Class of 2021

Mr. Simione's Newsletter

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope your 7th grader is having a happy and great start to the 2019-2020 school year.

The 7th Grade is an enormously important time in your child’s life. The routines and work habits our students establish now will stay with them for their entire academic careers. Our team believes that a school is a partnership among the staff, the students and the parents. While your children are in our care, we will provide them with an excellent education.

This year our 7th graders are partaking in several wonderful programs including, “College Access 4 All” and “Elevate Education.” Elevate Education is a wonderful study skills program that was developed to improve and create effective study habits for students. Elevate provides each class with highly motivated and interactive facilitator that provides engaging lessons on “how to study”, as students are expected to know how but often do not. “Founded in 2001, Elevate has become an award-winning, global provider of study skills programs. Working with over half a million students across the US, the UK, Australia, South Africa, and Singapore, Elevate has developed a proven track record of engaging students, fostering critical thinking skills, and improving student outcomes through an integrated process that works.” We are very excited to have our students participate in 6 monthly workshops that include; Close Reading, Note Taking, Junior Time Management, Memory Mnemonics, Student Elevation and Ace Your Exams, which corresponds to the beginning of our state testing season. We feel confident that with the addition of Elevate, our 7th graders will improve their study skills and develop life-long study habits.

Another program that we are proud to have our 7th graders participate in this year is “College Access for All (CA4A)”. In CA4A, middle school students have an opportunity to visit a college campus in 7th grade and engage in a college-going culture. The 7th grade is a pivotal year for students academically, as these are the grades that determine high school placement. Students will be participants in kinesthetic and engaging lessons provided by CA4A facilitators. These module lessons will take place in class with a culminating event at the end of the year where students will show case the work they have done. Parents will be our guests as we dedicate a section of the Science Family Fun Night to show casing the students’ investigations of college and post-secondary pathways. We will also be hosting a Career Day in March where students will meet with a variety of professionals and discuss the college or post-secondary schooling required for each career. College Access for All is part of the NYCDOE agenda, “Equity and Excellence for All” and was created to help students succeed in their postsecondary educational paths. Please stop by the information tables located on either end of the 4th floor hall during our November Parent Teacher Conferences, meet our facilitators and get more information about the program. “Nearly one in four NYC students does not enroll in college or other meaningful postsecondary pathways after graduation. College Access for All aims to reduce the gap between high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment.”

If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers, dean, our parent coordinator or myself to find the answer.


Joseph Simione

7th Grade Assistant Principal

Mr. Joseph Simione

7th Grade Assistant Principal

Ms. Kiefer

7th Grade Guidance Counselor



Volunteer Match Events

11/9/2019 - Ocean Breeze Park Trail Work - 9:00am - 12:00pm

11/10/2019 - Fort Wadsworth Beach Clean up - 10:00am - 2:00pm

11/17/2019 - Great Kills Park Beach Clean up - 10:00am - 2:00pm

11/23/2019 - Ocean Breeze Tree Planting - 9:00am - 1:00pm

11/24/2019 - Great Kills Park - Asiatic Sand Sedge Removal - 10:00am - 2:00pm

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