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
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.
Dear Irwin Altman Middle School 172 Parents/Guardians:
The Irwin Altman staff joins me in welcoming you back to school for the 2018-19 school year. I look forward to another year of working in a school with such a strong reputation for academic excellence, a dedicated and committed leadership team and teaching staff, and ongoing positive parent and community engagement.
Please note that the school day begins promptly at 8:00 AM and that dismissal is at 2:20 PM, Monday through Friday. It is important that students arrive on time in order to begin each school day in the organized manner that will ensure their success each day. All grade 6 students enter and are dismissed from the main entrance.
On this first day of school, your child is bringing home materials including 2 blue Emergency cards, a Family Income Inquiry (lunch) form (6th grade only- 7th and 8th grade will receive the form Thursday or Friday,) an S.O. dues envelope, PTA membership letter and email address request/donation envelope, photo permission slip (for school events,) Internet Use Policy, September calendar, a Stop and Shop registration form (which gets money for the school,) and a parent survey. The MS 172 Student/Family Handbook is now on-line for all grades at MS172.org. Please make sure to fill out the Emergency cards completely (please print!) and include at least three different current telephone numbers, your email address, as well as all other requested information. S.O dues ($8.00 for the year) include the cost of the school planner which will be distributed on Friday, September 21 (on receipt of your child’s S.O. dues.) Materials distributed on the first day of school are due Thursday, September 6.
Additionally, on Thursday, September 13, the NYCDOE Random Scanning Letter and the MS 172 Cell Phone Policy (please see below,) and a Behavioral Expectations Contract will be distributed. I request that all students and parents read the NYCDOE Behavioral Expectations / Discipline Code and Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities located at the MS 172 website: MS172.org, to be ready to sign the contract and return it to school.
Although we are again distributing a paper lunch application, (Family Income Inquiry Form,) parents are encouraged to apply on-line at https://www.applyforlunch.com/Application.) Lunch will again be free for all middle school students, though we must still collect completed forms for all students in order to continue in this free lunch program.
I would like to remind parents that cell phones* and other electronic equipment (iPods, iPads, video games, personal tablets and readers etc.) are permitted in the school per the New York City Department of Education. However, these items may not be used during the school day without school/teacher permission. If used, these items may be confiscated and will be returned only to parents on Fridays between 2 and 2:20pm. * Students may not use cell phones to call/text parents during school hours. Parents are asked not to call or text their children during school hours.
Please review the September school calendar on the reverse side of this letter and note the different activities that will take place this month. A calendar will be distributed each month to keep you informed of school events for that month and the upcoming events in the next month(s.) Our first major event for this school year will be our Back-to-School /Meet the Teachers Night on Thursday, September 20 (5:00-8:00pm,) which will begin with a PTA Meeting at 5:00pm.
Please note: Parents may drop their children off on 81st and 82nd Avenues and only on the school-side of 257 Street in the morning to alleviate congestion, AND more importantly to insure the safety of all children. Additionally, please do not park in our neighbors’ driveways. 257th Street is always closed to car traffic from 2:00-2:30pm for dismissal.
We welcome our parents and believe that for our children to be successful, we need your active engagement with us at school. I encourage you to contact the school with any questions that you may have about your child’s progress or with any other concerns that you might have throughout the year and to participate in the MS 172 Parent Teacher Association. Also- Tuesday afternoons, from 2:20-3:35pm are again scheduled for Parent Engagement meetings.
We all look forward to another outstanding school year
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Please return all materials distributed on the first day of school by Friday, September 6, unless indicated otherwise, especially
Grade 8 Parents:
Queens HS Fair- Sept. 22/23 at John Adams HS –you will receive additional information
Boro Fair at Francis Lewis HS on October 13 and 14
All Grade 6 and 7 students have a summer reading assignment which will be distributed with report cards. The assignments and supplies are also listed on page 2 of this website.
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.)
The 2018 “Back-to-School Night” and first PTA meeting for the 2018-19 school year will take place on Thursday, September 20, 5:00-8:00pm.
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
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