Antonio Pozo, I.A. PRINCIPAL
2452 WASHINGTON AVENUE, BRONX, NY 10458Phone: 718-220-8700
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Clubs and Organizations of Middle School 254
Mr. Gertsen - YearbookFor Year Club this coming year, students will gather to assist in the creation of their 8th grade yearbook. Students will learn how to use computer programs such as; Google Pages, Microsoft Word, Pictavo in order to gather, organize and present information for the 8th grade yearbook. Tasks will include, organizing page backgrounds, importing and organizing student photos, and collecting and inputting student writing.
Mr. Farez - Jewelry Making Mr. Farez is helping the students learn about the history of art. The students wil practice brainstorming and coming up with ideas. They will then create a plan to execute and complete their projects. The purpose is to teach the students the importance of reading, writing, and math. The students will then correctlate and connect them to the arts. Mr. Farez is trying to teach the students how also create a small business model with all proceeds going to a local charity.Multicultural Music The Symphonic Youth Program is designed to provide music instruction in the following instruments: flutes, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, piano, bass & percussion. In addition, the program provides participants with the opportunity to become members of a multicultural symphonic ensemble. The goal of the program is to qualify students for admission to specialized music schools and music programs in New York City. Mr. Gertsen- MathThe students in Mr. Gertsen's math club will gather to assist each other in perfroming mathematical tasks. Math club will primarily attend to the needs of English Language Learners and how these students use mathematical language in problem solving. The club will focus on what is expected for upcoming Common Core State Standards(CCSS). Students will complete CCSS style tasks with a focus on ratios and proportions.
Mr. Laks- Guitar and KeyboardingMr. Laks will teach up to ten students the art of guitar and keyboarding playing. Mr. Laks will work with both beginner and intermediate students to foster an enjoyment of playing an instrument. Students will learn how to play chords, notes, and write songs. The goal is to help students express themselves and their ideas through music. This will be done through direct group instruction, one-to-one lessons, and on- and off-line assignments. As music is numbers-based, we will be using Math, as well as Literacy in songwriting when we reach that point. Mr. Laks students will also be able to write at least one song of their own by the end of this program, using what they have learned in class. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with professional musicians during on-site visits.
Mr. Pontebbi- Fitness ClubThe fitness club will be used as a tool to motivate students towards better health. One main objective is to promote better physical and mental well-being. The teacher will provide knowledge in how to choose better eating habits as well as introduce exercises that will help strengthen and tone key muscles of the body. The exercises will consist of fast paced and toning movements. Each student will be expected to set a fitness goal, aspire to reach it, and surpass it. Goals will be set and reached over a period of four weeks. Students will gain an understanding. of the importance of good health and how the body works.
Ms. Zanio - Creative Writing
Ms. Green - Glee Club
Ms. Fei - Digital Photography Participants will learn basic techniques in digital photography and develop themselves as leaders in photography and all other areas of their lives. Each club session involves games, creative activities, and group discussions in addition to camera time.
Ms. Freedman - Animation Club Animation club concentrates on exploring the principals of stop-motion animation by combining visual art with writing. Using clay, paper, wire, paint and more, the students experiment with different stop-motion techniques such as puppet-making and claymation. Students begin with an original character and set design. They then create their own story and make it all come to life in an animated cartoon, created completely by them!
Community Association for Progressive Dominicans(A.C.D.P)
The mission of the M.S. 254 after school program is to nurture and cultivate the unique qualities of each student through an interesting curriculum that exposes the students to a multitude of academically enriched arts based and sport based activities.Our Nine Principles
Create a unique and recognized tradition.
Provide a safe, comfortable and accpecting space for youth.
Provide a space that is constantly buliding healthy relationships.
Instilling individuality, self respect, and respect for others.
Provide a space that creates an individual experience based on the youth's diverse interest.
Allow the youth to develop self confidence, integrity, and an appreciation for the arts and sports.
Provide a space that will help develop their critical thinking and broadan their minds academically.
Provide a space that nurtures loving friendships, mentorship, and opens young minds to the infinite possibilities.
Provide a space that gives the youth a voice!
Fordham University's Liberty Partnerships Program(L.P.P.)
To support LPP students in completing middle school and prepare them for successful transition to high school
Students will decrease their number of days absent from school
Students will decrease the number of referrals for disciplinary action
Students will develop a positive attitude towards school
100% of students will achieve standard or higher in ELA
100% of students will achieve standard or higher in Math
Students will use creative arts to express themselves
To involve parents in supporting their children’s education and personal development
Parents will attend school related meetings
Parents will be aware of school resources to help their child succeed
Parents will encourage their children to attend school and engage positively in the learning experience
To enhance the development of leadership skills in the students
Students will learn positive leadership skills
Students will engage in leadership activities both within the school and their community
To provide professional development opportunities for middle school staff
Teachers will learn effective ways of using technology in the classroom