In School Enrichments

Every child in grades K-5 visit each of our DOE funded cluster classes. These include Art, Green STEM Program, Physical Education, and Music & Movement.

Green STEM prograM

Ms. Jeannie Marshall began her teaching career at PS 34 15 years ago.  The first 13 years, she was a classroom teacher, teaching grades 2nd through 5th.  In 2015, Ms. Marshall was given the opportunity to start a Green STEM program.  "It has been very exciting planning a hands-on curriculum that is engaging for all of the students from Kindergarten through 5th grade.  We identify real problems that face our school, community, country and world.  We follow the Design Process to address these problems to help make real change in our world." 

Each grade level in the Green STEM program have a different focus.  Lower grades begin with understanding the Eco-Schools' Pathways to Sustainability - Consumption & Waste, Energy, Water, Healthy School, and Schoolyard Habitat.  As students enter the upper grades, the knowledge that they have gained throughout the earlier years are applied to Design Solutions, to better the world for today and the future.  The program was modeled and adapted from various resources: National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools ProgramSolarOneShelburne FarmsCooper Hewitt Design in A Classroom, and PBS Design Squad

physical education Program

The Physical Education program is led by Daniel Granito. The 2019-2020 school year is Mr. Granito’s fourth year at P.S. 34. The Physical Education program is developed and adapted from the NYC K-5 Physical Education Scope and Sequence, with an emphasis on skill acquisition, health related fitness, and skill related fitness, and aligned to the National and State Physical Education learning standards. The main goals of the program are to promote physical literacy as well as developing lifelong fitness. Each year the students participate in the NYC FITNESSGRAM assessment with students in grades K-3 only being measured for height and weight, and students in grades 4 and 5 completing five fitness activities that assess muscular fitness, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance. P.S. 34 is a Move-To-Improve All-Star school which adds classroom-based instruction to supplement the physical education program. The students may also participate in the New York Rising Road Runners program.

Musical Theater Program

Our Musical Theater Program is delighted to announce that we are beginning our 6th year with the Disney Musicals in Schools Program©. This year our students will present a sure-to be-brilliant, production of the iconic Lion King Kids©! Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade thespians are extremely excited to have the opportunity to audition for this dynamic production. This year our season will begin much earlier with auditions starting the beginning of November and culminating with show week the third week of March. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays during November and December and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during January, February, and March, with a few exceptions. A schedule will be available at the parent Disney Kids© Information Sessions in October. Rehearsals will be held from 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm, with the exception of Tech Week, which will occur the 2nd week of March.  These rehearsals will run longer in preparation for Show Week. It is going to be another amazing, joyful season of singing, dancing, and acting for our cast and we look forward to seeing you all during Show Week!

Visual arts program

The visual arts program is led by Lisa Summa. The 2019-2020 school year marks Ms. Summa’s 27th year at PS 34. For eleven years, she was a classroom teacher. Combining her background in Education and Art History, Ms. Summa developed the current art program in alignment with the New York City Blueprint for the Arts.

Under Ms. Summa’s supervision, the classes explore various media-drawing, painting watercolor, collage, printmaking and sculpture. In addition, the students are introduced to the history of art while examining masterwork and learning about artists. Two culminating events - the Art Show and the Art Parade celebrate student achievement. The Art Show exhibits work from each student; the Art Parade highlights projects inspired by a featured artist.

The Art Program is supported by parents volunteers who assist in the hands on activities in the Art Room. Interested in joining Ms. Summa’s parent volunteers? Email us at pta@ps34pta.org.