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
2018-2019 Student Handbook
NYC Discipline Code
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2018-2019 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.
Unannounced Scanning - REMINDER- 3rd Notification 2017-18
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.
January is named after the Greek god, Janus, a god with two heads- one to look back and another to look forward. At the beginning of the New Year, January is a time to bring from the past all that is right and good and to give to the future the best that we have to offer.
I am pleased to share with the MS 172 community that the MS 172 Student Organization once again collected food items (over 500 pounds,) for the City Harvest Food Drive and also collected a gifts for the MS 172 Toy Drive campaign which were presented to Assemblyman David Weprin by the S.O. for inclusion in his office’s Holiday Toy Drive.
After school and Saturday AIS classes in English Language Arts and Math which began in November, will continue through March / April (you will be notified about the end dates,) until just before the NYS ELA and Math tests. As these classes provide additional support for students toward meeting the ELA and Math standards, it is important that students attend all scheduled classes. Please check with Mr. Nash if your child is / should be attending AIS classes.
Our TAG program, which began in December provides enrichment for MS 172 students through classes in Digital Photography, Jazz Band, SHSAT Prep, Scrabble, Piano/Keyboard, Grizzly Gazette (school newspaper,) Chess and Crochet. Registration for the spring cycle will take place in February. (There are still some openings in the Winter cycle classes- check with the main office.) The morning CHAMPS Fitness program, SAYA! Girls Leadership, the Math Team and the Debate Team are also continuing.
One of our most popular evening events, Fitness Night, will take place on Wednesday January 9, from 6:30-8:00pm under the supervision of our physical education instructors, Mr. Neilly, Ms. Walsh and Mr. Sabesan. Parents and students are invited to participate in a variety of events. Put on your sneakers and comfortable clothing and come and join us for a most enjoyable evening of healthful wellness activities.
The second marking period will end on Friday, January 18 and report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, January 30. Please review your child’s 2nd marking period Progress Report (distributed in December,) and current grades on PupilPath. Teachers are available on Tuesdays from 2:20-3:00pm to meet with parents to discuss your child’s work and any concerns. (Please make an appointment by sending a note to the teacher.)
Our picture make-up day will take place on Friday, January 11. Students who were absent for pictures in November or who wish to have their pictures redone, will have this additional opportunity to take individual pictures. Class pictures will not be redone. (Students must return their original pictures to get a make-up picture.)
School starts at 8:00 a.m. With winter inclement weather, please allow extra time to get your child to school on time, which means leaving home a little earlier. Lateness is reported on your child’s academic record and on the high school application. I also want to remind parents who drive their children to school that we must all be mindful of traffic safety. Only let your child out of the car at the curb. Please remember: NO cars are allowed on 257 Street at dismissal in the afternoon for the safety of students. Additionally, students may NEVER cross between school buses at dismissal, even if accompanied by a parent- it is just too dangerous!
The January PTA meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17 at 7 pm and will feature a presentation on Facts and Factors that Impact Our Mental Well-being. As at every PTA meeting, students who have been selected to be Irwin Altman Rising Stars will be honored (for December - for Citizenship.) Additionally, the MS 172 Debate Team will be presented with their trophies and medals from the Queens Debate League Tournament. The PTA will also be holding a Bake Sale on January 18 and the PTA Book Club, now in its 6th year, will meet again on January 31 at 8:30 am.
February Mid-Winter Recess is February 18-22.
Spring Recess will be Friday, April 19 through Friday,
April 26 (return to school on Monday, April 29.)
Please plan all vacations around the school calendar so that your children do not miss any instructional days.
The NYS Tests in ELA and Math for ALL students will take place as follows:
ELA: (2 days only) Tuesday and Wednesday April 2 & 3
Math: (2 days only) Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 & 2
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
PupilPath Invitation letters have been sent home to all grade 6 parents and unregistered parents in grades 7 & 8. If you need your registration code, or assistance, please call Ms. Hochrad at (718) 831-4000, x 1461.
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.
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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