Message from the Principal

April 16, 2018
Dear ALMS Families,
Spring has finally sprung! We are thrilled to welcome the warmer weather and to embrace the remainder of the school year. The spring season is always an exciting time in the world of middle school. Our 8th graders are on their way to transition to high school. Our 7th graders are paving the way to becoming the leaders of the building, while our 6th graders have fully acclimated to our school community with them making their mark and contributions to our school community. Plus, we are preparing to welcome our new class from our amazing feeder schools in the CSDNR.
We hope to see you at our upcoming PTA meeting on Wednesday, April 18th. We will be meeting in the ALMS Library, with doors opening at 6:45 pm and our meeting beginning at 7:00 pm. Mr. Barnes and our administrative team will be on hand for this important time together where we work to strengthen our home to school partnership and support our students on the quest to be their personal best. Please join us for our April PTA meeting if you can make it.
We are super excited to have just participated in STOMP Out Bullying's Culture Shock presentation in Manhattan on April 10th. ALMS was given the opportunity to bring one hundred ALMS student representatives into New York City for Culture Shock at The Manhattan Center. STOMP Out Bullying states that the focus of their new Culture Shock campaign is to spark a conversation among youth about the need to change the culture from one of cruelty to one of kindness and inclusivity,, and to provide an opportunity for youth to share and learn from each other’s diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences. This is the first year of the Culture Shock campaign and ALMS was only one of two schools invited to be in the audience for the live webinar seen throughout the world. Students heard from a celebrity panel including Sarah McBride, Logan Browning, and JJ Tottah. The panel was hosted by celebrity, Nick Cannon. ALMS has been given the distinct honor of being named a National Culture Week Ambassador and will continue to be working to ensure that we raise awareness and work to change the culture for our young scholars. After the presentation, our group had a working lunch, sponsored by our incredible PTA, and students brainstormed additional things we can do at the school level to extend the conversations and deepen our work. We look forward to bringing some of the incredible ideas to life and using each and every day to improve our school culture and to promote kindness.
With warm regards,
John Barnes
ALMS Principal

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

  • Important Information for 8th Grade Parents

    Please see our webpage for  Important Information for 8th Grade Parents under the "Parents & Community" on our home page.

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • NYSESLAT Speaking

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  • Advocacy and Community Outreach Committee

    City Hall, Carew Room

    9:00 a.m.

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  • Equity, Excellence & Innovation Committee

    City Hall, Carew Room

    3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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  • NYSESLAT Speaking

    City School District of New Rochelle

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Principal's Corner

School Newsletters: Previous Editions

   February.pdf    Espanol.pdf 

   March.pdf    Espanol.pdf    

  April.pdf    Espanol.pdf 

  May.pdf      Espanol.pdf 

       February.pdf      Espanol.pdf 

    March.pdf       Espanol.pdf 

  April.pdf      Espanol.pdf 

  May.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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