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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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.
Happy New Year!
January 2015 Dear Parents/Guardians:
January is named after the Greek god, Janus, a god with two heads- one to look back and another to look forward. As the beginning of the New Year, January is a time to bring from the past all that is right and good and to give to the future the best that we have to offer.
I am pleased to share with the MS 172 community that the MS 172 Student Organization once again collected food items (over 1000 pounds,) for the City Harvest Food Drive and has also collected gifts for the Toys for Tots campaign. Additionally, students who served as Penny Ambassadors during our Penny Harvest Drive are conferring to choose the charity that will receive the donated monies. We are all proud that this community shares the spirit of giving at this time and throughout the year.
The after school and Saturday AIS classes in English Language Arts and Math which began in November, will continue through April until just before the NYS ELA and Math tests. Please consult the calendar on the AIS letter you received for the specific dates for each class. As these classes provide additional support for students toward meeting the ELA and Math standards, it is important that students attend all scheduled classes.
Does your child go on-line to use iReady ELA and iReady Math or myON Reading (over 5000 free e-books)? If not – contact your child’s ELA or Math teacher or our Parent Coordinator Ms. Hochrad.
Our TAG program, which started in December, provides enrichment for MS 172 students through classes in Digital Photography, Guitar, Criminal Justice, Mock Trial, Chess, Piano/Keyboard, Bookmaking, Chemistry in Food, Dance, Global Friendship through Space Exploration, Mock Trial and the Stock Market Game. The CHAMPS Fitness program, SAYA! Girls Leadership and the AGAPE Debate League. Additionally, later in January auditions and then rehearsals will be held for the 2015 school show, Aladdin, which will take place on May 14 and 15 (SAVE THE DATE!)
Our picture make-up day will take place on January 9. Students who were absent for pictures in November or who wish to have their pictures redone, will have this additional opportunity to take individual pictures. Class pictures will not be redone.
School starts at 8:00 a.m. With the winter inclement weather, please allow extra time to get your child to school on time, which means leaving home a little earlier. Lateness is reported on your child’s academic record and on the high school application. I also want to remind parents who drive their children to school that we must all be mindful of traffic safety – children and adults. Only southbound traffic is allowed on 257th Street during arrival in the morning and NO cars are allowed on 257 Street at dismissal in the afternoon for the safety of students. Additionally, students may NEVER cross between school buses at dismissal, even if accompanied by a parent- it is just too dangerous!
The January PTA meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 14 at 7pm. As at every PTA meeting, students who have been selected to be Irwin Altman Rising Stars will be honored (for December for Citizenship.) The PTA Book Club, now in its third year, will meet again on January 23 at 8:30am. There will be an Open House with Chancellor Carmen Farina on Thursday, January 15 from 6:00-7:00pm at MS 67 (51-60 Marathon Parkway.)
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
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:
Next PTA Meetings : January 14, 2015 AT 7:00PM, February 11, 2015
School hours for all students are
8:00AM - 2:20PM - Monday through Friday
JANUARY 30TH - SUPER BOWL/SPORTS SPIRIT DAY - WEAR YOUR FAVORITE TEAM'S JERSEY/COLORS
February 13th - Red and Pink Spirit Day/Valentine's Dance 2:20-4:30pm
SAVE THE DATE ALADDIN MAY 14TH AND MAY 15TH!