District 19 Newsletter
D19 Celebrates Read Aloud
Message from Superintendent
Dr. Thomas McBryde Jr.
Message from Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Tamra S. Collins
District 19 MBK
District 19 GEM
On Friday, April 30th, GEM had an amazing event to celebrate college and career readiness with all over 150 District 19 GEM girls participating in GEM College Day. The event was kicked off by keynote speaker Dr. Yvette Morgan who encouraged our girls to start the process now, research scholarships, spend time researching careers and what schools offer topics they would like to study.
The Experience: College Info/Tour
Friday, April 30th, was Read Aloud/Poem In Your Pocket Day in District 19! It was heartwarming to see the many school-based events that took place over social media, #D19ReadAloudDay. Our staff and scholars shared their favorite poems or short stories, including original pieces written specially for this day. We are Bringing Our World Together by expressing ourselves through reading. Please take some time to view the mixtape below of some of our staff/student Read Alouds from that day. These are just a few of the more than 100 submitted! It is sure to fill your cup! Shout out to our Read Aloud Committee Members, Teacher Leaders Jessica Brown (013), Sherly Cadet (292), Jessie Fields (325), Maria Tsamis (346), Alica Martin (557) and Michelle Allia (760) for organizing this event! They were diligent in compiling resources, sharing ideas, promoting the event, and getting schools involved!
Throughout the month many principals and assistant principals engaged in the Wit & Wisdom Virtual Guided Observations for Leaders. During this professional learning opportunity, we focused on developing and strengthening the skillset for coaching and supporting improved implementation of Wit & Wisdom.
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PRINCIPAL MELESSA AVERYP.S. 273K
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL THINK TANKMr. Thomas (013), Ms. Latorre (065), Ms. Collins (213), Ms. Williamson (218), Ms. Frank (224), Mr. Pierre (224), Dr. Fowler (325), Dr. Vafiadi (346), Ms. Green (452), Ms. Greene (557), Mr. Campbell (654), Ms. Rygalski (662), Ms. Dominique (678), Ms. Anderson (760), Ms. Jeanjacques (907)
PARENT COORDINATOR RICARDO FORTUNEYThe Fresh Creek School
TEACHER LEADERS LEELA GONZALEZ & ALICA MARTINBrooklyn Gardens Elementary School
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Books increase our knowledge and improve our intellect. They reveal different concepts and introduce numerous shades of cultures in the world. Reading takes you on many adventures, strengthens the brain, explores the past, increases vocabulary, increases empathy, reduces stress, and aids in helping you sleep. There’s nothing like that good book before bedtime that relaxes you enough to get a good night’s rest. As the Instructional Lead/Coach of Brooklyn Gardens Elementary School, I enjoy working with my colleagues to identify their strengths and abilities to impact our students’ growth in literacy. Reading opens our minds to new possibilities and new ideas that help us experience and analyze the world. During this challenging time, we must focus on keeping students engaged and develop their love for reading. One of my favorite picture books, “I’m Gonna Push Through!” by Jasmyn Wright, talks about when things feel too hard, don’t feel defeated, push through. So, push through the obstacles that we face every day, whether in a pandemic or injustice. Our students need us. Whenever it’s too hard, just say, “I’m Gonna Push Through!” Push through to educate our children to be the change we need to see in this world.
D19 Community wellness check-in
5/4 - CEC Meeting
5/13 - Eid Al-Fitr (Schools Closed)
5/20 - DLT Meeting
5/26 - Community Wellness Check-In
5/28 - MBK/GEM Convenings
5/31 - Memorial Day (Schools Closed)