Principal's Corner

 September 5, 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 academic year! Our teachers and staff are so excited and looking forward to a great year filled with rich learning experiences for your child. Our focus is on providing each child with new challenges that will result in a rewarding school experience.

There are many dedicated professionals at Wagner who are committed to ensuring your child’s success. Over the years, as both a teacher and an administrator, I have been asked by families what they can do to help support the school’s efforts. Some things that you can do include:

  • Help your childset up a homework location and schedule. Research has shown that students who diligently complete homework are consistently successful. Students are expected to complete homework and read for a minimum of 45 minutes. Additionally, a Wagner planner is a great organization tool and can be purchased from your child’s homeroom teacher for $7.00. Be sure to read the family handbook with your child that is included in your Welcome Folder. Create your child’s schedule and help them stick to it.
  • Attend curriculum night on Thursday, September 20th, 4:30-7:30 PM. During this evening you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers, guidance counselor and assistant principal. At this time, teachers will explain their class expectations, homework policies and provide additional ways for you to support your child’s learning.
  • For those of you who are new to the school, we have an exceptional Parents’ Association! Come to the first Parents’ Association meeting on Friday, September 28th at 8:45am, to learn how you can become involved.

As we begin the year, please remember that this is your school and we welcome your involvement. Remember that we are here to help. The staff at Wagner Middle School is committed to providing your child with the best education and will do everything possible to make your experience at Wagner Middle School a positive one. Although I want to make myself available to you, my first priority is to the students and the staff when they are in the building. For this reason, the best time to get in touch with school administration is before 8 AM or after 3:15 PM. Unless it is an emergency, we generally do not return phone calls until after 3:15 PM.

For those families who use the internet regularly, email our school’s parent coordinator, Sheila Gonzalez-Liffey, (sgonzalez@mail.wagner167.org), to join our school’s listserv. Once signed up, notices and announcements that are sent home via backpack mail, will be automatically e-mailed to you. Please also regularly check our school website at www.wagner167.org for important information including daily announcements, letters from assistant principals, etc.

I look forward to working with you and your child. It is going to be a great year!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Rehn Losquadro Principal

NYS Exams Update

We have received notification that 2018 NYS exam scores will not be released until after the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

Due to this delay, Wagner Middle School will use students’ 4th grade Math scores to determine eligibility for Honors Math for our incoming 6th grade students.

Students’ class assignments will be sent to families at the end of August.

For more information about NYS exam scores, please see:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/2018/2018-faq-for-parents-3-8-tests.pdf

Wagner Summer  Reading Assignments

Morning Announcements. Please scroll down to see all announcements.

  • Who should I contact at Wagner, if I have the following question? See below for answers: 
    • Contact Mr. Eldridge for questions about School Pictures, School ID's, Senior Dues, Senior Cruise, Senior Graduation. Contact your child's homeroom teacher for questions regarding class trips or any class activities, or attendance issues/concerns or if you would like to meet with them. TEldrid@schools.nyc.gov
    • Contact your child's subject teacher for questions regarding your child's specific class or homework concerns, etc. (math, science, gym, etc.).
    • Contact Mr. Tauber or Ms. Duplessis (MTauber@schools.nyc.govCDuplessis@schools.nyc.gov) for questions related to Sports Academy (after-school sports activities at Wagner - soccer, baseball, volleyball, tennis, flag football, basketball, baseball, softball, etc.)
    • Contact Marylyne Mrythil for any questions related to the Manhattan Youth afterschool program: mmyrthil@manhattanyouth.org
    • Contact Ms. Deane for questions regarding MetroCards, address change, vaccinations, school attendance letters (i.e. Child attends Wagner Middle School). JDeane@mail.wagner167.org
    • Contact your home-room teacher for questions on attendance records. Contact your Asst. Principal (AP) for any questions to do with academic or educational activities - (This may include class changes or in-class issues). It is recommended to contact the teacher first, if you have a question related to that specific class, but overall related questions concerning your child’s education, can go to the AP.
    • Contact Ms. Schwenzer or your grade level guidance counselor, for any questions related to High School Admissions. ASchwenzer@schools.nyc.govABlock6@schools.nyc.gov (8th), yibishaj@mail.wagner167.org (7th), DOnwudiwe@schools.nyc.gov (6th) or for any social emotional issues concerning your child.
    • Contact the Deans: Mr. Eldridge or Ms. Flagg for any behavioral questions or concerns. TEldrid@schools.nyc.gov and KFlagg2@schools.nyc.gov.
    • Contact Mr. Pavlou for ARISTA questions: CPavlou@schools.nyc.gov
    • Contact the PA for the following topics: Wagner wear, auction questions, questions to do with fundraising activities at Wagner, annual appeal, Scholastic Book Fair, Bake Sales, Legacy Plaques, PA meetings, Fund-A-Wish. wagnerpa.anne@gmail.com
    • Contact the Parent Coordinator (PC) for any non-academic/non-classroom questions including school surveys and the NYC Schools Acct SGonzalez@mail.wagner167.org.

*The best way to reach any of the contacts above, is via email, especially the parent coordinator.

  • Click here for last week’s September 6th News, for older information.

Registration

Would you like to register your child for school for Fall 2018?

 
Please enter your home address here to see if you live in Wagner's zone:
  
 
  
Please also refer to these two checklists to get ready for registration:
 
You may also find these websites helpful:
 
 
 
 
I look forward to meeting you this fall!
Jill Deane

REMIND

  

We have updated our Wagner REMIND account and we want to make sure you are on our list to send you text messages. Remind is a free, safe, and easy way for Wagner Middle School to reach you with important information.

Please take a few minutes to join both the School Wide account and your child’s grade level for the 2017-18 school year.

School Wide – All Grades

Using your phone text @ms167all to the number 81010

You will receive a welcome text from Remind.
Using a computer go to: https://www.remind.com/join/ms167all

6th Grade Information Only

Using your phone text @ms167-6 to the number 81010

You will receive a welcome text from Remind.

Using a computer go to: https://www.remind.com/join/ms167-6

7th Grade Information Only

Using your phone text @ms167-7 to the number 81010

You will receive a welcome text from Remind.

Using a computer go to: https://www.remind.com/join/ms167-7

8th Grade Information Only

Using your phone text @ms167-8 to the number 81010

You will receive a welcome text from Remind

Using a computer go to: https://www.remind.com/join/ms167-8  

If you have any if you have any questions regarding signing up or prefer to be removed from our Remind system please contact Ms. Elias at Jelias2@schools.nyc.gov.

Parent Workshop

You teach your children to wear helmets when they ride bikes and sunscreen when they’re outside, but are you also teaching them to be safe online? June is Internet Safety Month, a perfect opportunity join us at our Wagner Parent Workshop at Apple ~ Keeping your children safe online this summer !

  

Seating is limited sign up online today!
https://wagnerworkshop.eventbrite.com

Location: The Apple Store
940 Madison Avenue
Date: June 21, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Parents are invited to this 60-minute session to learn the features of iOS that help them manage what their kids see and do with their devices. You’ll get an overview of Family Sharing, parental controls, and more to help make sure children use their devices in the right ways and for the right reasons.

Statement on Accessibility:

We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact Janet Elias at Jelias2@schools.nyc.gov to request assistance.

Respect for All

Wagner Middle School Respect For All Liaison:  Terrence Eldridge

Email: TEldrid@schools.nyc.gov

Phone: (212) 535-8610

The NYC DOE is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying and from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, citizenship/immigration status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or weight.  
The citywide Respect For All program was launched in 2007 to build the capacity of staff and students to actively promote a community of inclusion in each of our schools. The importance of promoting respect for diversity in our daily practice is vital to creating and sustaining an inclusive school climate and culture in each of our schools so that all students feel valued, supported and safe.