfolio.

Eighth graders that missed the deadline to sign up, or were unable to attend one of the specialized high school testing sessions, have one last opportunity to take the SHSAT in the fall of 2011 as high school freshman.

by Tyrone Thomas, 8th Grade Reporter

SENIORS! Do you need help with your science exit projects? Do you know what websites and guides you could use? Do you want to get an amazing grade? Well, you can acquire all of this and more. Read on.

Here are the guidelines for the science exit projects. First, you need a scientific, investigable question; this is what your research title and hypothesis is based off. From your question, you can create an in-depth hypothesis. “A hypothesis is not a guess, but a prediction based off of prior knowledge,” says Ms. Christine Abraham, 8th Grade Science Teacher and Urban Advantage Educator. All projects should include your research procedure, data, and results/conclusion. Do not forget graphs and/or illustrations to showcase your data. Finally, include a bibliography (a reference section of where you got your information).

The age old question: Why exit projects?

Seniors have to do an exit project, “because it proves that you have mastered the critical analyses skills needed to succeed and compete in high school, college, and the professional world,” answers Ms. Abraham.


One thing that can help students complete their science exit project is Urban Advantage. Urban Advantage is a program for New York City schools, which encourages students to be interested in science. This program helps pay for field trips to places like: The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), The Bronx Zoo, The New York Botanical Gardens, The New York Aquarium, and The New York Hall of Science!

At the end of the year, Ms. Abraham picks four groups to present their exit projects at AMNH’s Science Expo.


“Students should try for a high three, or high four,” states Ms. Abraham.

Students can get presentation boards at Ms. Vronzella Ross’s, 602 Homeroom Teacher, store, Teacher’s Paradise located on 1111 East Tremont Avenue. It is near the McDonald’s driveway.

Students should visit: It has links to other great science sites and offers guides in several languages.

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.


by Jesus Baptiste, 8th Grade Reporter

Elections are here! Get ready for 2011’s president, vice-president, and secretary. Posters are plastered all over P.S. 214X’s walls and talks about the candidates take place during class, lunch, and even over social networks.

Elections for president, vice president, and secretary will be held in January 2011. To be considered as an eighth grade student representative, students have to meet certain criteria. Students must have at least a seventy-five percent grade average, wear the school uniform (except on dress-down Friday), and demonstrate exemplary behavior and leadership skills. If students do not meet any of the above criteria, they will be immediately kicked off the ballot, or may face impeachment (if they are already in office).

All Presidential candidates are running on joint tickers, which means that the President you vote for will automatically decide the Vice President. Presidential Candidate, Antonio Julbe, of 801, is on a joint ticket with Vice Presidential Candidate, Shemarr Reece, of 801; Presidential Candidate, Assil Eidah, of 804, is on a joint ticker with Vice Presidential Candidate, Hilmee Kassim, of 801; Presidential Candidate, David Lopez, of 801, is on a joint ticket with Vice Presidential Candidate, Jehnnali Perez, of 801; and, Presidential Candidate, Thalia Vega, of 801, is on a joint ticket with Vice Presidential Candidate, Savannah Miller, of 805.

Latoya Jones, of 801, and Leslie Cepeda, of 802, are running for the position of Secretary.