In this Issue: State Tests, Regents, Music Recitals, Auction Tickets, More 
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Important Meeting for 7th Grade Parents:

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:30 PM we would like to share with you information regarding high school choices and options, the high school application process, and other pertinent information which will help you and your children make the best decisions possible with regard to high school choice. (NB: The previous date for this meeting was March 22. The new date is March 29.)

Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents,

It was great to see so many of you on Thursday. I hope that your conferences were informative and helpful. A total of 1,621 conferences were booked and that doesn’t include the walk-ins! That said, if you didn’t get a chance to meet with a particular teacher, please email the teacher.

Last Friday, the students were given the parent surveys to bring home. I hope you received it. If you didn’t, please ask your child for the “green envelope” or dig down into his/her bookbag to find it. As of today, only 8% of the parents have completed it. I am asking you to take a few minutes to complete the survey, either on paper or online. I welcome your feedback. I spend time looking at the results and planning ways to address the issues you raise. The students will be completing their surveys on Tuesday morning. We really need 100% participation.

The New York State ELA and Math tests will be given during the first two weeks of April. The best preparation for these exams is that which we have already embedded in the curriculum and the lessons the teachers have been teaching since the start of the year. On the mornings of the tests, there will be no Early Academy. This year the exams are untimed. Students, who are actively working on their exam, may continue to work until they complete it. The exam time cannot extend past the school day. Eighth graders taking the Common Core Algebra Regents Exam in June will not take the state math test. On the days of the math test, the students will be taking practice Regents exams in science and math. For part of the math exam, students in grades six and seven will need a calculator. It would be helpful if your child brought his own calculator to use on the test. The teachers will remind the students. Any basic or scientific calculator will be fine. Graphing calculators cannot be used on the state tests, but students taking the Regents will need them. We have calculators for students who do not have one. 

I hope you received the invitation to the school auction and are planning to attend. The auction is the largest fundraiser of the year. As you know, so many of the extras we have as part of our school program are due to the generosity of the parents and the fundraising efforts of the PTA. Your children are the direct beneficiaries of your generosity. I hope to see you there.
Congratulations to the Model UN Delegation who won the award for Best Delegation at last weekend’s Saint Ann's Middle School Model United Nations Conference. 

The Sixth Grade Music Recitals will take place during the week of March 28th. The schedule is as follows: 
  • Tuesday, March 29: classes 601, 603 , 605
  • Thursday, March 31: classes 602,604, 606
  • Friday, April 1: classes 607, 608, 609
The recitals start at 9:00AM sharp and will end by 9:45AM. 

Elana Elster

Does Your Old Instrument Need a New Home?

Are you sick of watching that old clarinet collect dust in your apartment? Booker T. wants it!

Recently, a few of you have graciously reached out and offered to donate used instruments to MS 54's music program. These donations have gone a long way toward ensuring that we continue to have thriving wind and string instrument programs here (an increasing rarity among public middle schools in NYC). 

The majority of the instruments that we use here at Booker T. are quite old, and while age does not necessarily determine the quality of an instrument, 40 years in the hands of middle-schoolers certainly does, and repair costs are high.  

This is why we are asking YOU to donate any instruments that you may be willing to part ways with. We will take any and all musical instrument donations as long as the instruments are in GOOD PLAYING condition. Cosmetic flaws are not an issue.

We are very proud of the fact that we have enough instruments here for everyone to use; we've never had to ask students to rent or purchase their own instrument in order to participate. Your donations will help keep this tradition alive and well! Email Dan Fagen, Band Director, to donate your instrument to MS54.

Auction News

Purchase your auction tickets today for the social event of the year -- the MS 54 auction! It is on Saturday night, April 16, at Rodeph Sholom on 83rd Street between Columbus and CPW. Click here to purchase your tickets now!

Also don't miss your chance to win two tickets to see Hamilton!  Purchase your raffle tickets while checking out.

We are still accepting last-minute donations! Those can be dropped off with Anne Pejovich at school or entered online

Thank you for supporting MS54!

Singing in the Rain Tickets Available!

March 31 and April 1 – 6:30 PM

Students - $5
Adults - $15
Reserved seating- $25
Reserved seating first two rows - $50

Cash or check to The PTA of MS 54

Attention: Anne Pejovich

Afterschool Activities

Sign up for Spring afterschool activities now! Click here.

Boxtops Reminder

Please don't forget that MS54 participates in the Boxtops program and that the collection box is in the lobby of the school. We recently submitted Boxtops worth $354. Keep the Boxtops coming! It's free money for our school.

Sign the Petition to Improve Our Playground

If you have a child at Booker T Washington, you’ve seen them. You’ve stepped on them, swept them up and plucked them from socks fresh out of the dryer: tiny black pellets from the field adjacent to MS54 where our kids have recess and play before and after school. Now it’s time to do something about it. The PTA and SLT, in conjunction with MS54’s newly formed Wellness Council, are sponsoring a petition to the City Council for funds to replace this degraded turf with a new, eco-friendly material that is better for our kids and the environment.

But to make it happen we need your support — please click here to sign our petition! The more signatures we gather, the greater our chances of success. A new field will benefit not only our MS54 students but the many neighborhood residents and soccer and baseball leagues who use the field frequently. 

Parent Engagement Thursdays

Please see the MS54 Calendar for details on all upcoming speakers. 

Fairway Community Partners

Use your Community Partners card every time you shop at Fairway and 3% (or more) of your purchase will be donated to MS54. Click here for more information!
Replacement cards are available. Contact Anne McIntosh Pejovich.

MS54 School Calendar

For more information on these events, or to see additional events, please click here to visit our website.
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