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Welcome to an informative corner to help keep people up to date in some of the latest happenings and/or hot topics in education. In today's highlights we discuss two topics:

#1: Exercise is a Treatment for ADHD Article: Click here

#2: A Must See Video, What will Revolutionize Education? Article: Click here


• Learning Academy begins Tuesday, Jan. 27th

• Learning Academy schedule: Tues - Thurs. 2:45-4:45pm

• Seventh Grade Rec Night, Jan. 23rd, 7 p.m.-9pm

• Winter Concert Jan. 29th, 7 p.m.

• Siwanoy trip to The Museum of Natural History on Jan. 29th

• PTA Meeting on Feb. 4th, 7:00 pm in the library

• School Musical Production Feb. 6th and Feb. 7th

• Principal's Luncheon on Feb. 13th


This year, the New Rochelle Fund for Excellence is hosting a new event just for 7th and 8th students called Arts Out Loud. Students are invited to express themselves and their views through poetry, art or music. On April 30th, 2015, at New Rochelle H.S., select students will have the chance to present their original piece on the NRHS auditorium stage. All presented work will be published in a commemorative journal. The deadline for submissions is the week of February 23rd, 2015. ALMS: See your ELA teacher or the ELA Committee Facilitators (Margaret Bavosa or Toby Weber), Art, or Music teacher (Mr. DeMicco) for details!
Monday, January 26
Day 1
Regents/Mid-Term Exams
Through January 30
Ms. Noboa - LaHerradura Restaurant
10:50 AM - 2:15 PM
Tuesday, January 27
Board of Education
C.O.W.
7:00pm
Jefferson School

Click here for CSDNR Board Docs.
Day 2
Mr. Maida - Westchester Italian Cultural Center
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Ms. Manjarres/Ms. Fernandez - LaHerradura Restaurant
10:50 AM - 2:15 PM
Wednesday, January 28
Day 3
Ms. Stewart - LaHerradura Restaurant
10:50 AM - 2:15 PM

Thank you to all who participated in our Rachel's Challenge presentations! Let's start a chain reaction!
www.stompoutbullying.org

We are pleased to announce that our PEP RALLY in honor of the Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention was a complete success. Albert Leonard Middle School was selected by the national organization, STOMP Out Bullying™ to spread the message that bullying of all kinds must be stopped. The CEO and founder of STOMP Out Bullying™, Ms. Ross Ellis, was enthusiastic to learn of our school's mission to eradicate bullying and to promote a school culture of up-standers. In addition, Armour Foods sponsored the pep rally, provided giveaways, and helped to arrange a special visit from celebrity, Mario Lopez. Please join me in celebrating the great work and partnership of STOMP Out Bullying™, Armour Foods and the City School District of New Rochelle.


Weather

Today, 1/26/2015
High: 28 Low: 22
Snow
45% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 1/27/2015
High: 26 Low: 22
Snow
100% chance of precipitation.
Please join us for the Winter Concert on Jan. 29th at 7pm!
Dear Families and ALMS Students,

We hope everyone is having a great first month for the 2015 launch. We are grateful to work with our amazing 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 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.

In October, we facilitated a pep rally for students. In an effort to continue the momentum around our anti-bullying campaign, the entire ALMS community took part in Rachel's Challenge in November. The challenge included a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs, and a series of five strategies (challenges) to equip students and adults to create/sustain safe, caring and compassionate learning environments. Please feel free to visit the Rachel's Challenge website for additional information about this program:  http://www.rachelschallenge.org.

In December, we have focused on encouraging members of our school community to pay things forward through random acts of kindness. Students have worked on fund-raising for the needy, collecting supplies for our local animal shelter, and thinking about the power of their words and the impact, good and bad, that they can have on another person.

In January, students worked to raise money for The Make A Wish Foundation. During our second school spirit week, students were encouraged to pay things forward and to make an impact by considering the small gestures they can do in order to help other people.

We hope to see you at our upcoming Winter Concert on January 29th beginning right at 7:00 pm.
  
With appreciation,
 
John Barnes
ALMS Principal



To the Albert Leonard Middle School Families,

It is with great enthusiasm that we are upon the 2014 - 2015 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 eleven years as a middle 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.
Highlights Newsletter December 2014
We are excited to announce our first issue of Highlights! Please click here for the newsletter!


Please click here for the updated Metro Card payment form!

Click here for the ALMS Extra Help Schedule! 
Extra Help Schedule.pdf
Please see link below for ALMS Co-Curricular Schedule 2014-2015.
Co-Curricular Schedule 2014.pdf
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.
Inside the CSDNR CLOUD students will be able to utilize secured email, word processing,
spreadsheets, presentation software, virtual storage, eBooks, wiki's, instructional software and
discussion boards-all secured and inside the CSDNR CLOUD. Students will not be able to email or
communicate outside the CSDNR CLOUD. Students will be monitored to make sure that they utilize
these tools responsibly and for the purpose of teaching, learning and communications. Access to email,
discussion boards, and virtual projects, will give students more opportunities to practice reading,
writing, research and communication skills. It will also provide students who are shy and have a
question, to communicate with their teachers through email. In addition, students using Google Docs
can electronically send their writing, presentations and projects to their teachers for feedback.
If you do not want your child to participate in this program, you can opt out by writing a note to your
building Principal stating that you do not wish your child(ren) to have a CSDNR Google for Education
email account.
If you choose to opt out, understand your child(ren) will be given the instructional
resources in a paper format and still be required to complete all assigned work.
We are excited to move instruction to a more 21st Century model for Grades 3-12 and extend learning
in a more digital way. We invite you to review the CSDNR CLOUD at www.nredlearn.org.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Dr. Coleman, Director of Technology, Email: ccoleman@nred.org

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.
SUCCESSMAKER
To log on to the SuccessMaker Student Interface and launch an assignment:
1. Open your browser and go to http://albertleonard.nred.org
2. Hover over your mouse cursor over "Student" and a menu will open. Click on "Successmaker" on the bottom of that menu.
3. On the "Log In" page, enter your Username (Student ID) and Password (Student ID), and then click "Log In."
4. Click your course's name on the "Assignments"page to launch the assignment.
To exit an assignment and log off the Student Interface:
1. Click the X (Close) to exit your course and preserve your session data.
2. Click "Log "Out" on the Student Interface page to log off SuccessMaker.
CASTLE LEARNING
1. Go to www.castlelearning.com
2. Enter your child's CLO login ID and password* and click the Sign In button. *Note: If your child has not set a password, leave the password field blank for the first time and click Sign In. Then, follow the steps to create a password.
3. Assignments from teachers will appear near the top of the page under the section labeled Your Classes.
4. To generate an assignment without a teacher, select a Course to review in the middle of the Student Home Page and click the GO button. Once the screen refreshes your child can create an activity or review completed work.
5. Should you have any questions, please contact support@castlelearning.com

ALMS - Common Core Learning Standards Power Point presentation
ALMS PTA meeting
click here


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

We are pleased to announce that our recent PEP RALLY in honor of the Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention was a complete success. Albert Leonard Middle School was selected by the national organization, STOMP Out Bullying™ to spread the message that bullying of all kinds must be stopped. The CEO and founder of STOMP Out Bullying™, Ms. Ross Ellis, was enthusiastic to learn of our school's mission to eradicate bullying and to promote a school culture of up-standers. In addition, Armour Foods sponsored the pep rally, provided giveaways, and helped to arrange a special visit from celebrity, Mario Lopez. Please join me in celebrating the great work and partnership of STOMP Out Bullying™, Armour Foods and the City School District of New Rochelle.





Please click here to see the 'Helping Students Learn' January 2015 newsletter!
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Enero!


Please click here for the helpful 'Daily Learning Planner' newsletter for the month of January!
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Please click here for the helpful 'Firm, Fair & Consistent' Newsletter for the month of January!
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Please click here for the helpful 'Guiding Ideas' Newsletter for the month of January!
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! Enero!


Please click here for the January 2015 'Middle Years' Newsletter!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española! Enero!

Please click here to see our archived newsletters!




Dr. Brian Osborne's Latest on The Huffington Post - Preparing Students for College Begins Earlier Than Most Parents Expect

High school seniors who applied Early Decision or Early Action to their first choice colleges in November are now hearing whether they've been admitted.  In the New Rochelle schools, we have been fortunate to learn our students have been accepted so far to Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, The College of William and Mary, and Yale University.


Yet the college admissions journey for our students didn't start this year, or even in high school.  In New Rochelle, we offer opportunities for children to visit colleges while they're still in elementary school.  Children from Columbus School recently visited Iona College.   


A counselor gave kids and their parents a tour of the campus, answered questions, and discussed the courses to take in high school to best prepare for higher learning. 


Click here for entire story






Black History Month - February 2015 - Call for Artist Submissions

WABSE
, the Westchester Alliance of Black School Educators, an affiliate of NABSE, the National Alliance of Black School Educators, is proud to present its annual Black History Spoken Word and Art Exhibit. This year we commemorate the life, work and legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou by celebrating themes of Freedom and Empowerment through her poetry and spoken word. This theme allows students of all ages to make meaning through the arts. Participants can learn about Slavery, Segregation, the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement through the life and work of Dr. Maya Angelou.

 

Click here to find out how your class can participate and more about resources, requirements and deadlines


PARENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS FOR DATA PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Please click here for more information



The CSDNR Parent Home Access Center

Forgot your password, need an account, please email: 

nrhomeaccess@nred.org




CSDNR Magnet Open House Dates Now Available: for more information, click here.

2014 New York State English/Language Arts and Math Assessment Results

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released ELA and Math assessment results. Please note that there was a technical error by the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC) in submitting the District's grade 5 math scores to NYSED. Grade 5 math scores were inaccurately displayed upon initial posting to NYSED's website and will be unavailable until the LHRIC and NYSED remedy the situation. Parent reports will be mailed by the LHRIC in September. For further inquiries please contact your school's administrator.

Please click here for CSD New Rochelle ELA and Math Assessment Results.

Please click here for more information from NYSED about statewide test results.


School Community Health Advisory Influenza Vaccine Fall 2014/Winter 2015

The district wishes to ensure that the importance of getting the Influenza vaccine does not get lost in all of the media and public discussion of Enterovirus D68 and even Ebola. See Frank Bruni’s recent NY Times column,
“Scarier Than Ebola”:  Click Here


Influenza is a serious and potentially deadly disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that ALL individuals 6 six months of age and older be vaccinated against Influenza.


The Flu virus changes genetically from year to year, so last year's Flu vaccine will not reliably protect you from this year's circulating Flu strains. Everyone needs to be vaccinated annually.


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PROCEDURE FOR REQUESTING TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL 2013-2014 APPR SCORES AND RATINGS 

Please click here for information from Dr. Korostoff, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum & Instruction.  Para Español oprima aquí.



Click here for Request Form, para Español oprima aquí.

 


Paperless Board Meetings

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