TONIGHT’s PTA Meeting Information & Link

Please join Principal Annello at tonight’s PTA meeting at 7PM via Zoom.

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Topic: MS 67 PTA General Board MeetingTime: Jan 25, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Important Updates from Principal Annello 1.21.2021

Dear MS 67Q School Community, 

We hope you and your families are well.  Below are some important announcement and updates: 

Specialized High School Test Administration and School Schedule Next Week 

The Specialized High School Test (SHSAT) will be administered in-person to grade 8 students from our school who have registered this Wednesday, January 27th.  Most teachers and staff members across all grades will be assisting with the proctoring and administration of the exam.  Therefore, on Wednesday, January 27th, asynchronous learning will take place in those classes in which teachers are proctoring.  Please note asynchronous learning means there would be no live lessons (synchronous) that would be able to be taught by teachers who are proctoring.  In addition, on Monday, January 25th, teachers who are proctoring will be attending a training during periods 5-7.  For periods 5-7 on Monday, those same teachers will assign asynchronous work during those periods.  There are teachers who will still be able to teach synchronous lessons during periods 5-7 on Monday and on Wednesday, January 27th.  Teachers will inform their classes, and students should check their Google Classroom pages for their classes.   

Report Cards Available on NYC Schools Accounts and PupilPath 

The third quarter begain this week on Tuesday, January 19th.  Report card grades for the second quarter can be viewed through PupilPath and NYC Schools Accounts at this time.  Averages for core subjects (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) received numerical grades that were cumulative from independent work assignments and assessments from the first two quarters combined.  All other subjects received grades of either P (Pass) or NX (Course in Progress).  Core subject averages that represented grades below 65 were designated with an NX grade (Course in Progress).  Please speak to your child and check PupilPath for more information about your child’s updated grades and progress. 

Update Regarding Return to In-Person Learning 

As of right now, a return date for in-person learning has not been announced for public middle schools and high schools in New York City.  We continue to follow the all-remote schedules for teaching and learning that we have been following since Thursday, November 19, 2020.  We will update you with new information when it becomes available.  We are prepared to return to in-person learning with cohorts A and B only and cohort D students will continue to learn all-remote.  We will follow model 1B when in-person learning begins again, and the sample model 1B is attached to this message.  Also, we will send out a cohort calendar when a return to in-person learning date is announced. 

Parental Consent for COVID-19 Testing 

Parental consent for in-school COVID-19 testing must be submitted for students expecting to return for in-person learning as part of cohorts A and B.  It is easiest and most efficient to submit parental consent through students’ NYC Schools Accounts.  If you have questions about NYC Schools Accounts, please reach out to our Jenny Cho, our Parent Coordinator, at xcho@schools.nyc.gov.  Parental consent can also be submitted by scanning the completed consent form and emailing it to covidtest@ms67q.com.  Please note students will be placed in all-remote cohort D if parental consent is not submitted prior to the return of in-person learning.  The parental consent form can be found at the following link: 

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

NYC Schools Accounts  

If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for a NYC Schools Account.  This account will give you access to important information regarding the Department of Education and your child.  You can use the link below to create an account: 

https://mystudent.nyc/

Also, if you need help creating an account or acquiring an access code, please contact Jenny Cho, our Parent Coordinator.  Her email address is xcho@schools.nyc.gov.  We want to make sure 100% of our parents have signed up so that you can have access to vote in upcoming education council elections as well as have access to your child’s DOE email account.  We are preparing for the possibility that we will no longer be able to use our own school domain ms67q.com in future school years. 

Fall 2020 School Experience Survey 

The Fall 2020 School Experience Survey is now open until Friday, February 5th.  All teachers, students, and parents can take the survey at the link below.  Please take some time to complete the survey as we will analyzing the data to help us continue to grow and improve.  The survey data will be more valuable if as many teachers, parents, and students take it.  The link is below: 

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/fall-2020-school-experience-survey

Remote Clubs and Activities 

We are in the process of finalizing our list of remote clubs and activities.  We are expecting our remote clubs and activities to begin as soon as the week of Monday, February 1st.  The list you receive will include information about the clubs and activities, virtual registration links, and the contact information for the staff members facilitating the opportunities.   

School Leadership Team Meeting and Training for All Members 

The January School Leadership Team Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom at 4:30pm on Monday, January 25th.  SLT members will be viewing a training webinar and reflecting on guiding questions after the webinar is completed.  Members of the school community are invited to all SLT members as observers.  The Zoom link and access information for Monday’s meeting are: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82671627523?pwd=TFFJVVVqU2FoN2dsUTJobHpNZkx5dz09

Meeting ID: 826 7162 7523 

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January PTA Meeting at 7:00pm on Monday, January 25, 2021 

The January PTA Meeting will be held this Monday, January 25th at 7:00pm via Zoom.  The meeting will include updates and information from the PTA as well as a report from Principal Annello.   

Retirement Announcements 

We would like to congratulate Guidance Counselor, Jerard Armstrong, on his recent retirement.  Also, our Studio Art teacher, Georgia Daskarolis, is retiring at the end of the month as well.  We wish Mr. Armstrong and Ms. Daskarolis well as they enter the next phase of their lives after many years of dedication to our school community! 

Thank you for your continued support.  Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 

The MS 67Q Administrative Team 

HS Admissions Info from Office of Family And Community Empowerment (FACE)

UPDATES

High School Admissions Information Sessions

Applying to high school? We’re hosting two kinds of virtual events to share information about high school admissions in New York City.

Virtual High School Admissions Information Sessions

·       January 11, 4pm to 5pm

·       January 12, 6pm to 7pm

·       January 13, 4pm to 5pm

·       January 14, 5pm to 6pm

·       January 15, 1pm to 2pm

Virtual Arts High School Fairs

Interested in applying to audition programs? Learn about audition requirements for each discipline, the audition process for this year, and how to use MySchools and the Virtual Audition Submission Tool (VAST). Meet representatives from NYC’s audition schools, including LaGuardia High School. Please note that schools from different boroughs will showcase their programs on different days.

·       January 21, 1pm to 3pm Manhattan and Bronx audition programs

·       January 25, 5pm to 7pm Brooklyn and Staten Island audition programs

·       February 2, 4pm to 6pm Queens audition programs

·       February 4, 6pm to 8pm Manhattan and Bronx audition programs

Register at tinyurl.com/nyc2021HSvirtual for any event(s) you’d like to attend.

Specialized High Schools

The Specialized High Schools registration period is now open! Here’s how to participate:

For the eight testing Specialized High Schools, apply to any/all of these schools by registering for, then taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT):

Step 1. Register by January 15, 2021, to take the SHSAT. Submit your registration for the test.

Step 2. Take the SHSAT. Testing will begin on January 27

(For the one audition Specialized High School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, apply by registering to audition, then submitting audition materials. Please note that the SHSAT is not used for admission to LaGuardia.)

For more information, questions or help setting up your MySchools account or registering, please visit the Specialized High School site on the DOE website.

Virtual High School Workshop & SHSAT Registration Deadline

On behalf of Ms. Scalici (guidance counselor):

Reminder that today is the first day that HS Enrollment is offering their virtual HS Workshop. 
Parents can sign up for a date with this link
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=tyxJGEXvYUWFcQxC5fesB1OjTo59sYNEohYatPPze0RUNUgwUEhQME5RNUxWRkRKVFY4MzZJTzkwQS4u

SHSAT Registration Deadline: January 15, 2021!

Latest Update from Principal Annello 1.5.2021

Happy, healthy New year!

Please take a look at the latest update from Principal Annello:

Dear MS 67Q School Community, 

Happy New Year!  As we begin 2021, we would like to share some updates and information (see below) with all of you.     

Update Regarding Return to In-Person Learning 

As of right now, a return date for in-person learning has not been announced for public middle schools and high schools in New York City.  We continue to follow the all-remote schedules for teaching and learning that we have been following since Thursday, November 19, 2020.  We will update you with new information when it becomes available.  We are prepared to return to in-person learning with cohorts A and B only and cohort D students will continue to learn all-remote.  We will follow model 1B when in-person learning begins again, and the sample model 1B is attached to this message.  Also, we will send out a cohort calendar when a return to in-person learning date is announced. 

Second Quarter Ends on Friday, January 15, 2021 

The last day of the second quarter is Friday, January 15, 2021.  If students have independent work assignments and/or assessments to hand in, they should prioritize doing so as soon as possible.  Teachers will need time to grade assignments and assessments, and therefore are asking for assignments and assessments to be handed in over the course of the next week.  Report card subject averages after the second quarter will cumulative from the beginning of the year, and students will receive numerical averages in core subject areas (Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies).  All other subject areas will receive grades of P (Pass) or NX (Course in Progress) after the second quarter. 

Parental Consent for Weekly COVID-19 Testing 

Parental consent for in-school COVID-19 testing must be submitted for students expecting to return for in-person learning as part of cohorts A and B.  It is easiest and most efficient to submit parental consent through students’ NYC Schools Accounts.  If you submitted parental consent prior to November, please complete the parental consent again through your NYC Schools Accounts.  Your consent was originally submitted for monthly and not weekly testing.  If you have questions about NYC Schools Accounts, please reach out to our Jenny Cho, our Parent Coordinator, at xcho@schools.nyc.gov.  Parental consent can also be submitted by scanning the completed consent form and emailing it to covidtest@ms67q.com.  Please note students will be placed in all-remote cohort D if parental consent is not submitted prior to the return of in-person learning.  The parental consent form can be found at the following link: 

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

High School Admissions, SHSAT, and Application Process Update   

Eighth grade students interested in taking the SHSAT must register by Friday, January 15, 2021.  Students can register through their MySchools accounts.  It was announced that the SHSAT will be administered at each individual middle school on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.  More details and logistics will be shared when they become available.  Also, high school applications will be able to be completed beginning the week of Monday, January 18, 2021.  Students will have until the week of Monday, February 22, 2021 to complete their applications.  We will be hosting two upcoming workshops for eighth grade students and parents that will focus on the high school application process for this year.  The workshops will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:30pm and Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9:00am (as part of Virtual Grade 8 Parent Coffee and Conversation with Principal Annello).  The RSVP links for the sessions are below: 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:30pm- Grade 8 Parents (This session will have the same information as the meeting on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9:00am.  Please RSVP and plan to attend either session.) 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FW1KYy1jGGLBEFupX_4GX4-S3ocsg-QjZxVqIRN7E8s/edit

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9:00am- Grade 8 Parents (*This Coffee and Conversation session with Principal Annello will have the same information as the meeting on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:30pm.  Please RSVP and plan to attend either session.) 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uvdpxq8Y4IxzZU73uqRYGJK2w2uTbEoTcDFu867YeZY/edit

Our Guidance Counselor, Nina Scalici, will help facilitate the workshops, and she is available by email at ascalici6@schools.nyc.gov if you have any other questions or concerns.  Information about the sessions above will be sent via PupilPath to grade 8 parents and students prior to the session.  We are highly recommending that grade 8 parents and students attend these sessions only because some of the updated information is specific to this year’s admissions and application process.   

Remote Clubs and Activities 

We are in the midst of planning for some more opportunities for remote clubs and activities to be offered before and/or after school starting in a few weeks.  We will be sharing more information when it becomes available about how to sign up for these opportunities.  They will be offered remotely only to give students (blended or all-remote) an opportunity to participate.   

January Virtual Coffee and Conversation Meetings with Principal Annello 

This month, virtual Coffee and Conversation Meetings with Principal Annello will be held on the following dates and times.  Please note the RSVP links are included for the sessions: 

Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:00am- Grade 7 Parents 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1E-UZxWlpfH-4FaXHV44HkdacfXd8YpnyrTf8w01jVfQ/edit

Friday, January 15, 2021 at 8:30am- Grade 6 Parents (*Please note the earlier start time) 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S3JOzwQ4tXtILyrn08GPVE9vdhPbW5JJAY5QIFjLa_8/edit

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9:00am- Grade 8 Parents (*Focus of this session will be High School Admissions and the Application Process.) 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uvdpxq8Y4IxzZU73uqRYGJK2w2uTbEoTcDFu867YeZY/edit

We are very excited to continue our journey in 2021 with all of you.  Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your continued support. 

The MS 67Q Administrative Team

High School Admissions Update/Letter from DOE Chancellor 12.18.2020

“Dear Families,

This has been a year of new challenges and difficult choices, testing our collective strength and endurance as we have faced the unknown together. We have had to reinvent the building blocks of public education in the nation’s largest school system, from how to “go to class,” to grading policy, attendance, and everything in between.   

Today I am writing with an update on another fundamental pillar of your child’s education: the high school application and enrollment process this year, which will open the week of January 18. I want to thank you for your patience as we have worked for months to talk to families and conduct careful analysis to develop a new high school admissions policy that meets this challenging moment.

This new policy will better support your child’s learning journey, and that of their fellow 69,000 eighth graders, as we look ahead to Fall 2021.   New York City is home to approximately 250 total high schools that have geographic priorities in place, limiting opportunity for hard-working students to attend some of our most in-demand schools based on where they live.

Additionally, there are 126 high schools that “screen” students for admission using academic records, auditions, attendance, special assessments, interviews, or other measures. They’ve historically used a student’s academic records to determine if they’re suitable for entry to the school. The changes we are sharing with you today relate to all of these schools.  How will my student’s place of residence affect their high school applications this year? 

  • In the interest of a more equitable process for all families, geographic admissions priorities for high schools will be phased out over the next two years. This means that, after next year, the location of a student’s home cannot alone determine their chances of getting into a certain school.
  • District priorities for high school admissions will be permanently eliminated this year, and all other geographic priorities—like borough residence requirements— will be eliminated next year.

How will my student’s academic performance affect their high school applications this year? 

  • For remaining screens at high schools, schools can choose to remove or alter their screens in the year ahead, or they may maintain them.  
  • Schools that maintain academic screens are encouraged to make a concerted effort towards greater equity in their processes, either by electing to remove additional screens now, or implementing a Diversity in Admissions priority.  
    • Approximately 100 NYC public schools currently prioritize targeted groups of students including, but not limited to, low-income students, English Language Learners, and students in temporary housing. We invite more schools to expand access to students of all backgrounds. 
  • For those high schools that maintain academic screens, a combination of 2018-2019 state tests, the previous years’ grades, and/or other measures will be used depending on school-established criteria. 
  • Schools will be required to publicly publish their academic screening criteria on MySchools. 

Beyond geographic priorities and academically screened schools, the city is also home to the Specialized High Schools. The DOE is required by State law to administer the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) for admissions to these schools. To ensure health and safety of our staff and students, the SHSAT exam will be administered in students’ own middle schools to reduce travel and different cohorts of students. Registration for the test opens on Monday, December 21, 2020 and ends on January 15, 2021. Test administration will begin in late January.  

Why we are making changes?  As Chancellor, it is my responsibility to deliver the highest-quality education possible to each of your children, so that they are prepared for a successful, productive life, and empowered with the skills they need to chase their dreams. We must continue this work against the backdrop of inequities in our City and in our school system that have been exacerbated this year by the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 health crisis has had on communities of color, immigrant families, and on students whose parents never had the option to work from home. 

While there is more to do to keep driving toward their mission, these adjustments to admissions respond to the challenges we face as a system. They address the concerns of families, students, and leaders of screened schools the ways screens are an obstacle for many students to an education that would serve them well. So we are taking action.   

We will provide guidance and a variety of new resources in our schools and offices to help you navigate the process and find an excellent high school for your student. You can get started by visiting schools.nyc.gov/high to learn more about the process, and myschools.nyc to set up your MySchools account to be ready when the application period opens. 

Do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school counselor—they will be your guide throughout the process. You can also contact a Family Welcome Center (learn how at schools.nyc.gov/welcomecenters) or call 718-935-2009. 

These changes show that our values can become action, and that no policy, or way of doing things, is so entrenched that it cannot be revised in the name of serving all our children. We believe in schools that deliver equal opportunity to all students to the best education possible. We know there’s more to do, so we will initiate further talks with school communities to help inform the use of screens past September 2021.

I want to thank all of you for your collaboration. We are united in our mission to make sure your child—and every one of their 1.1 million peers—receives the best education possible in the greatest city in the world.  
Sincerely,

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Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education ”

December PTA General Meeting: Mon., 12/21/2020 at 7:00PM via Zoom

Topic: MS67 PTA General Board Meeting
Time: Dec 21, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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From District 26: WORKSHOP MONDAYS

District 26 WORKSHOP MONDAYS continues today at 4 pm with the first of a 6-session series presented by elevate education 

Session topic: TIME MANAGEMENT 

Date and Time:   

December 14, 2020 

4:00-5:00 PM on Zoom

All FAMILY SUPPORT WORKSHOPS by elevate education 

Dates and Times:   

December 14, 21, January 11, 25, and February 1,8   

4:00-5:00 PM on Zoom 

From the DOE: Elementary Admissions Parent Information Sessions

Elementary Admissions Parent Information Sessions

Join the NYC DOE for a virtual Elementary Admissions Event to learn about 3-K, pre-K, and kindergarten admissions. Find out what to expect and how to apply. All New York City families are welcome to attend.

Sessions will be held on: 

* Tuesday, December 15 at 2 pm

* Thursday, December 17 at 6 pm 

* Wednesday, January 6 at 6 pm 

* Thursday, January 7 at 6 pm (Spanish only) 

* Tuesday, January 12 at 2 pm 

Click here to register—please register for just one event. When you register, be sure to indicate your language preference; interpretation services will be provided according to demand. 

We are here to support you throughout the admissions process!  If you have questions, you can: 

* Call us at 718-935-2009 or 

* Email us at ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov