I.S. 228 SYMPHONY PERFORMS FOR INAUGURATION
OF MARTY MARKOWITZ AT PARK SLOPE ARMORY
The 80-piece Symphony Orchestra of David A. Boody Intermediate School for Magnet Studies (I.S. 228) performed at the Inauguration and State of the Borough Address by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz at the Park Slope Armory.
“I’ve heard them play many times,” Mr. Markowitz said. “They represent some of the most talented students that New York City ever produced, and they make music, too.”
Mr. Markowitz’s chief of staff, Carlo A. Scissura, called I.S. 228 “one of the best middle schools in Brooklyn.” “David Boody was the last mayor of Brooklyn, so it is fitting that the David A. Boody Symphony perform for the Brooklyn President’s inauguration for a third term,” said I.S. 228 Principal Dominick A. D’Angelo. “Marty Markowitz has been a great friend of our school and we are deeply honored for our orchestra to perform for him and so many other officials, supporters, and friends.”
Orchestra Conductor Thomas Brennan led the students as they performed “The William Tell Overture,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Hungarian Air and Dance,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9” before more than 1,400 people in the giant hall of the armory, which was recently renovated as a YMCA. Assistant Conductor James Chiarello helped rehearse and train the students for the evening.
The musicians from the Gravesend school received several rounds of applause as they performed at the beginning of the evening’s program. The students were shown on large video screens as they played. Many of them dressed formally for the event.
“I was kind of nervous but I was also very excited,” said 6th grade violinist Holly Leung, who wore a black dress with three roses. “I was really happy that we got a lot of applause and I had a lot of fun.”
Fabricio Martinez, a 7th grade violinist, said he also was “nervous and excited.” When he saw himself on the video screen, he said, “It was scary.” He wore all black for the occasion.
Many of the students in the Boody Symphony will perform in the 52nd anniversary of the “Salute to Music” program sponsored by The Friends of Music at Carnegie Hall on June 8.
I.S.228 HOLDS FIRST CHINESE NEW YEAR GALA
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First Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010
David A. Boody Intermediate School for Magnet Studies (I.S. 228) will host its First Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 11, featuring performances by the school’s celebrated troupe of Chinese dancers as well as professionals trained in classical Chinese art forms. The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 228 Avenue S in Gravesend, Brooklyn.
I.S. 228 CAKE SALE RAISES $1,414 FOR HAITI VICTIMS
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Students, Faculty Work Together for Earthquake Relief
Students, faculty, and staff members of David A. Boody Intermediate School for Magnet Studies (I.S. 228) raised $1,414 for victims of the Haiti earthquake in a four-day cake sale during the school’s lunch periods.
Members of the school’s Council for Unity chapter coordinated the drive to bake or buy cakes and donate them for sale at the Gravesend, Brooklyn, school during the last two weeks of January.
May 11, 2009
AMAZIN’ METS VISIT AMAZIN’ I.S. 228
Outfielder Daniel Murphy and Pitcher Jon Niese of the New York Mets, accompanied by “Mr. Met,” visited an assembly of the sixth graders at David A. Boody Middle School (I.S. 228) Monday to praise the students for their 96 percent attendance record.
The players came to the school in Gravesend, Brooklyn, as part of the “School is Amazing” program sponsored by health insurer Emblem Health and supported by the New York Department of Education. The Mets were greeted by Boody’s new cheerleading squad and the school’s Jazz Band, which recently played on the deck of the Intrepid.
Niese won a huge round of cheers from the students when he said he had been in his school’s band. “I played saxophone and tuba,” he said, after revealing his favorite academic subject was math. Murphy also said his favorite subject was math.
Principal Dominick A. D’Angelo thanked the Mets for taking time to visit the school