So grateful to have Mrs Vitola this yr. Last yr was a nightmare . Mrs Vitola is creative and does not have to yell to instill discipline. I cannot forget Mr Burke who has always been so so so wonderful !
I would like to thank my Parent Coordinator, Mr. Burke. He is so nice to me and my children. He always replies to my emails when I have a concern. He knows all the children's names and he is always available.
My child goes to PS 115 for G&T class, who had a wonderful kindergarten teacher and loved every minute of school. This year in 1st grade, the teacher has a very different style and yells at students all the time, even neighboring class students know it. My child has since been fearful of the teacher and has negatively affected my child's emotion. My child is only fearful of this one teacher and not the others. We spoke to the principle during 2nd week of school but have not seen much improvements from the teacher. I met with the principle again and hope she finally hears our concerns as parents and provide the requested solution, without further escalation.
P.S.115Q has a very caring and compassionate Principal, Assistant Principal and Parent Coordinator. Each of them are always available to address the needs and concerns of parents and students. They are highly visible and know many of the children by name. I can always rely on Mr. Burke to reply to my emails and guide me. Our Assistant Principal and Mr. Burke are always outside during dismissal times which makes me feel very comfortable that my child is safe. What a wonderful school!
I just saw the post below this and I'm shocked by the attitude of that parent. My child is also in g&t and it's been wonderful. She adores the teacher, who has an incredible way of interacting with children. I couldn't be happier that Ms. Sciortino hired her this year! To the parent below, how about take an interest in your child as a person and not in pounding math into a 4 year old. The shame is on you, not the teacher.
I drive 15mins just to send my kid to GT class(kinder) and it's seems it's not worth it. Two GT class are so different in academics one is just superior to the other. Since they will be mixed and divided moving into 1st grade I have great concern whether my child will be able to catch up. Ofcourse I had meetings with teacher and it seems this teacher is all sugar talk. So often many materials are not updated and homeworks are given without directions, we(parents) have to exchange messages just to check them. The schoold hired under qualified GT teacher and they are just covering her. Yes, it is her first time teaching GT. This teacher only teached pre-K level kids before hired as Kinder GT class teacher... Shame
Pros: The school principal and assistant principal are very hands on. Either one or both attends all school events and know a lot of the kids by name. They also have a great resource of cluster classes. The kids go to a different specialty everyday! (science, music, art, computers, social studies and media center) It keeps the kids moving. I also attend the PTA meetings and they seem to keep trying to pull more programs INTO the school and not out! GT Review: My child is in the GT class. It is somewhat challenging but usually just very repetitive. They do not take the lessons a step further with enrichment materials. Math is not the focus here. They focus more on reading/writing. If you plan to put your child in for GT be prepared for a lot of writing assignments. I wish it had more balance as a lot of GT kids could benefit from a STEM based program. Overall I am happy with the school. It was actually my 3rd choice but in the end I think this school was the best option for us.
P.S.115 is a very special school. Whenever I have a concern or a question, the Parent Coordinator, Principal or Assistant Principal always respond very quickly. The always put me at ease for my child. I feel very comfortable at P.S.115 and I highly recommend this school. Thank you Mr. Burke for always being there for my child and all the families.