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278 is an Excellence in School Wellness School!

Wellness School of the Year 2016

Wellness School of the Year 2016

At the Excellence in School Wellness Ceremony this week, 57 New York City public elementary schools were awarded an Excellence in School Wellness Award for creating healthier school environments.

The award recognizes schools that have met wellness criteria in six areas: physical activity, indoor active recess, removal of chocolate milk, school level wellness policies, wellness councils and the promotion of social, mental and emotional health.

The awards are a collaboration between the New York City Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and the New York City Department of Education’s Office of School Wellness Programs.

Each Spring, the Office of School Wellness Programs holds a poster contest that’s open to all NYC public school students from kindergarten to 12th grade. The award winners have showcased their creativity, originality and artistic talent as they promote the importance of healthy eating, daily physical activity and sufficient sleep. One winner and three runners up are selected from each grade level.

The winning designs will be displayed on posters in schools citywide, on the Department of Education’s website and in a colorful calendar.

PSMS 278 was a Silver Award Recipient!

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!


P.S. 001 Courtlandt School

P.S./I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual  Language Magnet School

P.S. 311 Lucero Elementary School

P.S. 443X The Family School

P.S. 414 Brooklyn Arbor Elementary  School

P.S./I.S. 226 The Alfred De B.Mason  School

P.S. 72 The Lexington Academy

C.S. 154 Harriet Tubman Learning  Center

DREAM Charter School

Amber Charter School


P.S. 13 Roberto Clemente


P.S. 294 The Walton  Avenue School

P.S. 457 Sheridan Academy  for Young Leaders

P.S. 21 Crispus Attucks

P.S. 25 The Eubie Blake  School

P.S./I.S. 262 El Hajj  Malik El Shabazz Elementary School

P.S. 249 The Caton School

P.S. 50 Vito Marcantonio

P.S. 125 The Ralph Bunche  School

P.S./M.S 278 Paula  Hedbavny School

P.S. 50 Talfourd Lawn  Elementary School

P.S. 112 The Dutch Kills  School


The Academy of the Arts

P.S. 55 Benjamin Franklin

P.S. 32 The Belmont School

P.S. 85 Great Expectations

P.S. 95 The Sheila Mencher School

Success Academy Charter  School – Bronx 2

The Brooklyn Brownstone  School

P.S. 75 Mayda Cortiella

P.S. 32 The Samuel Mills Sprole School

Mosaic Preparatory Academy

P.S. 18 Park Terrace

P.S. 314 Muscota New School

P.S. 244 The Active Learning Elementary School

P.S. 555 Mt Eden Children’s Academy

Honorable Mention

P.S. 65 Mother Hale Academy

Grant Avenue Elementary School

P.S. 33 Timothy Dwight School

P.S. 306

Mott Haven Academy Charter School

Family Life Academy Charter School I

P.S. 44 Marcus Garvey Elementary  School

P.S. 305 Dr. Peter Ray School

P.S. 23 Carter G Woodson Elementary  School

P.S. 59 William Floyd School

P.S./I.S. 165 Ida B. Posner School

P.S. 116 The Elizabeth L. Farrell School

P.S. 123 Suydam School

P.S. 145 Andrew Jackson School

P.S. 274 Kosciusko School

P.S. 334 The Anderson SchoolP.S./I.S. 171 Patrick Henry Preparatory School

P.S./I.S. 210 Twenty First Century Academy for Community Leadership

P.S. 1 The Tottenville School

P.S. 11 The Governor Thomas Dongan  Elementary School

P.S. 13 The Margaret L. Lindemeyer School

Elementary School

Claire Yoon, Grade 3

P.S. 79 Frances Lewis, Queens

Teacher: Benjamin Paquette

Middle School

Akaneh Wang, Grade 8

J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne, Queens

Teacher: Irene Papamichael

High School

Luyi Song, Grade 12

Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn


Elementary School

Claire Baek, Grade 5

P.S. 98 The Douglaston School, Queens

Teacher: Linda Rizzatti

Matteo Feola, Grade 4

P.S. 32 Samuel Mills Sprole, Brooklyn

Teacher: David Chimoskey

 Ferenc A. Zou, Grade 2

P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep, Manhattan

Teacher: Hannah Choi

Middle School

Katherine Chokpaporn, Grade 8

I.S. 141 The Steinway, Queens

Teacher: Nicole Somma

Sophia Hoang, Grade 6

J.H.S. 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne, Queens

Teacher: Andrew Zaben

Xue Ying Huang, Grade 7

J.H.S. 220 John J. Pershing, Brooklyn

Teacher: Aleccia Braithwaite

High School

Stephanie Chin, Grade 11

Robert F. Kennedy Community High School, Queens

Teacher: Edward Zawacki

Dayanara Garcia, Grade 11

High School for Health Careers and Sciences,

Teacher: Iana Mardirosyan

Sabiha Sultana, Grade 12

Brooklyn International High School, Brooklyn

Teacher: Dara Ross

Mashed Fruit Spritzers – This week’s classroom treat!


Mashed Fruit Spritzers

Made in Classroom 6/2016

  1. 1 Large Bottles Fruit Juice (Chilled) look for juice with no added sugar
  2. 1  2 liter Bottle of Seltzer, Club Soda (Chilled)
  3. A few slices of any of the following fruit: lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, mangoes
  4. Put juice in large container or pitcher.
  5. Add fruit to bottom of contain.
  6. Using handle of whisk or other utensil, mash several times until well mashed.
  7. Add seltzer to taste, 1 cup or more.
  8. Taste.
  9. If needed, add a little honey

Many thanks to Chef Anne and the whole WITS team at 278!