This Week at SMS – October 7

Hello SMS Families! I hope you are enjoying your long weekend. Everyone seems to have settled into their fall schedules and is hard at work. I want to send thanks to our guidance counselor, Patricia Skelly, for bringing a Juilliard rep in to speak with our high school students. This was just one of many college representatives that will come to speak with our students and answer questions about their school as well as their admissions/auditions process. I also want to send thanks to our PTA for underwriting a fun and valuable team building middle school trip to High Exposure. I have included a few pictures below.


8TH GRADE FAMILIES:  MySchools to Support Students through High School Admissions: The DOE’s new student enrollment system, called MySchools, is now available to families. MySchools makes it possible for middle and high school families to submit applications online for admissions, just as has been done for pre-K and elementary school admissions. Please note the following information about MySchools and take appropriate action: Letters Mailed to Families from the DOE : To support the transition to an online platform, letters to families of current eighth-grade students were mailed home on September 14. The letter includes the website address for the MySchools family portal,, as well as students’ unique account creation codes. Note that in order to create a MySchools account, the families must also have both an email address and their student’s ID number.


K-12 STUDENTS: As part of October’s National Anti-Bullying Month and the NYCDOE’s Respect for All initiative, we encourage all students to participate in the Respect for All Essay and Poster Contest. Below are the guidelines for art and essay submissions.  Submission Deadline: Friday, November 2nd.

There are two openings for our District 3 Community Education Council.  One is for the parent of an English Language Learner.  The other is for any parent of a child attending a District 3 in grades K-8. As you may know our CEC is among the most active and engaged council in the city.  All members are true advocates for all of our students. Please see the attached fillable CEC application . Note the term of these members will be from October 2018 to July 2019. Questions?  Contact DJ Sheppard: or or call 212-678-2782

Thanks to our amazing PTA grant committeeSMS has received a Lowe’s grant. Please see the information below, and sign up to help build ON 10/27 if you can! 
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Set up: 3:00-5pm Party: 5-9pm Clean up: 9-10pm. Click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet. Questions? text Ann Wazelle 917.554.7932

ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES: District 3 Family Fun Night: Friday, 10/26: 5-8pm: 370 W 120th St
Specialized High School Admissions Information Sessions: Specialized High Schools Admission Information Sessions for fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students and their parents at several libraries in Manhattan.  Hosted by the NYC Department of Education, the information sessions will learn how to use the new online high schools registration tool – MySchools, give parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), the admissions process,find out about LaGuardia High School auditions, and speak to a NYC Department of Education representative.  






Thursday, October 18

5:30 PM

Harlem Library

9 West 124th Street


Saturday, October 20

11:00 AM

Hamilton Grange Library

503 W 145th Street


Monday, October 29

5:30 PM

George Bruce Library

518 West 125th Street

STUDENTS AGE 13-19: AMNH Margaret Mead TEENS-ONLY Film Festival (October 17th, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM)  TEENS-ONLY advanced screening for one of this year’s most gripping films at the Margaret Mead Festival, Personal Statement, directed by Juliane Dressner. In this exclusive debut of Personal Statement, when Brooklyn public high school teens Karoline, Christian, and Enoch embark upon their dreams of attending college, they fight not only for their own admissions to college, but to help their peers navigate the college admissions process. Without adequate support from school guidance counselors and administrators, these students become leaders in their generation’s fight for education reform. The evening will include a post-screening discussion with special guests. There will be light refreshments and hands-on art and science activities throughout the Museum halls. RSVP  
STUDENTS AGE 13-19: American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Teen Science Cafe: Slick Solutions for Sticky Problems (Nov. 7th 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM) : FREE EVENT – RSVP NEEDED
RSVP Now to ensure a spot:  
STUDENTS AGE 13-19: Rockefeller University Teen Sci. Cafe: E-Cigarettes (October 19th 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM) 

Dr.Judith Zelikoff will discuss the facts and fantasy of electronic cigarettes and vaping. In 2014, e-cigarettes, the most commonly used electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco/nicotine product among youth. Middle and high school students have more than tripled since 2011. Despite the incorrect belief that they are innocuous, e-cig aerosols are not harmless “water vapor.” In addition, nicotine exposure during adolescence causes addiction and harms the developing adolescent brain. The health implications associated with inhalation of products “generally regarded as safe” via ingestion (e.g., flavorings, glycerin and propylene glycol) and aerosolized constituents of e-cigarette liquids, are not well characterized.  

Middle and High School Students: FREE tickets to New York Virtuoso Singers concert on Oct. 27 at Advent Lutheran Church at 93rd and Broadway.  Hear them by clicking on the second link below.  perform Thea Musgrave’s Rorate Coeli  by clicking here. Tgey will be performing 11 modern choral works.  Please email Harold Rosenbaum for tickets at
PARENTS: CEC3 Multilingual Committee Meeting: Tuesday, 10/16, 6:30-8:30pm; 154 W.93rd St.