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.
February has arrived and with this current 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 30; signed report cards were due on Thursday, January 31. 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 26 from 12:15-2:15pm and 5:00-8:00pm. Students will have a half-day of school on March 26 and will be dismissed at 11:15am. We will again be using the Canyon Creek On-Line Scheduler for P/T conferences on March 26 only. All conferences on this date will be by appointment. Additional information will be sent home shortly.
The MS 172 after school TAG Program Winter Cycle began in December. 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 (mid-March through May) will be available before the mid-Winter Recess.
Our College Access for All program, which currently involves the entire seventh grade, includes a series of 10 lessons / modules that are presented to each class. Classes have already experienced Module 1 (Is College for Everyone?) and Module 2 (Exploring Your Passion and Career,) and will receive Module 3 (College Exploration,) on February 8. This program will also provide every seventh grade student with a visit to a college in the spring. We will be seeking parent volunteers to accompany our students on these trips. Save-the-Date: College Access for All Parent Presentation at the April 17 PTA Meeting.
Friday, February 1 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 and Have a Heart Spirit Day to support the American Heart Association. S.O. Spirit Days bring our MS 172 community together.
The February MS 172 PTA meeting which will take place on Wednesday, February 13, will feature a presentation by the Child Mind Institute on When to Worry about a Child’s Worries. All parents are encouraged to attend this important and relevant workshop. As at every PTA Meeting, students will be presented with their Rising Stars Certificates - this month (for January) for Motivation. Save-the-Date: The MS 172 International Food Festival and Talent Show will take place in conjunction with the PTA Meeting on Monday March 18. Please come and celebrate our MS 172 community’s diverse cultures.
The District 26 CEC will be holding its monthly meeting at MS 74 on Thursday, 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:
NYS ELA Test: Tuesday & Wednesday- April 2 & 3
Spring Recess: Friday, April 19 – Friday, April 26
NYS Math Test: Wednesday & Thursday, May 1 & 2
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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