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    “Soaring to new heights”

    MEYER LEVIN I.S. 285


It is the goal of our school community to develop the child

academically, emotionally, socially and artistically by creating

    a forum where teachers, students, and parents can work

collaboratively. We will strive to develop a cohesive family

learning environment that is enjoyable for both children and

    adults. Students will enhance their self-esteem and self-

respect as well as their respect for differences in others. We

    will create a learning environment that will provide

opportunities for the development of personal empowerment,

civic responsibility, while striving to maximize each child’s

academic potential. Our institution will teach students to

become creative thinkers and problem solvers thus developing

    their desire to become lifelong learners.


Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:

    Welcome to the Meyer Levin I.S. 285 Falcon Academy.

    Each school year, the Meyer Levin family embraces the challenge of bringing a diverse group of students their strengths, talents, weaknesses, curiosities, and fears together toward a common

    understanding about community and shared responsibilities that will ultimately lead to academic success. There is a continual need for us to engage in dialogue about the issues that are important to our immediate community and our extended community.

    Whether you are returning to Meyer Levin or new to the school, reading the Parent-Student Handbook together is a critical first step in this dialogue. Please read through the enclosed Student Handbook. Set aside some time to discuss the values of the school and the expectations and consequences outlined within the Handbook. Once having done so, please sign the following agreement and retain in your handbook. I know that your experience with the Falcon Academy will be a rewarding one. Thank you.


    Mrs. D. Holder

    Assistant Principal


    My child and I (we) have read the Falcon Academy Student Handbook and have discussed the material therein. We support the values and understand the expectations and consequences as outlined in the Handbook.

    Parent(s) or Guardian(s) Name: (PRINT)_____________________________________________

    Signature of Parent(s) or Guardian(s)__________________________________Date:______________

Student(s) Name and Grade (PRINT)________________________________________________

    Signature of Student(s):____________________________________ Date: ____________________


    Assistant Principal: Mrs. Denise Holder Grades: 6 - 8

    Location: First Floor Meyer Levin IS 285 Hours: 8:50 A.M. 3:40 P.M.

The goal of Falcon Academy is to create a nurturing learning environment where the staff is empowered

    and will work collaboratively with all members of the learning community to create programs and

    activities that will meet the academic, emotional, and social needs of all students. Falcon Academy will

    provide a safe and secure learning environment where all students are known and valued. Members of the

    academy will display respect and citizenship at all times.

    Falcon Academy consists of the following participants:

    ? Assistant Principal Mrs. D. Holder

    ? Dean Mr. J. Sainte

    ? Guidance Counselor Mrs. G. Blagrove

    ? Mathematics Teachers

    o Mr. M. McNeill

    o Ms. Y. Stephens

    o Mrs. S. Palmer-Peakes

    o Ms. A. Prentice

    ? English Language Arts Teachers

    o Mr. P. Alston

    o Ms. D. Dawson

    o Ms. D. Rodriguez

    ? Science Teacher Mr. D. Young

    ? Social Studies Teacher

    o Mrs. C. Barbuzza

    o Mr. F. Raziano

    ? Foreign Language

    o Ms. V. Papillon

    o Mr. R. Daley

    ? Gym

    o Ms. A. Miller

    o Mr. J. Davenport


    In order to get the most of your education it is important that students attend school daily and

    on time. Students must arrive in the school building no later than 8:45 A.M. Classes begin

    at 8:50 A.M. Breakfast will be available at 7:50 A.M. every morning for students. School will be

    dismissed at 3:40 P.M.

    If late, students must get a late pass at the Main Entrance before going to class. Excessive lateness

    is a serious problem. It causes disruption and students miss important information and instruction.

    When returning from an absence, a student must present all teachers with an absence note from

    your parent/guardian or a note from the doctor.


    Dress and proper grooming reflect a sense of pride and a positive attitude towards school and self.

    All students are expected to adhere to the Uniform Dress Code. Boys and girls should wear the

    following attire on a daily basis:

     Girls Boys

     Light Blue Polo Shirt w/academy logo Light Blue Polo Shirt w/academy logo

     Navy Blue Skirts Navy Blue Pants

     Navy Blue Pants Navy Blue Sweater/Blazer

    Navy Blue Sweater/Blazer Navy Blue Socks

     Navy Blue Socks/Tights Black Shoes

     Black Shoes

     Polo shirts are only available at IDEAL located on Flatbush Avenue.

     Jeans and “Hoodies” are not part of the Uniform Dress Code

     The following “attire” will not be accepted in the building:

    a. Clothing that is excessively revealing.

    b. Skirts or dresses worn more than three inches above the knees.

    c. Hats, caps, bandannas, doo-rags or sunglasses.


    a. All students have a right to an education and should behave in a manner that allows other

    students their right to an education.

    b. All students have the right to be in a safe and healthy environment and have the responsibility

    to maintain this environment.

    c. All students are accountable for their own behavior by developing self discipline.

    d. All students have the right to be respected and have the responsibility to respect others.

    e. All individuals have the right to have their property respected. All individuals have the

    responsibility to respect the property of others.

    f. Students will engage in the care and up-keep of school property (books, furniture, school

    building, etc.).

g. Students will not disrupt the teaching and learning process.

    h. Students’ records shall be confidential and should be open only for inspection in accordance

    with the rules and regulations as adopted by the Department of Education.

    i. Students have the right to due process of law.


     Teachers have the right to:

    a. Be respected by students.

    b. Have students follow class rules and regulations.

    c. A safe environment.

    d. Be protected against violent acts/bodily harm.

    e. Due process of the law.


In order to run a safe, effective school, certain basic procedures MUST be adhered to and enforced:

a. Students must report to all classes on time!

    b. Coats and outer garments are to be put into the wardrobe closet during period 1. Students are

    not permitted to carry these items with them during the day.

    c. Each day, announcements of importance and interest will be made. All students are expected

    to listen attentively.

    d. Students are expected to adhere to the following bell schedule which indicates change of

    period times.

    Bell Schedule

    Monday - Friday

     ENTRANCE 8:40 - 8:45

     PERIOD 1 8:50 - 9:43

     PERIOD 2 9:47 - 10:33

     PERIOD 3 10:37 - 11:23

     PERIOD 4 11:27 - 12:13

     PERIOD 5 12:17 - 1:03

     PERIOD 6 1:07 - 1:53

     PERIOD 7 1:57 - 2:43

     PERIOD 8 2:47 - 3:33

     DISMISSAL 3:33 - 3:40


    Each classroom teacher will issue a set of guidelines and regulations relating to classroom

    operations, grading practices and general conduct.

    Students are responsible for meeting the requirements of performance in all subject areas.

    Students must:

    a. Be ready to work when the bell rings.

    b. Be prepared, by having the following materials as required by the subject teacher (Textbook,

    pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, etc.)


    In the Falcon Academy, students are safe and well supervised. Any student found outside his/her

    regular scheduled classroom/academy without a pass will be referred to the Dean or Assistant

    Principal. Cutting class is a serious offense. Passes should reflect the corresponding color of the

    floor of origination and should indicate the following:


     Date and Time

     Student’s Name

     Teacher’s Signature


     During hall passing between period, students should go directly and quickly to their next class.

     Students must:

    1. Walk on the right side of the blue line, and use the appropriate doors.

    2. Adhere to the up and down signs in the stairwells.

    3. Not engage in the following behaviors: running, pushing and shouting.


    Students will receive a report card at the end of each marking period. The passing mark in all

    subject areas is 65% with the exception of ASTRAL students who must maintain an 80% average

    in all subject areas to remain in the program. Students’ grades will be based on:

    (a) classwork, (b) tests, (c) notebooks, (d) special reports, and (f) extra work.

    1 Report card distribution will occur in November, January, April and on the last day of school.

    2 Report cards will reflect (a) subject grade, (b) attendance, (c) conduct, (e) special upcoming


    3 Progress reports will be distributed in the middle of the first and second marking period.

    4 Parent/Teacher conferences will take place in November and February. Parents are also

    encouraged to meet with teachers throughout the school year upon request. (Please call for


    10. HOMEWORK

    It is the policy of I.S. 285 that homework is given daily. Homework assignments that

    constructively utilize out of class time will be given. Assignments may include a variety of

    activities such as reading, completion of art projects, research, etc. Parents are encouraged to

    show interest and support for students’ homework activities. Homework will count significantly

    towards students’ final grade.


1. In order to be promoted to the next grade, a student must meet the promotional requirements

    as set forth by the Department of Education. GRADING CRITERIA FOR ALL


    ? Test performance

    ? Quizzes

    ? Reports

    ? Class participation

    ? Preparation (notebooks, research, extra credit, etc.)

    ? Homework (will also be posted on a website)

2. The respective weight to be accorded each criterion shall be determined by the department,

    and shall be included in the grading criteria.

    3. During the first week of the school year, students will receive the grading criteria that will be

    used in evaluating their academic performance.

    4. A student who has not been absent for any reason and is in danger of failing because of missed


    a) will be given reasonable opportunity to make up all missed work and

    examinations and

    b) will be offered guidance services with intervention strategies that will assist

    students in making up missed work.

    5. A student who has been absent for a good cause (e.g. medical) and who, in the teacher’s

    judgment, is unable to make up missed work, sufficient to permit an evaluation of the student’s

    academic performance shall be given the grade of X (excused) or M( medically excused.)

    These grades will not count as part of the student’s final cumulative average.

    6. Ladder of appeals of grades by student and or parents:

    #1 to the teacher

     #2 - to the subject/grade supervisor

     #3 to the Principal

    Departmental Grading/Attendance Criteria as established by each


    1. Grading Criteria for the Science Department

    Tests and quizzes 60%

    Homework 20%

    Class Participation 10%

    Notebook Review 5%

    Projects/Reports 5%



    2. Grading Criteria for the Language Arts Department

    Tests and quizzes 50%

    Homework 20%

    Class Participation 15%

    Reports/Papers 10%

    Journal /Notebooks 5%



    3. Grading Criteria for the Math Department

    Testing and Projects 50%

    Quizzes 10%

    Homework 20%

    Class Participation/

     Notebooks 20%



    4. Grading Criteria for the Social Studies Department

    Tests and quizzes 40%

    Homework 20%

    Class Participation/

     Notebooks/ 20%

     Projects 20%



    5. Grading Criteria for the Foreign Language Department

    Tests and quizzes 50% (minimum 4 per marking period)

     Homework 25%

     Oral Ability 10%

     Written Ability/

     Notebooks/Extra Credit 15%



    6. Grading Criteria for Physical Education Department

    Preparation for Class 60%

     (full line forms)

    Participation in Activities 20%

    Skills Tests 10%

    Physical Fitness Tests 10%



    7. Grading Criteria for General Music Department (Vocal/

    Instrumental) and the Performing Arts

     Class Participation 40%

     Written Assignments 30%

     Special Projects/

     Solo Performance/

     Group Performance 30%



     Grading Criteria for the Art Department

    Practical Studio Work 70%

    Tests & Homework 20%

    Class Participation 10%




Notebooks are important tools for developing reading, writing, listening and problem solving skills:

    1. Notebooks should be maintained by all students to reflect ongoing sequential classwork


    2. There should be a proper heading on every page of the notebook, as well as the objective of the


    3. Notebooks will be checked regularly. In many subject areas, the notebook grade is reflected as an

    important part of the quarterly grade.

Below is the acceptable heading for notebook entries:

Meyer Levin Intermediate School 285 Student’s name

    Date __________________ Class ____________


    1. Honor Roll

    90% - 100% for the Gold Honor Roll

    80% - 89% for the Silver Honor Roll

    Conduct and attendance will also be considered.

    2. ARISTA

    At the end of the seventh and eight grades, students with outstanding records will be eligible to

    apply for induction in the National Honor Society, which is called ARISTA. In order to be

    eligible, a student must have made Honor Roll at least once in each grade, have a satisfactory

    attendance and punctuality record, and be recommended by all of his/her teachers. School

    service enhances chances of acceptance.


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