August, 10, 2016
Dear Families and ALMS Students,
We hope everyone is having a
great summer. We are looking forward to you meeting our two new
assistant principals! Please join me in welcoming Mr. Daniel
Goldberg and Mr. Patrick Keevins to ALMS. Both Mr. Keevins and Mr.
Goldberg have spent the summer preparing to lead ALMS to reach our
full potential. Mr. Goldberg will be grade supervisor for grades
six and eight. Mr. Keevins will be grade supervisor for grade seven
and our self-contained special education classes. They are both
talented, smart, and eager to serve the ALMS community and to get
the school year up and running.
Together we know anything is
possible and the sky is never the limit. We are working
enthusiastically to prepare for a great 2016 - 2017 school year,
and look forward to welcoming our incredible students back on
September 7th for our Student Orientation
Sessions. We will be following an abbreviated schedule for
our first day together, with our full-day schedule beginning on
September 8th, 2016.
Please note, the Liberty Lines
bus runs begin on September 8th. For September 7th:
- Students entering 8th grade
will begin their orientation session at 8:30 am and will conclude
at 9:30 am.
- Students entering 7th grade
will begin their orientation at 9:30 am and will conclude at 10:30
- Students entering 6th grade
will begin at 10:30 am and will stay with us until 1:00 pm. 6th
grade students are asked to bring a lock for their hallway locker.
Our PTA will also be selling locks if you have yet to pick up your
hallway and gym lockers.
We are in the process of
compiling our annual summer mailing where we will be sending out
the plain language code of conduct, information from our wonderful
PTA and reminders about lunch and metro card accounts. We remind
folks how important reading is on a daily basis. Reading every day
is important and helps students to avoid the summer slide. All ALMS
students are reminded to complete their summer reading and to think
about the habits of mind needed in order to start the school year
off positively. August is a wonderful time to think about sleeping
patterns, nightly routines and the creation of both short and
long-term goals (Smart, Measurable,
Attainable, Realistic, and Timely
Goals) to work toward
We are grateful to work with
our fabulous students, talented staff members, and incredible
families. Thank you for your continued collaboration as we work to
support our students on their quest to become their personal
at Albert Leonard Middle School, we are dedicated to
ensuring the safety of our entire school community in an
academically challenging and supportive learning environment. In
particular, we have devoted time at ALMS to promote the up-stander
mentality (as opposed to the
by-stander mentality) when it comes to bullying.
We thank STOMP Out Bullying
(CEO Ms. Ross Ellis) and The New York Jets (Mr. Jesse Linder) for
coming to ALMS, last school year, and for recognizing our entire
school community for our efforts as we work to eradicate bullying
in our school. We had a special day with Eric Decker and Jessie
James Decker visiting the school and speaking about bullying from
both a by-stander and victim's perspective. Although we had a full
audience, you could have heard a pin drop as these personal stories
were shared with our engaged students. It is quite an honor for
Albert Leonard and the district for us to be the first school
recognized in The New York Jets' School Recognition Program.
Congratulations to all! Mr. Barnes will be speaking at Met Life
Stadium on August 22nd to a panel of educators looking to combat
bullying in their school organizations. For more information about
STOMP Out Bullying, please visit their website http://www.stompoutbullying.org.
Our PTA is actively involved in all aspects of our
school, and we are a better school as a result of our partnership
and strong home/school connection. This past year, Fran Nordquist and
Nancy Podhradsky served as our PTA Co-Presidents. We thank Ms.
Nordquist for her two years of service as our PTA President and
will miss her this coming year! We also thank Ms. Kim Castellano for
joining Ms. Podhradsky as our 2016/2017 PTA Co-Presidents, and look
forward to a great year of working together.
Cheers to a wonderful school
community and a phenomenal year ahead!
To the Albert
It is with great enthusiasm that we are
upon the 2016 - 2017 school year! My name is John Barnes and I am
thrilled to be working with you and to serve the
community as the Albert Leonard principal. I have worked for
the last thirteen years as a secondary school principal. I love
working with students as they transition from childhood to young
adulthood and believe it is the most important time in the lives of