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The Oliver Wendell Holmes Intermediate School 204
36-41 28th St. Long Island City, NY 11106
(718)-937-1463   Fax: (718)-937-7964

Principal
Faye Erstejn-Kōtzer

Assistant Principal
Thomas Carroll


ANNOUNCEMENTS
as of August 16, 2017


6th Grade Orientation:
Wednesday, August, 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

School Uniforms

The Oliver Wendell Holmes School is proud that our schools student council designed the school uniform. Every student is required to wear a school uniform Monday through Friday. The school uniform includes the I.S. 204 polo shirt along with khaki or black slacks. School uniforms will be on sale at I.S. 204 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm on the following dates:

August 28, 2017 – August 31, 2017 (Monday – Thursday)

September 4, 2017 – September 6, 2017 (Monday – Wednesday)

Below is the pricing for the I.S. 204 uniform:

· Individual short sleeve green polo or short sleeve white dress polo/special occasion uniform shirt $9.00

· Individual long sleeve blue polo or long sleeve white dress polo/special occasion uniform shirt $13.00

· Individual short sleeve green physical education t-shirt $6.00

(Please note, this t-shirt may only be worn on the days your child has physical education class.)

· Individual long sleeve green or blue crew neck sweatshirt $15.00

· Individual long sleeve green or blue zipper jacket $35.00

PACKAGE DEALS

#1 - 4 short sleeve green polo uniform and 1green physical education t-shirt is $50

#2 - 3 short sleeve green polo uniforms, 2 long sleeve blue polo uniforms, and 1 physical education t-shirt is $56


Supply List

·         6 Marble Notebooks

·         8 Folders

·         Pencil box 

·         Pencils (not mechanical)

·         Pens

·         Erasers

·         Sharpener

·         Highlighter

·         Post its

·         Glue stick(s)

·         USB

·         Loose leaf Paper

·         Spanish/English dictionary for Dual Language

·         Student planner

·         Graph paper



Summer Reading Assignments

Grade 6

Choose TWO novels from the following list to read independently in the summer.

     Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)  by J.K. Rowling

     The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

     A Wrinkle in Time by L'Engle, Madeleine

     Eragon, by Christopher Paolini

     The Watsons go to Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis

     Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

     Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson

     Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

     The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Patterson

     Phoenix Rising by Karen Hesse

     Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

     The Hobbit by JR Tolkien

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Responses:  Choose two different responses for each novel,  to include in your summer HW packet. DO NOT repeat the same choice twice.  Bring in the chapter notes and responses on the first day of school.  

Grade 7

Choose TWO novels from the following list to read independently in the summer.

     Wonder  by R.J. Palacio

     Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

     All the Broken Pieces  by Ann E. Burg

     Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (Midde School, #1)  by James Patterson

     The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne

     Surviving the Applewhites (Applewhites, #1) by Stephanie S. Tolan

     Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair (Twice Upon a Time, #1) by Wendy Mass

     A Crooked Kind of Perfect  by Linda Urban

     Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica

     The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

     The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

     Brainwashed (Crime Travelers, #1) by Paul Aertker

     Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

     The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne


Essay Prompt For Book 1

Respond to the following:

-         What is the theme of the book?   How did the author portray this theme through the characters and events of the story?

Short Responses For Book 2

Respond to both questions:

1.     How did one of the characters change throughout the story?  What caused this change?

2.     What was the conflict of the story? How was this event important to the events and characters in the story?

Grade 8

Choose TWO novels from the following list to read independently in the summer.

     A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

     The  Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

     Bat Boy: Coming of Age with the New York Yankees by Matthew Mcgough

     Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

     Jazmin’s Notebook by Nikki Grimes

     Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

     Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

     Magic America by C.E. Medford

     Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

     Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

     A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

     Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica

     Slam by Walter Dean Myers

     Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

     Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

     The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt

Essay Prompt for Book 1 ( 5 paragraphs, multiple pieces of text evidence!)

Respond to the following: What is the theme of the book?   How did the author portray this theme through the characters and events of the story?

 Short Responses for Book 2

Respond to both questions with at least 2 details from the text:

1.      How did one of the characters change throughout the story?  What caused this change?

2.      What was the conflict of the story? How was this event important to the events and characters in the story?


Rubrics for Summer Reading Assignments:




Chancellor Letter on Immigration

January 30, 2017

Dear Students and Families,

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the Mayor’s Office are committed to protecting the right of every student in New York City to attend public school, regardless of immigration status. The United States Supreme Court has also recognized the importance of public education for all students, including undocumented students. Your child is our top priority, and we will do everything in our power to protect that right and ensure all students get a quality education.

We take pride in our diversity. Immigrant parents, students, principals, teachers and other staff are a part of what makes our schools, and New York City, the amazing, strong, vibrant places they are. Whether you or your family arrived 100 years or 100 days ago —you are New Yorkers— and we stand with you.  

To help ensure that all children continue to learn in safe, nurturing environments, we are providing the following direction to the staff members at our schools:

As in the past, DOE staff will not ask about or keep a record of the immigration status of a student or family member. If you do share confidential information, including immigration status, about yourself or your family, it will be protected under the City’s confidentiality policy and the Chancellor’s Regulations.

DOE staff will not grant unlimited access to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Like all other law enforcement agencies, ICE is not permitted access to schools without proper legal authority. If ICE officers go to a school for immigration enforcement purposes, they will be referred to the principal who will take appropriate action.

DOE staff will not release student information unless required to by law. 

Anyone in our schools seeking immigration legal services will be referred to ActionNYC. ActionNYC is a program that offers free, safe immigration legal help from trusted community organizations, in your communities and in your language.

All New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, can continue to access City services. Call 311 or visit nyc.gov/immigrants for more information from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Additionally, resources are available on the DOE website at http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/SupportingAllStudents.htm. This area of our website will be expanded in the coming weeks.

School staff will ensure all students are in safe and supportive learning environments. The DOE’s policy is to maintain safe and inclusive schools that are free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), or weight. Any incidents or concerns should be immediately reported to school staff, who will investigate and take swift action.

Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us. Nothing is more important than putting our 1.1 million students on the path to success.

Sincerely,


Carmen Fariña
Chancellor
NYC Department of Education


Nisha Agarwal
Commissioner
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs






September 2017

Ivy League college, Cornell University, a revolutionary model for technology education, has adopted I.S. 204 as part of its educational mission. Cornell University is working closely with the school's educators to develop innovative curriculum and invest resources into I.S. 204. The Cornell University/I.S. 204 partnership will serve as a model for computational thinking and computer science in schools. 



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