Welcome Back To School

Dear Parents, Scholars, Teachers and Staff Members,

   I invite all families to join me for our Monthly Parent Meeting the third Tuesday of every month.  The link for the meeting can be found in the parent corner.  To gain access to the meeting you will need to have a Zoom Account.  

   Please take a moment to complete  The Fall 2020 School Experience Survey.  The survey will capture anonymous feedback from families, students and teachers on their experience with remote and in-person learning during the 2020-21 school year to-date. The goal of the survey is to provide me with, formative and actionable feedback that I can use to improve both remote and in-person learning experiences at our school and to assist me in planning for the spring semester. The survey asks all respondents about their experience with remote learning, communications, technology use, as well as health, safety, and instruction for those students and teachers who attended school or worked in-person at any point during this school year. All students in grades 6-12, along with parents/guardians and teachers of students in grades 3-K through 12, will be able to participate in this anonymous online survey.

Links to the survey are available at schools.nyc.gov/experiencesurvey. The survey will be available online through Friday, February 5.

The overall success of this school year will require each of us working closely together, listening to one another's concerns and doing our part to contribute to a positive, healthy and safe school experience.  

Continue to be safe and well,

Schwanna Ellman

Principal Ellman

Chancellor Update February 11, 2020 - Page 1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    February 11, 2021

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe we are already in the second half of this unusual school year. I am so grateful for your continued perseverance and flexibility during these difficult times, including the added challenges of our recent snowstorms.

Your voice and leadership are important, and I want to briefly share how you can use them to help our schools and students in a very important way. You can now apply to run for a seat in the coming election for Community and Citywide Education Councils. As a member of a Council, you are a voice for your community—and you can help make a direct impact on education policy. This includes through hosting Town Halls with me, collaborating with superintendents to improve student achievement, and advising on school building changes.

Each of the 32 geographic school districts has a Community Education Council, and there are four Citywide Councils: High Schools, English Language Learners, Special Education, and District 75. To apply to be a candidate for a council, simply log into your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) to get started. If you don’t have a NYCSA account, you can sign up for one at mystudent.nyc and then contact your parent coordinator to add your students. You can submit your application through February 28.


Later in the year, for the first time ever, parents and guardians with a child in a New York City public school will have the chance to vote for their preferred Community Education Council candidates and have a direct hand in shaping important decisions in our city. You need a NYCSA account to vote, so if you don’t have one, again, please sign up at mystudent.nyc. Whether as a candidate or a voter, I very much hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to impact our schools.

In other news, I am excited to share that we will be reopening our middle schools for in-person learning on Thursday, February 25. We have developed strong practices to help keep school communities healthy and safe. If you have a student in grades 6-8 and selected blended learning, your child’s principal will reach out with their new schedule. All schools will have 20 percent of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis. Students who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day in order to learn in person. I encourage families to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account prior to your child’s first day of in-person learning.

And here’s some good news for families currently applying to middle or high school: We’re giving you more time to submit your applications. The new deadline to apply to middle school is February 23 and the new deadline for eighth- and ninth-grade families to submit their high school application is March 1. As a reminder, you can apply one of three ways: online at MySchools.nyc, through your child’s current school counselor, or through a Family Welcome Center (schools.nyc.gov/WelcomeCenters).

This is an exciting and important time in our schools, as together we celebrate both Black History Month and Respect for All Week. Our educators and students across the city are engaged in thoughtful exploration of these issues as they connect to our lives and our national experience. Having this conversation deepens our understanding of how we can make progress toward justice and fairness. You can find some great resources to help with these discussions on the DOE’s official blog The Morning Bell at morningbellnyc.com/2021/commemorate-bhm and at morningbellnyc.com/2021/celebrate-rfa-week. You can also enroll in courses related to Black History Month on Parent University at parentu.schools.nyc

Chancellor Update February 11, 2020 - Page 2


Thank you again for working alongside us as we educate your children. We know how important school is for your student, whether they are learning remotely or in person—and our dedication to them remains unwavering during this challenging time.

I hope you and your families enjoy the upcoming midwinter recess, February 15–19. And Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate on February 12!


Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education












Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education



Get School Alert Notifications Sent to Your Phone & Create An App Icon of Our Website on Your Mobile Device

To get the Alerts posted on the school's website sent to your phone add eChalk Notify to your home screen:

  1. Download the eChalk Notify App. Anyone can get it free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Just search for "eChalk Notify".
  2. When you enter the login page click on "Proceed Without Logging In"-- go to settings icon -- go to + -- enter our school's alert code IK92CC -- click Connect to receive emergency alert notifications. See the eChalk Notify Quick Start Video for Parents. For quick access to the eChalk Notify app and our code, click on the yellow slide-out widget at the bottom right corner of the Home Page.

To create an app shortcut on your phone or tablet for quick access to our school's website follow these instructions:

To add our website as an App icon on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Type our school's URL - PS178xMultimedia.org - into your mobile device's native browser window (i.e. Safari)
  2. Once the site is loaded, you'll see a rectangular icon with an up arrow in the bottom menu of the browser. Tap this button.
  3. Scroll down and select the Add to Home Screen button.
  4. Click the Add button.
  5. Tap the icon for your school's site on the home screen of your mobile device to launch the site.

To add our website as an App icon on your Android device:

  1. Type our school's URL - PS178xMultimedia.org - into your mobile device's native browser window
  2. Once the app is loaded, press your device's Menu button usually located at the top right.
  3. Select Add shortcut on Homescreen.
  4. Tap the icon for your school's site on the home screen of your mobile device to launch the site.

NOTE: eChalk is the host of our website.

What are Magnet Schools?

Magnet schools are part of the New York City Department of Education and accountable to the same state standards as all other New York City public schools. Each magnet school focuses on individually themed curricula that provides engaging and innovative learning opportunities to all students. Magnet schools attract children of various socioeconomic backgrounds, race and academic achievement levels. They promote 21st Century skills as well as creativity, teamwork, and acceptance. Magnet school students learn in vibrant environments that prepare them for future careers and successful community engagement through hands-on experience working with businesses, cultural institutions, universities and community organizations.

Makers, Inventors, Thinkers, Explorers, and Creators Welcome

Make: Students at 3D printer  Invent: Robotics  Think: learning to code  Explore: science projects  Create: student producing video on green screen