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 8:00am 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 Letter to Parents
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 2 and Grade 8 pictures (with cap and gown) on November 3. 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 10 and beginning the second marking period on November 13, first marking period report cards will be distributed to students Wednesday, November 21 (signed report cards are due Friday, December 1, after most P/T Conferences-see below.) We are looking forward to your visit to MS 172 during Open School Week, November 13-17.
Parent /Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, November 29th (5:00-8:00pm) and 30th (12:15-2:15pm- all students are dismissed at 11:15am), with additional conferences on Tuesdays, November 21, 28 and December 5 (2:30-3:30pm.) All conferences on these dates are by appointments (6 minute slots,) which can be made using our online scheduler. A separate letter about using this tool was sent home on Monday, October 30 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, 2:20-3:00pm, as well as at other times –please contact your child’s teacher.
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. While there is a late bell at 8:05am, 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 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 7 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.
For Grade 8 students and their parents: November is a month of looking at high schools and making choices to include on the HS application which is due back to our guidance counselors no later than Wednesday, November 22 so that the counselors can review the applications for completeness and accuracy. Our annual HS Applications Workshops take place on Wednesday, November 8 at 9:00am and 6:30pm 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 6 and continues through December 8. 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.
The November PTA meeting takes place on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00pm. There will be an election for an SLT position and a presentation on Surviving Adolescence by Michelle Lobachewski from ThriveNYC, an MS 172 partner agency.
Winter Recess will take place December 25-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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ONLINE APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING
FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
October 30, 2017
Dear MS 172 Families,
In order to provide greater flexibility in scheduling Parent Teacher Conferences with your child’s teachers, Middle School 172 now uses Canyon Creek Online Scheduler available via the internet. Starting on Monday, October 30th and running until midnight on Monday, December 4th, all parents will have the opportunity to access teachers’ conference calendars and schedule convenient conference times by following the directions below.
Parent Teacher Conferences for the fall term are officially scheduled for Wednesday, November 29th from 5:00-8:00pm and Thursday, November 30th, from 12:15-2:15pm. All conferences will be 6 minutes in length.
In addition to these times, you will be able to use the on-line scheduler for the following Tuesdays from 2:30pm to 3:35pm: November 21, November 28 and December 5. These conferences will be also be 6 minutes in length. (teachers are also availbale all Tuesdays, from 2:20-3:00pm; appointments with teachers are recommended.)
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. If you need assistance with the process, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Debbie Hochrad, 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.
Please do not schedule appointments back to back as you will need time to travel between appointments. Should you be unable to arrange a conference with your child’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 from 2:20pm-3:00pm
Login Instructions for Parents:
These are interactive links if you open the letter online
(Ctrl / click)
1) Online Scheduler Website at tinyurl.com/172PTConferences. (This link is also available above on the Online Scheduler icon)
2) Select Irwin Altman MS172 and Click “Go”.
3) Enter the school password: grizzly172
4) Enter your child’s Student ID # (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. Remember: Do not schedule appointments back to back. Leave time for travel.
PLEASE NOTE: Conferences are being scheduled at 6 minute intervals. Teachers will adhere to these appointment schedules.
If you are late to an appointment or miss your appointment, you will either 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.
Remember to Click Submit & print your conference schedule.
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal