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Marking Period 3 Progress

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Dear Parents,

All students are coming home with a notice to ask you to log in to PupilPath to see updated grades. This is the midpoint of marking period 3.

If your child is in danger of failing, they will receive a specific letter regarding which classes they are failing and why.  Please sign the slip at the bottom and return it to school.

Thank you in advance for your attention to your child’s academic progress,

Ailene Altman Mitchell

Principal

Coronavirus Parent Letter

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Dear Families:

Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected in thousands of people worldwide, primarily in China.  A “novel coronavirus” is a strain that has not been previously found in humans.  This novel coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The City is monitoring the outbreak closely and working with our partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  At this time, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) is not authorizing school-sponsored travel to China.  Local field trips will go on as planned.

Please be reassured that there is no need for alarm or to change daily routines in any way.  The City is closely monitoring the situation, and all New Yorkers are advised to follow the same precautions they normally would in cold and flu season.
Please see the recommendations below:

Students and staff with NO recent travel from China:
Everyone should go about their daily lives and not panic, but practice the same precautions you do during cold and flu season:

  • If not already vaccinated — get your flu shot.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often — use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or are feeling sick.

Some students may come to school wearing face masks.  The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks among healthy individuals.  However, they are permitted. If the face mask becomes a distraction in the classroom or school community, school staff may ask students to remove them.

Students and school staff with recent travel from China:
The federal government has issued a requirement for up to 14 days of either mandatory quarantine or home isolation (depending on travel areas in China) for individuals who left China after 5pm EST February 2, 2020.  This means that those individuals should NOT report to work or school for up to 14 days from the date that they departed China.

Students and staff who left China before 5pm EST February 2, 2020, and who have no symptoms of illness, may return to school immediately.

Anyone who has left China in the last two weeks and has a fever or a cough or shortness of breath should call their medical provider and report their symptoms and travel history.  They should not come to school until they have been evaluated by a doctor and told they are no longer sick.

With the best public health system in the world, New York City stands ready to respond to any confirmed cases of the coronavirus. We urge all New Yorkers to remain vigilant, and if you or anyone you know matches the criteria and have recently traveled to the affected areas of China, please see a medical professional.

To learn more, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Oxiris Barbot, MD
Commissioner
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Report Card Distribution

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Greetings Parents!

Report cards are being sent home with your child today (1/21/20).  Please speak with your child about their grades, celebrate their successes, and talk about plans for improvement.  If your child is failing a class, please return the slip at the bottom of the letter attached to your child’s report card.  Returning this slip will allow the school to coordinate a convenient time for you to meet with your child’s teachers and partner with us to ensure your child is on track for success.

Important Dates January 2020

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Important Dates in January 2020:

  • 1/6 – 1/17: DRP Assessment will be conducted
  • 1/7: End of Marking Period
  • 1/9: Girls’ Varsity Basketball Home Game 4 PM
  • 1/10: Student/Teacher Basketball Game 3-5:30 PM
  • 1/16: Boys’ Varsity Basketball Home Game
  • 1/20: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 1/21: Report Card Distribution
  • 1/22: SLT 5 PM & PTA 6 PM
  • 1/30: Girls’ Varsity Basketball Home Game 4 PM
  • Every Tuesday: Parent Engagement 2:40-3:30 PM

For all January events and updates, please see our calendar here.

Free High School Webinar 2/26/20

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Free Webinar: “NYC Public High Schools Admissions:  What You Need to Know Once Results Come Out”

Wednesday, February 26

7:00 to 8:00 pm

Location:  Your Computer!

Capacity is limited, and registration is required:  Register Here

 

If you are a NYC middle school family or school counselor, this webinar is for you.

Agenda will include (subject to change):

– What can you expect when results come out?
– What are the various results scenarios?
– What if you are not happy with your results?
– How will waitlists work?
– How will appeals work?
– What are my chances of success AFTER results come out?
– What can you expect to see in the MySchools system and when?


Moderator:
Maurice Frumkin is President of NYC Admissions Solutions and former Deputy Executive Director of High School Admissions with the NYC Dept. of Ed. Over the past 10+ years, Maurice and his team have trained hundreds of school counselors and counseled hundreds of families on the NYC high school admissions process, as well as K-college admissions. He is a frequent speaker at schools across the city on a variety of admissions topics.