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. Cindy Kaplan-Manion, Assistant Principal
Ms. Maureen Rodriguez, Assistant Principal
Promotional Criteria 6th Grade
Promotional Criteria 7th Grade
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Understanding the New IEP Form: Information for Families
Aris Parent Link
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
At this time our thoughts and support go toward all who are still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. I would like to thank all of our students, families and staff for their contributions to the Penny Harvest Drive and to Mr. Novara, Ms. Palazzolo and the Penny Ambassadors for their work for those in need. Our Penny Harvest Drive ends on November 27 and part of the monies collected will go to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. Additionally, our S.O., under the supervision of Ms. Nordman, will be conducting our annual CityHarvest/NY Daily News Food Drive December 9th through 13th. Please be generous in your donations of boxed or canned foods items for this charitable effort.
Here at MS 172, the holiday season is upon us and we look forward to the month of December as it brings activities and occasions to celebrate in the MS 172 school community. Our Winter Arts Festival and Concert will take place on Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm. Tickets ($5.00) are on. The program will feature musical and dramatic presentations from the wonderfully talented students in Mr. Cuoccio’s, Mr. Mardirossian’s and Ms. Mintzes’ classes. The auditorium will be festooned with decorations from Ms. McAllister’s and Ms. Krumholz’s classes.
Our AIS classes to support students in ELA and Math are going full steam with classes after school Tuesday through Thursday from 3:05-4:35pm and Saturday morning from 8:30-11:30a.m. If your child was scheduled for an AIS class, please make sure he/she attends every session. Our afterschool TAG enrichment classes are scheduled to begin January 6. Enrollment applications will be sent home in in early December. If you have any additional questions about the TAG program, please call Mr. Scarpinato.
Students have already taken their baseline assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. In early December students will be taking their first Periodic Benchmark assessments in ELA and Math. All of these assessments will be used to better understand your child’s academic progress and provide more effective and timely support to students, teachers and administrators in instruction and learning. The results of the benchmark assessments, along with other important student data will be available on-line at ARIS Parent Link. If you don’t know how to log-on and/or need your log-on information- please come into the school to see Ms. Hochrad, our Parent Coordinator. (You must have picture identification to obtain your log-on password.)
The December PTA meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00pm. Please join us for a presentation on the ELA Code-X Common Core Aligned Program that our ELA teachers are using, as well as our Rising Star Awards presentations.
The next meeting of the MS 172 Parent Book Club will take place on Friday, December 6 from 8:30-10:30a.m. This ongoing event is sponsored by the UFT. Please contact the Parent Coordinator if you are interested in attending.
As the weather turns colder and more parents drive their children to school, I must remind parents about driving and traffic safety around the school. 257th Street is one-way (south) during arrival (7:30-8:15am,) and is closed to cars at dismissal (2:30-3:15pm.) Please pick up your children at least one block from the school. The congestion caused by the large number of cars presents a hazard to children crossing the streets at the corners of the school block. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of all of our students. Also- please remember – there is a STOP sign on 81st Avenue and a NEW STOP Sign on 82nd Avenue at the corners of 257 Street, as well as the STOP signs on 256th and 257th Streets at 81st and 82nd Avenues. Every child’s safety is every parent’s responsibility!
I would like to wish all of our MS 172 families a most enjoyable holiday season and a very happy and healthy New Year. (Students return to school on Thursday, January 2.)
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Three writing contest opportunities
1.BE BRAVE AGAINST BULLYING ESSAY CONTEST
UFT’s BRAVE Campaign is working to end bullying in schools. They are teaming up with the Broadway show, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. Students are invited to write an essay explaining how they are being BRAVE against bullying in their school. The winning author will get theater tickets to Spiderman for their entire class. More info at http://bit.ly/1he4YnM
CONTEST DEADLINE IS December 15, 2013.
2. “What are your suggestions for the new Mayor” Essay Contest
State Senator Tony Avella is sponsoring this essay contest to create more student awareness of government issues. What ideas do you have about what our City needs and what they Mayor can do to help schools and kids. Each essay should be no more than 3 pages, double spaced and include name of student, class and school. There will be cash prizes for 3 middle school winners and an award ceremony.
Essays are due by January 30, 2014.
3. The Queens Young Authors & Poets Contest
The Newtown Literary Alliance is sponsoring a borough-wide writing contest for creative writing by students in grades 3 through 12. Students may submit fiction stories or poems. Visit www.newtownliterary.org/qyap for contest rules and entry instructions. All winning works will be published in print and on the Newtown website.
Entries accepted until December 20, 2013.
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 2012-2013
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
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:00PM Please join us for a
presentation on the ELA Code-X Common Core Aligned Program that our ELA teachers are using, as well as our Rising Star Awards Presentations.
January 12, 2014
February 12, 2014
March 12, 2014
April 24, 2014
May 21, 2014
Irwin Altman Upcoming Events
WINTER CONCERT - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH AT 7PM - TICKETS ARE $5.00 EACH. THE SHOW WILL FEATURE MUSIC AND SINGING FROM OUR MS 172 BAND AND CHORUS CLASSES AND A SPECIAL PRESENTATION FROM THE DRAMA DEPARTMENT.
BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!
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