Learning life’s cycles as a school grows up


By Maria Scovel

Dear Reader,

It appears that you are reading this article. My name is Maria Scovel and I am a 9-year-old girl who goes to P.S. 89 and has a great time there. We have recently had our 10-year anniversary over the weekend. This means a lot to me and some of it means I’m getting older as well as the school. This is a celebration to show our school’s time. 

I’ve been in P.S. 89 since 2004. I’ve had so many memories that I hold close to my heart.  One memory is my first teachers at P.S. 89, when I was in the inclusion class, which includes people who have Down syndrome and are in wheelchairs.  My teachers were Shannon and Elisa. Elisa moved away because she had a baby.  Elisa and Shannon taught me some of the first things in life. 

Next year, was first grade.  My teacher was Maria Alden.  Alden…ring a bell?  It should because it comes from the name John Alden, her husband, who is related to the John Alden on the Mayflower.  Maria was a great teacher and had a lot of fun with students but wouldn’t let you get away with things.  She taught me to laugh and goof off a little.   Sure enough, Maria had to leave because she had a baby.  She wanted to name her baby after me, but that would be odd because of her own name being the same. 

In second grade, I had Nicole.  She was the first teacher not to leave and have a baby.  She had a caring heart that would show you what to do.  Next was third grade, the first year of testing.   I first thought it would be horrible, but Lindsay, my teacher, cleared the skies.  She was a sweet, caring teacher.  She also left because she had a baby.  Now, I’m here in fourth grade with Roe.  Roe is said to be the best in the school and apparently she is.  Roe has guided me through the difficult paths of fourth grade.  I hope she stays.   And, with that, dear reader, I say a goodbye. 

Editor’s Note: Maria Scovel tagged along with Downtown Express reporter Julie Shapiro as part of the paper’s coverage of the 10-year anniversary of P.S. 89 (See article, Page 19). The paper donated the opportunity as part of a P.T.A fundraiser. Scovel also submitted the above essay, which impressed us enough to publish.