8th Grade Class of 2021
I.S. 303 looks forward to our returning students and incoming 6th graders.
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Principal, Carmen N. Amador
Welcome Back IS303 Students and Families!
I’m elated to welcome you all back into our school community. COVID-19 took all of us down a road where the unknown had to gradually become known and during which there was no better time to apply the Leader in Me Habits we have embraced as students, teachers, and administrators. Every day I love greeting our students in the morning with early morning announcements, a Leader in Me song, or a dance. We want to help all start their day with a smile.
At I.S.303 our school spirit is contagious. It’s a spirt that prevails within our school community. We are happy to be back and have come back with energy which will drive our widely Important Goals and the ability to accomplish these to make our school a better place for all. At I.S. 303 everyone has a voice!
As principal, I take pride in having an open-door policy and invite all our students and parents to come by and either introduce themselves or share something about themselves. Getting to know our leaders is important to us all at the school. Everyone’s smile on the first days of school and to this day motivate us. I am energized in the morning when I see the beautiful faces of our students and although we have a mask on for now, I feel the big smiles behind the mask which tell me every day that we are going to have a great day!
Audrey Houston, Assistant Principal
I am very excited to be working with the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and their families this year. With hard work and dedication, the eighth grade can be the best and most exciting year of middle school. We have many fun and exciting new programs and activities planned to make this school year a very rewarding one.
The most important thing we can do to make this year a success is to be actively involved in what our children are doing in school every day! Parents as Partners is a crucial component in making middle school the best education experience possible for our children. I look forward to working with you to ensure your child’s last year at IS 303 is memorable and successful!
I wish you a successful school year!
Evan Rabinowitz, Assistant Principal
Dear Students, Staff and Families,
I am thrilled to serve as the IS 303 Assistant Principal. At IS 303 our students are properly taught and prepared to be productive 21st century members of society. Critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication are some but not all ways we strive to develop their decision making and problem solving skills. Our middle school’s diverse educational programs and extra-curricular activities allow students to explore their interests and be exposed to new experiences out of their norm. Using data based instruction, rigorous content and higher order questioning, our staff here challenges all students to be able to tackle real world situations and engage in meaningful discussions.
The teachers and administration hold all students at IS 303 accountable to the highest standards. High expectations for student respect, responsibility, and pride help create a positive learning environment where all students feel confident and comfortable about their school experiences. It is our goal that each child will reach their highest potential both academically and behaviorally. In addition, we hope to prepare students for college and their future careers.
The collaboration with the staff, students, families and the school community create a wonderful culture and climate that promotes lifelong learning. I believe that our school is the type of environment where all members of our school can make significant progress. As a member of the school and living community I am excited to support your families in preparing our students here at IS 303 to be successful members of society. My office door is always open. Please feel free to contact me by email or phone with any questions, comments or concerns.
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Letter From Our Principal, Carmen N. Amador
Welcome to IS303! Out motto “High Expectation, Children First, No Excuses” stems from our firm belief and commitment in helping our students attain their full potential – socially, academically, and emotionally.
As a Leader in Me School, we hold ourselves to the highest standard. We approach the teaching and learning experience – as well as all tasks – with great focus and dedication. Our staff believes in the importance of addressing the needs of the “Whole Child”. Students are taught critical thinking skills, such as deconstructing news articles to determine the reliability and validity of news sources. Many of our curricula are delivered with a focus on integrating the arts, thanks to the key partnerships we have developed with the Center for Arts Educations and Arts Engaged. This allows teachers to team up with artists to teach important core contents using an arts integration approach. We also partner with Key Institutions of Higher Education, such as Stony Brook University and CUNY, to bring the concept of News Literacy to life.
Whether the students are learning how to deconstruct news articles, use math in everyday life, or gear up for a mock trial, the experiences each child at IS303 receives are second to none. Our nurturing environment also helps our students experience and evaluate various after-school programs, until they find a program that is “just right” for them. As the instructional leader of IS303, I look forward to connecting with each child and learning from what each individual student can teach. Once again, welcome back to IS303! We are here to serve our students and families.
The Leader in Me Celebration
New York Times Article
In an Era of Fake News, Teaching Students to Parse Fact From Fiction By JAMES BARRON MARCH 20, 2017
The sixth graders took their seats in a classroom with a “news literacy word wall” that featured, in large letters, terms like “validity,” “accurate” and “reliable.” The teacher, Marisol Solano, said that the question for the day boiled down to this: “How do we know what’s news or not?”