Hugo Newman Family Newsletter

PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman College Preparatory

Mid-Winter Update

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Dear Parent/ Guardian,

A wise man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” This month, we have curated a collection of synchronous and asynchronous experiences and activities for students of all ages to explore each day. One of our eighth grade students on Student Council and Model CEC3 was recently selected as a guest panelist at a NYC DOE Black Lives Matter at Schools Event. Now more than ever, we are encouraging our scholars to use their voices and know that words have power to bring social change.

This Friday 2/26 at 11:00AM, we will have a Virtual Black History Assembly where we will showcase our students interviewing members of the PS/IS 180 parent community and Harlem community celebrating Black Excellence. Whether students are learning in person or remotely, all Jaguars will have an opportunity to attend the celebration and hear local inspiring voices and their stories. I invite you to celebrate with us.

"Because of them we can."

Jeneca Parker

Principal, PS/IS 180

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Parent Teacher Conferences 3/4

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on Thursday, March 4th from 12:20- 2:20PM and 4:30- 7:30PM. Students will be dismissed early at 11:00AM.

Your child's teacher will send information about how to sign-up for an appointment. Like the fall, all meetings will take place via Zoom. Report Cards for students in Grades K-8 will also be discussed and distributed at the meeting.

As a reminder, our school's grading policy has changed for the 2020-21 school year. As a parent, you can view your child's performance history across specific standards at any time on Otus. For official school records, we use the numeric 1-4 grading scale to communicate mastery for the course with 4 (Exceeds Standard) or 3 (Meets Standard) on the report card and student transcript. This year, we will not have scores of 1 or 2 for marking periods and final grades. In Grades K-8, students will receive grades of “needs improvement” (N) in place of failing grades. In Grades 6-8, students will receive grades of “course in progress” (NX) when there is insufficient work to calculate a final grade. Middle school students have the summer to make up work to change NX grade(s). We welcome and encourage parents to contact their child’s classroom teacher any time they have an academic or social concern and not only at Parent Teacher Conference Night. Teachers' office hours are between 2:00PM- 2:20PM Monday- Friday.

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Principal- Parent Coffee Chat 3/12

You are invited to a Principal- Parent Coffee Chat on Friday, March 12th at 9:00AM.

At the event, we will discuss our daily WIN (What I Need) period and how we use Freckle adaptive software as targeted intervention support to helps K-8 teachers differentiate instruction to reach every student at their own level across Math and ELA. Freckle differentiates instruction. That way, they are always engaged and challenged, never facing material that is too difficult or easy for them.

Also, we will discuss Practice Makes Perfect and how this service is offered to free for all students this year. The Partnership Manager will join the conversation and engage with parents' questions and/or concerns within our community.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Free On-Demand Tutoring is Available to PS/IS 180 only

Due to popular demand, we have increased the number of tutor interventionists with Practice Makes Practice from 1 to 3 trained staff. This means that more students will be able to experience on-demand virtual support with less wait time.

See the tutors bios below:

  • Joanna Grunin: Joanna joins PMP at PS 180 with experience as a Site Supervisor for Orchard Gardens Boys and Girls Club in Massachusetts as well as a former paraprofessional and substitute teacher in the Boston Public School System.
  • Owen Osawe: Owen is a former Interventionist we reconnected with his experiences outside PMP including Faces NY Inc, where he served as a Peer Educator in an organization dedicated to HIV prevention education. He also tutored for STS Academy in California at a one to one capacity.
  • Melanie Sime: Melanie has been with us at 180 as a tutor since January; she is currently studying at New York City College of Technology and has been working at Practice Makes Perfect via group and one on one tutoring since May of 2020. Outside of PMP she is involved with Student Government.

FREE on-demand virtual tutoring is available for students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5PM and Saturdays from 9-11AM. Here is the link to the form where students and parents can request support

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Upcoming Virtual Experiences

Middle School Field Trip 2/25

Upper grade students will experience Activist New York with museum educators from the Museum of the City of New York DOE school program.

Middle school scholars will explore the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the story of activism in the five boroughs past and present, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation. Specifically, they will study

  • Health Activism and Civil Rights
  • The Movement for Black Lives

STEM Enrichment 2/25

Join BioBus live on YouTube Thursday, February 25th at 4pm ET for the first Student Town Hall of 2021! Special guests Dr. Kate Bredbenner and Dr. David Pride will answer your questions about COVID vaccines!
BioBus Student Town Hall on the COVID-19 Vaccine!

Chess in the Schools

For students in Grades 3 and 4, Jaguars experience Chess on Wednesdays during the school day.

All Jaguars across all grades are welcome to attend Chess after school between 2-3PM. Check Bloomz and Otus classboard for details.

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Studio in a School (Virtual Art Residency)

Studio in a School with teaching artist Jill Slaymaker begins next week for students in Grades 1, 2, 3, and Class 327. We have carefully structured to accommodate students learning both remotely and in-person. Free art kits are available for pick-up for students in these aforementioned grades. These materials are used to create and inspire with Jill.

Session Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, and 13 during the school day

Exhibition Date: May 18th

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Midori & Friends (After- School Virtual Program)

Sign up for a free Signature Series Residency with Ne-O Ensemble to learn TAIKO DRUMMING!

Click here to indicate interest by March 1st:

Session Dates: Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 8, 15 (participation is required for all 5 sessions)

Time: 4:00- 4:45PM

Midori & Friends is returning to PS 180 on March 4th, 2021. If you are interested, please complete the survey below to let us know. These are virtual, LIVE-streamed artist-led instruction with activities for listening, music appreciation, and music-making. Midori aims to provide an opportunity to explore music and its history, cultural context, and relationship to social justice themes. We can accommodate up to 25 students. All sessions are via Zoom.

Priority is given to middle school students, followed by grades 3 through 5. If you are in kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade, you can complete the form below and you will be added to the waitlist. If a spot becomes available, we will let you know.

Jazz Carousel- free concert 2/25 at 7PM

Recommended ages: Kids of all ages and caregiver(s)

Genre: Jazz

Brooklyn-based Jazz Carousel, led by Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Renée Manning and veteran jazz musician Earl McIntyre, celebrate Black History through songs and stories.

Click here to register the event on Thursday 2/25 from 7:00- 7:45PM

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El Museo del Barrio Virtual Field Trip (Spring)

This spring (dates TBA), lower grade students will participate in a virtual field trip with museum educators. Visual storytelling and activities will be in both Spanish & English.

Experience the rhythm and sounds of El Barrio with Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo, a bilingual book by Monica Brown. Participants will learn about the East Harlem native known as the King of Mambo and the Godfather of Salsa. In addition to exploring the themes of community heroes, music and dance, participants will create their own instrument!

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Home Kits are NOW available

  • For Group D students in Grades 1, 2, 3, and Class 327, your art kits are now available to pick up. Students in Group B within these grades will have their art kits backpacked for use at home, and Group A students in aforementioned grades will keep their art kit at school. These Art Kits are to be used during art class with the Studio in a School residency with teaching artist Jill.
  • For all grades, home hydropronic kits 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 kit. These kits are available to all Jaguars, regardless of learning preference in Groups A, B, C, or D. We currently have 100 kits in stock. When our supply runs out, we will add your name to the Wait List, so you can receive a kit in the next shipment. With the Home Hydroponic Kit you and your family can grow: calendula, green basil, swiss chard, kale, and pole beans!
  • For all grades, if you have not already picked up your Learn at Home Bag, please stop by the school to receive your learning supplies, including grade-level math manipulatives and writing materials.
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PreKindergarten Admissions

We are writing to share the exciting news that pre-K applications for fall 2021 are now open! PS/IS 180 is hosting Virtual Information Sessions about our program on 3/10 at 9AM and 3/24 at 9AM. Visit our website for the Zoom link to register.

The application process is not first come, first served, and all applications received by the deadline will be treated equally. Families with children born in 2017 can apply to pre-K by the April 7 deadline.

Families can apply online at, or over the phone by calling 718-935-2009. Translation and interpretation services are available through both application pathways. Families can visit for more information.

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

PS 180 Pre K Tour Highlights

Parent University

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Parent University, a collaboration between the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) and the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT)!

Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education. Visit Parent University today at!

All families, from early childhood to adult education, can create a free account and register for workshops, attend an event, find a training and more. There are currently 95+ courses offered covering a wide range of topics including:

  • Remote Learning and Technology
  • Health and Wellness
  • Special Education
  • Multilingual Learners
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Parent Leadership
  • School Buildings and Operations
  • Adult and Continuing Education

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Attendance Policy Reminder

Attendance will continue to be taken first period in both in-person and remote settings. Students who arrive past the first period class (8:30AM- 9:00AM) will be marked as Tardy for the school day. Students who are not present at school for scheduled synchronous sessions with the teacher will be marked as Absent for the day. Attendance does not count towards grades. Students’ grades reflect the extent to which they have met the learning outcomes for their courses. When students attend remote and blended learning consistently, they have the greatest opportunity to make progress, receive support from their teacher, and demonstrate their learning.

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.
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Click here to purchase pins celebrating Jaguar Pride

This is a great stocking stuffer for friends and family. Proceeds benefit PS/IS 180.

Upcoming Events

CEC3 Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

You are invited to join tonight's CEC3 School District Elections Town Hall & PC Jt. Calendar Meeting at 6:30PM.

Click here to register:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

PTA Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 7pm

This is an online event.

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

SLT Meeting

Tuesday, March 9th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

Check Bloomz for zoom link. All are welcome.

Principal Parent Coffee Chat: WIN & Tutoring

Friday, March 12th, 9am

This is an online event.

District 3 Superintendent Coffee Chat

Monday, March 22nd, 4pm

This is an online event.

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Monthly Calendars

Please see school calendars below for March & April 2021.
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Jaguar Highlights

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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

If you need technical assistance, please visit our school website at, and chat in the message box (located in the lower right hand corner of your screen) as shown below to reach our PS/IS 180 Tech Help Desk.

Live support with Ms. Costley, PS/IS 180 Tech Specialist, is available for families and students from 9:00AM- 11:00AM and 1:00PM- 2:00PM, Monday through Friday.

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