Welcome to Islip Middle School
|211 Main Street
Islip NY 11751
As I write this letter, I am looking at the weather for the next week. The temperature range is from 160 to 540 with sun, snow, and rain in the forecast. This seems to sum up the winter of 2014 in a nutshell. Spring will soon be here, and we take advantage of each nice day. Having the children dress for the weather is important because we do go out at recess whenever possible.
April will have students and teachers completing New York State Assessment in English. The assessment is 90 minutes in length and will span a period of three days. It is important to note that as per NYS regulations, no electronic devices (i.e. cell phones) are permitted into testing rooms. Please remind your child that if the need for a phone arises, they may use phones in either the main or AP’s office. No cell phones should be brought to school on testing days. In the days ahead, upon completion of each day’s assessment, we will have shortened periods which will be approximately 29 minutes in duration. These same protocols will be in effect for the New York State Assessment in Math which will be given April 30, May 1 and 2.
Parents will see a variety of practice problems and assessments as we continue to introduce the format and rigor in an effort to familiarize students with state expectations. Our goal is not to teach to the test, but rather expose the students to the rigor and logistics.
I began with the weather and I will end with the weather. By now, all parents and students should be aware that school will be open May 21, 22, 23 since we had to use three snow days.
Until next month, I am wishing everyone a healthy spring season.
Timothy P. Martin