We’re back in business … UpBeat is new, refreshed, and looking like a winner. Take a look at the March 2012 issue. Our huge thanks to Bill Belmonte, K parent, for creating this new UpBeat and bringing it back to life. If you would like to work on UpBeat, or have an idea for an article, pictures, essays, etc., please contact Bill at email@example.com.
OVER $17,000 RAISED FOR THE SMS PTA!
The On-Line Auction raised over $17,000 … that is $4,000 better than last year. Our community rocks … and so do Jhoanna Wade and Jennifer Laing, whose tireless efforts, insanely long hours and dedication made this amazing Auction so Successful. Thank you both, from a very grateful PTA Executive Board and SMS Community.
SAVE • THE • DATE: THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014
The 2014 Kaufman Music Center Gala will be held at The Edison Ballroom.
The Gala is the Kaufman Music Center’s biggest fundraising event, and honors individuals who are committed to the performing arts, and arts education. This year, we are delighted that internationally-celebrated violinist Robert McDuffie will be among the featured artists. The evening includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and a concert by Kaufman Music Center students and Merkin Concert Hall artists. Reduced price parent tickets start at $750 and specially priced journal ads start at $300.
Click here for more information and the 2014 message from SMS Parent Gala Committee members about support the Kaufman Music Center. Click here for official Response Form for gala. Visit the Gala Page for details.
Contact Gina Napolitano at 212 501 3350 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Your generosity and support enables the PTA to be a partner, along with the Department of Education and Kaufman Music Center, in providing your child an exceptional educational experience. Our suggested PTA contribution this year is $450 per student. The SMS PTA holds an IRS designation of a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Contributions to the SMS PTA are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
Go to SMS PTA DONATIONS page for more detailed information and PTA DONATIONS REQUEST FORM.
If you have any questions please contact the SMS PTA Co-Treasurers at email@example.com.
- NY Times Article on Music’s impact on education: “Is Music the Key to Success?” Read article here.
- Community School District 3 website posts Middle School Admissions Process Calendar. Click here for details.
- NYC Department of Education Releases First Ever Teacher Preparation Program Reports. To read more, click here!
- NDI is back at SMS. The D.O.E. and PTA sponsor the program, but, NDI still needs added support. Please read more about them, their programs and what you can do to help. Click here for all links and information.
- Schools Unite Network (“Sun”) report on information from the NYPD regarding how to prevent and address bullying. Visit the Sun Page for a complete report and links.
City schools have 22 of state’s top 25 performers on Common Core exams
The rankings reflect a big change from 10 years ago, when New York City had no schools among the top 25, Chancellor Dennis Walcott says. Critics say the city is trying to deflect attention from a mistake after plummeting test scores on the tougher exams were announced last week.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/nyc-home-22-schools-top-25-common-core-exam-performers-article-1.1425906#ixzz2fC7WsZGS
Juries are coming soon. We can use some help. The Music Volunteering Team is looking for parents who can donate some time, to help us, and the SMS students, during the various music events that will happen during this coming school year. To Volunteer, or if you have any questions, please, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will give you more details, and answer all your questions about this job. To download a Music Volunteering Form, please click here.
Music Voluntering is one of many opportunities to volunteer for the PTA, and help the kids. We have openings on the PTA Board, in Fundraising, and other social committees that are being developed. If you have an interest in volunteering, joining a committee, or learning more about the PTA, please email us at email@example.com. And, please, come to the next PTA meeting.
Last year, our BoxTops 4 Education campaign raised over $500 for SMS. That is $500 of free money for the school. Now, what can be easier, or sweeter, than that. Please, keep collecting the coupons … we will start collecting them again in the Fall. Lots of brands now offer multiple box box tops on single packages. It just keeps getting easier and easier! Visit the BoxTops 4 Education page if you have any questions. Thank You.
The New York City Department of Education (DOE) serves more than 1.1 million students and their families in over 1,700 schools. We are committed to providing useful information to parents and families and offering them multiple opportunities to participate in our City’s public school programs and initiatives. This overview is designed to explain the Common Core Learning Standards and how they relate to your child’s education.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS?
Learning standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each grade. Over the next few years, New York and more than 40 other states across the country will transition to a new set of learning standards called the Common Core. These new standards provide a clear picture of what students need to learn each year in order to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers.
The Common Core standards were developed by educators and other experts based on research and lessons learned from top-performing countries. The standards describe the skills and knowledge our students need to succeed in a rapidly changing world, including the ability to think creatively, solve real-world problems, make effective arguments, and engage in debates.
For complete PDF of article, click here.