Hugo Newman Family Newsletter

PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman College Preparatory

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Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Learning Bridges is a new program that will provide free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.

How to Apply

  • If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please complete this application
  • Need help completing the online application? Call 311 for assistance.
  • If you already filled out the expression of interest form, you do not need to complete another application.

Eligibility and Enrollment

Learning Bridges is open to 3-K through 8th grade students enrolled in a DOE school or contracted early childhood program. This includes District 75, 4410 programs, 853 programs, contracted 3-K, Pre-K, and EarlyLearn programs, and DOE elementary and middle schools.

Currently, Learning Bridges is not available for families that have opted for a 100% remote schedule.

Priority for placement will be given to:

  • Families in temporary housing, including shelters and hotels
  • Children of NYCDOE school and program staff, including staff of Learning Bridges sites and other contracted early childhood providers
  • Families residing in NYCHA developments
  • Children in family foster care or receiving other child welfare services
  • Students with disabilities
  • Children whose parent/guardian is an essential worker or was previously enrolled in a Regional Enrichment Center (REC)

Learning Bridges sites will be paired with DOE schools and contracted early childhood programs so that students will be interacting with a similar cohort of students even between sites.

Where placements are available, families will receive a letter from the DOE detailing their Learning Bridges site and next steps to enroll their child. Seats will continue to be added throughout the fall on a rolling basis.

Jeneca Parker

Principal, PS/IS 180

Parent Teacher Conferences

This year, parent teacher conferences will occur remotely on the dates and times listed below:

  • Thursday, November 5th from 12:20PM- 2:20PM and 4:30PM- 7:30PM. Students will be dismissed three hours early at 11AM.
  • Thursday, March 4th from 12:20PM- 2:20PM and 4:30PM- 7:30PM. Students will be dismissed three hours early at 11AM.

Teachers will share calendar invites to meet via Zoom.

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Mastery-based Grading (Grades K-8 Only)

Our reporting system is Mastery-based grading at PS/IS 180. This is an innovative growth-mindset approach for assessing learners that promotes deeper learning. The idea behind this grading concept is to structure courses in a way that allows learners the time and flexibility to focus on mastering a standard rather than achieving a certain number or letter grade. Standards-based grading supports learning by focusing on the concepts and skills that have or have not been learned rather than accumulating or losing points.

Our standards based grading scale is as follows

  • 4- Exceeding Standard
  • 3- Meeting Standard
  • 2- Approaching Standard
  • 1- Developing

As a parent, you can view your child's performance history across specific standards. Please note that not every assignment is individually graded. PS/IS 180 scholars receive holistic feedback across tasks completed and conference sessions from the week(s). Scores can be determined in multiple ways such as, teacher observation (both in person and remote), student-teacher conferences, student work, or performance tasks which can be seen in Otus.

In Grades K-8, student progress will be available for students and families to view frequently updated holistic scores on Otus in the Gradebook Tab.
  • Math: Weekly Feedback
  • Writing: Weekly Feedback using rubric
  • Reading: Approximately 2x per month using rubric
  • Enrichment: 1-2x per month

We use Decaying Average to calculate grades. This formula is calculated based on an average with more weight given to the most recent scores; the higher the decay rate, the more heavily recent attempts are weighted. This allows for a better measure of growth by rewarding students for how far they’ve come without punishing them for where they started.

Starting the week of October 19th, you can begin to view your child's progress towards mastery on Otus. I invite you to watch the video to see where you can locate your child's feedback.

Navigating Otus Gradebook

Additional Tech Tutorials

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COMING SOON: Rosetta Stone

All students in Grades PK-8 will have access to Rosetta Stone online. With over 24 languages to choose from, your child can learn a new language at their own pace in an engaging way through stories and song. More information to come with student account instructions. Check Bloomz for updates.
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Enrichment Activities

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Pre-K Learning At Home

When learning at home whether blended or fully remote, our youngest jaguars have daily access to the Pre-K Padlet. It us updated each week and made with love by the PS/IS 180 Pre-K team. Families can enjoy theme-based activities including mindfulness moments, literacy play, read-alouds, Spanish language, arts, and health/ wellness enrichment.
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Learn at Home Bags

For all grades, learn at home bags are now ready in Pre-K thru 8th Grade!

We invite all families to come to the school to pick-up your child's FREE learn at home bag this week, October 19th- October 23rd between 1:45PM- 2:45PM. Enter the early childhood yard located near the Young, Gifted, & Harlem mural. These bags are available to all Jaguars, regardless of learning preference in Groups A, B, C, or D. Inside the bags, you will find age-appropriate curated supplies to support teaching and learning at home in literacy, math, arts, and physical education.

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Upcoming Art Installation

Directly across from our school, Zaq Landsberg: Reclining Liberty will be on view from November 22, 2020 to November 1, 2021 in Morningside Park, 120th Street and Manhattan Avenue in Harlem. The art installation, approved by NYC Parks Department, is 24-foot x 5-foot x 7-foot. Read more here.

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Middle School & High School Admissions

This year’s application deadline will be later than the traditional early December deadline.

Middle School

The middle school directory and admissions guide will exist exclusively in a virtual format, and will not be printed. As the application opens, families can learn about the admissions process on DOE website where you can both read an admissions guide and watch videos explaining the admissions process. Sign up for our middle school admissions email list

High School

The high school application is not yet open, and no longer closes on December 4, 2020. Registration for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and LaGuardia High School auditions are not yet open, and no longer close on October 21, 2020. Families and school staff will have additional time to register. The high school directory and admissions guide will exist exclusively in a virtual format, and will not be printed. The new High School Admissions Video Series is now available, and more videos will be added soon: Sign up for our high school admissions email list

Families Temporarily Living Outside NYC: Students who have temporarily relocated outside NYC, but who have maintained a permanent residence in NYC, may participate in admissions.

If you have questions about admissions and enrollment, you can contact

Daily Health Screenings

In alignment with NYS Department of Health guidance, student health screenings (including temperature checks) must be completed daily—preferably at home—before students can enter DOE school facilities. It is required that these health screenings be completed each day that

students are scheduled to attend in-person learning.

To assist with a smooth arrival, please complete this online health screening at home in the morning and show at entry on your phone:

If students and families are not able to pre-screen using either the online tool or paper form of the questionnaire at home, you will be required to complete a screening assessment in-person at the school building prior to entry.

The preference is that all student health screenings are done at home each morning to avoid delays during morning entry.

Daily, please visit

Arriving on Wrong Day

If a child arrives on an incorrect day, parents will be contacted using information on the blue card and/or other resources.

Parents/guardians will be asked to pick students up or the student will be sent home independently if written permission is on file.

After School Programming

Police Athletic League (Grades K-5)

PAL is now enrolling children for after school programming for Grades K-5. Children will be escorted to PAL building following our 2:00PM dismissal with childcare available until 6:00PM.

Follow these steps to register your child:

  1. Please download the PDF Afterschool Application below.
  2. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader, please use sign and fill (entirely free for download) and enter all the necessary information. If you cannot sign, it can be done at the mandatory orientation.
  3. Once completed, save the PDF as LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME ASP APPLICATION. Please use your child’s name.
  4. Please read the cover sheet* for the required documents.
  5. Email completed application to the Harlem Center ( )
  6. You will receive an email confirmation from the center that your application was received. The email confirmation is not an acceptance into the program.
  7. Submission of an application does not guarantee your child’s acceptance to the program. Applications will be considered on a first come first serve basis until each grade is full. Once the application is reviewed, we will reach out to you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

NY Edge (Grades 6-8)

New York Edge provides “voice and choice” opportunities for students to select from a menu of activities such as Mixed Martial Arts, Dance, Art, Sports, Theater, during each of the three seasons (fall, winter, spring) of the program year. This holistic approach supports the development of the whole child as each student works toward becoming a valued community member. NY Edge operates on-site Monday-Friday from 2:00pm-5:00pm. We look forward to having you join us!

Grab & Go Meals Available

Remote Learning Students may pick up a free breakfast and lunch at PS/IS 180 daily. Enter the large school yard and head to the wheelchair ramp entrance to receive free meals.

The parents/guardians of those students may also pick up the take-out meals. Take-out meals for students and other NYC children will be available on school days from 9:00AM - 12:00PM. No registration, ID, or documentation required.

What's on the Menu

  • See what's on the menu for free breakfast and lunch.
  • Dates, locations, and menus are subject to change.

Upcoming Events

Safety Meeting (public)

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 10-11am

This is an online event.

Join here:

Meeting ID:

860 5935 5178



PTA Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 7pm

This is an online event.

Zoom link:

Preliminary Agenda:

- Fall Festival planning

- Description of, and recruitment to school committees

Voting items:

- Fall festival

More information including a detailed agenda, minutes of the previous meeting and the treasurer’s report will be distributed by Bloomz

Title 1 Parent Meeting

Friday, Oct. 30th, 10:30am

This is an online event.

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PTA- sponsored PS/IS 180 Fall Family Harvest

Friday, Oct. 30th, 2-4pm

370 West 120th Street

New York, NY

Registration is required as this is a free ticketed event to comply with CDC guidelines.
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Jaguar Highlights

Monthly Calendars

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Our Core Actions to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

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Ryan Health Center School- Based Clinic

Please fill it out and drop it off or email it to us at

NYC DOE Health Policy

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NYC DOE School Reopening Plan

Please read the New York City Department of Education's District School Reopening Plan, which outlines the policy, guidelines and processes schools will follow to open safely in September.

PS/IS 180 School Reopening Information

Building upon the District Plan, every school has provided information on key school-specific contacts and safety measures that have been put into place, which is linked above.

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Bloomz is available on the desktop, iPhone and Android phones. Downloading the app is very easy and can be done in a couple of minutes. It is a private and secure way that we communicate with families.

New Bloomz Parent

1. Download the “Bloomz" app from the AppStore/PlayStore and click on "Enter Code". If browser, go to and click on "Join Bloomz" followed by "Enter Code"

2. In the text box, enter the following codes to access the following pages:

  1. PS/IS 180 Announcements: P8WSVG
  2. PTA: 4XEBTA

3. Create your account

Existing Bloomz Parent

1. Log into your Bloomz account

2. Click “+Add Class/Group” on the left navigation.

3. In the text box, enter the codes as provided by classroom teacher(s)

4. Click next

Things to be aware of……

  • The app will provide you with access to your child’s classroom blog
  • For those who give photo/ video permission, we will periodically post pictures from activities/ events of your child(ren) visible to the grade
  • You will be able to view general news posted by the school, PreK grade team, PTA and any other important announcements
  • Upcoming events are listed on the app
  • Your child’s classroom teacher may send you alerts and reminders via the app

Tech Support for Families

Please fill out this form to let us know what issues you're having with NYCDOE iPads/devices, access to applications, or other technical problems, such as Transportation, Report Card, Student Account Access, and Status of iPad Request. We will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you and try to solve your problem.

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