Closure Proposal: P.S. / M.S. 042 R. Vernam Fact Sheet.

What is being proposed?

The Department of Education (DOE) is proposing to close P.S. / M.S. 042 R. Vernam (“P.S. 42”). If this proposal is approved by the Panel for Educational Policy, P.S. 42 will be closed at the end of the 2017-18 school year and the DOE will work with students in grades K-8 to ensure they have a seat at a higher-performing school next year.

Why is this being proposed?

Our top priority is ensuring every student has access to a high-quality education. Through the Renewal Schools program, P.S. 42 has received resources aimed at increasing student achievement and improving school climate, including new classroom curricula, individual mentoring and tutoring services, an additional five hours of learning time each week for every student, and a community-based organization connected to the school that provides a range of physical and mental health support for students and families. While P.S. 42 has made improvements in some areas, proficiency in math and ELA have remained persistently low, and are below citywide and district averages. We firmly believe that your child would be better served at another school, and will work closely with your family to identify a higher-performing school that will meet their needs.

The table below shows academic information for P.S. 42 since the 2013-14 school year:

Measure 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2016-17 District Avg. 2016-17 Citywide Avg.
ELA Proficiency 6% 5% 11% 16% 39% 41%
Math Proficiency 5% 5% 8% 11% 34% 38%
Enrollment 649 684 701 719 N/A N/A

* Based on DOE School Performance Data; Proficiency Rates: NYS Test Results; Graduation and College Readiness Rates: School Quality Report and School Performance Dashboard. For ES/MS, district average is used; for HS, borough average is used.What

Does this mean for your family?

If the proposal is approved, children continuing in middle school will be offered a seat at a higher performing school next year either in District 27 or in your home district. All current students continuing in middle school grades and their families will receive a personalized application in which they will be able to list their top school choices. The DOE’s Office of Student Enrollment will provide every family with individualized enrollment counseling to ensure students find a higher-performing school that meets their needs. We invite you to participate in school tours as an opportunity for you and your family to get to know the school options available as part of this proposal.  You will receive information about school tours from your parent coordinator.

Pre-K students will participate in the standard Kindergarten admissions process, 5th grade students will participate in the standard middle school admissions processes, and 8th grade students will participate in the standard high school admissions process.


Opportunities to share your thoughts and questions:

We deeply value your feedback and encourage you to attend one of the upcoming public meetings to discuss this proposal.  


  • First, Superintendent Mary Barton will host a community meeting at P.S. 42in the coming weeks where parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what this means for your family. This meeting will be held at P.S. 42. The meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m..  If you have any questions about the community meeting, please send an email to  


  • There will also be a Joint Public Hearing at P.S. 42 where the community, including families and students, can share their thoughts about the proposal. The date and time for this hearing will be shared shortly.



  • Finally, the proposal to close P.S. 42will be voted on by the Panel for Education Policy on February 28th, 2018 where families can share comments. This meeting will be held at 6:00 PM at MS 131, 100 Hester Street, New York, New York 10002.  Once a proposal has been posted, the DOE will have dedicated phone and email feedback lines where communities can submit feedback, comments and questions to be addressed by the DOE in an analysis of public comment.



By January 12, 2018 the Joint Public Hearing details and proposal will be posted and available on the DOE’s website which we encourage you to visit often, as we will update it regularly:

St. John’s Starts the Holiday Season

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Holds Tree Lighting Ceremony

FAR ROCKAWAY, 2017—Thursday, November 30, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital hosted their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Nativity Blessing at the hospital. The tree and decorations were donated by the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. Before the tree was lit, attendees were led in prayer by Elder Rashn Staley, Assistant Pastor at the Refuge Church of Christ located on Mott Avenue.

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The lighting of the tree was preceded by performances from the scholars at Lucille Rose Day Care Center. The children led the audience, made up of community residents and St. John’s staff members in “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “The Dancing Christmas Tree Song.” As the tree was lit, the crowd joined St. John’s Vice President of External Affairs, Renee Hastick-Motes in a rendition of “Joy to the World”.

The students were given stuffed animals, donated by the Lawrence Yacht and Country Club, as well as gingerbread cookies and juice after their performance.

Following the tree lighting ceremony, the audience was invited outside for the blessing of the hospital’s Nativity scene, which was led by Rev. Dr. Cecily P. Broderick y Guerra, St. John’s Vice President of Mission. The scene figurines were donated to the hospital by St. John’s Episcopal Church located in Hewlett.

“We all know that Christmas time is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ as well as spend time with our families and friends,” said Gerard Walsh, CEO of St. John’s. “The staff at St. John’s would like to wish all a happy and healthy holiday season.”

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About St. John’s
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is the only hospital providing emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved populations of the Rockaways and Five Towns in southern Queens County and southwestern Nassau County, New York. St. John’s is a recipient of the Stroke Gold-Plus Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.