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.

Today’s Announcements: September 12th

  • Reminder: New York State Primary Elections are Thursday, September 13. Voting is central to our democracy, and it is an essential way for all of us to directly participate in and shape the future of our city, state and country. Happy Voting!!
  •  PA Meeting and Elections, 9/28/18
    Please join us for the first PA Meeting of the year: 9/28/18 at 8:45am. Elections will be held for three parent-at-large positions and one SLT position, for new parents. All are encouraged to attend!
  • Wagner Calendars: 
  • Curriculum Night Update: Although some of you may have read on a letter in the Welcome Folder, that Curriculum night is from 4:30 to 7:30pm, the actual time of Curriculum Night is 6pm to 7:30pm. Some of the letters were printed in June and the time of the event was updated in August. Details regarding room assignments and agenda will be released closer to the event. 
  • School Lunch Forms: As you know, Wagner offers free lunch to all students, every day. However, we need 100% survey participation from our parents - regardless of need. To make it easier, you can go on-line to fill out the form (one per family not per school). For example, if you have a third grader and a 6th grader, you only have to fill out the form once. If you complete it on-line, you will get a confirmation email. Please print this and have your child give it to their teacher so we can keep track of our numbers. The form will ask for each of your children's OSIS number and school name (example - start with the DBN number which is District, (01, 02, etc)Borrough (M, for Manhattan, Q for Queens, etc.), school number (the 3 digit code for your school (Wagner is 167) - In short, for Wagner this DBN number is 02M167 - JHS 167 Robert F. Wagner. At the end of the form, it will give you an option to Print or View Form. You can print this form and send to school or you can print the confirmation email. Click here to get started.
  • Students with Allergies - medical forms are needed ASAP! Parents - please send the completed allergy form from the doctor. Parents are responsible to send completed form to the nurse every school year. This year staff e-pi- Pen training will be on October 16, 2018.  It will be greatly appreciated if parents could send in the completed forms by September 28th so our nurses can process them before the training.
  • MetroCards will be distributed directly to students by end of day on Friday, September 14th
  • After-school Registration Manhattan Youth: Thank you for your interest in Manhattan Youth After-school programming at Wagner. Unfortunately, at this time, we have reached capacity. We would like to accommodate as many families as possible, so we have also created a wait list. To add your child to the wait list please click hereMarylyne Myrthil, Program Director , Manhattan Youth After School at Robert F. Wagner JHS 167
  • mmyrthil@manhattanyouth.org
  • Wagner Tryouts and Auditions
    • Flag Football - 7th and 8th grade tryouts will be held on Friday morning at 7:00am. This is for the Varsity Team! JV tryouts will be held next week (date to be announced)
    • Cross Country: Tryouts for those interested in joining the defending NYC Champion Cross Country team, will be held after school on Thursday, 9/13 and Friday, 9/14. We will meet in the gym at dismissal and travel together to Central Park. Students only need to attend one tryout and they must have a signed consent form in order to try out. See Mr. Disarno or Ms. Schnapper for any questions. 
    • Choir auditions are tomorrow afternoon in room 317. The sign up sheet for audition times is posted outside of the bandroom. Everyone who is interested will be in the choir as long as they audition. There is also an informational meeting tomorrow from 3 to 3:15pm, in room 317. Ms. Kirven hopes to see all students there!
    • Jazz Band: There was an interest meeting today in room B41. If you missed the meeting, please see Ms. Cuevas in room B41 to get the audition information. 
  • Pupilpath set up letters for all students, will be going home the week of September 17th. These letters will be sent home with your children. 
  • My NYC Schools Account: For those of you who already created an account over the last few years, simply go to https://mystudent.nyc/ to log in or to select "Forgot password". For everyone else, I have printed out account creation letters and will be sending them to the home-room classes tomorrow. Please ask your child for these letters so you can create an account at home. You can log into the NYC Schools account to see your child's history of grades, attendance and state exam scores. 
  • 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.