Myra S. Barnes Intermediate School 24

PTA Essay Contest for 8th Graders

Dear Eighth Grade Students,

The I.S. 24 PTA is sponsoring an essay contest. This contest is open to all eighth grade students. There will be three (3) winners; each winner will receive a $50.00 award.


Topic: Leadership


As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “It’s a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead – and to find no one there.”


Your essay question: What makes a good leader? What skills have you learned at I.S. 24 that will help you become a future leader?


The contest rules are:

1. Your essay must be 200-300 words.

2. Your essay must be well-organized and checked for spelling and grammar.

3. Judging will be done by 6th and 7th grade parents.

4. The authors of the essays will NOT be known by the parents reading the essays until the judging is complete. Do not include your name on the essay.

5. Your essay needs a cover-page with your first and last name and the class.

6. The essay is due to Ms. Palinkas in room 230 by Friday, May 26, 2017.


On behalf of the PTA, we hope you all participate and wish each one of you good luck on your essay and upcoming graduation.

Borough-Wide Art Contest

Don't Litter


Calling All Student Artists

Pre-K-8th Grade

The Department of Sanitation, in collaboration with Pratt Industries* and the Office of Borough President James S. Oddo are happy to extend an opportunity for Staten Island students, Pre-K through 8th grade, to enter a borough-wide art contest that communicates “Don’t Litter, Recycle!”

Ten semifinalists will be awarded 4 tickets each to attend the June 26th Staten Island Yankees game where their work will be judged. Eight finalists will each receive a $25 gift certificate, and the two winners will each receive a $100 gift certificate. There will be two judging categories: elementary and middle school level. Winners will be announced at the game.

Additionally, the two winning artworks will be displayed on sanitation trucks throughout Staten Island, and the winning artists’ schools will each receive a $1,000 stipend!

Guidelines for Submission:

• Students in grades PreK- 8th grade are eligible to submit their artwork

• Artwork must be an original 2 dimensional poster, no bigger than 11”X17”, and may consist of any media (pencil, paint, crayon, digital graphics, etc.) o Artwork incorporating recycled materials, is strongly encouraged such as collage works (portraits, landscapes, still-life, etc.)

• An image of the artwork must be emailed as a high resolution jpeg or pdf file with the student’s name, grade, school, and the submitting person’s contact information to:, with subject line, Re: Recycle Poster Contest

Submission Deadline: June 9, 2017

For more information, please contact: Jessica Englehart NYC DOE Borough Art Director (718) 420-5682

*Special thanks to Pratt Industries for underwriting this initiative.

Discipline Code Changes

Please read the attached letter from NYC Department of Education Chancellor regarding changes to the Citywide Behavioral Expectations. This letter has been backpacked with your child in homeroom on Friday and is available here. Use the link in the letter for translated versions of the letter as well as translated versions of the new guide.

Discipline Code Letter to Families 

Water Safety

As you may know, the New York City Department of Education is continuing its efforts to ensure that the water in New York City schools is safe for students and staff by conducting additional rounds of testing for the presence of lead in the water. Please see attached letter here for information about water testing at our school:  Water Safety   

Letter to Families from Chancellor regarding Immigration

Water Testing

The safety and well-being of students and staff is our top priority. I am pleased to share that the New York City Department of Education (DOE) has completed water testing in every public school in the City. New York City water is of the highest quality, and families and staff should rest assured that our drinking water is safe.

In any building where lead test results showed even one water outlet above the action level of 15 parts per billion, we implemented our standard remediation protocol. This includes immediately taking drinking and cooking water outlets with exceedances out of service, flushing all or part of the system to eliminate water sitting in pipes overnight, replacing equipment and keeping affected drinking and cooking water outlets out of service until follow-up testing shows those outlets no longer have elevations. 

92% of our fixtures system-wide tested below guidance. This demonstrates that we do not have any systemic issues with water in our school buildings and that our approach to remediate individual fixtures is appropriate. Attached, please find a  letter on water testing in NYC Schools.  Translations can be found here. 

 Please visit to learn more about the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school.


Flyer for Parent CEC Elections

Our School Needs Parents Like You

Run for a NYC Education Council Seat

Click on the link for the flyer and more information:   Flyer for Parent CEC Elections   

School Calendar

Please be advised of the following special days on the school calendar.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 is a Chancellor’s Conference Day and students are not in attendance.

Monday, June 12, 2017 is a Clerical Day and students are not in attendance.

The last day of school is Wednesday, June 28th and is a half day. Students will be dismissed at 11:00 A.M. and will receive report cards on this day. Lunch will also be available period 4 for sixth graders who wish school lunch or to eat lunch from home.

Achieve NYC

Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools, has the most current information regarding the City’s public schools.  The guide contains: important dates, details about enrolling in City schools, who to speak to in schools when you have concerns, grade-specific learning expectations, transportation options for students, and how to obtain financial aid for college. Use the link below for a web version of the guide. 

IS 24 Family Handbook-Social Media Guide 2016

Click on the grade and parent tabs to view the updated IS 24 Family Handbook-Social Media Guide 2016!

Statement on Accessibility

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