I'd like to take this opportunity to share some good news. Once again P.S. 153 received a grade of "A" on our school's Progress Report. This places P.S. 153 in the top 25% of New York City schools. We are very proud of our school and know that our score is the result of the entire school community working together to help our students succeed. The full Progress Report and the results of the Learning Environment Survey are available on our web site. You can access the site through the New York City Department of Education web site or by visiting the homepage of this site (http://ps153q.weebly.com).
I'd also like to share the results of the 2011-12 New York State ELA and Math exams. In ELA, 68% of all our students in grades 3-6 scored at levels 3 and 4. Additionally, 79% of all our students are achieving levels 3 and 4 in Math. While we are pleased with the progress we have made, we know there is more work to be done and will continue to work to provide the best education for your children.
With that goal in mind, our teachers put forth much time and effort in planning and differentiating instruction for their students. Many are here when the school opens at 7:00AM and stay way past dismissal and into the evening to ensure that their instruction addresses your child's needs. It is difficult work, made more challenging as class size increases. They need and appreciate parental support. Education is a partnership between teacher, parents, and student. There are many ways in which parents can be involved in their child's education. Certainly volunteering and attending PTA meetings are important and valuable, and though we encourage this level of involvement, we understand that not all parents can be involved in this way. There are however many ways in which all parents can provide support for their child's education. First, is ensuring your child is present and on time. We cannot teach and your child cannot learn if he/she is absent. Arriving late means the child is missing instruction and interrupting the lesson that is already underway. Second, convey an expectation to your child that homework is to be completed each night. Check to see it is done. You may certainly help your child with their assignments and, if you feel your child needs it, send a note to the teacher requesting additional support. Third, compliment and praise your child for his/her efforts and have regular conversations at home about your child's school day. Lastly, READ, READ, READ to and with your child. All the research shows reading to your child in English and/or your home language will make a major contribution to his/her academic success.
By working together, and each doing our part, we will provide our students with a firm foundation for the future. I look forward to working with you throughout the school year and hope to see you at our PTA meetings, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and the many other school activities which will take place.