These are exciting times at P.S. 69Q in Jackson Heights, the School of Cultural and Performing Arts. The diverse and multicultural students, who speak 24 different languages at P.S. 69Q, have been engaged in a variety of arts and enrichment activities, supplementing the rigorous academic instructional expectations and achievements throughout this dynamic school year. We were awarded a competitive grant from the Office of Arts and Special Projects that allowed our students to explore African storytelling through dance, theater and visual arts. A CASA grant helped bring musical theater once again to P.S. 69Q through an afterschool residency which included trips to see live theater performances on Broadway. Our music teachers procured a grant enabling them to offer instruction in the Little Kids Rock program before and afterschool this year in addition to the instruction they already offer in guitar, violin and wind instruments to more than 150 students. Our award winning chorus program continues to flourish and annually receives top ratings at NYSSMA festivals. P.S. 69Q continues our rich history of cultural partnerships with Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dancing Classrooms, Joyce Theater, to name a few, while having guest artists like renowned pianaist Randy Weston share their talents with our students. We continue to implement the Schoolwide Enrichment Model throughout the year, offering approximately fifty different interest or magnet based enrichment clusters to almost six hundred of our students. We are proudly integrating this year’s magnet theme of Africa successfully through literacy, our Early Grade Literacy Enrichment program (EaGLE), our social studies curriculum and the arts.
At P.S. 69Q, we strive for an instructionally focused learning environment emphasizing positive character development where all students are encouraged to be meaningfully engaged in academic, artistic, collaborative and socially conscious tasks. Being named a New York City “Respect for All” school is the embodiment of our goal where every student is accepted and honored for their accomplishments, potential and individuality. Together with our community members, one way we endeavor for our students to become college and career ready is by hosting our successful annual Career Day. This event encourages our students to meet accomplished role models, share in their knowledge and expertise while broadening both their personal and academic experiences. By working collectively with our dedicated parents and a caring, professional staff, the students of P.S. 69 are learning today for the challenges of tomorrow. Great things are truly happening at P.S. 69Q!