Thursday, October 23, 2014

Famous Hispanic Americans

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

The term Hispanic or Latino, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin." According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million people or 16% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from the 2000 Census, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.

For more information, click on the photos of the famous Hispanic Americans below or go to any of the links below to see lists of famous Hispanic Americans!
Jennifer Lopez, singer and actress (VIDEO)
Alex Rodriguez, baseball player (VIDEO)

Naya Rivera, actress
Oscar De La Hoya (VIDEO)

Ellen Ochoa, astronaut (VIDEO)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PS4 Students Visit the Library

Special thanks to Washington Heights Public Library Branch Manager, Vianela Rivas for celebrating Hispanic Heritage with our kindergarten and first grade students!  Everyone listened to stories written by Hispanic authors.  Students that had library cards were able to chose books that they wanted to borrow.  "I had such a good time reading to the students", said Vianela.  "I even sang some songs".

The neighborhood library is very special to our school.  Earlier this year, the PS4 Honor Society and a 5th grade class were invited to join the library  for their grand reopening and centennial celebration!  The renovated branch featured new materials and dedicated spaces for adults, teens, and children, a multipurpose community room, nearly 50 brand-new desktop computers, and more than a dozen laptop computers with Wi-Fi capability!  Click here to see photos and a news report from the event!

Take a look at these photos from a recent visit to the Washington Heights Public Library!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest - 2014 (VIDEO)

Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest winners Fatima, Sherlyn, Penelope and Adriana hold their certificates.

From mid-September through mid-October, America recognizes the contributions, culture and heritage of Hispanic Americans.  Students in grades 3 and 4 celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with an assembly in the auditorium!  The celebration featured student winners of the Hispanic Heritage Essay contest.  The contest required students to write an essay about their culture.  All participants were given a certificate.  Winners received $5 in cash and five Scholastic books!  Congratulations to the following students who participated in the essay contest:
  • Sherlyn G. (401)
  • Fatima M. (301)
  • Adriana M. (301)
  • Penelope B. (301)
  • Lisy S. (301)
  • Jayrent C. (301)
  • Ariana B. (301)
This celebration also featured a vocal performance by Ms. Barnosky's class (402), under the direction of our Music Teacher, Mr. Means!  Take a look at the video below to see the performance!  Congratulations to our talented 3rd and 4th grade students!

IMG 2215 from PS4M on Vimeo.

Monday, October 20, 2014

5th Graders Attend Latin Jazz Workshop

Students from Class 502 play the Conga Drums after learning about the history of Latin Jazz.
Chris Washburne and percussionist Oreste Abrantes played music and discussed Latin Jazz at a recent workshop that was given to 5th grade students.  This was one of the many ways that PS4 celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month.  But, what students really enjoyed was playing the instruments that the Professor of Music and Director of a jazz program at Columbia University brought to our school.

During this workshop, students learned about the history of Latin Jazz.  They were told about the origin of instruments like the clave, conga drum and cow bell.  These instruments were brought to Caribbean islands by African slaves.  Students were able to take notes and ask questions.  "Music is a very important subject to learn in school", said Mr. Washburne as he answered one of many great questions that PS4 students asked.  "It teaches you how to work together and how to improvise".

Special thanks to Jonathon Greenburg at Community Works for supporting music education in our school.  All 5th graders have been invited to attend a performance funded by this great organization on October 29th at Hostos Community College.  Chris Washburne and his band will be performing!  Take a look at the slide show below for some highlights from the workshop in the PS4 auditorium and click here to read more about Mr. Washburne!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

PS4 and FedEx Walk To Safety City

Once again, students from 3rd grade participated in National Walk To School Day!  This year, three classes participated in this annual event where volunteers from FedEx walk to Safety City with our students.  Safety City is a traffic safety program for school children that uses a simulated New York City street to teach children about traffic safety through hands-on experience.

Special thanks to Renso at Safety City for making sure PS4 students know how to be safe as they cross the street.  Take a look at photos and a video from the exciting event and click here to learn more about Safety City.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Did You Know?

Ms. Lorenzo (Bilingual Coordinator) provides information about bilingual program at PS4 to interested parents.

Did you know that PS4 provides bilingual programs (Transitional Bilingual Education and Dual Language) that strengthen students’ native language development and content knowledge while building their social and academic English skills? We also provide English as a Second Language (ESL) programs that use strategies for English language development with native language support so that students develop language and content knowledge in English. Recently, Ms. Lorenzo (Bilingual Coordinator) gave a workshop for parents to give provide information on ELL programs.  Click here or watch the videos below for more information.

English Parent Choice Video Fall 2014 from OELL on Vimeo.

Spanish Parent Choice Video Fall 2014 from OELL on Vimeo.

PS4 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15-October 15, American recognizes the contributions, culture, and heritage of Hispanic Americans.  This month-long celebration began on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Hispanic countries; Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  Mexico achieved independence on September 16 while Chile gained independence on September 18th.  The celebration extends into October to mark "El Dia de la Raza", or "The Day of the Race" on October 12.  "El Dia de la Raza" is observed throughout most of Mexico and Latin America

At PS4, students in all grades will be given opportunities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during the month of October.  Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be visiting the Washington Heights Public Library to hear stories Hispanic authors.  Students in 3rd and 4th grade will be encouraged to participate in our Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest.  5th grade students will participate in a Latin Jazz workshop and take a trip to Hostos Community College to hear live Latin jazz!

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month, click here!