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
Free Meals for All
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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.
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.
March is coming in like a thick-coated lamb and we hope that spring-like weather will soon follow and we will see brightly colored crocuses and daffodils and be able to put our winter jackets away .
Speaking of winter jackets-our lost and found is again full of jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes and other items which we do donate to charity. If you child is missing an item, please direct him/her to check the Lost and Found in room 132. Announcements are made often.
Parents are again and always reminded that 257 Street is closed every day at 2:20 pm dismissal. Every child's safety is everyone's responsibility! I must also continue to ask parents to drive very cautiously when dropping off and picking up their children, especially taking care to never allow your children to exit vehicles unless at the curb. Our aim is always to increase pedestrian and traffic safety for our entire MS172 community
This year's Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences are again all by appointment only through our on-line scheduler, Canyon Creek, which can be accessed through the school website MS172.org from Monday, February 25 ( a letter was send home on the 25th,) through Sunday, March 24. Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, March 26, from 12:15-2:15 pm and 5:00-8:00 pm. Additionally, parents may make appointments to meet with teachers on other Tuesdays from 2:20-3:00 pm. Alternate days/times can also be arranged. Please contact your child's teacher(s.) If you need an interpreter, please contact Mrs. Hochrad at (718) 831-4000, extension 1461.
Friday, March 8 is MS 172 HOODIE Day. We encourage all of our students, staff and parents to proudly wear their MS172 Grizzly Hoodie. The proceeds of the PTA Hoodie sales help support instruction and after school programs at 172.
Don't forget the MS 172 Science Fair on Tuesday, March 12, 5:30-7:00 pm, when our aspiring microbiologists, geophysicists, organic chemists, engineers and other great scientific minds demonstrate their expertise and ingenuity. Additionally, District 26 will be hosting a STEAM Fair at P.S. 221 on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 pm-all are welcome.
MS 172 continues to celebrate its wonderful diversity. March 15 is another Wear Your Flag Day, when all members of our community are again invited to celebrate their national heritage. And then please join the MS 172 PTA on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 pm for the MS 172 PTA Meeting and International Food Festival and Talent Show which will feature presentations by students from their multicultural backgrounds and samplings of food from around the world. This is a free event and has been a favorite MS 172 community evening for several years. Rising Star certificates for February (for Most Improved,) will also be presented.
Grade 7 classes are currently engaged in College Access for All lessons biweekly on Fridays (which are ongoing MS172 College Awareness Days.) In addition to learning about the different types of colleges, their programs and college life, all Grade 7 students will take trips to visit a CUNY, SUNY or private college in May through early June. In order to provide the necessary chaperones for these trips, we will be asking for parent volunteers to accompany their children's classes. Please look for additional information that will be sent home later this month.
For grade 8 students and parents: HS acceptance letters will again be mailed home to all grade 8 students/parents (mid to late March.) Please read the information carefully. Our guidance counselors, Ms. Lavalle and Ms. Grevstad, will be available to address all of your questions and concerns. Information about senior activities and graduation has been sent home (yellow page.) For additional senior activiity information, please call Mr. Nash (and note dates on the monthly calendars.) AIS for Grade 8 Science for all mandated grade 8 students will begin in May. Review classes for the Living Environment Regents and Common Core Algebra Regents are also being planned; more information will be sent home in April. Grade 8 test dates are listed below. We have not yet received the date for Graduation from Queens College - we will let parents know as soon as we do get that date.
Please complete the Parent Learning Environment Survey and return it to the school* (don't send it back in the mail.) Your responses and returned survey support our school in demonstrating the Excellence that is Irwin Altman MS 172 . Thank you for your continued cooperation and support on behalf of our school community.
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Please plan your vacations during Spring Recess (April 19-26,) so that your child does not miss any instructional time and in preparation for the later State Tests.
NYS ELA Test: Tuesday & Wednesday- April 2 & 3
NYS Math Test: Wednesday & Thursday, May 1 & 2 (Grades 6,7 and non-SP/G&T)
NYS Intermediate Science - Grade 8 non-SP: May 23 -Performance/June 3 - Written
NYS Living Environment Regents - June 18 - Gr 8 SP only - 11:15 am-2:15 pm
NYS Algebra 1 Regents - June 19 - Gr. 8 SP - 11:15 am - 2:15 pm
NYC Foreign Language Proficiency - Monday, June 24 (Grade 8 only) 8:30-11:30 am
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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