Message from the Principal

Happy New Year!

As we welcome 2015, we do so with enthusiasm and gusto as we look forward to meeting our ambitious agenda.  We have implemented a more rigorous instructional program, which was introduced to teachers, students and parents in the Fall.  We are moving our PPA Family into the 21st century!  Both students and teachers are working hard to meet the enhanced achievement levels of the Common Core.   We are enjoying the use of technology as we read and complete mathematical problems.  Very soon, all of our students will need to have internet access.  Did you know that the NYC Public Library will allow you to  “borrow internet access” just like you can borrow a book?  NYC realizes just how important it is for all of its students to have Internet access as we compete with the world.  Expect a FACT SHEET regarding how to do this.  We cannot allow our Scholars to fall behind!

Reading is the # 1 activity that our students must find themselves regularly engaged!  It will make a significant difference in their learning and understanding.  Too many of our students are not yet reading on grade level and this is directly related to how much time they spend out of school reading!  Many are close to grade level, but we need to hit our target of being a total school that reads

In January, we will move forward with the “flipped classroom” concept.  Teachers will send their lectures and new information home via the internet, from a teacher-created video that your child can access through PPA’s YouTube Channel.  Students will be able to watch the video at home and practice the application of what they’ve learned in the classroom.   We will hold a Parent Workshop on this topic before we roll out this enhanced learning experience.

Math performance is significantly improving.  Students are learning how to use and manipulate numbers.  They are learning that there are various ways to work a math problem.  Our teachers are using student data to more effectively instruct our Scholars.  We are no longer just “giving tests” and then recording the results.  We are using that information to track each student’s understanding of the concepts being taught.  Our goal is that 85% of our students will consistently score 80% or better on our standardized assessments.  We want to fill the gaps in our students’ academic program. 

We are excited about 2015 and all that it has to offer!

Yours in Education,

Mrs. K Jones

Academic Leader

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 27
4th Quarter Begins
Wednesday, April 29
Parent Teacher Conference 1pm Dismissal Scholars

1PM Dismissal for Scholars – 1:15PM-4:00PM Parent Teacher Conference 5:00PM-7:00PM Parent Teacher Conference 

Mon, May 4 - Fri, May 8
ITBS Testing
Wednesday, May 6
1pm Dismissal Staff PD
Tuesday, May 12
PTO Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Parent Teacher Organization

Please contact the PTO at if you have any general questions related to the PTO or gym uniform information.

PTO President
Michelle Burchette


Today, 4/27/2015
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