LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I hope your children enjoyed their summer. I look forward to greeting them on Thursday, September 8th. I expect approximately 870 students on Thursday. Our incoming sixth grade is the largest group in many years.
My summer is spent planning for the coming year and hiring new members of the faculty.
There are some program changes that returning students will notice this year. Seventh and eighth graders will now have two periods of gym a week. This additional period was taken from humanities. For seventh and eighth graders, humanities has been reduced to 9 periods a week.
We have several new teachers joining our faculty – Joshua Schreier (technology,) Katherine Reitberg (7th grade humanities,) Ilyce Siegel (8th grade humanities/special education,) Isabelle McGovern (6th grade humanities,) Tanya Gonzalez (IEP teacher,) and Frank DiPasquale (physical education.) We also welcome a new part-time ESL teacher, Rebecca Pitke.
The regular school hours are 8:40AM to 3:00PM. Students who arrive after 8:50AM will be marked late.
Early Academy takes place on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00AM to 8:40AM.
Sixth Grade Orientation Sessions
The Sixth Grade Orientation Program is designed to introduce both the students and parents to the school. All the orientation sessions will begin promptly at 8:00AM and will conclude promptly at 8:40AM. Orientation sessions will be held for students and parents. The student sessions will be led by teachers and eighth graders, and the parent sessions will be led by members of the administrative team. I hope your children will attend all three sessions and that you will join us for as many of the sessions as you can.
The topics are as follows:
Friday, September 9th
PARENT SESSION: Introduction to Booker T./Helping Your Child Succeed
Tuesday, September 13th
PARENT SESSION: Time and Work Management / Using Your Planner
STUDENT SESSION: Navigating Booker T.
Monday, September 19th:
Joint Safety Assembly for Students and Parents
Parents of seventh and eighth graders who are new to the school are welcome to attend the sixth grade parent orientations.
Back-To-School Night is on September 15th. It begins at 5:30PM in the auditorium. Parents will begin following their child’s schedule and meeting the teachers at 6:00PM. The evening will conclude at 8:15PM.
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I am looking forward to a great year.