Wishing Everyone a Healthy and Happy 2014!!!
As we think of our resolutions for 2014 be reminded of keeping your family healthy in the new year! Parents and caregivers can set a great example for the whole family by creating a healthy environment at home. Making fruits and vegetables part of every meal, limiting treats, walking and playing, even shopping together—any combination of these can add up to make a real difference and help build healthy habits for life. For more tips on making your family healthier in 2014 visit WWW.LETSMOVE.GOV.
PARENTS PLEASE BE SURE TO PLAN VACATIONS AROUND THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT NY STATE EXAM TESTING DATES!
ELA TEST:April 1– April 3
MATH TEST: April 30 – May 2
Students Show Holiday Spirit During Holiday Swag Day
Dressed in Holiday colors with Santa Hats, Reindeer Ears, and Holiday Ties the Essence School students, teachers and staff showed off their Holiday Spirits during our Holiday Swag Day on Friday, December 20th. Check out more photos in photo album.
Volleyball Tournament Ends with Thrilling Championship Game
4th Annual Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday, December 13 was a very exciting tournament for both players and spectators. Four teams entered the tournament. In round one Team William defeated Team Rashawn in Game 1 and Team Beckyann defeated Team Kahleek in the second game setting up the championship game between Team William and Team Beckyann. Some excellent serving and volleying brought the fans to their feet as the game got closer and closer. Down by 6 points Team Beckyann pulled themselves together to come back and tie the game at 15 points. After that the score was back and forth with Team Beckyann finally winning the final point with a 27-25 victory. Other members of Team Becky include Jamini Robinson, Kaysha Gale, Ms. Calamari, Justin Ackie Davis, Ms. Allen, Jean-Carlos and Kwame Blaire. Members of Team William include Joshua Payne, Dervin Pellew, Krishion Blaire, Abdul Xavier, Emmanuel Ford, Mr. Montas and William Sanchez Congratulations to all teams for a great tournament. Check out more photos in photo album.
ESSENCE SCHOOL STUDENTS GET LESSON ON FINANCE FROM PWC!!!!
Pricewaterhouse Coopers visited the Essence School on Friday, November 22nd. As part of their partnership with Essence, PWC gave the students in grades 6-8 a workshop on Finance. The
students spoke with employees of the PWC finance department on budgeting and planning for their future. Check out more photos in the photo gallery.
ESSENCE SCHOOL STUDENTS WOBBLE THEIR WAY TO FITNESS!!
On Friday, November 22nd more than 40 Essence School students met in the auditorium to do the new dance craze "WOBBLE" dance. The event was part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 "Make Your Move" campaign which is encouraging schools to get healthy by exercising for 60 minutes a day and making healthy eating choices. Beside having fun student were also getting exercise. (Check out the video in the Photo Album section)
Parents also had an opportunity to learn about healthy eating at the recent Parent/Teacher Conferences. A mini health fair was set up in the gym. Healthy food alternatives were served to parents after they met with teachers. Parents could sample some healthy fruits (strawberries, avacados), yogurt parfaits, carrots and broccoli, crackers with humus, and some chex mix. A scale was also available where students and parents could check their BMI (Body Mass Index) which is an indicator if your weight is in a healthy zone.
Some 6th grade students are also taking the Play 60 challenge to get 60 minutes of exercise a day. They have been given journals to log their daily activity. To help them make the challenge Ms. Calamari has opened the gym to them in the mornings from 7:30 - 8:00.
For more information on the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and healthy alternatives see Ms. Calamari
Panthers Win 2 at 2nd Randall's Island Tournament
The Panthers started the day off slow on Saturday, November 16th with a 21-7 loss against IS 62 from Brooklyn. After a first possession touchdown the Panthers would not score again against a strong defense. Stats: TD Deshawn Harper pass to Krishion Blair.
In Game 2 Essence came through with 20-14 win over IS 22 of the Bronx. Stats: TD: Harper to William Sanchez, Harper to Kwame Blaire, 2 point conversion run by Harper, TD: Deshawn to Sanchez.
In Game 3 the Panthers offense and defense was strong defeating IS 218 of the Bronx 25 - 0. Stats: TD Run by Harper, TD Run by Harper, TD Harper to Rashawn Scott, TD Deshawn to Shahid Anthony.
Congratulations to everyone on a great day.
Player of the tournament: Deshawn Harper.
PANTHERS WIN 2 AT RANDALL'S ISLAND TOURNAMENT
The Essence School Flag Football Team had a great day on Saturday, November 9th. Traveling to Randall's Island for the Annual CHAMPS Frank Garcia Memorial Flag Football Tournament the team came home to Brooklyn with two victories. Game #1 was played against IS 582 also from Brooklyn, After a slow and nervous start the team came back for the win with a close 27-25 score. Stats: Touchdowns: Deshawn Harper 30 yd. run, Harper pass to Daniel Welch, 2 pt. conversion Harper to Kwame Blaire, Interception by Harper, 2 pt conversion Harper to Anthony Ford, Ford 60 yd run.
Game #2 never got away from the Panthers with a 22-7 win over IS 354 of Brooklyn. The defense outplayed their opponent only allowing one touchdown. Stats: Touchdowns: Opening game run by Anthony Ford, 2 pt conversion Harper to Ford, Krishion Blaire interception run back, 2 pt. conversion Harper to K. Blaire, TD Harper to K. Blaire.
Other members of the team include: Eli Frazer, Zamani Achie Davis and Justin Ackie Davis. Zamani Ackie Davis was named Defensive Player of the Game for his quick movement pulling the flags of the opposing team. Congratulations to all the players for a great day.
ESSENCE HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: School Gymnasium & Cafeteria
Carnival games and prizes, karaoke, x-box, snacks, music, and dancing. $3.00 admission includes 5 game tickets. Additional tickets- 2 for $.025. STUDENTS MAY WEAR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES ONLY DURING THE CARNIVAL. They must bring their costume to school and change before the carnival. All costumes and masks must be school appropriate. Nothing to provocative or offensive.
HULA HOOP CHALLENGE CRUSHES 2011 RECORD
The 2013 NFL Play 60 Hula Hoop Challenge crushed the old Essence School record. Still hooping after more than 2 hours were 1st place winner Anastaija Dejesus and runner up Almnotasar Saleh. After a week of practicing the Hula Hoop Contest began in the student's physical education classes. The top two students advanced to the Championship round on Friday, 25th during recess. Eighteen students started and two hours and 26 minutes later a Champion was declared. Dejesus could still be going but we had to stop the contest because school had finished for the day. Congratulations and great job to everyone. See photos in photo gallery.
Essence Brings Home the Gold at NYRR Youth Jamboree!!
The first Jamboree of the new school year was an exciting one for the Essence School Track Team. On Saturday, October 19th members of the team traveled to the New Balance Track and Field Armory in Washington Heights. The team has been practicing its long distance running over the past few weeks and it helped with the short races as the team placed in several categories. Placing in the dashes were: Kwame Blair (1st Place) 200m dash 8th grade; Krishion Blair (1st Place) 200m dash 7th grade; Shimar Rodriguez (1st Place) 50m dash 6th grade. The Long Jump was also a winning event for the team. Placing in 1st place in the 7th grade boys division was Justin Ackie Davis; placing 2nd in boys and girls divisions were Shimar Rodriguez and Tyasia
Congratulations and great job to everyone. Check out the photos in the photo section.
Burke and Escalera Lead Student Council
The votes were tallied. This years Student Council will be lead by President Tashani Burke and Vice President Azulmar Espinera. The Treasurer and Secretary positions were won by Naijah Wallace and Kiana Gordon. All of the races were very close and we would like to thank the candidates for making the campaigns a great event. Candidates not making it to the top positions will remain on the Council as Representatives. These students include Zamani Ackie-Davis, Alquan Corbin, and Matthew Beeston. Campaign managers will also join House of Representatives. We have a very busy year ahead of us. The council will be meeting bi-monthly discussing the issues that they feel are important to the school. We will also be working on community service projects and some special events for the Essence School Students. All activities will be posted on the 5th floor Student Council Bulletin Board. Check out more photos in the Photo Album.
Dear Parents and Guardians of I.S. 311,
The Essence School
I am pleased to announce that the new Interim Acting Principal will be Mr. Jermaine Lewis.
Mr. Lewis has had a very successful career with the Department of Education. He began as a middle school mathematics classroom teacher for grades 6, 7, 8 and assumed additional responsibilities of Team leader and Data Specialist. Early on his career, Mr. Lewis worked with colleagues to develop and implement a standards-based math curriculum with great success. He coordinated a schoolwide advisory program and led the extended day programming that enabled students to participate in a variety of activities that helped them develop socially and educationally. Mr. Lewis joined the NYC Leadership Academy in 2012 and is ready and able to lead the Essence School community to provide excellence in education for our children.
Community Superintendent, (I.A) District 19
All students are dismissed at 2:58 p.m.
Monday Thursday & Friday:
All students are dismissed at 2:20p.m.
The Essence School is a Mandatory
This year students will be required to wear the school colors. Every student is required to wear their uniform daily.
This mandate will be enforced starting
October 7, 2013
The Essence School Uniform colors
Are as follows:
Boys: Black khaki pants
White Polo or Dress Shirt
Black sneakers or shoes
Girls: Black Khaki pants
White Polo or Dress shirt
Black sneakers or shoes
Research shows that children who are in school most of the time do better on standardized tests. Studies also show that kids who are absent more often score lower on standardized tests. Being late for school hurts a child’s learning, too. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of instruction during the year. Children can copy notes or makeup assignments but they can never get back the discussions, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive.
Your child’s success in school depends on having a solid educational background---one that can only be gained through regular school attendance.
October 4, 2013
Show your Essence Spirit by wearing our school colors which are BLUE & WHITE!
Breakfast will be served that morning during homeroom. A poster contest will be held and the homeroom with the best designed poster will be recognized as displaying the best School Spirit.
Songs for a Healthier Generation
On Monday evening September 30 a select group of students from the Essence School had an opportunity to attend the album launch of “Songs for a Healthier Generation” at Symphony Space in Manhattan. The event was hosted by hip hop artists Doug E. Fresh and D.J. Skee.
This album is part of First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! Campaign along with Hip Hop Public Health and the partnership for a Healthier Generation. It is designated to empower and motivate children to live healthier lives. Dr. Oz, Matisyahu, Ashanti, D.M.C. , and many other special guest performed hits from their album “Songs for a Healthier generation” which can be downloaded for free from I-Tunes.
Photos from this event are posted in the photo album!
News from the Gym
The Essence School is an N.F.L. Play 60 Super School that supports healthy eating and physical activity. We encourage students, parents, and staff to make healthy eating choices and get 60 minutes of exercise a day.
In the next few weeks we will be looking for parents to become members of the School Wellness Committee. The committee will work on some special events throughout the year and meet to discuss ways we can make the Essence School become a healthy place for the school community. If interested please contact Ms. Calamari.
The Essence School would like to dedicate this year's school yearbook to Ms. Diaz who will be retiring from her teaching career
In appreciation for your lifelong dedication to education...
at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
for believing in children, for guiding through example,
for inspiring with passion, for living through loving,
for leaving an indelible mark on the future of the students in our community, and
for touching the human soul. We would like to thank you for all your years of service.
You have made all the difference and will be greatly missed.
With Our Gratitude & Love!
The Essence School Staff, Student body, & Community!
Photos from The 2013 Essence Yearbook can now be viewed in the Photo Album
Happy Retirement! Ms. Lonesome!
In recognition of your years of service and guidance
to the students in The Essence School
May the blessings and joy you have brought to so many,
along with the contentment of a job well done,
fill your life and family with happiness.
Congratulations On Your Retirement!
Flag Football Team receives Frank Garcia, Jr. Flag Football Memorial Award
On Tuesday, May 20, 2013 Ms. Calamari and the Football Team received the Frank Garcia, Jr. Flag Football Memorial Award from the Office of School Wellness.
Frank Garcia, Jr. a friend and colleague to the office of School Wellness programs passed away a little more than 2 years ago. He served as the Flag Football program coordinator for many years where he exemplified the values of hard work, sportsmanship, dedication and fair play which also defines the CHAMPS Middle School Sport and Fitness Programs (Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated, Positive Students). These qualities have been displayed at the highest level by teacher/coach Ms. Calamari and all the Essence School students that participated in the 2012 Flag Football Program.
The ceremony took place in the auditorium and everyone gathered afterward in room 504 for brunch. It was an exciting morning. Congratulations to Ms. Calamari and the Flag Football Team.
See Pictures in Photo Album
Pink Panthers Compete in Celebrate Double Dutch Tournament
On Saturday, March 9th of the Pink Panthers competed in the Celebrate Double Dutch Tournament. The Advance Team of Anquavia Vialva, Kayla Butler and Festicia Bovell participated in Speed, Compulsory and Freestyle competitions. They place 2nd in the 7th grade division. Competing in the non attached Novice division 7th grader Azulmar placed first.
Upcoming competitions will be held on April 6th on Long Island and April 20 in Far Rockaway. Check out photos in the Photo Album Section.