NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

Things at PS 33 aren’t hunky-dory any longer
August 16, 2017, 2:28 pm
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The school that once coined the term “NEST of the West” has fallen from grace with parents

Well, I’ve heard from 3 different parents over the past couple of months of their concerns on the direction at PS 33. The new principal, Cindy Wang, has now been there for 2 full years and things seem to be slowly crumbling piece by piece, at least that’s what I’m being told by these parents. These are the same parents who were so excited a few years ago when their talented tot started PS 33 kindergarten under the leadership of Principal Lindy. It seems now the tight ship that Mrs. Lindy ran is now entirely off course. I was told countless parents have pulled their child of these G&T program at PS 33 because they don’t feel it’s as academically rigorous as it once was. The gifted and talented teachers are being told to teach the same exact curriculum at the same pace as the gen ed program. Parents are left scratching their heads as to why they should schlep their kids across town to attend PS 33 when they could get an equal experience at their local gen ed school. Is the program at PS 33 really worth it? Some parents are now re-thinking their decision.

One mom that I saw outside of  Barnes and Nobel in Tribeca shared with me:

“The only reason I keep my daughter at PS 33 is because of the chess program. She loves it! If it wasn’t for that I’d pull her out immediately and go into our local school across the street.”

Another mom I spoke to at Shake Shack in Battery Park City (while slurping up a coffee milkshake) voiced:

“It’s really gone down hill since your daughter left and especially since Mrs. Lindy left two years ago. Not the same school it once was, that’s for sure!”

All the complaints I’m hearing are sad and I hope they aren’t true! But the parents I spoke to aren’t ones to complain unless there’s an issue and by no means would make up stories like this. It looks like with regime change comes with dumbing down the curriculum for all the gifted and talented students at PS 33. I suppose the bigger question is why have the G&T program at this school if there’s basically nothing different from the gen ed program? Seems like the principal is really out of touch with what the NYC Gifted and Talented Program is all about and why parents decided on PS 33 for their child.

Oh how Chelsea Prep parents wish the days of tough-as-nails Principal Lindy would return to the helm of PS 33 Chelsea Prep! Don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

Meet Chelsea Prep’s new interim principal
July 27, 2015, 4:46 pm
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Here’s the letter that the new interim principal of PS 33 Chelsea Prep who replaced Mrs. Lindy who recently retired from the NYC Dept. of Ed.


Dear Families:

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the Interim Acting Principal of PS 33 Chelsea Prep. I am honored to join you in continuing the legacy of success established at Chelsea Prep.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than thirteen years. I have proudly served as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal in the NYC Department of Education. My experiences in early childhood, gifted and talented, and dual language programs have enabled me to understand the unique needs of diverse learners and supporting conditions that allow them to thrive as individuals. This appreciation is also fueled by my energetic and free-spirited 16-month old daughter, Lianna. Like all of my students, Lianna reminds me each and every day the amazing curiosity and limitless potential young minds possess.

Through a close partnership with you, I look forward to continuing the focus on character education, fostering a nurturing environment, and enhancing instruction that challenges, enriches, and engages our students to maximize their academic, social, emotional and physical potential. I am confident with our collective commitment, expertise and shared leadership, we will provide the students of Chelsea Prep the best education and foundation in preparing them to be strategic thinkers, life-long learners, and world class citizens ready to master the challenges of the 21st Century.

I will be available Tuesday, July 14th through Thursday, July 16th, from 10am-12pm. Please feel free to stop in and say hello. You can also reach me via email at at any time to set up an appointment.

As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” I look forward to serving the Chelsea Prep Community and collaborating with each of you as we work together towards greater success.

In partnership,  Cindy Wang Principal, I.A.

New Principal at PS 33 Chelsea Prep
July 13, 2015, 4:43 pm
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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

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.

PS 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented Field Trip to Princeton
June 5, 2013, 5:44 pm
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This May, PS 33 Chelsea Prep gifted and talented third grade took a field trip to Princeton University in New Jersey! All the students met bright and early at 8am to make the train trip to Princeton from Penn Station on 34th street.  The trip was fun filled with a day of amazing weather to accompany the children around the incredible campus.  My daughter wore here Princeton tee-shirt proudly as she’s shooting for this as her first choice for her Freshman year in college – even though it’s 10 years away!  Mrs. Zimmerman showed the students her dorm that she lived in for two years when she attended Princeton for her undergraduate degree.

The third grade gifted and talented class at PS 33 Chelsea Prep in District 2 while they visit Princeton University on a field trip in May 2013.

The third grade gifted and talented class at PS 33 Chelsea Prep in District 2 while they visit Princeton University on a field trip in May 2013.

My daughter wearing her Princeton Tiger tee-shirt during the field trip for PS 33 Chelsea Prep third grade.

My daughter wearing her Princeton Tiger tee-shirt during the field trip for PS 33 Chelsea Prep third grade.

Mrs. Zimmerman (middle) introduces two students from Princeton to the class. The Princeton students told the third grade class about their experiences at Princeton and answered many questions from the students from PS 33 Chelsea Prep G&T class.

Mrs. Zimmerman (middle) introduces two students from Princeton to the class. The Princeton students told the third grade class about their experiences at Princeton and answered many questions from the students from PS 33 Chelsea Prep G&T class.

Gifted and Talented Test Results Released This week!

NYC parents sat on the edge of their seats as they opened emails from the department of ed. to find out if their talented tot scored high enough on the OLSAT test to qualify for the much sought after gifted and talented program in New York City.  Depending on which side of the 90th percentile your child ranked will depend on the next steps and as the reality hits that your child might just be average. For the bulk of parents, the 89th percentile  and below, it’s wait until next year to see if their child can score higher to get into the gifted and talented program for 2013-14 school year. Although, rumors are flying around that the department of ed is possibly changing the criteria for admission (including the test) for next year. We’ll have to wait and see!

The issue with the OLSAT test results and scores coming out this week is well, it’s spring break! Many parents are out of town and may not even know the test scores are announced until after they return from their family trips from Florida, Hawaii, California or the Jersey shore. Gifted and Talented school tours start on Monday and it’s total panic mode for the parents who have contacted me. Sure, I get it – I’ve been there and I’m glad I’m not there again – it’s total stress and panic mode.

I have to admit, that PS 33 Chelsea Prep has their G&T tour schedule flexible enough for all the parents to attend. Here’s what they are offering for tour times this week at P.S 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented:

  • Monday, April 16       @ 9:15am
  • Tuesday, April 17       FULL
  • Wednesday, April 18  @ 6:15pm
  • Thursday, April 19      @ 6:15pm
  • Friday, April 20           @ 9:15am

The other most sought after school in district 2, Lower Lab P.S. 77 on the UES, is quite another story. Originally this week they were only having ONE school tour for parents on Wednesday night to accommodate only 400 parents. Tough luck if you were out of town for spring break or had to work that night. I suppose they assume people who would consider Lower Lab work a 9 to 5 office job with a nice boss? Not really sure of the rationale on that one. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Lower Lab did come to their senses and add another parents tour night on Thursday, April 19. I feel a little better knowing that parents who don’t have a cushy 9 to 5 job and need to make appropriate scheduling plans can do so. Here’s what was on Lower Lab’s web site earlier today:

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