Posts Tagged ‘March’

by Destiny Colon, 7th Grade Reporter

Born in the Dominican Republic, speaks Spanish and English fluently, loves to help people… who is this? Ms. Tennessee Marcelo-Martin, a 6th and 7th Grade ELA teacher at PS 214X.

Ms. Martin came to the United States in the 6th grade. This is when she first started learning English. It was hard for her because English was not her first language. However, she was motivated to learn the language well.

Before her career in education, Ms. Martin worked in human resources at GHI [Group Health Insurance] and at Target.

Ms. Martin did not always want to be an ELA teacher. Originally, she dreamed of being a school counselor because she loves to help people, provide support, and reach out to others. However, teaching has still given her the opportunity to help students.

Ms. Martin’s goals are for all her students to obtain a solid education. Ms. Martin’s advice for students is to, “Stay focused in your education and create opportunities that allow you to follow your dreams!”

She is a graduate of George Washington High School and Herbert H. Lehman College, both in the Bronx.

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.


(Advice with a sprinkle of magic.)

Dear TinkerBell:

What do you think about bringing items from home to school?


I ❤ Toys

Dear I ❤ Toys:

Please use good judgment at ALL times.  If you think you shouldn’t bring something to school from home, please DON’T!  Better to be safe than sorry!  You may think it is okay to bring toys to school, but I’m sure your teachers do not appreciate the distraction. Toys are for you to play with when you get home.  Also, if you bring them to school, they can get stolen.

Never, ever bring anything from home that is DANGEROUS! No lighters/matches, sharp objects, weapons, etc.  If you bring any of these things to school, you will find yourself in lots of trouble!

TinkerBell wants you to be Happy and Safe! Xoxoxo!

With a sprinkle of fairy dust,



By Celeste Colon, 4th Grade Contributing Writer

The Cheetahs are a group of third and fourth graders that step with a fun beat for entertainment. The Cheetahs practice with coach, Ms. Elizabeth Perez, SETSS Teacher.

The Cheetahs are M’Asia Butler, of class 103, Nyaisa Santana, of class 303, Shiann Brown, Saniya Everett, Kasey Gonzalez, Desiree Martinez, Ashli Maximo, and Alexander Santana, of class 401, Dejahnee Paniagua, of class 402, and Crystal Nicholas, of class 403. The Baby Cheetahs are Kaelyn Daniel and Timani Taylor, of PK-02, and Alyssa Puckering of K-053.

Everyone in this group enjoys stepping with the team, but for different reasons. Gonzalez and Everett like it because it is exciting and they have the opportunity to perform onstage. Nicholas, co-captain, likes it because it’s entertaining. Santana likes it because his older sister dreamt to be a stepper, so he was excited to be able to live her dream. Brown, the team captain, stated, “[Stepping gives] you air and I feel wild.”

Everyone learned the steps at different speeds, but Brown learned faster than the others. Brown states it’s easy because, “once you learn it, you do it quick.” Gonzalez says it’s a little bit of both, “I learned fast of course, but a little slow at some parts of stepping.” Everett stated, “I learned fast because it’s easy to me as always!”

It only took Brown two days to learn the steps for 214X Idol and the March Awards Ceremonies. Gonzalez said, “It took me three and a half days.” Santana wants to improve on his moves to make Coach Perez proud.


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.