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
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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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.
Check out our summer programs for students on the STEM/STEAM & OTHER PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS PAGE
The 4th marking period Progress Report will be distributed on May 8. Please review these grades and encourage your child to continue to demonstrate effort towards ongoing achievement, especially as the school year comes to an end.
Spring has finally arrived! I hope that all of our MS 172 families had the opportunity to not only enjoy the warmer weather, but to also have quality family time during the Spring Recess. As we resume our busy school schedule, please read and take note of the important items below.
TESTING & PROMOTION UPDATES:
After school review class to support students’ preparation for the grade 8 NYS Science Test and the Living Environment Regents will begin on Thursday, May 9 and will continue on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons (listed below,) from 2:25-3:55pm through June 12. Participants, who will be determined by Grade 8 science teachers based on classroom assessment, will be notified by May 3. Grade 8 Science (non-SP) review classes will be held on May 9, 22, 23 and 30. Regents review classes take place on May 16, 24, 29 and June 12. Please address any questions about these classes to Ms. Alarcon.
May 16 will be our 6, 7 and 8th grade Preview Night for incoming 6th grade students and their parents, as well as our current sixth and seventh grade. Students and parents will meet next year’s teachers and hear about the work students will be doing in 2019-20.
MS 172 is again hosting weekend & evening NYS Math Test scoring from May 6 through May 19. Parking near the school will be challenging- please arrive early for any school events that take place during this time period.
The May PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 pm. PTA Elections will take place at this meeting, including nominations from the floor for vacant positions. Please plan to be there and have your voice heard. Additionally, Ms. Gross and the sixth grade band will present a music performance that will highlight our new student musicians’ talents.
A few housekeeping notes: With the warm weather now here, students are allowed to carry and use water bottles in the classroom in accordance with their teachers’ guidelines. For safety reasons water bottles may not be used during passing from one class to another. Also- please review the dress code (in the Parent/Student handbook at MS 172.org) and assist your children in making appropriate clothing choices for school. We must also request that students NOT wear open-toe shoes or flip-flops as these present a hazard in crowded hallways. Additionally, with great concern for students who have asthma or allergies, body sprays are not allowed to be used in classrooms. Thank you for your cooperation in these matters.
Please help us keep your children safe. If you drop your child off in the morning, please only allow your child to exit your vehicle at the curb, not in the middle of the street. As has been our practice for many years- there is no car traffic on 257th Street from 2:00-2:30pm due to the large number of school busses and our student pedestrians. Also- do not double park or park in crosswalks on 81st Avenue and obey the STOP signs. And finally: DRIVE SLOWLY when driving anywhere near the school.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
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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