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BREAKING NEWS...

 

It's time together to celebrate OUR success...Cavallaro has been designated by New York State as a RECOGNITION SCHOOL!! Only 2 Middle Schools in District 21 have been named Recognition...Mark Twain and CAVALLARO!! In Queens, only Scholars Academy Middle School was named. We will be receiving a special certificate of recognition by New York State DOE Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

 

Recognition schools are identified as having High Achievement and High Progress under New York State's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), serving as models of the levels of performance the Department of Education seeks for all schools to achieve in the future. Recognition schools are among the top performing under ESSA in student growth, performance, graduation rate, met or exceeded state progress in ELA and Math, chronic absenteeism rate, high College, Career and Civic Readiness and meeting the 95% participation rate in NYS assessments! As you know, the state bases their results from the prior year, so the 2017-18 school year.

 

We work very hard TOGETHER all with the same goal in mind...Student Success in the purest form!! I am very PROUD  of our staff, students and families...through focused teamwork, perseverance and trust we grow together with the clear understanding that we are here to develop the whole child.   We have created something pretty spectacular at I.S. 281! I have said it many, many times before, we have the most important job in the world - educating our future generation. 

 

We are proud!

 

Educationally and Genuinely yours,

Ms. Bender

 

 

 

Thursday, June 6th, 2019 - School Supply list: 2019 - 2020

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - Summer Assignments: 2019 - 2020

 

Good afternoon parents,
 
Today our 6th and 7th grade students received their summer reading bundles, the assignment sheet, and a brightly colored drawstring bag. Each class was spoken to and the summer reading assignment was explained to them, along with the expectations.  6th and 7th grade ELA teachers will reinforce the following bullet points with their students:
  • 6th grade students (incoming 7th graders) mandated reading book The Lightening Thief
  • 7th grade students (incoming 8th graders) mandated reading book Magnus Chase and the Sword of the Summer
  • The assignment is to complete 2 short response and 1 extended response which must be submitted to their new ELA teacher in September 
  • Encourage the students to read the other books in the bundles
  • Reinforce that the books are theirs to keep
  • Incoming 6th grade students are required to read Wonder
The idea behind this year's summer reading selections are author studies. While we are not asking the students to deliberately engage in an author study, we are hoping that having access to multiple books by the same author will motivate them to read and want to complete a series. Please emphasis this important piece with your child.  Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
 
Educationally, 
Ms. Bender

 

Summer Assignments

Summer in the City 2019

Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders:

Summer in the City offers a variety of free and exciting opportunities through the Summer Academy and Summer School programs. Students spend the summer participating in engaging lessons and hands-on STEM activities, along with taking field trips to museums, parks, and other cultural sites.

Summer in the City provides transportation and all students will receive a free, healthy breakfast and lunch. Click on the link below for more information:

Help ensure funding is available at your Child's School
 
Visit myschoolapps.com and submit a Family Income Inquiry Form Today!
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - Exhibition Kickoff Event
Washington Square Park
 
Dear Families,
Come out to support NYC public school students as they speak out on major issues through art. Join CEI and students from 30 schools in five boroughs at the opening event of CEI’s citywide student parks exhibition, developed in partnership with NYC Parks.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Career Day 
 
Dear Fellow Community Member,
It is with great anticipation and honor that we announce our upcoming Career Day event at Joseph B Cavallaro, I.S. 281! We are actively seeking parents and family members, as well as members of our community, to attend this special event for our students. Career Day will take place on Thursday, May 9th from 8am-12pm, with light refreshments in the morning and lunch to follow. Our ultimate goal is to provide students with a varied sense of the working world, as well as what requirements are necessary in order to obtain positions within a given field.
May 7, 2019 - Vaccinations
Dear Families,
The health and well-being of New York City students, families, and staff is a top priority for the Department of Education, and we would like to share important information about two recent measles cases in public school students. These students did not attend school while infectious, and students have not been at risk of contracting measles while at school. We are sharing this information out of an abundance of caution and to remind you of our vaccination policy.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. Anyone who has received two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is highly unlikely to get this infection. At this time, the risk to students in public schools remains extremely low given the high rate of vaccination in students. 
 
As a reminder, New York State Public Health Law requires all students, except those with approved exemptions, to be vaccinated or show immunity to measles to attend public school. You can see the school immunization requirements at www.schools.nyc.gov/immunization.
May 6th - 7th, 2019 - Smile NY Dental Program
Dear Parent/Guardian,
On, May 6th & 7th, 2019, we will have the privilege of offering our families a mobile dental exam service. Licensed professionals from Smile NY Dental Program will give your child a comprehensive dental exam. Services include: cleaning, exam, fluoride treatment, sealants and x-rays when needed.
There is no cost to families. Parents must provide insurance information if they have it since Smile NY is required to submit for services, however parents never receive a bill for services provided. All children are seen, regardless of ability to pay. All students leave with an oral health report card so you know the health of your child.
Again, there are no out of pocket costs, no co-pays and no deductibles. If you are interested in having your child receive a dental exam, please fill out the attached form and return it to the main office by May 1, 2019. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to evaluate your child's teeth.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. DiMatteo in the main office.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - Cohort Initial Results
 
Dear Families,
This is a follow up to a February letter informing you that your school’s operational water fixtures would be tested for the presence of lead in 2019. On 4/19/2019, all operational sources of water at I.S. 281 - Brooklyn (I.S. 281 Joseph B Cavallaro at 8787 24 Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214), including for drinking or cooking, were tested for the presence of lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 6 of the 117 fixtures from which water was taken and tested. Any drinking or cooking fixture with elevated levels was immediately taken offline, and will remain offline until it is successfully remediated. Details of elevated results are attached and complete test results are posted on the DOE website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/schools/K281. Click “Data and Reports” and look for the “Facilities” heading.
Monday, April 1, 2019 
 
Calling all 6th & 7th Grade parents:
Meet the principals of the Specialized High Schools
 
Meeting Date: Monday, April 1st, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Brooklyn Tech High School Auditorium, 29 Fort Greene Place Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
We will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, which will be a 1/2 day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:10 a.m.  Report cards will be distributed during open school. You will be able to pick up your child's report cards in the gymnasium before meeting with his/her teachers.

Open School Afternoon 12:10 — 2:10 p.m. Open School Evening 4:30 — 7:30 p.m.
 
Those parents who have not yet registered for PupilPath, our online student information system, can do so in Room 128 with Mrs. Wiederhold during open school. 
March 19, 2019 - Family Fun Night
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
Our next Family Fun Night event will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for a "P.1, Popcorn and a Movie Night" featuring a special screening of Bed Time Stories. Our PTA will have their snack stand open to purchase additional treats for the movie, which will be held in our school's auditorium.
We welcome all of our families with the understanding that student's must come with an adult. If you are interested, please fill out the tear off below and return it to Ms. DiMatteo in the main office. Seats are limited so we are accepting consent slips on a first come first served basis.
March 6, 2019 - "Momo Challenge"
 
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Some of you may have been hearing reports about the "Momo challenge," an apparent viral hoax that has been generating media attention. We want to take this opportunity to remind our school community of the importance of being aware of what our young people are watching, how they use social media, and how you can encourage safe online practices. Online safety is a critical component of our work in schools, as well as at home with you as our partners.
February 26, 2019 - PTA Meeting
 
Meeting Date: February 26th, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: IS-281 Auditorium 
February 12, 2019 - Family Fun Night
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
Our next Family Fun Night event will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for a "PJ, Popcorn and a Movie Night" featuring a special screening of licd. Time Stories. Our PTA will have their snack stand open to purchase additional treats for the movie, which will be held in our school's auditorium.
We welcome all of our families with the understanding that student's must come with an adult. If you are interested, please fill out the tear off below and return it to Ms. DiMatteo in the main office. Seats are limited so we are accepting consent slips on a first come first served basis.
February 7, 2019 - Respect for all
 
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Respect for All Program is a NYC initiative that was established in order to help schools combat bullying and harassment. The goal of the program is to create within schools a community of inclusion, where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. Schools are working toward becoming places that are free of harassment and discrimination, where all students are safe, regardless of their race or perceived race, color, religion, disability, gender, weight, or other demographics. 
February 4, 2019 - Water

Dear Families and Staff,
I would like to provide an update on the ongoing measures at the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to ensure that the water in our schools is safe for students and staff. First and foremost, New York City water is safe. Families and staff should rest assured that our drinking water is of the highest quality in the world.
January 29, 2019 - Picture Day - 8th Grade
 
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December 5, 2018 - PTA Holiday Festival

Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am pleased and excited to announce that our school staff and PTA will be hosting a Holiday Festival for all of our Cavallaro families this year. The festival will take place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 5:30 — 8:00 p.m. Families, students and staff will be able to enjoy a beautifully decorated cafeteria with delicious food, student performances and music. There will be a photographer available to take family photos with a winter wonderland backdrop.