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
Mr. Thomas Scarpinato, Assistant Principal
Ms. Maureen Rodriguez, Assistant Principal
Mr. Marcos Bausch, Assistant Principal IA
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School starts promptly at 8:00am every morning.
Absence and lateness are reported on the high school application.
Please remember, 90% attendance is a promotional criterion.
October 2014 Calendar
It’s hard to believe that the first month of the 2014-2015 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 English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Core, Science, and Foreign Language as well as in their GS and Physical Education classes. To better inform teachers about specific student strengths and needs, baseline MOSL assessments in ELA, Math, SS and Science will be administered through October 6-15.
I must 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 on the school side of the street (you must drive south on 257 Street) Children who cross the street from the opposite side in the middle of the block are at risk of serious injury from cars trying to pass stopped vehicles. Additionally, 257 Street must remain closed to traffic in the afternoon from 2:45 to 3:10 pm because of all the busses (school and MTA) that are on the block. Orange cones may be placed in the street both at 81st and 82nd Avenues to REMIND parents not to drive on the block in front of the school. 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. Also- do NOT make U-turns on 257 Street.
As partners in your children’s education, please establish the following routines:
· Check your child’s MS 172 Student Planner nightly to assist you in reviewing daily assignments and following up on upcoming projects and events. Ask your children about school every day and ask to see notices such as this one [if your child has not yet purchased a planner with his/her S.O. membership ($8.00,) there are still planners available.]
· Set aside specific times during the evening for homework, television, telephone calls and computer usage. Time management is an important element of successful learning.
· Use praise and rewards (other than money) to acknowledge your children’s efforts in school.
· Make reading a family activity with different members (parents included,) also reading aloud.
Grade 8 parents: During the month of October, there are many high school events including the Borough HS Fairs (Francis Lewis HS and other locations,) on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19 and many high school Open Houses. Please take advantage of these events to obtain information to assist you in guiding your child’s choices of high schools.
The MS 172 guidance counselors are distributing HS materials and calendars of the HS articulation process and events to all grade 8 students. HS applications will be distributed in early October. Our first HS Articulation Meeting for parents will take place on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00pm (parents and students,) and Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9:15am (parents only.)We have also invited the principals from several Queens High Schools (Bayside, Francis Lewis, QHST, Van Buren, BTech and Thomas Edison) to speak about their schools on Thursday, October 16 at 6:30pm. There will also be HS Applications Workshops on November 6 at 6:30pm and November 7 at 9:00am to assist parents in completing the high school application.
The Specialized High School Admissions Test will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, and Saturday, November 1 for students with testing accommodations. Students have received information about this test and will receive their “tickets” from our counselors prior to the test. (The deadline to register for the SHSAT and LaGuardia HS auditions is Wednesday, October 14.) Parents interested in having their child take the test for Catholic HS admissions should contact our guidance counselors, Ms. Pappas, Ms. Kasner and Ms. Lavalle at (718) 831-4000, ext 1341 and ext.1343.
Please support our Parent Teacher Association by becoming an active member, attending meetings and supporting fundraising activities. The PTA fall fundraiser began on September 22 and will conclude on Monday, October 6. Proceeds from this activity will support our after school program and other school activities. The October PTA General Membership Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00pm in the school auditorium and will feature a workshop on What Every Parent Wants to Know About 7th Grade and High School Prep 101.
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
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.
INCOMING 6TH GRADE SUPPLY LIST AND READING
ASSIGNMENT -SEPTEMBER 2014
Summer Supply and Reading List
Summer Reading Assignment
Friendly Letter Format
7TH GRADE SUPPLY LIST AND READING ASSSIGNMENT
AS OF SEPTEMBER 2014
7TH GRADE SUPPLY AND READING LETTER
8TH GRADE SUPPLY LIST AND READING ASSIGNMENT
8TH GRADE SUPPLY AND READING LIST
M.S. 172 P.T.A.
2014-2015 Executive Board
Barbara Dorcean and Tarvinder Thind (Bobby)
First V.P. of Fundraising and Volunteering:
Summer Reading Questions and Answers
from Ms. Borger, MS 172 Library June, 2014
WHY should you read this summer?
Well, one reason is that reading is fun all year around and
especially in the summer when you can bring that “beach read”
to the pool or on vacation. Another reason for kids to read over
the summer is to prevent “summer slide.”
WHAT is “Summer Slide?”
RIF (Reading is Fundamental) the national reading
organizations says, ”it's called the "summer slide," and it
describes what happens when young minds sit idle for two months.
Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized
tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests
at the beginning of summer vacation.” Scholastic recommends that
kids read at least six books over the summer to keep from “sliding.”
WHAT can you do to prevent “Summer Slide?”
Use your new MyLibraryNYC card to sign up for
New York State Summer Reading online at
www.summerreading.org or at any local branch library.
This year’s theme FIZZ, BOOM, READ! celebrates science
with lots of great books and related activities
like weekly science experiments Fridays at the Glen Oaks library.
Keep reading Follett Shelf E-BOOKS from the MS 172 library online
anytime from any internet available device.
Go to https://wbb10285.follettshelf
Keep reading books from our MYON Library
http://www.myON.com School name: 26Q172
use your individual Username and Password
Don’t forget to do your SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT. You
can use your new MYLibraryNYC card to request that book and
have it sent to your local library for you to pick up.
Happy reading! See you in September.
Ms. Borger, MS 172 Library
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 hours for all students are
8:00AM - 2:20PM - Monday through Friday
HALLOWEEN DANCE OCTOBER 31ST 6:30-8:30PM
BLACK AND ORANGE SPIRIT DAY OCTOBER 31ST