2015-16 School Year

Last year was an incredibly special one for LMC staff and students. We celebrated many achievements, including a top ranking at the Citywide mathematics competition, our selection as a one of 27 NYC Showcase Schools for excellence in teaching and learning, a second place finish at the Citywide Step it Up Dance Competition, and the selection of LMC student art for the Metropolitan Museum’s prestigious P.S. Art. Our students also performed extremely well on NY State Exams for Math, English, and Science and three of our teachers were finalists for NYC’s highest teaching honor, The Big Apple Awards!

Congratulations to Linda Chen.

Linda’s photo titled “Inside Out” was accepted in the 2nd annual Manhattan Borough Arts Festival, Visual Arts Exhibit! It will be on display at the Lower Eastside Girls Club, on 402 East 8th Street. Linda Chen, is a talented 7th grade artist in Ms. Sinclair’s digital arts class.

Congratulations to 8th grader Lili Ok-Ellis.

Lili’s visual art piece titled “Stripped Down” was selected from approximately 1,200 entries to be in the P.S. Art 2016 exhibition. P.S. Art celebrates the visual arts in New York City’s public schools and showcases the tremendous talent of students from every neighborhood across the city. The P.S. Art exhibition once again will be on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. P.S. Art will be on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from June to October.

LMC selected to participate in NYC’s Showcase Schools program.

Each of the 27 schools across the City that were selected to be a part of Showcase Schools was chosen for a specific purpose. Some schools are sharing a learning strategy with which they are excelling, while others are demonstrating the use of technology or other programs. Our LMC Showcase is built around a system that we have developed over the past four years called Trio Teams, or “trios” for short. Trios are a peer learning system through which teachers share lesson plans, student work, and video recordings of their teaching with two of their colleagues. Through structured protocols teachers give each other feedback and strategies they can use to improve their practice in the classroom. Showcase Schools open their doors to educators from around the City, three times per year. To learn more about the program, please visit the DOE website.



LMC Recipient of Surprise Instrument Delivery

New York, NY – December 12, 2013 The Les Paul Foundation awarded Little Kids Rock with a grant that will power music education initiatives in public schools over the next year. To further the partnership, the foundation’s Executive Director Michael Braunstein visited Lower Manhattan Community Middle School- MS896, a Little Kids Rock school in New York City, on Wednesday, December 11th surprising the students with a delivery of Epiphone Les Paul electric guitars. Simultaneously, supporters of Little Kids Rock’s Chicago chapter delivered Epiphone Les Paul electric guitars to Edwards Elementary in Chicago and the young rockers jammed via Skype from nearly 800 miles away! The guitars will be used to augment the successful Little Kids Rock music programs.


Kelly McGuire – Principal of the Week

Interview with Kelly McGuire, Downtown Principal, Teaches Kids to Embrace Challenges


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