Welcome 7th Grade Families

Mr. Borrero's Newsletter

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Dear I.S. 24 7th grade families,

It has been so great to welcome back our students this week and we hope that everyone had a happy ,healthy, and safe spring break. There was so much school spirit and positive vibes throughout the classrooms. I am glad we had the opportunity to have great conversations with our students about what they have been up to and we were able to share our experiences together.

Please note that Arista invitations have been given out. If you feel you should have received an invite and did not, please contact Ms. Van Sise ASAP at lvansise@barnes24.org

As a reminder please “CLICK IN” to find below quick links for commonly asked items.

Click HERE to Opt-OUT of State Exams (Blended Students ONLY)

Click HERE to visit our School Website

Click HERE to view the most Frequently Asked Questions list.

Click HERE for COVID-19 consent form

Click HERE for Guide to Pupil Path

Click HERE FOR G Suite Tutorials and Other Digital Tools for Students/Parents

Click HERE to view how to register & navigate PUPIL PATH and GOOGLE account

Click HERE to view the bell schedule

Click HERE to visit our Facebook

Click HERE to visit our Instagram

Click HERE to join the BAND app

Click HERE to subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Click HERE to view the 7th Grade Newsletter

Class Updates

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding of the updates to student programs. This week began Phase 3, which ONLY impacted our Blended Students (Cohorts A,B,C) for their Talent and/or Foreign Language classes.

ARISTA

Congratulations to all of our potential Arista members for the 2020-2021 school year. Emails have been sent via pupil path to all 7th grade students who met the Arista requirements of making Principal's List Marking Period 1 & 2. This does NOT mean you are a member of Arista yet, you still have to complete 10 hours of community service. All information was sent via email.

If you believe you were missed, please check the following before reaching out:
1. Did you have an overall average of 90.00% or higher marking period 1 AND 2?
2. Did you receive all E & S in conduct marking period 1 AND 2?
3. Did you receive grades of 85.00% or higher in EVERY class marking period 1 AND 2?
4. Did you pass all of your classes marking period 1 AND 2?
5. Was your attendance 95% or higher marking period 1AND 2?

If you answered YES to all of the above questions, please email Miss Van Sise lvansise@barnes24.org and include your full name and class, no later than 4/16/21

DAILY ATTENDANCE

This is an important reminder that attendance must be taken daily between 7:50-10:00 AM. The daily attendance form can be found in the Class of 2022 Google Classroom. Set a reminder so you don't forget to do this!


Please do NOT use a cell phone app to conduct attendance. You can ONLY use a computer, iPad, chrome book, or laptop

DAILY ATTENDANCE FOR STUDENTS

We need all students to "click in" and take their attendance each and every school day. Attendance is open between 7:50am - 10:00 am Monday-Friday. The daily attendance form can be found in the CLASS of 2022 Google Classroom (code: bzxxyok) Please set a daily reminder !

Taking Additional Vacation Days

Please be aware that family vacations should be planned to coincide with the school calendar. If you are extending your weekend or vacation (for example attending sports tournaments) please be mindful that teachers are planning lessons on a daily basis for students in attendance. Therefore, to make prior arrangements for assignments, projects, and other instructional activities involving work that has not yet been presented is something that we do not endorse.


Also, student absences will be treated as an “unexcused absence”. You should also be aware that teachers cannot be expected to provide “catch up” work or to administer missed exams for students that have been on vacation. Nor shall teachers be required to repeat lessons that were given during the vacation period.


Parents and students should monitor Pupil Path and Google Classroom regularly. Students should make up work when they arrive back to class and or try to submit daily. Please keep this in mind when planning your next family vacation.

FREE WIFI

Please find the following list of providers offering FREE Wi-Fi or Special Accommodations for 60 Days


Comcast

Offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already.
Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment
Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment
Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi


Charter Communications/Spectrum

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps.
Call: 1-844-488-8395
Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access


Altice USA

For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, we are offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint.
Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region
Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region
Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement

DO SOMETHING GOOD! BE THE CHANGE

Mikayla Hayes, class 700, has been caught doing something good!

Besides making ARISTA last year and consistently working hard to maintain her grades, so that she can be on the Principal's list every marking period, Mikayla is also a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Not too many people know this, besides her family and some of her friends, but she skates 4 times a week for about 3 hours, all while trying to maintain her grades.


Mikayla was just awarded for successfully landing her axel jump, which is a huge accomplishment! She was also featured in Skating magazine's kids spotlight . You can see Mikayla's magazine feature, and a video of her landing her first axel jump, as well as her 2019 competition performance below.


We are so proud of Mikayla's dedication to both her academics and her skating ! Keep up the great work.

Have you been doing something good in the community?

We would like to highlight your efforts as a student body during this remote experience. Please click the above link to let us know how you are giving back to those around you.

Cristina Salimeni, Class 710, has been caught doing something good!

Cristina and her family have been making sure to help out others this year! First, they donated some turkeys and food to their church parish for Thanksgiving. All of the donations were sent to a local food pantry. The Salimenis also bought Christmas gifts and participated in their church Angel Tree gift event. The gifts are all sent to children in need and who are in the hospital. Cristina said, " It makes me feel good to help out others. I am glad the children will have some gifts to open at Christmas."

Follow-Up : John Guastella 703, Ridley Schargen 701, Louis O’Neill 703, and Jessica O’Neill 719 have been caught doing something good!

Nothing stops these kids ! After delivering flyers throughout their neighborhood, John, Ridley, Louis, and Jessica trekked through the rain to collect over 300 toy donations. The students, along with their parents, Mr. Borrero, and Miss Van Sise brought all of the donations to Senator Lanza's office on December 18th ! The students received Certificates of Recognition for Community Excellence from Senator Lanza.

You've Been Caught Doing Something Good !

John Guastella, Ridley Schargen, Louis O’Neill, and Jessica O’Neill were caught doing something good!

John Guastella 703, Ridley Schargen 701, Louis O’Neill 703, and Jessica O’Neill 719 did not want to let the pandemic stop I.S. 24’s annual fundraiser. After John saw Senator Andrew Lanza’s post on instagram about the annual toy drive, he realized our school may not be able to assist as we have for the past 14 years. In an interview with Mr. Borrero and Miss Van Sise, John said, “I decided to put out flyers… it was a job too much for one person, so I asked my friends and they decided to join and help.”

Over the course of two days they delivered 500 fliers to homes in their neighborhood. They asked family members for donations to pay for the printing and used their own money for the difference. Included on the flyer they wrote, “we want to give back to the community, so we decided to host a toy drive. Every year our school hosts a Holiday Toy Drive. This year because of the pandemic and most kids are in remote learning, we decided to ask our neighbors to donate a new unwrapped toy for Senator Lanza's annual Toys for Tots Drive. When you are shopping for your own family and friends why not put an extra toy in your cart for someone in need.”


The students asked family members for donations to pay for the printing and used their own money for the difference. They have already received numerous calls from people that they already have donations and will be collecting these toys on 12/14.



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We are so proud of the efforts of these four students to continue out our tradition of participating in this toy drive. In the 14 years that Mr. Borrero has been heading this fundraiser, I.S. 24 has donated over 15,000 toys.

Class of 2022 has been Caught Doing Something Good !

Check out our previously highlighted students and their immense efforts to make a difference in our community !

We would like to highlight our continued efforts of our "We Need YOU to Click In Campaign".

Please be aware that we use many different ways to communicate with our families. Most of which can be viewed at your convenience as all attempts are taken to bridge information to and from the school community. As part of our “We Need You To Click In!” campaign, please find below the nine communication connections that are actively in place for you to connect with us and their accompanying links !


1. School website

2. School wide email blasts

3. School wide Phone messaging

4. Instagram and Facebook

5. Weekly live broadcasts on “Band” app with the Principal

6. Weekly updates to FAQ’s

7. Direct phone calls to and from staff/ parents

8. Individual Emails to and from staff/ parents

9. Weekly numbered emails from Grade Assistant Principals

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Please “CLICK IN” to find below quick links for commonly asked items.

Click HERE FOR G Suite Tutorials and Other Digital Tools for Students/Parents

Click HERE for Guide to Pupil Path

Click HERE for Parent Guide to Technical Support

Click HERE to view how to register & navigate PUPIL PATH and GOOGLE account

Click HERE to view the bell schedule

Click HERE to view the 7th Grade Newsletter

Click HERE to view the most Frequently Asked Questions list.

Click HERE to visit our School Website

Click HERE to visit our Facebook

Click HERE to visit our Instagram

Click HERE to join the BAND app.

Click HERE to subscribe to our Youtube Channel

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A Message from Mr. Borrero

Good afternoon,


I would like to say thank you to all of our teachers and school staff that are working as hard as they can to help support students and parents during these unusual times. I have had the opportunity to visit classrooms this week during in person sessions and during the remote Google classrooms. Based on what I have observed, I do want to make some things clear. Everyone please read this even if it may not apply to you:


1. If you have any questions about an assignment, do not try contacting teachers by adding a private comment to the assignment. Teachers are not notified and they will only see it as they grading your assignment. Please message teachers via Pupil Path if you have any problems, questions, or concerns.

2. Please make sure you are coming to class on time when using the Google meets. It is important that we start our classwork as soon as possible, and being late can, in the end, be detrimental to your grade.

3. When you are in class, we strongly encourage you to have your camera on and have the background faded out. If you are not on camera you should expect teachers to call on you to answer questions and should be ready to answer promptly, as teachers need to make sure you are staying on task.

4. Lastly, make sure your assignments and daily attendance are submitted on time! You have from 7:50 am to 10:00 am. We cannot change your attendance and all personal request will be denied.

5. If you have trouble completing a class assignment, please let your teacher know, by simply not submitting an assignment when it was due is unacceptable.


I do hope everyone feels free to contact me if they have any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Paramithis, Ms. Sherry and myself are always available to help our students succeed.

Important Message from our principal, Mr. Santamaria

Please see our latest message from Mr. Santamaria, sent out on 11/5/20

OPEROO

We are excited to advise you that we are adopting a new system named Operoo. Some people may have already used this system, previously known as CareMonkey. Attached is the letter that explains Operoo, once we go live today an email will be sent to you. The email will have directions on how to register.
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What is Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning?

Blended Learning: (GROUPS A, B, C) A style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching. Students are required to wear a face mask.


Remote Learning: (GROUP D ) Students and educators are not physically present in a traditional classroom environment. Instruction is relayed through technology, such as discussion boards, video conferencing, and online assessments.
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Welcome Back Class of 2022

We hope all is well ! Please be patient with our team as we are attempting to answer all the emails and voicemails as quickly as we can. We have been receiving many questions about opening day. We are working diligently to try to obtain answers to many of your questions. Unfortunately, we do not have answers to some of your questions as information will be forthcoming from NYC DOE about various details. We have made a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list to help parents plan and prepare for this school year. Please click HERE to view the most Frequently Asked Questions list.

Please continue to monitor your Pupil Path email and your phone messages. It is our intention to use all communication tools to convey verified information to our parents, staff and students. Our live broadcast will be shared on our Youtube channel to be viewed at your convenience.

Click HERE to visit our School Website

Click HERE to visit our Facebook

Click HERE to visit our Instagram

Click HERE to join the BAND app.

Click HERE to subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Thank you!

13 Tips for Middle School Success

Written by a Middle School Principal

Don't forget to sign up for Pupil Path!

Don't forget to sign up for PupilPath! All school-wide information, progress reports, grades, report cards, teacher notices, and so much more are sent out through PupilPath.

Next Generation State Standards

Review the standards. Your child will be required to meet these expectations through the curriculum in each subject area. Contact your child's subject teacher with any questions.