District Announcements

  • December 8 Calendar Correction

    Please note that December 8 is a regular school day. An error in the district calendar indicates that it is a Superintendent's Conference Day. We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

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  • Thanksgiving Message from the Superintendent of Schools - Español Abaja

    This Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving, we, as members of The City School District of New Rochelle, are thankful for and embrace our rich diversity. Please read this message from our Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne shared at the November 22 Board of Education meeting:

    Since our last meeting on November 1st there was an election for President of the United States.  In the wake of this Presidential election, many voices have been heard throughout the country and here in New Rochelle. Some of those voices have expressed concern about divisions among us; some have expressed hope that we will be able to come together as one country; and some have expressed messages of hate and contempt for others which are deeply troubling.

    At least for the moment, we are seeing an escalated national level of intolerance, incivility and intimidation.  Our students are well aware of current events, and many have articulated to me that there is fear among some that they will not be afforded the protections they deserve, or will be treated as non-participants in the American dream.

    The success of public education in New Rochelle and the meaning of our mission statement is more important than ever.   As the leader of this school district, I am confident that I speak for our faculty, our administrators, our support staff and our community when I say that our schools will and must be a place of welcome and support for all of our students.  All means All.  Our mission statement says that we embrace our rich diversity.  We are intentional in this language.  It is not our mission to tolerate difference or accept those unlike ourselves. We embrace our rich diversity.

    This means that we actively welcome, celebrate, support, and serve all our students and families, and that the differences among us add value for all of us.  All means all - all ethnicities, all religions, all races, all family structures, all sexual identities, all sexual orientations, all learning challenges, all differences in physical abilities, all places of birth, all immigrants, all income levels, all walks of life.  

    In the presidential campaign and the aftermath of the election, the rhetoric of our national political discourse at the highest levels has stereotyped, targeted and blamed many groups by name, provoking fear and doubt.  In response to that rhetoric, let us be clear that embracing our rich diversity means that here in the City School District of New Rochelle, we honor, embrace and celebrate those who are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or searching; those that are of African descent, who are Latino or Asian or Indian or Native American, or European; those that are biracial or multiracial; those who are undocumented or documented or citizen, born in the US or anywhere else; those who are differently abled or who learn differently; those whose native language is Spanish or Creole or English or any other language; those who are female, transgendered, cisgendered or male; those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, or questioning - and all who are rich and complex intersections.  And we mean this about each one of our children and staff and parents and community members, taking our individual differences not as something to tolerate but as something to celebrate, something that adds value, to be supported and protected.    

    Accordingly, in this time of uncertainty, we reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of each person and the values that reflect the strength of our democracy, and the continuing vitality of our national founding documents:

     

    ♦    Our schools will remain places of civility and respect, and we will not accept abusive conduct towards any student.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students where differences in race, ethnicity or religion will be respected and appreciated

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for students of all gender identities or sexual orientation.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students of all national origins and without regard to immigration status.

     

    I’ll end the superintendent's update by quoting from Principal Richardson’s powerful letter to students the day after the election: “I want you to know that you are loved and supported by your family,  all of the adults here at school as well as those in the community. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community as New Rochelle.  I ask that you never take this for granted and take full advantage of the opportunities presented by living and learning in a community as diverse as this one.”

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    Desde nuestra última reunión el día 1 de noviembre hubo elecciones para Presidente de los Estados Unidos. A raíz de esta elección presidencial, muchas voces se han escuchado en todo el país y aquí en New Rochelle. Algunas de esas voces han expresado su preocupación por las divisiones entre nosotros; algunos han expresado la esperanza de que podamos unirnos como un solo país; y algunos han expresado mensajes de odio y desprecio hacia otros que son profundamente preocupantes.

    Por el momento, estamos viendo un escalado a nivel nacional de intolerancia, incivilidad e intimidación. Nuestros estudiantes están muy conscientes de los acontecimientos actuales, y muchos me han expresado  que hay miedo entre algunos que no se les dará las protecciones que se merecen, o serán tratados como no participantes en el sueño americano.

    El éxito de la educación pública en New Rochelle y el significado de nuestra declaración de misión es más importante que nunca.  Como líder de este distrito escolar, estoy seguro de que hablo por nuestra facultad, nuestros administradores, nuestro personal de apoyo y nuestra comunidad cuando digo que nuestras escuelas serán y deben ser un lugar de bienvenida y apoyo para todos nuestros estudiantes. Todos, significa, Todos. Nuestra declaración de misión dice que abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad. Somos intencionales en este lenguaje. No es nuestra misión simplemente  tolerar la diferencia o aceptar a aquellos que no son como nosotros. Nosotros abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad.

    Esto significa que acogemos activamente, celebramos, apoyamos y servimos a todos nuestros estudiantes y familias, y que las diferencias entre nosotros agregan valor a todos nosotros. Todos significa Todos - todas las etnias, todas las religiones, todas las razas, todas las estructuras familiares, todas las identidades sexuales, todas las orientaciones sexuales, todos los desafíos de aprendizaje, todas las diferencias en las capacidades físicas, todos los lugares de nacimiento, todos los inmigrantes, todos los niveles de ingresos y diferentes facetas de la vida.

    En la campaña presidencial y las secuelas de las elecciones, la retórica de nuestro discurso político nacional a los niveles más altos ha estereotipado, apuntado y culpado a muchos grupos por su nombre, provocando temor y duda. En respuesta a esa retórica, seamos claros que abrazar nuestra rica diversidad significa que aquí, en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de New Rochelle, honramos, abrazamos y celebramos a aquellos que son musulmanes, judíos, cristianos o los que andan en busca de  creencia religiosa; Aquellos que son de ascendencia africana, que son latinos o asiáticos o indios o nativos americanos o europeos; Aquellos que son birraciales o multirraciales; Aquellos que están indocumentados o documentados o ciudadanos, nacidos en los Estados Unidos o en cualquier otro lugar; Aquellos que tienen diferentes habilidades o que aprenden de otra manera; Aquellos cuya lengua materna es el español o criollo o el inglés o cualquier otro idioma; Los que son mujeres, transgénico, cisgendered o varón; Aquellos que son homosexuales, lesbianas, bisexuales, transexuales, o que cuestionan su sexualidad- y todos aquellos ricos en complejas intercesiones. Y queremos decir esto sobre cada uno de nuestros hijos y el personal y los padres y miembros de la comunidad, teniendo nuestras diferencias individuales no como algo que tolerar sino como algo para celebrar, algo que agrega valor, para ser apoyado y protegido.

    En este momento de incertidumbre, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso con la dignidad de cada persona y los valores que reflejan la fuerza de nuestra democracia y la continua vitalidad de nuestros documentos fundacionales nacionales:

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo lugares de civilidad y respeto, y no ceptaremos conductas abusivas hacia ningún estudiante.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo refugios de seguridad para todos los estudiantes             donde las diferencias en raza, etnia o religión serán respetadas y apreciadas

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas permanecerán como refugio de seguridad para los estudiantes    de todas las identidades de género u orientación sexual.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo un refugio de seguridad para todos los estudiantes de todos los orígenes nacionales y sin tener en cuenta el estatus migratorio.

    Terminaré la actualización del superintendente citando la carta del director Richardson a los estudiantes el día después de las elecciones: "Quiero que sepas que eres amado y apoyado por tu familia, todos los adultos aquí en la escuela, la comunidad. Somos tan afortunados de ser parte de una comunidad tan diversa, vibrante e inclusiva como New Rochelle. Les pido que nunca tomen esto por sentado y aprovechen al máximo las oportunidades que ofrece vivir y aprender en una comunidad tan diversa como esta.”

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  • Season of Light - NRHS Planetarium

    Annual Holiday Show 

    December 17, 19 & 21

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  • Update on School District Water Testing

    Dear Families,

    Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne outlining the latest water testing results for district schools.  

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  • Spend an Evening Under the Stars

    Please join us to find out when and where to look for the star Betelgeuse!

    November 30, 2016

    Doors open at 6:45 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.

    For further information: bzeller@nredlearn.org or mheywood@nredlearn.org

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  • Black History Month -- Call for Artists

    Please see attached flier inviting staff, PTA member and student artists to participate.

    Submission Dates:
    Art Work, February 7, 2017
    Performance Proposals, January 15, 2017
    Inquiries and work can be submitted to Shelli Owens; SOwens@nredlearn.org (576-4401)

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  • Strategic Roadmap Presentation

    Presented to Board of Education - October 5, 2016

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  • Seeking Public Input on the District’s Strategic Roadmap

    The Board of Education is developing an action plan that will guide the implementation of the District’s Strategic Roadmap. We seek your input on the draft plan, provided below in both English and Spanish.

    One avenue for input is to email your comments to strategicroadmap@newrochelle.k12.ny.us. All comments received by September 30th will be reviewed by each Board member before the October 5th Board of Education meeting.

    Prior to that meeting, there will a presentation detailing the plan’s strategic objectives. Following the presentation, a public input session will be held to provide stakeholders with an additional way to make suggestions.

    We encourage you to be a part of this collaborative process by emailing your comments or taking part in the public input session.

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  • Health & Safety

    Please click here for Health & Safety information, which includes the Lead in Schools water reports.

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  • Sign Up for CSDNR NEWS

    Register here to sign up for the 2x weekly CSDNR News.

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Message from the Principal

December 2016

Dear Families and ALMS Students,

We hope everyone is enjoying the last month of 2016! We welcome December and wish everyone a terrific holiday season and all the joy that comes as we prepare for the beginning of a new year! Before closing out 2016, we are excited to celebrate our students selected for our monthly principal's luncheon sessions on December 9th (during our scheduled lunch periods). We thank our PTA for facilitating this wonderful tradition, and our teachers for recognizing our ALMS all-stars.

We know with the holidays approaching, that there are a lot of calendar items. We hope you will join us for our January events. On January 11th, we are having our next PTA meeting. We begin at 7:00 pm, with doors open at 6:45 pm. Please note, our meeting will conclude by 8:30 pm. We value our home to school partnership and hope you can plan on attending our next PTA meeting. Also, our talented musicians will be featured during our Winter Concert celebration on January 26th!  We also open doors at 6:45 pm, and begin promptly at 7pm. 

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 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 spoke at Met Life Stadium, over the summer, 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 wrap-up to the sweet 16! (2016)

With appreciation,

John Barnes
ALMS Principal

School Announcements

  • Toys for Tots

    The "Pay It Forward" club and the ALMS community will be collecting "Toys For Tots" through December 16th. We are asking that each student please try to bring in a small, unwrapped toy, such as a toy car or little doll, so that every child around Westchester County will have a present to open during the holiday season. Collection boxes can be found in the main lobby and it would be wonderful to see them full of toys that ALMS can pass on to others.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • The Harlem Wizards are coming to ALMS!

    THE HARLEM WIZARDS ARE COMING TO ALMS!
    Saturday, January 7, 2017
    6:30 pm Doors ; 7:00 pm Game

    ​Three Levels of Seating Available!
    All Ages, Family Event!
    Profits from this event will support the ALMS Student Council, ALMS Step Team, and the ALMS Model UN!
    For more information: sgranata@nredlearn.org

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • The Harlem Wizards are coming to ALMS!!

    THE HARLEM WIZARDS ARE COMING TO ALMS!
    Saturday, January 7, 2017, 6:30 pm Doors ; 7:00 pm Game

    ​Three Levels of Seating Available! All Ages, Family Event!

    Profits from this event will support the
    ALMS Student Council, ALMS Step Team, and the ALMS Model UN!
    For more information: sgranata@nredlearn.org

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Jason Newman and Ozzie Kelly-Youh take 2nd place at Greenwich City Chess Championship

    Congratulations to Jason Newman and Ozzie Kelly-Youh! They took second in the Championship section of Greenwich City Chess Championship on Sunday, 11/13. ALMS scored 5 PTS which tied Brunswick for most points.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Book fair

    Nov. 28-Dec. 2 with ELA classes in the ALMS Library.
    Join us Dec. 1 for extended hours.
    Online shopping Nov. 23-Dec. 6.

    http://www.scholastic.com/bf/alms

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  • Welcome Mr. Eric Helmrich, our new School Counselor!

    We are pleased to inform you that we have selected our new school counselor, Mr. Eric Helmrich, who began on Monday, November 7th. As many of you know, Mr. Sloane became our district-wide Director of Guidance. We were fortunate to have Ms. Ann DeLeo fill in for Mr. Sloane while we facilitated our search and interview process for the ALMS school counselor position.

    Please allow me to introduce Mr. Eric Helmrich, and welcome him to the ALMS school counseling team. Please note, Mr. Helmrich's email will be ehelmrich@nredlearn.org.

    Below is a brief introduction from Mr. Helmrich. We thank you all for your understanding and collaboration while we have worked together to navigate this transition.

    Mr. Helmrich Letter of Introduction:

    November 4, 2016

    To the Families of Albert Leonard Middle School,

    I would like to introduce myself as the new school counselor at ALMS. I am thrilled to be joining the school counseling team and eager to meet you! I have experience working in lower Westchester and the New York City area, with students from kindergarten through high school. My most recent position was as a high school counselor for ninth and tenth grade students.

    As your new school counselor, I aim to work collaboratively with students and their families to foster academic, personal and social growth. I am eager to work with the teachers and staff to support all students in their goals to achieve success as they prepare for the future. I embrace the opportunity to work with my students through individual, group and classroom activities.

    I am excited to be a part of the Albert Leonard family and the New Rochelle community. I hope to help provide a safe and motivating environment in which all students can become the best they can be. I look forward to working with all of you.

    Thank you,

    Eric Helmrich - ALMS School Counselor

     

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • New Rochelle Fund for Excellence Presents: Anne Frank, A History for Today

    New Rochelle Fund for Excellence Presents: Anne Frank, A History for Today, November 1-December 7, 2016, Museum of Arts and Culture, NRHS

    An exhibit featuring rare photos and historical events that bring Anne's story to life.  "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank. Special events (free and open to the public):

    Nov. 3rd. 7-830pm Opening Reception with Guided Tours.

    Nov. 21st. 7PM "My Italian Secret, The forgotten heroes" film/discussion at Linda Kelly Theatre. Exhibit opens at 6pm. Kristallnacht Commemoration Co-Sponsor:  Iona College.

    Nov. 29th. 7PM "A Conversation with Anne and Martin". A play with actors as Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect at Linda Kelly Theatre.

    Museum hours: Mon. to Fri.: 9am-1pm and Nov. 10th and 17th: 7-8:30pm

    Museum of Arts and Culture is in the new wing at New Rochelle High School (North Ave. and Braemar Ave.)

    For info or arrange a tour, please contact Andrea Berman in the NR Fund Office: Aberman@nredlearn.org

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • ALMS, IEYMS students stomp out bullying

    ALMS, IEYMS students stomp out bullying

    Both Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School held assemblies on Thursday as part of STOMP Out Bullying's Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention – a national campaign that focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse.

    October is recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month; and the first Monday is traditionally Blue Shirt Day. The schools acknowledged the day on Thursday this year because the buildings were closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

    Students from both schools gathered in their respective auditoriums to learn about bullying, and how to combat it. “We’re here to what?” Albert Leonard Principal John Barnes asked a large group of seventh- and eighth-graders. “Stomp out bullying,” the chorus of students chanted back.

    “The whole day is dedicated to fighting bullying,” said Isaac E. Young Assistant Principal Tawanda Robinson.  “Content teachers are focusing class time on anti-bullying messages.”

    ALMS welcomed singer, songwriter, poet and anti-bullying ambassador Shacara Atiyá to address students for two assemblies. As a senior in high school, Atiyá was bullied and brutally assaulted by a group of young women.

    “They beat me to the ground,” Atiyá told the students.

    But now, she travels, sharing her story of faith and triumph over bullying and explaining ways for those who feel victimized to also overcome.

    Atiyá encourages students to “go after your passion. Find a way to express yourself, and pursue it.”

    The United Pride Step Team – made up of ALMS students – also performed during the assemblies, leading students in an anti-bullying chant: “Not in our school!”

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • 2016-2017 Supply Lists

    Please see the attached 2016-2017 supply lists.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Hoops for Heart!

    Jessica Shapiro raised $3500 for Hoops for Heart! Her donations are supporting heart disease research. In addition, ALMS will be receiving $200 in US Games certificates to purchase new PE equipment for next year.
    Thank you so much to Jessica for supporting the American Heart Association and Hoops for Heart!

    Albert Leonard Middle School

Calendar of Events

  • Schools in Session

    NOT a Superintendent's Conference Day Misprint in printed school calendar
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  • Principal's Luncheon

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  • ACT

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  • Our Lady of Guadalupe

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  • Mawlid-al-Nabi

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