2016-2017 School Year

Mrs. Karin Kelly, Principal

Mrs. Cindy Galloway-O’Connor, Assistant Principal


The mission of Public School 174 is to build a community of diverse learners through varied educational experiences. Our students are taught to their greatest potential through a rigorous academic and enrichment program. By recognizing and embracing the diverse cultures, nationalities and backgrounds represented in our school, students realize the importance of mutual respect and understanding. Civic responsibility is developed through service projects that reach out to others, building up both students and the community. Parent involvement is a vital part of the school. It complements and supports the professional teaching children receive.

Goals 2015

Instructional Focus and Priorities

Lift the level of inferential thinking by using questions and prompts

Assuring basic skills with automaticity and filling in gaps

Support thinking by explaining and citing evidence

Citywide Instructional Expectations

Establish the school as the center of the community; a place for families to become involved in education.

Ensure knowledge of students and their work, for teachers to use for cohesive planning as well as differentiation.

Develop a culture of collaboration of professional learning with cohesion, choice and purpose; restoring dignity and respect to the profession.

Design effective communication tools and events to increase parent engagement



Who is William Sidney Mount?

William Sidney Mount, (born November 26, 1807, Setauket, Long Island, New York, U.S.A, and died November 19, 1868, Setauket), American genre painter who mainly depicted rustic life in his native Long Island. He was one of the first and best 19th-century anecdotal painters in the United States.

A farm boy until age 17, Mount apprenticed himself to his older brother Henry, a sign painter working in New York City. They were joined by another brother, Shepard Alonzo, who eventually became a portrait painter. In 1826, when the National Academy of Design opened drawing classes, Mount was one of its first students and was elected an associate member in 1831 (he became a full member in 1832). He stayed only a year before returning to Setauket, where he continued painting and sending work to be exhibited in New York, where it received great acclaim.

Although Mount began his career by painting historical subjects, soon after returning to Setauket he began to explore the social manners and rituals of rural life in his work, an approach known as genre painting. His first genre painting, The Rustic Dance (1830), was an immediate success, and Mount never departed from this vein. He did not sentimentalize his scenes but rather portrayed his subjects with naturalness and simplicity. His paintings often commented on American social and political issues, as seen in his exploration of temperance and the abolition of slavery in Bar-room Scene (1835). The recognizable situations and detailed, representational character of Mountains paintings struck a responsive chord in Victorian America and now serve as a valuable record of a bygone, agrarian age.