Photo of the Week Archive

2019 - 2020

The photos of the week below have previously been featured on our website throughout the school year and have been placed here for your convenience.

Week of September 9, 2019

This week's photo features our parent luncheon that took place over the summer. Our PS596X parents were invited to take part in this luncheon to celebrate the achievements of their child during the 2018 - 2019 school year. The parents were treated to lunch and were given a photo of their child to decorate at the luncheon. Parents also had an opportunity to share success stories about their child. "Because You Celebrate Your Child's smallest milestones because they are precious"
It’s easy for parents of children with autism to get wrapped up in their child’s challenges and deficits. The systems of special education and disability care are focused on challenges and deficits. It takes a strong parent to manage those concerns and take the time to notice, delight in, and celebrate their child’s abilities and achievements.

Week of September 16, 2019

This week's photos feature class Y01 at our 178 site. The students of class Y01 at PS178 are learning about apples! Each student first made predictions as to whether apples would sink or float by choosing the picture symbol with their choice. We then placed the apples in a bowl of water and recorded the results. Next, the students had a “taste test”. Each student tasted red, green and yellow apples. After trying each type of apple, students recorded whether or not they liked the taste. This was a fun and engaging activity for the students and the staff!

Week of September 23, 2019

This week's photos feature class X20 at our 153 site. Our first parent engagement of the new school year was a great one for both students of X20 and their families. After reading a story about friendship and discussing what makes us great friends, the students created a friendship rainbow. Together with their families and teachers, the children created their own beautiful rainbows that showed different ways they could be a good friend! It was a perfect way to start the year off and show that students of X20 make great friends! 

Week of September 30, 2019

This week's photos feature class X21 at our 153 site.

X21 participated in our first parent engagement of the new school year. X21 read “This is Me” together and created a special all about me project. Students and parents enjoyed reading and working together! It was a perfect way to start the year off! 

Week of October 7, 2019

This week's photos feature class V50 at our 498 site.

V50 started off the week by stomping out bullying! We used rethinkEd to learn about what it means to be a good classmate. Later in the week we read “Juice Box Bully” by Bob Sornson from our book club list. Each student drew a picture in a “helping hand”, wrote about how they could be a good classmate, and shared their thoughts with their peers!

Week of October 14, 2019

This week's photos feature class Y81 at our 178 site.


Class Y81 celebrated Hispanic Heritage month in their classroom by decorating flags of different countries and tasting different cultural dishes brought in by the paraprofessionals. The students also watched a video on the smart board that showed the favorite foods, dances, and music of the different cultures. The students and staff enjoyed participting in this activity.

Week of October 21, 2019

This week's photos feature class Y58 at our 153 site. The students of Y58 are enjoying an art project to go along with October's Book of the Month, "Oh, NO! (Or How My Sciene Project Destroyed The World)".  In the photos above, they are coloring robots and identifying the body parts on the robots.  The students and staff enjoyed participating in this activity.


PS596X recently rolled out an extension to our literacy curriculum. The "Book of the Month" program began in October and each class will feature a selected book. The book ties into our curriculum as well as the social and emotional theme of the month. Our teachers are meeting during common planning periods to unpack each book and design lessons, adaptations, and resources to support the book's topics. Our goal is to build on our students knowledge and understanding of topics thorough vocabulary, writing, experiments and discussions. Parents can help by reinforcing the activities that we complete in school in their own home. Principal John Siracuse will be reading the book of the month during a special pajama read aloud which will be featured on our website and app each month.

Week of October 28, 2019

This week's photos feature the Best Buddies program at our 153 site. PS596X has partnered with students from PS 294X for this program. Best Buddies is a program that builds one-to-one friendships between students and offers social mentoring. Through their participation, students form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy.


On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, students from PS294X visited our 153 site. The students and staff planned and prepared an engaging, hands-on, meaningful lesson where all students had the opportunity to meet one another. During this meeting the students enjoyed getting to know each other, interacting, asking each other questions, and forming friendships. Our PS596X students loved having the opportunity to meet the PS294 students  and are looking forward to their next visit.  As P596X student Sonia said, "We love PS 294." 

Week of November 4, 2019

This week's photos feature the staff Breast cancer Awareness t-shirts. October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. PS596X raised awareness and funds for breast cancer research by selling these t-shirts. The response was overwhelming and many staff members participated in this event!

Week of November 11, 2019

This week's photos feature class X30 at our 498 site. Class X30 recently took a trip to Green meadows farm. The students were able to touch and feed chickens, pigs and goats. The students loved riding on the tractor and were even able to ride on ponies. At the end of the trip, students were given a beautiful medium sized pumpkin. Class X30 really enjoyed the farm trip and had a fantastic time!

Week of November 18, 2019

This week's photo features class V05 at our 178 site. Utilizing the book of the month book, My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, the students of V05 have been learning about various emotions and identifying them in themselves and each other. Students wrote about times they felt the different emotions in their own books and shared their writing with their peers! They are proud to show off their books!

Week of December 2, 2019

This week's photos feature class X22 at our 153 site. Utilizing the book of the month, "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats, students completed a graphic organizer that answered the question "What do you like to do on a snowy day in winter?" Students compared their snowy day activities to those of the main character, Peter. They love The Snowy Day and can't wait for more snow this winter! 

Week of December 9, 2019

This week's photo features the December parent meeting & workshop at PS178. During this Parent Association meeting, entitled, “Flower Power” parents came together to create their holiday floral masterpiece under the guidance of, Mentor and former Assistant Principal Elena Talamo Mirabal. It was wonderful to see the community of parents join to celebrate being together. Thank you, Elena for bringing such a creative opportunity to the families!

Week of December 16, 2019

This week's photo features music teacher Laura Kirton and student Ezekiel at our PS153 site. Recently, Laura received this beautiful shirt as a gift for all of her hard work with the students in her music class at PS153. From designing creative and engaging lessons to putting on amazing school shows, Laura truly does it all! Thank you, Laura for working so hard to help our students shine at P596X!

Week of January 6, 2020

This week's photos feature class V20 at our PS153 site. Students in V20 enjoyed reading the January book of the month, "Lift, Pull, and Lower". Students were able to participate in various activities - vocabulary word match, taking turns reading to their peers, and writing about their own machine that they would like to draw! Students enjoyed participating in these activities and look forward to reading the book of the month. 

Week of January 13, 2020

This week's photos feature class V04 at our PS178 site. Students in class V04 recently celebrated silly hat day and also had the opportunity to make gingerbread houses with their parents. The students and parents had a great time engaging in these activities!

Week of January 20, 2020

This week's photo features class X24 at our PS153 site. Class X-24 is learning all about subtraction. We started by identifying the meaning of subtraction. Students used visual images and drawings to describe what putting together and taking apart means. In addition, we are learning how to use strategies such as: a number line, manipulatives ; our fingers and by acting out the problem, to solve  subtraction word problems and equations. Everyday our class is learning more ways to write subtraction sentences and solve equations. We are achieving our math goals!!

Week of January 27, 2020

This week's photo features class Y09 at our PS178 site. Class Y09 recently read "The Melted Snowman" with speech teacher Joy. The students were then able to demonstrate their comprehension of the story. After reading the story, the students completed a craft making activity and were able to make their own melted snowman. The students enjoyed participating in this fun and engaging activity!

Week of February 3, 2020

This week's photo features class Y10 at our PS178 site. Class Y10 recently visited the Botanical Gardens to learn about evergreen trees and pine cones. In keeping up with our multi-sensory approach to learning, students used their 5 senses to explore, examine and observe what they encountered. This fun and engaging trip was an educational experience they will not forget.

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