About us

Our vision, mission and core values are brought to life by our curriculum design. In a nutshell we are authentic, significant, student-centered and FUN!

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Who we are

Vision and Mission

At P.S. 896 students engage in learning that is authentic, significant, fun, and incorporates 21st-century skills.

Through a student-centered inquiry approach to learning, in a relationship-driven environment, we prepare children to be responsible, resilient, compassionate, and collaborative learners able to engage at the highest levels of discourse.

At P.S. 896 we integrate the content areas and provide our students with enduring understanding and a purposeful application of knowledge. Students will demonstrate future readiness, for global cultural competency and perspective.

Core Values

Our core values are woven into the fabric of our school life. They guide our decision making and help us ensure that all aspects of our school including the curriculum, instruction, activities, and celebrations are in alignment to create a positive school culture.

Intellectual Curiosity: We ask questions, listen closely, discuss, and explore ways to foster creativity and innovation.

Collaboration: We exchange ideas, encourage each other and work together to achieve common goals.

Integrity: We recognize and understand our impact on others. We tell the truth, show respect, are fair and kind and work to create positive change.

Joy: We smile, share our positive energy, find happiness each day and have fun while we learn!

Ways we learn

Grade Level: K-1


If Then Unit:  Growing Expertise in Little Books:  Reading for Information:  In this unit, our readers find ways for their books to become their teachers so that they can learn ideas and information about the world.  They also ask themselves the question, can books get me to wonder about things?


If Then Unit:  All About Books: In this unit our writers will be asked to write about topics they know a lot about.  This means that their beloved bicycle, action figure collection and their favorite topics – horses, insects, dinosaurs – are book worthy!  During this unit, writers will write lots of information books about lots of different topics.  


Module 4:  Number Pairs, Addition, and Subtraction to 10: In this module our mathematicians begin to harness their practiced counting abilities, knowledge of the value of numbers, and work with embedded numbers to reason about and solve addition and subtraction expressions and equations.  


Unit 3:  Our Environment

Social Studies

Unit 3:  Geography, People, and the Environment

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Staff Directory & Class Pages

Administrative and Main Office

Principal: Rodriguez-Rivera, Ruth

Secretary: Kwan, Rita

School-based Support Team

Psychologist: Figueroa, Andrea (On call)
Guidance Counselor: McLaughlin, Noreen
Speech Therapist: Gudnyy, Angelina (Mon, Wed)
Occupational Therapist: Mcgloin, Tammie (Tue, Thu)
Social Worker: Abreu, Griselda
Custodian: Sal Gallardo
School Food Service Manager: Angela Wu
Safety Agent: Katherine Sanabria
School Crossing Guard: Maribel Sanchez
Nurse: Bella Kogos

Student ENL Services

ENL teacher: Zhou, Yimeng

Classroom Teachers & Class Page Links