OPEN SCHOOL WEEK
WED. EVENING, FEB. 27, FROM 6:00 to 8:30
THUR. AFTERNOON, FEB 28, FROM 12:30 to 2:30
REMINDERS FROM SEPT. 27 MEETING:
Annual School Community Barbecue- October 13, 2012
$50.00 Down payment for Washington DC Trip due- September, 28, 2012
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Library is on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
HS Preparatory Academy Slated to begin Saturday, October 20, 2012
Early College Preparatory with Queensborough Community College Slated to Begin Mid October
Next PTA Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Specialized High Schools Admissions Exam October 27th and 28th
Please click the link above in our News and Announcment section for tonight's information.
ORIENTATION DATES FOR THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR:
INCOMING GRADE 6 - TUESDAY, AUGUST 28TH
GRADE 7 - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29TH
GRADE 8 - THURSDAY, AUGUST 30TH
ORIENTATION TIMES: 11AM TO 1PM IN OUR
OUR NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Our new school year begins on Thursday, September 6th at 8:10 AM sharp. Remember, our academy uniforms can be purchased Monday through Friday beginning this week for only $10 in our auditorium. We look forward to meeting our new students, parents, guardians, and community members on Thursday, September 6th.
OUR UNIFORM POLICY:Learning to dress appropriately for work, school and recreation is an important learning experience and one that is stressed at M.S. 226. To assist our students in developing these skills, our school has adapted a mandatory school uniform policy. This consists of academy shirts, black trousers or skirts, and black footwear.
Uniforms will go on sale at M.S. 226 beginning August 27th.
OUR ACADEMY UNIFORM SHIRT COLORS ARE AS FOLLOWS:The Discovery & Explorations Academy - Maroon Uniform
The Humanities Academy for Performing Arts - Sand Uniform
The Renaissance Academy for Broadcast Journalism - Gray Uniform
The Visionaries Academy for Science and Technology - Green Uniform
This year will be our best year ever!
ARIS PARENT LINK:
PLEASE SEE OUR PARENT COORDINATOR FOR HELP LOGGING IN AND YOUR CHILD'S ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE INTERPRETING THE DATA!
Middle School 226 has partnered with the New York City Commission on Human Rights for our new Peer Mediation Program.
Distance Learning has arrived at our school and will help our students interact with children and teachers across the globe. Students will be able to share ideas, homework, class work, and socialize beyond the borders of our city, state, and country using cutting edge technology.
OUR DEPARTMENTAL OVERVIEW:
M.S 226 SOCIAL STUDIES OVERVIEW
The M.S. 226 Social Studies Curriculum in grade 6-8 is based on the New York State Education Department Core Curriculum.
- In grade 6, students will use a variety of media to depict early civilizations of the Eastern Hemisphere (i.e., China, India, Greece, Rome, and Egypt). The grade 6 students also utilize Core Knowledge which is implemented throughout all curriculum areas.
- In grade 7, students study the political, geographic, economic, and social events in United States History as they relate to New York State from the 1500’s to the Civil War. Connections are made to Canada and Mexico when appropriate.
- In grade 8, students study the political, geographic, economic, and social events of the United States as they relate to New York State from the end of the Civil War to the present.
At M.S. 226, our teachers infuse literary novels with the social studies curriculum to make history come alive within the walls of the classroom. Students analyze and evaluate information found in primary and secondly source documents (graphs, political cartoons, data based questions, maps, charts, timelines, multi-media, posters, etc.) Students make connections among various sources of information and ideas. Students will evaluate and support the accuracy of information to be used in the formation of opinions and ideas. Students will use knowledge from other curriculum areas and personal experiences to form and express opinions. Plays depicting events of the past, hands-on learning projects, artifacts, technology, and lively debates, are an integral part of the M.S. 226 Social Studies Program.
M.S 226 MATH SYLABUS OVERVIEW
The M.S. 226 Mathematics Curriculum is based upon the New York State Standards. In accordance with the standards, a balance of both process skills and content areas has been incorporated.
The Mathematics Curriculum focuses on the following key ideas:
· Mathematical Reasoning
· Algebraic equations
· Modeling and Multiple Representation
· Geometry and Measurement
· Estimation, Probability, and Statistics
· Patterns and Functions
Problem solving is seen as the connecting thread throughout all these key ideas. Students are encouraged to become active participants in their understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures as they apply them in problem solving environment.
The M.S. 226 Mathematics Curriculum is designed to help all students learn to:
· Think logically and creatively while exploring mathematical ideas
· Apply reasoning skills to solve problems
· Determine what information is necessary in a particular situation
· Organize and use information to solve problems
· Perform mathematical calculating
· Master computational skills as that pertain to conceptual constructions in problem solving explorations
· Investigate the world of mathematics through hands-on experiences
· Communicate mathematical thinking by using words, pictures, and numbers
· Integrate mathematics with the rest of the curriculum, particularly with science and technology
At M.S. 226, our students are motivated to make discoveries, draw conclusions, and find a myriad of solutions to important problems – even in math.
M.S 226 SCIENCE SYLABUS OVERVIEW
The science curriculum is organized under three topic headings: Life, Physical, and Earth Science. The curriculum is designed to:
· develop students’ understanding of key concepts and science process skills
· improve students’ abilities to think creatively and critically
· encourage problem solving through experiences in the natural environment
· foster the development of positive attitudes about science
· bridge science concepts to current social and environmental events
· integrate science with the rest of the curriculum, particularly with math and technology
· to infuse literacy in science
This hands-on approach to science is recognized as the most effective way to help our students construct a solid foundation of scientific knowledge. Hands-on activities are motivating and they stimulate curiosity. Whether our students are working in groups or independently with their teachers, students will investigate, experiment, gather data, organize results and draw conclusions. Activities often start with exploration, followed by a discussion of discoveries in which vocabulary is developed and ideas are clarified for students followed by addition experiences to reinforce concepts. Vocabulary is always introduced in context after students have had firsthand experience.
Each unit has distinct process skills that are emphasized as an integral part of the learning experience. It is recognized that these skills are the tools that students use to solve problems. There is an equal balance between development of science process skills and content.
M.S 226 LANGUAGE ARTS OVERVIEW
Reading and writing is the expression of thoughts and ideas for a wide variety of purposes across the curriculum, including math, science, and social studies. The teaching of reading and writing is a process over time which needs consistent and regular instruction, insuring that readers and writers have time, ownership, and response.
At M.S. 226 the process of reading crosses curriculum areas is a way to help educate children for their futures in a world of information.
Learning to write is developmental. Young writers learn from direct teaching, from wide reading, and from experimenting with a variety of styles. Writing should be produced for authentic purposes and real audiences, and in order to be effective, should exhibit the conventions of written language (spelling, grammar and punctuation). Writing is taught as a process where children develop topics, expand their ideas, revise and edit their writing and finally publish their work.
At M.S. 226, we have high expectations for children, and they consistently reach for the stars in learning.
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