About

The Clarion School is a community of learners who work hard to excel.

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Welcome to P.S. 205

Where general and special education blend together in perfect harmony.

Explore all that our school community has to offer through the links below!

“All students can learn, just not on the same day in the same way.”

-George Martin
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Curriculum

We promote the use of a Growth Mindset to provide a positive social & emotional environment for all students. All students can learn, just not in the same way, on the same day!

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Arts

The arts are alive at P. S. 205! We support the arts with 2 full-time visual arts teachers and 3 full-time music teachers.

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Technology

At P. S. 205 we incorporate 21st Century knowledge and skills to help students succeed in the Global community. We use technology strategically and capably. Students employ technology to enhance their learning and acquire information.

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After school Programs

PS 205 offers a wide range of after-school programming for our students. We are always trying to match the best programs with our students, so these are subject to change.

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Library / STEAM

Welcome to the P.S. 205 Clarion School Library page! You can visit here for helpful information about our library & helpful websites too.

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Vision & Mission

PS 205 is dedicated to the belief that all children have a right to learn and can learn in an environment that provides a balance of a rigorous and culturally responsive academic curriculum, enrichment through the arts and technology while being supported socially and emotionally.

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Curriculum

The use of the workshop model in ELA includes a mini lesson, guided practice and independent work using grade appropriate texts.  All classes do close reading using text based evidence that include a balance of informational and literary texts.  Students build content knowledge through various texts and articles during the literacy block while reading and writing from sources.  Students are grouped by need based on assessment results.  All lessons include supports for ELLs and SWDs via the use of language stems, frontloading of vocabulary as well as UDL.  Teachers plan for enrichment with challenging tasks posted during independent work.

Math practices are based on the Singapore approach using Math In Focus.  Lessons include reteach and enrichment.  Students are grouped by need based on assessment results.  The math curriculum is vertically aligned from grade to grade.  There is a focus on fluency as well as a deep understanding through application with real world problem solving.
Teachers use common language of Growth Mindset daily to set a positive social, emotional and academic tone in the classroom in order for students to approach challenging academic tasks. Classroom displays are used to reinforce this practice.

All of the ENL students are serviced through the Integrated Model. Every grade has an ENL teacher assigned to their grade who services the children while either teaching side by side with the classroom teacher while providing supports for the ENL students or teaching the ENL students the same lesson with additional supports and scaffolds to meet their language needs.

Word Study- Month By Month Phonics and Words Their Way

  • Science Fusion is used in grades k-5, and for Social Studies we use:
  • Grade 3:  Social Studies New York City, “New York History and Government”
  • Grade 4 Social Studies New York City “World Communities Now and Long Ago”
  • Grade 5 Social Studies New York City, “The United States, Canada, and Latin America”
  • Science and social studies are also integrated with ELA.

Special School Initiatives Unique to P.S. 205

  • Departmentalization
  • Organization for ENL’s- Integrated Model
  • PEACE Project- Grade 5 United Nations
  • Mindfulness- globes, app and books to support
  • Push-in AIS
  • G&T Project Based Learning
  • Marquis Studios for each grade

Arts

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  • students dancing in the auditorium
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  • macaroni artwork by students
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  • hungry caterpillar artwork by students
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  • seasons costumes worn by students
  • students pose after ballroom dance
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We have a chorus, beginner & intermediate violins and advanced string orchestra. In addition a band & newly formed jazz band. Many students learn to play the recorder, bells, keyboard, and guitar.

Our fifth grade learns Ballroom Dance with Dancing Classrooms. Marquis Studios’ residents work with the classroom teacher, providing Movement for Kindergarten, Bhangra Dance for grade 1, Science through Sculpture for grade 2, Architecture from Around the World for grade 3 and Animation for grade 4.

Technology

At P. S. 205 we incorporate 21st Century knowledge and skills to help students succeed in the Global community. We use technology strategically and capably. Students employ technology to enhance their learning and acquire information.

All classrooms have interactive whiteboards. Students use iPads and Laptops. All kindergarten classes have a Smart table and dash and dot bots for coding. Our G & T students in grades 3-5 have an NAO robot. All students have access to online coding programs. Students use iPads and Laptops regularly.

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After School Programs

PS 205 offers a wide range of after-school programming for our students. We are always trying to match the best programs with our students!

We usually offer – band, chorus, orchestra, different enrichment clubs, ENL/ELA/Math Academy.

We also host the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association (BCA) After School Program. They offer a free program that includes homework help, afternoon snack, and other program activities. It is open to all PS 205 students. Please contact us if you are interested.

Library & STEAM

Welcome to the P.S. 205 Clarion School Library and STEAM page! Please visit mskafkalas.snappages.site for more information from our STEM teacher!

Many of our parent workshops are held in the library.  As you can see it is an organized & spacious place for students to further extend their ELA skills, research a topic, or just find good books.

Vision & Mission

Vision Statement

PS 205 is dedicated to the belief that all children have a right to learn and can learn in an environment that provides a balance of a rigorous and culturally responsive academic curriculum, enrichment through the arts and technology while being supported socially and emotionally. It is our vision that provided with the appropriate tools, the students of PS 205 will become independent lifelong learners that will contribute to society.

Mission Statement

It is our mission to ensure that all students are given a quality education that will serve as their solid foundation to their future success. The school community consisting of staff members, teachers and community members will work together as a team to provide a balance of a rigorous and culturally responsive academic curriculum, enrichment through the arts and technology while  supporting every child both socially and emotionally to ensure that every student reaches their potential and beyond in an inclusive, safe and supportive environment.

Non-negotiable Bottom Lines

  1. Work with engaging and culturally inclusive texts that feature big ideas and rich content with a focus on the use of targeted vocabulary to build language and knowledge through discussions and use of textual based evidence.
  2. Use mathematical practices so students can make sense of problems and persevere in solving them through explanation of their thinking using mathematical terminology.
  3. Provide an inclusive environment so that all children are supported academically, socially and emotionally.
  4. To participate in data inquiry teams to analyze student work products to discern students’ strengths and weaknesses and refine/improve instruction based on the findings compiled during analysis.