P.S. 97 The Highlawn SCHool

1855 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223


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 hand painted door of a tree, apples, and students
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Meet Conferencing Expectations

Dear students and families, Please Fill out this survey, so we could support you better. thank you!

Coronavirus UPDATES (Updated 3/31/2020)

Dear families,

We hope you are staying safe and positive during this difficult time. NYC and the staff of PS 97 are working very hard to provide our children and families with comprehensive educational experience while the NYC schools are closed. Please read the important information below carefully and email your teachers, our parent coordinator, or administrators with any questions (check teachers' websites or https://www.ps97.org/about/Contact-Us for email addresses.)

We would like to remind you that daily schedules provided by our teachers are suggested and NOT mandatory. We provide you with a daily schedule to help organize your child's day and to let you know when our teachers are available live to explain assignments, to answer questions, and to respond to your inquiries. Please ask your child to get up and move around, to exercise, and to take mental breaks during independent work time.

Please ensure that the work is completed for all subjects. All work will be graded based on standards. It will help us understand whether the students met their promotional goals, so please make sure that the quality of work is to your student's best ability. Please let the students do the work with minimal help from adults as it will allow our teachers assess the students and provide the appropriate help. Please utilize teachers' "live" periods to get any help your child needs in real time. All other times, teachers are reachable by email. Please know that teachers are not able to respond outside of school hours. If you have an urgent question, please email an administrator or our parent coordinator.

As per the order of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, we will move towards a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students following Spring Recess on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Free wifi options for parents

Please see below, options that may be available to you.

  • AlticeUSA is providing free internet service for all students for 60 days. Please call 866-200-9522 to enroll.
  • Comcast – Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
  • Spectrum – Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • Charter – Charter is offering free internet for 2 months. 1 (877) 906-9121
  • AT&T – AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
  • Sprint – Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile – T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

*Please note there is no affiliation or legal responsibility between the Dept of Education and these companies. Any concerns, please contact the company directly

If you need a device or if your device (including the one we issued) is not working, please fill out this request form and DOE will provide a device for you:


Monday, March 23, 2020

Effective Monday, March 23, Regional Enrichment Centers will be available for the children of first responders, healthcare workers, and our most vulnerable populations. Additionally, remote learning will go into effect for grades K-12.

In order to successfully fight COVID-19, our first responders, health care providers, transit workers, and other key personnel must be able to come to work. That is why we have created Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs)—places where the children of these front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need. Staffed by DOE employees and community-based organization partners, the centers will provide children with three hot meals daily, remote learning time with their teachers, activities like art and music, and social and emotional support. Regional Enrichment Centers will be available citywide.

If you are a first responder, health care provider, or transit worker whose child is a New York City resident, and you have no other child care option, please complete this survey to begin your enrollment process. You will then be contacted about assignment to a site near your home. These centers are not available for any other New Yorkers at this time. We will post additional updates and information on the DOE website about RECs as we have it at schools.nyc.gov.

Additional information about Regional Enrichment Centers:

 RECs will be open from Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 Each room will have a maximum of 12 children, supported by at least one adult; this size will both allow for personalized attention and will meet social distancing needs. RECs will also have nurses on site.

 Children will have the opportunity to participate in remote learning with their regular school, as is the case for all NYC public school students.

 Children will also have opportunities to engage in art, music, and physical education.

 The environment will be safe and supportive, and staff will be prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs

 Children will be offered a site based on their home address and their parent or caregiver’s role in providing essential services.

 Students will be asked each day to bring a device they can use for remote learning if one is available.

Please compete the survey today ONLY if you are a healthcare worker, first responder, or transit worker. Following survey submission, the DOE will contact you with additional details about where and how to bring your child to a REC site within 48-72 hours.

If you have questions about enrollment for the Regional Enrichment Centers, please call (718) 935-2200.

Learn at Home

Getting Ready for Remote Learning

Our school will be starting remote learning on Monday, March 23, 2020. Teachers will be available to assist students and parents Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Some of that time will be live (see class schedules) while the rest will be by email or through Google Classrooms. During student independent work time, teachers will be planning and uploading assignments, grading, taking attendance, and responding to emails. Students are expected to follow the daily schedule to the best of their ability. They will have a whole day to complete their assignments. Attendance will be recorded daily to ensure that everyone is participating in remote learning. Due to the various information that parents must learn in order to help their children with remote learning, we have broken down the process into step by step directions.

Step 1: Please check in with your teachers often. Check Google Classrooms, teachers' websites, Class Dojo, PupilPath, etc.

Step 2: Log into your ps97.org email address.

Step 3: Join Google Classroom.

  • Watch this video for more information about Google Classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVJHM5V7l2M
  • Once in Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/h ,please add cluster teachers’ classroom codes. The students will be joining their cluster teachers in different Google Classrooms.
  • A list of Google Classroom codes for cluster teachers is shared by the classroom teachers.

Step 4: Set up Lexia on your device. Lexia is a program that provides students with differentiated literacy instruction.

Step 5: Set up i-Ready on your device. i-Ready is a program that provides individualized instruction based on each student's unique needs in Reading and Math.

  • Please visit this website: https://login.i-ready.com/ or download the i-Ready app on your device.
  • Click your student’s name and enter the class number and password that was provided to you.

Helpful Links

  • Text COVID to 692-692 to receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments
  • P.S. 97 Digital Resources for at Home Instruction (Click below)

School Spirit Day Every Friday! - Wear your PS 97 Gear!

Dear PS 97 families,

Welcome to an exciting 2019-2020 school year! As the principal of PS 97, I welcome you to our school. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with the highly qualified staff, the wonderful students, and the supportive families. As a parent, I know how much support our children need in their academic, social and emotional development. Here, at PS 97, we make every effort to help your children achieve academically and socially. It is our goal to create an enriched learning environment that engages and challenges each student. We are dedicated to providing our kids with high quality world-class education that will help them become leaders and citizens of the world.

Of course, in order to succeed, we need and welcome your support. We are committed to working with students and their families as a team. We encourage you to become active in the Parent Association and the School Leadership Team. It is a wonderful way for you to share ideas and to support the mission of the school. Please contact Lea Yingfong Mui, our Parent Coordinator, for more information.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know you during our many upcoming events and celebrations, our monthly Family Visitation days, Family Volunteer days, and Family Fun Nights!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or meet me for a monthly "Breakfast with the Principal" to share your suggestions and aspirations for our school.

Working together makes a difference in the lives of our students. We thank you for your support and welcome you to the new school year!


Irina Cabello, Principal

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ALL SPECIAL EVENTS and HAPPENINGS listed on the P.S.97 calendar are POSTPONED



For Families of students receiving special services.

Please complete this form for the opportunity to consent to related services remotely.





All of us are living through an unprecedented time as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of the coronavirus. New Yorkers are joining millions in cities, states, and nations across the world in confronting decisions that we’ve never had to face—and maybe never could have imagined having to.

The next three and a half weeks, we are moving to a remote learning model, with a projected reopening of school buildings the week of April 20, 2020.

Grab-and-go breakfast will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building.

Monday, March 23rd, we will launch remote learning for grades K-12.

Updated and Translated NY State Assessment Resources for Parents

The New York State Education Department has translated the assessment resources for parents into 10 languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), French, Haitian Creole, Karen, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

These translated materials are now available on their