Year 1 (2015-2016) Pre-K and Kindergarten
Year 2 (2016-2017) Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade
Year 3 (2017-2018) Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade – 2nd grade
Year 4 (2018-2019) Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade – 3rd grade
Year 5 (2019-2020) Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade – 4th grade
Year 6 (2020-2021) Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade – 5th grade
Having a Net Zero Energy school means that each year our school makes as much energy as we use. Our school has 1,997 solar panels that make electric energy from sunlight. Our school uses electric energy, or electricity, to power lights, computers, the heating and air conditioning, and anything else that gets plugged in.
It is important that we always work not to waste energy. We keep track of how much energy we make and how much energy we use for a full year. At the end of our Net Zero Energy year, if we have made at least as much energy as we used, our school will be a Net Zero Building!
“We have a goal! We will track our goal and achieve our goal!”
Efficient energy conservationists: Since we will be the first Net-Zero energy school in the North East, as a school community, we will strive to become leaders in sustainability. The children will make a positive difference in our society by teaching others how to change from wasteful energy consumers to efficient energy conservationists. The students will be mindful of the amount of energy they consume on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Each class will track their consumption and compete with other grades/classes within the school to be the top class of energy conservationists. We will also partner with outside organizations to learn more about becoming leaders in sustainability.
Leadership: At PS 62, we will empower the students to become leaders in the 21st century by becoming a “Leader In Me” school. The “Leader In Me” is based on the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. By internalizing the 7 habits, we will increase students’ self-confidence, initiative, communication skills, and ability to work as a team member. Students will learn how to be active problem solvers and set and achieve goals efficiently. Within the school community there will be a common language and all stakeholders will become partners in this process, including the parents. Students will learn how to unleash their own unique talents to better the school community and contribute to the positive school culture within the school. The students will also be better prepared for college and career, as students will apply for jobs within the school through an application process, take part in service learning projects and engage in rigorous curriculum that infuses the 7 habits.
Parent and Community Engagement: We will fully engage our parents and community partners in order to foster a collaborative and inclusive community. We will ensure that parents become active partners in their child’s education in order for each child to perform to their fullest potential. We will encourage parent voice and ensure that they always feel welcome in the school community. Parents will have multiple opportunities to visit classrooms, attend professional development, read to the students, take part in trips and service learning projects and sit on various teams within the school. Additionally, community partnerships with organizations such as, The Parks Department, The Department of Sanitation, Arts organizations and Franklin Covey will also enhance the learning experiences for our students. The community organizations will be frequently invited into the school as there will be ample room for demonstrations, presentations and hands-on learning projects.
Compassion: We learn to show compassion through being kind and considerate and showing concern for the well-being of others. As compassionate individuals, we believe that everyone has something valuable to offer and understand that no one likes being left out or misunderstood. We understand and accept the differences that make each of us unique and special. We embrace those differences! We are also active listeners and listen with our minds and hearts so that we can truly understand others.
Teamwork: We believe that “Together is better”. Teamwork is the process of working collaboratively with a group of people to achieve a common goal and come up with the best possible solution. When we work collaboratively, members of the group can use their individual strengths in order to better the outcome and achieve the goal set, at the highest level possible. When working together as a team, we learn to respect differences, get along well with others and learn from one another.
Leadership: As leaders we all do what is right even when no one is looking. Leaders lead through their words and their actions, and take risks when necessary. They make positive choices that impact themselves and the people around them. Leaders make plans, set goals, and benchmark until their final goal is met.
Curiosity: We believe that curiosity is the key that propels our students to question and explore the world around them. Curiosity and creativity foster the inquiry process and the desire for individuals to learn new things and seek solutions to problems. Inquisitiveness enhances engagement and enthusiasm and allows individuals to be amazed with their newly acquired knowledge.
Perseverance: At times we are confronted with challenges. However, we believe in ourselves and never give up. We work through the adversity to complete tasks and achieve success. We embrace productive struggle to further develop our “growth mindset” and explore the endless possibilities regarding the world around us.
PS 62 is a stimulating learning environment in which our team of dedicated and highly-trained staff, together with the support and partnership of parents and families, provides quality education in a well-resourced building which addresses the individual needs of our students. Each day, we will seize the opportunity to build creative problem solvers and analytical thinkers. We are equally committed to developing and nurturing the whole child to ensure that they become compassionate leaders who can make a positive difference in society. At PS 62, we believe that every child has a unique gift and something special to contribute to their community.
In addition, as we create and sustain strong partnerships, and nurture relationships, with various community organizations, “real world” experiences will further enhance the academic and social development of every student. The PS 62 community will strive to grow leaders in sustainability. Together, we will lead change in society from being wasteful energy consumers to efficient energy conservationists.
We believe…We lead…We achieve!
At PS 62, our vision is to provide a stimulating learning environment for every child and to ensure that the individual learning needs of students are met through rigorous common core aligned curriculum. By fostering the natural curiosity and wonder of children, we will be able to cultivate the joy of learning and the development of creative problem solvers and analytical thinkers. This will prepare the students for college and career readiness. We will also develop and nurture the whole child so that they become leaders who make a difference in society.