For our next Principal's Corner feature, we hope you will enjoy two articles from Resources for Educators.

Article 1

A Positive Digital Footprint

Una huella digital positiva

Thanks to cell phones, computers, and tablets, tweens can instantly interact with more people and access more information than could any generation in the past. But with these benefits come responsibilities. Encourage your child to build a good online reputation and stay safe with the following tips.

Article 2

Motivation in the Middle

La motivacion en la escuela media

When your tween is motivated to learn, he will reap huge benefits. He'll put more effort into his schoolwork - and get more out of it. And he will be more likely to stick with challenging assignments and to reach his goals. Here's how to boost your child's enthusiasm for learning.

• 2/3 PTA Meeting 7:00 PM

• 2/5 Principal's luncheon

• 2/5 Tech Pre-SLO 6, 7, 8 Grades must be entered by 11pm

• 2/5 Wear Red for American Heart Association

• 2/8 Half Day 11:40 dismissal

• 2/12 Music Hour p3

• 2/12 Report Cards mailed home

• 2/22 Faculty Meeting

• 3/11 and 3/12 Show-Biz Kids Hairspray performance, 7 p.m.

Monday, February 8
Day 4
Half Day All Schools - Professional Development Day

Tuesday, February 9
Day 1
Wednesday, February 10
Day 2
Thursday, February 11
Day 3
Friday, February 12
Day 4
Report Cards Mailed Home

Monday, February 15
Mid-Winter Recess - Schools & Offices Closed

Reminder February 8th is a half day. 11:40 a.m. dismissal.
Dear Families and ALMS Students,

We hope everyone is having a great start to the new 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 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 and recognizing our entire school community for our efforts as we work to eradicate bullying in our school. It was 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! For more information about STOMP Out Bullying, please visit their website http://www.stompoutbullying.org

We ask you to please consider joining our PTA if you have not already done so. 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 year, Fran Nordquist and Nancy Podhradsky are serving as our PTA Co-Presidents. We hope to see you at our next PTA meeting, taking place on February 3rd. We will be beginning at 7:00 pm in the ALMS library, with doors open at 6:45 pm. Ms. Marselle Heywood, science instructional chair for our district secondary schools, will be presenting an informative session regarding our middle school SCIENCE program/curriculum being taught at ALMS.Please mark it down in your calendar and join us for this important meeting. 

Cheers to a wonderful school community and an amazing second half of the school year.

With appreciation,
John Barnes
ALMS Principal

To the Albert Leonard Middle School Families,

It is with great enthusiasm that we are upon the 2015 - 2016 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 twelve 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.

Please click here to view our latest issue of highlights!

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

Are you a Girl in 6-10th Grade who is interested in Computer Science?
Then Welcome to Selfie Image!

Participants will learn how to code and host their own website. They will work to create a website that will address the self-image issues that girls and young women face today!
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive:
•AspireIT bag • AspireIT Mood Smart-phone Wallet • AspireIT Ear buds•Intel Pen • Google Sticker • AspireIT Stickers • CS Unplugged Promo Card•Raffle entry for a NEXUS 5 Smart-phone*
Teacher Qualifications: Rhea is a high school senior with a passion for computer science and robotics. She is interested in helping girls close the gender gap in the field of computer science. She has been accepted to the MIT class of 2020. She received an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Runner Up Award for 2016. Her computer science background includes:
•Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program
•Paid Computer Science Internship
•AP Computer Science
•Coding competitions and hackathons
•Founder and instructor of her high school computer science club

Program Dates & Location: February 17, 18, 19, 21, 28 (and March 6, if needed)1pm – 5:30pm
New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801
To register, send an e mail with your contact information to:selfie.image.code@gmail.com or call Barbara at the library at 632-8254 or fill in the registration form at bit.ly/1ZI9zoH

Space is limited! Please respond by February 5!
click here for flyer in English
click here for flyer in Spanish

Arts Out Loud - A Middle School Celebration
Save the Date! Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
NRHS Auditorium at 6:30pm
Please join us for the second annual Arts Out Loud event hosted by the New Rochelle Fund for Excellence! Celebrate original poetry, music and art created and performed exclusively by 7th and 8th graders from ALMS and IEYMS. Show your appreciation and cheer on our middle schoolers on Wednesday, May 25th, 2015 at 6:30pm when they will present their work on the NRHS auditorium stage. All presented work will be published in a commemorative journal. The deadline for submissions is May 4th, 2015. Students may see their ELA, Art and Music teachers for details!


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

Click here for further information.

Joann Diiorio, Grade 7/8 Links Teacher, is proud to announce her class has won the Read to Succeed contest, a national race to accelerated literacy achievement!

From all the classes in our school who completed Achieve3000 lessons over the contest period, this class completed the most. In recognition of this accomplishment, Achieve3000 awarded their teacher a gift card to use for a celebration of her students' choice. The students have asked for a chinese-food buffet party, which will take place in January when we return from Winter break.

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

NY State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin is sponsoring an essay contest for middle school students, "There Ought To Be a Law"!

Interested students should write an essay (no more than 750 words) that describes their idea for a law.
- The first place winner will get an opportunity to join Paulin at the State Capital where he/she will present a proposed law to members of the New York State Assembly.
- Second and third place winners will receive official recognition from the Assembly.
- The deadline to submit an essay is February 29.

Please click here for the 2016 N.Y.S. testing dates. Included are the testing schedules for the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts, Grades 3-8 Mathematics, NYSESLAT Speaking, NYSESLAT Listening, Reading, and Writing, Grade 8 Science Performance Test, Grade 8 Science Written.

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.

Please click here to see the 'Helping Students Learn' February 2016 newsletter!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española!

Please click here for the helpful 'Firm, Fair & Consistent' Newsletter for the month of December!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española!

Please click here for the February 2016 'Middle Years' Newsletter!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española!

Please click here to see our archived newsletters!

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.
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.
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

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

Community Building Conditions Survey Meetings!

We ask that you please attend and learn about the needs of the buildings.

Mon., Feb. 1 - Webster, 1:30 pm

Mon., Feb. 1  - Barnard, 3:30 pm

Tues., Feb 2. - Columbus,1:30 pm

Thurs., Feb. 4 - IEYMS,10:00 am

Fri., Feb. 5 – ALMS, 2:00 pm

Mon., Feb. 8 - Trinity,2:30 pm

Tues,, Feb. 9 - Ward,10:00 am

Wed., Feb. 10 – Jefferson,10:30 am

Thurs., Feb. 11 - NRHS, 1:00 pm

Fri., Feb. 12 - Davis,11:00 am

School Budget Community Input Forums and Review Sessions

Upcoming Input Forum:Feb 11 - 7pm

Review Sessions:March 10,15,22 - 7pm


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

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Legislators to Speak at a Community Forum, Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Linda E. Kelly Theatre at NRHS
Senators George Latimer and Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Members Amy Paulin and Steven Otis will speak about the state budget and its impact on our schools. Members of the audience who wish to submit questions, may do so on index cards provided at the forum. Moderator Suyen Taylor, Co-President of PTA Council, will receive the index cards.

Click here for BOE Meeting Notice of Feb. 9

We Are One Nominations Accepted Now

Deadline February 12th
New Rochelle Special Education PTA (SEPTA) is accepting nominations for the "We Are One" and "Bridges Community & Student" awards. All are welcome to nominate someone.
You can obtain more information and submit on-line at www.newrochellesepta.org (English / Español) and  click on the "We Are One Dinner" tab or by using the attached form.

Planetarium Show February 24, 7 PM

Spend an evening under the stars at the Planetarium at NRHS.

This month's feature: Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

Ideal for children in grades K-5 and their families.

Watch the trailer here

See attachment for full details

Feb,16Zula (3).pdf

Inclement Weather Notice - School Delayed Openings and Closings

View information here.

Winter Sky, Comets, Meteor Showers, & Moon Phases

Spend a night under the stars on January 22 at 7PM

NRHS Planetarium - Admission Free

Complete details here

Google Expeditions Pioneer Program

New Rochelle students take virtual reality tours of the world.




Please Click Here to Review the Plan


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