Data-Tech Meeting re 2017 New York State Exams

If you were not able to make it to Ms. Koatz’s Data-Tech meeting, we have attached the PowerPoint here (ela-math-parent-workshop-november-2016).

Here are some of the key points from the presentation:

  • The dates for the 2017 New York State ELA (English Language Arts) exams are: March 28, 29 and 30
  • The dates for the 2017 New York State math exams are: May 2, 3 and 4
  • Exams are for all students in grades 3, 4 and 5
  • Exams will be similar to those from 2016, so that they can be compared
  • Exams will be untimed (although it is expected that most students will complete each exam within 60-90 minutes, depending on the day and their grade)
  • Parents should know that their children are being well prepared for the exams by their classroom teachers

As always, if you have questions about testing, or the Common Core, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Koatz, assistant principal, at 718-263-9770, ext. 1240 or cjarrat@schools.nyc.gov.


September Data-Tech Meeting–Looking at the PS196Q 2016 Exam Results

If you were not able to make the Data-Tech workshop this evening, you can see Ms. Koatz’s PowerPoint presentation by clicking here (2016-nys-exam-results-parent-workshop).

The bottom line was that we are well about the City and State averages in both ELA and Math.  82.70% of our students met or exceeded standards in ELA–a whopping 9.6% increase over 2015.  Our percentage for math was 83.80%, a slight dip of 2.1% compared to 2015.

Ms. Koatz will be leading other Data-Tech workshops about 2017 State testing for families of children in testing grades.


Celebrating “Dads Take Your Child to School” Day!

We had a wonderful time this morning welcoming our fathers to school for “Dads Take Your Child to School Day.”  Our students’ fathers, and father figures, were greeted with warm smiles and some paparazzi, led by Mrs. Paz and Parents Association co-president, Stephanie Cooper.  After they posed, they could pick up a healthy snack, thanks to parent coordinator, Ellen Maurer.

We are lucky that our children are brought to school every day by loving parents and guardians.  Today offered a special opportunity to celebrate the fathers among them.


2016-2017 Supply Lists

You can get ready for the new year by having all of your materials ready! If you want to order them through our Parents Association, the deadline is July 12th.  Please go to this link to sign up: http://www.schoolpak.com/catalog/grand-central-parkway

If you missed that deadline, or would rather buy your own materials, here are the lists for the 2016-2017 school year.

Kindergarten Supply List 2016-17

1st Grade Supply List 2016-17

2nd Grade Supply List 2016-17

3rd Grade Supply List 2016-17

4th Grade Supply List 2016-17

5th Grade Supplies 2016-17




Career Day 2016

Army Sergeant, Paleoanthropologist, Attorney, Career Advisor, Court Officer, College Professor, Writer, Sales, Cellist, Computer Programmer on and on…. Another successful Career Day! A big thank you to all the parents who participated. The children had an opportunity to hear about different careers and the skills required for each job, and most important for our children, to make connections why the things they are learning in school right now are important to their future and how they use this knowledge in the world to come.




Title III Immigrant Program: Fun At The Botanical Gardens!

On Saturday March 12, 2016 a special group of students and parents gathered at PS196Q. The atmosphere was friendly and curious. It was the first school year that Queens had this kind of a program. Queens schools were given an opportunity to apply for funding for an immigrant program. Ms. Riccardo and Ms. Raber worked together to create a program that would serve to support our immigrant population academically, and help families connect with community services. It was a space-limited class that focused on the science curriculum and a trip to The Queens Botanical Gardens! Parents attended with their children and learned about the plants and animals thIMG_0163at are indigenous to our area. Each parent and child chose a plant or animal that they hoped to see at the Queens Botanical Gardens and drew a picture of it on a tee-shirt. “Don’t forget to wear your tee-shirt next week!” Ms. Riccardo reminded them.






IMG_0149 On March 19th, 2016, the group reconvened for a trip to the Queens Botanical gardens. They filed onto a school bus all wearing their tee shirts and hoping to see the plant or animal that they chose the week before. Some people had never been to the Queens Botanical Gardens, some had. It was a new adventure with new friends!

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Changes in New York State Testing

As Ms. Koatz mentioned during her Data-Tech meetings, New York State has made (and is making) some changes to the exams your children will be taking in April.  Please see these letters from the New York City Department of Education, regarding those changes. (20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsArabic 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsBengali 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsHaitian(1) 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsFrench(1) 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsChineseTraditional 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsFrench 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsHaitian changes2016grades3-8ela-math-tests).

This is what has changed:

  • They have decreased the number of questions.
  • Tests are now untimed.
  • There is, and will be, greater teacher involvement in creating and reviewing exams.
  • They chose a new test vendor—Questar Assessment.

Since the tests are now untimed, we will be starting all students first thing in the morning.  So it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that your children arrive at school early on testing days.

  • On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, classes start at 8:50 a.m.—drop off by 8:40 a.m.
  • On Fridays, classes start at 8:00 a.m.—drop off by 7:45 a.m.

With your help, the morning will run smoothly and all children will be able to begin testing on time.

Even though tests are untimed, students must finish their exams by the end of the school day.  If they are still working productively (no more than 15 minutes without working), and it is close to lunch, students will be allowed to eat their lunch in a testing room.  Their exams will be given back to them after they finish.Here are the dates for the New York State Exams:

English Language Arts (ELA) Exams

Tuesday, April 5th

Wednesday, April 6th

Thursday, April 7th

Make-ups: April 8th, 11th and 12th

Mathematics Exams

Wednesday, April 13th

Thursday, April 14th

Friday, April 15th

Make-ups: April 18th, 19th and 20th