From The P.S./M.S. 114 Writers’ Club




Dedicated to my fifth-grade writing students: farewell and thank you for sharing my love for words and my love for PS/MS 114 –

Too soon the year has ended

And I think I understand

A loving gardener’s sadness

When winter is at hand

But just as flowers fade and fall

I know that you must go

And, I’ll remember proudly

That I helped to make you grow

I wish that I could keep you

But you are on your way

To brighten other gardens

With your poetical display

Wherever you take root

Your writing will stand out

“I’ve got a future Shakespeare”

You’ll hear the teachers shout

And, if you have the kind of faith

That I have in each of you

There will never be a limit

To the magic you can do

Write on,

Mrs. Joan Diehl



Don’t Cry because it’s Over; Smile because it Happened…I walked into the office with my mom and saw one of my most inspiring and encouraging teachers. She had just read my essay and smiled like the crescent moon.  I remember her looking at my mom and saying, “You better save some money for Harvard, because that’s where Megyn is going”. That made my day perfect, like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. While I’ve been in PS/MS 114 for five years and all my teachers were diligent and admirable, I finally got to experience a magic carpet ride, with Mrs. Diehl. PS/MS 114 has offered me so many great things. I became a Picasso and a Beethoven; I became a scientist and an inventor; a mathematician and an author. I owe all of this to teachers like Mrs. Gersh, Mrs. Levy, Mr. Martins, Ms. Cutler, and Mrs. Diehl and especially my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Fitzpatrick, who made me a very impressive speller at such a young age.



PS/MS 114 is like a family. The teachers are energetic about learning. They take the time to get to know you as a person, not just by your academic performance. “Nine tenths of education, is encouragement,” said Anatole France. All of my teachers: Mrs.Grasberg, Mrs. Daly, Mrs. Mac, Mrs. Donegan, Mrs. Diehl, Mr. Pasquarelli, Mr. Hicks, Mr. Rawlings, Mrs. Pignataro, and Mr.Halfmann are the teachers who have given me inspiration to push my limits and break barriers in my daily school performance. Being in a school that has such great teachers, teachers who treat you like one of their own, is what’s so good about PS/MS 114.



Aristotle said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.” Mrs. Settanni, Mrs. Daly, Mrs. Wheeler and Mrs. Bradley, Mrs. Davidson, Mrs. Glynn, Mrs. Reese, and Mrs. Willson, Mr. Martins, Mr. Rawlings, Mr. Hicks, Ms. Cutler, Mrs. Gersch, Mrs. Levy, Mrs. Diehl, Mr. Grill and Ms. Poggolli-Esposito, Mrs. Welsome and Ms. Folchetti- they are the educators who played a part in making PS/MS 114 what it is, a kind, welcoming, encouraging school. Our teachers watch over us like hawks. If PS/MS 114 planted a cherry tree, it would represent the school. The roots are the principal steadying the school. The branches are the teachers holding up the students. The blossoms are the students showing their progress. I’m going to Scholars’ Academy next year, but I will miss my elementary school home where I made progress in every subject.



Mrs. Fitzpatrick showed me how to think and not what to think. She made us believe that we had something special inside of us, and if we worked hard enough, this little spark bottled up inside could become our flame of intelligence. Although Mrs. Fitzpatrick was the teacher who stands out to me, I think that all my teachers deserve a standing ovation.  Next year I’ll be going off to Scholars’ Academy, but I’ll miss 114, and I’ll never forget the memories created in this school.



People ask me, "What's so good about PS/MS114? Scholars' and Mark Twain are better, right?" But my answer is “No!” My school is the best school you can attend. We have amazing teachers you can't find in any other school. We have a small community, so we all know each other very well. Even though I got into Scholars', I would rather stay here, and I will.  Anatole France said, "Nine tenths of education is encouragement." This is what PS/MS 114 is all about. If someone asked me to go to another middle school and offered me $10,000, I would ask them, "Am I going to find encouraging teachers like these?” I think we all know the answer to that…


E.F. Schumacher said, "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in that opposite direction." With the help of PS/MS 114, I was able to move in that “opposite direction.” I was very shy when I started school, but now in fifth grade, I communicate with the teachers more and laugh with my friends, and they adore me. Believe it or not, now I feel like I have a secret power to change. I owe a lot of this self-confidence to Mrs. Mac. She helped me through a really complex time in my life. What in the world would I do without this school? PS/MS 114, thank you for being such an important part of my life. I will cherish every single, solitary moment that I have had with you.



When you have loads of intelligence, you can change your reality. PS/MS114, this is what you have done for me. You have given me the best six years of my life. When I first walked through your intimidatingly large doors, I thought the chances of me winning the lottery were more likely than learning through fun.

I was wrong. You have made me the best person I could be. Thanks to your wonderful teachers, I am a great writer, scientist, math genius, reader and friend. You have given me all the knowledge I need to step up to a new school and hit a grand slam.



“Every child needs a champion; an adult who will never give up on him, who understands the power of connection and insists he become the best he can possibly be.” This quote reminds me of my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Norwich. I remember a class trip that year. I don’t know why, but I was always scared of trips. I was trembling…Mrs. Norwich noticed. She pulled me aside and whispered, “Max if you are scared, you can sit with me." The main thing here is not overcoming my fear of trips, but actually how kind Mrs. Norwich was to me.



What’s so great about PS/MS 114? EVERYTHING! A great man named Aristotle said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” And he was right; educating the heart really does happen in PS/MS114. This school has the greatest teachers ever. They make learning so much fun. It’s like I’m in a toy store with a thousand dollars to spend.



Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I received the best education at PS/MS114, so I’m prepared. The teachers are as smart as Einstein and as kind as Santa Claus. Then there’s my guidance counselor Mrs. Marciano, who noticed me crying one day and spoke to me so nicely that she turned my frown into a sky-scraping smile. Even our principal, Mrs. Welsome, and assistant principal Ms. Folchetti are fabulous! Thank you PS/MS 114 for making me feel like my school is my other family.