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
Free Meals for All
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.
All school information is on-line at MS 172.org
February has arrived and with these current milder conditions, we’ll have to wait to see if the groundhog sees his shadow, or not, to know if we are still in for blustery winter weather 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. Please see the NEW MORNING DROP OFF PROCEDURES flyer that is accompanying this calendar.
The third marking period is already in progress. Students received their 2nd marking period report cards on Thursday, January 30; signed report cards were due on Friday, 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 and Friday, and on Saturday mornings. 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 Ms. Alarcon.
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 Thursday, March 12 from 5:00-8:00pm and Friday, March 13 from 12:15-2:15pm. Students will have a half-day of school on March 13 and will be dismissed at 11:15am. We will again be using the Canyon Creek On-Line Scheduler for P/T conferences on March 12 & 13. All conferences on these dates will be by appointment only. Additional information will be sent home shortly. Canyon Creek will open on February 10. You can access the Canyon Creek website through the school webpage, MS172.org.
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 February 11.
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?) Module 2 (Exploring Your Passion and Career,) Module 3 (College Exploration,) Module 4 (A Day in the Life of a College Student,) Module 5 (College Mapping,) and Module 6 (NYC HS Profiles.) with 4 more modules to come. This program also provides every seventh-grade student with a visit to a college which will be completed in March.
Friday, 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 Thursday, February 13, will feature a presentation by the ELEVATE Study Skills with which our entire 7th grade is involved. All parents are encouraged to attend this important and relevant workshop toward supporting their children’s academic achievement. 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 Thursday, March 19. Please come and celebrate our MS 172 community’s diverse cultures. Our PTA Valentine sale is February 10-14.
The District 26 CEC will be holding its monthly meeting at MS 74 on Thursday, February 27, 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.
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: Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 & 26
Spring Recess: Thursday, April 9 – Friday, April 17
NYS Math Test: Wednesday & Thursday, April 22 and 23
Sincerely, Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
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. (On-line is preferred.)
You may be asked to revise an incomplete or incorrect application- please do so and return it to the school immediately.
PupilPath Invitation letters have been sent home to all grade 6 parents and are being sent to unregistered parents in grades 7 & 8. If you need your registration code, or assistance, please call Ms. Hochrad at (718) 831-4000, x 1461.
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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2019-2020 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.
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.)
Microsoft Office for Free for Students!
Parents and Guardians of students can download Microsoft Office software from https://studentoffice.net/ at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices. Please check out the FAQ and help section before reaching out for help with issues. Microsoft is the direct contact for issues: nycdoeO365@microsoft.com
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CANYON CREEK ONLINE APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING
FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Remember to click “Submit Times” and then to print your appointments.
(If you do not click “Submit Times,” your appointments will not be registered/saved.)
February 6, 2020
Dear MS 172 Families,
Parent Teacher Conferences for the fall term are scheduled for Thursday, March 12 from 5:00 to 8:00pm and Friday, March 13 from 12:15pm to 2:15pm. These conferences will be 6 minutes in length and are by appointment ONLY, unless the teacher has an available time slot. Please do not plan on seeing all of your child (ren)’s teachers without appointments.
In order to continue to provide greater flexibility in scheduling Parent / Teacher Conferences with your child(ren)’s teachers, Middle School 172 uses the Canyon Creek Online Scheduler available via the internet. Starting on Monday, February 10 at 9:00am and running until 11:59pm on Sunday, March 8, all parents will have the opportunity to access teachers’ conference calendars and schedule convenient conference times for by following the directions below. (It is recommended that you schedule early as spots do fill up quickly.)
Should you be unable to arrange a conference with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) during the timeframe above, please contact them directly to schedule an alternate meeting date and time. Alternate conferences can take place during Parent Engagement time every Tuesday afternoon from 2:20pm-3:00pm or at other times in collaboration with the teacher.
You can access the Online Scheduler from any device with internet access. If you do not have internet access at home or work, we welcome you to come in and use one of our school computers to schedule conference appointments. We also welcome you if you need assistance with the process. Please contact our Parent Coordinator, Debbie Hochrad (718 831-4000, ext. 1461,) to set up a time to access the Online Scheduler. Alternatively, you may access the internet via the computers at your local library.
We strongly recommend that your child accompanies you to each of the scheduled conferences in order to involve all students in conversations regarding their progress in school.
Please be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to efficiently schedule your appointments. Remember, the appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
It is recommended that you do not schedule back-to-back appointments, as you will need time to travel between classrooms.
Login Instructions for Parents:
These are interactive links if you open the letter online
(Ctrl / click)
1) Online Scheduler Website at tinyurl.com/172PTConferences.
2) Select Irwin Altman MS172 and Click “Go”.
3) Enter the school password: grizzly172
4) Enter your child’s Student ID # (their 9 Digit OSIS#. This # is available when you log into PupilPath).*
5) Verify your child’s Birthday.
6) Choose the teachers with which you want to schedule conferences.
7) Choose the conference date(s) and times(s) that are available.
8) Make sure to click “Submit Times” after you have selected your appointment times (If you don’t click “Submit Times” your appointments will NOT be registered.
*If you have more than one child at MS 172, you can schedule conferences for all teachers at the same time- be sure to log-in for each one of your children.
Remember: Try not schedule appointments back to back. Leave time for travel.
PLEASE NOTE: Teachers will adhere to these appointment schedules. Please be prompt.
If you are late to an appointment or miss your appointment, you either will have a shortened conference or will have to reschedule for another date and/or time. Teachers will only reschedule on the same day if they have unscheduled time on their appointment schedule.
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Remember to click “Submit Times” and then to print your appointments.
(If you do not click “Submit Times,” your appointments will not be registered/saved.)
Congratulations to our eighth grade student Jennifer L. who created the District 26 STEAM Logo.
Middle School Kindness Challenge
The month of March was an exciting one in Irwin Altman Middle School 172. Our teachers and students participated in the Middle School Kindness Challenge. It was an amazing experience. Students engaged in kindness activities throughout the day in many of their classes. The activities were designed to develop empathy, foster kindness and express concern for others. At the end of the month, the school’s kindness celebration was to write kindness postcards to each other. The “Grizzly Mailbox” was designed and celebrated by our school’s Kindness Ambassadors. Students wrote kind notes or positive quotes to friends, teachers, administrators and classmates. The cards were dropped off and will be distributed when we return from Spring Break! Looking ahead…April will be “Thank You” month for all members of our school community.
Friday, March 6th at 7pm
Saturday March 7th Matinee at 2pm
Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door
Tickets on Sale Now!!
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig. Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Music by Jeanine Tesori. Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions. Original Production Directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford “I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond
Directed by our Drama Teacher, Ms. Mintzes
Musical Director, our Chorus Teacher, Mr. Mardirossian
Advanced ticket sale prices. If available, tickets will be sold at the door for $10 per ticket.
Child’s Name______________________________________________ Class__________________
Friday March 6th 7pm Number of tickets_______x $7 per ticket =$_________
Saturday, March 7th 2pm Number of tickets_______x $7 per ticket
Free ESOL Classes - Beginner and Intermediate Levels at the Queens Public Library