Welcome From Our Principal

Welcome From Our Principal

Principal Dr. Paul DeSimone

September 7, 2023

Dear Middle School 172 Family,


Welcome to the 2023 – 2024 school year! I hope this letter finds you and your family well. July and August are always a wonderful time to regroup and get revitalized before the beginning of a new school year. We are looking forward to an amazing year filled with great success and accomplishments for the Irwin Altman Middle School 172 school community.


As I reflect upon the successes of our past school year, our students continued to demonstrate a genuine commitment to excellence as evidenced by their performance at every level. We attribute these wonderful and impressive achievements to our students, staff, and the support of our community. During the summer, our custodial, technology, and secretarial staff were diligently working to get the school building ready for our students, and our building looks amazing!

As we enter into a new school year, we will continue to focus on academic excellence with an emphasis on health and safety. We will prioritize social and emotional learning and knowing every student well. Our entire team is constantly finding new ways to ensure that all students feel like they are a part of a safe, inclusive, and nurturing learning environment. In addition, we will keep you informed every step of the way. We encourage you to visit our website, www.ms172.org , for the latest updates, news, and the performance of our students.

I know deep in my heart that the finest days for Irwin Altman Middle School 172 are yet to come. We have what it takes: the best students, staff, administrators, and the greatest community!

I look forward to seeing you as we open our doors and to a rewarding 2023 – 2024 school year.


Dr. Paul DeSimone