The Irwin Altman MS 172 Student Organization Holiday Toy Drive was arranged in conjunction with Assemblyman David Weprin to benefit charitable organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens and Heartshare Cuomo First Step Early Childhood Center. During the holidays the primary goal of our toy drive is to deliver, through a new toy, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible and productive citizens.
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
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.
January Letter to Parents
Happy New Year!
January is named after the Greek god, Janus, a god with two heads- one to look back and another to look forward. At the beginning of the New Year, January is a time to bring from the past all that is right and good and to give to the future the best that we have to offer.
I am pleased to share with the MS 172 community that the MS 172 Student Organization once again collected food items (over 1500 pounds,) for the City Harvest Food Drive and also collected 150 gifts for the MS 172 Toy Drive campaign which were presented to Assemblyman David Weprin’s office for inclusion in their Toy Drive. In January and February, the S.O. will be sponsor a coat drive to “Share the Warmth,” so please save your gently used outerwear for this effort. We are all proud that our community shares the spirit of giving at this time and throughout the year.
After school and Saturday AIS classes in English Language Arts and Math which began in December, will continue through April until just before the NYS ELA and Math tests. Please consult the calendar on the AIS letter you received for the specific dates for each class. As these classes provide additional support for students toward meeting the ELA and Math standards, it is important that students attend all scheduled classes.
Our TAG program, which will start the second week of January (students will receive their TAG class assignments on January 2,) provides enrichment for MS 172 students through classes in Digital Photography, Jazz Band, SHSAT Prep, Scrabble, Piano/Keyboard, Green Club, Grizzly Gazette (school newspaper,) Chess, Robotics, Drama and Crochet. The CHAMPS Fitness program, SAYA! Girls Leadership, the Math Team and the Debate Team are also continuing.
The second Marking period will end on Friday, January 19 and report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, January 31. Please review your child’s 2nd marking period Progress Report and current grades on PupilPath. Teachers are available on Tuesdays from 2:20-3:00pm to meet with parents to discuss your child’s work and any concerns. (Please make an appointment by sending a note to the teacher.)
Our picture make-up day will take place on Friday, January 12. Students who were absent for pictures in November or who wish to have their pictures redone, will have this additional opportunity to take individual pictures. Class pictures will not be redone. (Students must return their original pictures to get a make-up picture.)
School starts at 8:00 a.m. With winter inclement weather, please allow extra time to get your child to school on time, which means leaving home a little earlier. Lateness is reported on your child’s academic record and 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. Only let your child out of the car at the curb. Please remember: NO cars are allowed on 257 Street at dismissal in the afternoon for the safety of students. Additionally, students may NEVER cross between school buses at dismissal, even if accompanied by a parent- it is just too dangerous!
The January PTA meeting will take place on Thursday, January 18 at 7 pm and will feature a presentation by Cohen Children’s Hospital on “Signs of Depression in Teens”. As at every PTA meeting, students who have been selected to be Irwin Altman Rising Stars will be honored (in January- for December - for Citizenship.) The PTA will be holding a Bake Sale on January 19 and the PTA Book Club, now in its 5th year, will meet again on January 26 at 8:30 am.
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
February Mid-Winter Recess is February 19-23.
Spring Recess will be Friday, March 30 through Friday, April 6 (return to school on Monday, April 9.)
Please plan all vacations around the school calendar so that your children do not miss any instructional days.
The NYS Tests in ELA and Math for ALL students will take place as follows:
(2 days only) Wednesday & Thursday, April 11 & 12
(2 days only) Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 & 2
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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