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Raise Your Hands for GOAL!

 

   Spring 2017 Update  

Student and Teacher Success Story – this one comes from our returning teacher Ms. Giannini who teaches both Technology and Fitness at PS/MS 108, with a focus on Adult Role Models and Resourcefulness from the Ten Developmental Assets.

“I teach a fifth-grade student named Moussa during the day, and I also have him in my GOAL Technology group on Wednesdays.  He has had difficulties in the past expressing himself when he gets upset and it can be hard to get through to him when he shuts down in class.  I am also not given the time during the day when I am teaching to sit down and get through to him either.  During these times, Ms. Fowler has been a supportive role on many occasions whereby if she is on her break, will allow him to stop by and help him feel safe to open up and express his concerns in a quiet environment so he can get back on track and continue with his day.

Over the course of our Wednesdays in GOAL together, I have gotten to know him better and see a different side of him.  Through the use of positive encouragement and watching him open up and thrive using technology, he has been able to open up more in general with me. 

I had a breakthrough with him when he was unresponsive after picking him up from gym.  He seemed very upset, and did not respond when I asked him what was wrong.  I then told him that he seemed like needed a minute to quietly calm down, and that I know he'd tell me when he was ready.  He nodded, so I left him alone.  Approximately ten minutes later, he was very verbal and calm when I saw him standing outside my door in the hallway.  He didn't want to get in trouble for being there, so he made sure to tell me that he was only out there so he could speak to my co-teacher privately to tell her why he was upset, and that he knew he could catch me later in GOAL to chat and fill me in!

I followed up with him in GOAL, he told me everything, and I told him I was proud of him for calming himself down instead of needed someone to help him, especially since he could wait until our time in GOAL to simply fill me in!

It was a nice feeling to see him take care of his emotions on his own and re-route himself back on track!  I also like that he sees GOAL as a place that he can open up and feel safe at.”

    Art with Ms. Patterson at 108 - Here are some recent snapshots from Ms. Patterson’s art students as they are wrap up their study on Pointillism and embark on a journey into Impressionism…

    Art with Ms. Patterson at 108 - Here are some recent snapshots from Ms. Patterson’s art students as they are wrap up their study on Pointillism and embark on a journey into Impressionism…

    NYC Explorers with Ms. Dempsey at 108 –  Recently the Explorers had a day that really highlighted an Appreciation of the Arts. At Grand Central Station, HBO has been running a music exhibit and documentary titled "Music with Strangers" which includes people from around the world jamming plus art installations with interactive music. The kids and Ms. Dempsey had a great time and students got to appreciate all kinds of musicians and musical instruments from all over the world. They were exposed to the language of music and the unity that it provides to all people. Students were amazed and some started to consider becoming musicians themselves. It was a moving experience that elicited questions, robust discussions and a sense of wonder.

    NYC Explorers with Ms. Dempsey at 108 –  Recently the Explorers had a day that really highlighted an Appreciation of the Arts. At Grand Central Station, HBO has been running a music exhibit and documentary titled "Music with Strangers" which includes people from around the world jamming plus art installations with interactive music. The kids and Ms. Dempsey had a great time and students got to appreciate all kinds of musicians and musical instruments from all over the world. They were exposed to the language of music and the unity that it provides to all people. Students were amazed and some started to consider becoming musicians themselves. It was a moving experience that elicited questions, robust discussions and a sense of wonder.

    Fitness and Health with Mr. Ruelius at 171 - The group has been working on physical fitness and increasing their cardiorespiratory endurance with various activities and sports. The Developmental Assets that the class has focused on are Self-confidence and Interpersonal Competence & Peaceful Conflict Resolution.  Through game-play and cooperative games students are learning how to deal and solve problems in class.  They are using various techniques to solve conflicts like redoing the play, flipping a coin, and rock paper scissors.

    Fitness and Health with Mr. Ruelius at 171 - The group has been working on physical fitness and increasing their cardiorespiratory endurance with various activities and sports. The Developmental Assets that the class has focused on are Self-confidence and Interpersonal Competence & Peaceful Conflict Resolution.  Through game-play and cooperative games students are learning how to deal and solve problems in class.  They are using various techniques to solve conflicts like redoing the play, flipping a coin, and rock paper scissors.

    Acting & Improv with Ms. Smitha at 171 – A recent highlight was the kids’ introduction to Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream”. Ms. Smitha was able to find a slightly edited version for kids, and as a class, they will be performing a few scenes from the play for the year-end assembly.  The kids were quite eager to work on a "real play" and not just do improv. The language is challenging, but as they are reading through, they are discussing the difficult passages and translating them into layman's terms. The students are surprised at how funny it actually is! This experience directly connects them to the key asset of Arts Appreciation.  Ms. Smitha is proud to expose these students to an avenue of literature and performing arts that they have never encountered. 

    It has also been a pleasure to see many of the students who started out in class as painfully shy slowly open up, and even step up into more leadership positions.  One of the students’ favorite improv activities involves one person being the director and everyone else being the cast.  The director has to give the cast specific things to do onstage using only technical stage direction terms.  Ms. Smitha is surprised and pleased to see that every student is eager to engage in both roles,  both as director and actor.  This demonstrates that they are both confident enough to lead their peers respectfully as well as open and non-self-conscious enough to potentially respond to some silly stage directions without fear of judgement from their classmates. All in all, it’s been a solid few months of progress!

    Cooking with Ms. Ilutzia at 108 – As part of a Healthy Lifestyles emphasis, the cooking students recently prepared a pasta dish and learned the terms "moderation" and "portion control" and that it's ok to eat pasta but in small amounts and to make sure they're aware of a food's serving size and its calorie count. 

    Cooking with Ms. Ilutzia at 108 – As part of a Healthy Lifestyles emphasis, the cooking students recently prepared a pasta dish and learned the terms "moderation" and "portion control" and that it's ok to eat pasta but in small amounts and to make sure they're aware of a food's serving size and its calorie count. 

    Painting with Ms. Mosely at 171 - Why do GOAL kids love to paint? ·      "I like painting because I get to show my emotions on paper" - Chloe ·      "I can be creative when I paint." - Leslie ·      "I like painting because it calms me." – Katelyn

    Painting with Ms. Mosely at 171 - Why do GOAL kids love to paint?

    ·      "I like painting because I get to show my emotions on paper" - Chloe

    ·      "I can be creative when I paint." - Leslie

    ·      "I like painting because it calms me." – Katelyn

    Photography with Mr. Kam at 108 – Targets of this class include an Appreciation for the Arts and Breadth of Experience. The photography crew recently joined Ms. Patterson’s art field trip to document their walking tour and is in the process of creating a few presentations, including videos and slideshows.  And here’s what some of the Photography students have to say: ·      Ibrahim, who has been working on an iMovie film documenting what he’s done in Photography recently stated, “I’ve learned to multitask while using iMovie and it’s hard, but loads of fun. “ ·      Symarie is proud that she’s been working on “capturing the moment” using different angles ·      Jerome wants to be more active in photography, and he promises, “my best photo has yet to come…” as he got inspired by the photos taken at the Museum of NYC trip.

    Photography with Mr. Kam at 108 – Targets of this class include an Appreciation for the Arts and Breadth of Experience. The photography crew recently joined Ms. Patterson’s art field trip to document their walking tour and is in the process of creating a few presentations, including videos and slideshows. 

    And here’s what some of the Photography students have to say:

    ·      Ibrahim, who has been working on an iMovie film documenting what he’s done in Photography recently stated, “I’ve learned to multitask while using iMovie and it’s hard, but loads of fun. “

    ·      Symarie is proud that she’s been working on “capturing the moment” using different angles

    ·      Jerome wants to be more active in photography, and he promises, “my best photo has yet to come…” as he got inspired by the photos taken at the Museum of NYC trip.

    Step Skip and Dance with Ms. Sinclair at 108 - Students are building Self Confidence and developing an Appreciation for the Arts as part of their dance program.  On a weekly basis, they are taking on leadership roles and are completely engaged in the process.  Ms. Sinclair enjoys watching the kids choreograph their own dance steps and work collaboratively to reach their goals.  And for Black History Month in February, the class worked on a dance to pay tribute to Michael Jackson. 

    GOAL Chorus with Mr. Durant at 171 – The group has an ever-growing Breadth of Experience, especially in the Spring, as they gear up for their performance season.  Performing numerous times with this group helps students connect to the songs they sing and to the audiences they perform for. And for the first time, the Youth Music class and Junior GOAL Chorus was included in a recent concert and had the chance to share their Appreciation of the Arts with the older kids and the entire school.

    Cultures and Cooking with Ms. Marcoccia at 171 – Recent highlights of students’ increased Cultural Competence included when the group made guacamole and quesadillas.  Since their current country of study is Mexico, it’s been great to have the students of Mexican heritage particularly excited to see their country and culture represented and shared with their friends.  Another highlight was seeing the students take more risks – they were even willing to taste jalapeños and include them in the recipe to make it even more authentic.

    Cultures and Cooking with Ms. Marcoccia at 171 – Recent highlights of students’ increased Cultural Competence included when the group made guacamole and quesadillas.  Since their current country of study is Mexico, it’s been great to have the students of Mexican heritage particularly excited to see their country and culture represented and shared with their friends.  Another highlight was seeing the students take more risks – they were even willing to taste jalapeños and include them in the recipe to make it even more authentic.

    Saturday GOAL programming - We continued our Saturday GOAL trips with a special visit to the New York Hall of Science in Queens.  Almost 50 students, staff, family members and volunteers from both our partner schools joined for a hands-on, interactive day exploring science, engineering and technology in the heart of Flushing-Corona Park.  This trip was part of our ongoing “Five Boroughs in Five Months” initiative – next stop, Staten Island!

    Saturday GOAL programming - We continued our Saturday GOAL trips with a special visit to the New York Hall of Science in Queens.  Almost 50 students, staff, family members and volunteers from both our partner schools joined for a hands-on, interactive day exploring science, engineering and technology in the heart of Flushing-Corona Park.  This trip was part of our ongoing “Five Boroughs in Five Months” initiative – next stop, Staten Island!

    Visit to CNBC's "Fast Money" and Options Action" - thanks to two of our generous donors a select group of GOAL students got to visit the Times Square studio where “Fast Money” and “Options Action” are filmed. The kids met David Seaburg and the rest of the on-air talent and had a behind-the-scenes look at how live TV gets made.  A couple of highlights from the day: When Tim Seymour asked the kids what they were learning in school which launched into a lengthy discussion on their math unit on sales and commission During a commercial break after the Fast Money crew had compared Netflix to Kleenex and other generic trademarks - Guy Adami turned to the kids and asked them if they had ever heard of Jello, they replied loudly in unison "Yeah!" which got a huge laugh from the whole studio

    Visit to CNBC's "Fast Money" and Options Action" - thanks to two of our generous donors a select group of GOAL students got to visit the Times Square studio where “Fast Money” and “Options Action” are filmed. The kids met David Seaburg and the rest of the on-air talent and had a behind-the-scenes look at how live TV gets made.  A couple of highlights from the day:

    When Tim Seymour asked the kids what they were learning in school which launched into a lengthy discussion on their math unit on sales and commission

    During a commercial break after the Fast Money crew had compared Netflix to Kleenex and other generic trademarks - Guy Adami turned to the kids and asked them if they had ever heard of Jello, they replied loudly in unison "Yeah!" which got a huge laugh from the whole studio

    Jewelry design with Lunessa - Elise and Glenn from Lunessa Designer Jewelry volunteered their time, talent and expertise in a very special, hands-on jewelry design workshop with Ms. Patterson's art students at PS/MS 108.

    Jewelry design with Lunessa - Elise and Glenn from Lunessa Designer Jewelry volunteered their time, talent and expertise in a very special, hands-on jewelry design workshop with Ms. Patterson's art students at PS/MS 108.