Physical Education with Mr. Rampersad
The mission of Journey Prep Physical Education program is to educate minds, develop and promote positive attitudes towards a lifetime of physical activity, fitness, recreation and sports. The Physical Education program will empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make positive lifestyle choices that will impact their overall health and wellness. Our program promotes a positive learning environment that meets the needs, abilities and varied skill levels of all our students while encouraging them to participate and maintain a physical active lifestyle.
The Physical Education program implements and integrates the common core standards. The lower grades (Kindergarten thru 2nd grade) physical education curriculum consists of spatial awareness, cooperative learning, sports, rhythmic movement, loco-motor and manipulative skills activities. Students learn fundamental sport related vocabulary and social skills while participating in varied activities. The upper grades (3rd thru 5th grade) physical education curriculum consists of fitness, cooperative learning, recreational and sports activities. Students learn health concepts, sports history, field dimensions, player positions and social skills throughout the curriculum.
Physical Education in Action
Science Comes Alive with Ms. Weingarten!
P.S. 69 X Journey Prep is fortunate to have two classrooms for science exploration : Indoors and the Outside World!
- The indoor classroom contains tables where students work in teams conducting experiments, a garden bed for starting plants and soil exploration, windowsills filled with live plants, and displays of animals in tanks duplicating their natural environments.
- Our outdoor classroom features garden beds where children grow veggies, herbs and flowers. We also have a compost bin where students learn to recycle waste into reusable soil, two ponds where students study habitat and environment—a bridge crosses one of them, a simple machine area where students learn to make work easier, a rock garden that borders a butterfly garden, and a stream table for exploration of erosion and land formations. Benches under a tree serve as a meeting area for read-aloud stories, class discussion and instruction. Our students learn science while making connections with the natural world.
Library and Media with Mrs. Robinson
Our library is a place that embraces our school community and encourages life long learning. It leads to high academic achievement, independent reading and learning, information literacy, and collaboration; thus fostering our school vision of educating minds and hearts. It is a place to learn and collaborate on all aspects of information inquiry across disciplines and grade levels.Our library mission is to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment that is conducive to individual, collaborative, and inquiry-based learning. This includes real life learning such as:
- navigate informational systems such as digital tools and library systems
- explore interdisciplinary literacy through a variety of genres and text types
- reinforce literary skills K - 5
- engage in author studies focusing on craft, style and appreciation
- encourage real life application
Humanities with Ms. Hardie
The Humanities program at PS 69 X Journey prep is a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring the content of Social Studies. Through an integration of English Language Arts, Social Studies and Sciences, students explore the link between content areas and explore literacy through an interdisciplinary approach using unifying themes.
The study of history, geography, economics, government and civics is the study of humanity, of people and events that have individually and collectively shaped our nation and the world. A strong and effective social studies program helps students make sense of the world in which they live, allows them to make connections between major ideas and their own lives, and it helps them see themselves as active members of a global community. While knowledge of content is very important, it is equally important to engage our students in historical thinking. Students engaged and challenged to think like historians, raise questions, think critically, consider many perspectives and gather evidence in support of their interpretations as they draw upon chronological thinking, historical comprehension, historical analysis and interpretation, historical research, and decision-making. These are the skills that will serve them well as participating citizens of a democracy
Visual Arts with Mrs. De Giacomo
The arts play an essential role in providing each student with a well-rounded education that meets the needs of the whole child. Although classes strictly focused on music, visual arts, drama, dance, and art history are critical, integrating the arts across the curriculum is also key to ensuring that students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Research and years of experience reinforce the power of integrating the arts to engage students in every dimension of learning and development. Arts integration has been defined by teaching artists, teachers, education specialists, and leading arts organizations as "an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form." When the arts are integrated, students are more engaged because they take on a more active role in learning by experiencing things directly and expressing themselves in multiple ways. They are challenged to take what they learn, build a deeper understanding, and then do something with it. When the arts are integrated well, students are involved in making decisions about their learning.
Aligning visual arts instruction with Blueprint for learning and Common Core Standards, Ms. De Giacomo provides experiential learning to students through an integrated approach.