Ribbon-Cutting Hosted By Channel View School
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally celebrate the opening of Channel View School for Research was held at the school on December 8, 2004, at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Principal Pat Tubridy and Assistant Principal Joe Featherston. The evening began with the presentation of the colors and pledge of allegiance, followed by a selection of readings by Channel View student leaders Valerie Costa, Jaclyn Burgos ad Darryl Card, and musical numbers performed by the Channel View Chorus under the direction of teacher Audrey Beller.
Region 5 Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Cashin then welcomed the large group of parents and other family members, teachers, staff, and local political officials. Principal Tubridy and PTA President Sharon Hall-Frey spoke about the dreams that led to establishment of the school. Finally, Assistant Principal Featherston thanked all the community leaders who helped support establishment of the school. Local officials then were given an opportunity to address the audience and congratulate the school on its opening, including State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, New York City Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., and Democratic District Leaders Lew M. Simon and Frank Gulluscio. Also present to congratulate the school on behalf of those who could not attend were Donovan Richards, District Manager for New York City Council Member James Sanders, and Principal Tubridy’s sister-in-law (also named Patricia), speaking on behalf of State Senator Ada Smith of Broad Channel.
Channel View School for Research opened in September 2004 with over 400 students in grades 6 through 9. Located in a separate wing at Beach Channel High School, Channel View will add a grade each year until it includes all grades from 6 through 12. Channel View follows the academically rigorous curriculum sequence of Core Knowledge, while engaging students in hands-on, collaborative, project-based interdisciplinary learning in the field and in the classroom, using the workshop model. This project-based learning is built on Channel View’s strong connections with the principles of the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound Program.
Dr. Cashin cuts the ribbon for Channel View, with the assistance of local elected officials.
th-graders Darryl Card, Valerie Costa, and Jaclyn Burgos.