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 was an event-filled month in which we celebrated student achievement at the Honors Dessert, the Science Department held a very well-attended Science Fair where students demonstrated their knowledge and science skills, and the color green ruled for our Luck of the Irish Spirit Day which coincided with both Wear Your Flag Day II (to celebrate our MS 172 diversity) and College Access 4 All. MS 172’s diversity was also again highlighted at the PTA’s International Night which featured student performances and ethnic food delights. Hoodie Spirit Day was the culmination of another PTA fundraiser. Our TAG Program, now in its 2nd cycle for the 2018-19 year, began on March 13 and will run through the end of May. This wonderful enrichment program is fully funded by the MS 172 PTA. MS 172 is indeed fortunate to have an active and caring Parent Teacher Association. TAG stands for Talented and Gifted- every student at MS 172 is talented and gifted and we seek all opportunities to have our students grow their talents.
On Thursday evening, April 4, Ms. Hochrad , our Parent Coordinator, along with the Parent Coordinators from our elementary “feeder schools,” will present a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics,) program for parents and students called “Think Like an Engineer,” which will engage all in an interactive CHALLENGE. (This is a program that needed an RSVP. Check with Ms. Hochrad to see if there is any space available.)
We are now engaged in the NYS testing for ELA (April 2nd and 3rd.) Parents are asked to make sure their children get a good night’s rest for each test day AND that that students not bring any electronic devices to their test rooms. If students bring their cell phones, they must be secured during the entire testing period. The NYS Math Test will take place on May 1 & 2.
3rd Marking Period report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, April 17. Please review your child’s report card and encourage your child to continue doing his/her best. Teachers are available to meet with parents every Tuesday from 2:20-3:00 pm. Please call for an appointment if you would like to see your child’s teacher(s.)
The April PTA meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00 pm. Nominations for PTA officers for the 2019-2020 school year will take place at this meeting. PTA Elections will take place at the May 23rd PTA meeting. The April PTA meeting will feature a presentation on Financing College about which all parents should know.
With warm weather hopefully occurring soon, we are reminding students during morning and cafeteria announcements about the student dress code developed in accordance with the New York State Education Department to provide students with an environment conducive to learning. We do expect our students to always dress appropriately.
Thank you to all parents for your cooperation and assistance in providing our students with a safe arrival and dismissal from the school building. When dropping off your child on 257th Street in the morning, make sure to drive safely and be aware of pedestrians and other vehicles AND only let your child exit from the car at the curb. 257th Street is CLOSED to all cars from 2:00-2:30pm due to the large number of busses that pick up students at dismissal from the front of the building and for our children’s safety. Please do not double-park on 81st and 82nd Avenues. Backed up traffic due to cars blocking the street creates a hazard for our children. If you want to avoid the delayed traffic on 257 Street in the morning, please drop-off your child on 81st or 82nd Avenues or on 256 Street. Remember: Every child’s safety is everyone’s responsibility.
We hope that all of our families have an enjoyable Spring Recess and our students are well-rested and ready to successfully complete the 2018-19 school year.
Very truly yours,
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.
Upcoming TEST DATES:
MS 172 will once again be hosting ELA and Math Test scoring in our gym from April 6-16 and May 6-19. Gym classes (weather permitting) will take place outdoors and /or in the auditorium. Please be aware that parking near 172 will be challenging with additional personnel in the building during scoring
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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