Greenpoint Gazette
Green Science Week at PS 110

PS 110 The Monitor School

BY Megan Soyars

Address: 124 Monitor Street
Motto: “Growing Hearts and Minds”

“Our curriculum consists of constructivist and project-based learning […] with performance based assessments,” said Principal Anna Cano Amato. In addition to the core curriculum, PS 110 provides elective classes, such as music, computer technology and Italian for all students. This year, students participated in an art residency program with organizations including Young Audiences, Dancing Classrooms, Theatre for a New Audience, Park Avenue Armory and BRIC/Arts/Media/Brooklyn as well as the Center for Arts Education. In addition, PS 110 collaborates with the Food Bank of New York to provide cooking classes for both children and adults. This year, students will be a part of The Leader in Me, a program based on Stephen Covey’s bestseller, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The school also teaches its students about the environment and sustainable practices, with hands-on lessons that are especially enjoyed by the kids. In Trout Unlimited, fourth and fifth graders help conserve coldwater fisheries and watersheds. And fourth graders get to grow their own herbs in hydroponic gardening workshops. “Given our rich and varied curriculum, it is difficult to single out one as the schools’ most popular,” explained Principal Amato.

“Several events have come to embody the PS 110 spirit,” Amato added. At Night of the Arts, students proudly show off the work created during their art residencies. To raise money for their arts programs, the school hosts an annual Walk-a-Thon at neighboring McGolrick Park. PS 110 also takes part in a number of green events. In their McGolrick Park Partnership, students help clean up and beautify their neighborhood park. And during Green Science Week, visiting “professors” come daily to give the kids fun, science-centric workshops. Thanks to the support of community partners ExxonMobil and Broadway Stages students learned about insects from The Botanical Garden, planted fresh herbs with the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm and helped install the abovementioned hydroponic garden.

“PS 110 embodies its motto, ‘Growing Hearts and Minds’ as it believes in educating the whole child,” Amato said. In fact, the school received the 2011 NYS ASCD Educating the Whole Child in the 21st Century award. “[They] recognized our efforts in providing a healthy, safe, engaging, supportive, and challenging school environment,” Amato explained. “Parents can be sure that their children are being nurtured in an environment that truly provides for their academic, social, and emotional learning.”


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