April 3, 2003
Central Park Middle School
to 6th Grade
Dr. Tebbano, Principal
Mr. DeLorenzo, Asst. Principal
Mrs. Dalrymple, Counselor (A - K)
Mrs. Hall, Counselor (L - Z)
Megan and Garrett - 6th grade students at CPMS
Mr. Kosiur, Co-President PTO
CPMS Newsletters Volume 3, Issue 7 C
entral P ool
are sent to Elementary Middle
Message from the Principal
Classes each month. Central Park Families:
Well, it’s March and we are still look-
ing at mounds of snow. We ask ourselves
“CLIM BING T HE HI LL T O A HIG HE R E DUCATIO N ”
when the weather will make a change.
Even the skiers among us are wishing for
an end to the sub zero temperatures and
bone chilling winds. The weather teaches
us that we can’t always predict and plan
what is around the corner and we must
adapt and overcome obstacle.
In school and at home we teach the
skill of overcoming obstacles. Learning
to problem solve is becoming a more nec- $3.00 in the library.) Locker use also
essary skill with each passing year. In the teaches organizational skills. (note: If
past, the assembly line provided jobs for your child loses a lock, it needs to be re-
many people and if you learned your job placed. We rent locks for $5.00 or per-
and did it well you earned a good living. sonal locks can be used.) Teachers ex-
Today, robots and machines have re- pect honesty and integrity in every aspect
placed humans on many assembly lines of school. In the age of computer “copy
and the skills necessary to be successful and paste,” integrity is a quality is easily
require workers to be able to communi- tested. Teamwork, interpersonal skills,
cate, solve problems, and be adaptable. analytic skills, and communication are
Just as we need to plan for changes in the used in many classes. We always look
NEW weather, we need to teach our children the
skills necessary to survive and thrive in
the 21st century.
The New York State Learning Stan-
for ways to stretch students’ abilities in
Talk with your child about these
qualities and how he/she can work to
dards and the challenging courses that develop the qualities mentioned above.
your children take at Central Park are They are keys to success in middle
designed to help them develop the skills school and in life. We remain committed
that eventual employers want in their em- to helping our students develop the skills
ployees. These are the same skills that and qualities that will ensure their
will allow them to be successful school success. Their success is our success!
now. We constantly work to develop
organizational skills in our students. The
student “Agenda Planner” is an organiza-
tional tool. (note: if your child needs a
replacement agenda, they are available for
In January, the principals of
our elementary schools
were invited to a breakfast
meeting with the CP
principal and assistant
principal. We had an
opportunity to share ideas
and talk about ways to
make the transition to
middle school smoother.
Current 6th graders write
friendly letters to 5th grade
students and describe our
school and what it is like to
be in 6th grade.
Student informational intake
sheets are completed by 5 th
grade teachers and reviewed by
guidance counselors, teachers,
and administrators at Central
Informal email and telephone
questions between CPMS and
throughout the spring.
5 th - 6 th Grade Teacher Meeting
On April 14th, 5th grade teachers from
all of our elementary schools and 6th
grade teachers from the three middle
schools will participate in a
planning/best practice workshop.
This event is being sponsored by the
GE Fund Middle School Extension
with Middle School
Day long visitation
to CPMS. Each
student gets a 6th
grade “buddy” for
the day. Students
and see the middle
school up close and
personal! Students at Lunch!
Enjoying a Visit to CPMS!
More Happy Visitors
After a Visit we Re-Group!
Hey, we have
Do we have
Central Park Awarded
NYS School of Excellence
In October 1999,
was recognized as a
New York State
Blue Ribbon School
Program of Study
5 Core Subjects
(Taught Every Day)
Math, Science, and
Two Encore Classes
Physical Education - all year every other
Music - every other day 1/2 year
Language/Culture Theme - every other
day 1/2 year
Computer - 20 weeks, every day
Art - 10 Weeks, every day
Home & Careers - 10 Weeks, every day
Students are encouraged to participate in EA clubs.
The activities are sponsored by teachers and staff members.
If students do not choose an activity, they remain in a classroom
EA Period is a part of the school day 2:05 - 2:40 PM
Music groups meet during EA
Parent Transition Issues
All students are randomly assigned to teams.
The only exceptions are High Ability English, High Ability
Math, and Special Education assignments.
We are unable to honor requests for specific teams
or student pairings.
District Testing Schedule
TONYSS Assessment Final Exams
District-wide finals exams are cumulative
The district administers this assessment in and are given in English, Math, Science,
April - May. and Social Studies.
Scores from the Terra Nova assessment are They count for 20% of a course grade.
used as a guide for placement in 6th grade is the first time your child will
accelerated classes for 7th grade. take a comprehensive final exam.
The role of the Assistant Principal
The “I” List
Project SAVE Legislation
Parent Help Necessary
First Time Bus Riders - You will receive
information from our Transportation Dept.
Attendance - We want your child here every day
he/she is not ill.
Tardy - you MUST send your child
with a note when he/she is
late for school.
Late Bus - Every day at 3:45 PM. This bus does
not stop at every regular bus stop.
Bus Safety - Riding a bus to school is a
6th graders’ biggest fear!
No sharing lockers
Keep lock combination a secret.
You may bring your own lock.
For a $5.00 deposit, students may
use a school lock. Deposits are
returned at the end of the year.
Teachers will teach and review
Backpacks are kept in
lockers and must be small
enough to fit.
Home and School
Monthly Newsletter - Ask your child if you don’t see it by the 3rd
of the month!
Teacher/Parent Phone Calls
Interim Progress Reports
Communication and Safety
The safety of every CPMS
student is important to us.
We MUST be able to contact
you or a relative during the
In the event of a 911 Cell Phone Number
emergency, the paramedics Let us know when
will not treat your child
without your approval and
consent, at the time of the
The Student Perspective
Experience With Transition
Expectations in Middle School
Advise for Parents and Students
Services & Student Recognition
Awards Programs and Recognition
How To Succeed in Middle School
After School Program
5 days a week, October- May
2:40 - 5:10 PM
Late Bus available
Contests, Field Trips, and much
Parent Groups Parent
include: PTO and Conferences
Making Team. Please do not believe
your child when they
Trips/Dances, etc. tell you that we do
not want your help,
school functions assistance, or that
they did all their
homework in EA.
Transition Summer Program – funded
by the GE Middle School Extension
Ms. Ng and Ms. Hartkern
Weeks of July 15th and July 22nd
Three page information sheets will be
One week, ½ day, fun-filled
Next 6th Grade Orientation
Tuesday, August 27th
9:00 - 11:30 AM
Students will get their schedule, meet some teachers, tour the
building, and become prepared for their first day of 6th grade.
Parents are welcome to attend but your
attendance is not necessary.
Summer Reading Assignment
Schedule from C.P.
August Orientation Reminder
for 6th graders
Wednesday, August 28th
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Students will have an
opportunity to get their
assigned hall locker,
decorate it if they like, and
put their lock on the locker.
6th Grade Welcome Dance
Cost - $2.00
6th graders only
Sponsored by our 8th
grade class and the
Questions & Answers
We are happy to
answer your questions
If you have questions
later in the summer,
please feel free to call
The school telephone
number is 370-8250.
Central Park Motto
“Climbing the Hill
Have A Good Evening
and thank you for
Refreshments, compliments of our PTO, are
being served in the front hallway.