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Letter from the Principal

September 2016

Dear Middle School 322 Families,

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! We are sure that you are all as enthusiastic we are about another year of learning and growing together. As a collective and collaborative learning community, we pledge to provide the very best, quality education possible to all of our students.

This summer we have been extremely busy getting ready for the new school year. Our teachers are working hard to create lessons to engage your child in meaningful learning experiences which will build deep knowledge, strong skills in all content areas.  Furthermore, we also pledge to assist our students to become critical, creative and independent thinkers.

At Middle School 322, in Alignment with the Chancellor’s vision and Framework for Great Schools we take the responsibility of preparing our students seriously, but we pledge to remember the needs of the whole child to grow and learn socially and emotionally.  Furthermore, we are continuously fostering a positive learning environment to spark student curiosity and interest. 

Last year, our final Quality Review Report from the reviewer, rated our school Well-Developed on four of the five indicators highlighting our Teacher Teams as our Area of Celebration.  These ratings and area of celebration are a testament to our school providing the highest quality education to all students. 

Through the generosity of Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer, our classrooms are now upgraded with State of the art Technology. Every classroom has a new Promethean Board and computer desktop setup which provides our students with 21st century technology.  Our computer lab provides our students with another venue to utilize 21st century technology. 

For the 2016 – 2017 our school goals are focusing on:

  • Deepening our work and further aligning our curriculum with the Common Core State Standards.
  • Addressing the diverse needs of learners (especially our English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities) and providing multiple entry points in all academic lessons. 
  • Continuing to develop our school culture through our Student Government, Student Mentoring Program, Weekly Teen Talk Program, Self-Awareness Groups and a Peer Mediation Program.  Our Binder System which allows students to earn points to attend special, school-wide events and trips.
  • Enhancing student literacy in the content area (especially through science and social studies).
  • Fostering a culture of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M).
Now, as always, a good school needs powerful family connections. Students learn best when their parents are involved. The strongest students grow up in houses where everyone knows that education is the key to a good life and that learning never ends. A school’s best friend is a parent who makes sure their children read every day and come to school prepared. There are also plenty of chances to volunteer.

Schools have always been about the future. We expect challenges, but we also know that together we can achieve great things. On behalf of my staff and my administrative team, I wish you all great joy, success and health as we begin this school year.


Erica Zigelman