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3 Things to Do If Your Student Is Starting at MS54 in the Fall
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This 8th grade traditional celebration will take place on Monday, June 20 in the school courtyard at 1:00 p.m. The students will receive their yearbooks and proceed to the courtyard where they will dine on pizza and ice cream.
We will need about 10 parent volunteers to help set up at 12:15 PM, serve, and break down at 2:45 PM. If you can volunteer, please email Anne McIntosh Pejovich.
Faculty vs. Students Basketball Game
The Third Faculty vs Students Basketball Game will be held Wednesday, June 1st in at 2:30 PM in the gym! The students have had a good run, going 2-0 so far, but the teachers are ready for battle! Tickets go on sale in Room 238 on Thursday, May 25th. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 adults.
Math Wars for Extra Credit
From Math Teacher Sarah Kirk:
"Booker T. will be holding a math competition called Math Wars on May 27th during lunch periods. Please encourage your students to sign up. Winners will receive a prize and extra credit in their math classes. Thanks for all your support."
New Parent Breakfast
The New Parent Breakfast will be held on Friday, June 10. Parent volunteers are wanted! Please email Anne McIntosh Pejovich. We need the following:
It's a great opportunity to meet new parents and to brag about your school. Please join me!
A Note About Graduation
Dear Eighth Grade Parents:
At this point in the school year, I want to remind you of the promotional criteria and share some information with you that is specifically related to your eighth grader.
The Department of Education has established the requirements for promotion to high school. These regulations include passing grades in all major subjects. Only students who meet the promotional criteria will be permitted to accept their high school placement.
Participation in senior activities and the commencement ceremony is a privilege granted to those who both meet the promotional and behavioral expectations of the Department of Education and of the school. Repeated violations of the Discipline Code and of the School Code of Conduct may result in a student being prohibited from participation in some or all of these activities.
Graduation and Senior Activities
Graduation is June 21, 2016 at A. Philip Randolph High School at 5:30PM. Each graduate will receive two tickets for the graduation ceremony. Senior Dues are $80.00. This fee pays for gowns, commencement expenses, the yearbook, senior t-shirt, an individual graduation photograph and other fees associated with senior activities. The cost of the senior trip is not included in the senior dues. Senior dues can be brought by the students to the main office. Payment is due by June 1, 2016. Senior dues must be turned in before the money for the senior trip. Students, who do not meet promotional criteria, may not participate in senior activities or in the commencement ceremony.
Reminder: Diplomas will not be issued until students have returned all textbooks and library books. The payment for lost books and library fines can be paid in the main office.
Elections are June 16! Serve on the PTA Executive Board and School Leadership Team
Volunteers are needed to serve on the 2015-2016 PTA Executive Board and the School Leadership Team (SLT). Many current members have departing 8th graders; a full complement of parents on both the PTA and the SLT is one of the ways we ensure that the school continues to meet our students’ needs. Serving on these bodies is a great way to get involved at the school and you will have the opportunity to work closely with the school's administration. Although we have nominations for some positions, several remain vacant, especially the SLT positions. We encourage you to nominate yourself or someone else. We are now accepting nominations for the following open positions:
Treasurer, Asst Treasurer
VP of Fundraising
Grade Representatives for 7th & 8th Grades (6th grade rep will be elected in October)
SLT members (4)
The PTA Board meets formally once per month, often on the same evening as the general PTA meetings, which Board members are expected to attend as well. Terms are for one year. Elections will be held in June.
The SLT also meetings monthly. The responsibilities of the SLT are to develop and review the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP), including the annual goals and objectives; and to consult with the principal in developing a school-based budget and staffing plan aligned with the CEP.
If you would like to submit your name for the ballot or if you have any questions, please contact the Nominating Committee via Joanna Omi: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the positions available and the nominating process, please review this document.
Earth Science Regents Review
Earth Science Regents Review starts Tuesday May 3, 2016. All sessions start at 8 AM promptly, end at 8:40 AM. Students may go to any session, not just their teacher's. Seating and handouts are limited. BE PROMPT.
Full schedule here.
Does Your Old Instrument Need a New Home?
Are you sick of watching that old clarinet collect dust in your apartment? Booker T. wants it!
Recently, a few of you have graciously reached out and offered to donate used instruments to MS 54's music program. These donations have gone a long way toward ensuring that we continue to have thriving wind and string instrument programs here (an increasing rarity among public middle schools in NYC).
The majority of the instruments that we use here at Booker T. are quite old, and while age does not necessarily determine the quality of an instrument, 40 years in the hands of middle-schoolers certainly does, and repair costs are high.
This is why we are asking YOU to donate any instruments that you may be willing to part ways with. We will take any and all musical instrument donations as long as the instruments are in GOOD PLAYING condition. Cosmetic flaws are not an issue.
We are very proud of the fact that we have enough instruments here for everyone to use; we've never had to ask students to rent or purchase their own instrument in order to participate. Your donations will help keep this tradition alive and well!
M.S. 54 - Booker T. Washington Middle School
Lunar Eclipse Photos | 8th Grade
These photos were taken by MS54 eighth graders the night of September 27, 2015.
A Thank You for Our Teachers
We are starting to collect for the end of the year teacher gifts! Suggested amount is $40. Cash only please! The last day we will collect is Monday, June 6 by 9:00 a.m. The money will be collected during morning homeroom in the Main Office.
Class Breakfasts will be on the following days:
8th Grade Homerooms: 8:00 to 8:40 AM Monday, June 13
6th & 7th Grade Homerooms: 8:00 to 8:40 AM Friday, June 24
High School Articulation Information
Click here to see HS acceptance numbers for the MS54 class of 2016.
For all students who received an offer through High School Admissions, here are some things you can do to get ready for the fall:
Visit High School Admissions for FAQs about Round 2 results.
The NYC DOE High School Directories are now available. Click here.
Click here for the High School Preparation information package.
A list of tutors offering SHSAT test prep services can be found here.
Questions? See the High School Admissions FAQs, contact guidance counselor Bvonzer@schools.nyc.gov, or call 718-935-2399.
For more information, please see our High School Admissions page.
MS54 Cell Phone Policy
Cell phones must be turned off before entering the school. They should be put away at the start of your day so they are neither seen nor heard. In the event that such devices are seen or heard, they will be confiscated. Confiscated devices must be picked up by a parent or guardian. Parents must contact the Dean to make arrangements to pick them up.
Please note that the use of these items is not permitted in the school yard during lunch, in the cafeteria during breakfast, and during Early Academy.
School Day Schedule
Click the image or here for the 2015-2016 school day schedule.
Back to school basics from the NYC DOE can be found here.
Connect with the School Community
Click here or on the image to join our Facebook group, a closed group for the parents, teachers, and staff of MS54 Booker T Washington, to discuss issues of interest to the community.
Student MetroCard Information
Click here or on the image for information on student MetroCards.
NYC Schools Account
If you do not yet have a NYC Schools Account, please email Anne McIntosh Pejovich who will assist you in the creation of your account! This system has replaced ARIS and is the tool you need to follow your child's educational journey.
Fairway Community Partners Program
Use your Community Partners card every time you shop at Fairway and 3% of your purchase will be donated to MS54. Click here for more information!
Free Microsoft Software
Parents and guardians of a student enrolled in a NYC public school are now able to download Microsoft software from https://studentoffice.net/, at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices.
Free products include:
1. Student’s date of birth AND a parent phone number, or
2. Parent email
The information that you enter to claim the download must match the information on your Blue Card on file with the school. Therefore, it is necessary that ATS have the most up-to-date parent contact information in order for the verification and download process to be successful. If you have trouble claiming the download, you can visit a school’s main office to make any necessary changes to your contact information.
There is no deadline to claim the free software. Families may download the software as long as they have a child enrolled in a NYC public school.
As Office 365 is a Microsoft Cloud product, parents must create a Microsoft Cloud account in order to download the software. The studentoffice.net website contains not only information on how to create an account, download the software, but also answers to “Frequently Asked Questions.” For technical assistance families may contact Microsoft Customer Service at: 1 (800) 642-7676.