Cuomo’s Teacher Evaluation Proposal and Tests: This Week’s News!

Did you know that teachers and administrators throughout NY State have been told by the State Education Department that they are not allowed to “read, review, or duplicate the contents of secure test material before, during, or after test administration”? Some teachers across the State have “leaked” reports which indicate that the problems PS 321 staff spoke out about last year persist: confusing questions with more than one correct answer, incoherent passages, and material that is 2-3 grades above recommended grade level.

You can also:
Make your voice heard. The New York State Education Department is taking public comment on the new standards.
Read the Speech Principal Liz Phillips delivered at Saturday’s “Save our Schools” rally in Manhattan.
Read an article by Carol Burris, “Educators alarmed by some questions on N.Y. Common Core tests.”
• Watch this video to understand why value-added evaluation measures are problematic.

Watch our Teachers Speak about Testing.

School’s Out: Summer Camp & After School Directory

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The School’s Out: Summer Camp & After-School Directory is Here! Browse through descriptions of the 70-plus camp and after-school programs —from Brooklyn to Maine — that participated in School’s Out at PS 321 in February.

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3-2-1 Staff Band Concerts: Sunday. Tickets still available at the door for 1:00 and 3:30 show.

The 3-2-1 Staff Band is performing in TWO Rollicking All-Ages Shows SUNDAY April 26: 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM Don't miss the return of our fantastic 3-2-1 Staff Band featuring teachers your kids adore -- Alison Gbaje, Elizabeth Paradiso, Adam Lane, Frank McGarry, Joe Phillips and former 321 K teachers "Mr Bill" Fulbrecht and John Allgood. They are generously giving up their Sunday to rock out ... [Continue Reading]

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Spring Gala: May 8. Tickets on Sale now!

Tickets are on sale now for the auction and gala, FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER, which will be held on Friday, May 8th from 7:00 to midnight at the Grand Prospect Hall! Click HERE to get yours! Auction Items Needed: We need your help! Families donate, or connect us to a businesses and individuals that can donate, most of our auction items. What are we looking for? A short list follows, but we are open ... [Continue Reading]

Co-Chairs needed for 2015-2016 PTA events.

Show your school spirit and consider producing one of our PTA events or programs for the 2015-16 school year. A few of our co-chairs will be leaving the school or stepping into other roles and we are looking for several volunteers to oversee marketing/promotion/sales for the PS 321 Art Calendar; an organized producer for 321 Picture Day; a co-chair for The 3-2-1 Staff Band concerts; and help ... [Continue Reading]

Run for 321!

On Saturday, May 9th come walk, run or stroll the 8th annual Brooklyn PTA Fun Run for Schools. Part of the money raised will go to PS 321 and part will be shared among all the Brooklyn PTAs. The race begins at 10am at Bartel Pritchard Square in Prospect Park. You can register here, or visit brooklynpta.org for more information. ... [Continue Reading]

School Leadership Needs You!

Please consider running for the PS 321 School Leadership Team. Work on the Comprehensive Education Plan for PS 321 with Teachers, Administrators and other parents. Elections will be held at the May 20th PTA meeting. It is not too late to throw your hat in the ring. Contact Pamela Rosenberg for more information. ... [Continue Reading]

Committee Updates