PS 79 Queens
The Francis Lewis School
George Carter, Principal
147-27 15th Drive
Whitestone, NY 11357
P.S. 79 possesses the unique distinction of being a one hundred eight year old building nestled in the heart of Whitestone, Queens. We currently are home to a diverse, multicultural community of 1016 general and special education students. While the structure may be classified as an antique, the school overflows with energy, enthusiasm and excitement.
“In order to support the diverse learning needs of our students, we use formative assessments to develop, refine and plan for rigorous instruction.”
BELIEVE TO ACHIEVE
At P.S. 79, we strive to bring together the ideas and commitments of a variety of people who have a stake in the success of our school. Students, teachers, staff, administration, families, and the community have an important say in shaping the direction of the school. The P.S. 79 community collaborates on the development of lifelong learners who are confident, competent, contributing members of society.
Children are at the heart of The Francis Lewis School. The building is well maintained, and there is evidence of pride in the students’ accomplishments in every hallway and on every bulletin board. The community works together to provide our students with a variety of academic and social experiences that promote leadership, creativity and individual responsibility. Together, we aim to achieve pride in our school and in our community, respect for cultural diversity, and support for a strong parental coalition.
A glimpse into the rich traditions established at P.S. 79 highlights community service and the arts:
- Toy Drive
- City Harvest
- Artist in Residency with the David Marquis Studios include:
- Puppetry with First Graders
- Bhangra with Kindergarten Students
- Young Audiences share “Cultures Around the World” with Grades 3, 4, and 5
- The Johnny Mercer Music Institute
P.S. 79 has multiple outside affiliations for staff development:
- Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
- NYC Department of Education Social Studies Grade 3 Pilot Project
- Queens College /CW Post / Queens Borough Student Teachers and Observers
Parent involvement is critical to the success of any school. At P.S. 79, parents actively serve on our School Leadership Team, consulting on policy for the school. Parent volunteers work tirelessly in a myriad of daily capacities, i.e. monitoring arrival procedures, vision testing, and school store. Through various fundraisers, parents help finance extras such as state–of–the art technology i.e. SMART Boards, laptops, etc and funding for art residencies, community based events and our Koi pond.