LAW & HUMANITIES DISCIPLINES AND TEACHERS
The Law and Humanities Language Arts Teachers work diligently to align lesson plans to both the NYS Standards, and the individualized needs of each student in their classroom. Through constant conferencing, formal and informal observations, student surveys, NYS test results, homework, and class work, teachers differentiate lesson plans to accommodate different learning styles, and different individualized needs. Lessons are designed using both the workshop model, and the balanced literacy approach. We believe that as teachers our role in the classroom is to turn our students into independent learners, by allowing them to work in teams, solve problems, make connections, and ask questions.
Mr. Niederman 6th Grade ELA Mr. Lynch 6th/7th Grade ELA
Ms. Pollack 7th/8th Grade ELA Ms. Roy 8th Grade ELA
Ms. Stevenson 7th/8th Grade ELA
Mr. Schirling 6th Grade Math Ms. Singh 6th/7th Grade Math
Mr. Halvax 7th/ 8th Grade Math Mr. Weintraub 7th Grade Math
Ms. Swensson 8th Grade Math
Mrs. Lovera 6th Grade Science Ms. Feldman 7th Grade Science
Ms. Lavvas 8th Grade Science
Mrs. A. Halvax 6th Grade Social Studies Mr. Chesler 7th Grade Social Studies
Mr. Miller 8th Grade Social Studies
Mr. Asin 6th/7th Grade Art Mrs. Roland 7th/8th Grade Art
It is the goal of the Music Department to foster a love of and appreciation for music not just as a creative outlet, but also for the role it plays in nurturing various skills essential for success in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students are selected in the 6th grade to participate in either band or chorus based on talent, interest, and ability. Throughout their three years in the program, students learn the basics of reading music, the role of music throughout the course of history, how to speak and write about the various genres of music they encounter, and how to perform before a live audience. Students are then given the opportunity to apply the skills they learn by performing in the Winter and Spring Concerts, graduation, and many other school and community events.
Ms. Minckler 6th/7th/8th Grade Chorus Mr. Zarifis 6th/7th/8th Grade Band
Mr. Balaguer 6th/7th/8th Grade Computers
Ms. Apostolo 6th Grade P.E. Mr. Savin 7th Grade P.E.
Mr. Wisnewski 8th Grade P.E. Ms. Torre P.E. Assist
Mrs. Lovera 6th Grade Health Ms. Apostolo 7th Grade Health
CTT & SETTS
The objective of the Special Education Department at the Joseph Pulitzer Intermediate School is to address the educational, social, and emotional needs of all students who have Individualized Education Plans (I.E.P.). Service providers who work with our special education students include Special Education Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Adaptive Physical Education Teachers. Specifically in the Law and Humanities Academy we have two educational programs in which our special education students learn; Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) setting and Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) setting. In both settings, the special education teacher works collaboratively with the main subject teachers to address the student’s educational needs. The primary goal of the Special Education Department is to have each student consistently work to the best of his/her ability.
Mrs. Wiley 6th/7th/8th Grade Special Education Mr. Freytes 6th/7th/8th Grade CTT