Posted by Nate Goldman
on Tuesday, July 28th 2020:
In Reply to: Re: What Public School did you attend, where and when and is it still there posted by Matty from Flatbush on Sunday, July 26th 2020:
P.S. 164-located at 4211 14th Ave.-Attended Kindergarden from Sept. 1948-June-1949. I enjoyed that experience at that school, as the best one of all of the years in public school. In 2002, I sent a letter to that school telling them that I attended. They actually had a copy of my records, and also mailed me a copy of the large mural painting in the auditorium, which I recalled to their attention, in my letter. They even invited me back for a visit.
P.S. 217- Sept. 1949-Jun-1957-The first grade and the fourth grade teachers were probably the best ones there. I think the first grade teacher's name was Mrs. Robinson, and the Fourth grade teacher's name was Mrs. Wengraf. We had a very autocratic principal, by the name of Dorothy Bildersee. I won't say any more about her. Her sister was a Professor at Brooklyn College. We were the last 8th grade class to graduate, since 217 was opened in 1927. There were some Ditmas JHS students in attendance at 217, during the 1956-57 school year, as Ditmas Junior High leased space, pending the completion of its new building.
Today, the kids are very lucky since the schools will close if there is minimal snow. When I attended, we had to schlep through large amounts of snow to get to school. Also, we were told that "you will sweat it out to the bitter end", which meant sitting in a hot room until June 30th. Most school districts in a normal school year close towards the end of May, or the beginning of June. However, the bureaucrats in NYC had different ideas.
Sept. 1957-June-1958- We attended the Midwood "Annex", on 18th Avenue, just to the west of Ocean Parkway. I don't remember the name of the elementary school, which that building had previously functioned as. I know that it is still in operation today. We were forced to go there, because of overcrowding at the main Midwood building. Today, there is a new annex, which was built across the street from the main Midwood building.
Sept.-1958-June-1959-We were sent to the main building, but on the PM session; hence, that mean that we couldn't report to school before 1PM, and didn't leave until 5:40PM. In the winter, it was dark when we left. I hated the PM session, and it was discontinued after 1959.
Sept.-1959-June-1960- They stuck some of us on the "M" session, which was neither the AM or the PM session. It mean that we would start around 10AM, and end at about 4PM.
Sept.-1960-June-1961-The last year at Midwood, we were on the AM session. I didn't realize that I had the option to have doubled up in English, and therefore, I could have graduated in January, 1961, instead of wasting five months, from February, 1961, until June, 1961. The so-called advisors never made me aware of that option. Years later, I found out that other students were also not apprised. To this date, I don't know how some knew, and others didn't.
In retrospect, I enjoyed the first year at the Midwood Annex, as the best. The main building was too overcrowded. I don't know how the New York City Fire Department permitted thousands of students in that building at the same time, as it was definitely a fire hazard. Yet, the NYFD would come around to the residential homeowners, and harass them, with their "inspections", but turned a blind eye to the overcrowded schools.
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