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• Summer Academy Dates: 6/27 - 7/21


Today, 8/24/2016
High: 85 Low: 65
3% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/25/2016
High: 84 Low: 65
Mostly clear
9% chance of precipitation.
Have a happy and healthy summer!
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 am.

- 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 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 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!

With appreciation,
John Barnes
ALMS Principal

To the Albert Leonard Middle School Families,

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 young scholars.

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!

Please click here for our 2016-17 School Supply Lists!!
6th grade supply list 2016-17
7th grade supply list 2016-17
8th grade supply list 2016-17

Congratulations to all our ALMS Music department teachers and students. ALMS won first place in the middle school division for Band, Chorus, and Orchestra on Friday, May 13th, at the Dorney Park Music Competition. 

ALMS Sixth Graders Fuel Up To Play 60 with the NY Jets!
For one month sixth graders tracked their daily physical activity with the goal of sixty minutes a day in partnership with the NY Jets and the NFL Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative. Congratulations to all those achieving their goal of 60 minutes a day!

Congratulations to Wenting Yu, 7th grade, for her perfect score on the National Latin Exam. Only 747 students received a perfect score of over 22,200 students that participated around the world. 

Earth Day 2016 Poster Contest
NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins offers her wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this years Earth Day 2016 Poster Contest, especially 3 of our ALMS students on their participation: Olivia Moxey, Lilliana Mandras, and Tehya Rose. The winner of this year's contest, Olivia Moxey, 6th grade. Congratulations!
Please click here for link. 
Please click here for the exciting announcement on Senator Stewart-Cousins webpage!

ALMS Won the Reserve Section at the Brunswick Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, April 9th: 6th graders, Jason Newman and Kieran Freed competed for ALMS. Jason also took first place in the section. Congratulations! pictured: Jason Newman.

Children's Dental Health Month Creative Contest:
Congratulations to Ms. Glickman's art student, Sophia Kosturova, 6th grade for receiving 2nd place!
Congratulation to Ms. DelGurcio's art students, Stella Giordano and Melissa Rosa, 7th graders, for receiving 1st place!


New Immunization Requirements for School Entry for 2016-17 Grades 7 and 12

Click here for further information.

An Important Health Advisory for the ALMS Community
Click here for the notice from our Health Dept. Dr. Adrienne Weiss-Harrison

New Rochelle Public Library Free Resources
Homework Help
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 3:00pm-7:50pm
Wednesday 3:00pm-5:50pm
Location: Children's Room and Second Floor

Please see attached for the ALMS updated extra help schedule.
Extra Help schedule.pdf
We encourage parents/guardians to update any home phone, cell numbers or email addresses that may have changed since September. Please reach out to your child's house guidance office and we will update the data in our student information system.

CSDNR CLOUD Information:
To CSDNR Parents & Guardians for Students in Grades 3-12,
In order better to support teaching, learning and communications with your child(ren) in Grades 3-12 we
will be providing a secure CSDNR Google for Education email accounts for your child. This email
account will be utilized in the CSDNR CLOUD and students will only be able to communicate with
CSDNR teachers and with other CSDNR students who have nredlearn.org accounts. It is secure,
monitored, and safe. En Espanol click here


Web-based Resources - Instructions for Students
We are pleased to provide students with access to Successmaker and Castle Learning. Please use the following instructions when logging on both from home and at school.

Thank you to all who helped make Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention 2014 a success!

Lead in Schools Water Situation Portal
new items posted 6.15.16


New Immunization Requirements for School Entry for 2016-17 Grades 7 and 12

Click here for more information

Important Message re Home Access

The Home Access Center will open at day's end on Monday August 29th. If you currently have an account, you will be able to log in.

If you need to register, registrations will take place at City Hall beginning Monday August 29th. The hours are between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday only. There are NO registrations on Fridays. You will need to bring a form of photo identification for yourself, either a driver's license or passport.

Location: City Hall
2nd Floor- Technology Department/Data Processing
If you have forgotten your password, please e-mail: nrhomeaccess@nredlearn.org.

We also anticipate having registrations during the 'Meet The Teacher' nights at the various schools.

My Brother's Keeper Marks Big Milestone

As more than 700 students got ready to accept their diplomas at New Rochelle High School, some of our young men graduating reflected on the innovative community wide effort called My Brother's Keeper, the private-public program introduced by The White House. It's aimed at keeping young black and Hispanic men focused a bright future ahead.

Watch the news report here

Middle School Students Share STEAM Projects

Students from Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School participated in Full STEAM Ahead, an extraordinary program that showcased a year's worth of in-depth, multi-disciplinary learning across science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Read more...

New Rochelle Orchestra Teacher Wins Golden Baton

Congratulations to ALMS/IEYMS orchestra teacher Mr. David Tobey, who was recently presented the "Golden Baton" award by the Westchester Philharmonic for his passion for music and contributions to the orchestra.  




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There will be a Public Hearing on Smart Schools Bond Act Fund on November 24 at 7:45 PM at:

 Isaac E. Young Middle School, 270 Centre Avenue, New Rochelle