The Henry Longfellow School
5010 6TH AVENUE
BROOKLYN, N.Y. 11220
One Community, One Vision, One Goal: Success!
Table of Contents
PS 94 Pledge……………………………………………………………………………………..3
Who We Are……………………………………………………………………………………..4
Dual Language Program…………………………………………………………………...6
Goals of the Dual Language Program……………………………………….7
Dual Language and Project-Based Learning…………………………….8
Dual Language Enrollment………………………………………………………8
Enrichment After school Programs…………………………………………………...9
After school Academic Intervention …………………………………………………11
Special Programs and Partnerships…………………………………………………12
P.S. 94K, The Henry Longfellow School is a diverse community where respect and commitment to excellence is valued. We believe in the value of developing citizens who are, proud of their cultural heritage, bilingual, bi-literate and bicultural. We envision our school as a safe, supportive learning environment where students, parents, teachers and support staff form a community of learners. P. S. 94K is committed to support all students achieve the highest standards of excellence through a rigorous Next Generation Learning Standards based curriculum which prepares students for college and career readiness.
P.S. 94K, The Henry Longfellow School is committed to developing inquisitive, critical thinkers who embark on a lifelong journey of learning. To meet our vision and mission, we are committed to…
- Provide ALL students, within a safe, clean, and secure environment equal access to the curriculum which is an integration of academic and enrichment disciplines
- Provide students the opportunity to become bilingual, bi-literate and bicultural through our Dual Language Spanish-English and Chinese- English programs.
- Provide engaging, rigorous and coherent literacy and content area curricula aligned to the Next Generation Learning Standards.
- Provide engaging, rigorous and coherent curricula to develop critical thinkers through problem solving procedures and project-based learning.
P.S.94 is our school. We are here to learn and grow into independent global citizens. We will be respectful of our teachers and fellow students. We will be responsible learners by coming prepared for class every day. We will work hard and challenge ourselves to become creative leaders of our own learning.
Who We Are
PS 94 is a Teachers College reading and writing project school at Columbia University and a project based learning school. It is a K-5 elementary school located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. We have a culturally and linguistically diverse student population of over 1341 students.
PS 94 is committed to develop skills for living in a knowledge-based, highly technological society. Through project base learning, our dual language students learn fundamental skills (reading, writing and mathematics) in combination with and 21st century skills (teamwork, problem solving, research gathering, and time management, information synthesizing and utilizing high tech tools) to solve highly complex problems. Our goal is that our students become directors and managers of their learning process, guided by a skilled teacher.
We offer Dual Language classes in Spanish-English and Chinese-English in grades K-5. We also offer self-contained ENL classes in grades K – 5 and push-in ENL. In addition, we have Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classes in grades K-5, 12:1:1 special education classes and provide SETTS, Guidance, Speech, OT and PT Services.
We provide academic intervention program in reading and mathematics for grades 1-5 during school, an after-school early prevention/intervention program for grades 1-2 and Saturday Academy for grades 3-5.
We offer band, chorus, violin, guitar, dance and ballroom dancing, visual arts, Physical Education, computer science and STEM during the school day. Through the after-school enrichment program students (grades 3-5) participate in basketball, soccer, track & field, yoga, guitar, drums, band, chorus, visual arts, and Lego robotics. We have a partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council, where students (grades K-2) participate in storytelling, puppetry, murals and mosaics, and Polynesian dance.
At PS 94 we continue to increase our parent engagement through the assistance of our Parent Coordinators, Parent Teacher Association, and School Leadership Team. These programs include Parent as Learning Partners, Saturday Family workshops, Adult ESL classes, and workshops offered by our wonderful school staff and Sunset Park community.
Through the use of the workshop model in literacy, mathematics and all content areas we provide a comprehensive systematic approach to reading, writing and mathematics.
We are a reading and writing project school with Teachers College, Columbia University. Therefore, we follow a balanced literacy approach where we conduct a Read Aloud, Shared reading, reading workshop, writing workshop, independent reading and writing and word work daily.
Balanced literacy provides all students with meaningful literacy activities that engage them in reading, and writing experiences; thus promoting the four listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in their development of literacy in a systematic and strategic manner. Children receive:
- 90 minutes of reading and writing each day in grades K- 5.
- Five Pillars of Effective Reading Instruction through balanced literacy: Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension
- Daily writing assignments
The Eureka Mathematics (Engage NY) program K-5 is a comprehensive mathematics curriculum that is fully aligned with the standards for grades K-8 and builds students’ knowledge logically and thoroughly to help them achieve deep understanding about the process for solving a problem and computational skills.
The “Exemplars” problem solving tasks are open-ended tasks that engage students to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills to solve real-world problems.
Our Science curriculum is Amplify Science. The program is aligned to the new NYCDOE PK-8 Science Scope and Sequence and it is a comprehensive program that was developed specifically to support the Next Generation Science Standards.
We use Passport to Social Studies as our Social Studies curriculum to prepare children for the global community. Students use rich content, themes and big ideas to learn history, geography, economics, civics, citizenship and government. They also use important skills to “think like historians.”
Computer Science, STEM, Physical Education, Art, Music, Dance and Theater programs are based on the Next Generation Learning Standards and New York City Scope and Sequence.
In addition, we have a focused, comprehensive ongoing professional development program for all staff members. All teachers are provided with both in school and outside workshops to develop and strengthen teacher pedagogy.
Dual Language Program
- PS. 94, The Henry Longfellow in Sunset Park, Brooklyn is committed to developing inquisitive, critical thinkers who will embark on a lifelong journey of learning. We believe in the value of developing citizens who are proud of their cultural heritage and become bi-literate. As the global economy continues to open the markets of all nations, it is extremely important that we provide our future generations with the tools that they need in order to strive in this new economy. It is our intention to assure that all of our students are offered the opportunity to become multicultural as well as bi-literate.
We are committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence through an academically rigorous curriculum for all students and through professional development for teachers.
PS 94 uses a thematic approach as well as the workshop model approach to teach literacy and language. In addition, we emphasize integrating language development through arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and music. The school uses this approach to build the foundations of reading and provide teachers with tools for creating effective language and literacy environment in their classrooms. All teachers use effective practices that help promote learning in students’ first and second language. In addition, teachers allocate time for the development of listening skills and oral comprehension through stories, songs, meetings, and discussions, promote natural oral interaction between peers in large and small groups through projects, collaborations, and hands-on activities.
We follow a Balanced Language Model (50/50 model), reflecting the fact that the two languages are evenly balanced. Students receive half of their instruction in English and the other half in the target language (Spanish or Chinese). The students are linguistically integrated; there are native speakers of English and native speakers of the other language who are ELLs as well as English Proficient.
We have both a self-contained model for the Spanish Dual Language program and a side by side model for the Chinese Dual Language program. Both Dual Language Programs offer students language, literacy and culture in Chinese, Spanish and English.
Within the stand alone configuration, there is one teacher who provides instruction in both languages at separate times. The classroom contains instructional materials in both languages and is organized so that the language of instruction is clearly designated.
Within the side by side configuration, there is one teacher who provides instruction in English and the second teacher provides instruction in Chinese in the content areas of mathematics, social studies and science. One classroom contains instructional materials in English and the other classroom contains instructional materials in Chinese in the content areas of mathematics, social studies and science.
Both classrooms are organized so that the language of instruction is clearly designated. Both teachers provide ELA instruction in English.
The Dual Language teachers plan all instruction together in order to meet the academic and linguistic objectives of all the students. In addition, many of our out of classroom teachers are Bilingual and/or ESL certified and they teach content in the home language when possible.
Dual Language Goals
- P.S. 94K, The Henry Longfellow School is a diverse community where respect and commitment to excellence is valued. P.S. 94K is committed to developing inquisitive, critical thinkers who embark on a lifelong journey of learning. We believe in the value of developing citizens who are proud of their cultural heritage, and are bilingual, bi-literate and multicultural. To meet our mission, students have the opportunity to be part of our Dual Language program.
The Dual Language program integrates native English speakers and native speakers of another language for all or most of their content area instruction. Cultures are explored and students work and learn together, preparing them for a successful future in the multicultural world in which we live. Upon their completion in the Dual Language program students in both language groups will:
- Develop bilingualism, bi-literacy, and multiculturalism
- Meet or exceed Next Generation Learning Standards in English-Spanish and English-Chinese
- Increase the use of foreign language among English proficient students
- Develop proficiency in their first language
- Develop proficiency in their second language
- Develop second language skills while learning content knowledge in both languages
- Nurture understanding of the different cultures living side by side at PS94
- Give students an upper edge in middle school, high school, college, and the workplace
- Develop positive cross-cultural attitudes; behaviors, and skills that will help them function in a global economy and society
Dual Language and Project-Based Learning
PS 94 is committed to develop skills for living in a knowledge-based, highly technological society. Through project based learning, our dual language students learn fundamental skills (reading, writing and mathematics) in both languages in combination with and 21st century skills (teamwork, problem solving, research gathering and time management, information synthesizing and utilizing high tech tools) to solve highly complex problems. Our goal is that our students become directors and managers of their learning process, guided by a skilled teacher.
Dual Language Enrollment
All students who are zoned to PS 94 can enroll in the Dual Language program. Students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) or who are English Proficient (EP) are encouraged to participate. Program participation will be based on parent choice. Parents must be committed to the philosophy and goals of the Dual Language model. Students entering Dual Language classes will be assessed to determine language proficiency levels in both languages. We currently offer Dual Language Spanish & Chinese in grades K-5.
Enrichment After-school Programs
We offer students two cycles of enrichment. Each cycle consist of eight weeks.
Yoga: Students learn about self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment. Fostering cooperation and compassion and enhancing flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. Students exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them.
Boys’ Basketball: Students learn team building and wellness such as healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, sleep and healthy relationships. These are key elements for physical and mental health. Students challenge their perseverance, personal fitness, and collaboration skills.
Girls’ Basketball: Students learn team building and wellness such as healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, sleep and healthy relationships. These are key elements for physical and mental health. Students challenge their perseverance, personal fitness, and collaboration skills.
Track & Field: Students learn about team work and how a team is dependent upon one another. Introduce the core values of sportsmanship. It will build their confidence and increase their energy levels and stamina which has a direct correlation on academic excellence.
Lego Robotics: Students learn team building and engineering strategies to work together to build a robot that will lead to achieve a mission. Students participate in the First Lego League competition.
Soccer: Students learn individual skills development and teamwork. It focuses on the fundamentals of the sports while concentrating on advanced skills and tactical awareness.
Visual Arts: Student’s outstanding artwork will be highlighted by our model practices as they relate to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts.
Guitar Playing: Students learn all basic guitar techniques, learning some fun popular songs along the way. Start with basic chord shapes and simple strumming patterns. Students learn chord progressions, time signatures and scales.
Rhythm & Movement: Students understand dance as a universal language and a legacy of expression in every culture as they relate to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance.
Dance Workout: Students understand dance as a universal language and a legacy of expression in every culture as they relate to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance.
Drums: Students learn to recognize and differentiate the qualities of music-making such as rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics and expression, through playing the drums. Students will learn to play the drums using their listening skills, focus, and body and mind connections, as well as discovering the music inside of them. Students come to appreciate that music is everywhere.
Chorus: Students learn skills and technique to perform music from a variety of styles—classical to contemporary—traditional to commercial; combining intensive voice training and music study with exceptional performance experiences. Students participate in vocal ensembles re-envisioning choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and their distinctively beautiful sound.
Theatre: Students become literate in theatre, developing critical insights and the mean to express them with the language of theater practice. Students will build life skills through theater, such as, make social, cultural, historical and personal connections, develop confidence and take risks through live performances. Students learn discipline, respect, and the value of hard work and a positive attitude as well as to build a strong community, learning commitment, trust and how to depend on one another.
Violin: Students learn all basic violin techniques, learning some fun popular songs along the way. Start with basic chord shapes, scales and finger patterns. Then, introduce concepts like chord progressions, time signatures and scales for the first time.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus: Students learn intensive voice training and music study through performing choir experiences. Students collaborate in vocal ensembles.
Brooklyn Arts Council: Designed for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students.
Kindergarten: Visual Arts - Painting and Drawing
First Grade: Visual Arts - Sculptures
Second Grade: Graphic Comics
To sign up for enrichment classes contact Ms. Corniel at 718-435-6034.
After-school Academic Intervention
Mathematics: Intervention program designed for students in first, second, third, and fourth grades. Students will strengthen their understandings of math computation, number sense, and problem solving. Students will develop a solid foundation in arithmetic understanding and skills, and the ability to reason mathematically and solve problems.
Early Grades Prevention/Intervention: Designed for grades one through three.
Students will improve literacy development in the areas of language, fluency and comprehension. Students will focus on the acquisition of itemized knowledge, early reading strategies, decoding strategies, using all sources of information while reading, self-correction strategies, monitoring reading strategies, fluency and comprehension, and vocabulary development.
English as a New Language Intervention: Intervention program designed for students that scored Entering or Emerging on the NYSESLAT in second, third, fourth and fifth grades. The program will focus in all four modalities of language. It intends to improve verbal skills, listening skills, working memory, fluency, comprehension, writing skills. The intervention program will focus on projects that require students to work together using all four modalities of language. Students will also be required to write about their projects and to present the projects during the program.
Saturday Academy: Students in Grades 3-5 will use testing strategies within the ELA and mathematics curriculum for grades 3-5.
To sign up for academic intervention contact Ms. Gonzalez at 718-435-6034
Special Programs & Partnerships
Adult ESL Program
American Ballroom Theater Dancing
Band & Chorus
Brooklyn Arts Council
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Center for Family Life
Computer Science: Coding & Lego Robotics
Dual Language English\Spanish
Dual Language English\Chinese
Early Childhood Prevention/Intervention Program
Engineering Is Elementary
Parents as Learning Partners
Project Based Learning: Bucks Institute
New York University Partnership
Response to Intervention Program
Teachers College, Columbia University Partnership
Technology Lab & Classroom: Desktops, I pads, Laptops
JEAN MARIE MCINERNEY
DISTRICT 15 SUPERINTENDENT
5010 6TH AVENUE
BROOKLYN, N.Y. 11220
One Community, One Vision, One Goal: Success!