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May 11, 2016

Dear District 15 Colleagues and Families:

In partnership with the Community Education Council, district middle and elementary school principals, and the greater District 15 community, I am pleased to announce that we are making positive steps toward a more inclusive, equitable and family-friendly middle school admissions process for all of the District 15 community.  This will begin with the application process during the 2016-2017 school year and will impact students who are in 5th grade next year.

Beginning with admissions for students entering 6th grade in September 2017,

District 15 will have an admissions process where the middle schools do not have access to and do not use information about where an applicant ranked the middle school on the application.    

For many years, middle schools have had access to how families rank them as a part of the admissions process.  This knowledge has brought unnecessary stress for families in the admissions process and has left families feeling as though their choices were limited in the application process.  For years, families have felt as though their options were limited to two top schools on their applications and have felt as though they need to be strategic, rather than honest in their ranking of choices.  As a result, families have limited their top choices to just a few schools. 

Based on community feedback and the support of the middle school principals in the district, we are making this change to support District 15 families.  I want to commend the middle school principals for embracing a change that greatly benefits families and also creates more equity among our middle schools.  Families can now express their true preference when applying to middle school without fear of not being considered because of how they ranked a particular middle school on the application. 

In addition, we have also eliminated the use of letters of recommendation as part of the application process.  Schools have been instructed that such letters are not to be requested or weighed if they are submitted. It is my hope that these important changes will lead to a more robust application process, and ultimately, to greater access for all of our families to the great wide range of excellent middle school choices in our district.

Questions about these improvements or the middle school admissions process can be directed to your school’s Parent Coordinator, Guidance Counselor or to the Office of Student Enrollment at 718-935-2398.

Warmest regards and best wishes,

Anita Skop

Superintendent, Community School District 15



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IMPORTANT MESSAGE



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We would like to remind parents that KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will be dismissed from the school yard due to safety concerns.  Please be sure to arrive on time to pick up your children. We are asking for your cooperation during this time to make sure that we have a safe and smooth dismissal.

·         It has come to our attention that 51st street will no longer have the cones to block the street. When crossing keep in mind that the street is not closed for pedestrians, it is important to follow the rules. I urge parents to please be conscious not to walk in the middle of the street for the safety of everyone.



Rosetta Stone
·       On a computer, remember this website:

https://henrylongfellow.rosettastoneclassroom.com

o   Username is the student’s OSIS #

o   Password is : school94

o   Launch “Rosetta Stone Language Lessons Version 3”

o   First Time Users will need to complete a short survey

·       On the Ipad,

o   Click on “App Store”

o   Search for “Rosetta Stone”

o   Download “Rosetta Stone”

o   Click on the new App “Rosetta Stone Languages”

o   Click on Enterprise/Education:

o   OSIS # is the Username

o   Password is: school94

o   Online Portal is: henrylongfellow


A few important reminders….

Inclement Weather Policy

As the winter months continue, please remember that we follow the NYC Public School’s  Closure policies in regards to late starts and snow days. Make sure to always listen to the news especially during snow storms. Parents please be aware of the changes in the weather and dress your child accordingly. 

 

Please stay connected to the school through our PS 94website: http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/15/K094

 

PS 94 is using the Pupil Path website (an online grading portal) Parents can login anytime to check your child's current grades and get information about homework, test scores, projects, assignments, attendance, upcoming events, and to contact teachers. It's secure and private, so no one else can see your personal information. Please visit PupilPath.com for information about your child's progress in school.

 

NYC Schools Account

With a NYC Schools account, you will be able to view your child’s attendance, grades, and contact information in one of ten languages on a computer, phone, or tablet. Login at http://schools.nyc.gov/myaccount


Dear Families,

Beginning on January 11, 2016 your child can take part in an innovative program called “Breakfast in the Classroom.” Just as the name implies, a nutritious breakfast will be served to each student, right in the classroom, every school day. Students will have an opportunity during the first 15 minutes of class to eat breakfast with their classmates and get the fuel they need to be ready to learn. Breakfast is still free. There will be no breakfast service from the cafeteria before school.
For more information please visit:
http://www.schoolfoodnyc.org/OurPrograms/bic.htm




Parent-Teacher Conferences

2015-2016

May 12 Evening Conference

PS 94 is using the Pupil Path website (an online grading portal) to help keep you informed about your child's education. Parents can login anytime to check your child's current grades and get information about homework, test scores, projects, assignments, attendance, upcoming events, and to contact teachers. It's secure and private, so no one else can see your personal information. Please visit  PupilPath.com  for information about your child's progress in school.  

NYC Schools Account

With a NYC Schools account, you will be able to view your child’s attendance, grades, and contact information in one of ten languages on a computer, phone, or tablet.

 Login at

http://schools.nyc.gov/myaccount

 

 

Dial-A-Teacher


The UFT sponsors a homework help

program for elementary and middle

school students called Dial-A-Teacher.

Classroom teachers answer homework

 questions at 212-777-3380, Monday

through Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. during the

 school year. They can also answer parents'

 questions and give advice on how you can help

 your child at home. The staff speaks 12

 languages.

 

Notify NYC

Is  the City of New York’s official source for information about emergency events and important City services.

You can register for Notify NYC on www1.nyc.gov/notifynyc,

or by calling 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115).


Did you know the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau offers a variety of information including crime prevention tips and local events? Sign up today, by visiting us online at www.communityaffairs.com, or by texting 'NYPD' to 22828.




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