Welcome to Outside of SPS

Where we document events that happened outside our school.

SPS students had their poems published in Poetry in Performance 47

Poetry in performance 47

Oct 10, 2019

SPS students had their poems published in Poetry in Performance 47.

The Perfect Choice by Angela Lin is on display at the Brooklyn Pubic Library Central Library

The Perfect Choice by Angela Lin

Mar 05, 2018

The Perfect Choice by Angela Lin will be on display at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library located at 10 Grand Army Plaza from Tuesday, May 1st until Sunday, May 20th. We wish to acknowledge Paul Zeichner, who supervised the creation of the book, and to thank the staff and administration for supporting this worthwhile project.

Sowman Choudhury is a finalist of the Citywide Spelling Bee Championship

Sowman Choudhury is a finalist of the Citywide Spelling Bee Championship

Feb 26, 2018

Congratulations to Sowman Choudhury for advancement to the Citywide Finals in March. It will be officially hosted by Daily News New York City Spelling Bee Finals on Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 starting at 10 am each day. It’s is held at Food and Finance High School located at 525 W 50th Street NY NY 10019.

Ms. Kim and Councilman Carlos Menchaca inaugurating rooftop playground

Ms. Kim was live on Facebook with our District 38 City Councilman Carlos Menchaca

Oct 05, 2017

It was an honor to have City Councilman Carlos Menchaca at the inauguration of our PS169 Sunset Park School rooftop playground.

Here's the link to Facebook.

Lorraine Quiles was mentioned in Humans of New York

Lorraine Quiles was mentioned in Humans of New York Story

Oct 05, 2017

“I was on a leadership team in 5th grade. At the end of the year we were supposed to take a trip to Washington DC. We held fundraisers and everything. But when it was time to go, I didn’t have the identification papers to buy a plane ticket. So our teacher Ms. Rivera decided that we’d take a bus. Just so I could go too. That trip changed my life. It made me want to be a lawyer. And Ms. Rivera became one of the closest people in my life. She always kept in touch. She basically watched me grow up. One time in high school I got in a huge fight with my mom, and Ms. Rivera came and took me on a long car ride. I started to tell her everything. I told her about a recent break-up, and how I smoked weed, and ‘I did this,’ and ‘I did that.’ She just listened to everything. Then she started telling me about her life too. She told me that she’d been in an abusive relationship. I’d always thought her life was perfect because she was a guidance counselor. But she’d been through so much too. When it was came time to apply for college, Ms. Rivera was the one who helped me apply for DACA. She told me about the scholarship. I didn’t even want to apply. I was ready to give up. I’d just accepted that I’d always work in restaurants like my mom. But Ms. Rivera made me apply. She said: ‘What happened to that girl who wanted to be a lawyer?’ I learned that I got the scholarship in February. They’re paying for my entire college. Ms. Rivera was so proud of me. She kept saying: ‘I told you so.’”

Here's the link to Humans of New York.

Johanna Bjorken was featured on Instagram

Recycling Champions honors Johanna!

Sep 12, 2017

GrowNYC's Recycling Champions Program recently posted a snapshot of Johanna's Welcome Back to School design on our Instagram page as a tribute to her artistry.

Here's the link to Instagram.

Green Team at the Sustainability Expo

First Annual Sustainability Expo

May 22, 2017

SPS Green team did an amazing job at the First Annual Sustainability Expo. Our team presented all our recycle, reuse, and reduce programs in our school.

Xu Xin Gao is a winner!

Xu Xin Gao is a winner at the 31st annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest

May 16, 2017

Congratulations! Our student, Xu Xin Gao has been selected as a winner for the outstanding art entry submitted to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s 31st annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest. The entry was beautifully executed and shows genuine understanding of – and appreciation for – New York’s water resources. More than 1,700 watershed and New York City students participated in the contest this year.

Zero Waste Schools Tweet

SPS Students were featured in a Zero Waste School Tweet

March 27, 2017

@NYCschools teachers, win giveaways & cash prizes for your school with the Zero Waste Schools Awards! Apply today:

Check it out!

One World Observatory JetBlue


Program Provided New York City Students Opportunity to Visit and Tour One World Observatory and Submit an Illustration to be Sold Onsite with All Proceeds to Benefit Winning School

New York - July 21, 2016

The fourth grade class at PS 169 Sunset Park (Brooklyn) won the first city-wide schools initiative hosted by One World Observatory and its founding partner JetBlue, the organizations jointly announced today.

The program, held from February through June of the 2015-16 academic year, invited New York City school students to tour One World Observatory and after the completion of their visit, collaborate on an illustration depicting their experience, with each class submitting one entry. The winning submission, created by the fourth grade class at PS 169 Sunset Park, will be reproduced in postcard format and sold onsite in the Observatory gift shop for the duration of the summer season. All proceeds of the postcard sales will go back to PS 169 Sunset Park.

The winning artwork, a collective effort by the students of PS 169 Sunset Park, features historic landmarks visible from the Observatory, including the Statue of Liberty, as well as figures of students taking in aspects of the experience, such as the dynamic Sky Portal. The artwork includes in colorful, handwritten text, “We Are One!”

In total, 111 city schools participated in the program, with more than 3,500 students visiting One World Observatory and receiving the opportunity to view the city and surrounding area from more than 1250 feet above the ground.

Class trips were awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, through an online entry system. Each trip covered 32 student tickets and three complimentary adult tickets.

The program is part of an ongoing community service initiative between the Observatory and JetBlue, designed to give back to the community.