News/ Announcements

Please visit our new and improved School Website @

IS27 Web Page

We are now collecting Box tops.

Help us raise money for our school.

Send your box tops into school, put your name and class on the envelope.  Every time you send in box tops your name will be entered into a raffle for a prize.  The class with the most box tops collected by June 10, 2014 will win an ice cream party.

The first submission is due February 26th.   So start clipping!

You can go online for special offers. 

http://www.boxtops4education.com/

Earn eBoxTops® when you shop online.

*See over 300 participating stores at BTFE.com/marketplace


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 January 10, 2014

I would like to thank everyone who came out last night for the ELA information session.  I would also like to thank the PTA for organizing the session, and of course, for the generous refreshments!  As promised below is some of the information you asked for last night.  If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.

Regards,

Melanie Sepulveda

MSepulveda@schools.nyc.gov

For information on Lexile ® reading levels:

Lexile.com

Grade
Band
Current
Lexile Band
"Stretch"
Lexile Band*
 K–1 N/AN/A
 2–3 450L–725L420L–820L
 4–5 645L–845L740L–1010L
 6–8860L–1010L925L–1185L
9-10960L–1115L1050L–1335L
11–CCR 1070L–1220L1185L–1385L


Your child can get an individual Lexile ® reading level after completing the reading assessment at

https://test.edperformance.com/Adaptive.

Our Schools site is, 24-8724-72345.   The password your child may use to log on is their OSIS #, or student ID (you can find this on their student schedule).  Remember, once they complete the reading assessment they will then have to ask their ELA teacher to look up their results. 

To access our Pearson Digital resources, please visit https://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/snpapp/login/PsnLandingPage.jsp?showLandingPage=trueand log in using the user name and password provided to your child by his/her ELA teacher.  _____________________

A letter from...

Community Education Council District 31

January 6, 2014

First let me say that -- regretfully -- we are cancelling tonight’s scheduled CEC meetings dueto the expected severe temperature drop and weather predictions for this evening. The safety of our constituents is our upmost concern and we can always hold our meetings on another date. 

Secondly, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  In the last few days I have received phone calls and emails commenting on our new chancellor, Carmen Farina. As usual, areas of concern are Common Core, testing and teachers’ evaluations. One concern is that Chancellor Farina’s statements are backing away from many of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign promises. Some parents are skeptical that there will be any meaningful changes in our public schools. It is as though people were expecting to see flames from Tweed’s windows and the current administration standing on unemployment lines while witnessing a complete and 100% reversal of Bloomberg polices. I would like to take a moment and share some of my thoughts regarding our new chancellor and some of the issues.

After all, it’s only been five days. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day and it will take more than five days to determine if our new chancellor is prevailing. Her success cannot be measured in days and weeks but rather months and years. The most difficult decisions Chancellor Farina will have to make are which Bloomberg policies to keep, which ones need to be modified and which policies need to be ended – if any. The reality is that Mayor Bloomberg caused many good accomplishments in NYC public schools. To me, the problem was not the actual Bloomberg policies as much as it was his my-way-or-the-highway implementation, with little consideration for stakeholders.

 As many of you know, I have two children. My children are in 8th and 6th grades, and the only Department of Education I have ever known has been during the Bloomberg administration and for many of those years I have been serving on CEC 31. Like many of you, I was looking forward to having a new chancellor and some changes in policies. Now that time is upon us, and I would like to share my feelings on Common Core, testing and teacher evaluations from the perspective of a CEC member and parent. 

I believe that Common Core is here to stay. As a parent I welcome a more challenging and rigorous education for my children. I believe the push to eliminate Common Core will be unsuccessful and even if Common Core were to be replaced it would only be with a similar curriculum under a different name. So for me, the goal is not to eliminate Common Core, the goal is to implement it correctly and properly prepare students, parents and teachers for a new level of accountability.

 Next on the list is testing or “high stakes” testing. The fact is that NYC receives funds from New York State and the Federal government that is used to educate our children, and for that reason we must test. Both the state and the Federal government want accountability for their money. Testing will not go away. However, a recent comment made by Chancellor Farina to GothamSchools.com gives me hope:

 “The chancellor suggested that students will continue to take many of the same standardized tests, most of which are mandated by state and federal law, but that the city may rely less on the scores when making important decisions, such as school and teacher ratings and student promotion.”

 To me this represents a huge opportunity for testing relief. Students have always been tested. I was tested when I was a child and I am sure you were tested too. But I don’t seem to remember the same conversation about testing then as we hear now. Why? Where did the term “high stakes testing” come from? I believe this came about when the Bloomberg administration decided to use to use test results as the sole source of promotional criteria and for school and teacher evaluations. I attended a Catholic school where promotion was based on school tests and an overall evaluation of student performance. Mandated testing was used to determine if districts and schools measured up to the task of educating students. It seems that new Chancellor Farina is thinking of removing the “high stakes” from testing. This can be a very good thing as long as we don’t revert to the failed social promotion policies that contributed to school stagnation for many years.

 How to handle teacher evaluations? Many are concerned that teacher evaluations will be watered-down. I can’t say. I believe everyone recognizes and accepts that some method of evaluating a teacher’s performance is needed. One problem is that teachers don’t control the home lives of their students, which greatly affects student test performance. So using only test results for evaluating teachers could be just as unfair as using only test results for promoting students. 

I am not asking for parent veto-power on education decisions but it is clear that parents have their children’s needs foremost in their minds and hearts. If we can figure out what is best for our children then we will be able to find a way to reverse-engineer solutions for Common Core, student promotions, teacher evaluations and other problems that have plagued our schools for generations.

 If I were able to make one suggestion to Chancellor Farina, it would be that parents are the missing link for educational success in New York City. Parents deserve a seat at the table – it’s an idea whose time has come.

 Sincerely,

Sam Pirozzolo

President

 

715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, New York 10301 Website: www.CEC31.org

Phone: 718-420-5746 w Fax: 718-420-5745 E-Mail: CEC31@schools.nyc.gov

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The NYC Department f Education is celebrating teacher excellence through 
Big Apple Awards.

All community members are invited to nominate current, full-time teachers
who have demonstrated exceptional impact on student learning, in their
instructional practice, and in their professional contributions to their school communities.

Nominations are due by January 17th. For more information, visit 
Big Apple  Awards website @ http://hphsnyc.net/?p=1127


Parent Teacher Conferences

11-19-2013

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.



6th & 
7th Grade


Picture Day


(& 8th grade re-takes)


Nov. 14, 2013



This is a reminder that 

there is no school, 

Monday, Nov. 11th in 

observance of

Veteran's Day.

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Ø  October 20th, 2013- Walk for the Cure.  Please join us at 9am.  The IS27 contingent will convene in front of the bandstand.

Ø  November 5th, 2013- Election Day, no school for students.

Ø  November 15th, 2013 Report Cards distributed in pm homeroom.

Ø  November 19th, 2013-Parent Teacher Conferences 12pm-2pm & 5:30-8

Teacher Professional Development Dates (half day for students 11 am dismissal)

-October 25th 2013

-December 6th, 2013

-January 17th, 2014

-February 7th, 2014

-March 7th, 2014

-May 9th, 2014

 

On the dates above breakfast and transportation will be provided.  Lunch will not be served.

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Dear Families,

This year we have partnered with Shoparoo to leverage their hassle-free approach to raising thousands of dollars for (IS27-Anning S. Prall)  7,000+ schools are already fundraising through Shoparoo and we see it as great opportunity for us to make a difference this year.

With the free Shoparoo app, all you have to do to raise money for our school is take pictures of your grocery receipts with your phone!  Shoparoo does not require any buying, selling, collecting, delivering, etcetera… and, it works no matter where you shop or what you buy!

Yes, it really is that easy.  Our school receives a donation for every grocery receipt picture taken through the free Shoparoo app.  There is no limit to how much we can raise with Shoparoo, so please download the app and started taking pictures today.  Also, each of our first 20 participants will earn a guaranteed $1 donation for their first receipt!

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

2. Once it’s downloaded, select our school as your cause and take pictures of receipts!

3. Invite other parents and members of the community to participate in this simple fundraiser.

Thank you for your support!


***NEWS***

Ø High school test preparation classes begin on Monday,September 16, 2013

Ø After school Sports & Arts program beginsTuesday, September 17, 2013

Ø Grade 6 welcome breakfast 9/19  & 9/20

Ø Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (7p.m.)- Expedited PTA Election

Ø Thursday, September 26, 2013-SLT Meeting 6pm                

 
               Foreign Language Fair

  

 

 
   

French Poster Contest Winners:

 7th Grade

First Place: Tharushi Perera

Second Place: Alondra Alderete

Third Place: Punura Wijewantha

     8th Grade

 First Place: Chloe De Souza

Second Place: Alexa Ruberti

Third Place: Nyasia Leguerre and Vivian Leung



                                                                             French 3-D Contest Winners                                    

 1st Place



Overall Best
 
French Chateau by
Elissa Kosovras
     Most Creative         
Rebecca Victorio
Works by Victor Hugo

             
          Most Authentic                          
 Krison Cinco & Francesca Lupari
          Madeline's House 

2nd Place

    
                Overall Best

                 Jennifer Grell
       Luxemburg Garden in Paris
              


                           Most Creative
 
Daniel Rowan
Paris Quartier

 
              

 
              Most Authentic 

   
             Abbey Gilman
           French Vineyard
      
      

 3rd Place





                
                
              Overall Best                    
 Aly Minkoff & Julia Schneider
               Eiffel Tower


         
Most Creative
       
             Maeve Halligan                                   
Monet's Garden
                               

               Most Authentic

       Kai Sucich
Basket of French Breads



Spanish Winners: 



 

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo 
by Thiyasha Kodituwakku, 711


 La Mexicana - Teresa Lynch 611  La Piñata by Valeria Diaz and Naya Blackwell, 722  Molrosa by Julia Wjesinghe and Zyasia Jennings, 812