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
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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.
Student Handbook - 2013-2014
Many thanks and our great appreciation for
all of the support and assistance that
the MS172 PTA has provided for the
students, families and staff this past year and
every year. Special thanks to those PTA
Exec Board members who will be
"graduating" this year.
It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is approaching rapidly.
Please keep this June 2014 calendar handy and refer to it often, as June is a very
busy month. Important dates to keep in mind for all students, including several days
with early dismissal are:
Monday, June 2 – NYS Grade 8 Intermediate Science Test –written part- (for non-SP
students)- this is a full day of school
Tuesday, June 3 – NYS Common Core Integrated Algebra Test- for grade 8 SP only-
this is a ¼ day- all other students will be dismissed at 10:00am
Irwin Altman Evening of Excellence* – 7:00- 8:30pm
Wednesday, June 4 – Senior Prom – 6:30-9pm at Douglaston Manor (All parents
must be at Douglaston Manor no later than 9:00pm to pick up their children)
Thursday, June 5- Chancellor’s Conference Day-students do not attend
Saturday, June 7 & 14 – Regents Earth Science Review- 9am-12pm in the MS 172 cafeteria
(students must have returned permission slips for these sessions)
Monday, June 9 - National Junior Honor Society Ceremony* – 9:15am with a reception to
follow (as this is a clerical 1/2 day of school-all students will be dismissed at 11:40am
Grade 6 Reading Field Test (this field test does not count toward students’ NYS ELA score)-
(*participating students have received invitations to these awards ceremony)
June 18 – Graduation –Graduates report to Colden Center at 8:30am; the ceremony
begins at 9am sharp!
Thursday, June 19 These are Regents/NYC Exam Days: Students in the 6th and 7th
Friday, June 20 grades, and 8th grade not taking exam, will be dismissed at 10am.
Monday, June 23
Thursday, June 26 - Last day of school for all students; all students report at 8:10am
and will be dismissed at 11:40am- report cards (and grade 8 diplomas for graduating
students,) will be distributed at 11:40 am only
Students owing money for books or for their lunch account will not receive their
report cards or diplomas until their account is settled.
Summer school begins on Tuesday, July 1 and finishes Thursday, July 31
(parents will be notified if their child will need to attend summer school
the week of June 2. Summer school will be held at MS 158.
There will be a program for ELLs at MS 158 as well.
Any attendance errors on report cards must be reported to the school
no later than Friday, June 27- changes cannot be made after this date.
(Call Ms. Morrison at 718 831-4000, ext. 1330 between 8:30 and 10:00am)
For 8th grade - where applicable
June 3 – Regents Common Core Integrated Algebra Exam (grade 8 SP) -
students report to the auditorium at 9:45am
June 19 -Regents Earth Science Exam (Grade 8 SP)-
students report to the auditorium at 11:45am
June 20- Regents Integrated Algebra Exam (Grade 8 SP students) -
students report to the auditorium at 9:45am
June 23– NYC Foreign Language (Spanish) Proficiency Exam
(eligible Grade 8 students) - students report to the auditorium at 9:45am
We have accomplished many things this year and wish to thank our parents, students
and staff for their cooperation, hard work and dedication to our school community.
To all our graduates and their families, we wish you good luck in your future endeavors
and are confident that you will be successful in fulfilling your dreams.
May you all enjoy a wonderful, restful Please note: the first day of school for the 2014-2015
summer vacation and we look forward school year is
to many new and continued successes in Thursday, September 4, 2014
the coming school year. All Grade 6 and 7 students have a summer reading
assignment which will be distributed with report cards.
The 2014 "Back-to-School-Night" and first PTA
meeting for the 2014-2015 school year will take
place on Thursday, September 18, starting at
Very truly yours,
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
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
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.
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
Last day of school is Thursday, June 26th
all students are dismissed at 11:40AM
First day of school for the 2014-2015
school year is Thursday, September 4th, 2014
with new school hours.
School hours for all students are
8:00AM - 2:20PM - Monday through Friday
Save the Date - Back to School Night and PTA
meeting - Thursday, September 18th 7:00-8:30PM.