June 8th

Please scroll down for many important school letters and information
1. End of the year grading information

Dear Families,

 

I hope that you and your family are doing well.  It is hard to believe that it is June and the school year is coming to an end. 

 

As previously shared, the Chancellor released a city-wide Grading Policy at the end of April.  At this time, I would like to share with you a recent update from the Department of Education as it pertains to our students for the balance of the school year. 

 

MARKING PERIOD THREE (MP3)

MP3, all of which is remote learning, numerical grades will be calculated as per Wagner’s existing grading policy.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s grade for MP3, please send an email to your child’s teachers.

 

FINAL GRADES (MP4)

MP4 will correspond to the grading categories as per the Department of Education grading policy based on the student’s achievement of grade level standards throughout the entire school year, not just during remote learning.

 

Final grade equivalents:  

  • Meeting Standards (MT) will be defined as:  The student has demonstrated mastery of critical content and skills or has shown sufficient progress to be ready for the next grade level, as evidenced by a cumulative grade of 70% or higher. The cumulative grade is the average of the 3 trimester grades. 
  • Needs Improvement (N) will be defined as:  The student has been performing far below grade level expectations throughout the school year, with little or no progress through the end of the year, as evidenced by a cumulative grade of below 70%. The cumulative grade is the average of the 3 trimester grades.  Please note: a grade of N does not drive promotion decisions or mandate summer school. If your child is mandated for summer school you will be notified by your Grade Level Assistant Principal and information will be available in your  New York City Schools Account .
  • Course in Progress (NX) will be defined as:  There is insufficient information to determine whether a student has met the standards.  Please note:  Grade 8 students who receive a NX in one or more core subjects (ELA, Math, Science or Social Studies) are mandated for summer school. If your child is mandated for summer school you will be notified by your Grade Level Assistant Principal and information will be available in your New York City Schools Account .
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PUPIL PATH

In an effort to prepare for report cards and end of year articulation, effective Tuesday, June 9th, PupilPath will only display a “range” of grades.  

  • Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s grade range for MP3, please send an email to your child’s teachers. 
  • Questions regarding final grades, MP4,  should be directed to your Grade Level Assistant Principal.
  • Final grades for MP3 and MP4 will display on June 26th in PupilPath and in your New York City Schools Account .

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership with our school community.

 

Sincerely,

Jen

Jennifer Rehn Losquadro
Principal
Wagner Middle School


End_of_the_Year_Grading_-_June_8.pdf

2. Health Education Letter

Dear Families:

 

The New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) require that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in kindergarten through grade 12, as part of comprehensive health education. The HIV/AIDS Curriculum that NYCDOE developed for NYC students is age and developmentally appropriate. For example, in kindergarten, students learn how people get sick and how to get better. In 7th grade, children learn how HIV affects the immune system, the risks of alcohol and drug use, and the importance of communicating with parents/guardians or caregivers. High school lessons teach students to avoid behaviors that put them at risk for HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy.

 

As a parent or legal guardian, you have the right to excuse your child from certain HIV/AIDS lessons that teach about methods of HIV/sexually transmitted infection prevention. These “opt out” prevention lessons are identified in the HIV/AIDS Curriculum, which is online at https:// www.weteachnyc.org/resources/resource/hivaids-curriculum-2012-edition/

 

If you would like your child to be excused, please e-mail Ms. Stefanick, Assistant Principal of Physical Education ( lstefan@schools.nyc.gov) stating that:

 

  • Your child should not be in the classroom during the “opt out” prevention lessons
    • You will teach your child about prevention at home; and
    • During remote learning your child will not participate in lessons posted

 

Encourage your child to speak with you about HIV/AIDS. Doing so can help you reinforce your child's awareness of how HIV is transmitted, and present opportunities for you and your child to discuss how abstaining from sexual intercourse is the most important and effective way for children to protect their health and their future.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Stefanick at lstefan@schools.nyc.gov.

Sincerely,

Jen

Jennifer Rehn Losquadro
Principal
Wagner Middle School


Health_Family_Letter.pdf

3. General PA Meeting - Save the Date!
Please save the date for our final General PA Meeting of 2019-2020, additional information to come. 

What: General PA Meeting

When: June 22, 2020
 
Time: 4pm
 
Where: Virtual Meeting - Link coming soon
4. Arista Deadline (today): June 8
Just a reminder that ARISTA applications are currently open and are due by end of day today, Monday June 8.  Applications can be found in the homeroom Google Classroom for each grade. 

Please note - it is not required to submit service logs for the 2020 application, instead students are asked to describe any completed or planned service.
 
If you are have questions or have trouble with the application, please contact Ms. Buck at  kbuck@schools.nyc.gov
5. Free Summer Enrichment Program for NYC School Children, Limited Spots, Please Act Now (Grades 3-8).
To learn more about Practice Makes Perfect, visit  www.practicemakesperfect.org

To show your interest, click on link below:

English:  https://forms.gle/HbQ3DYRUyNUmTP1HA

Spanish:  https://forms.gle/AokpdWzwrBGRCdFf8

6. Parent Engagement Events

Parent Engagement Events 

Below is the list of FACE’s parent engagement events for June.  We will follow-up with more details and links as the dates for the events approach. 

 

  • Citywide Parent Forum on Admission Policy SY 2021-22 

Monday, June 8th from 6pm-10pm :  Click here to join any event(Open external link) during its scheduled date and time (see below). You can also paste this URL into your browser:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214186470(Open external link).

 

 

7. Students with Disabilities Information
Summer Resources
We had a vibrant meeting last Friday and it was encouraging to have so many people sharing thoughts, questions and suggestions for each other. 
For those who were not able to join, our presentation on  Summer Resources can be found here. For a video of the presentation,  click here  and use the password 2A&iG392. 
Feel free to share these materials with your schools, friends, and other networks, as many of these are free or low cost.

Admissions Decisions:
The DOE is still actively engaging with parents, school leaders, students, and other stakeholders to collect ideas and perspectives on admissions for fall 2021. If you have opinions and would like to submit a letter, please email  EnrollmentFeedback@schools.nyc.gov and feel free to copy our Superintendent Donalda Chumney at  DChumney@schools.nyc.gov.

Tip of the Week:
Your IEP meetings (including turning five meetings) have not been cancelled, unless someone from the CSE contacts you to say so. Please get their name and email so that you can email them back to confirm your conversation with them.

Because the CSEs shifted to remote practice as of March 20, 2020, they are conducting IEP meetings by telephone. If a CSE representative gives you a choice to postpone or to participate in an IEP meeting remotely, you should agree to do the meeting by phone. 

If you planned to have providers, clinicians, or an attorney attend an upcoming IEP meeting, make sure everyone confirms their availability to participate. Provide any call-in information from the CSE team to those people and/or provide the CSE with their contact information.

Visit the DOE website’s page for “Committees on Special Education” to find a list of CSE administrators and their direct emails for every CSE office. You can also send an email to  specialeducation@schools.nyc.gov, which is a new email address the DOE has indicated is appropriate for IEP meeting inquiries on the “ Information at Remote Learning” page under the ‘Special Education’ tab.
For more Q&A like this, go to Skyerlaw.com.

8. Additional Student/Family Opportunities
iLearnNYC is an online learning portal designed to broaden and enhance your school's course offerings. It is available to all K–12 New York City schools.
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/programs/ilearnnyc

Plentiful is an Android-only app recommended to me by the city’s “food czar” Kathryn Garcia, which features a map and advance reservation system for food pantries. It seems like a great way for New York families to get food. iPhone users can text “FOOD” to 726-879 to get information; or just visit  the Plentiful website.

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AT&T has opened registration for their “ Summer Learning Academy,” a free online certificate program for college students with 80 hours of coursework in business subjects.  Learn more.

includenyc provides suport for families who have a student struggling in school. 
Tel: 212-677-4660//Text: 646-693-3175//Website: INCLUDEnyc.org
For a list and links of Family Supports: 
https://www.includenyc.org/resources/family-support
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