Daily Announcements

-SAVE THE DATE-

Parent-Teacher Conference "Meet and Greet"

 Thursday, September 18
5:00pm-8:00pm

Please click on the link for the parent letter.  A paper copy was also sent home with your child.
PARENT LETTER -MEET & GREET SEPTEMBER 2014


Smile and Say Cheese!

The following days have been reserved for Picture Day at I.S. 24!  Please be sure to make note of these dates, and come to school dressed appropriately!

Tuesday, September 16th - 8th Grade "15" Picture in School Yard

Tuesday, September 16th - Staff Photos

Wednesday, September 17th - 8th Grade Picture Day

Thursday, September 18th - 7th Grade Picture Day

Friday, September 19th - 6th Grade Picture Day


Attention 8th Graders Looking to Attend High School Open Houses

Click on the following link to see a list of high school open houses:
HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES 2014



How To Get a Refund from MyLunchMoney.com due to Middle School FREE LUNCH Program
 
 
Due to the new FREE LUNCH Pilot Program FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, several parents asked about how to obtain a refund for the balance in their middle school student’s MyLunchMoney.com account. Thanks to the District 31 Community Education Council's outreach effort parents/guardians can take the steps below for a refund if, and only if they had deposited funds to a child's lunch account.
 
If you would like to receive a refund for the balance in your MyLunchMoney.com account you can Call DOE Food Services at (718) 349-5783. DOE Food Services will process the refund request. The refund is issued in about 6 weeks as a check directly to the parent/guardian home address.
 
Parents can call the same number to transfer balances to another child's account.

Ready ... Set ... G.O.!  Join the G.O.!

The G.O. membership drive for the 2014-2015 year is now underway.  We invite all students to join!  The $6 membership fee includes:

-          Membership card and Myra S. Barnes wallet to keep it in

-          Discounts on all dances and G.O. events

-          The opportunity to participate in fun G.O. sponsored activities

-          The chance to run and vote in our school’s Student Leadership Team

Don’t delay!  Please return the signed tear-off along with the $6 membership fee (NO PERSONAL CHECKS – cash or money order only) by October 6th, 2014.  The first class to receive 100% G.O. membership will receive a special prize.  Thank you for making our G.O. drive a success!

You can download the form here:
G.O. Form


Show Your School Spirit With Barnes Wear!

It’s time to show your school spirit!  We are offering you an opportunity to purchase a t-shirt or sweatshirt displaying our school name and logo.  If you are interested please fill out the form below and send the order to your homeroom teacher by September 19, 2014.  Barnes wear is only sold once a year, so don’t miss out!  

Download the order form here:
T-Shirt & Sweatshirt Order Form


United Federation of Teachers Staten Island Parent Conference

Take advantage of this great opportunity to attend workshops!
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn

Parents, Students, Teachers: Partners in Learning
"Every day is a new beginning and a chance to learn something new."

Click on the link for the conference agenda, list of workshops, and registration form:  UFT Parent Conference - Oct 18th


Beat The Streets Middle School Wrestling
Beat The Streets Middle School Wrestling is available to students this year. The Wrestling Season begins September 17th. Practices will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays through late October/early November and will run from 2:45pm- 4:40pm. Students
must provide a completed parent authorization and waiver to attend practice. A schedule of practices, competitions and parent meeting will be released to students at the first practice.
 
Any student who participates will not have transportation provided by yellow school bus at the end of practice.


Join Team I.S. 24
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Staten Island Walk

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014
Clove Lakes Park
1150 Clove Road
Staten Island, NY
 
Registration starts at 9 a.m.
Walk begins at 11 a.m.

If you would like to purchase a t-shirt to support this event, please click on the link for an order form:  Making Strides T-Shirt Order Form

Free Lunch for Students for the 2014-2015 School Year
We are pleased to announce that School Food Services is providing free lunch to our students in 2014-2015.  Please click on the following links for more information:

Free Lunch Parent Letter

2014 Meal Application Flyer




Please be advised the school lunch program will be free to our students this school year thanks to the NYC Council and Department of Education. Due to Federal Regulations families will need to continue submitting a lunch application online for the 2014-2015 school year which can be done before the school year begins through October 3, 2014. Use the link below to fill out your application as soon as possible. Every application counts!

www.applyforlunch.com




TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Attached below you will find the 2014-15 school bus routes for our school. Please be aware the routes or stops are subject to change by the NYC Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT). If you have a question about a stop or specific route please contact OPT by calling 718-392-8855 or visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Transportation/default.htm. This website is also helpful in learning about bus routes and MetroCard eligibility.

 

AM-PM Bus Schedule 2014-15.docx

New Announcements!

New Incoming 8th Grade Math Summer Assignment
Summer Packet for new 8th grader.pdf
New Incoming 8th Grade ELA Summer Assignment 
Summer Packet for new 8th graders.pdf
New Incoming 8th Grade Reading Summer Assignment (only if new to
 I.S. 24)
Grade 8 Summer Reading 2014.pdf
New Incoming 7th Grade Math Summer Assignment
Summer Packet for new 7th grader.pdf
New Incoming 7th Grade ELA Summer Assignment
Summer Packet for new 7th grader.pdf
New Incoming 7th Grade Reading Summer Assignment (only if new to I.S. 24)
Grade 7 Summer Reading.pdf
New Incoming 6th Grade Math Summer Assignment
Summer Packet for new 6th grader.pdf
New Incoming 6th Grade ELA Summer Assignment - Part 1
Summer Packet for new 6th grader - Part 1.pdf
New Incoming 6th Grade ELA Summer Assignment - Part 2
Summer Packet for new 6th grader - Part 2.pdf
NYPD Traffic Flyer
NYPD Traffic Flier.pdf
Parent's Guide to Common Core
Parents Guide to Common Core.pdf

From the Principal

SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As we begin another school year, I want to welcome you all back as we welcome our new sixth grade families to I.S. 24 as well.  I am very excited to face another school year with you as we also celebrate achievements and progress together.

By now, your children are coming home and reporting what they are learning, taking part in, and what is expected of them.  The faculty and staff of our school are committed to giving your child the best opportunity to succeed and grow in a safe and nurturing environment.

As a large comprehensive Middle School, it is important for all students to establish a good record of academic achievement, great attendance, responsibility, good judgment and a positive attitude.  Middle School provides many opportunities for social growth along with the development of self-discipline, teamwork and good decision making skills.

Some new information about our school year is:

We welcome our new Community District Superintendent, Mr. Anthony Lodico who is serving as Acting Superintendent as Ms. Jenkins will be leaving her post in January.

Our new school session time is now Monday-Friday 7:40AM-2:00PM.

Through the directives of Ms. Carmen Fariņa, Chancellor we are finding new ways to limit the amount of exams students are expected to take in one school year so a focus on instructional time is maintained. We also are using time during the school week to communicate more with parents to engage them in the process.

Through the gracious and dedicated volunteer work and fundraising of the 2013-2014 I.S. 24 PTA President and Executive Board along with volunteers, air conditioning for several classrooms has been installed around the school.

All this and more will allow us to continue to be The Pride of Great Kills!

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the teacher, specifically, our Parent Coordinator, Guidance Counselor, a Dean or your child’s Assistant Principal.  We are all here to assist you in any way we can.

Best wishes for a very successful school year!
                                                                                                                                                              Sincerely,
                                                                                                                                                           Lenny Santamaria
Principal


Upcoming Events

Friday, September 19
6th Grade Picture Day
Wednesday, September 24
6th Grade Welcome Breakfast and Field Events - Periods 1-3
PTA Pretzel Day Fundraiser
School Spirit Day - Favorite Sports Team Shirt / Jersey Day
Thu, Sep 25 - Fri, Sep 26
School Closed - Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, October 1
PTA Candy Sale Begins
Thursday, October 16
PTA Candy Sale Ends
Friday, October 17
School Spirit Day - Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Sunday, October 19
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Weather

Today, 9/19/2014
High: 66 Low: 55
Mostly cloudy
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 9/20/2014
High: 75 Low: 56
Mostly cloudy
6% chance of precipitation.