Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

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Good Afternoon Parents,

The DOE has cancelled all in-person Parent-Teacher conferences.  Middle School 88 will still honor appointments through phone calls or web-based conferences. Teachers will contact you at the designated times in order to ensure that we are still able to have this important time for communication.

School buildings will NOT be open to parents tomorrow.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation,

Middle School 88 Administration

NYC School Survey

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We want to hear from you!

Each year, all families, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey to share feedback about their schools. The NYC School Survey is one of the nation’s largest education surveys. Survey feedback can help improve your child’s learning environment. You can take this year’s survey until March 31st. Students were sent home with green envelopes Tuesday (2/25) and Wednesday (2/26) that contain your survey and unique code. 

How does your feedback help our school?

Your feedback helps us understand what you think our school does well and how you think we can improve. Survey results allow us to reflect on how well we are achieving our school’s goals and mission.

How can I share my voice?

Your child will be sent home with your NYC School Survey in a green envelope no later than this Wednesday, February 26th. You may complete this paper survey or complete the survey online. For paper surveys, complete the survey using the instructions at the top of the survey. Return your completed survey using the prepaid envelope included with your survey materials.

Online Survey Access

You can also take the survey online by visiting  Use the eight-digit survey access code at the bottom of your paper survey to login. If you do not have your survey materials, you can look up your survey access code on this web page: or call 1-877-819-2363 for assistance.


Parents who send completed surveys in sealed envelopes to school with their child will enter into a weekly raffle for a $10 gift card. Your participation may also lead to a pizza party for your child’s class. (If you take your survey online, please take a screenshot of the completion page and email it to

The last day to complete and mail the NYC School Survey is March 31, 2020.

Thank you for sharing your feedback!


Ailene Altman Mitchell


Irene Parker

Assistant Principal


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


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


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