Welcome Back To School

Dear Parents, Scholars, Teachers and Staff Members,

P.S. 178 Magnet School of Multimedia Arts & Design and I recognize that there are questions and concerns regarding the opening of school this fall. District and school leaders have spent the summer preparing for the return of scholars on September 16, 2020 for Remote Learning and a staggered start for In-Person learning.  Starting September 21, 2020 our Pre-K scholars will begin In-Person based on their Pre-K Schedule.  Then on September 29, 2020 grades K-5 will begin in-person learning. Please visit the school calendar for cohort start dates.    Throughout the entire school year, Magnet School of Multimedia Arts & Design will follow guidance from state and local health department officials regarding school opening or possible closures. This year's return to school will come with some new protocols and procedures in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.  While it will alter certain aspects of the school day, our goal is to maintain a normalized environment where scholars can learn and teachers can teach. 

As we open schools for in-person instruction, it is important that everyone recognizes the role they play in protecting themselves and others. It is absolutely imperative that if anyone experiences flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, chills, nausea, etc.) they stay home.  Scholars can join remote learning classes at any point during the school year so that families and scholars do not feel compelled to attend school.   

We have a heightened emphasis on facility sanitation, including the regular cleaning of touch points, horizontal surface areas and the use of electrostatic sprayers to maintain a clean and healthy school environment. Hand hygiene is vital! We will have hand sanitation stations placed throughout our schools and scholars will be encouraged to regularly wash their hands as a way to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others.  

New York City Department of Education has provided mask.  However, you should still purchase masks for your child if possible.  Scholars and staff are permitted to wear face shields along with face mask.  Face shields permit scholars to see and hear their teacher. These simple things like consistent hand-washing, staying home when sick, facial coverings, standing at a distance and limiting close interactions will become our best defense against the virus and keep everyone safe. Now that we know much more about how the virus is spread, we must govern ourselves in ways that will limit the spread.  

Finally, we know that there will be some families who choose to have their child learn from home. We will accommodate that choice. Classes will be offered on the learning platform Google Classroom.  This will enable your child to stay connected to his/her teacher and classmates while learning from home in a flexible model.  If you decide to choose remote learning please fill out the DOE Remote Learning Preference Form.

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

DOE Information Session on Remote and Blended Learning

Family and Student Information Session on Remote and Blended Learning

Families across the DOE are invited to attend a virtual “Family and Student Information” session, which will take place from 6:30–8:00 p.m. on November 19.

 The session, hosted by Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, will feature DOE leaders discussing the most up-to-date information about remote and blended learning, grading policies, and health and safety protocols. Families can join this event by registering via Learn DOE; families can also view the event, without registering, via this livestream on the day/time of the event.

For questions, email FACE@schools.nyc.gov

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.

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

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.