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******SCHOOL BEGINS AT 8:00AM AND ENDS AT 2:20PM************ FEBRUARY 2016 *****STUDENTS AND FAMILIES WILL BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD OFFICE 2016, OFFICE FOR MAC 2016 AND THE OFFICE 365 MOBILE APPS AVAILABLE FOR WINDOWS 10 TABLETS, iPHONE, iPAD AND ANDROID DEVICES. ALL OF THESE ARE PART OF MICROSOFT'S OFFICE 365 EDUCATION OFFERING AND AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM THE WEBSITE https://studentoffice.net/. THERE IS NO COST TO YOU FOR UP TO FIVE (5) DOWNLOADS ON THEIR PERSONAL COMPUTERS, WINDOWS OR MAC, UP TO FIVE(5) TABLETS AND UP TO FIVE (5) PHONES. (SEE PRESS RELEASE BELOW )******FEBRUARY 1ST - LAST WEEK FOR COAT DRIVE ****FEBRUARY 2ND - VALENTINE'S DANCE TICKETS ON SALE ********THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4th- 2ND REPORT CARD DISTRIBUTED *****FEBRUARY 5TH - SIGNED REPORT CARDS DUE - COAT DRIVE ENDS *****MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH - LUNAR NEW YEAR - SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED *****TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH - MS172 HOODIE SALE BEGINS *****FEBRUARY 10TH - SAFETY COMMITTEE - 7:20PM ****FEBRUARY 11TH - PTA MEETING - 7PM ****FEBRUARY 12TH - VALENTINE'S DAY SPRING DANCE 2:20 - 4:20PM - RED AND PINK SPIRIT DAY *****FEBRUARY 15TH - FEBRUARY 19TH - MID WINTER RECESS ****FEBRUARY 22ND - SCHOOL IS OPEN ****FEBRUARY 23RD - COFFEE AND CONVERSATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL 8:20AM ****** FEBRUARY 23RD - GRADE 6 AND 7TH HIGH SCHOOL ARTICULATION MEETING 6:30PM*****FEBRUARY 25TH - PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL 9-11AM - PTA TRAINING 11-1 *****FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26TH - PTA BOOK CLUB ****FEBRUARY 29TH - LAST DAY TO ORDER HOODIES ****MARCH 2016 ****MARCH 1ST - HONOR'S DESSERT **** MARCH 8TH - PTA MEETING AND INTERNATIONAL NIGHT ****MARCH 9TH - SAFETY MEETING 7:20AM****3RD NEEDS IMPROVEMENT LETTERS DISTRIBUTED ****MARCH 10 SIGNED NEEDS IMPROVEMENT LETTERS ****MARCH 16- COOKIE DOUGH FUNDRAISER BEGINS ***********MARCH 17TH - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES 12:20-2:20PM AND 5-8 pm****MARCH 18TH - HOODIE DAY *******MARCH 23RD - SCIENCE FAIR 5:30-7:00PM****MARCH 25TH - GOOD FRIDAY - SCHOOL ARE CLOSED *****MARCH 28TH - COOKIE DOUGH ORDERS DUE ******

IRWIN ALTMAN  MIDDLE SCHOOL 172 

81-14 257 Street                                                               
Floral Park, New York 11004
(718) 831-4000 FAX: (718) 831-4008  

Mr. Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal 
Ms. Mary Alarcon, Assistant Principal
Mr. Myles Nash, Assistant Principal 
Ms. Maritza Soto, Assistant Principal I.A.


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School starts promptly at 8:00 am every morning.  
Absence and lateness are reported on the high school application.
Please remember, 90% attendance is a promotional criterion. 

 

February 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

February is already here, and with this very cold weather we’ll have to wait to see if the groundhog sees his shadow or not, to see if this blustery winter will continue, so keep your fingers crossed!

Please continue to remind your children about safety when crossing streets while walking to and from school each day. If you drive your child to school, please be especially mindful of all children. Please remember that there is NO traffic allowed on 257 Street, in front of the school, during the 2:20pm dismissal due to the large number of busses and for all children’s safety. We will be sending home a Traffic Safety Pledge for both parents and students to read and sign – our goal is to keep all of our students safe and to promote driving safety here around the school and in the entire community.

 The third marking period is already in progress. Students are receiving their 2nd marking period report cards on Thursday, February 4th; signed report cards are due on Friday, February 5th.  Toward continuing to support all students’ achievement, our AIS ELA and Math classes for Grade 6, 7 and 8 are taking place after school on Wednesday and Thursday and Saturday morning.  Additional parent requests for AIS classes will be considered based on space availability which is currently limited. Please contact Mr. Nash

If you would like to speak with your child’s teacher(s) about the 2nd marking period grade, please make an appointment during Parent Engagement on Tuesdays from 2:20-3:00pm., especially if you note that your child’s grades need improvement.


Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in March on one day, Thursday, March 17 from 12:20-2:20pm and 5:00-8:00pm. Students will have a half-day of school on March 17 and will be dismissed at 11:15am.  

The MS 172 after school TAG Program began in January. There are still a few available spaces. Interested students should see Mr. Slivko. We thank the MS 172 PTA for their support of the TAG program. We also have space in the CHAMPS afternoon Floor Hockey which meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, we have continued our partnership with SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action,) for the Girl’s Leadership Group which is also seeking new members and meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:20-4:00pm.  

Rehearsals are also underway for this year’s school show, an adaptation of the Broadway hit The Lion King, which will take place on Friday evening, May 13, at 7:00pm and on Saturday afternoon, May 14 at 2:00pm.  Tickets will be on sale beginning in March.  We are very proud of the talented students who are taking part in the show under the musical and dramatic leadership of Mr. Mardirossian and Ms. Mintzes. Auditions are now taking place (call-backs on February 3,) and rehearsals will be taking place Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, from 2:25-4:25pm.

Friday, February 12, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, is the S.O.’s Red and Pink Spirit Day and our Valentine’s Dance will be held from 2:20-4:30pm. Students who attend the dance will need to buy tickets ($5) and bring back the permission slip. We do need parent volunteers to assist us in order to insure a successful event. If you are available to volunteer, please call Debbie Hochrad, the MS 172 Parent Coordinator, at (718)831-4000.

The February MS 172 PTA meeting will take place on Thursday, February 11. As at every PTA Meeting, students will be presented with their Rising Stars certificates, this month for January for Motivation.

On Thursday, February 26, at 7pm, the District 25 CDEC will be holding its monthly meeting at Middle School 74.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support on behalf of our school community.  Wishing you and your family a Happy Valentine’s Day and a restful mid-winter recess. 
 

Sincerely,

Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal



 

The 2015-16 DOE Learning Environment Survey is scheduled to be distributed the last week of February.  On completion parents will return the survey to the school no later than April 2.  

As this survey impacts the school’s Quality Report we are aiming for 100% participation and request your assistance in this endeavor 

 

Please note that the February Mid-Winter Recess is February 15-19. 
The Spring Recess will be Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29 (return to school on Monday, May 2.)

Please plan any 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:

              ELA: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, April 5, 6, 7

              Math: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 13, 14, 15


 


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SPEAKER MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO AND SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR CARMEN FARIÑA ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION WITH MICROSOFT TO PROVIDE SOFTWARE TO NEW YORK CITY STUDENTS

Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced an innovative collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to provide New York City students and families with access to Microsoft software.

Students and families will be able to download Office 2016, Office for Mac 2016 and the Office 365 mobile apps available for Windows 10 tablets, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. All of these are part of Microsoft’s Office 365 Education offering and available to download from the website https://studentoffice.net/. There is no cost for up to five (5) downloads on their personal computers, Windows or Mac, up to five (5) tablets and up to five (5) phones.

“This initiative is about providing students with the tools they need to succeed,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Technology like Microsoft software enhances the educational experience and infuses learning with crucial hands-on computer skills – skills that will be an asset as students prepare for college and the workforce. Learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day – we want to ensure children and their parents have the resources at home to get curious, organized, and ready to learn together.  I thank Microsoft and the Department of Education for partnering with the New York City Council to make this exciting initiative a reality.”

“We are committed to using technology as a tool to facilitate better instruction and engage students and families,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “This exciting new initiative is going to help us do just that – I thank Speaker Mark-Viverito, the New York City Council, and Microsoft for their partnership.”
“Ensuring students have access to technology that can support their unique learning styles and will prepare them for the workforce is a top priority for Microsoft,” said Margo Day, Vice President, U.S. Education at Microsoft. “We are proud to join with the New York City Department of Education to support educators in preparing students for college and careers.”
The software can be used as a tool by educators to facilitate useful learning: for example, students can create e-notebooks. Teachers can distribute assignments or quizzes to the e-notebooks, and students can connect to each other’s e-notebooks and work together on projects. With this new initiative, students have out-of-school access to word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software that they can use to complete schoolwork; skills in these areas will also support them in college and careers. 

"By equipping our students with this technology, we empower them to succeed in school and in the workplace," said Council Member Daniel Dromm, Chair of the Committee on Education.  "I applaud Speaker Mark-Viverito, Chancellor Fariña and Microsoft for forging this partnership which will benefit our children by permitting them to download software free of charge.  I am pleased to support this and other initiatives that will help provide a more robust education for young New Yorkers."

“Every student needs the proper tools to be successful in school,” said Council Member James Vacca, Chair of the Committee on Technology.  “We are long past the days where well-rounded computer skills were optional.  By providing free software to NYC school children, we are ensuring that every student will have the opportunity to become proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the rest of the Microsoft package.”

In addition to the software and professional development for teachers, Microsoft also offers a Microsoft IT Academy for high schools, a program in Information Technology and Computer Science that can lead to industry-recognized certification. Microsoft supports critical pathways to employment opportunities




   



   

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Ms. Borger, MS 172 Library 

Summer Reading Announcement from the Irwin Altman MS 172 Library

“No more pencil, no more books…..” you know the song…But SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME FOR READING!! In fact, it is essential.  Reading over the summer months prevents THE SUMMER SLIDE aka SUMMER BRAIN DRAIN.  Student’s reading scores can decline up to six months, if they don’t read over the summer.  Reading at least 60 minutes a week can prevent this.  And what’s even better is you can read ANYTHING to keep your reading muscles strong.  A great place to read is at your local public library’ NY State Summer Reading program.  This year’s theme is Every Hero has a Story.  Go to your local branch library or sign up online at www.summerreading.org.

But there are lots of other ways to read over the summer.  Continuing students can use their MyOn accounts all summer and  new students can log on to www.myon.com  school name: Irwin Altman MS172 with user name: 172Qmax password: read 



2015-2016 Executive Board

Co-Presidents 
Faith Rodriguez and Tarvinder Thind (Bobby)


Co-Vice Presidents
Deena Rollieri
Anita Diana

Treasurer:
Efy Knoell


Recording Secretary:
Soben Hak

Corresponding Secretary:

TBA


    

              

          

 















      

 

  
      






 

                                                           









 

 

 

 

 

 

                             
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