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
New York City Discipline Code
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.
February Letter to Parents
February has arrived and with this recent cold weather, we’ll have to wait to see if the groundhog sees his shadow, or not, to know if we are in for a continued blustery winter or for six fair weeks until spring. Keep your fingers crossed.
Please continue to remind your children about safety when crossing streets while walking to and from school each day. If you drive your child to school, please be especially mindful of all children. While 257 Street is now one-way, there are still the hazards of speeding cars and students exiting vehicles in the middle of the street. We remind all parents AND students to observe traffic and pedestrian safety rules. Please remember that there is NO traffic allowed on 257 Street, in front of the school, during the 2:20pm dismissal due to the large number of busses and for all children’s safety.
The third marking period is already in progress. Students received their 2nd marking period report cards on Wednesday, January 31; signed report cards were due on Thursday, February 1. Toward continuing to support all students’ achievement, our AIS ELA and Math classes for Grade 6, 7 and 8 are taking place after school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and on Saturday morning. Please make sure that your child attends all AIS classes if he/she is assigned. Additional parent requests for AIS classes will be considered based on space availability. Please contact Mr. Nash.
If you would like to speak with your child’s teacher(s) about their 2nd marking period grades, please make an appointment during Parent Engagement on Tuesdays from 2:20-3pm., especially if you note that your child’s grades need improvement. Please make an appointment by phone or in writing with your child’s teacher(s.)
Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in March on one day, Tuesday, March 6 from 12:15-2:15pm and 5:00-8:00pm. Students will have a half-day of school on March 6 and will be dismissed at 11:15am. We will again be using the Canyon Creek On-Line Scheduler for P/T conferences on March 6. To accommodate as many parents as possible, there will be additional appointments available on Tuesdays, February 13, and 27 and March 6 and 13 from 2:20-3:00pm. All conferences on these dates will be by appointment. Additional information will be sent home shortly.
The MS 172 after school TAG Program Winter Cycle began in January. There are still a few available spaces for limited number of classes. Interested students should see Mr. Slivko. We thank the MS 172 PTA for their support of the TAG program. Registration forms for the TAG Spring Cycle (late March through May) will be available after the mid-Winter Recess. We also have space in the CHAMPS morning (7:30am) basketball for grade 6 on Mondays (students should see Mr. Neilly.)
We are also pleased and excited to announce that our Arts Continuum Partnership with PS 191 and Project LEAP, with a focus on the integration of dance in 2 of our grade 6 choral music and drama classes, also has a parent engagement component. Parents and their children are participating in a Saturday morning (9-11am) costume design workshop that is producing the costumes for the Arts Continuum performance on March 21. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ms. Hochrad.
Friday, February 2 will be our Student Organization’s Super Bowl Spirit Day and Wednesday, February 14, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, will be our S.O.’s Red and Pink Spirit Day. S.O. Spirit Days bring our MS 172 community together.
The February MS 172 PTA meeting which will take place on Tuesday, February 13, will feature a presentation by the NYPD on Cyberbullying. All parents are encouraged to attend this very important and relevant workshop. As at every PTA Meeting, students will be presented with their Rising Stars Certificates - this month (for January) for Motivation.
An annual highly-anticipated event, the MS 172 Honor’s Dessert, recognizing students who achieved to the Honor Roll and Principal’s Honor Roll in the 2nd Marking Period, will take place on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00pm (for grade 8,) 7:20pm for Grade 7 and 7:40 for Grade 6. Eligible students will receive an invitation. We look forward to your presence.
The District 26 CEC will be holding its monthly meeting at MS 74 on Wednesday, February 28, at 7pm,
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support on behalf of our school community. Wishing you and your family a Happy Valentine’s Day and a restful mid-winter recess.
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Please review the MS 172 Calendar and make your mid-Winter Recess and Spring Recess vacation plans so that your child does not miss any instructional time. Please note:
Spring Recess: Friday, March 30 – Friday, April 6
NYS ELA Test: Wednesday & Thursday- April 11 &12
NYS Math Test: Tuesday & Wednesday, May 1 & 2
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. You may be asked to revise an incomplete or incorrect application - please do so and return it to the school immediately.
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
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.)
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