Breaking News

Dear Incoming Grade 6 Student

Thank you for selecting M.S. 217Q as your Middle School choice.  Orientation for our 2016 – 2017 school year will be held on July 14, 2016 and August 4, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. We are asking all incoming students and parents who are interested in attending to please contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Vazquez at to rsvp.

We have started the process of planning for next year and part of that planning entails making sure all of our students are prepared for success.  As your child enters Middle School we ask that they come prepared with the school supplies listed below.  Please keep in mind that this is a basic list and some teachers may request other supplies as the school year rolls out.

·         Protractor

·         Highlighter

·         Double strapped over the shoulder Book-bag

·         6 Folders

·         5 Subject binder

·         2 Composition Notebooks

·         Black and Blue ballpoint pens

·         No. 2 Pencils

Here at Middle School 217Q we have a student dress code policy intended to promote a more effective learning environment, foster school unity and pride, improve student performance, foster self-esteem, eliminate label competition, simplify dressing and minimize costs to parents.  In addition the student dress code will teach children appropriate dress and decorum in their “work” place, and help to improve student conduct and discipline. The dress code consists of a collared polo shirt (navy blue or grey) with our school logo, and either navy blue or khaki pants.  Girls may choose to wear a navy blue or khaki skirt/skort.

Parents and students purchase the polo shirt from Needleheads located at: 8801 Myrtle Ave, Glendale, NY 11385, phone number (718) 850 - 4252.  Parents may also purchase the polo shirt from any available manufacturer; however, the school logo must be displayed.   No designer emblems are permitted on the polo shirt.  Needleheads is the only store in our community that will embroider the polo shirt with the school logo. For navy blue or khaki pants/skirt/skort parents may shop at any school uniform store.  Cookies provide a 10% discount for M.S. 217Q students.  Cookies is located at: 166-21 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica NY 11432.

If you are unable to afford the uniform or would like to opt out, an appointment must be made with the Principal prior to September 8, 2016.  Please call 718-657-1120 to make an appointment.

Orders may NOT be placed at our school, we apologize but we do not have the personnel to handle the order process.


The first day of school is September 8, 2016.  All students must be in school by 8:10 AM in proper uniform.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. 
Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are.
Please make plans to come to our Book Fair March 14th - 18th and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits. 

Remember, all purchases benefit our school. See you at the Book Fair! 


Dear Parent / Guardian

We are pleased to share that starting today, parents and guardians will be able to download Microsoft software from, at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices. Much of this software has education-specific content that supports our students’ academic improvement. In addition, familiarity with these tools will help students be prepared for college and careers. This opportunity is made possible through the NYC Department of Education’s partnership with NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Microsoft.

The free Microsoft products and features that will be available include: Office 365 ProPlus on Windows: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Access, InfoPath and Publisher installed on Windows Office for Mac Professional 2016: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote Office for iPad, iPhone, Android: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote Cloud service. Families will be able to claim a download by going to and entering either of the following:

1. Student’s date of birth AND a parent phone number, or
2. Parent email

*Please note, the information that families enter to claim the download must match the information on their Blue Card on file with the school. Therefore, it is necessary that ATS have the most up-to-date parent contact information in order for the verification and download process to be successful. If you are having trouble claiming the download, you may visit our school’s main office and speak with the pupil account secretary to make any necessary changes to your contact information.

There is no deadline to claim the free software.
Families may download the software as long as they have a child enrolled in a NYC public school.

As Office 365 is a Microsoft Cloud product, parents must create a Microsoft Cloud account in order to download the software. The website contains not only information on how to create an account, download the software, but also answers to “Frequently Asked Questions.”

For technical assistance families may contact Microsoft Customer Service at: 1 (800) 642-7676. 

Thank you 


Department of Education’s Emergency Readiness Initiatives

Dear Parents

I am writing to provide you with information about the Department of Education’s Emergency Readiness Initiatives that are in place in all NYC Public Schools. Every school currently has procedures for emergencies. In 2000, New York State Education Law Section 2801 was enacted requiring schools to develop safety plans regarding emergency response. In July of 2001, the law was amended to require that plans include information for evacuation and sheltering. In accordance with this, “schools need to conduct drills and other exercises to test components of the emergency response plan.”

School staff members are trained in various procedures that are outlined in the School Safety Plan and we currently conduct a variety of drills throughout the year to prepare our staff and students. Section 807 of the New York State Education Law requires all schools to conduct a minimum of 12 fire drills each year. Section 917 of the State Education Law states that schools are required to provide and maintain automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment, and drills are conducted during the year to assess the use of AED units in an emergency. In accordance with Section 3623 of the State Education Law, drills are also conducted at schools that focus on safety on a school bus.

In addition to conducting these types of drills, our school has a Building Response Team that is trained to activate and respond to different incidents that may occur at our school. Under the new General Response Protocol (GRP), every school will be conducting specific drills designed to help prepare all school communities for three different types of response to emergencies that may occur: evacuation, shelter-in, and lockdown. Opportunities for parent engagement are available at our school to ensure that families are involved in our school-based emergency readiness program. Parent versions of the School Safety Plan are available upon request in the main office, and information explaining the GRP is included with this letter. Many other important resources for families are also available by visiting

Emergency readiness training in schools takes place in September and continues for staff and students throughout the school year. Student training is grade appropriate and designed to ensure that students understand the importance of these drills without causing unnecessary alarm. Please review the General Response Protocols that have been given to all students, and discuss these procedures with your child.

All families are reminded to update the Emergency Contact Cards (Blue Cards) that are on file in our main office. This includes providing and updating information indicating phone numbers, and the names of adults to whom the school may release children in an emergency. Families are also encouraged to register with Notify NYC ( to receive information about emergency events, and call 311 for additional information about a school during an emergency.

Over the summer our school building received installations of door alarms as one more step in maintaining the safety of our students. The alarms are on the student exit doors of the school building and are activated at all times during the school day, except for morning arrival and dismissal.  All alarmed doors have a sign indicating the doors are alarmed and the schedule as to when the alarm is deactivated if applicable.  The alarms will sound when a door is opened during a time when the alarm is active. This notifies school staff to enforce our missing student protocol and door alarm plan.  It is important to note that activation of these alarms will be taken very seriously, therefore it is critical that we work together to ensure our students understand the purpose of the alarms.   All exit doors may be used in an emergency or emergency drill; however, false activation of the door alarm during a non-emergency will be investigated, and may result in serious disciplinary student measures. The door alarm purpose and policy were explained to the students at our first House assemblies on Friday, September 11, 2015.  We will continue to revisit the door alarm purpose and plan with our students throughout the year.   

If you have questions or concerns regarding door alarms or any other school safety issue please contact us at 718-657-1120.


Patrick Burns


Middle School 217Q School Based Policy for Use of Cell Phones and Computing Devices on School Property

A.   The use of cell phones and computing devices at school is subject to the conditions below:

1.     Cell phones may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination.

2.     Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individual Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.

3.     Cell phones and computing devices may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.

4.     Cell phones and computing devices may not be used in locker room, bathrooms, gymnasium or our dance classroom.

5.     Students who use cell phones or computing devices in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor’s regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“IAUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code.

B.   Cell phones may be used as set forth below:

·                 Cell phones may not be turned on or used while on school property without authorization from a school official. Cell phones must be kept in school bags and turned off.

·                 Cell phones may not be used in areas where swimming pools are located.

·                 Cell phones may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.


During after-school, school sponsored programs or activities:

The cell phone policy for after school programs, Saturday school programs, trips, or school events is the same as that which is followed during the regular school day.

C.   Computing devices may be used as set forth below

·                 Computing devices may not be used in areas where swimming pools are located.

·                 Computing devices may not be turned on or used during instruction time, except for instruction and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

·                 Computing devices may be turned on and used only during instructional time for instructional and educational purposes with the approval of school authority.

During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities:

The computer device policy for after school programs, Saturday school programs, trips, or school events is the same as that which is followed during the regular school day.

D.   Confiscation and return of electronic items

Describe the circumstances under which electronic items may be confiscated and returned.  In determining whether to confiscate an electronic device, schools should consider the nature of the violation.  Where appropriate, measures should be instituted in a progressive fashion. Such measures may include, but are not limited to:

The following is the progressive ladder of discipline that will be utilized when confiscating and returning an electronic device:

Step 1: Student will receive a verbal warning that the device is not permitted to be used in school, followed by the instruction to turn the device off and put it away.

Step 2: If the student fails to follow the direction of the school official and/or is found to have been given a verbal warning in the past for violating school policy on electronic devices the electronic device will be confiscated.  The item will be returned to the student at the end of the school day.

Step 3: If the student has violated the school policy in the past resulting in his/her device being confiscated and returned to the student then the next time the student violates the school policy the device will be confiscated and will be held until a parent arranges a date and time with the school official to discuss the nature of the repeated violation as well as to pick up the device.  An outcome of the parent meeting will be the creation and signature (student, parent, and school official signatures required) detailing a behavioral contract whereby the student and parent agree the student will not violate school policy on the use of digital devices while on school grounds.  The contract will specify if the student violates the policy the privilege to possess the item on school grounds will be revoked.

Step 4: Revocation of privilege to bring item to school.


Dear Parents and Students:

Each student and staff member brings to our school community the richness of our city’s cultural diversity and the desire for respect. It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education to maintain a safe and supportive learning and educational environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying committed by students against other students and discrimination by students against other students on account of actual or perceived race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability or weight. (Chancellor’s Regulation A-832) It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education to provide equal educational opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex) or weight. It is also the policy of the DOE to maintain an environment free of harassment on the basis of any of these grounds, including sexual harassment. Accordingly, it is a violation of this policy for any DOE employee to discriminate against or create a hostile school environment for a student by conduct and/or verbal or written acts on school property, or at a school function on the basis of any of the above-noted grounds, (Chancellor’s Regulation A-830) We are committed to promoting respect for diversity among students and between students and staff, so that all of our students feel valued, safe and supported. Any student who believes that s/he has been the victim of bias-based harassment, intimidation and/or bullying by another student should report the incident to the Respect For All Liaison in the school verbally or in writing. Our school’s primary RFA Liaison is Mr. Paulin. He can be reached by calling the school at (718) 657-1120. In addition, the following individuals are RFA Liaisons to whom reports can be made: Ms. Franco, Ms. Salmon-Wallace, Ms. Ulloa, Mr. Pendola, Mr. Golden, Mr. Bernardin, and Mr. Parrino. Parents may report student-to student bias-based harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying verbally or in writing to the principal or the principal’s designee Ms. Vazquez, or the RFA liaison. If a parent feels s/he needs additional assistance, s/he may email 

Any student or parent of a student who feels that the student has been discriminated against by a DOE employee may file a complaint with the DOE’s Office of Equal Opportunity either in writing or orally by contacting: Office of Equal Opportunity Room 1102 65 Court Street Brooklyn, New York 11201 718-935-3320. 

We look forward to a productive school year as we work together to promote Respect For All.


Patrick Burns

School attendance is required by law and is critical to students’ success in school and life.

Research shows that children who miss 10 or more days of school in a given school year are less likely to graduate from High School.  Missing even two (2) days a month adds up to 20 DAYS a year. In addition, national data shows that students with more absences score lower on standardized tests, no matter their age, demographic group, or state or city.

We want to help ensure that every student has strong attendance every year. 

Families are encouraged to use the tools below to stay informed about their students’ attendance:

·       Use NYC School Account to review your child’s attendance and performance records.  You may contact the Parent Coordinator to retrieve a password required for registration.

·       Visit: to receive information about neighborhood services to help your child get to school on time every day.    

PLEASE NOTE: Parents are NOT PERMITTED to take their child out of the school for an extended time (more than 3 absences) to attend to personal business, family matters or to vacation.

Thank You

September 2015 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Students

On behalf of our school staff we would like to welcome you back from the summer break.  We hope you had a restful vacation and are now ready and energized to seize the outstanding opportunities of the 2015-2016 school year.  We look forward to meeting with you on September 21st from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for our Back to School Night.  During that evening we will discuss our school goals for the year, the meaningful Common Core curriculum your child will be engaged in, and the assessments we will use to measure your child’s progress as they move toward college and career readiness.  In addition, we will discuss the social and academic services we have in place to support all of the members of our learning community both in and out of school.  It promises to be a very informative evening. 

Our goals for the school year 2015-2016:

1)     Continue to develop collaborative opportunities between parents, students, and faculty thereby improving communication and trust among all constituents, leading to strong student achievement.

2)     To continue to develop a collaborative culture of reflection between parent, student, and faculty focusing on the academic and social progress of each student.

3)     To consistently collect and analyze student data that will be used by teachers to set and revise learning targets for all students in all subject areas throughout the year.

4)     Utilize the NYCDOE eight identified components of the observation rubric titled Danielson’s Framework for Effective Teaching to consistently improve instructional practice among our teaching staff.

5)     Utilize responses from the 2014-2015 Learning Survey to strengthen family-community ties.

6)     To engage our students in rigorous, meaningful curriculum that is based on the Common Core Learning Standards in all subject areas through the use of our revised curriculum maps, and differentiated instructional design.

7)     To provide professional supports for all teachers so that they will successfully design coherent instruction for all students that include lesson objectives aligned to Common Core State Standards, frequent checks for student understanding, differentiated supports for individual learners and assessments that will be used to drive future instruction.

8)     Further develop the artistic, social and cognitive talents of our students by collaborating with community organizations such as the Center for Arts Education, the Queens Community House, the Briarwood Community Association, the Museum of Natural History, the NYC Hall of Science, Queens Museum of Art, City Lore, Teaching Matters, Urban Advantage, Young Debaters, CHAMPS , Codesters, and the NYCDOE iLearn initiative.

9)     Provide all students individual access to computer devices and Google apps in all subject areas thereby meeting our vision of the iLearn program and more importantly developing the 21st Century skills required for success in our ever challenging global economy.

10) Provide all students a trusting learning environment where they are free from discrimination, and permitted the opportunity to find their individual voice.

Reflections on the school year 2014-2015

We are very proud of our student achievements during the school year 2014-2015.  The number of students meeting proficiency on the NYS ELA exam is up 4.9% from the previous year with significant improvement in our English Language Learner and Student with Disabilities populations.   In addition, our grade 6 to 8 students outperformed NYC ELA middle school scores by 2.9%.  In mathematics our grade 6 and 7 students outperformed NYC at both grade levels.  In addition, 203 of our grade 8 students attained a passing score on the NYS Common Core Algebra Regents, and 218 grade 8 students attained a passing score on the NYS Living Environment Regents resulting in early High School credits for both mathematics and science.  Student achievement in the Arts was also a priority during the school year 2014-2015. We implemented successful partnerships with the Center for Art Education, and the Queens Museum. Parents and students attended celebrations of their student work at both locations in June of last year.  In collaboration with our PTA our students, parents, and staff participated in celebrating students’ academic and social growth during honor roll breakfasts, Subject Family Nights, Concerts of the Arts, and students’ socials.  Student teams were victorious in the city-wide Young Debaters program, as well as Beat the Streets wrestling events, cheer leading competitions, CHAMPS sports programs, and the NYCDOE School Wellness Poster competition to name a few.  Students presented at the Urban Advantage Science Expo, and attended trips to Washington D.C., Boston, Yale University, City College, and Hofstra University.  Finally, our student acceptance rate to the top performing High Schools in NY also increased.  Bravo to our parents, students, and staff for working together day and night to attain these great accomplishments. 

Looking to the school year 2015-2016

Yet with all of our progress we will continue to push to achieve greater heights.  Over the summer we reflected on and revised our action plans so that they are aligned to the NYCDOE Framework for Great Schools.  ( The framework provides us a greater focus in developing rigorous instruction, effective school leadership, a collaborative supportive environment, and strong family-community ties all founded on trust in the name of greater student achievement.  We will consistently revisit our goals and action plans against the framework throughout the school year, and will engage our students, parents, and staff in frequent opportunities for discussion and planning.  We will focus on addressing concerns outlined in our 2014-2015 Learning Survey and PTA meetings, as well as the academic targets identified through the analysis of student work and assessment data. We will address your request to provide additional learning opportunities for parents via workshops, classroom visits, and educational off-site experiences which will strengthen community-family ties, and result in greater student achievement.  Teachers will continue the posting of all homework assignments, assessment results, classwork, and upcoming event information on PupilPath ( Parents will continue to utilize their individual PupilPath accounts to review their child’s academic and social progress in real time on a daily basis.  In addition, parents may email their child’s teachers directly through PupilPath thereby strengthening communication.    Throughout the year we will send home formal invites scheduling parents for small group conferences between the student, parent, and student’s teacher team on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:20 PM.  We will backpack and/or mail home with your child a school monthly newsletter during the first week of every month. 

In our effort to focus on the progress of our students we will utilize a grading policy based on the satisfactory completion of homework assignments, class participation termed Questioning and Discussion, evidence of satisfactory class work, and student performance on subject exams.  School-wide assessments will be administered every 6-8 weeks to determine the progress of our school, as well as the progress of individual students as they strive for mastery in the common core standards.  Teachers will design lessons that will scaffold content and skill development as well as differentiate for the individual learning needs of our students.  Teachers will consistently check for student understanding during the daily student lessons, utilizing edtech apps frequently.  Various digital devices such as smart boards, ELMOs, laptops, iPads, clickers, and the internet will be leveraged to engage your child.  Additional academic services will be provided for those students not meeting the targets set by their teachers.  Behavior supports will be utilized to provide students the opportunity to grow and flourish.  We will implement an advisory program on the 6th grade, and utilize restorative practices in all grades providing students a trusting collaborative environment.  With the support of parents and staff working together our students will develop self-confidence and learn to advocate for themselves as future leaders of our world.

Our teachers have reviewed multiple sources of data on each of our students and they are setting individual learning goals for all.  Parents now have access to their child’s attendance and academic data through the MyStudent Parent link  as well as through PupilPath (  Parents new to our school will receive individual PupilPath accounts to view their child’s subject progress, daily attendance, and behavior performance through PupilPath in the coming days.  For assistance with MyStudent or with PupilPath login please contact our Parent Coordinator Ms. Vazquez at 718-657-1120 or  As our year moves forward our teachers will work with you, your child, and your child’s support team (teachers, guidance counselor, dean, and assistant principal) to reflect on your child’s progress and make the necessary adjustments.    To fully support while at the same time provide every opportunity for all of our students, we will continue to review and when necessary revise with parents the Individualized Educational Plans for our students with special needs.  Please be certain we are committed to the needs of every child. Students in special education classes will follow the same curriculum as students in general education classes with additional supports and resources built in to the lesson to strengthen their understanding of concepts and to help them better apply the skills they have learned.

We are dedicated to the development of the whole child. We believe that together parents, students, and staff will continue to create a truly memorable middle school experience for our students.  We are determined to meet the goals we have set for both our school and each individual student.  We will work together as a community, and we will be successful!


September Topics in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies:



Beginning in September the ELA department will continue the implementation of our Common Core aligned reading/writing program, Expeditionary Learning. We have been utilizing this program for two years and found we have had much success and engagement among our students.  The novels and discussion topics, along with the writing give students an opportunity to engage with exciting texts and have their voices heard through discussion and writing.  Teachers and administrators will continue to receive training and support to be able to meet your child’s needs.  In September we will launch Module 1 of four Modules.  Grades 6-8 will focus on close reading and writing to learn, with specific topics of Myths in Grade 6, Journeys and Survival in Grade 7, and Finding Home: Refugees for Grade 8. In addition, all students will complete benchmark performance assessments in reading and writing during the month of September. Our instructional staff will use the results from these assessments to design lessons and tasks to meet the needs of our students.  In addition, students will utilize the Achieve 3000 Teen Biz program to set their individual reading levels using the Lexile system.  Lexile Levels will be assessed at least 3 times during the school year to look for growth.  Teen Biz will be accessible both in school and from home computers connected to the internet.  Letters outlining the program will be sent home during the week of September 21. 

The target Lexile Ranges are as follows:

6th Grade

665L to 1000L

7th Grade

735L to 1065L

8th Grade

805L to 1100L

Students are expected to read a book on their independent Lexile level every night for at least 30 minutes, in addition to their other daily homework.  Students will be expected to write in their reading response notebook each night to evidence this reading. 

We look forward to working with you and your children during this upcoming year.  



This year we have updated our new common core mathematics curriculum, Go Math.  In the first unit, our 6th grade students will learn about: integers and their opposites, absolute value, rational numbers and their opposites, comparing and ordering rational numbers, greatest common factors and least common multiples.  In 7th grade, students will be introduced to integers and rational numbers.  Seventh grade mathematics goals will be to: develop an understanding of rational numbers by including negative rational numbers and to develop an understanding of operations with rational numbers and their properties.  Additionally, our 7th grade students will begin preparations for administration of the NYS Regents Algebra I assessment for the following year.  Our 8th graders will begin the year studying Foundations of Algebra including solving equations and inequalities.  Additionally, many of our 8th grade classes will be preparing to earn high school credit by participating in the NYS Regents Algebra I course.  Last year over 500 students were given that opportunity!  After school programs will provide students additional time to understand the information during class time.  You’ll receive further information as the year progresses.


In 6th grade science, students will start the year studying the nature of science.  Objectives for our 6th grade students are to: identify the skills scientists use, define hypothesis and recognize the difference between observation and inference.  7th graders will focus on Living Environment and begin preparations for the NYS Regents Living Environment Assessment, to be taken in 8th grade.  Students will begin with examining the steps used to solve a problem in a scientific way:

●      Explain how a well-designed investigation is developed

●      Identify how  to write a TESTABLE QUESTION and Independent/Dependent Variable relationships

●      Limitations

●      Identify the parts of an experiment based on written scenarios of labs


Students will be able to: Identify the branches of science, list the steps of the scientific method, list the importance and use of the scientific method and be able to identify the components of an experiment.  Our 8th graders will employ their prior knowledge of science to gain a deeper understanding of the scientific method and its applications.  Their objectives for the first unit are to: explain how a well-designed investigation is developed and identify how science is a part of their everyday life.   The science department continues to incorporate the use of EScience3000.  This is a computer based program that matches your child’s reading level with appropriate material so your child can gain a deeper understanding of the material.  Additionally, we continue to be an Urban Advantage school, which seeks to develop a love of science through family interactions and visits to museums such as the American Museum of Natural History!  Look for vouchers for FREE entrance to the American Museum of Natural History, NY Hall of Science, the Bronx Zoo and the Queens Botanical Garden!  They’ll be sent home from your science teacher.  Additional classes will be afforded the opportunity to earn high school credits in science by taking the Living Environment Regents.  Last year over 350 students were given that opportunity!

Social Studies

Welcome back parents to an exciting school year. The universal essential question for students while in their Social Studies classes for this year is “How can I read, write and think like a historian?” Teachers have worked over the summer making revisions to the Social Studies curriculum in grades 6-8 to create challenging coursework and engaging units of study that will provide multiple opportunities to read, write and think like a historian all while exploring content matter.  This year, all lessons, units of study and exams are aligned to the common core standards. In addition, your child will complete a Social Studies NYC performance task that is centered on a historical document. This document can be a speech, article, or picture in which they will be required to analyze and make meaning of the document. This assessment will be administered in September and again in the spring.  The results of these assessments will give us an indication of the progress your child has made over the course of the year in Social Studies.  Every month we will send you grade specific information about what your children are engaged in learning so that you can be an active part of the learning process. We look forward to getting to know your children and meeting with you as the year progresses. Please be sure to log in to your Pupil Path accounts to see the most up-to-date information on how your child is progressing in Social Studies classes.

All students will complete benchmark assessments in Social Studies during the month of September.  Our instructional staff will use the results from these assessments to design instruction to meet the needs of our students.

Grade 6 – Essential Question: How did geography influence the development of the Eastern Hemisphere?

●       Interpreting different maps - Comparing and analyzing maps

●       Key geographic features and natural resources - Identifying geographical features

Grade 7 – Essential Question: How did geography affect the earliest Americans?

●       Note-taking skills - Creating outlines, Analyzing Documents, Critical Thinking

●       The Earliest Americans

●       The Americas prior to early explorers and colonial settlement

●       Indigenous cultures of the Americas

Grade 8 – Essential Question: What basic skills do historians need when analyzing history?

●       Interactive note taking skills - Analyzing documents

●       Civil War Review

●       Reconstruction

●       Developing logical arguments



1)     School Uniform – polo shirt (navy blue or grey), khaki/navy blue pants or skort

2)     Five subject loose-leaf binder

3)     2 USB THUMB DRIVES (Laptops will be provided by our school.  Distribution begins Sept 20th.  Distribution may take up to two weeks.  Students ARE NOT permitted to take their laptop home.)

4)     five pens, five pencils

5)     Ruler and protractor (Calculators will be supplied by our school)

Parents please remember students must be  dressed for success in our school uniform  on a daily basis.

*For more information, please call the main office or visit our school web site at 

We are looking forward to a successful year working with students and parents.  Please arrange to visit by calling your child’s guidance counselor or dean for an appointment:






Principal Burns

Ms. Franco

Mr. Parrino


AP Jimenez

Ms. Ulloa

Mr. Paulin


AP Greggo

Ms. Salmon-Wallace

Mr. Bernardin

Math & Science

AP Teutschman

Mr. Pendola

Mr. Golden

Grading Policy 2015-2016

Homework = 10% : (Examples-  Daily homework assignments, projects, Achieve 3000, eScience, PowerSpeak, Rosetta Stone and reading logs)

Classwork = 25% : (Examples - Notebook work, graphic organizers completed in class, worksheets, Achieve 3000, eScience, PowerSpeak, Rosetta Stone, entrance tickets, exit tickets, daily assignments in class, and Marking Period pre assessments)

Question & Discussion  = 25% : (Examples - Question and Discussion rubric titled SPEAK, teacher observations of student questioning and discussion participation. 

Assessment = 40% : (Examples - POWs, Marking Period post assessments, teacher created exams/quizzes, monthly tasks, lab reports, etc)

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation!!!


Patrick M. Burns


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