2011-04-22 / Letters

Comment On PS 114

Dear Editor,

I felt the need to respond to the article you printed on April 8 about the student at PS/MS 114 who had an air gun in his book bag. While this incident was unfortunate on so many levels, there was a quote within the article which I found very upsetting.

This quote, from an anonymous source, referred to our middle school students as “troublemakers” and commented, “The really bright kids seem to all go to the Scholars’ Academy.” In addition to being incredibly hurtful to the 115 students attending the middle school, the statement is completely inaccurate.

To set the record straight, our middle school students are neighborhood children who are bright, talented, caring and ambitious. Many of our students are in advanced math and science Regent’s classes and graduate with two Regent’s exams already behind them. Our eighth-grade graduates have gone on to attend very competitive public and private high schools. Attending PS/MS 114 for the middle school years is often the best choice for students who prefer to remain in a familiar and nurturing environment. These are our children and they do not deserve to be disparaged by those who do not truly know them.

WENDY MARCIANO

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I agree 100% with

I agree 100% with Ms.Marciano. My daughter graduated last year from PS/MS114 and was accepted to go to one of NYC's Specialized HS, competing with over 9,000 student's for one of 620 seats, she is bright and the furthest thing from a troublemaker. The same is true of the friends she made at 114 and the vast majority of the studen body. The education she received, along with hard work and very supportive teachers, prepared her for LaGuardia HS which is both academically and artistically challenging. While Scholar's is a wonderful school, it is not the school for every student. We wanted our child to be in a smaller environment where she was comfortable and where we felt she would have security of being surrounded by teachers who have known her since kindergarten. The anonymous source should be ashamed for making such an ignorant blanket statement about a subject on which they are so obivously ill informed. Maureen Del Vecchio


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