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In This Newsletter: 6th Grade Science Fair, Model UN, Booker T Day, Students Discuss HS Admissions, PTA Executive Board Members Needed
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Letter from the Principal


Dear Parents:
 
I want to thank you for your support of the school at the auction. It was the most successful auction yet. I am grateful to all the volunteers who dedicated a great deal of time on behalf of the school.
 
Booker T. Day ( a combination of Career Day/Explore the City Day/Explore Something New Day) is scheduled for May 26th. I am looking for people who are willing to host a group of students from about 12:15 PM-2:15 PM. It is really an opportunity to expose students to something new or different and to open their eyes a bit wider. In the past, the students have done everything from going behind the scenes at a theater and museum, a walking tour of neighborhood, a visit to a law firm, to the courts, spent a morning at Bloomberg, the Daily News, The New York Times, Google, etc.  We are in need of hosts. Tap into your pool of friends and relatives and ask them if they would be willing to host. If you or they are interested, please contact me at eelster@schools.nyc.gov. Later on, I will also be looking for chaperones as well.
 
The Sixth Grade Science Fair is on May 10th. Parents are invited to view the Fair either that evening or the next morning.
 
Reminders:
Please take some time to check your child’s bookbag. During four random checks this past  week, I discovered that three out of the four student lugging around very heavy bags had all their handouts, from September on, still in their folders. 

Students do need an independent reading book with them. They have time each morning during morning homeroom to read. 
 
MODEL UN
Many of our students participated in the Model United Nations Program this year. Below is a summary of their impressive achievements this spring:

Saint Ann’s Model UN Conference took place over the weekend of March 11th.  It was attended by students from New York City’s elite private schools. MS54 students were the only NYC public school students in attendance in this specialized conference which emphasizes historical simulations. More of our students than ever took the award for best delegate in their respective committees: Isabel Podolsky (Russian Imperial Ambassador in the French Revolution Committee); Riley Barker (Czech Republic in the Collapse of the Soviet Union); Elias Silver (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of Islamic State in the Modern Middle East Crisis); and Francis Barth (Head of Republican Party Corporate Fund Raising in Election 2016); likewise singled out for outstanding contributions were Gabriella Derke (Francois-Christophe Kellerman in the French Revolution); Sophia Podolsky (Moldova in Collapse of Soviet Union); Benjamin Oestericher (United Kingdom in Gulf War 1991); Jonathon Bar-On (Italian Foreign Minister in Munich, 1938) and Ahmed Sultan (Education Department Chief in Octourian Crisis Council). All of our students combined received the Secretary General’s Award for best delegation.
 
Over the weekend of April 1st, MS54 delegates attended the UNAUSA International Model UN Conference. This is one of the world’s largest Model UN Conferences with over 1500 delegates attending from five continents. Taking the awards for Best Delegate in their respective committees were Gabriela Gomez and Ava Messick (Japan in the Human Rights Council, topic: Human Rights of Migrant Workers); Lola Berger and Ben Oestericher (Japan in UNICEF; topic: Children’s Rights in the Context of International Economic Development); Ruby Berger and Gidget Rosen (Japan in the International Labor Organization; topic: Labor Inspection in Developing Countries); Gwyneth Howell and Aerin Mann (Japan in the Economic and Social Council; topic: Migration and Economic Development); and Riley Barker and Gabriella Derke (Japan in the General Assembly 3rd Committee: topic: Rights of Indigenous Peoples). Jared Lenn and Lars Zeana-Schliep (Sierra Leone in the Disarmament Committee: Topic: Militarization of Space); Jonathon Bar-On and Paul Bloom (Japan in the United Nations Development Programme; topic: Sanitation and Fresh Water Resources) and Francis Barth and Yanik Evers-McKoy (Japan in the UN High Commission for Refugees; topic: Child Labor) were also recognized by their daises for exemplary individual efforts. All of the delegates from MS54 were collectively awarded the gavel for best delegation. 
 
Finally, on April 9th and 10th, MS54 delegates participated in the Stuyvesant High School Model UN. Facing high school students from specialized and private schools, they were the only middle school in attendance but, collectively, received the highest number of commendations. Isabel Garzon (Australia in the Legal Committee; topics: South China Sea Dispute and Technological Aspects of the War on Terror) and Jake Matlovsky (Pakistan in the World Health Organization; topics: Healthcare in the Context of South Sudanese and Central African Republic Civil Wars) were specifically commended by the dais. It should be noted that they were first-time delegates in committees peopled, in the main, with 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Eighth graders Jachym Harwood and Claire Templeman (Japan and Indonesia in the WHO) and Jordan Goldberg and Ahmed Sultan (Japan and Indonesia in the UN High Commission on Refugees; topics: Syrian Refugees and Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar) were also individually and publicly praised. Finally, Ben Oestericher and Elias Silver were the first MS54 (and Middle School!) students ever to participate in the elite crisis committees at Stuy. They both took the top honors in the Chinese Cultural Revolution 1966 Committee. Ben was awarded Best Delegate for his portrayal of Premiere Zhou Enlai. 

Delegates Adam Osman-Krinsky, Alexander Porlein, Alex Friedman, Allana Alcorn, Amalia El Nems, Carly Weihe, Doris Turkel, Dylan Buck, Eleanor Baron, Emma Tiersten-Nyman, Erik Fatzinger, Guy Mermelstein, Julian Giordano, Julie Weiner, Kate Keynolds, Kelly Liu, Keya Dutta, Lily Pecoriello, Lucy Merriam, Luisa Pellettieri, Lydia Lee, Morgan Weber, Naomi Doron, Paul Bloom, Sam Matlovsky, Sam Pohlman, Sebastian Midura, Selene Kaehny, and Shayna Elliott all greatly contributed to these accomplishments in word and deed and, thus, are also, equally, laureates.  
 
Elana Elster

Wellness Council Meeting


The next MS54 Wellness Council will be held on Monday, May 9 at 11:30 AM. The Wellness Council will brainstorm on how to support our students' social-emotional needs. All are welcome to attend.

MS54 Wellness Council is happy to share the Dr. Joan Dorn's presentation on Health and Academic Achievement, which explains that healthier students are better learners.

Questions? Please contact wellness@ms54pta.org.
 

8th Graders Discuss the High School Application Process


Please mark your calendars for the next PTA meeting on May 10th at 7:00 PM. We will have a panel of 8th graders who are prepared to talk about the high school process. The 8th graders on the panel are heading for a variety of high schools and will share their insights about planning and strategy regarding the high school touring, application, and selection process. It's a very popular meeting that parents have found to be very insightful. Seventh grade students in particular are also encouraged to come. Please bring your questions! 

Serve on the PTA Executive Board

Volunteers are needed to serve on the 2015­-2016 PTA Executive Board. It's a great way to get involved at the school and you will have the opportunity to work closely with the school's administration. We are now accepting nominations for the following open positions:

  • President/Co­Presidents
  • Treasurer, Asst Treasurer
  • VP of Fundraising 
  • Recording/Co­Recording Secretary 
  • Corresponding Secretary
  • Grade Representatives for 7th & 8th Grades (6th grade rep will be elected in October)
The Board meets formally once per month, often on the same evening as the general PTA meetings, which Board members are expected to attend as well. Terms are for one year. Elections will be held in June. If you would like to submit your name for the ballot or if you have any questions, please contact the Nominating Committee via Joanna Omi: omijo@mac.com.

New Laptops at MS54


Exciting news! MS54 has won a $35,000 grant for a new laptop cart. This includes new laptops for more than 30 students to use in the classroom.

Thanks so much to all who voted for this important technology upgrade.

See the full article here in the West Side Rag

Last Chance for Online Auction Items!


Looking for an unforgettable gift for a loved one? Click here to see a full list of jewelry and one-of-a-kind experiences available on Charity Buzz. (A few samples are posted below). Don't miss out -- benefit yourself and our school! Bid Now!

Earth Science Regents Review


Earth Science Regents Review continues through the end of the school year. All sessions start at 8 AM promptly, end at 8:40 AM. Students may go to any session, not just their teacher's. Seating and handouts are limited. BE PROMPT.

Full schedule here.

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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