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Spring break begins Friday, April 3rd until Sunday, April 12th.  

Please join us for our next PTA meeting that will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd at 6 pm.

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

St. John's University Gear Up Saturday Science Program
Takes place every Saturday beginning at 11 am.  
3/28, 4/18, 4/25

Parents who were unable to attend March 12th's parent teacher conference are asked to pick up their child's 3rd marking period report card and the New York City Parent School Survey.  

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

March 2015 Student of the Month Breakfast, 3/30/15



SCHOOL-BASED POLICY FOR USE OF CELL PHONES, COMPUTING DEVICES, AND PORTABLE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.

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







TEST PREP ACADEMY 
GOAL: TO BETTER PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE 
NEW YORK STATE ELA AND MATHEMATICS ASSESSMENT


SATURDAY DATES:
This program will be held on Saturdays, from 9:00 A.M until 12:00 P.M.  Specifically, the dates are: January 31, February 7, February 14, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, and April 18.
 
AFTER-SCHOOL DATES:
This program will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 2:20 P.M. until 4:20 PM.  Specifically, the dates are February 4, February 5, February 11, February 12, February 25, February 26, March 4, March 5, March 11, March 18, March 19, March 25, March 26, April 1, and April 2

MORNING DATES:
This program will be held Monday through Thursday, from 7:15 A.M. until 8:00 A.M.  The program will begin on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 and it will end on Thursday, April 2, 2015. 

TEST PREP PARENT ORIENTATION 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015 AT 9AM


2014-2015 
NY State Testing Dates-
ELA:
April 14-16, 2015
Math:
April 22-24, 2015


INTREPID FAMILY DAY
1/31/15 and 4/25/15

MATH NIGHT

IS 204 Family Math Night January 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM



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.





2014-2015 QUALITY REVIEW RESULTS 





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



2014-2015 Parent-Teacher Conference Dates:
September 18, 2014
November 20, 2014 (12:30-2:50 & 5:00-8:00)
March 12, 2015 (12:30-2:50 & 5:00-8:00)
May 6, 2015 (12:30-2:50 & 5:00-8:00)



Helpful Parent Links
engradepro.com

classdojo.com 




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.

 SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

-FLASH DRIVE

-4 BLUE PENS

-4 SHARPENED #2 PENCILS

-4 HIGHLIGHTERS

-1 12 INCH PLASTIC RULER

-4 PACKS OF POST-ITS

-4 GLUE STICKS

-6 2 POCKET FOLDERS

-1 PACK OF WIDE RULED LOOSELEAF PAPER

-6 HARD COVERED NOTEBOOKS


   
Uniforms
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.