May principal message

May 1, 2019

Dear P.S. 307 Families and Friends:
May 1 st and we have just begun our New York State Math testing. The halls on the 3 rd floor are quiet and students appear focused and ready. Tomorrow, day 2, is the final day of math testing for grades 3,4 and 5. The NYS exams are one way to measure mastery of standards, however, it is not the only way. As we plan for next school year, we are examining alternative assessments of student learning that provide opportunities for students to show what they know. In particular we will be looking at assessments that mimic real world application of knowledge and skills through a project-based approach to teaching and learning. While we do this as part of our STEM program, we would like to more fully integrate PBL across all subject areas. As such, we will be revisiting assessment and grading practices for the 2019-2020 school year. State exams will continue, however, a portfolio based system will reflect 21 st century readiness and the 4 C’s (Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration.)

Our students continue to go on field trips and take advantage of the warmer days. Upon completion of the Math test, we will be scheduling more trips for grades 3-5. Coming up this month:

  • Students in 5 th grade will participate in teams to compete amongst themselves on a surprise builders’ challenge hosted by the NYC Department of Buildings.
  • On May 6th, students in 3 rd , 4 th , and 5 th grade will attend the Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Brooklyn as part of their Wave of Action project and study of water.
  • Students in K-2 participate in Universal Literacy Afterschool Reading Club which begins today,
    Wednesday, May 1 st .
  • Pre-K, K and 1 st grade will take a trip to the famous Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park in late May.
  • Students in K-2 will make visits to the Coney Island Aquarium, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy and the Brooklyn Museum.
  • 5 th graders are celebrating their senior year with a day trip to Club Getaway.

Our Social Emotional Learning theme for May is Reflecting and Ensuring Community. We have several events this month that promote reflection and community. As the school year winds down, we have two important elections taking place, including the School Leadership Team and the PTA elections. Both structures are critical to the success of the school. The collaboration this year has allowed us to enhance the educational experience of our students and we are grateful. Thank you to our parent leaders and all our families who have given their time and resources to support 307.

On Tuesday, we held two workshops for families on cyber-bullying. If you were not able to attend any one of the meetings, please make sure to review the PowerPoint presentation posted on our website. It is very informative and will help you monitor your child’s presence on their phone or online.

May workshops for families include Family Makerspace Hour and “Physics of Sound” workshop through CUNY. Please check your May calendar for important events and reminders.

Our second annual Arts Showcase and Silent Auction is on May 14 th . This is an event that you do not want to miss. Ask anyone who attended last year’s showcase how amazing it was to see all of the wonderful work that our students created. The auction allows you to bid for any one of the wonderful works of art.

Our ASD Walk last month raised $4,038. Thanks to all the families and staff that participated and a special thank you to Ms. Figueroa who has been a champion for the ASD community.

The new public library to be built on Adams Street is very exciting news. The library will serve the
Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, and Farragut communities. They are committed to “ensuring that the design for the space reflects the needs of the diverse communities it will serve.” Please share your input by completing the short online survey (also available in Spanish). This is an opportunity to have all voices heard.

I am sure that many of you are already planning for summer. Please be aware that the YMCA will be at P.S. 307 offering summer camp and enrichment. If you are interested, please contact Malorie Bernadel,

I hope everyone has a fantastic May and, as always, thank you for your continued support.


Stephanie Carroll


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