Parent/Student Handbook: I.S. 228

David A. Boody

Intermediate School 228

For Magnet Studies



Parent-Student Handbook

2022-2023

 

228 Avenue S

Brooklyn, New York 11223

718-375-7635

FAX: 718-376-1209

 

“Eyes on Excellence”

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Visit us at: www.IS228.org



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6th Grade Remind: @dab2025

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8th Grade Remind: @dab2023

 

The New York City Department of Education

 

DAVID A. BOODY

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 228 FOR MAGNET STUDIES

228 AVENUE S, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11223

718-375-7635      FAX 718-376-1209

 

Dominick A. D’Angelo, Principal


September  2022

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year.  I am excited to be working with you and our team of great teachers to collectively foster a culture of learning that is engaging and rigorous.  I am incredibly fortunate to be on a team with such an exceptional group of students, families and staff members.

 

 

Our goal at IS 228 is to provide our students an excellent educational experience that will help them grow and develop as happy, independent, life-long learners.  Our motto is “Eyes on Excellence,” and our mission and instructional focus on the next page will provide you with more information on how we aim to do just that. 

 

 

At Boody, we aim to cultivate ROCKSTARS that embody our core values; Respect, Optimism, Care, Kindness, Safety, Thoughtfulness, Accountability, and Responsibility.  We remind our students daily to stay humble, work hard and most importantly, be kind.

 

 

We hope that this handbook will provide you with practical information that will encourage you to communicate and collaborate with our teachers and staff members at IS 228.  Please remember to visit our school website, www.is228.org to view our school newsletters and receive updates on school information and events.

 

 

Finally, I want to thank you in advance for any volunteer and community engagement work you will be doing at IS 228.  Your involvement makes a difference in our ability to succeed.  We look forward to meeting and working with you to make this a powerful and productive year for you and your child.

 

Sincerely yours,

Dominick D’Angelo

IS 228 Principal

Table of Contents

 

 

 

Guided Ideas and Visions………………………….………………………….4

  

I.S. 228 Contact Information…………………………………………………..5

  

Important Websites………………………………………...............................6


Covid Guidelines……………………………………………………………….7

  

I.S. 228 School Policies and Information ……..…………………………9








Our Vision at I.S. 228 is a community where all stakeholders are actively engaged as life-long learners.

 

Our Mission at I.S. 228 is to equip every student with the necessary skills to become college and career ready. Each member of our school community is responsible for creating a nurturing environment that supports rigorous learning delivered through high quality curriculum.

 

Our Instructional Focus at I.S. 228 is to plan and implement data driven lessons that foster critical thinking for all students in a supportive environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 





CONTACT INFORMATION


Principal 

Mr. Dominick D’Angelo

[email protected]

718-375-7635

 

Principal’s Secretary: Ms. Fran Favaloro

[email protected]

718-375-7635 ext. 1133

 

6th Grade

Assistant Principal: Ms. Jennifer Schneider

JS[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT 4230


Dean: Ms. Yadira Escobar Monti

[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT. 4121


7th Grade

Assistant Principal: Ms. Cristina Liberta-Cotto

[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT 3113


Dean: Chris Arce

[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT. 3121


8th Grade

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Theresa Johnson

[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT 2032


Dean: Angela McMahon

[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT 2121


Community Superintendent District 21

Ms. Isabel DiMola

[email protected]



STUDENTS & FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

 

228 After School Information

Parent Coordinator/Empire After School Director:

 Ms. Alexa Calisto

AC[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT. 1132


Special Education Services

Assistant Principal of Special Education: Ms. Jennifer Schneider

JS[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT 4230


IEP Teacher: Ms Lauren Valsamis

LV[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT. 4231


Attendance

Ms. Claudia Mendia

[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT.


 Guidance Counselors 

Betty Tang - [email protected]

Brittany Capriola - [email protected]


School Social Workers

Annamarie Fabrricatore - [email protected]

Estela Hernandez - [email protected]

Vincent Damato -  [email protected]

 

School Psychologist

Jennifer Opromalla- [email protected]


 Community Schools Director

Shani Long- Boxill

S[email protected]


Community Coordinator

Shakeya Stephenson

[email protected]

718-375-7635 EXT. 1135

 

IMPORTANT WEBSITES


I.S. 228’s School Website

http://www.is228.org


Grade Remind Class: 

6th Grade Remind: @dab2025

7th Grade Remind:@dab2024

8th Grade Remind: @dab2023

 

School Newsletter

Published monthly on the school’s website

 

NYCSA PARENT PORTAL

schoolsaccount.nyc

 

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK:

David A. Boody Intermediate School for Magnet Studies

 

Follow us on Twitter:

@IS228DAB


Follow us on Instagram:

 @IS228DAVIDABOODY


NYC- Department of Education

http://schools.nyc.gov/default.htm

 

Chancellor’s Regulations

http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/ChancellorsRegulations/default.htm

 

DOE Fall 2022 COVID-19 Guidance

  • Daily Health Screener:
    • No longer required to enter school buildings 
  • Stay home if sick: Students and staff should stay home if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses and get tested for COVID-19. 
  • Isolate if COVID-19 positive: Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 5 days and can return to school on day 6 if they have no symptoms or symptoms are improving. They must wear a mask until day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier.
    • These cases should be reported to their school so they can be reported into the sit room for exposure notifications.
  • Get tested if exposed to COVID-19: Students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 should get tested.
    • These individuals should receive home tests from their school and take two tests, at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and day 5 of their exposure. All exposed individuals should monitor for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after their exposure. If symptoms begin, they should not attend school and should isolate and get tested for COVID-19 again right away. 
  • Testing:
    • Starting the first day of school, schools will offer home test kits to those with a potential in-school exposure and those with symptoms
    • In addition, each staff and student will receive 4 tests per month to take home. These tests can be used by school families for testing due to symptoms, exposures, high-risk activity (such as travel and large gatherings) and can give staff and students immediate results.
    • In-school PCR surveillance testing will not be a part of the 2022-23 school year.
  • Situation Room:
    • Schools will be required to report positive cases of COVID-19 to the situation room.
    • The Situation Room will provide schools with standardized communications for their communities and will notify school communities of cases in their schools through daily email and the Daily COVID map. 
  • Masking- Face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn when indoors. Masks will be made available at the school for all those who need/want them.
    • Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask when:
      • Returning to school on the sixth day after testing positive for COVID-19, through day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier, including when traveling on a school bus.
      • Entering the school medical room, nurse’s office, or school-based health center.
      • Exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at school.
    • Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are strongly recommended to wear a mask:
      • When they were exposed to someone with COVID-19, whether the exposure occurred in school or outside of school. The person should wear a mask for 10 days after their last day of exposure and get tested at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and day 5 of their exposure.
      • When they are moderately-to-severely immunocompromised, and 
      • masking is recommended by their healthcare provider.
      • In crowded indoor settings


****COVID GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE****


Any specific questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 protocols should be directed to the Grade Level Assistant Principal.








SCHOOL DAY PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

 

Arrival Procedures: 

Students should arrive no later than 7:55 AM.  Classes begin promptly at 8:00 AM.  All students enter through the Schoolyard entrance on West 4th Street between Avenue S and Avenue T. 


School Hours:   

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM – 2:20 PM

After School Hours- Monday- Friday 2:30PM-5:15PM


Breakfast is served daily from 7:15 AM - 7:55 AM Monday through Friday. All Students are to enter the cafeteria with their ID cards.


6th graders will meet in the Cafeteria

7th graders will meet in the 3rd Floor Gym

8th graders will meet in the Auditorium

 

Bells and Hallway Passing

At the end of each period a bell will sound signaling the teacher that the period is over.  The teacher will then dismiss the class. Students will have two minutes to report to their next class. Students are expected to transition in an orderly fashion from class to class.   


  • Students should follow the instructions of the teachers and safety officers and always be courteous. 
  • Do not stop to talk to your friends or get a drink of water. 
  • Running is NOT permitted in school. 
  • Please remember to always walk on the right side of the hallway.  
  • Use the UP and DOWN staircases accordingly. 
  • Students must go to their next period teacher and obtain a pass before going to the restroom, nurse, main office, etc.

Dismissal Procedures 

Students will dismiss by grade through the following exit points:


6th Grade:  School Yard on West 4th between Avenue S and T

7th Grade: Front Entrance Doors on Avenue S closest to West 5th

8th Grade : Main Front Entrance Doors on Avenue S closest to West 4th


Bus Students

Students taking the Yellow School bus home should go directly to the Auditorium when the bell rings at dismissal. Students will sit in the designated bus area.  Students must complete their Bus Attendance daily and sit quietly as they wait for their bus to be called.  Any questions regarding Bus Transportation can be directed to Ms. Alexa.


Students Attending After School

Students attending any after school program should report directly to the Cafeteria when the bell rings and sit in their designated area.  Students should wait until their teacher arrives to get snacks and wait for further instructions from the Director.  


Family Engagement Information:


Communicating effectively with our parents is a staff priority. There are a number of ways we communicate with parents throughout the year:

  • Phone Calls 
  • Emails
  • Remind App Messages
  • Parent Teacher Conferences (Two times per year)
  • Parent Workshops and Meetings
  • Progress Reports
  • Report Cards (Four in a school year – November, February, April, and June)
  • PTA Meetings 
  • David A. Boody’s school website: https://www.is228.org/apps/staff/

Parent Teacher Association

The Parent Teacher Association of I.S. 228 David A. Boody believes that every child is entitled to a high quality education, a safe and healthy school environment, and equal educational opportunities.  The mission of the Parent Teacher Association is to promote and support the educational needs of David A. Boody school students by representing and advocating for its families, students and staff to the NYC Department of Education.  We also help promote and develop a cooperative, working relationship between the parents and staff of our school while encouraging parent leadership and building capacity for greater involvement.


Title I

IS 228 is a Title I school that has been chosen to be a School Wide Program School (SWP). The No Child Left Behind Act that was reauthorized in 2001 is divided into numbered parts called “Titles.” Each of these Titles has a different educational focus. The focus of Title I is on improving the academic achievement of children who attend schools with high numbers of low-income families and who need extra help to meet challenging academic performance standards. Since IS 228 is a School Wide Program School, the school's Title I funds are coordinated with other funds to upgrade the education of ALL students.


Contacting the School and Visiting the School:

Parents are encouraged to contact the school whenever they have questions or concerns. If you wish to schedule a conference with a specific teacher, dean or administrator, it is suggested that you call or email in advance and arrange for an appointment. 


The Ladder of Assistance is as follows:

  1. The school’s Parent Coordinator may be of assistance in addressing any concerns you may have. Please contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Alexa Calisto at 718-375-7635 EXT 1132.
  2. At times, there may be a need to speak to someone to address a particular concern affecting your child in the classroom. The first person to contact is your child’s teacher. Contact the teacher by email to set up a phone conference or an in-person appointment.  This avoids disrupting the educational process and enables the teacher to gather any needed records or tests and to prepare for the meeting.
  3. If a particular issue is not resolved, the next person to contact is the Dean or Assistant Principal for your child’s grade. A parent may then make an appointment to speak to the Principal if they still have concerns.

Visitors who come to school without an appointment may be seen depending on staff availability.  


Visitors must have a valid photo identification card in order to proceed into the school building.  Pictures of a Photo ID are not accepted. Vaccination is still required for all visitors entering school buildings. 


All visitors must use the Main Entrance at West 4th Street and Avenue S. For safety, all parents and visitors are required to sign in at the front security desk in the lobby. At this time a visitor’s badge will be issued. This badge is required to be worn in plain sight at all times and is to be turned into the security desk in the main lobby before leaving the building. School safety will direct you or call the appropriate office. Parents/Guardians who wish to sign a child out of the building must do so in Room 113.  


Students will not be released to anyone who has not checked into the security desk and whose name is not on the Emergency Contact card.  Trespassers will be liable to arrest and prosecution. Visitors are to return the pass before they leave the building.


Important Documentation and Announcements:

During the 1st period, students may be sent home with important documents that need to be shared with families.  Announcements/Information is given out to students to relay back to their families.  Parents/Guardians should set up a place where your child puts all paperwork from school and check backpacks daily.  This paperwork keeps parents informed as to what is happening in our school.  Some of these documents will require parent/guardian signature or to follow up with the school. Every child is responsible for bringing notices home. Documents and announcements will also be posted on our school website, Remind App, and the grade google classroom. Parents are expected to check these platforms daily for any notifications.


Emergency Contact Cards

It is important that all students complete and return a blue Emergency Contact Card.   PLEASE KEEP THIS INFORMATION UPDATED. In case of an emergency, the school needs a working telephone number to contact you. In order to be prepared for such emergencies, please notify us of any changes on your child's emergency card.  This includes changes in address(with supporting documentation), home, work or cell phone numbers.   Include an alternate emergency contact number on the blue card, and your Email address. Your assistance in providing complete information on the Emergency Card is greatly appreciated.  All information will be held in the strictest confidence.

  • PLEASE WRITE CLEARLY
  • List as MANY people as possible
  • Anyone who picks up your child MUST have a valid PHOTO ID and be listed on the BLUE CARD. (Names on both photo ID and Emergency Contact Card must match).
  • If there is anyone that your child CANNOT be released to, the school MUST be notified in writing, and accompanied by a copy of the court papers or any other supporting documentation.
  • Contact information listed on the Emergency Contact Card must match information input on the NYC Schools Account. 

Photography/Video Consent Form:

At the beginning of the school year, students should have the Media Consent form completed. This consent form can  be found on the NYC Schools account. During the school year, your child may be involved in concerts, plays, etc. that will be videotaped. Every child needs parental permission to be photographed/videotaped.

Lunch Applications

Lunch forms will be given out and collected at the beginning of the school year. All students must complete and return the mandated School Lunch Forms to school immediately.  Parents may complete their lunch forms online by visiting the website:

http://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/EatAtSchool/nutritionstandards.htm


 Working Papers

Students who wish to apply for working papers may get a form from the Parent Coordinator in Room 113. You must be 14 years or older. Students are required to bring a note from a doctor indicating they are physically fit. Students must also bring a copy of their birth certificate and social security card with the completed and signed form by a parent.


Trips/Permission Forms

Trips are important enrichment activities that expose children to learning experiences outside the classroom.   In the event of a class/school trip, the teacher(s) involved will send each student home with a parent/guardian permission form. The form must be signed and returned before the student may participate. Please be sure to provide a working telephone number. If a student is not able to attend the out-of-school activity, for any reason, that student must attend school and will be reassigned to a new class until his/her class returns from the outing.  Students must always be on their best behavior on school trips.   All students will be dismissed from the school at the end of a trip unless other arrangements have been made by the Principal in advance.

Possible reasons for student non-participation on school trip:

  • Permission form not returned by deadline
  • Student's conduct is not appropriate (ex. student with recurring behavior infractions, Principal suspension(s), Superintendent Suspension(s); student is consistently late, etc.

Transportation

The Office of Pupil Transportation and the Department of Education determines eligibility for transportation.


6th Grade Students: are eligible to receive yellow school bus or Metro Card. Students cannot receive both modes of transportation.


If your child is in grade 6 and resides in District 21, 1 mile or more from school, he or she is eligible for General Education Transportation (Yellow School Bus) or full fare Metrocard on Public Transportation. If your child is in grades 7 or grade 8 and resides between ½ and 1 ½ miles from school, he or she is eligible for half fare on Public Transportation.


Eligible 7th and 8th grade: Can only receive Metro card.


If your child is in grades 7 or grade 8 and resides between ½ and 1 ½ miles from school, he or she is eligible for half fare on Public Transportation. If your child is in grade 7 through 8 and resides more than 1 ½ miles from school, he or she is eligible for a Metrocard. The Metrocard is to be used for transportation to and from school only.  Any student found giving their card to another student will suffer the loss of the card indefinitely.  


Any transportation questions can be directed to Ms. Alexa in room 113.  Students will receive metro cards during the first week of school.


Safety Tips for Students Riding a Bus

  • Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's ok before boarding the bus.
  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point of at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
  • Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • After you get off the bus, walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus.
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.
  • On the bus, children should speak calmly and follow the driver's instructions. Students should remain seated during the entire bus ride and keep the aisles clear.

 


School Nurse Information and Procedures:


Nurse

Our school nurse is located in room 110. Parents/Guardians need to inform the school nurse and fill out proper documentation of any special illnesses,conditions or accomodations their child may have.  Students who have been diagnosed with a severe asthmatic condition are authorized to fill out a MAF Form to carry and use a prescribed inhaler during the day. Any of these forms can be accessed from the nurse that requires special medical attention. 


Medications

In order for any medication (prescription, over-the-counter medicines and topical creams or ointments) to be administered at school, a medication administration form (MAF Form) must be completed by the parent and medical doctor and returned to the school nurse.


Illness/Injury at School

If a student is not feeling well at school, he/she should ask their teacher/adult present if they can go see the school nurse located in Room 110.  A student should not call a parent before seeing the school nurse.  The nurse will evaluate the student and contact a parent/guardian listed on the Emergency Contact card. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, the next person listed will be contacted.  A student can only be released to a person listed on their completed Emergency Contact Card with proper Photo ID. Students should be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.


If a student is injured at school, the parent/guardian is immediately contacted by the nurse.  If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, the next person listed will be contacted.  The nurse will assess the student’s injury and take all necessary actions. 


Leaving the School Building Before Dismissal 


In order to leave school before dismissal due to illness, a student MUST be picked up and signed out by a parent/guardian or person listed on the Emergency Contact Card in the Main Office, room 113.  There are no exceptions to this DOE Policy.  A student will not be released to someone who is not listed on their card.  Anyone who leaves the building early without permission will be considered cutting and will receive disciplinary action.

 



Immunizations

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have issued School Admission Immunization Requirements. The law requires that all new students – children entering day care, nursery school, pre-school or pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten through grade 12 in New York City for the first time – must show proof of having received a complete medical evaluation. If your child’s health record indicates that he/she did not meet the requirements of the Public Health Law, Section 2164, your child will not be allowed to attend school, unless you provide documents to show that he/she has received the necessary immunizations. If you believe your child has already received these immunizations, bring his/her original immunization record to the main office.


Student Information for the School Day:

 

Student Schedules

Each student receives an individual program.This is posted on the grade google classroom. Students may have different magnet classes scheduled.  All students receive a copy of their program at the beginning of the school year. A copy of their programs is posted on a bulletin board on the same floor as their assistant principal.


Magnet Program

All students in I.S. 228 receive a magnet in their student schedule.  Magnet is one period of the school day, every day.  Students are assigned magnet programs based off of admission methods, student request, state test scores, IEP requirements,  etc.  If your child receives lower than a Level 2 on the previous MATH or ELA State Tests, the students will be taken out of their magnet programs and put into remedial programs. Students receiving any services, will also receive them at that time. If a student has any issues with their assigned magnets, please notify their grade deans.


Report Cards and Progress Reports

Report Cards are issued four times during the school year. Grades reflect classroom participation, homework, classroom assessments, attendance, and projects. In addition, your child will receive interim progress reports to keep you updated on your child’s progress.  These progress reports inform parents that their child is in danger of failing. All students’ grades are posted on the NYC Schools Account. 

 

School Supplies

Teachers will inform students on the first day of school of other school supplies needed throughout the school year.


Prepared for School

Students are required to come to school prepared every day.  Each student should have a backpack with their chromebook, charger, books, pens, pencils and notebooks every day. Students may not leave their backpacks in school overnight


Homework Policy

The completion of homework assignments helps students achieve higher grades. Homework is as important to the learning process as class work. Good study habits are necessary in middle school, and in preparation for high school, higher education, and your life’s work. 

  • It is important that students manage their time and not leave all of the work for the last minute before an assignment is due.  
  • Students should learn to use all the resources and tools available to them. 
  •  We advise all students to spend an adequate time doing homework.  
  • Failing to complete homework assignments will result in a lowering of a student’s grades and possible failure in that class. 
  •  Encouragement from parents is extremely important. Parents and students should set aside time to review homework together.     

 

Lockers

Each student will be assigned a locker at the beginning of the school year. Students are required to have a lock (may be purchased in room 113) to keep their belongings locked up. Students may only visit their locker in the morning and at the end of the school day. They cannot go to the lockers during any other part of the day. Students are not permitted to share their locker with others. Students are not permitted to decorate their lockers. Students must put their jackets away every day.  If they go outside for lunch, students may bring a sweater with them. 

 

Valuables and Personal Items

Students are not to bring large amounts of money, cell phones, Ipods, MP3 Players or other valuables to school.  Any items that interfere with instruction will be confiscated and held for a parent to come and pick up. THE SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR A STUDENT’S PERSONAL ITEMS. ANY ITEMS LOST, MISPLACED OR TAKEN, INCLUDING CELL PHONES, ARE NOT THE SCHOOL’S RESPONSIBILITY.


Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is located across room 113 by staircase. Students who find lost articles are asked to bring them to the main office.

 


Lunch

Students may have hot lunch, cold lunch, or bring their own lunchAll students are expected to eat lunch in school.  Food and drinks must be eaten only in the school cafeteria.  Students are not permitted to receive food deliveries. Snack sales are held often, by the PTA.  Each class is assigned a section in the cafeteria.  Weather permitting, students are permitted to go into the schoolyard after their area has been cleaned up.


8th Grade Activities, Graduation Ceremonies

Middle school students may participate in their school’s commencement ceremonies only if they have met promotion requirements. A school may prohibit a student who is already on suspension at the time of the graduation or other commencement related activities from attending when he or she poses a real threat of violence or disruption to the event; the exclusion must be proportionate to the infraction committed. It may also be possible to bar a student from a commencement ceremony when his or her conduct has been particularly egregious, and where the school has previously advised the student and/or family in writing.-Middle School Academic Policy https://infohub.nyced.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/AcPolicy-MiddleSchoolAcademicPolicyGuide

Students may also be excluded from the prom, year-end trips and/or activities, if they have been suspended and/or referred to the dean’s office.

 

Student Recognition


Rockstar of the Week

At the end of each week, one student per class is chosen to be the Rockstar of the Week. 

The student chosen will fall into one of the ROCKSTAR Categories:

Respectful

Optimistic

Caring

Kind

Safe

Thoughtful

Accountable

Responsible

  

Honor Roll:

  • Gold - Students must earn a 90 in all subject areas and their overall average must be 95% or higher.
  • Silver - Students must earn an 85 in all subject areas and their overall average must be 90% or higher.
  • Bronze - Students must earn an 80 in all subject areas and their overall average must be  85% or higher
  • Perfect Attendance: At the end of the school year students who have maintained perfect attendance all school year will be recognized and receive a distinguished award.
  • Archon: is an award that is based on service. Teachers nominate students who have been exceptionally helpful to teachers and students.
  • Arista: is an award based on merit. In order to receive the Arista award at the end of the school year, students must earn Gold Honor Roll each marking period.

 

Arista/Archon

At the end of the school year, the Arista/ Archon award ceremony takes place. Students should work hard throughout the school year to achieve these awards. Arista Awards are based on academic merit. Archon Awards are based on school service. In order to earn the Archon awards teachers must nominate students of their choice.  


Code of Conduct

It is our goal to encourage a safe, respectful school environment for all students to have the opportunity to become confident and caring life-long learners who can communicate and contribute positively to the rapidly changing world. 

In order to provide an academic environment that values excellence, initiative, and diversity, self-respect and mutual respect must exist between and among teachers and students. 

To meet these goals, we have identified important expectations in the area of student behavior in and out of class.


In the classroom, students are expected to:

  • Arrive on time with all necessary materials
  • Always sit in assigned seats
  • Treat each other with respect and courtesy
  • Follow classroom rules for good conduct.

In the halls, students are to:

  • Respect others’ property and space
  • Walk in a courteous and orderly manner

During a school assembly or performance, students are expected to:

  • Sit in designated or assigned areas
  • Remain seated during the entire length of the program
  • Give their full attention to the performers/presenters
  • Sit quietly, listening, and following staff directions

During lunch, students are expected to:

 In the cafeteria students are expected to practice courtesy and good table mannersThe cafeteria coordinator, assistant principals, deans and teachers are responsible for your supervision in the lunchroom.

  • You MUST present your ID cards to receive your lunch. If you forget your ID for the day you will eat lunch last for the day.
  • Sit in their designated locations, lunch tables will be called to get food. 
  • Use good table manners
  • Clean their area
  • Treat peers, teachers, aides, and cafeteria staff with respect
  • Remain seated at all times
  • Wait to be called to the lunch line to make a purchase or throw away garbage    
  • Remain in the cafeteria until dismissed by a supervising adult
  • Use the bathroom only with the permission of a supervising adult
  • Students are not to participate in the discourteous practice of cutting ahead of students who are ahead of you in the serving line.
  • Food is to be eaten only in the cafeteria.  It is not to be eaten in the halls, bathrooms, or classrooms.

When in the schoolyard

The school yard has an inner and outer courtyard which is used for morning line up, gym class (weather permitting) and for recess at lunchtime.  You must always remain inside the fenced area.  Fighting and roughhousing are absolutely NOT permitted.  Food and drinks are not allowed in the school yard.  Only students and school personnel are permitted in the school yard during school hours.  If you see a stranger or strange activities in the schoolyard, report it to the adult in charge immediately.


While in the bathrooms, students are expected to:

  • Sign in the bathroom log
  • Wash hands after using the bathroom
  • Keep the facilities neat and clean
  • Refrain from loitering

When there is an evacuation drill, students are expected to:

  • Maintain silence at all times during the drill
  • Follow teacher directions for exiting/entering the building
  • Exit quickly, quietly, in an orderly manner
  • Wait for further instruction from the teacher.

While traveling on a school bus, students are expected to:

  • Listen to the bus driver
  • Follow all rules in regard to respect of the driver and other students on the bus
  • Remain seated
  • Keep the bus clean
  • Speak in a conversational tone and use appropriate language
  • Abide by all school rules, and travel on their assigned bus and bus route

Cell-phone Use/Technology:.

View Chancellor's Regulation A-413

Although students are allowed to have cellphones in school, they are not permitted to have them on or use them between the hours of 8:00AM - 2:20PM. Students are granted the privilege to use their cell phones during morning arrival and dismissal.  There are no cell phones allowed during any after school programming.

Parents/Guardians are asked to please remind your child of their responsibility in following this rule. Any child caught using their cell phone, during school hours, will have the phone confiscated and held by an assistant principal and/or dean, until a parent/guardian personally retrieves it.


If a student wishes to contact a parent/guardian for an emergency matter, they may go to Room 113 and ask permission to use the phone to call home. 

 

Bullying

Our school has a zero tolerance for bullying. We pride ourselves in having a safe school, where our students care about each other and learn. However, if there is an instance where a student has a problem with someone in school they should immediately walk away and inform the nearest adult.  Students should see a Counselor/Social Worker, Dean, Assistant Principal, or our Principal Mr. D'Angelo.


Dean's/Student Support Services

The Dean is ready to discuss your problems with you to find a workable solution.  If any student becomes involved in a discipline problem, they will be referred to the Dean.  The offense will be reported and appropriate disciplinary responses will occur in accordance with the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures.  Appropriate penalties and/or intervention measures will take place in a timely fashion and may include:

  • Student/parent/teacher conference
  • In-school disciplinary action such as exclusion from extracurricular activities, lunch detention or daily conduct card.
  • Individual/Group Counseling/Guidance Counseling
  • Principal’s or Superintendent's Suspension/Arrest
  • More information please view Discipline Code

Lateness to Class

Arriving at your class any time after the late bell rings is considered being late.  Lateness affects your education and your grades in a negative way.  When you are late to class you also interrupt your classmates’ education. Lateness to class without an official pass constitutes cutting.

 

Lateness to School

Students are expected to report to school promptly at 8:00 AM and be in their first period class on time.  Students arriving late to school must enter the building through the Front Entrance near West 4th Street and Avenue S.  They are to swipe in with Ms. Maryann Agosta, Family Assistant, in room 115 and obtain a late pass. Any lateness will be recorded and noted and may result in failure in school work.

 

Leaving the Classroom

Only one person at a time is allowed out of a classroom.  If a students needs to leave the room during the day they must:

  • Obtain permission from their teacher
  • Sign in “Out of the Room” book
  • Obtain a hall pass
  • Return to class as soon as possible

 


Discipline Code

The New York City Department of Education is committed to ensuring that our schools are safe, secure and orderly environments in which teaching and learning take place each day. Safe, supportive school environments depend on students, staff and parents demonstrating mutual respect. 

IS 228 has a long standing set of expectations for conduct on school property and at school functions.  These expectations are based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty and integrity. 

Please view the Discipline Code for a comprehensive description of unacceptable behavior, including incidents involving drugs or weapons. It includes the range of permissible disciplinary and intervention measures which may be used when students engage in such behaviors and a range of guidance interventions schools may use to address student behavior. 

The Code applies to all students, including those with disabilities. The standards set forth in the Discipline Code apply to behavior in school during school hours, before and after school, while on school property, while traveling on vehicles funded by the Department of Education, at all school-sponsored events and on other-than-school property when such behavior can be demonstrated to negatively affect the educational process or to endanger the health, safety, morals, or welfare of the school community.   


Hall Pass

Any student requesting to leave the classroom must have the permission of the teacher in charge.  The teacher will issue a hall pass to carry while the student is out of the classroom.  All students must sign out using the Out-of-Room Book and note the time.  No student is to walk through the halls during class periods without an official pass issued by a teacher/staff member. If a student doesn’t have a pass it is considered cutting.


Prohibited items

Radios, cell phones, Apple Watches, AirPods, CD players, I -pods, MP-3/4 players, cameras, and any other items of distraction are not allowed in school. In addition, large amounts of money should not be brought to school. The school is not responsible if the student brings any prohibited item to school and it gets lost or stolen.  Other prohibited items include:

  • Gambling devices: dice, playing cards etc.
  • Drugs, alcoholic beverages, narcotics, cigarettes, inhalants, cigarette lighters, matches, tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vapes and look-alikes
  • Explosive devices, including firecrackers, fireballs, cherry bombs, stink bombs, etc.
  • Animals/pets, etc.
  • Opened beverage containers, glass containers, spray cans, markers, perfume, etc.
  • Medications or pills of any kind are prohibited without written permission of parents/guardians and must be stored by school officials.




Drugs/Smoking/Alcohol/E-Cigarettes/Vapes

Students may not bring cigarettes, matches or a lighter to school.  It is the policy of the Department of Education that smoking is not permitted by students at any time on school property.  This rule applies to the building, school grounds, field trips and while riding on the school bus.

The possession and/or use of alcohol or any illegal drug on school property is prohibited.  The possession and/or use of alcohol or illegal drugs may result in an arrest and/or disciplinary actions.  


NYDOE/IS 228 Dress Code Policy 

In order to maintain a positive learning environment, we expect IS 228 students to be dressed appropriately to ensure safety and to keep focus on teaching and learning. We would like all parents and guardians to remind students of proper dress protocols on campus.


Prohibited forms of dress at IS 228 included, but are not limited to:

  • Hats or caps (with the exception of headwear worn for religious observance or disability-related attire )
  • Clothing that does not provide coverage of torso, undergarments, and private body parts, including see-through garments of any kind.
  • Flip-flops/Slides
  • Sunglasses while indoors.
  • In order to maintain a positive, safe, and inclusive learning environment, DOE policy prohibits students from wearing clothing in school, on school buses, or during any DOE- or school-sponsored programs or activities that take place on or off school property, which contains language (including slurs), images, or references:
    • which discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, religious practices, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or weight;
    • to profanity, obscenity, nudity, or sexual acts;
    • to threats of violence, injury or harm, or gang affiliation.

If a student comes to school wearing clothing prohibited by the Dress Code, then the student’s parents will be notified, the student may be subject to the interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code, and the student will be expected to make appropriate adjustments to his/her clothing to conform with the Dress Code (e.g., turning shirt inside out, borrowing temporary clothing until the end of the school day, etc.).     



Physical Education Dress Code:

All students are required to wear sneakers and appropriate clothing for Physical Education classes.  Physical Education shirts may be purchased from room 113.

 

Reports of Incidents

David A. Boody takes pride in providing a safe environment for our students.  Most of our students are well behaved and care about learning.  However, if any student is having a problem with someone in school, they must walk away and inform the nearest adult.

 

Respect

At David A. Boody we adhere to a strict policy of respect for all.  We provide an environment in which every child is treated with the utmost courtesy.  All students are required to maintain self-respect, and will exhibit respectful behavior toward all staff and fellow students.  All students will respect the property of others, as well as school property.  Students will use acceptable language at all times.


Student Services

For each grade level there is a Student Support Team which includes an Assistant Principal, Dean and Guidance Counselor.  The services they provide include assistance with educational planning, interpretation of test scores, help with home, school or social concerns and any other questions the student would like to discuss.


Laptop Devices

The laptop is property of the NYC Dept. of Education and IS 228 David A. Boody Middle School. It is to be used for educational purposes only. You and your child are responsible for keeping the laptop in the same condition in which it was given to you. The laptop and charger must be returned upon graduation, or at separation from IS 228 for any reason. Please adhere to the following guidelines when caring for your laptop:


  • Labels/stickers on the laptop are NOT to be removed or damaged in any way. These include the serial number/ID and laptop number. If for whatever reason the labels are falling off or removed, please come to 414 for a replacement.
  • There is to be NO writing/drawing anywhere on the laptop with pencil, pen, marker or crayon.
  • There are to be NO stickers placed anywhere on the laptop, inside or outside. 
  • There is to be NO food or liquid anywhere near the laptop. There should be NO eating or drinking over the laptop while it is open.
  • Do NOT pick or pull keys from the keyboard.
  • Do NOT attempt to bypass the school’s internet filter, such conduct will result in disciplinary action and loss of privileges.

Login Instructions: Open the laptop and enter your DOE username (you do not need to include @nycstudents.net) and your password.The Chromebook will open up to TeachHub and you will be logged in automatically. 


Your child should take the laptop and charger to school every day. It should be charged every night and brought to school with a full battery. A full battery will last your child the entire school day. If the laptop becomes damaged, please notify the Tech Team immediately and have your child bring the laptop to room 414 for repair.


Internet Use Policy

All students are expected to abide by the requirements outlined in the Department of Education Internet Use Policy. Students may use Internet access for educational purposes only. Students may not access School Internet Services without the supervision of a NYC public school staff member.  Students utilizing school-provided Internet access are responsible for good behavior online just as they are in a classroom or other areas of the school. Access is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate use will result in cancellation of user privileges and possible school disciplinary action.  

 

Inappropriate Use of the Internet:

  • Maliciously disrupting or harming the school’s workstations, network, and services through such activities as hacking, or downloading, uploading, creating, or spreading computer viruses
  • Posting private or personal information about another person.
  • Attempting to log in through another person’s email account or to access another person’s files.
  • Accessing or transmitting unsuitable material.
  • Engaging in harassment.
  • Participating in any communications that facilitate the illegal sale or use of drugs or alcohol; that facilitate criminal gang activity; that threaten, intimidate, or harass any other person; or that violate any other laws.
  • Using computers for personal communications: gaming, personal e-mail, chat, and personal blogs.
  • Plagiarism.

 

Principals Suspension

If a student engages in behavior deemed inappropriate by the school, he or she may receive an In-House Suspension.  A parent is immediately notified after the incident and a meeting is requested the next morning with the Dean, Assistant Principal and the Principal.

 

Superintendent’s Suspension- Students receiving a Superintendent’s Suspension will be assigned to attend school at an alternative site.  Parents must attend a hearing in Brooklyn to determine the outcome of the charges for the Superintendent’s Suspension.  Students must attend the program and complete school work at an alternative school site. Students who fail to attend the alternative site will be considered truant.

**Please be advised that parents will be notified immediately prior to any detention or pending suspensions. In addition, a parent conference will be held to discuss your child’s behavior, possible disciplinary responses and possible guidance interventions.


 

Emergency Drills


Evacuation/Lockdown/Shelter-In Drills

Evacuation and Shelter-In drills, as required by the New York State Education Department are held at unannounced times throughout the school year. Their purpose is to help students develop habits of self-control and obedience to follow directions in the event of actual danger.  Instructions are posted in the classroom indicating how to leave the building in case of a fire and where to go in case of an emergency. When an alert signal is sounded for a fire or shelter drill, all work must stop, and every student must follow the teacher’s instructions. Children will practice walking quietly and quickly to the designated area.  At the end of the drill, a signal will be given to return to the classroom. Student behavior which interferes with any fire/safety drill will not be tolerated. 


Emergency Evacuation

In the event of an emergency evacuation the students will be brought to the following locations:

P.S. 177       346 Avenue P

             OR            

 P.S 95     345 Van Sicklen Street




Procedure on Days with Citywide Emergency Conditions or on Major Storm Days

The Chancellor will make an announcement to all public schools in the city on whether to close school or delay their opening. All decisions will be announced on the 311 information line, on the Department of Education Website (www. nycenet.edu), on television/radio stations in the city and on DOE social media.

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