Career & College Readiness
Our student council took a trip to Queens Educational Opportunity Center on November 21st to meet representatives from various colleges and universities, such as US Army, Brooklyn College, York College, Queens College, LIU, SUNY Old Westbury, Adelphi University, and LaGuardia CC. We learned about application process, financial aid, state grants and scholarship information.
Our student council visited New York Hall of Science on April 17th to learn how we can make our environment more sustainable. We had a blast and at the same time, we learned that we can do so by -
- Making buildings eco-friendly and efficient
- Reducing waste and recycling
- Promoting everyday practices that benefit the environment (pick up trash in the community)
- Reducing water use and increasing water efficiency by placing bins to collect water
- Planting trees and gardening
High School Visit
Twenty 5th grade STEM & Robotics club students visited the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture on May 7th. We visited architecture, engineering, construction and computer science classes. Our students received hands on experiences directly from high school students.
A school wide career day was held on 3/12. Throughout the day, we had guests and assemblies. In classrooms, we had visitors like police officer, nurse, airline agent, teacher, college admission officer, photographer, manager of Internal Events and Culture and US Army officer. A pharmacist who graduated from PS 62Q spoke to 4th and 5th grade students. Horological Society showed 4th grade how to make watches. A college student who has performed in Broadway visited 5th grade. Two college students visited 3rd and 5th grade classes to talk about their majors and campus life. A nurse taught 4th grade CPR & first aid skills.
One of the CFES Brilliant Pathways mentors designed and led a lesson in the classroom to promote an essential skill- Goal Setting.
Annual College Awareness Day
Our teachers decorated their classroom door to showcase their alma mater.
High School Scavenger Hunt!
At PS62, we strongly believe that our students can and will go to high school and college. This year we would like to focus on one high school each month. One of our mentors/scholars will share with you what he or she has learned about that high school during the morning announcement that week.
November- Brooklyn Technical High School
Check out our first College Fair bulletin board!
2018 West Point MS STEM Workshop
College For Every Student
At PS 62. we've partnered with College For Every Student this year to create a college-going culture. College For Every Student is a global leader helping K-12 students from low-income rural and urban communities become college and career ready. College For Every Student engages its Scholars (students in the CFES Program) in three high-impact core practices – Mentoring, Leadership Through Service, and Pathways to College and Career – that raise aspirations and develop grit, resilience, commitment and other Essential Skills that advance social and educational uplift. We currently have a school team and are in the process of identifying a cohort of students (known as CFES Scholars) and organizing a customized mentoring program.
Fifth Grade Class Trip to Columbia University
At PS62 we aim high. We want our students to pursue higher education. In Fall we take our fifth grade classes to visit Columbia Univ. Morningside campus. The tour begins at the Columbia Visitors Center, on the second floor of Low Library, and includes 21 stops at such architectural highlights as St. Paul's Chapel, Low Library and plaza, and the late-nineteenth-century classroom Havemeyer 309, which has been used as a set in a number of feature films. A virtual tour and podcast are also available.
Celebrating College Awareness Day January 27th
There has never been a more important time for New York City public school students to consider and discuss attending college with their families. On January 27, City schools will celebrate College Awareness Day, a new citywide public schools event meant to encourage families to talk with their children about college and other postsecondary opportunities. College Awareness Day seeks to help students of all ages understand that attending college is attainable, affordable, and can help them achieve successful and fulfilling careers and lives. Research shows that college degree recipients are healthier, earn higher salaries, have better financial security, and serve their communities more often than their less educated peers.
“Students and families must understand that their dreams of college are attainable and need not be compromised by financial considerations, geographical barriers, or other obstacles, and this groundwork must be laid early,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña when announcing the citywide celebration. “College readiness is not simply just an academic endeavor, but it is also a socio-emotional one; our students need confidence, vision, and drive to carry them towards a college degree.”
Ways Parents Can Assist In Their Children's Career Development (Herr & Kramer)
- Partnering with their children's school to provide aligned supports.
- Encouraging children to analyze self-characteristics (interests, capacities, values).
- Communicating work requirements to children.
- Discussing the importance of work values in work behavior.
- Explaining the relationship among work, pay, and the economic condition of the family.
- Connecting children with informational resources (workers, books, films).
- Helping children understand the negative impact of stereotyping occupational alternatives and workers.
- Providing children with opportunities for work in the home and community.
- Providing children with opportunities to learn and practice decision-making skills.
College Application Week (October 26-30)
Welcome back to a new school year! Across the country, the fall season is an exciting time for communities supporting students in college and career planning. There are a number of national and state efforts on expanding access to postsecondary education:
- At the federal level, President Barack Obama has repeatedly affirmed throughout his presidency an ambitious goal of restoring the U.S. as the world’s leader in producing college graduates by 2020.
- At the state level, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation is sponsoring College Application Week, October 26-30, 2015, to support low-income, and first generation college-bound students to complete applications.
- Here in New York City, you can look forward to DOE's participation in College Application Week as a citywide celebration of college-going cultures in our schools and an opportunity to bring extra supports into schools.