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· Weekly Testing: All schools will have 20% of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis.
· Student Consent: All students in grades 1 and higher are required to provide consent for testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day. Families can submit consent using NYCSA or this updated paper form. Students who do not submit consent will be transitioned to remote only learning.
Schools Chancellor Carranza launched Parent University, a new online platform that offers a centralized catalog of courses, life events, and activities to help connect with families and support students.
Families can visit Parent University at https://parentu.schools.nyc/
The daughter of Korean immigrants, Sandra Oh started her performance career as a child. She attended the National Theatre School of Canada, and at age 19 had her breakthrough role in the television biopic The Diary of Evelyn Lau (1993). Her performance garnered a Gemini nomination and the 1994 Cannes FIPA d'Or for Best Actress. In 1996, Oh moved to Los Angeles to join the cast of HBO’s comedy Arli$$. Roles in films like Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) and Sideways (2004) followed. She then landed the role of Dr. Cristina Yang in the hit TV series Grey's Anatomy (2005), which garnered her numerous award nominations over the course of her 10 years on the show. In 2018, she found more success as the star of BBC America's spy drama Killing Eve.
Learn more: https://www.biography.com/actor/sandra-oh
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is an Indian-born American economist who, with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics for helping to develop an innovative experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. Banerjee, Duflo, and Kremer, often working with each other, focused on relatively small and specific problems that contributed to poverty and identified the best solutions through carefully designed field experiments, which they conducted in several low- and middle-income countries over the course of more than two decades.
Andrew Yang is a businessman, lawyer and philanthropist whose entrepreneurial endeavors led him to found the nonprofit Ventures for America (VFA), which connects young professionals to innovative companies in economically challenged cities. In late 2017, Yang announced his run for the presidency under the slogan "Make America Think Harder" (MATH) along with his defining policy proposal of Universal Basic Income (UBI), which is a supplemental income offered to American adults to prepare them for the economic challenges incurred by artificial intelligence and automation. Prior to suspending his presidential campaign in February 2020, Yang built a strong digital coalition and attracted a base of loyal supporters called the Yang Gang.
Hideki Matsuyama is a Japanese professional golfer who has primarily plied his trade on the PGA Tour, the European Tour, and the Japan Golf Tour. He had created history by winning the 2021 Masters Tournament, becoming the first Japanese professional golfer to have won a men’s major golf championship. As of April 2021, he had also won 2 World Golf Championship titles – WGC-HSBC Champions (2016) and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (2017). At the 2011 Shenzhen Summer Universiade, representing Japan, he had won the ‘Gold’ medal in both the individual event and the men’s team event.
Learn more: https://healthyceleb.com/hideki-matsuyama/
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra won the Miss India pageant when she was in high school, and she soon followed it by taking the 2000 Miss World pageant as well. On the heels of that international success, Chopra turned her sights to the film world and became a huge star in the Bollywood system. She made a splash on American television with the FBI drama Quantico. Chopra's international fame allowed her to star in more prominent Indian films, including Bajirao Mastani (2015), which became one of the biggest box-office hits in India. The following year she produced and made a brief appearance in the Marathi-language dramedy Ventilator, another critical and commercial success.
Learn more: https://www.biography.com/actor/priyanka-chopra
Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, bestselling author, acclaimed public speaker, renowned futurist, and popularizer of science. As co-founder of String Field Theory, Dr. Kaku carries on Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything. Beyond his numerous bestselling books, he has also been a featured columnist for top popular science publications. Dr. Kaku was also one of the subjects of the award-winning documentary, ME & ISAAC NEWTON by Michael Apted.
Learn more: https://mkaku.org/home/about/
Lydia X. Z. Brown is an advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer. Their work focuses on addressing state and interpersonal violence targeting disabled people living at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, faith, language, and nation. They are Policy Counsel for Disability Rights and Algorithmic Fairness for the Privacy and Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Director of Policy, Advocacy, and External Affairs for the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. In 2018, NBC featured Lydia as one of 26 Asian Pacific American breakthrough leaders for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Learn more: https://autistichoya.net/bio/
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was born into a professional wrestling family. An injury ended his college football career, so he entered the ring with the World Wrestling Federation. As "The Rock," he famously feuded with wrestler Steve Austin and won the WWF/WWE Heavyweight title numerous times. Johnson then parlayed his wrestling fame into a film career, appearing in projects like 2001's The Mummy Returns and 2010's Tooth Fairy. Later projects include the HBO series Ballers and leading roles in The Fast and the Furious and Jumanji franchises and the voice as demigod Maui in Moana.
Learn more: https://www.biography.com/actor/dwayne-johnson
As women around the world speak out against sexual harassment and unfair treatment, Tina Tchen continues to support the movement through her legal activism. Even though she was once the Assistant to President Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, she now serves as the President and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation. Tchen and her colleagues founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund to connect survivors of sexual harassment with a network of lawyers and resources. Tchen’s role is to focus on achieving justice for women on a daily basis.
Bong Joon-Ho is a South Korean filmmaker known for the meticulous directing, social critique, blending of genres, and quick tonal shifts in his movies, many of which he also co-wrote. Bong’s film, the darkly comic horror movie Gisaengchung (2019; Parasite), took aim at the cruelty of social and financial inequity with a tale about a poor family that infiltrates a wealthy family by working as servants. Hailed by many critics as a masterpiece, it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and became the first foreign-language film to receive the Academy Award for best picture. It also earned the Oscar for best international feature, and Bong received Oscars for directing and for co-writing the screenplay.
Yao Ming is a Chinese basketball player, who became an international star as a centre for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. The 7-foot 6-inch Yao was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft. In the 2002–03 season he was voted by fans to start for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game and was a unanimous selection to the league’s All-Rookie team. With his soft shooting touch and deft passing ability, Yao earned all-star honours in each of the following six seasons and helped the Rockets to play-off appearances in five seasons.
Learn more: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Yao-Ming
American journalist and news anchor Connie Chung became the first woman and first Asian to co-anchor CBS Evening News. In June 1993, CBS announced that Chung was to become co-anchor of the nightly news broadcast, alongside longtime lead Dan Rather. Chung was only the second woman ever to hold one of the main network anchor chairs. The Emmy and Peabody award winner has worked at CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN.
Judge Lance Ito attended law school at UC Berkeley. After a stint in private practice, Ito joined the L.A. district attorney's office in 1977. He was appointed L.A. County Superior Court judge in 1989, and six years later he presided over the O.J. Simpson murder trial. The trial, broadcast on live TV, became a national obsession and made Ito a celebrity. He remained a judge for another 20 years, before retiring in 2015.
Learn more: https://www.ourbiography.com/lance-ito/
Michelle Kwan is a five-time world champion figure skater and two-time Olympic medalist. A serious injury forced her to withdraw from the 2006 Olympics. While she didn't officially retire, Kwan decided to focus on her education after the 2006 Olympics. She enrolled at the University of Denver to complete her undergraduate degree. She also began her diplomatic work around this time. The U.S. State Department named her a public advocacy envoy, which involved traveling to different countries to share her experiences with others. Kwan served as TV correspondent for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Learn more: https://www.biography.com/athlete/michelle-kwan
Jason Momoa began modeling after high school, which soon led to an acting career. After long-running roles on Baywatch Hawaii and Stargate: Atlantis, Momoa landed the role of Khal Drogo on HBO's Game of Thrones, which debuted in 2011. That same year Momoa was featured in the title role of the new Conan the Barbarian movie. He has remained busy through film projects and the TV adventure drama Frontier, as well as his selection for the role of DC Comics superhero Aquaman on the big screen.
Learn more: https://www.biography.com/actor/jason-momoa
The artwork titled AIRPLANE created by D15 Little Brooklyn PreK Center student ASA MACPHEE has been selected from almost 800 entries to be part of the P.S. Art 2021.
The artwork titled ME WITH A HULA HOOP DRESS created by D15 Little Brooklyn PreK Center student NICO HYON-LIN, has been selected from almost 800 entries to be part of P.S. Art 2021.
P.S. Art celebrates the visual arts in New York City’s public schools and showcases the tremendous talent of students from every neighborhood across the city.
We commend art teacher LORNA CLARK for the fantastic work she has done with her student.
Anita Skop has served as the Community Superintendent for District 15 in Brooklyn, NY, for the past eleven years and has been an educator in the New York City school system for the past 36 years. She has worked in a wide range of educational settings, having held teaching and leadership positions in early childhood, elementary and middle school educational programs.
Back row, left to right: Cynthia Lascano, Christine Farrell, John McLaughlin, Maggie Desir-Hart, Ursula Koffer, Francisca Andino, Brenda Diaz, Gina Keller
Front row, left to right: Anita Skop, Kelly McGuire
Julie began her service to PS 15 as special education teacher in 2001, where she eventually became a model classroom as part of city-wide program and helped to found the ACES program, a program for children with intellectual and multiple disability. Today, ACES is a community schools based city-wide program that has expanded to include a fully inclusive program first piloted at PS 15. In 2017, Julie became PS 15’s assistant principal under the leadership of then principal Peggy Wyns-Madison, her mentor over the course of her career at PS 15. In January 2021, Julie became the Interim Acting Principal. Julie believes in an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Liberation Framework for teaching and learning.
I believe in cultivating a climate, culture and community of healing, connection, and support. I believe in student centered; student directed classrooms where children are leaders of their own learning. Magic and joy are my mantra! I am deeply honored to be able to serve the PS 15 and the Red Hook community in this new role.
I am so proud to have been given the opportunity to become the Interim Acting Principal of PS 295. I started my career as a Kindergarten teacher and taught for 16 years in grades K, 1, and 3, before I moved on to becoming the Assistant Principal of PS 295. Being in the position to lead PS 295 during these difficult times and beyond is an honor that I don’t take lightly. I look forward to continuing the focus of building a school community that welcomes and celebrates all identities. My belief is through modeling and use of a more culturally responsive framework, we can work together to provide the best educational experience for all our children and help them to appreciate diversity and be leaders of change in the future.
Neal Singh served as Assistant Principal of S.T.E.M at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts where he introduced numerous programs that prepared students for some of the most prestigious academic institutions and conservatories in the country. Previously, Mr. Singh taught for over 23 years on the elementary, middle, and high school levels where he was recognized for his passion and focus on holistically educating students.
“I am so excited to get to know the students, parents, and staff of M.S. 51,” said Neal Singh “This is one of the most critical school years in our history and I am ready to jump in and get to work alongside the incredible educators of M.S. 51.”
I have the privilege of leading P.S. 1 The Bergen School as the IA Principal for this new school year 2020. I am a multilingual language learner who attended P.S. 169 and P.S. 94 in Sunset Park. My passion for working with young students led me to pursue a career in teaching. I began my career as a substitute teacher and then pursued a teaching degree in bilingual education. As the years passed, I wanted to have a greater impact on a larger number of students and teachers; hence, I pursued an administrative degree. In 2014, I joined P.S. 1's administrative and instructional team. I look forward to continuing being an advocate for all our students. Currently we are dealing with unprecedented times in the world and in education. I am confident that my team and I will be able to provide the support that our school community and our families need to make any transition less stressful. Thank you for allowing me to support all efforts and work towards a better tomorrow.
It is an honor for me to be serving as Principal of PS24. I have dedicated the past eighteen and a half years to serving the PS24 community as a parent, advocate, teacher and literacy coach. Throughout my tenure at 24, I have built lasting relationships with my students' families and the Sunset Park community. I believe that people learn from those they know care about them and respect them. I will continue to ensure that we nurture the whole child and that all of our students have an equitable education. We got this 24! - Maria Diaz, Principal P.S. 24
Stephanie Parsons is the principal of PS 130, The Parkside School, in Brooklyn, New York. She has been an assistant principal, literacy coach and teacher in New York City public elementary and middle schools, as well as an independent literacy consultant and a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and LitLife.
Currently, the Office of Food and Nutrition Services (OFNS) offers take - out meals to Student Remote Learners from 9 – 12PM and Community Adult meals from 3-5PM.
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131 Livingston Street - Room 301
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(Between Smith St and Boerum Place)
A, C, F, R to Jay St./Metrotech
4, 5 to Borough Hall
Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.