5/8/15 Hearts for Hoopla Spring Fling PBIS Dance

Advance Student Survey Pilot
Dear Parent or Guardian: 

The Department of Education believes that our schools become stronger when we listen to our students. We are excited to announce a new opportunity - the Advance Student Survey Pilot- that allows students to share their experiences in class by responding to a student perception survey. This information will help teachers create effective lessons aimed at helping every child to learn. 
This student classroom survey is part of Advance, the NYC teacher development and evaluation system. This year, however, is a pilot year and the survey results will not count toward teachers’ 2014-15 annual ratings.

This May and June, NYC students will be asked to take the Tripod Student Perception Survey through the Advance Student Survey Pilot. The Tripod Student Perception Survey is a confidential survey developed by Harvard researchers and is the leading student perception survey in the country. Students in grades 3-12 will be asked to take the survey. To ensure survey questions are age-appropriate, the survey will come in two forms: one version for grades 3-5 and another version for grades 6-12. Surveys typically take 30 minutes or less to complete. The survey administration window is from May 4 to June 19, 2015. Schools have the opportunity to determine when is best to administer the survey within that time frame. 

Questions on the survey ask how your child is experiencing his/her classes, such as how supported your child feels by his/her teacher, whether he/she finds lessons engaging, and whether students treat each other with respect. The survey also asks for some general personal and family characteristics. If you would like to view the items on the survey, please visit http://tripoded.com/nycsurveys/ or contact your school’s survey coordinator.

 All student survey responses are kept completely confidential, which means no one in the school will know how your child responded. Students are not asked to write their names or ID numbers on the survey. When they are finished, they will seal the complete survey in an individual envelope before handing it in. The reports that teachers receive will not show the individual responses from any student, so you and your child can be confident that their responses will remain private. 

The survey is voluntary. Students and families can opt out of participating in the survey by completing the form included in this letter. Students may opt out of participating in the survey at the time it is administered even if the below form was not completed and submitted. Additionally, if students do not feel comfortable answering a particular question, they may also skip any question on the survey they do not wish to answer. 

Please contact your child’s school if you would like more information or to see a copy of the survey. 


The Department of Education

New Discipline Code (NYCDOE) Link


April 30th and May 6th-Poem in 

Your Pocket Day

May 2015 Student of the Month

IS 204 Step Team Performance 


PTA 3rd Marking Period Awards 

Ceremony 4/22/15

New Parent Coordinator-
Mario Arciniega, marciniega@is204.org


Please join us every Thursday at 9:30 am for our weekly parent meetings.

Teachers are available to meet with parents every Tuesday from 2:20 until 3:15.  


A. The use of cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems at school is subject to the conditions below.

1.       Cell phones and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test, or examination.

2.       Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan

3.       Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.

4.       Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms.

5.       Students who use cell phones, computing devices, and/or portable music and entertainment systems in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor’s regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“IAUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code.

B. Cell phones policy as set forth below:

During the school day:

·         Cell phones may not be turned on or used while on school property.

·         Cell phones are to be stored in the student’s school bag while on school property. 

C. Computing devices policy as set forth below:

During the school day:

·         Computing systems may not be turned on or used while on school property.

·         Computing systems are to be stored in the student’s school bag while on school property. 

D.  Portable music and entertainment systems policy as set forth below:

 During the school day:

·         Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used while on school property.

·         Portable music devices and entertainment systems are to be stored in the student’s school bag while on school property. 

E. Confiscation and return of electronic items

·         confiscation of item and return following parent conference

·         revocation of privilege to bring item to school

In order to continue to enforce this policy, keep distractions out of classrooms, and your child’s property safe, we need the support of parents and cooperation of students.  If a child needs to contact a parent during the day, they have access to phones in the main office, guidance counselor’s office, dean’s office, or assistant principal’s office.  Should you have further questions, please contact the school at 718-937-1463. 

On January 12th, 2015, this policy was agreed upon by the School Leadership Team and administration.

February 2015 Student of the Month

I.S. 204 has been selected to host a National Basketball Association 
(NBA) FIT Clinic on Friday, February 13

1/31/15 and 4/25/15

ARISTA Junior Honor's Society "Toys for Tots" Drive 12/16/14

Intrepid Trip on Saturday, December 13, 2014

Beginning October 22, 2014, I.S. 204 will continue to use the Comprehensive Attendance Administration and Security System (CAASS) to track the attendance of every student.


The IS 204 School Wide Instructional Focus is to use assessment information to adjust teaching strategies, monitor student progress, 
develop understanding and improve student learning.

Intermediate School 204 is a diverse school community made up of 6, 7, and 8th graders from the surrounding area, Long Island City, Queens.  Our school is comprised of close to 600 students, and more than 70 staff who work hard every day to give our students the best opportunity to succeed.  Our school is divided into two academies: Harvard and Princeton.  Each academy represents a Mini "school within a school" maintaining the diversity and equitable representation of the original large school (Special Needs, General Ed, and ELL students).  Our school motto is "There's No Place Like Holmes" where we stress literacy and technology throughout the entire school community.  We have been investing heavily in technology, transforming our library into a multimedia center for the students, and wireless internet connectivity.  We're well on our way to providing our children with the skills they will need to thrive in the 21st Century. 

Our students come from the surrounding neighborhood of Long Island City and Astoria.  

With the addition of Beacon, classes for adults as well as students, and many before and after school activities, our school is the cornerstone of the community, staying open six days a week until 10:00pm!  This gives our students plenty of positive, supervised activities to keep them engaged after school hours.  

With support of our community leaders, we are giving our children an opportunity to overcome obstacles and make their contribution to the world!  

Advanced Programs and Classes
-The Magnet School for Living Green in a Global  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Selection Criteria: Students who apply to this program will be randomly selected. 
Academic Opportunities 
Regents Classes: Earth Science, Integrated Algebra 
Enrichment Classes: Environmental Action through 
Technology (E.A.T) Classes, Dedicated Magnet classes, 
Achieve 3000, Pre-Regents Classes for Grades 6 & 7
Language Classes: Spanish

 Parent-Teacher Conference 
May 6, 2015  

Helpful Parent Links


Dismissal Procedures:

-6th Graders will be dismissed at 

Exit 7 on 37th Ave.

-7th Graders will be dismissed at 

Exit 8 on 29th St.

-8th Graders will be dismissed at 

Exit 1/2 on 28th St.












I.S. 204, The Holmes School, is continuing its mandatory uniform policy for the 2014-2015 school year.  All students will be required to wear a school polo shirt Monday through Friday.  The polo shirt is black with the school logo.   
 The price for each t-shirt is $10.00 or six (6) t-shirts for $50.00.  The price for each long sleeve t-shirt is $15.00 or six (6) long sleeve t-shirts is $60.00. The price of a hoodie is $25.00 each. Payment must be made in CASH only!  Please remember to bring in the completed order form with your payment. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school at 718-937-1463.