NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


New Principal at PS 33 Chelsea Prep

Well, the era of Mrs. Lindy has come to an end as principal of the NYC G&T program at PS 33 Chelsea Prep in District 2.  She took a once failing school from zero to hero in her 10 years at the school launching the G&T program in 2009-2010 school year with just 14 students that has turned into over 300+ students in the gifted program at the school. Congrats to Mrs. Lindy as she retires and is able to spend more time with her family.  The new interim principal will be Cindy Wang. She will be holding Open Office Hours from Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 through Thursday, July 16th, from 10am-12pm at PS 33 at 9th Ave. and 26th Street.

Here’s a nice tribute poem for Mrs. Lindy written by the PTA from PS 33:

The time has come to say goodbye
10 years have passed – yes – time does fly

A principal of epic style
Always going the extra mile

Never a sick day, never to rest
Always striving to make Chelsea Prep best

Grants and donation she was always seeking
Of bettering our world she was always speaking

From Highline to hoedown all the year through
Whitney, Hudson Guild, Audubon too

Teaching the children compassion and empathy
In September our school may seem so empty

True – in our hearts she will always endure
Missing her though – we will – for sure

Our final words of thanks won’t suffice
Our gratitude – we say more than thrice

Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you again
Administrator, teacher and most of all friend

Your hard work and dedication will always be treasured
A principal and woman truly beyond measure

With love and appreciation, The PS33 Family



Back to school at PS 33 Chelsea Prep
September 29, 2014, 4:18 pm
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It’s back to school at PS 33 Chelsea Prep gifted and talented. The first day of school started out with beautiful summer weather with blue skies and sunny all day long. I could easily identify the first time parents to the school as they coddled their talented tots before they entered the school cafeteria prior to the school bell ringing. Overall, the day was uneventful with no drama from parents or students so that’s a good sign of the things to come for the upcoming school year at PS 33 Chelsea Prep! Here are a few photos from the first day of school on September 4, 2014 from PS 33 gifted and talented program in New York City. After school tons of kids rush home with their parents to log-in to TestingMom.com to get tons of skills building activities for gifted and talented students.

Calendar of holidays throughout the school year.

Calendar of holidays throughout the school year.

New school hours this year for PS 33 Chelsea Prep! Starting ten minutes earlier and getting our ten minutes earlier. Rise and shine little ones!

New school hours this year for PS 33 Chelsea Prep! Starting ten minutes earlier and getting out ten minutes earlier. Rise and shine little ones!

Principal Linore Lindy (middle in blue and green dress) comforts nervous parents while they wait for their kids after the first day of school. Will their child be ok? Of course!

Principal Linore Lindy (middle in blue and green dress) comforts nervous parents while they wait for their kids after the first day of school. Will their child be ok? Of course!

Swarms of parents waiting in the playground after school wondering when their child will emerge from the school cafeteria and run into their arms. Or will they just want to stay and play with friends on the slides?

Swarms of parents waiting in the playground after school wondering when their child will emerge from the school cafeteria and run into their arms. Or will they just want to stay and play with friends on the slides?

Of course, the PTA of course is now in full swing hounding parents with constant email communications to donate money (aka begging). I find it interesting that all their emails contain subject lines with ALL CAPS. I suppose whomever writes the emails didn’t get the memo about not using ALL CAPS as it means you are SHOUTING at the recipient of the email but this might be a good fund raising technique. I suppose it’s all going at good cause so writing my check now!



Field trip to Philadelphia
June 26, 2014, 11:11 am
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The kids at P33 Chelsea Prep 4th grade class took an incredible field trip to Philadelphia! We all had to meet up super early at Penn Station at 6am then head down to the city of brotherly love for an exciting time learning about the history of the city.  After a walking tour the day ended with a trip to Constitution Hall and of course a visit to the Liberty Bell! The end of the day concluded with a visit to the first post office with a reenactment from a man and his printing press. At the end of that presentation the kids could buy a copy of the Declaration of Independence that was printed on the printing press. There were so many other field trips this year for the fourth grade but this one was the best one of all for all the kids and the parents who were able to go as chaperones.

Here are some photos of the trip:

 

 

All the kids from PS 33 4th grade G&T in front of Constitution Hall in Philadelphia.

All the kids from PS 33 4th grade G&T in front of Constitution Hall in Philadelphia.

 

 

Visiting Constitution Hall in Philadelphia. Learning our nation's history where the Declaration of Independence was signed!

Visiting Constitution Hall in Philadelphia. Learning our nation’s history where the Declaration of Independence was signed!

The kids from Chelsea Prep on the walking tour of Philadelphia

The kids from Chelsea Prep on the walking tour of Philadelphia



PS 33 Gifted and Talented Kindergarten Teacher Wins Blackboard Award
June 20, 2014, 11:00 am
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PS 33 Gifted and Talented Kindergarten teacher wins Blackboard Award for 2014! Dana Kaplan, G&T Kindergarten teacher, celebrates her accomplishments as one of the top educators in New York City among public and private schools – nursery school through high school.  The Blackboard Awards launched in 2002 and have since become the top honor given to teachers and educators on top performance by parents nomination  the city. Out of tens of thousands of nominations each year here is the list of the 2014 Honorees: Excellence in Education:

  • Dana Kaplan – PS 33, Chelsea Prep
  • Lisa Schalk – Chelsea Day School
  • Willie Devargas – Little Missionary’s Day Nursery
  • Nicole Devault – Alexander Robertson School
  • Heather Meisner – PS 198
  • Dr. Katarina H. Klaf – PS 77-NYC Lower Lab School
  • Laura Resnick – PS 87-William T. Sherman School
  • Sarah Liogys – NEST+m
  • Dennis Sullivan – Saint Ignatius Loyola
  • Fran Vogel – Robert F. Wagner Middle School
  • Kristen Smith – MS 245-The Computer School
  • Evan Burns – Democracy Prep Charter High School
  • Bayard Faithfull – The Beacon School
  • Karey Boals – The Chapin School
  • Eileen Shostack – PS 75

I was lucky enough to attend the event and here’s a video of Dana accepting her award along with some photos. Congrats to Dana on a well deserved award!

 

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Dana Kaplan, PS 33 G&T Kindergarten teacher, at Blackboard Awards with two former students who came to support her!

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Dana Kaplan, PS 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented Teacher, receives a well deserved Blackboard Award.

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PS 33 Chelsea Prep and National Dance Institute
May 19, 2014, 7:45 pm
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PS 33 Chelsea Prep and National Dance Institute (NDI) performed an amazing show at PS 33.  The show had a China theme and all the children in 4th grade participated (both general ed and G&T).  In case you’re not familiar with the National Dance Institute (NDI) it’s a not-for-profit organization founded in 1976 by NYC Ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence and by what I witnessed in this program I’d have to agree!  NDI gives access to professional artists to the children of PS 33 to help them develop and prepare the show for the students at the school along with the parents. NDI not only inspires the kids at PS 33 but thousands of children each year in schools throughout New York City!  PS 33 has partnered with this wonderful organization since 2006 with the support from all the teachers, staff, parents and students from Chelsea Prep! Most of all with the support of the wonderful principal Mrs. Lindy who has nurtured the relationship with NDI to the point where it’s at today! Below are some photos of the performance at PS 33 Chelsea Prep including the gifted and talented students.

 

 

The fourth grade classes at PS 33 perform with the guidance and direction with the folks from NDI!

The fourth grade classes at PS 33 perform with the guidance and direction with the folks from NDI!

 

PS 33 Chelsea Prep principal Mrs. Lindy gives accolades to NDI for all the gracious help they give the students at PS 33.

PS 33 Chelsea Prep principal Mrs. Lindy gives accolades to NDI for all the gracious help they give the students at PS 33.

 

The fourth grade gifted and talented class rocks the stage at the NDI show!

The fourth grade gifted and talented class rocks the stage at the NDI show!



PS 33 Chelsea Prep attended robotics competition
January 20, 2014, 12:38 pm
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This past weekend PS 33 Chelsea Prep attended robotics competition at the City College of New York . There were 2 teams represented by Chelsea Prep both from the 4th grade G&T class with teacher Mrs. Ladman. The purpose of the competition is to get kits to apply math and science to solve problems with team exercises with LEGO robotics. Each team prepared a presentation and also did a robotics competition with remotes which were judged by the panel. It was a great team effort and one of the teams from PS 33 qualified for the next round at the Javits Center in NYC in a few weeks!  Although the competition lasted all day it was a fun filled day of excitement and seeing all the kids aglow was the energy of learning on a weekend is just another testament why PS 33 Chelsea Prep is one of the best gifted and talented programs in NYC! The children from PS 33 worked over the past 2 months on this project with help from 3 engineers from Google! (Yes, *that* Google!). It’s great to have community involvement from the high-tech community to get the kids involved in math and science activities such as robotics.

Here are some pics from before the competition:

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Google engineering helping the kids design their Lego robotics projects and explaining the ins-and-outs of the technical application of their project. Thanks Google!

PS 33 gifted and talented 4th graded getting ready for the robotics competition weeks ahead of time.

PS 33 gifted and talented 4th graded getting ready for the robotics competition weeks ahead of time.

Here are some pics during the competition:

Aerial view of the competition floor where all the teams set-up their displays. Such an amazing facility to have the competition at City College of NY!

Aerial view of the competition floor where all the teams set-up their displays. Such an amazing facility to have the competition at City College of NY!

PS 33 Chelsea Prep students cheering loud and strong for their winning entry to the competition.

PS 33 Chelsea Prep students cheering loud and strong for their winning entry to the competition.

The team celebrates with the the winning trophy. Next stop: Javits Center!

The team celebrates with the the winning trophy. Next stop: Javits Center!

 

We’ll see what happens in a couple of weeks when the kids enter into the mammoth Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan.



Chrismas Show (oopppsss…holiday show) at PS 33
December 26, 2013, 9:20 pm
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There was a Christmas Show (oopppsss…holiday show) at PS 33 Chelsea Prep last week and it was simply amazing! Due to the overwhelming response from all the parents in both Gifted and Talented and general education the shows had to be divided up over 3 nights! The pre-K and kindergarten classes night one, 1st and second grades on night two and night three was the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades! Each night was standing room only. Next year they may have to have a separate night for each grade. I attended the last night with the 3rd-5th graders and it was an absolute joy to see all the children singing and dancing on the stage. I appreciate the inclusion of all religions and their perspectives but I do think the politic correctness has just gone too darn far. At the end of the show Principal Lindy made her announcement of every possible holiday imaginable to make sure all were covered. Of course the top 3 – Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza were mentioned and sung about during the show. There was mention of various other holidays at the end which did catch me off guard. For instance, Ramadan which was in July and Diwali in November which are fine with me but then the following were mentioned:

  • 3 Kings Day
  • Winter Solstice
  • Vegan lover day
  • Boxing day
  • Mother of the mitten trees day
  • Forefathers day

Seriously? This has gone way too far and the political correctness police need to chill out!

Here are a few videos from PS 33 Holiday Show in December 2013! From the 4th grade gifted and talented class with teacher Alison Ladman.