School Highlights

You’re Invited to a Writing Celebration!

The PS/IS78Q Writing Celebration will take place on October 31st, 2018. We would like to invite our families to come and celebrate our students’ wonderful writing.

ECC: 8:20 am – 9 am

MS Building: 9:05 am – 9:45 am

Daffodil Planting in School Garden

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Fall Fest

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Chopped Winners! / Ganadores Chopped!


The SASF Middle School Champions Club is proud to announce that a group of our participants finished in second place at the first annual SASF “Chopped” cooking competition out of 11 teams! The group used skills and knowledge acquired in our after school “Food Explorers” nutrition based curriculum to create 3 dishes for the judges panel which included an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. The panel included SASF administrators and 2 professional Chefs who were past winners of the television show “Chopped. The success of our young people came from their communication, teamwork and creativity. We look forward to next year’s event where we hope to bring the Championship back to PS/IS 78Q!

The following is a list of our participants:











El SASF Middle School Champions Club orgullosamente anunciamos que nuestro equipo escolar gano el segundo lugar entre once equipos en la primera competencia anual de SASF “Chopped.” Nuestro equipo practico la técnica culinaria aprendida en nuestro programa de nutrición “Food Explorers” para crear tres platos para los jueces. Los platos incluyeron un aperitivo, un plato principal y un postre. El grupo de jueces incluyo administradores de SASF y dos Chefs profesionales que fueron ganadores del show de televisión “Chopped.” El éxito de nuestros jóvenes es el resulto de la creatividad, comunicación y camaradería entre ellos. ¡Esperamos el evento del próximo año en el cual esperamos ser campeones!

Estos son los participantes de nuestro equipo:











School Spirit Week / Semana de Espíritu Escolar

Thursday, February 15th, 2018/ jueves, 15 de febrero de 2018

Career Day! Dress up as your future dream career! No Props!

¡Día de Profesiones!  ¡Disfrázate como tu profesión favorita!


Wednesday, February 14th, 2018/ miércoles, 14 de febrero de 2018

Show your love Day! Wear clothing that represents the spirit of Valentine’s Day!

¡Día del Amor! ¡Vístanse con los colores alusivos al día de San Valentín!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018/ martes, 13 de febrero de 2018

Unity Day! Wear P.S. /I.S. 78Q school colors (blue and White) to show we are united and stand together!

¡Día de Unidad Escolar!  ¡Usen los colores de la escuela (azul y blanco) para mostrar que estamos unidos!


Monday, February 12th, 2018/ lunes, 12 de febrero de 2018:

Mismatched Monday! Wear Silly socks or mismatched clothing!

¡Lunes Divertido!    ¡Vístete en ropa desparejada!


Congratulations to our Robotics Team!!

“Each year FIRST® LEGO® League releases a new challenge to teams based on a real-world theme.” The teams design, build, test and program robots using LEGO Mindstorms technology. This is P.S./I.S. 78Q’s second year as part of the competition. Our team is composed of 9 members from 6th, 7th and 8th grade.  Our students use problem solving, math, science and team building skills to help them create their project.  These skills go hand in hand with the Robotics curriculum that our students follow in our dedicated robotic school period. P.S./I.S. 78Q also has an after school robotics class with our SASF program where students can practice for next year’s robotics competition. It is open to any middle school student who would like to join. This year’s project was Aquaponics. Our team created a Micro Aquaponics system for NYC apartments.   An Aquaponics system combines Aquaculture and Hydroponics to create an ecosystem.

This year, our team won 4th place in the regional competition!! Congratulations to the hard working robotics team and their mentor, Mr. Pistell. Keep up the great work!! Our school is very proud of all of you!

Cada año, FIRST® LEGO® League anuncia un nuevo reto basado en temas mundial a los equipos escolares. Cada equipo diseña, construye, prueba y programa un robot usando la tecnología de LEGO Mindstorms. Este es el segundo año que P.S./I.S. 78Q participa en la competición. Nuestro equipo contiene nueve miembros del sexto, séptimo y octavo grado. Nuestros alumnos usan sus habilidades para resolver problemas en matemáticas, ciencia y aprenden a trabajar juntos para crear el proyecto. Estas habilidades son las mismas que se usan en el currículo de Robótica. P.S./I.S. 78Q también tiene una clase después del día escolar con el programa de SASF en cual los alumnos pueden practicar para la competición del próximo año. Este programa esta abierto a todos los alumnos de los niéveles 6, 7, y 8. El proyecto de este año es a base de Acuaponia. El término acuaponía se deriva de la combinación de las palabras acuicultura que es la producción de organismos acuáticos y hidroponía que se refiere a la producción de plantas sin suelo. Es un sistema sustentable de producción de plantas y peces.

Este año, nuestro equipo ganó el cuarto lugar en la competición regional.  Felicidades a nuestro equipo muy trabajador y a Mr. Pistell que es el mentor del equipo. ¡Muy bien hecho! ¡Que sigan adelante! ¡Estamos muy orgullosos!



College Awareness at P.S./I.S. 78Q


   Our staff representing their Alma Maters/ Nuestra facultad representando universidades 

College Awareness Day, now in its second year,  encourages students to consider a range of college and career options. Here at P.S./I.S. 78Q, the college pride is strong! Our teachers proudly represented their Alma Maters. We saw alumni from Cornell University, St. John’s University, Queens College, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn College, SUNY Buffalo and Catholic University. Many of our students also wore apparel from their favorite Colleges and Universities.  It was so much fun to learn about the different schools and opportunities that await our students in the future.

Este es el segundo año del programa: Día de preparación temprana para el ingreso a la universidad. Este programa anima a los estudiantes a considerar sus opciones para ir a la universidad. La facultad de P.S./I.S. 78Q orgullosamente represento varias universidades. Tenemos maestros y administración que estudiaron en Cornell University, St. John’s University, Queens College, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn College, SUNY Buffalo y Catholic University. Los estudiantes también representaron varias universidades con camisetas de cada universidad. Los estudiantes aprendieron mucho sobre las diferentes opciones y universidades que les espera en el futuro.

Hance Family Foundation Beautiful Me Toy Drive

A huge heartfelt thank you to our families for their generous donations to the Hance Family Foundation Beautiful Me Toy Drive. Your donations will help bring a smile to children during this holiday season. It is wonderful to see our PS/IS 78 children so excited to give to other children. Their smiles grew wider every time they passed the donation boxes. We are very fortunate that we had full boxes within a week of beginning the Toy drive! Your generosity will help to make this holiday season a wonderful one for children in need. A special thank you to our hard working Student Council for coordinating this Toy Drive. The Hance Family Foundation awarded our school a Certificate of Appreciation for our donations.  Congratulations PS/IS 78Q! What a wonderful way to begin this holiday season.

Un gran agradecimiento a nuestras familias por su generosidad a Hance Family Foundation Beautiful Me Toy Drive. Es maravilloso ver a nuestros estudiantes tan entusiasmados por ayudar a otros niños que no tienen mucho. Las sonrisas de nuestros estudiantes eran muy grandes cada vez que pasaban por las cajas de donación y veían cuantos juguetes colectamos. Somos muy afortunados que llenamos las cajas en la primera semana de esta colección. Su generosidad asegurará que los niños menos afortunados tengan una época festiva muy feliz. Un agradecimiento muy especial para nuestro consejo estudiantil que organizo esta colección. La Fundación de la Familia Hance ha extendido un certificado de agradecimiento a nuestra escuela por la donación.  Felicidades P.S./I.S. 78Q!!!


As you may know, students at P.S./I.S. 78Q have been growing fruits, vegetables and flowers in our two school gardens–one located in Gantry State Park and the other right next to the middle school on 5th Street, across from the sports field.  So far this year students have harvested lettuce, raspberries, strawberries and garlic that was planted last fall. They have planted lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, basil, cabbage, string beans and flowers. Most of students’ efforts in the garden involve learning about and preparing the soil, planting seeds, fertilizing, watering and weeding.

Since 2010 gardening workshops with individual classes have been held by retired P.S./I.S. 78Q 5th grade teacher Walter Ditman and his wife, Carmelina Cartei. School principal Louis Pavone started the ball rolling in 2010 by helping the school obtain space in Gantry State Park, where the original school garden is located. Mr. Pavone also helped with the creation in 2015 of the newer school garden outside the school on 5th Street.
Even though the school year ends soon, the school garden still needs the tender, loving care given to it by our student gardeners.  We invite parents to join with us in taking care of the garden over the summer. Karly Lin, a parent volunteer whose child attends the school, has been involved in maintaining both school gardens over the past few years, and is now organizing parents to assist in that effort. Please email her at to be put on our mailing list, and look out for future events and activities through school notices. Any effort you can offer to take care of the P.S./I.S. school garden would be greatly appreciated.
To sign up and help water our school’s two gardens at the MS Building and Gantry Park this summer, please follow these easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Your email address will not be shared with anyone.
If you prefer not to use your email address, please email parent volunteer Karly Lin at: and she can sign you up manually.


U.N. Australian Ambassador Gillian Bird Visits Our School

On Friday, May 26, the Australian Ambassador to the United Nations, Gillian Bird, visited our 7th grade class!

The visit was part of the Junior Ambassadors Program, a partnership between the New York City Mayor’s Office, United Nations, and 20 NYC schools.

The 7th graders first gave Ambassador Bird a warm welcome and introduced her to our great school. Then, the Ambassador discussed her prestigious career with the entire 7th grade class, which was followed by a Q+A session. At the end, the 7th graders presented Ms. Bird with amazing art, poems, and more!

Our 7th grade class (27 students) were selected to become Junior Ambassadors for the United Nations; a privilege that only 20 total NYC classrooms were accepted into! Under the guidance of Mr. Pistell (Middle School science), the 7th grade class is focused on fighting climate change through various forms of activism. The program entails a private tour of the UN, a visit from an ambassador, and finally a year-end culminating event where students present their work on climate change.