From the Principal

April 4, 2016
Dear Parent/Guardian:
Spring is here and our year is three quarters completed.  Our final stretch is beginning, and our students should not lose their focus as the weather gets warmer.  Please remind your child of our 3 Ps We are Polite, Prepared, & Punctual.
Our first concern is our dress code:
Dress code
I.S. 131 seeks to prepare students for a future in the workforce and to "Dress for Success". Therefore, the dress code requires all students to use:
Tops: Royal Blue or Black Collared School Shirts
Bottoms:   Pants in Khaki or Black
Gym Attire:   Sneakers, Sweatpants, T-Shirt in Royal Blue or Black.
The following are NOT acceptable at any time:
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts with photographs, emblems or inappropriate words.
  • Sleeveless shirts (Tank tops, tube tops, halters, spaghetti straps, etc.)
  • Pants worn below the waist which show underwear or shorts underneath
  • Skirts or shorts with hems higher than 4 inches above the knee.
  • Do-Rags/Scarves [unless for medical or religious reasons]
  • Hats
  • Hoodies
  • Emoticon sweat suits
Note: You will receive a call to bring in a change of clothes if we believe that a student is dressed inappropriately for school.
Our second concern isPunctuality:
School begins at 8:10 am.  Class instruction begins at 8:15 am.  Students are expected to be in their class prepared to work at that time.  Students are given three minutes to transition from class to class during the school day.  The schedule was designed to accommodate the movement of six hundred students on the second floor.  Each grade has a primary hallway and staircase to use to ease any possible congestion.  Unfortunately, some students believe that they should visit sections of the building that they are not assigned.  This causes a number of problems such as disrupting classes as well as being late to their own class.  Students who have been identified as being consistently late to class, without a pass, have been placed on a Daily Conduct Sheet to monitor their lateness.  If no improvement is documented, a parent will be called for that student to serve detention to make up the class time that was missed.
Our third concern is Politeness:
Many of our issues among students is through miscommunication.  We ask our students to respect one another verbally and physically.  Hitting is never acceptable and there is no such thing as just playing.  We have a ZERO Tolerance for Bullying and we need to be contacted if a student believes that they are experiencing any form of bullying in our school. 
Our goal at I.S. 131 is create a warm, nurturing, and rigorous learning environment.  With your help, we will have a successful conclusion to our 2015-2016 school year.
Please contact your childs Assistant Principal if you have any questions or concerns.
Grade 8 Mr. Acevedo -   ext. 262
Grade 7 Ms. Verhille ext. 236
Grade 6 Ms. Moro-Sullivan ext. 104 
Our New York State ELA  exam is on Tuesday, April 5th, Wednesday, April 6th, and Thursday, April 7th. Our New York State Mathematics Exam is on Wednesday, April 13th, Thursday, April 14th, and Friday, April 15th.
Remember:              Be Polite -  By following directions!
                                    Be Prepared By having two #2 sharpened pencils!
                                    Be Punctual By being in School at 8:10 am!
Monique Mason

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