Dear Families and Friends of P.S./M.S. 108,
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I join the P.S./M.S. 108 community. It is my privilege and honor to accept the position as Interim Acting Principal. I look forward to working alongside families, teachers, and staff members to positively impact every student's academic performance and school experience.
Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself. At the age of ten I immigrated to the United States with my family. Coming to a new country at such a young age was not easy. I struggled because I didn't look like the other kids, didn't speak the language, and felt unwelcome at times. Despite the challenges, I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. Those difficulties helped me develop a sense of urgency for the work that I do and passion for social justice. I am proud of my past; it is what drives me. My goals is to ensure that every child in our school, regardless of their story, has a chance at the future they want for themselves.
I entered the education field later in my career through a non-traditional route. I earned my bachelor's degree in architecture, lived in the South Pacific for two years and provided HIV/AIDS training to villages while in the Peace Corps, worked at a university ensuring that students had meaniningful volunteer experiences and finally came to New York City's Department of Education through the New York City Teaching Fellows. Since joining the Department of Education I've worked as a classroom teacher, bilingual teacher, math lead teacher, English instructional team member, and teacher trainer. Most recently I worked as a full-time resident principal to improve the culture of the school, develop teaching practices and increase family engagement. Deciding to become a building leader came from a strong desire to make a positive impact on a school community by building strong relationships and working collaboratively with all families and educators.
As principal, I plan on meeting with families often to hear how the school can best support our children's needs. Research shows that students do better when families are involved in their children's learning. My goal is to continue to bring our community together by creating opportunities for families to be a part of our school and the education their children are experiencing. Another goal is to build our curriculum to develop students into problem solvers and critical thinkers. We must also set high expectations for every child so we can get the college and career ready. Through working together and the belief that every child can achieve, the entire school community must unite with the goal of academic success for all children.
Over the summer and as the new school year begins in September, I look forward to meeting each and every one of you to hear your ideas. If in the meantime, I can be of assistance, please call or email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org It is with consistent, honest and open communication that I can best serve our students. I am eager to work alongside you to give all children the education they deserve.
Mr. Rafael Gondim
First Day of School is on
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
CLASSES START AT 8:10 a.m. SHARP!
Please remember that all students should have 2-3 just right books in their backpack to read EVERYDAY!
Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd Graders will be dismissed in the cafeteria~
Ms. Patino/Ms. Murphy or designee.
3rd -5th Graders will be dismissed from the 109th St. small yard ~
Ms. Medina/Ms. Kearns or designee.
6th-8th Graders are dismissed from the 108th St. small yard~
Ms. Tegano/Mr. Lamarre or designee.
We need your cooperation in ensuring SAFETY always!!
P.S./M.S. 108 is participating in the BOX TOPS EDUCATION
Box Tops helps schools earn money to buy supplies. These box tops can be found in many products such as cereal boxes, bags of snacks, soup labels, cake boxes etc.
Please send your clipped Box Tops in with your child, or drop them off in the drop box located in the main lobby. Thank you for your support.
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