Daily Announcements

MYRA S. BARNES INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 24

Invites you to our

OPEN HOUSE

 

      Wednesday, November 12, 2014

      Time:    6:00 p.m.

      Place:    I.S. 24 Auditorium

 

Let us show you what I.S. 24 has to offer!

 

Meet faculty, staff, new students and graduating students.

 

Tour of Building

 

Questions & Answers


National Red Ribbon Week

October 23 - 31, 2014

This week is National Red Ribbon week, the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.  Red Ribbon Week is sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP). Their mission is to support families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth.

 

Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to: raise awareness of the destruction caused by drug abuse; make a commitment to drug prevention and education and to make a personal commitment to encourage youth to live drug free lives.

 

This week we will read the “Declaration of Independence from Drugs”. We will briefly discuss the importance of living a healthy drug free life and give each student the opportunity to sign the pledge. We will display the signed declaration in homeroom to remind students of their pledge to stay drug free.

 

As you know, parents and other family members play the most important role in keeping young people drug free. Please take some time to visit the sites listed below. They offer a wealth of information that will make it easier to discuss this important issue with your child.

 

Please remind your child to voice her/his commitment to staying drug free by wearing red on Wednesday, October 29th.

 

Thank You for your continued support,

Lilly Catania, SAPIS

 

http://www.oasas.ny.gov/

http://www.sipcw.org/parentresource.htm

http://drugabuse.gov/parents-educators

http://teens.drugabuse.gov/

http://www.combatheroin.ny.gov/


2015 Yearbook Ads
Do you have someone special to acknowledge or congratulate?
Do you have a business you would like to advertise?
Do you have a memory you would like to last a lifetime?

Space has been made available for your message in the 2015 yearbook.

This year we have stream-lined the process by bringing it all online!

Click on the link for more information, including how to create an ad and prices!

2015 Yearbook Ads Notice


Parents/Guardians/Staff/Students;
 
Please click the link below to read a letter from the Chancellor of the Department of Education and Department of Health Commissioner on the Ebola virus.



Please join the SIDDC Education Committee at their November meeting for a presentation by Adaptive Design Association.

Click on the link for the flyer: 

2014 November Adaptive Design Flyer


Staten Island
Children's Day Parade
November 1, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm

A Celebration of our Public Schools and the Positive Work they Achieve!

Click on the link for the flyer and more information: 
Children's Day Parade Flyer




STUDENT ATTENDANCE
 
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.
 

TAP Parent Meeting
November 6, 2014
5:30 - 7 pm

All TAP parents should attend this important meeting!

UAU REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN
I.S. 24 has been awarded the NYC SONYC SCHOOLS OUT Program.  UAU will be providing the service to our students.  Please click on the attached document for a description of the UAU Compass Program, and a registration form. The UAU program will be offering a variety of activities to our students five days a week from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The program is free.
For more information contact the UAU office:
Donna Gianna, Program Director
718-982-4700 ext. 1141

Click on the link for more information:  DYCD Common Enrollment COMPASS Information



Urban Advantage Science Day 2014

As an Urban Advantage school our science teachers have developed a strong partnership with many institutions in New York City.  The month of October is UA FAMILY SCIENCE month. Using the flyer attached, students and their families can bring the voucher to any of the eight Urban Advantage partner institutions (the American Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Aquarium, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Botanical Garden, and the Staten Island Zoo) and exchange them for FREE admission.   A hard copy has been given to your child in their science class and you are welcome print out an additional voucher if needed.  GO HAVE FUN and explore NYC as a family!

Click on the link for the flyer:  Family Science Day FREE Admission Voucher

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.


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.

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!

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

Tuesday, November 4
Election Day: School Closed for Students
Wednesday, November 5
PTA Meeting
9:00 AM
Friday, November 7
8th Grade TACHS Exam (By Application)
Harvest Dance
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 11
Veteran's Day: School Closed
Wednesday, November 12
Open House
6:00 PM
Monday, November 17
Open School - 8th Grade
Tuesday, November 18
Open School - 7th Grade
Wednesday, November 19
Open School - 6th Grade
Report Cards Distributed

Weather

Today, 10/31/2014
High: 57 Low: 41
Mostly clear
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/1/2014
High: 53 Low: 47
Rain likely
74% chance of precipitation.