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
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SAVE THE DATE ALADDIN MAY 14TH & 15TH!
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.
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 received their 2nd marking period report cards on Wednesday, January 28; signed report cards were due on Thursday, January 29. 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 Ms. Maureen Rodriguez.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held later in March on one day, Thursday, March 12 from 12:15-2:15pm and 5:00-8:00pm. Students will have a half-day of school on March 12 and will be dismissed at 11:15am. If you are unable to attend these conferences, all teachers are available on Tuesday afternoons from 2:20-3:00pm to discuss your child’s progress. Please make an appointment to see one or more teachers on Tuesday afternoon.
Our Spring School Fundraiser will begin on Thursday, February 5. The monies raised through this and past spring fundraisers support the technology program at MS 172, toward the purchase of desktop computers, laptops, printers and we hope this year to include a 3-D printer. Please be generous in your participation.
The MS 172 after school TAG Program began in December. There are still available spaces in Dance, Stock Market Game, Digital Photography, Chess and Book Arts and Crafts. Students interested in enrolling in an available TAG class should see Mr. Scarpinato. We thank the MS 172 PTA for their support of the TAG program. We also have space in the CHAMPS afternoon Fitness Club (for girls) which meets on 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.
Rehearsals are also underway for this year’s school show, an adaptation of the Broadway hit Aladdin, which will take place on Thursday and Friday evenings, May 14 and 15 at 7:00pm. 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. Rehearsals will be taking place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, from 2:20-4:00pm
Friday, February 13, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, is the Student Organization’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 Wednesday, February 11. As at every PTA Meeting, students will be presented with their Rising Stars certificates, this month for January for Motivation. Mr. Eric Dorcean will also be addressing the PTA about Traffic Safety- a most important topic.
On Thursday, February 26, at 7pm, the District 26 CDEC will be holding its monthly meeting at Middle School 67. Representatives from the Department of Education will be speaking about the new Accountability measures for NYC schools.
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.
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
The 2014-15 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 16-20. The Spring Recess will be Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 12 (return to school on Monday, April 13.)
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 14, 15 & 16
Math: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 22, 23, 24
MS172 Hoodies are back! Check below to print out this form
and order your hoodie today - Hoodie
Keep reading books from our MYON Library
http://www.myON.com School name: 26Q172
use your individual Username and Password
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
M.S. 172 P.T.A.
2014-2015 Executive Board
Barbara Dorcean and Tarvinder Thind (Bobby)
First V.P. of Fundraising and Volunteering:
Corresponding Secretary:Christina Cruz
School hours for all students are
8:00AM - 2:20PM - Monday through Friday
SAVE THE DATE ALADDIN MAY 14TH AND MAY 15TH!