Our students in Queens, New York are all recent immigrants representing more than 40 countries. We are rich in diversity and life experiences. Some of our students come from rural backgrounds and others come from large cities. We come together not as an institution, but a community.
Students share the dream of obtaining an education that will lead not only to a better life for themselves, but for their respective families.
Our students are survivors who have already succeeded in adjusting to their new lives in the U.S. Their tenacity and optimism is admirable and contagious and motivates staff to work hard to help students to realize their educational goals. It is a school where students and staff feel welcomed, safe, and recognized as valued members of a community.
We have recently begun a unit on body systems. Students are excited to be learning about how their own bodies are organized as well as how they function. We have been making use of many online simulations, readings, pictures, models, and diagrams, but nothing compares to actually observing mammalian body systems in person. Students will be able to dissect the rats and observe not only organs that are very similar to humans' but also (since I am requesting double-injected rats) the circulatory system in detail. By dissecting rats, students will be able to see how the body systems are arranged spatially and work together to sustain life in a way that they cannot with just pictures.
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