From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Our school wide instructional focus for the 2014-2015 academic year is that all students will look at complex text through daily instruction across all subject areas. We ask you to encourage your children to read everyday. Our goal at IS 131 is to recognize students reading independently as a part of our "Get Caught Reading" initiative. Every student was given a reading tracker and we encourage them to complete it every night.

Be sure to check your Engrade accounts for important messages from your child's teacher. Open lines of communication are essential to the success of your child's education.


Monique Mason

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 27
8th. grade photo retake
Saturday, January 31
2nd. Marking Period Ends
Wed, Feb 11 - Thu, Feb 12
Free Dental Screening for grades 6 - 8

No student will be seen without a signed consent form

Mon, Feb 16 - Fri, Feb 20
Mid-Winter Recess - School Close
(including Washington's & Lincoln's Birthday)
Wednesday, March 4
Domestic Violence workshop
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This workshop is free, come to the workshop for an experience that might save your life or the life of someone you love

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ASPIRA After School Program

The ASPIRA after school program runs five days a week from 2:30-5:30.  We offer many different engaging activities to the students of IS 131.


  • Sports
  • Fashion
  • Drama
  • Choir
  • Band
  • Chess
  • Computer Media
  • Dance- Step, Ballet, & Salsa
Please contact Mr. Haynes for more information regarding our wonderful after school program. 

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Nutrition Committee

Our nutrition committee meets every Monday with the Principal at 8:30 am to discuss the nutritional value of the  food being served to the school community.  The members of the committee represent the voice of the student population.  This committee is a dedicated group of students who want to ensure students enjoy a healthy breakfast and lunch.  The committee meets with the head nutritionist once a month to provide recommendations for the breakfast and lunch menu.  

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Saturday Academy

We will be conducting a Saturday Academy to prepare our students for the upcoming New York State Common Core ELA and Math Exams. In an effort to support your child to become proficient and master the content, we are extending an invitation to this venue started on Saturday, December 13, 2014.  The program will take place from 9:00 to 12:00.  Attendance and participation in all sessions is required. 

The dates are as follows:

  • December 13th & 20th
  • January  10th, 24th  & 31st
  • February 7th & 28th
  • March 7th , 14th, 21st, & 28th
  • April 18th  

Student Government

The IS 131 Student Government is proud to have a group of students learning how to become positive leaders in the school community.

These students are representing the voice of the student body.  They are looked at as leaders of the school behave as Student Council Representatives should behave.  Their job is to look for ways to improve the school during the weekly meetings.  
The Council meets every Tuesday after school in room 211 at 2:35.  

If there are any topics you would like to bring to the attention of the student council you can speak with Mr. Kessler or any member of the student council listed below.  


- Hailey Escollastico- 801
- Chloe Gonzalez- 801
- Lincoln Mañana- 803
- Shaylynn Martinez- 801
- Koralys DeLaCruz- 801
- Celiveth Castro- 801
- Keydi Lopez- 801
- Jahbril Dial- 607
- Yelissa Lopez- 702
- Gabriel Moran- 705
- Justin Desprebiteres- 801

Parent Registration

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James Patterson

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