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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning Process: Inquiry

Gather and analyze data to monitor effects of actions and decisions on goal attainment and enable mid-course adjustments as needed to better enable success

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Parent/Family  Engagement

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“We Do Care” is at the heart of all parent engagement initiatives, Parents are active participants in all phases of parent and student related plans and events. Parents are continuously recruited to aid in students' growth and development. In September 2022 P177Q welcomed our new Parent Coordinator. With a high level of technological and personal skills, Ms.Alecia is leading all efforts of engaging parents, community partners, students and staff to build positive relationships.  Most importantly, Ms. Alicea has expanded strategies used to reach parents. Instagram, twitter, emails, robo calls; phone calls and in-person meetings are successfully used to stay connected with our parents. 

 Additionally, parents are encouraged to take on leadership roles that impact our school community. The Parent Captain Committee was launched in the Fall of 2021. The sole purpose of the committee is to promote parent voice and volunteerism. Parent Captains are parents who volunteer to serve as a cohort leader for parents with children of similar age and classification. Parent captains also work closely with the PTA. 

 There are currently 6 Parent Captains who have established a collaborative  partnership with our PTA.  In addition to establishing connections and relationships with parents of students in similar class ratios, parent captains share their skills and talents with the school community to promote increased family engagement. Evidence of the positive impact on our school community includes increased parent participation at events planned. Parent Paint Night, Mothers’ Day Breakfast, Fathers’ Day Breakfast and the Fall Festival events, are some examples of increased parent attendance, due to the hiring of Ms. Alecia, our newly hired parent coordinator, the collaboration of the PTA and the Parent Captain Committee. To accommodate and welcome continued in-person parent involvement, the School Principal, Mr. Duffy, has prioritized funds to support the opening of a Parent Resource Room.


177Q Social & Emotional Learning Team has partnered with the PTA & members of the Parent Captain Committee to promote SEL for parents. One of our parents is a Clinical Psychologist and shares her therapeutic skills to support parents.   Children's books are selected, read and facilitated monthly.. Parents have recently changed the name of these meetings, from “The Parents’ Book Club,” to “The Parents’ Support Group.” The new name reflects the deeply personal and life reflections that are shared at these meetings. The Parent Support Group creates a safe space for parents to share and connect with each other. 


Additionally, all department heads lead and facilitate parents’ workshops to ensure the Home-School Partnership provides parents with current instructional and behavioral strategies. Workshop topics are based on parents’ survey data. For the Fall term the following workshop series is on Behavior Management and Safety. (Share parents’ workshop survey data). 


Finally, our school community is the recipient of the Parent Engagement Grant. Parent Captains and members of the PTA selected workshops appropriate for our students’ needs. Marquis Studio Resident Artist will facilitate workshops in the following areas: Puppetry, Partner Dancing and Mask Making. These workshops will occur in the evenings for our families.

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Paraprofessional Leaders

There are currently 155 full-time paraprofessionals who support our students. To The 177Q Mission Statement of “We Do Care,” seeks to engage and foster professional and personal growth of all stakeholders. The Lead Paraprofessional Committee fosters collaboration and collegial conversations among administrators, paraprofessionals, substitute paraprofessionals and Lead Paraprofessionals assume the role of mentors and are assigned to lead small cohorts of paras. For the 2022-2023 School year there are eight Lead Paras, who serve in the following leadership roles:


  • Attendance Award Committee

  • Para Hiring Committee

  • Para Mentor

  • PBIS Club Facilitator

  • PBIS Data Analyst

  • Professional Development Facilitator


The para hiring process begins with Lead Paras facilitating the first level of the interview process and ranking the Sub-para candidate for the Level 1 Interview with the principal. Additionally, all sub-paras are evaluated weekly by their assigned teacher. 

- For the 2022-2023 School year, The Paraprofessional Professional development Workshop Series include: Weekly Paras Lunch & Learn; SEL and Behavior Management and Sensory Integration. 


In the areas of para advancement, the 2021-2022 data indicate that five paraprofessionals accepted teaching positions, and two accepted the position of related provider. 

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Nuturing Teacher Leaders 

Teacher Leaders have taken on a more active role in demonstrating best practices and sharing relevant research in the field. The launch of the Lab Classroom and Collaborative Cohort Models  promote teacher-led presentations and shared best strategies.


 The role of our School Based Coach continues to expand  as teacher support needs increase at the off-sites.  The School Based Coach; dean and various members of key learning communities visit and support staff at the off sites.


 All key participants of various Learning Cohorts assume the role of lead teacher and present at teacher team meetings or provide small group teacher support.

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Community Partners

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We have expanded the integration of a wide range of diverse cultural; social and intellectual resources. to connect them to desired outcomes for teaching and learning. The following community partners support the success of our students: 


  •  Broadway Junior Theatre Group

  •  Beat Breakers 

  •  Marquis Studio

  •  ReThink Ed

  •  Special Olympics

  •  Student Ambassadors at 295

  •  Student Helpers from B-Tech at MVB

  •  Urban Assembly-SEL

  •  Worksite Partnerships 

  •  Title III Lego Program

  • New York City Children’s Theater (P177@295)

Partnerships with our co-located schools continue to expand and consists of the following:

  • Cultural & Holiday  Celebrations

    • December festivities included a Christmas Holiday Party with  our elementary and middle school students alongside our D75 students.

    • In January 177Q@295 and PS/IS students planned and hosted the first collaborative Black History Show.

    • March Women’s Gallery Walk at 295 is also a joint activity to promote inclusiveness and opportunities to celebrate differences in students’ abilities.

  • 177 student visits a 12:1:1 community-based program at PS 295 to prepare the student in the move to an LRE 12:1:1 community school.

  • The IS 295 Student Ambassadors work with 12:1:4, 6:1:1, 8:1:1 and 12:1:1 populations supporting them in reading, art activities, special activities and packing up for the end of the day.  

  • 177@295 is exploring joint grants to move to a truly equitable environment- handicapped accessible playground, handicapped accessible emergency exit in the cafeteria.    

  • The 177@495 site has built a partnership with Martin Van Buren High School and  B-Tech.  Our 12:1:1 HS student joined an art class form B-Tech.  The student had an opportunity to co-teach the art class.

  • Looking ahead, our partnership with PS/IS295 has developed to include shared professional development for staff.  

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Grants & 

Outside Funding 

Administrators, members of the PTA and Grant Committee members actively engage and regularly interact with our city council representatives. Over the last few months several grants have been awarded to support the need for renovated and expanded space in order to better serve the needs of our growing student population.


 For the 2022-2023 School year, the following grants have been awarded to 177Q:


  • Arts & Family Engagement Grant-$2,500

  • Broadway Junior Theatre

  • Follow Your Waste-$1,000

  • Reso A Cafeteria Upgrade- $1.5 Million

  • Reso A 295-Adapted Playground for All 

  • Reso A-MVB- Home-economic & Culinary Space

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177Q Worksites

The 177Q Transition Coordinator leads the way in securing our students' worksites in the community and within the school. All students are engaged in career awareness and are afforded opportunities to be of service to the school or larger community.  Vocational experiences begin at the elementary age to prepare them for the transition into middle school. 

177Q participates in the Summer Youth Employment Program.  9 students were selected and much needed financial incentives are provided for our students and their families. 


Summer Youth Employment 2022

  • 177@295 Para training

  • Five Guys- Fresh meadows

  • Francis Lewis HS


177Q’s worksites have expanded to include the following programs:

  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries

  • Qdoba

  • Applebees

  • Hope Center

  • Slims bagels

  • Ramen Jin

  • CVS

  • John;s Pizzeria

  • Al-Oerter Rec Center

  • Panera Bread

  • St. John's Bread and Life

  • Student Newspaper

  • Leaders’ Center 

  • Post Office Services

  • Panther Greetings

  • Cafeteria Cleanup

  • McSwirlies

  • Culinary  

  • Breakfast Delivery Service (295)

  • Mobile Library Cart (295)

  • Copy Center (295)

  • Classroom supply distribution (295)

  • Coffee Cart/Snack Shop (MVB)

  • Breakfast Delivery  (MVB)

  • Panther Pop Up Shop (MVB)

  • Cafeteria Cleanup (MVB)

  • Handyman (MVB)

  • Recycling (MVB)

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Carol's Corner Market
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Attitudes, knowledge, behaviors and beliefs that characterize the school environment and are shared by its stakeholders.

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School-wide Traditions & Rituals

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The rich traditions and rituals at P177Q is what bring our school and community together to celebrate and collaborate on improving students’ growth and development. Our partnerships at our co-located sites have seen increased joint celebrations. New traditions and rituals have begun this school term. Winter and Spring rituals include: 

  • Meet The Teacher

  • PBIS Kick Off Assembly

  • Fall Festival/Halloween

  • Mother’s  Day Breakfast

  • Father’s  Day Breakfast

  • Black History Celebration

  •   Holi Day Celebration

  •   Lunar New Year

  •   Greek Independence Day Celebration 

  •   Family Fun Day in memory of Ms.Posa

  •   Field Day

  •   Senior Events and Activities

  •   Social Emotional Learning Day 

  •   Women’s History Month Celebration

  •   Weekly SEL activities/Virtual Clubs

  •   Weekly Leaders’ Center Exchange Program

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The P177Q Panthers Special Olympics Athletics program began in Fall 2019 and has quickly grown to include 32 student athletes and many volunteer coaches. During the Fall season, our student athletes compete in 7v7 soccer, soccer skills, or bocce. Our club traveled to Glen Falls, NY this past October 2022 for Fall Games. During the winter season, our athletes compete in Floor Hockey. We are currently training for the Winter Classic Floor Hockey Competition, which will be held at Jacob K. Javit's Center on Saturday December 3rd, 2022. The Spring season is our busiest season, with athletes having the choice to compete in 5v5 basketball, basketball skills, or track & field. In May 2023, we will be hosting Metro Games at our Martin Van Buren Campus, where athletes throughout the region will come to compete in powerlifting, track & field, and tennis. We also anticipate traveling to Syracuse NY in February for Winter Games, and Ithaca NY in June for Summer Games.


In addition to the hard work our athletes put in at work and competition, we are often asked to represent Special Olympics New York at various fundraising and publicity events. Recently, student athletes Rachel Soifer and Jeremy Chen represented the Special Olympics at the New York Islanders Game at UBS Arena. After the game, they met player Josh Bailey, and were given autographed Islanders jerseys! On Wednesday 11/16/22,  5 students (Rachel Soifer, Mohammad Hamza, Joshua Delacruz, Mathew White, and graduate Angeleena Arjune) were asked to represent Special Olympics New York at the 2022 NYC Real Estate and Construction Gala, an annual fundraiser that raises thousands of dollars for Special Olympics New York.  At the gala, students greeted donors, welcomed them to the event, and spoke about their favorite competition moments. 

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Extracurricular Activites

Administrators, teachers; related service providers, paraprofessionals and parents are committed to creating and promoting opportunities for social growth and development. Extra- curricular activities provide students with great opportunities to develop positive peer and adult relationships. All stakeholders of 177Q support and promote a school environment that addresses the physical, mental, social and emotional needs of all. Opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities occur year round. The following extra-curricular activities are offered at P177Q:


  • Special Olympics Teams

  • Band 

  • Basketball Team

  • Dance Team

  • Debate Team

  • Student Council

  • Roving Reporters

  • Virtual Clubs

P177 was granted Broadway Jr for 3 years and this year’s performance will be The Lion King.  Professional training is provided to the team of staff to put together this show in addition to a hands on representative on a weekly basis.  The grant also includes funding for stage equipment.  Students have been practicing on stage with peers rehearsing their lines, singing, and choreography.


Classes from all sites are participating in Marquis Studios, a residency art program that encourages student exploration of visual arts, music, dance, or architecture.


Title 111 Lego Program- This program provides additional opportunities for our ELL’s students and families to receive resources that promote an asset based approach focusing on students ability based strengths.


PBIS Virtual and In-person Clubs are hosted every Friday. Students from all sites eagerly participate in these programs.

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Spirit Wear &

Special Olympics


After analyzing previous sales trends and seeking feedback from student council members, P177 has expanded its Spirit Wear selection. New items include a ¾ zip fleece, a sweat suit, and winter hats. Last year’s most popular item was the full zip up. Spirit wear ordering and distribution is a worksite where students process orders, collecting money, provide receipts and deliver goods to recipients. 

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A focus on continuance and meaning beyond the present moment, contextualizing today’s successes and improvements as the legacy of the future

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Staff, Student & 



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All members of the 177Q school community, beyond teachers, support the success of all students. Parent Coordinators; PTA; School 

Counselors; School aides; secretaries; paraprofessionals and our community partners contribute to students’ success.


Surveys are intended to help us improve in all areas to improve students’ academic and social development. All decisions at P177Q are based on data results. We are committed to hearing the voices of all stakeholders. Subsequently, staff, students and parents receive surveys regularly. Data gathered from the 177Q Parent survey guides our future planning on the high interest area for parent workshops and the preferred time of these workshops. Recent parent survey data indicate parents prefer workshops in the late afternoon . Similarly, staff surveys are utilized to make decisions on curriculum and  staff activities.    Lastly, students’ most recent PBIS survey data indicate that most students recommend gift cards as their preferred item of reinforcement.

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