Class Assignments for 2019-2020 School Year

Dear 88 Families, 

Postcards were mailed out with your student’s class information and first day procedures. In the upper right hand corner on the label it will state your student’s grade level, floor/ house number, and section (i.e.; 61S). To support in the first day of school procedure, please have your student know their class code (i.e.; 61S) or bring their postcards with them to school.

Please note : 

Floor 1 is the School for Integrated Studies through the Arts
Floor 2 is School of Media Arts and Technology
Floor 3 is the School for Medical and Health Careers 

 For example, Class 61S is a 6th Grade SISTA House Class and 72R is a 7th Grade SMART House Class. 

 All information regarding the first day of school procedures can also be found on the postcard. 

Looking forward to an amazing 2019-2020 scholastic year! 


School Supplies


Dear Parents and Families,

Thank you for the feedback. We are so excited for the 2019-2019 scholastic year to begin.

Your child will be given a list of supplies during the 1st and 2nd day of the school year, as teachers feel they want to customize supplies to who they are teaching.

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you September 5th.

M.S. 88 Graduation Day information

When: Graduation is Monday, June 24, 2019

Where: 500 19th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 (K280/former Bishop Ford HS building; middle of 19th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for ticket holders.

Standby Line for (non-ticket holders) seating opens at 9:50 a.m. (*subject to change)

*Due to a large graduating class and limited seating, each graduate received 2 tickets.  

Parking can be difficult because of Monday alternate side street cleaning.  Allow extra time to accommodate travel.

Standby Line Procedure

  • There is no “spot holding” on the line.  Courtesy please.
  • We offer a standby line to accommodate additional family members.  Kindly limit your additional guests to no more than 4.



  • REPORT to the graduation site at K280 at 9:00 a.m. DO NOT REPORT TO M.S. 88!
  • Students should be in their cap and gown.
  • Students should not have any large bags.
  • No gum chewing
  • Students may wear any medals received at awards night.


Thank you for your cooperation.  We are looking forward to celebrating with you!


M.S. 88 Información de dia de graduación

Cuándo: La graduación es el lunes 24 de junio de 2019

Dónde: 500 19th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 (K280/antiguo edificio Bishop Ford HS; centro de 19th Street entre 9th y 10th Avenues)

Hora: 10:00 a.m.

Las puertas se abren a las 9:30 a.m. para los titulares de boletos.

La línea de espera para asientos (sin titulares de boletos) abre a las 9:50 a.m. (*sujeto a cambios)

*Debido a una gran clase de graduación y asientos limitados, cada graduado recibió 2 boletos.  

El estacionamiento puede ser difícil debido a la limpieza de la calle lateral alternativa del lunes.  Permita tiempo adicional para acomodar los viajes.

Procedimiento de línea de espera

  • El modo de espera es PRIMERO, PRIMERO SERVIDO.
  • No hay “retención de punto” en la línea.  Cortesía, por favor.
  • Ofrecemos una línea de espera para acomodar a miembros adicionales de la familia.  Por favor, limite sus huéspedes adicionales a no más de 4.


  • INFORME al sitio de graduación en K280 a las 9:00 a.m. ¡NO REPORTE A M.S. 88!
  • Los estudiantes deben estar en su gorra y vestido.
  • Los estudiantes no deben tener bolsas grandes.
  • Sin masticar chicle
  • Los estudiantes pueden llevar cualquier medalla recibida en la noche de premios.

Gracias por su cooperación.  ¡Esperamos celebrar con usted!

Debate Team Tournament

illustration of debate teams

MS 88’s debate team had a successful tournament at Stuyvestant High School.  Our students showed extraordinary dedication and resilience in the weeks leading up to the tournament as they prepared for the topic Resolved: The Death Penalty is Never Justified.

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Individual Speaker Awards- Novice Division (265 total speakers competed)

Anaya Guzman (631)- 5th place

Mia Greene (733)- 12th place

Darwin Santamaria(814)- 24th place

Afiya Duncan (733)- 38th

Jamir John (715)-45th place

Individual Speaker Awards-Intermediate Division (85 total speakers)

Joel Ortega (815)- 23rd speaker

Yelenny Cruz(711)-  33rd Speaker

Team Awards Novice Division (143 total teams competed)

Anaya and Mia (9th place overall)

Michelle and Afiya (30th place overall)

Darwin and Jamir (32nd place overall)

Kayla and Cynthia (47th place overall)

Bre and Jamiyah (52nd place overall)

Team Awards- Intermediate Awards  (46 total teams competed)

Yelenny and Joel -25th place overall

Video: Basecamp, Year 1 Interviews

In 2015, MS 88 launched an alternative approach to departmental studies based on interdisciplinary, personalized, project-based learning using the new Basecamp model developed by Summit Public Schools in California.  This video checks in with teachers and students to get their take on the impact of the program.  

Spaceship Earth: A Year of Integrated Project-Based Learning

Taking it one step further, the teachers at MS88 developed a design-oriented framework called Spaceship Earth where all of the interdisciplinary projects the teachers developed revolve around the idea of Earth as a spaceship: The Earth is a closed system with limited and unevenly distributed resources. Through each project, students work collaboratively to apply their knowledge and cognitive skills to design solutions that address some component of this problem.

Spaceship Earth provides students with a sense of purpose and urgency in mastering focus areas (subject-specific skills), and in developing their cognitive skills and habits of success.