IRWIN ALTMAN MIDDLE SCH OOL 172
81-14 257 Street
Floral Park, New York 11004
(718) 831-4000 FAX: (718) 831-4008
Mr. Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Mr. Thomas Scarpinato, Assistant Principal
Ms. Cindy Kaplan-Manion, Assistant Principal
Ms. Maureen Rodriguez, Assistant Principal
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School starts promptly at 8:10am every morning; the late bell rings at 8:15. Absence and lateness are reported on the high school application.
Please remember, 90% attendance is a promotional criterion.
Student Handbook - 2013-2014
March 2014 Calendar
March is coming in like a lion and we hope that we won’t have to wait until the end of the month for real spring weather and we see crocuses and daffodils beginning to send up their leaves through melting snows.
Parents are reminded that 257 Street is closed northbound (from 82nd Avenue) in the morning and both ways at 3:00pm dismissal. Every child’s safety is everyone’s responsibility!
This month’s many evening events begin with our Honors Dessert for students who have made the Honor Roll and Principal’s Honor Roll in the 2nd marking period which will be held on Thursday, March 6 at 7:00pm for grade 8, 7:20pm for Grade 7 and 7:40pm for grade 6. Invitations to our honorees and their families have already been sent home.
Friday, March 7 and Thursday, March 27 (and Friday, April 11,) will be ½ days for Professional Development for the MS 172 staff. All students will be dismissed at 11:40am. Grade 7 and 8 students who wish to eat school lunch may do so after dismissal.
On Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14, MS 172 joins the ranks of the Off, Off Broadway theaters when we present our annual school show Into the Woods. Director Jennifer Mintzes and Musical Director Haig Mardirossian and our talented cast of 6, 7 and 8 grade students will delight all with their retelling of classical fairy tales through song and dance. Tickets are only $7.00 in advance ($10.00 at the door.) Reserve your seats now for this truly enjoyable event.
Please join the MS 172 PTA on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00pm for the MS 172 PTA Meeting and Multicultural Night which will feature presentations by students from their many diverse backgrounds and samplings of food from around the world. This is a free event and has been a favorite MS 172 community evening for several years. Rising Star certificates for February (for Most Improved,) will also be presented.
Don’t forget the Science Fair on Thursday, March 20 at 5:30pm when our aspiring microbiologists, geophysicists, organic chemists and other great scientific minds demonstrate their expertise and ingenuity.
The postponed Valentine’s Dance has now become a Spring Dance which will take place on Friday, March 21 from 3:00-5:00pm. Students who purchased tickets for the Valentine’s Dance will need new permission slips which will be sent home.
For grade 8 students and parents: HS acceptance letters will be mailed home to all grade 8 students /parents the week of March 10. Please read the information carefully. Our guidance counselors will be available to address your questions and concerns. Information about senior activities and graduation has been sent home. For additional senior activity information, please call Ms. Kaplan-Manion (and note dates on the monthly calendar.) AIS for Grade 8 Science, for all mandated grade 8 students begins next month after the Spring Recess. Review classes for Regents Earth Science and Integrated Algebra are being planned; more information will be sent home in April. Other Grade 8 dates are listed below.
Please complete the Parent Learning Environment Survey and return it to the school (don't send it back in the mail.) Thank you for your continued cooperation and support on behalf of our school community.
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Test Dates: NYS ELA Test – April 1-3
NYS Math Test- April 30-May 2
NYS Intermediate Science- Grade 8 non-SP only
May 21 - Performance / June 2 - Written
NYS Common Core Integrated Algebra Regents- June3 -Gr. 8 SP
NYS Integrated Algebra Regents- June 19 -Gr. 8 SP only
NYS Earth Science Regents- June 20 -Gr. 8 SP only
NYC Foreign Language Proficiency-Monday, June 23
Please plan your vacations during Spring Recess (April 14-23,) so that your child does not miss any instructional time in preparation for the new State Tests.
Click here > Sneak Peek at Into the Woods Jr.
Thursday, March 13th 7:00pm
Friday, March 14th 7:00pm
Under the Artistic Direction of Ms. Mintzes and the Musical Direction of Mr. Mardirossian
See all of your favorite characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch come to life in this whimsical original story. The musical centers on a baker, his wife and a curse. Who doesn’t love a good curse and a quest to break it!
Tickets are $7 in advance- $10 at the door
Tickets on Sale February 3rd
A part of the Broadway Junior Collection
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine- Originally directed on Broadway by James
Lapine, Original Broadway production produced by Heide Landesman, M. Anthony Fisher, Rocco Landesman, Frederick H. Mayerson, Rick Steiner, Jujamcyn Theaters. Originally produced by the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA
Every student must have a lunch application on file- if you have not yet completed one, please do so immediately. For additional information and assistance, please contact
Ms. Hochrad or Ms, Hoffner at (718) 831-4000, ext. 1344 or ext. 1461.
Thank you for your cooperation.
NEW OPPORTUNITY!!! Read E-books online FREE!
A MESSAGE FROM MS. BORGER, MS172 LIBRARIAN
CHECK THIS OUT!!! Our students can access our collection of e-books (electronic books) online. Here’s how to do it:
1. Go this address online: http://wbb10285.follettshelf.com
2. On the FollettShelf screen login USERNAME: MS172 PASSWORD: student
3. This should bring you to our e-book collection as a GUEST.
4. Search the catalog for a book you’d like to read online. Open the book, you can’t download it, just read it online and log out when you are done.
5. Books with the green infinity symbol are unlimited and can be read by many users at the same time. All other books are just single copies and can only be read by one person at a time.
6. Recommended UNLIMITED TITLES for each grade
6th grade Dwayne Wade by Michael Sandler Reading Level 5.5
7th grade Abraham Lincoln by BreAnn Rusch R.L. 5.9
8th grade Irena Sendler bringing life to children of the Holocaust R.L. 8.7
SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014
FROM THE PTA............
Incoming PTA Officers for 2013-2014
Co-Presidents: Barbara Dorcean and Darlene Guglielmetti
Treasurer: Pat Kaiser
Recording Secretary: Lisa Benevento
Membership VP: Susan Fernandez
Corresponding Secretary: Hillary Fabian
PTA Meetings for 2013-2014
March 12, 2014
April 24, 2014
May 21, 2014
Irwin Altman Upcoming Events
Into the Woods - March 13th and March 14th - Tickets on sale now
Friday, March 21st - Spring Dance (formerly Valentine's Dance) 3:00PM
Stop and Shop Form - please click
Irwin Altman Middle School 172 81-14 257th Street
Floral Park, NY 11004 718-831-4000
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Assistant Principals: Thomas Scarpinato, Cindy Kaplan- Manion, Maureen Rodriguez
You must register your number each year
HELP EARN CASH FOR MS 172 THROUGH STOP&SHOP A+ BONUS BUCKS PROGRAM. It’s easy.
Shop with your Stop and Shop card. You buy food for your family and your school family benefits!
THANKS TO YOU WE RAISED ALMOST $800 LAST YEAR. OUR GOALTHIS YEAR IS $1000.
All you have to do to register your card is:
Write the 13 digit number (all the numbers on the back) of your Stop and Shop Card below and send it back to Debbie Hochrad, the Parent Coordinator. She will register you. It is that simple!!
Track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt. Our school will receive a check at the end of the program.
The money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs.
We need your support!!
Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. It could mean the world to our children.
Any questions, call Debbie Hochrad, Parent Coordinator at 718-831-4000 press 1
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Ms. Hochrad, Please register our Stop & Shop Card
Name of Registered Card Holder (print) First and Last Name:
13 numbers on back of the card: first 2 numbers on the left, 10 over scan bar and 1 number on the right
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Add family and friends names and numbers on the back of the tear off