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
Free Meals for All
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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.
It’s hard to believe that the first month of the 2018-2019 school year is over. Even though the warm weather has lingered, autumn is in the air and as the leaves begin to change colors, students and teachers are all involved with their work in ELA, Math, Social Studies, Core, Science, and Spanish as well as in their GS and gym classes. To better inform teachers about specific student strengths and needs, additional baseline assessments will be administered through October. (AIS support in ELA and Math will begin in mid-November.)
Even though 257th Street is now one-way, I must still strongly request parents’ assistance as they drop-off and pick-up their children during arrival in the morning and dismissal in the afternoon. Parents may drop-off children in front of the school in the morning- only at the curb. DO NOT let your children out in the middle of the street—cars at the curb begin to move which then creates a hazardous situation. Additionally, 257 Street must remain closed to traffic in the afternoon from 2:00 to 2:45 pm because of all the busses that are on the block and all students being dismissed. If you arrive early - do not park in our neighbors’ driveways and DO NOT move your vehicle while students are being dismissed unless directed to by school personnel.) Your cooperation is appreciated as the NYPD and NYC DOT have not provided the school with personnel to assist in this effort.
REMEMBER- Every child’s safety is EVERYONE’S responsibility.
As partners in your children’s education, please establish the following routines:
Grade 8 parents: During the month of October and November, there are many high school events including the Borough HS Fairs (Francis Lewis HS and other locations,) on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 and many high school Open Houses check the yellow sheet sent home by the Guidance counselors for specific schools/dates.) Please take advantage of these events to obtain information to assist you in guiding your child’s choices of high schools.
NEW this year: The HS application process is ON-LINE. You must create a MySchools account to submit your child’s HS application. If you have not yet created your MySchools account and need assistance, contact your child’s guidance counselor.
Please support our Parent Teacher Association by becoming an active member, attending meetings and supporting fundraising activities. The PTA fall fundraiser begins on October 3. Proceeds from this activity support our after school programs and other school activities. The October PTA General Membership Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 pm in the school auditorium and will feature a workshop on What Every 6th and 7th Grade Parent Wants to Know to Get Ready for High School. The PTA is also requesting volunteers for the Halloween Dance, which will take place on Friday, October 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences again occur later this year: Tuesday, November 27, 12:15-2:15 pm and Wednesday, November 28, 5:00-8:00 pm. We will again be using the on-line scheduler for appointments for conferences. (Additional Tuesday dates, 11/13, 11/20 and 12/4 from 2:30 -3:00 pm will also be scheduled on-line.) Please make arrangements to discuss your child’s progress with her/his teachers on these days. As always, parents may request appointments on other Tuesdays during Parent Engagement from 2:20-3:00 pm.
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. We continue to look forward to a wonderful school year filled with high expectations and many opportunities for our students to achieve academic success.
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 return all materials distributed on the first day of school by Friday, September 6, unless indicated otherwise, especially
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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