Message from the Principal

March 20, 2018

Dear Families,

We hope you are having a great start of the spring season and know that eventually it actually will feel like spring is upon us!  We hope to see a lot of you for the remainder of the month and school year.

For all supporters of the arts and music theater lovers, we remind you that our production of Bye Bye Birdie begins on Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm. Our encore performance will be on Saturday, March 24th, at 7:00 pm. We hope to see you in the ALMS Main Auditorium, with doors opening to the public at 6:45 pm. Please bring the whole family out to support our hard-working and talented students. The arts are alive, well and flourishing at ALMS. We thank our director and choreographer, Ms. April Woltersdorf and music director, Ms. Melissa Ramon for their dedication and expertise. In addition, we thank our entire village who worked together to create the sets, costumes, props and program for the production. Ms. Mary di'Targiani is the producer of the show and we thank her for coordinating all of the collaborative efforts.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Barnes will be joining fellow district administrators to present information regarding this year's school budget proposal in order to support teaching and learning initiatives. The meeting will be at Barnard Elementary School and is open to the general public. The presentation begins at 7:00 pm.

On Wednesday (3/28/18), we have our district's annual Family University, an educational evening of workshops for parents, high school and middle school students which will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at New Rochelle High School.

After a buffet dinner provided by Gemelli, parents will hear two notable keynote speakers: Dr. Dewey will share the science behind the effect of addictive substances on the brain, and Dr. Jess Shatkin will connect this to the reasons teens take risks and how parents can help keep them safe. (Translation devices will be available.) Students will choose from a variety of interesting workshops and then come together to hear Stephen Hill tell his inspiring story of recovery from addiction to opioids. Admission to Family U is a nominal fee of $5.00 per person. You can get more details and pre-register by visiting Pre-registration is required to guarantee dinner availability, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Schools will be closed for the spring break beginning on Friday. March 30th (Good Friday). We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday, April 9th and wish everyone celebrating Easter and Passover, a wonderful holiday.

Please contact the school with any questions or inquiries and thank you for your continued support and collaboration.

With gratitude, 

John Barnes 


Annual Welcome Letter

Dear ALMS Community Members,

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 school year! 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 best!

Here at Albert Leonard Middle School, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our entire school community in an academically challenging, enriching, 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/Founder - Ms. Ross Ellis) and The New York Jets Community Relations Department for recognizing our entire school community for our efforts, over the last four years, to eradicate bullying in our school. This year, we are highlighting a weekly Up-stander of the Week. Please join me in congratulating Roan Etkin as our first recipient. Roan is a student leader who cares deeply about our school community and putting an end to bias and discrimination in our society. Roan received two tickets to October 29th’s New York Jets Game and was featured as our first “tweet” on our new Twitter account (#ALMSNewRo). Please follow us if you are using Twitter!

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, Nancy Podhradsky and Kim Castellano served as our PTA Co-Presidents. We thank Ms. Podhradsky for her two years of service as our PTA President and will miss her this coming year! We also thank Ms. Anne Todd for joining Ms. Castellano as our 2017/2018 PTA Co-Presidents, and look forward to a great year of working together.

Cheers to a wonderful school community and a phenomenal 2017-2018 school year! Please check our website and feel free to call or email with any specific questions you may have.

With appreciation,

John Barnes

ALMS Principal


School Announcements

  • Congratulations to the Jr. Lady Huguenots!

    Congratulations to the Jr. Lady Huguenots, the district's Tri-County 8th grade girls’ basketball team, on winning the championships on Saturday, 3/10/18!

    Please see attached picture. The players from left to right: Makira Bunsie IEYMS, Aniya Jones ALMS, Emily Chen ALMS, Kamara St. Paul ALMS, Adrianna Yepes ALMS, Starr Dixon ALMS. Not pictured: Bryce Jackson ALMS.     Coach: Fred O’Brien

    Albert Leonard Middle School

    The YOUNG ENGINEERS SCHOOL (Y.E.S.) is now accepting applications for this summer.  This program is an outstanding enrichment opportunity for middle school students who have shown and continue to show proficiency in Math, Science, and Technology Ed.  Students must be currently attending the New Rochelle Public Schools. We offer expert instruction combined with fascinating experiments and S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities specially designed for middle school students.

    Students can select to attend any one of three different two week sessions. The hours for each session are Monday-Friday, 9am – 3pm, snack and lunch are provided, however, transportation is not provided. Parents are responsible for getting their children to and from ALMS.  The program fee is $360.00 per student for each of the two week sessions. Due to the popularity of this program seats do fill up very quickly.  For more information and/or to register, interested parents and students can click on the link below to obtain a brochure/application.


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  • ALMS Pennies for Patients

    Did you know that every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every 9 minutes someone loses their battle? Please join in the fight against blood cancers by donating to our online giving page to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: 

    Our school is helping find blood cancer cures by collecting money for #Pennies4Patients. Your spare change can help save a life! Please support your children in their lifesaving fundraising adventure!

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • ALMS Model UN Club competes in Boston

    ALMS Model UN Club competed in Boston January 26th-28th.  Pictured below: Picture 1 - Group photo at Boston University. Picture 2 - Brendon O'Keefe, who won Outstanding Delegate, in committee. Picture 3 - Emma Farley and Isabella Balchan partnered in a crisis committee. Picture 4 - Juan Barajas, Max Handler, Julian Herbert, Alexandria Pace and Sol Zamarbide in committee. Picture 5 - Twelve students who received awards at the conference with Ms. Williams and Ms. O'Reilly, the club advisers.

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  • ALMS Student Council/Animal Shelter Visit

    Members of the ALMS Student Council collected supplies and donations for the New Rochelle Humane Society and Mount Vernon Animal Shelter through the month of December. Here are some of our students dropping the supplies at the Humane Society on Saturday, January 27, and spending some quality time with the residents.  In addition to the 80 pounds of supplies, we collected $300.00 selling Hot cocoa, and donated $200 to Mount Vernon and $100 to the Humane Society. Thank you to the teachers, students, and families who donated to the drive! 

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    Monday: Teamwork makes the Dream work, Wear Sweats/Jerseys

    Tuesday: Head to Toes Kindness Day (CAN YOU WEAR BOTH?), Crazy Hats / Crazy Socks

    Valentine’s Day! Friendship Day at ALMS!  Friends are what our Hearts Always Need! Wear something Pink, Red, Hearty or Friendly!

    Thursday: Let Kindness Shine! (Will we need sunglasses to look at you?) Wear Glitter, Sparkles, Bling it Out! 

    Friday: NewRo Pride Day! Paint the Town Purple! (How much purple can you wear in one day?)

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  • LEGO Robotics Award

    Congratulations to our ALMS Lego Robotics team! They were awarded the 2018 Core Values Champions at the FLL (First LEGO League) Tournament at Robert E Bell MS in Chappaqua, NY on January 20th!
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  • SADD Comes to ALMS

    NRHS SADD students talking to 8th grade health classes about making wise choices.

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  • ALMS has created a TWITTER account!

    Dear ALMS Families,
    We are excited to announce that Albert Leonard Middle School has created a TWITTER account. As we explore new ways to reach parents and community members, we ask anyone signed up for twitter to please follow us at @ALMSNewRo - through Twitter! 
    We are pleased to announce our first Upstander of the Week, Roan Etkin, Grade 8 ALMS student. Roan has earned two tickets to October 29th's Jets game and has had their name submitted to both The New York Jets Community Relations Department and our partner, STOMP Out Bullying. Roan is an advocate for all students.
    Our second Upstander of the Week, Jayden Lythcott, Grade 7 ALMS student.  Congratulations Jayden for speaking up for what is right and for not ignoring justice!  Jayden will also earn two tickets to the 10/29 Jets game and has had his name submitted to both the NY Jets Community Relations Dept. and our partner, STOMP Out Bullying.
    We will be highlighting a weekly upstander leading up to the big game on the 29th. Please stay tuned for more details and please plan on wearing BLUE on October 2nd, for STOMP Out Bullying's Blue Shirt Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention.
    Cheers to a great launch to a wonderful school year.
    With gratitude and enthusiasm,
    John Barnes, ALMS Principal
    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • The parent portal is open and you may view your child's initial schedule

    Dear parents/guardians, 
    The parent portal is open and you may view your child's initial schedule. Please note, schedules are subject to change. Schedules will be given to students at ALMS on the first full day of school, Thursday, September 7th. Please contact the school counseling office should you require further assistance.
    Thank you
    Albert Leonard Middle School

Calendar of Events

  • NRHS College Fair

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  • ALMS Spirit Week

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  • NRHS PAVE Auditions

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  • Ward Winter Dance

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  • ALMS Spirit Week

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Principal's Corner

School Newsletters: Previous Editions

   February.pdf    Espanol.pdf 

   March.pdf    Espanol.pdf    

  April.pdf    Espanol.pdf 

       February.pdf      Espanol.pdf 

    March.pdf       Espanol.pdf 

For our next Principal's Corner feature, we hope you will enjoy our newest newsletters The Middle Years ‘Working Together for School Success’ and Helping Students Learn ‘Tips Families Can Use to Help Students Do Better in School’.

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