PS 133 William A. Butler School   |    610 Baltic Street Brooklyn, NY 11217   |   p. (718) 398-5320    |   f. (718) 398-5325
 

Cluster Enrichment

Creative Writing at PS 133

With my writing cluster classes, I work to introduce and reinforce grammatical and mechanical writing concepts that are not always present in the school’s daily language arts curriculum. With younger grades, I focus on capitalization, punctuation, and parts of speech. With the older grades, I focus on sentence structure, choosing appropriate voice, and properly formatting text. The students strengthen their skills in these areas through creative writing exercises, word games, and both short term and long term projects.

—Michael Steele


 

Drama at PS 133

Drama class will be a time for your child to use their imagination, tell stories, create characters, and flex their creative muscles. It is the goal of the PS 133 drama program to engage each child in the artistic process, allowing them to learn more about themselves and the world around them in a safe and encouraging environment.

Through theater education, students build the necessary life-skills I refer to as the Five C’s; creativity, communication, collaboration, confidence, and compassion. Students will develop community as they learn to work together as an ensemble, compassion as they portray diverse characters and confidence as they learn new skills to express their feelings and ideas.

I’ve created a blog for the drama classroom that will allow you to see what your child is learning!

Feel free to come say hello to me in the auditorium, or reach me via email.

Laurie Davis


 

Physical Education

The physical education program at P.S. 133 is dedicated to helping our entire school community achieve their lifelong health and wellness goals.  The students participate in a variety of activities and programs that maintain and enhance all aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

The students that are in K-2 work on developing their gross and locomotor skills through an array of topics that include using various manipulative and pieces of age-appropriate equipment to enhance their learning experiences.

Our upper-grade students in grades 3-5 work towards learning the necessary skills needed to participate in a wide range of activities including but not limited to traditional sports.

Yours in Heath and Sport,

Mr. Blatt


 

Ps133k Stem Education

On behalf of the PS133K Science Cluster Teaching Staff, we are ecstatic to teach students about the integration of science within their everyday lives. Students use the engineering design process consisting of technology, engineering, and mathematics to conduct experiments while collaborating and investigating with their peers.

Engineering is a vital part of integration within our STEM curriculum at PS.133K because it requires students to be critical thinkers and investigate topics from an engineering perspective. Math is also another essential components within engineering because students are able to use their data for multiple purposes such as measuring, comparing, analyzing and prompting evidence to explain their choice of action.

STEM Education integrates both science and technology to enhance students’ overall learning experience. Since engineering activities are based on real-world problems, children are able to see how it is relevant to their daily lives. Students are able to use project-based learning to receive a hands-on learning experience.

Natasha Harbin Early Childhood Science Teacher
-Alana Nabirali Upper-Grade Science Teacher


 

Spanish

My name is Ms. Enid Rodriguez and I am honored to be the Spanish Instructor at PS 133. Some of the children already take part in dual-language Spanish/French, and your children will also have the opportunity to learn a foreign language.

As the Spanish teacher, I expect the children to love learning a new language. There will be homework and quizzes in grades 1-5, to make sure they are grasping the language and culture information.

If you have ever visited one of the 21 countries that speak Spanish, please send in any information or artifacts with your child so they can share. I also encourage your visits to share any information about Spanish, read to the class, or make a simple Spanish recipe. I will make learning Spanish a lot of fun and exciting; using literacy, music, culture, videos, technology and some field trips.

If you have any questions or want to send me a note, please feel free to contact me: erodriguez64@schools.nyc.gov.

Enid Rodriguez


 

Studio in a School

The Studio Difference

Studio works exclusively with the visual arts:  drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpting, and photography. This commitment to programs solely in the visual arts has enabled the organization to develop a unique expertise in the field of arts education.

Studio hires only professional artists to teach in its programs.

Working artists are particularly suited for teaching art, not only because they have extensive knowledge of the history and culture of art and strong technical skills, but also because they are able to model an artist’s way of thinking and working.  This enthusiasm is conveyed to their students, who learn that art is more than skill – it is a process of exploration and discovery. Every year, hundreds of artists apply for teaching positions with Studio; from the talented group, only the most qualified are chosen.

Studio programs are based on partnerships – with teachers, students, administrators, and caregivers.

Studio believes that training, supporting, and collaborating with those who help shape young people’s lives is a key component of making art an indispensable part of education. Classroom teachers do not simply drop their students off for art instruction with Studio. Instead, they too participate in the session – often working with the Studio instructor to reinforce academic subjects. Thus, by melding the unique skills of an artist and a classroom teacher, Studio is able to create programs that are not only tailored to a specific school, but that are more effective than either Studio or the school could create individually. Both Studio and its partnering sites make a commitment to provide the funds, facilities, materials, schedules, and training that enable art-making to become a regular part of the day and an ongoing part of
the curriculum.

(From their website)