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
Chancellor Fariña Kicks Off Summer In The City Registration for 2018
New York City Discipline Code
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 Letter to Parents
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 your 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 2:20pm dismissal. Every child’s safety is everyone’s responsibility! I must also continue to ask that parents 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 MS 172 community.
This year’s Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences are again all by appointment only through our on-line scheduler, CanyonCreek, which can be accessed through the school website MS 172.org. The next scheduled conferences will be Tuesday, March 6, from 12:15-2:15pm and from 5:00-8:00pm. (Unfortunately, the 2:20 -3:00pm block was left open for March 6- it should have been closed. Please contact your child’s teacher to reschedule any appointment made for that time.) The last day for on-line scheduled conferences is Tuesday, March 13 from 2:25-3:00pm. Additionally, parents may make appointments to meet with teachers on other Tuesdays from 2:20-3:00pm. Alternate days/times can also be arranged. Please contact your child’s teacher(s.) If you need an interpreter, please contact Ms. Hochrad at (718) 831-4000, extension 1461.
Please join the MS 172 PTA on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30pm for the MS 172 PTA Meeting and International Food Festival and Talent Show which will feature presentations by students from their many diverse 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.
Don’t forget the MS 172 Science Fair on Tuesday, March 20, 5:30-7:00pm, 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 STEM Fair at MS 67 on Tuesday, March 27 at 6pm-all are welcome.
For grade 8 students and parents: HS acceptance letters will again be mailed home to all grade 8 students /parents (date not yet announced.) 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 activity information, please call Ms. Soto (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 received the date for Graduation from Queens College: Monday, June 18 at 4:00pm. (Please note that Queens College rotates times for many schools graduations.
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. (*Students will earn 5 Grizzly Bucks for each returned survey.)
SAVE the DATE: On Friday, April 27, at 7:00pm, our students will be showcased at this year’s annual show- an evening of drama and music- called Cabaret 172. The production will include numbers from the “I am an Islander” project (based on the Broadway show, Come from Away,) MS Student Life Through Monologues and a 25 minute version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Tickets are only $10.00 in advance ($15.00 at the door,) and will go sale on March 19
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Please plan your vacations during Spring Recess
(March 30- April 8),) so that your child does not miss any instructional time in preparation for the later State Tests.
NYS ELA Test – April 11 & 12 / NYS Math Test- May 1 & 2 (Grades 6-8)
NYS Intermediate Science- Grade 8 non-SP: May 24 - Performance / June 4- Written
NYS Common Core Algebra Regents- June 12 -Gr. 8 SP
NYS Living Environment Regents- June 13 -Gr. 8 SP only NYC Foreign Language Proficiency-Monday, June 18 (Grade 8 only)- 8:30-11:30 am
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.
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
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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