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 I.A.
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.
November is a month filled with many activities for the students and staff of MS 172. Grade 6 & 7 pictures will be taken on November 5 and Grade 8 pictures (with cap and gown) on November 6. In addition to beginning the second marking period on November 9, First Marking Period Report cards will be distributed to students Monday, November 16th. We are looking forward to your visit to MS 172 during Open School Week, November 16-20 (and to the MS 172 Book Fair.) Parent/Teacher Conferences will be conducted as follows:
Tuesday, November 17 Afternoon Conference 12:20-2:20pm
Wednesday, November 18 Evening Conference 5:00-8:00pm (3 full hours)
(NOTE: Tuesday, Nov. 17 is a half-day for students. All students will be dismissed from school at 11:15am. )
I encourage you to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences to meet with your child’s teachers to discuss the first term’s work and the expectations for the new marking period and the rest of the 2015-16 school year. It will be helpful to come prepared with questions to ask your child’s teachers. Additionally, please bring your child’s report card to the conferences as a reference. Signed report cards will be collected on Thursday, November 19th. It is also important for you to share the discussions you have with teachers with your child to reinforce the partnership between home and school. If you need a translator, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Hochrad, as soon as possible (before November 13.)
Our AIS program to support students toward higher achievement in ELA and Math will begin on Thursday, November 19. Classes are scheduled for 2:20-3:55pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8:30-11:30pm on Saturday. For additional information, call Mr. Nash at 718 831 4000, ext. 3271.
As the weather turns cooler, students will be wearing warmer clothing to school. While heavy outerwear, such as coats and jackets, is not permitted to be worn during the day, students may wear sweaters and sweatshirts.
I do need to remind all families that the school day begins at 8:00 am. While there is a late bell at 8:05am, it is expected that all students will be in their homeroom seats by that time so that teachers can take attendance and students are ready for the daily announcements. I also want to remind parents who drive their children to school that we must all be mindful of traffic safety. Only southbound traffic is allowed on 257 Street during arrival in the morning and NO cars are allowed on 257 Street at dismissal in the afternoon for the safety of students.
►Please note: Tuesday, November 3 is a Chancellor’s Conference Day (and Election Day-don’t forget to vote) -students do NOT attend; also, Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day –schools are closed.
For Grade 8 students and their parents: November is a month of looking at high schools and making choices to include on the HS application which is due back to our guidance counselors no later than Wednesday, November 25 so that they can review the applications for completeness and accuracy. Our annual HS Applications workshop takes place on Thursday, November 5 at 9:00am and 6:30pm – please try to attend one of these sessions for further clarification and assistance with completing the application.
Please don’t forget our S.O. City Harvest Food Drive collection that is going on through November 23. All donations of canned and boxed foods will be greatly appreciated. Thanks to your generosity and the work of the Student Organization, MS 172 is once again able to respond to the needs of others in our community.
The November PTA meeting takes place on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00pm. Your participation supports MS 172 and your child’s education! There will be a presentation by Ms. Campisi, MS 172 Literacy Coach on the NYS Common Core ELA curriculum and Ms. Borger, MS 172 Librarian and media Specialist, on the myON on-line reading program and the My Library NYC program towards enriching students' reading.
Winter Recess will take place December 24-January 3: please be reminded that it is important that your children are in attendance on all school days. Plan your holiday trips around the school calendar and please avoid extended vacations that cause your children to miss school.
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Visit the MS172 Book Fair
Purchasebooks for school and for holiday-giving to support MS 172
Scholastic Book Fair Coming to MS172
Nov. 16th-Nov. 20th
November 6, 2015
Dear MS 172 Parents and Families:
Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills children learn, it is the one you can influence the most. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.
We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives.
Reading is vital to every child’s success, and raising kids as readers means getting involved while they’re young. Now is the time. Since there will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s education, please make plans to visit our Book Fair.
Book Fair Dates: MONDAY, NOV. 16 – FRIDAY NOV. 20, 2015
Shopping Hours: LUNCH PERIODS AND P/T CONFERENCES
We would especially love to see you on TUES. NOV. 17 12:20-2:20PM and WED. NOV. 18 5-8PM during Parent Teacher Conference.
Please check out our ONLINE BOOK FAIR at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/ms172
where you can preview the fair and shop online starting 11/11 until 11/30. All orders will be shipped to the school at no charge and given to your child.
We look forward to having you participate in our Fair, and remember, all purchases benefit our school. If you can volunteer to help at the Fair, please contact me.
High School Information
Letters and Information Sent Home 2015-2016
September Welcome Letter
High School Flyer 2015-2016
High School Workshop Flyer
Specialized High School Open House Dates
Instructions for Filing Out High School Applications
High School Calendar #2 2015-2016
Meet the Principals Flyer
Bayside Open House Flyer
High School Calendar #3
All students have a summer reading assignment which will be distributed with report cards. The reading assignment and supply list is also posted below on this page.
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
Faith Rodriguez and Tarvinder Thind (Bobby)
School hours for all students are
8:00AM - 2:20PM - Monday through Friday