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
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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.
Unannounced Scanning - REMINDER- 3rd Notification 2017-18
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.
November is a month filled with many activities for the students and staff of MS 172. Grade 6 & 7 pictures will be taken on November 1 and Grade 8 pictures (with cap and gown) on November 2. Students must bring their picture order envelopes on the day of their scheduled pictures (given to the photographer.) In addition to ending the first marking period on November 2 and beginning the second marking period on November 4, first marking period report cards will be distributed to students Tuesday, November 13 (signed report cards are due Thursday, November 29, after P/T Conferences- please see below.)
Parent /Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, November 27th (12:15-2:15 pm- all students are dismissed at 11:15 am) and Wednesday, November 28th (5:00-8:00 pm.) ALL conferences on these two dates are by appointments (6 minute each,) which can be made using our Canyon Creek Online Scheduler. A separate letter about using this tool was sent home on Monday, October 29 and is also available, with the link to the scheduling tool, on our website, MS 172.org. If you need assistance in using the online scheduling tool, please contact Debbie Hochrad at (718) 831-4000, ext. 1461. Parents may also make appointments to meet with teachers on all other Tuesdays, during Parent Engagement time, 2:20-3:00 pm, as well as at other times –please contact your child’s teacher(s.)
As the weather turns cooler, students will be wearing warmer clothing to school. While heavy outerwear, such as coats and jackets, is not permitted to be worn during the day, students may wear sweaters and sweatshirts.
I do need to remind all families that the school day begins at 8:00 am. Although there is a late bell at 8:05 am, it is expected that all students will be in their homeroom seats by that time so that teachers can take attendance and students are ready for the daily announcements. Lateness (and absence,) is reported on the high school application.
I also want to remind parents who drive their children to school that we must all be mindful of traffic safety. Although 257 Street is now one-way, please be cautious during arrival in the morning (drive slowly, be alert to other cars pulling in to and away from the curb and do not allow your children to exit the car in the middle of the street,) NO cars are allowed on 257 Street at dismissal in the afternoon for the safety of all students and due to school busses.
Please note: Tuesday, November 6 is a Chancellor’s Conference Day (and Election Day-don’t forget to vote.) Students do NOT attend. We encourage parents to plan cultural activities for this day off from school.
The AIS (Academic Interventions and Support) afterschool and Saturday program will begin on Wednesday, November 14. These hour and half classes in ELA and Math are mandated for students who need additional support in these subjects based on their 2018 NYS Test scores. Students will be receiving their assignment letters on Wednesday, November 1- to be signed and returned to Mr. Nash by Monday, November 5. Parents may address questions about assignments to Mr. Nash at (718) 831-4000, extension 3271.
For Grade 8 students and their parents: November is a month of looking at high schools and making choices to include on the online HS application which should be completed by Wednesday, November 22, so that the counselors can review the applications for completeness and accuracy. Our annual HS Applications Workshops take place on Thursday, November 8 at 9:00 am and 6:30 pm in room 115. Please try to attend one of these sessions for further clarification and assistance with completing the application. Guidance counselors will be available to assist parents in reviewing choices for appropriate eligibility and to optimize chances of matches to their priority schools. Please make an appointment if you need to see a guidance counselors: Ms. Lavalle at (718) 831-4000, ext. 1341 or Ms. Grevstad at (718) 831-4000, ext. 1343.
Please don’t forget our S.O. City Harvest Food Drive collection that will begin on Monday, November 5 and continues through December 14. All donations of canned and boxed foods will be greatly appreciated. Thanks to your generosity and the work of the Student Organization, MS 172 is once again able to respond to the needs of others in our community. We will also again partner with Assemblyman David Weprin for a Holiday Toy Drive, which will begin on Monday, November 26.
The November PTA meeting takes place on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm. There will be a presentation on Surviving Adolescence by Michelle Lobachewski from the NYCDOE Division of Health Services.
Winter Recess will take place December 24-January 1. Please be reminded that it is important that your children are in attendance on all school days. Plan your holiday trips around the school calendar and please avoid extended vacations that cause your children to miss school.
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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