Resolution J3415-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Public School No. 172 in Brooklyn, New York



  • Feb 4, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jan 31, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  100th Anniversary of Public
School No. 172 in Brooklyn, New York

WHEREAS, it is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
commend  those  institutions  of true purpose and high achievement whose
exemplary programs and accomplishment clearly  demonstrate  an  enduring
pursuit of excellence in the education of the youth of the Empire State;
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the 100th Anni-
versary of Public School No. 172 in Brooklyn, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  This  momentous  occasion  will  be observed over a yearlong
centennial celebration through units  of  study,  student  projects  and
performances,  family movie nights, and a 1914 carnival; the celebration
will begin on February 12, 2014, and culminate with a Centennial Gala in
June; and
  WHEREAS, Public School No. 172 was  opened  on  February  2,  1914  to
educate  the  children  of immigrant families that had recently moved to
South Brooklyn from Italy, Poland, Sweden, Ireland, and Germany;  today,
the  school continues to educate the children of immigrants from Mexico,
South America, the Middle East and the Caribbean; and
  WHEREAS, Integrating all general education and special needs  students
into  the  same  classrooms, Public School No. 172 uses a workshop model
for reading, writing, math and social studies; and
  WHEREAS, Over the past 100 years, Public School No. 172 has  continued
its dedication to education and achievement; the school has won citywide
attention  for the high test scores of its students, and recently earned
the National Blue Ribbon Award for academic excellence from  the  United
States Department of Education; and
  WHEREAS, Since the mid-1980s, Public School No. 172 has been run under
the  luminous  direction  of  Jack  Spatola  who emphasizes professional
development for teachers and close monitoring of its  students,  partic-
ularly those in danger of faltering; and
  WHEREAS,  Within  the  21st  Century,  Public  School  No.  172 stands
prepared to reach out, in earnest and enthusiastic quest of its mission,
to promote the maximum growth of every student,  establishing  standards
and  building  skills  which will carry its students and the citizens of
its community into the future; and
  WHEREAS, Public School No. 172 is proudly aware of  its  distinguished
past,  eager to fulfill its commitment to parents, students and communi-
ty, and planning with vision and purpose for the ebb and swell of growth
and change it will encounter in the years to come; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  and commend Public School No. 172 upon the auspicious occasion of
its 100th Anniversary; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Jack Spatola, Principal of Public School No.  172,  Brooklyn,
New York.


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