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IN CLASS: This article is part of a column on continuing education highlighting the various activities that engage school communities.

STATEN ISLAND, NY – College students recently compiled their artwork, essays, memoirs, and stories into a new eBook.

Paulo Middle School (IS 75) in Huguenot has published the e-book “The Pride of the Panther”, a compilation of student work for the 2020-2021 school year. It includes digital artwork, argumentative essays, memoirs, scary stories, and reflections on marginalized people in American history.

Eighth-grade creator and teacher Ryan Murphy, along with art contributors Allison Imperato (art teacher) and Janice Runfolo (digital arts teacher), worked on developing the anthology of the eighth-grade students’ work. year and some undergraduate work.

“The pen is more powerful than the pandemic! The resilient students of Frank D. Paulo 75 Middle School have persevered through a difficult time and come together to produce a compelling book filled with diversity, enthusiasm, personal reflection and individual growth, ”the book’s description reads. electronic.

The book is available for purchase at Amazon Kindle for $ 1.99, or is free through Kindle Unlimited.

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A SCIENCE TEACHER WINS A PRIZE

Staten Island science teacher has been chosen as the grand prize winner in Staten Island for this year’s competition FLAG Award for Excellence in Teaching, which awards $ 25,000 to an outstanding teacher at a New York City public school in each of the five boroughs, as well as an additional grant of $ 10,000 for each educator’s school.

The award went to Patricia Lockhart of PS 57 in Clifton.

“Everywhere you look in the building there’s a piece of her,” said Karyn Lind, director of PS 57. “And when you go through the list of programs that this beloved teacher has created and administered during the course. of his 30 years of teaching, it’s no wonder. . But it’s his advocacy work – and his effective grant writing – on behalf of his students and the causes they deem important that really stand out.

The FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence, which just completed its second year with citywide expansion, received nearly 1,000 nominations from students, parents, principals and colleagues. Thirty-five semi-finalists were selected from the nominees and were then required to complete a full application, participate in an interview process, and submit additional material.

“She and her students have turned a personal tragedy into an opportunity to save lives through their fight for a new federal fire escape policy; they created a humanitarian relief project for refugees in Liberia [where many students’ families are from], and they have created a foundation to care for and learn from the wetlands that are in front of their school, ”said Lind, referring to the winner. “Lockhart’s popular soapbox derby program started out as a classroom lesson on simple machines and has evolved into a city-wide competition, where the winners compete in a national competition. “

The $ 25,000 cash prize is for the personal use of each winner. The additional $ 10,000 intended for the school can help fund arts education initiatives with contributions from winning teachers. Ten finalists received $ 10,000 for their personal use and their school each received $ 2.00 to use for an arts-based initiative. And 20 semi-finalists received $ 500 for their personal use, with each educator’s school receiving $ 500.

Staten Island semi-finalists included: Nicholas Galletta, teacher at PS 20 in Port Richmond; Sean Jacobsen, teacher at Michael J. Petrides School in Sunnyside; Carolyn Unterman, teacher at PS 26 in Travis.

An independent jury of education, community and philanthropy leaders, including Dr. Betty A. Rosa, Education Commissioner and President of the State University of New York, selected the winners. based on criteria emphasizing the student experience.

“Teachers, students, administrators and families are ending an unprecedented school year, and it is important that we take the time to honor what has been accomplished. I am thrilled with this opportunity to recognize and celebrate our inspiring teachers, ”said Rosa.

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