• National Junior Honor Society P.S./I.S. 229K Chapter

    "The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929."

    "Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in official Honor Society activities. National Honor Society (high school) and NJHS (middle school) chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service."  (Source:  NJHS webpage)

    The P.S./I.S. 229K Chapter was chartered October 27, 2010.  
    We will celebrate our seventh annual induction ceremony on
    Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 6:30 PM.
    All are welcome.

    PS/IS 229K
  • Learn to Ride—Kids | Bike New York

    Learn to Ride—Kids is a free group class for children who are ready to ditch their training wheels and ride a two-wheeler for the first time. With our safe, easy, effective method and experienced instructors, kids will learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Most students get the hang of it in one session, but even if they don’t, parents will leave equipped with an easy, low-stress technique that will have their kids riding independently in no time.

    This is not a school-sponsored event, but it is brought to our wider community due to the "Bike Safety" work of our fourth grade gifted and talented classes over the past few years.  To find out more details and to register, click here: Bike NYC

    Saturday, June 3, at the Dyker Basketball Courts in the park.  Remember:  pre-registration is required (using the link above).

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  • Families Need to Address 13 Reasons Why

    Our first priority is providing a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students. As parents and educators, it is important that we be aware of what our young people are watching, reading and talking about. This helps open the door for important conversations centered on topics that interest them. It also provides an opportunity for you to offer support and guidance and be aware of what information they may be getting from the media and their peers.

    Many students are watching and talking about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

    Find out more. Click here.

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  • National PTA's TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

    Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.

    Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2017. We can’t wait to #ThankATeacher with you!

    This year’s theme is “Teachers Deliver.” And they do! Teachers deliver so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 8-12, 2017, we would like to celebrate teachers and deliver our thanks and gratitude to them.

    Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.

    Source:  National PTA website

     

    PS/IS 229K
  • New York State Examinations for Grades 3-8: Mathematics

    During the first week of May, students in grades 3 to 8 will participate in the annual New York State Mathematics Examinations.

    Every spring, the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Examinations are administered to students across New York State.  These annual tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and help to ensure that students are on the right track to graduate from high school with the critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills needed for success in college and the modern workplace.  

    Click here to read more about the 2017 NYS ELA and Math Exams.

    NYS Q&A for Families 

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  • EARLY CHILDHOOD OPEN HOUSE

    Families with early childhood age children who will (or hope to) be joining the school community @229K are invited to our annual Open House.  

    Come to see and hear about our Kindergarten and school programs, with a focus on Gifted & Talented:

    Friday, April 21, 2017
    9 AM (about one hour)
    Enter on Bay 7th Street.

    Consider sharing our motto, "Home - School - Community, " with your family.

    Go Tigers!  (The 229 Tigers are our middle school basketball team.)

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  • PTA MARCH FOR VETERANS DRIVE

    During most of this month, we would like to show appreciation to our neighbors at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital (800 Poly Place, across from the Dyker Beach Golf Course) through a collection of the following suggested items for those whom they serve:
    >  Circle Word Search (large print)
    >  Pencils/Pens
    >  Board games
    >  Jigsaw Puzzles
    >  Various toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, comb, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

    Students may drop off items in our main lobby.  The drive ends on March 21. 

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  • NYC Public Schools will be Closed on Tuesday, March 14. 2017

    Check the NYC DOE website  http://schools.nyc.gov  for up-to-date information about NYC Public Schools.

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  • Come to the Fairs!

    Thursday, March 9th, will be a big day for our school community during the hours of Parent-Teacher Conferences:
    12:30-2:30 PM &
    4:30-7:30 PM

    New! Family Health Fair (main lobby):  Come and see the table of resources available locally and, in the afternoon, meet some representatives from these organizations.

    Grades 5-8 Science Fair (multi-purpose room):  Come and see the display of official class winners. 

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  • SUPPORTING ALL OUR STUDENTS

    The New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the Mayor’s Office are committed to protecting the right of every student in New York City to attend public school, regardless of immigration status. The United States Supreme Court has also recognized the importance of public education for all students, including undocumented students. Your child is our top priority, and we will do everything in our power to protect that right and ensure all students get a quality education.

    We take pride in our diversity. Immigrant parents, students, principals, teachers and other staff are a part of what makes our schools, and New York City, the amazing, strong, vibrant places they are. Whether you or your family arrived 100 years or 100 days ago —you are New Yorkers— and we stand with you.

    To help ensure that all children continue to learn in safe, nurturing environments, we are providing the following direction to the staff members at our schools:

    As in the past, DOE staff will not ask about or keep a record of the immigration status of a student or family member. If you do share confidential information, including immigration status, about yourself or your family, it will be protected under the City’s confidentiality policy and the Chancellor’s Regulations.

    DOE staff will not grant unlimited access to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Like all other law enforcement agencies, ICE is not permitted access to schools without proper legal authority. If ICE officers go to a school for immigration enforcement purposes, they will be referred to the principal who will take appropriate action.

    DOE staff will not release student information unless required to by law.

    Anyone in our schools seeking immigration legal services will be referred to ActionNYC. ActionNYC is a program that offers free, safe immigration legal help from trusted community organizations, in your communities and in your language.
    All New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, can continue to access City services. Call 311 or visit nyc.gov/immigrants for more information from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Additionally, resources are available on the DOE website at http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/SupportingAllStudents.htm. This area of our website will be expanded in the coming weeks.

    School staff will ensure all students are in safe and supportive learning environments. The DOE’s policy is to maintain safe and inclusive schools that are free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), or weight. Any incidents or concerns should be immediately reported to school staff, who will investigate and take swift action.
    Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us. Nothing is more important than putting our 1.1 million students on the path to success.

    Sincerely,
    Carmen Fariña 
    Chancellor Commissioner
    Nisha Agarwal
    NYC Department of Education Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

    January 30, 2017

    For more information, click below:

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GRADING POLICY for KINDERGARTEN and GRADES 1 & 2

GRADING POLICY
Kindergarten & Grades 1 and 2
September 2016
 Report Card District 20 K- 2

Students’ grades are evaluative and descriptive tools that help communicate what they have learned.  The following guide conforms to New York City Department of Education/District 20 policies.

TRIMESTERS 2016-17
(Kindergarten thru Grade 5 Schedule)

Marking Period begins

Mid-trimester

Report Card distribution

Parent-Teacher Conferences

September

September 26

November 2

November 3, 2016

October 21

January 9

March 8

March 9, 2017

February 27

April 3

Last day of classes

Tuesdays, by appointment


“How is my child doing?”

Families are highly encouraged to review their children’s assignments, classwork, and tests, regularly throughout the trimester, including listings on Pupil Path:  https://auth.casenex.com/users/sign_in

Families may request an appointment for a Tuesday afternoon (2:30-3:00 PM) throughout the year which must be confirmed by the teacher.

Late assignments are due two weeks prior to the report card distribution date. 

Each September, teachers review the grading policy during the family welcome evening.

 

REPORT CARDS

Report Card scores in the elementary grades are determined using the following components:

Classroom Exams                45%
Classroom Participation    30%*
Homework and projects    25%___________
Possible Total Score in the Subject area:  100%

*Participation includes
team activities and engagement (15%);  having required materials (10%);  and individual tasks (5%).

Report Cards for Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2 use the following performance levels in all subject areas:

Level 4:          92% -100%
                                    High 4 98%-100%
                                    Mid 4  95%-97%
                                    Low 4  92%-94%
Level 3:          80% - 91%
                                    High 3 88%-91%
                                    Mid 3  84%-87%
                                    Low 3  80%-83%
Level 2:          65% - 79%
                                    High 2 75%-79%
                                    Mid 2  70%-74%
                                    Low 2  65%-69%
Level 1:          Below 65%
                                    High 1 63%-63%
                                    Mid 1  61%-62%
                                    Low 1  60% or lower

For all subject areas, 65% and above is passing.

In the rare situation that a student has not had the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the course content and skills due to extenuating circumstances, NYC Public Schools may award one of following special marks as a grade on the Report Card:

  • In cases when a student has a documented, extreme extenuating circumstance that prevents him/her from completing the course in its established timeframe (e.g., surgery, death in the family)—approved by the school— receives a temporary listing of “NX” (No credit – Incomplete). A student who receives an incomplete must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the term following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.  
  • Students who enroll in a course after it has started may have missed assignments or assessments needed to generate a complete course grade for a given marking period. These students may be given a grade of “NL” (No credit – New Student). ‘NL’ does not have a pass/fail or numeric equivalent. Students who receive a mark of ‘NL’ must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the term following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.
  • A grade of ‘NS’ is given to a student who fails to attend a course and does not participate in any of the work from which a grade can be derived. ‘NS’ has a pass/fail equivalent of fail and a default numeric equivalent of 45—after students have been given reasonable chances to make up missed work and their absences are so chronic that only a failing mark is appropriate.

Inquiries about grades are made directly to the subject teacher. 
After classes end for the term, inquiries are made through the parent coordinator (by the last weekday of June).

Promotional decisions are aligned to New York City Department of Education policies.

The June Report Card includes both the final trimester’s score as well as the overall average/final course grade for each subject for the school year (in the last column).

End Note
This grading policy shall be reviewed annually as well as whenever NYC DOE and/or District 20 policies are revised.

GRADING POLICY for GRADES 3, 4, & 5

GRADING POLICY
Grades 3, 4, & 5
September 2016
Report Card District 20 Gr 3-5 

Students’ grades are evaluative and descriptive tools that help communicate what they have learned.  The following guide conforms to New York City Department of Education/District 20 policies.

TRIMESTERS 2016-17
(Kindergarten thru Grade 5 Schedule)

Marking Period begins

Mid-trimester

Report Card distribution

Parent-Teacher Conferences

September

September 26

November 2

November 3, 2016

October 21

January 9

March 8

March 9, 2017

February 27

April 3

Last day of classes

Tuesdays, by appointment


“How is my child doing?”

Families are highly encouraged to review their children’s assignments, classwork, and tests, regularly throughout the trimester, including listings on Pupil Path:  https://auth.casenex.com/users/sign_in

Families may request an appointment for a Tuesday afternoon (2:30-3:00 PM) throughout the year which must be confirmed by the teacher.

Late assignments are due two weeks prior to the report card distribution date. 

Each September, teachers review the grading policy during the family welcome evening.


REPORT CARDS

Report Cards in grades 3, 4, and 5 use percentages for
English Language Arts (combining 50% of the Reading score with 50% of the Writing score),
Mathematics,
Science,
and
Social Studies:

Classroom Exams                45%
Classroom Participation    30%*
Homework and projects    25%___________
Possible Total Score in the Subject area:  100%

*Participation includes
team activities and engagement (15%);  having required materials (10%);  and individual tasks (5%).

For other subject areas, Report Cards use the following performance levels:

Level 4:          92% -100%
                                    High 4 98%-100%
                                    Mid 4  95%-97%
                                    Low 4  92%-94%
Level 3:          80% - 91%
                                    High 3 88%-91%
                                    Mid 3  84%-87%
                                    Low 3  80%-83%
Level 2:          65% - 79%
                                    High 2 75%-79%
                                    Mid 2  70%-74%
                                    Low 2  65%-69%
Level 1:          Below 65%
                                    High 1 63%-63%
                                    Mid 1  61%-62%
                                    Low 1  60% or lower

For all subject areas, 65% and above is passing.

In the rare situation that a student has not had the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the course content and skills due to extenuating circumstances, NYC Public Schools may award one of following special marks as a grade on the Report Card:

  • In cases when a student has a documented, extreme extenuating circumstance that prevents him/her from completing the course in its established timeframe (e.g., surgery, death in the family)—approved by the school— receives a temporary listing of “NX” (No credit – Incomplete). A student who receives an incomplete must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the term following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.  
  • Students who enroll in a course after it has started may have missed assignments or assessments needed to generate a complete course grade for a given marking period. These students may be given a grade of “NL” (No credit – New Student). ‘NL’ does not have a pass/fail or numeric equivalent. Students who receive a mark of ‘NL’ must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the term following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.
  • A grade of ‘NS’ is given to a student who fails to attend a course and does not participate in any of the work from which a grade can be derived. ‘NS’ has a pass/fail equivalent of fail and a default numeric equivalent of 45—after students have been given reasonable chances to make up missed work and their absences are so chronic that only a failing mark is appropriate.

Inquiries about grades are made directly to the subject teacher. 
After classes end for the term, inquiries are made through the parent coordinator (by the last weekday of June).

Promotional decisions are aligned to New York City Department of Education policies.

The June Report Card includes both the final trimester’s score as well as the overall average/final course grade for each subject for the school year (in the last column).

End Note
This grading policy shall be reviewed annually as well as whenever NYC DOE and/or District 20 policies are revised.

GRADING POLICY for GRADES 6, 7, & 8

GRADING POLICY
Grades 6, 7, & 8
September 2016
 Report Card Gr 6-8

Students’ grades are evaluative and descriptive tools that help communicate what they have learned.  The following guide conforms to New York City Department of Education/District 20 policies.

QUARTERS 2016-17
(Grades 6, 7, & 8 Schedule)

Marking Period begins

Mid-Quarter

Report Card distribution

Parent-Teacher Conferences

September

September 26

November 2

November 3, 2016

October 21

December 22

February 16

March 9, 2017

February 1

March 8

April 6

Tuesdays, by appointment

March 28

May 8

Last day of classes

Tuesdays, by appointment


“How is my child doing?”

Families are highly encouraged to review their children’s assignments, classwork, and tests, regularly throughout the trimester, including listings on Pupil Path:  https://auth.casenex.com/users/sign_in

Families may request an appointment for a Tuesday afternoon (2:30-3:00 PM) throughout the year which must be confirmed by the teacher.

Late assignments are due two weeks prior to the report card distribution date. 

Each September, teachers review the grading policy during the family welcome evening.


REPORT CARDS

Report Cards in grades 6, 7, & 8 use percentages for all subject areas:

Classroom tests and quizzes:  50%
Projects:  25%
Homework:  15%
Classwork:  10%_________________________
Possible Total Score in the Subject area:
  100%

For all subject areas, 65% and above is passing.

In the rare situation that a student has not had the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the course content and skills due to extenuating circumstances, NYC Public Schools may award one of following special marks as a grade on the Report Card:

  • In cases when a student has a documented, extreme extenuating circumstance that prevents him/her from completing the course in its established timeframe (e.g., surgery, death in the family)—approved by the school— receives a temporary listing of “NX” (No credit – Incomplete). A student who receives an incomplete must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the term following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.  
  • Students who enroll in a course after it has started may have missed assignments or assessments needed to generate a complete course grade for a given marking period. These students may be given a grade of “NL” (No credit – New Student). ‘NL’ does not have a pass/fail or numeric equivalent. Students who receive a mark of ‘NL’ must successfully complete remaining course requirements by the end of the term following the termination of the course in order to receive a final grade and credit, as applicable.
  • A grade of ‘NS’ is given to a student who fails to attend a course and does not participate in any of the work from which a grade can be derived. ‘NS’ has a pass/fail equivalent of fail and a default numeric equivalent of 45—after students have been given reasonable chances to make up missed work and their absences are so chronic that only a failing mark is appropriate.

Inquiries about grades are made directly to the subject teacher. 
After classes end for the term, inquiries are made through the parent coordinator (by the last weekday of June).

Promotional decisions are aligned to New York City Department of Education policies.

The June Report Card includes both the final quarter’s score as well as the overall average/final course grade for each subject for the school year (in the last column).

End Note
This grading policy shall be reviewed annually as well as whenever NYC DOE and/or District 20 policies are revised.