Thanks to the dedication of the PTA and our PS 199 faculty and staff, our students benefit from a variety of curriculum and cultural enhancements in each grade. Many programs are parent run, such as the math and chess clubs; other programs are driven by the efforts of PTA committees, like the Healthy Child, Healthy Planet and the Diversity Committees.
PS 199 is fortunate to have the resources to enhance each grade through supplemental programs that are integrated with the curriculum. These programs bring in outside facilitators or teaching artists who work with our teachers to expand the learning opportunities for our children.
The programs include a 5th grade class trip to Frost Valley, Central American culture from Symphony Space for 5th grade, bullying prevention programs for students, parents and teachers, National Dance Institute for 4th graders, New York Philharmonic for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, New York Historical Society for 4th graders, Center for Architecture Foundation for 2nd grade, and a new program this year, Circus Arts, for first graders. Wingspan Arts works with both Grades One and Two and Lincoln Center Institute has a Kindergarten program that is also part of our enrichment classes.
These programs are possible because of the enthusiastic support and commitment of the PS 199 community.
Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), the educational cornerstone of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is a global leader in education and the arts. Founded in 1975, the Institute is known for its inventive repertory, and brings dance, music, theater, and visual arts into classrooms. Each year a teaching artist from LCI comes to PS 199 to teach dance to our kindergarten students. The culmination of the program is a performance for the parents.
The National Dance Institute aka NDI provides a comprehensive in-school dance program for the PS 199 Fourth Grade. NDI teaching artists work with a theme throughout the year, which they integrate into lessons and which inspires the design of a cohesive culminating performance. There is also a mid-year performance in which the students can showcase their growing skills.
The New York Philharmonic School Partnership Program stimulates students’ creativity and understanding of music through the experience of symphonic music. In studying great musical works, attending live performances of the New York Philharmonic, and composing music of their own, students acquire focused listening skills, performance skills on recorder, musical literacy both symbolic and verbal, strategies for group work, knowledge of cultural history, and a personal relationship to the art of music. A teaching artist from the NY Philharmonic works with the students in grades three, four and five each year.
All of Wingspan in-school residencies grow from a creative, collaborative process between Wingspan Arts and PS 199. We thoughtfully work with school administrators to design each program based on state and national standards, in addition to specific arts standards such as those outlined in The New York City Blueprint for the Arts. Wingspan Teaching Artists, in collaboration with classroom teachers, work with students in a variety of creative disciplines during their academic day. Our hope is that as we collaborate with an institution, we become a true arts partner and an enduring member of that school’s community.
Chess is an incredible tool to help increase a child’s focus, concentration and ability to problem solve: numerous studies have shown an increase in standardized test scores among students who take a weekly curriculum chess class. We hope that our chess program will help the students of PS 199 reach their full potential.
Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is a grassroots, non-profit, community based organization founded in 2005 with the goal of improving the environment, nutrition, and fitness of children in NYC public schools. In partnership with local Departments of Education, Wellness in the Schools operates the Cook for Kids program in public school cafeterias and classrooms to promote healthy eating.
The WITS Cooks for Kids Program at PS 199 includes the following:
- Dedicated chef 1 day per week to work with the SchoolFood staff
- Two WITS Cooking Labs per year
- Seasonal Cafe Days
- WITS Bits-Educational classroom programs about healthy eating
Empower children to learn the timeless game of Chess! Our learning tools will keep kids motivated to learn and improve their Chess skills. More importantly, learning Chess will give them skills that they can take with them throughout life: strategy, tactics, creativity, perseverance and calculated risk-taking.