Irwin Altman Middle School 172
81-14 257th Street
Floral Park, New York 11004
Mr. Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Ms. Mary Tully Alarcon, Assistant Principal
Mr. Myles Nash, Assistant Principal
Ms. Maritza Soto, Assistant Principal
Ms. Danielle Giunta
Community Superintendent District 26
NYC Discipline Code
Free Meals for All
School starts promptly at 8:00 am every morning; the late bell rings at 8:05. Absence and lateness are reported on the high school application.
Please remember, 90% attendance is a promotional criterion.
All school information is on-line at MS 172.org
October is Respect for All Anti-Bullying /Anti-Cyberbullying Month
It is hard to believe that the first month of the 2019-2020 school year is over. Even though the warm weather has lingered, autumn is in the air and as the leaves begin to change colors, students and teachers are all involved with their work in ELA, Math, Social Studies, Core, Science, and Spanish as well as in their GS and gym classes. To better inform teachers about specific student strengths and needs, additional baseline assessments are being administered through October. AIS support in ELA and Math will begin this month. Parents, please note that if your child received a Scale Score of 596-603 or less on the Spring 2019 NYS ELA or Math Test, you will be receiving a letter for your child to attend a mandated AIS class. (Students without test scores will be recommended by teachers based on their assessments.)
Even though 257th Street is now one-way, I must still strongly request parents’ assistance as they drop-off and pick-up their children during arrival in the morning and dismissal in the afternoon. Parents may drop-off children in front of the school in the morning- only at the curb. DO NOT let your children out in the middle of the street—cars at the curb begin to move which then creates a hazardous situation. Additionally, 257 Street must remain closed to traffic in the afternoon from 1:50 to 2:35 pm because of all the busses that are on the block and 1009 students being dismissed. If you arrive early - do not park in our neighbors’ driveways and please DO NOT move your vehicle while students are being dismissed unless directed to by school personnel. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
REMEMBER- Every child’s safety is EVERYONE’S responsibility.
As partners in your children’s education, please establish the following routines:
Grade 8 parents: During the month of October and November, there are many high school events including the Borough HS Fair (at Francis Lewis HS) on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6 and many high school Open Houses (check the yellow sheet sent home by the Guidance counselors for specific schools/dates.) Please take advantage of these events to obtain information to assist you in guiding your and your child’s choices of high schools on the application. (It is recommended that you include10-12 high schools.)
Please support our Parent Teacher Association by becoming an active member, attending meetings and supporting fundraising activities. The PTA fall fundraiser begins on October 3. Proceeds from this activity support our after school programs and other school activities. The October PTA General Membership Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00pm in the school auditorium and will feature a workshop on What Every 6th and 7th Grade Parent Wants to Know to Get Ready for High School. The PTA is also requesting volunteers for the Halloween Dance, which will take place on Friday, October 25 from 6:30-8:30pm.
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences occur earlier this year: Wednesday, November 6, 5:00-8:00pm and Thursday, November 7, 12:15-2:15pm. We will again be using the Canyon Creek on-line scheduler for appointments for conferences. Please make arrangements to discuss your child’s progress with her/his teachers on these days. As always, parents may request appointments on other Tuesdays during Parent Engagement from 2:20-3:00pm. The Canyon Creek Scheduler will be open at 9:00am on Monday, October 7 through Sunday, November 3. To ensure getting appointments- make your appointments as soon as possible when the website opens (the link is available on our MS 172 website at MS172.org.)
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. We continue to look forward to a wonderful school year filled with high expectations and many opportunities for our students to achieve academic and socio-emotional growth and success.
Sincerely, Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Even though lunch is free for all middle school students, every student must have a meal application on file. If you have not yet completed one, please do so immediately. (On-line is preferred.)
You may be asked to revise an incomplete or incorrect application- please do so and return it to the school immediately.
PupilPath Invitation letters have been sent home to all grade 6 parents and are being sent to unregistered parents in grades 7 & 8. If you need your registration code, or assistance, please call Ms. Hochrad at (718) 831-4000, x 1461.
Important Information on the Measles from the Department of Education
May 7, 2019
The health and well-being of New York City students, families, and staff is a top priority for the Department of Education, and we would like to share important information about two recent measles cases in public school students. These students did not attend school while infectious, and students have not been at risk of contracting measles while at school. We are sharing this information out of an abundance of caution and to remind you of our vaccination policy.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. Anyone who has received two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is highly unlikely to get this infection. At this time, the risk to students in public schools remains extremely low given the high rate of vaccination in students.
As a reminder, New York State Public Health Law requires all students, except those with approved exemptions, to be vaccinated or show immunity to measles to attend public school. You can see the school immunization requirements at www.schools.nyc.gov/immunization, or visit www.nyc.gov and search “immunization requirements.”
Measles is a viral infection that causes fever and a rash. Complications from this infection include pneumonia, brain swelling, hospitalization, and potentially death. It is highly contagious and anyone who is not vaccinated against the virus can get it at any age. On April 9, the Health Commissioner ordered every adult and child who lives or works in ZIP codes 11205, 11206, 11211, and 11249 and has not received the MMR vaccine to be vaccinated.
We encourage you to make sure all family members are vaccinated against measles. If you are unsure about your child’s vaccination history, check with your child’s medical provider to confirm that they are appropriately vaccinated or immune to the measles. For information on where you or your child can be vaccinated, please call 311.
MD Chief Executive Officer
Office of School Health
NYC Department of Education
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2019-2020 Physical Education Clothing Requirements are as follows:
* All students must wear sneakers.
* Students are required to wear either sports shorts (no shorter than one inch above the knee), sweatpants, or track pants, and either a short-sleeve or long-sleeve t-shirt. These articles of clothing may be any color or brand.
* In the interest of student safety, no article of clothing worn for physical education can have a collar, buttons, zippers, rips, or holes.
* Denim and hoodies are prohibited.
All students have summer assignments which were distributed with report cards and are posted on this website under Summer Assignments and Supply Lists.
Please be reminded that all 6th grade students must have the Tdap vaccine by their 11th birthday and 7th grade students must have the Meningococcal Conjugate vaccine when they enter 7th grade (no age requirement.)
Microsoft Office for Free for Students!
Parents and Guardians of students can download Microsoft Office software from https://studentoffice.net/, at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices. Please check out the FAQ and help section before reaching out for help with issues. Microsoft is the direct contact for issues: nycdoeO365@microsoft.com
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