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    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • Art Show at PS 207!

    Come one come all!

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • State Review

    P.S. 255 Has Been Selected  to Participate in
    a State Review for Special Education
    February 2, 2016
    Dear Parents/Guardians:
    The New York State Education Department: Office of Special Education has initiated a Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review in P.S. 255 during the 2015-2016 school year.  The purpose of this review is to assess the district’s compliance with selected Federal and State laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

    The review will be conducted by the SEQA for the New York City Regional Office.  The review process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and surveys.  In addition, meetings of the committee on special education will be observed.  Further information may be obtained by contacting the SEQA for the New York City Regional Office at 718-722-4544 and/or by contacting P.S. 255 at 718-376-8494 ext. 1.

    Sincerely,
    Kelly McCann
    Principal

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  • School Survey

    TAKE THE 2015 - 2016 NYC SCHOOL SURVEY!
    EVERY YEAR, ALL PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-12 TAKE THE NYC SCHOOL SURVEY. THE SURVEY RANKS AMONG THE LARGEST SURVEYS OF ANY KIND EVER CONDUCTED NATIONALLY.
    THE SURVEY HELPS SCHOOL LEADERS UNDERSTAND WHAT KEY MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAY ABOUT THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AT EACH SCHOOL. THE INFORMATION CAPTURED BY THE SURVEY IS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT A DIALOGUE AMONG ALL MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY ABOUT HOW TO MAKE THE SCHOOL A BETTER PLACE TO LEARN.

    PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR SURVEY BY FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST.
    IF YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR PAPER SURVEY, PLEASE CALL THE SURVEY HOTLINE AT 1-800-690-8603.
    IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP, PLEASE SEE
    BETH ROCCO, YOUR PARENT COORDINATOR
    OR CALL: 718-376-8494 EXT. 1
    YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

    PARENTS - TAKE THE SCHOOL SURVEY IN ENGLISH OR CHOOSE ANOTHER LANGUAGE BELOW.
    Take the 2016 NYC School Survey online. The survey is available in all 9 languages.

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Lego Robotics/Instructional Technology

Upon visiting classrooms throughout P.S. 255, technology integration is clearly evident. Teachers use technology to complement their lessons throughout the day. Technology is infused into instruction in all subject areas. Our school has wireless internet (WiFi) available in all instructional areas. Mobile technology such as iPads and laptops, used along with interactive white boards are available in our classrooms. Sets of laptop computers and tablets are available for teachers to borrow to assist in differentiating instruction. Technology helps our teachers’ work more effectively in all subject areas. Integration of technology instruction helps to broaden and expand student learning.


LEGO Robotics
a project-based approach to STEM instruction.



Our Lego Robotics program, under the instructional lead of Mr. Paul Armada, provides our students the opportunity to learn "real world" skills using current technology with dynamic, hands-on experience. Students employ interaction skills with peers in project-based learning. From the moment each Robotics class begins, students are immediately engaged in activities to complete tasks by understanding and following instructions, written directions, and extracting information from and reading diagrams. Robotics classes challenge students in tasks that include hands-on experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects using manipulatives that many students are familiar with: LEGO products. Students are introduced to real-world skills in a friendly, student-centered environment which lessons are closely aligned with the common core standards.



During each LEGO Robotics session, a task is presented to the class  and students, working in groups, employ techniques introduced by our instructor, Mr. Armada. Each task is based on which phase must be completed at the time. Phase 1: Build, Phase 2: Motorize, and Phase 3: Program (Code). At the completion of these three phases, students will have a completed project in the form of an "end effector", or 'part of a robot' as you may commonly refer to it.



LEGO Robotics lessons give students the opportunity to sharpen their skills in a number of ways. Robotics engages students from the moment they begin their tasks in student-centered learning within groups. Students are provided the proper learning environment to practice managing time effectively, recalling and applying learned knowledge, positive interactions with peers, and resolving the delegation of responsibilities. Students must practice group work skills that, when built upon, will prepare them for success in their future academic and career endeavors. We commonly refer to these set of skills as college and career readiness.