School Culture Counts at the Eastwood School!

Principal Kim Hill

According to the National School Climate Center, school climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate is based on patterns of students’, parents’ and school personnel’s experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures.

At P.S.95 we strive to build a positive school culture where all stakeholders, (staff members, students and parents) feel valued. Fostering a trusting collaborative environment helps support success.  In order to bring this idea to life we have been working hard to incorporate various opportunities for the positive growth of our school community.

Culture Building Events:

We have extended our parent connection, which includes a new Parent Welcome Center within our school building.  Our center, is a warm, comfortable area where parents can come and feel welcomed into the school building.  The school parent coordinator is there to greet our parents and assist with their needs. This resource center also provides parents with information about our school community as well as various programs in the area.  There is an area for parents to relax as well as an area where younger siblings can color, write and read books.  We want families to know we are here for them and that they are an important part of our school.

Eastwood Community Theatre of the Cultural Arts Dance Program

The Theatre of Cultural Arts (TOCA) is a community dance program that is offered at our school on Saturdays from September to June.  This free program provides students from Pre- K to High School an opportunity to participate in the Performing Arts.  They engage in a variety of dances, such as African, Ballet, Salsa, Bengali, Tap and Hip- Hop.  TOCA celebrates diversity through the arts.   They have a series of performances throughout the year for parents and community members.  On Saturday, June 2, 2018, TOCA will have its culminating performance at York College. This program has created positive friendships and learning opportunities for children throughout the District 29 community.

New York City Showcase Schools

P.S. 95Q is honored to have been selected as a Showcase School again this year! Our school’s focus is Teacher Development.  On Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 in conjunction with the Showcase Schools Program we will provide our promising practices focusing on teacher inquiry and teacher rounds.  This is our second year in the Showcase program and during that time wehave enjoyed the presence of some very special guests.  Some of our guests have included Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg as well as Ms. Christine Viega a reporter from Chalkbeat educator’s online magazine. We are looking forward to networking and sharing ideas at our next visit. Please feel free to log on showcaseschools.nyc.gov. Our registration fills up quickly, however, please feel free to contact our school so that we may accommodate you.

In conclusion, the quality and character in which we live by is in essence who we are as human beings.  How we treat each other, the relationships we build, the trust we form and the progress we make together impact our lives whether we are children or adults. This commitment to one another, to our schools, students, teachers and parents can be fostered by a positive school culture.  No success can be accomplished alone. Together we can make a difference in the lives of students and their education.

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