INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 285
“Soaring to new heights”
MEYER LEVIN I.S. 285
SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
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
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)_____________________________________________
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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
o Ms. A. Miller
o Mr. J. Davenport
1. ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
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.
2. ATTIRE AND GROOMING
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:
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
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.
3. STUDENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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.
4. TEACHERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS
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.
5. OUR DAILY PROCEDURES/BELL SCHEDULE
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
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
6. CLASSROOM REGULATIONS AND CONDUCT
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.
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.)
7. PASSES/LEAVING THE CLASSROOM
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
8. TRAFFIC AND HALL PASSING
During hall passing between period, students should go directly and quickly to their next class.
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.
9. MARKS & REPORT CARDS
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
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.
11. PROMOTION AND GRADING POLICY
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
DEPARTMENTS SHALL INCLUDE:
? Test performance
? 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
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%
Class Participation 10%
Notebook Review 5%
2. Grading Criteria for the Language Arts Department
Tests and quizzes 50%
Class Participation 15%
Journal /Notebooks 5%
3. Grading Criteria for the Math Department
Testing and Projects 50%
4. Grading Criteria for the Social Studies Department
Tests and quizzes 40%
5. Grading Criteria for the Foreign Language Department
Tests and quizzes 50% (minimum 4 per marking period)
Oral Ability 10%
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%
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 ____________
12. HONOR ROLL/ARISTA
1. Honor Roll
90% - 100% for the Gold Honor Roll
80% - 89% for the Silver Honor Roll
Conduct and attendance will also be considered.
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.
13. G.O. AND STUDENT ACTIVITIES