New York City beaches opened for the summer season on Saturday, May 28, and City pools will open on June 29. The safety of our students is our top priority and we want everyone to stay safe near and in the water. Below this message is a letter in English, Spanish, Russian and Arabic for our families as a reminder on how to keep safe in the water.
Water Safety - English
Water Safety - Spanish
Water Safety - Russian
Water Safety - Arabic
Attention: Changes to Immunization Requirements in New York State for 2016-17 School Year
§ Students entering the 7th grade must receive one dose of MenACWY;
§ Students entering the 12th grade must receive two doses of MenACWY, unless their first dose was administered at 16 years of age or older. If the student's first MenACWY was administered at 16 years of age or older, then only one dose will be required.
Free Microsoft Software Download for NYC Public School Students
STEM Summer in the City
Apply now to STEM Summer in the City, a free program designed to provide current 2nd - 10th graders the opportunity for an innovative, engaging, and fun summer learning program designed specifically around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
In addition to weekly STEM challenges, involving coding & game design, developing engineering solutions and inventing with robotics, the program also includes enrichment opportunities in the Arts, Physical Education and includes trips to NYC cultural institutions. This summer we are looking to pilot a Minecraft track where all students will be able to build and share their creations in Microsoft's new Minecraft portal for schools.
- Students are accepted into this program via a lottery.
- Program runs from July 7, 2016 to August 11, 2016
- Monday through Thursdays from 8:30 - 2: 30 (the only Friday scheduled is July 8, 2016)
- Breakfast and lunch are included
- Metrocards are provided
- There are two sites in each borough, one for the elementary program and the other for middle and high school students.
- Deadline to apply is May 20, 2016
On behalf of the NYC DoE School's Chancellor....
"In light of recent events nationally and regionally that have raised awareness, concern, and questions about lead levels in drinking water, I want to assure you that the water in New York City—and in our schools—is extraordinarily safe. New York City’s water is of the highest quality, meeting or exceeding all federal and State standards.
In addition, there are a number of proactive, ongoing measures the New York City Department of Education (DOE) takes to ensure that the water in New York City schools is safe for students and staff. Between 2008 and 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection has worked with DOE and other City agencies to identify and remove lead service lines to schools and other municipal buildings. Since 2002, the DOE has partnered with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Environmental Protection Agency to test the water in DOE school buildings. The DOE immediately addresses issues if they arise.
I have prepared a letter with DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett describing numerous protocols the City has in place to ensure our students have access to safe drinking water in schools. Beginning today, families can visit http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/watersafety.htm to find a searchable database that will provide direct access to information about the water testing results for each school."
NYC Reads 365
There is a wealth of research supporting daily reading. The more we read, the more knowledge we have, the more words we gain exposure to, the more our brain exercises, and the more we experience the joy of getting lost in a story. Reading purely for oneself, to encounter new worlds, to learn new information, to be inspired -- this is the path to success in school as in life.
Reading is an essential life skill. It is an everyday, anywhere activity. Without the ability to read well, children are limited in what they can accomplish. A person who reads well has the ability to own his or her learning process.
Most importantly, reading is essential because words build our foundation for ideas, expression, creativity, opinions, and beliefs.
There’s a reading genre for everyone and for every age, whether you are four or ninety-four. Whether you prefer classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, self-help books, science fiction, or romance novels, there’s a book somewhere for you.
The old saying “practice makes perfect” is absolutely true for reading. We know that children who have repeatedly been exposed to books from birth develop strong reading skills and a love of reading.
NYC Reads 365 challenges New Yorkers to read every single day. Read for pleasure, read to find out, read to argue, read to persuade, read to laugh, read to cry, read to understand, read to forget. Help us create a new generation of readers. For more information, read the press release for NYC Reads 365.
Read every day New York City – 365!
Please click on the following links for resources for your grade level:
6th Grade Bookmark
6th Grade Reading List
7th and 8th Grade Bookmark
7th and 8th Grade Reading List
Please click on the link for the NYC Reads 365 web site:
NYC Reads 365
The Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) has redesigned its website, which you may access at http://www.optnyc.org/
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE STRIVE FOR 95% OR HIGHER ATTENDANCE AT IS 24. TO BE ABLE TO REACH THIS GOAL AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR WE ASK THAT FAMILIES CHECK THE NYC DOE SCHOOL CALENDAR TO BE AWARE OF HOLIDAYS, RECESS AND SUMMER VACATION BEFORE PLANNING A FAMILY VACATION. USE THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE FULL CALENDAR.
STUDENTS WHO ARE ABSENT DUE TO A VACATION WHILE SCHOOL IS IN SESSION WILL BE TREATED AS AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE. TEACHERS WILL NOT BE EXPECTED TO REPEAT LESSONS OR ADMINISTER A MISSED EXAM WHILE A STUDENT WAS ON A VACATION. PLEASE REFER TO THE SCHOOL CALENDAR WHEN PLANNING A FAMILY VACATION.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOL GOAL OF 95% ATTENDANCE AND STUDENT SUCCESS.
Friday, June 24
8th Grade Graduation - The College of Staten Island
Tuesday, June 28
Last Day of School - Half Day - 11AM Dismissal
Report Cards Distributed