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Virtual Staff Meeting

Virtual Staff Meeting

Instructional Leadership Team Meeting

Instructional Lead Team Meeting

College Trip

7th grade visits Culinary Institute of America

College Trip

7th grade visits Yale University

College Trip
College Trip
Zuzu Acrobats
Celebrating Black History Month with Zuzu Acrobats
Zuzu Acrobats
Zuzu Acrobats
Zuzu Acrobats
Zuzu Acrobats
Zuzu Acrobats
Ms. Paez and Mr. Reyes

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday!

Mr. McCumber in his Guitar Lab

Guitar class begins with rhythm patterns warm up

Mr. McCumber in his Guitar Lab

Mr. McCumber!!!

TKAM on Broadway
TKAM

M.S. 129  eight graders have arrived... special event "To Kill a Mockingbird" 

TKAM

TKAM ticket distribution

TKAM

Interviewed by the news!

TKAM

Ed Harris starring as Atticus Finch

TKAM

18,000 NYC school students invited for this free performance!

TKAM

TKAM view from the luxury suites :)

TKAM

Complimentary popcorn and water after the show! 

M.S. 129
Mr. Reyes

February 14th

Valentine's Day & Mr. Reyes' Birthday!

Student of the Month

Student of the Month Breakfast

Student of the Month

Student of the Month Breakfast

Student of the Month

Student of the Month Breakfast

No One Eats Alone

Respect for All Week

Ms. Peters and Ms. Rosario
No One Eats Alone

No One Eats Alone

Heart of the Bronx Day

District 12 Heart of the Bronx Day

District 12

Community School District 12- We are the heart of the Bronx!

Guitar Ensemble
Guitar Ensemble
Guitar Ensemble

M.S. 129 Guitar Ensemble <3

M.S. 129 Day- 1/29

... and we have a winner!  January 29th is M.S. 129 Day 1/29

Math Team Meeting

Math Team Meeting

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Parents

Parent Involvement + School Involvement = Student Success

Parents

Principal Reyes welcomes parents at DTYCS

Science with Mr. Burgos
M.S. 129 VS THE WORLD

M.S. 129 versus THE WORLD

Math with Mr. Mathison
Art with Ms. Gallombardo
College Access for All

College Access for All

College Access for All

"I'm on my way to college!"

College Access for All

College Awareness Day

801 Social Studies
Expeditionary Learning Gallery Walk
EL Gallery Walk
ELA with Ms. Cassidy
Band with Mr. McCumber
Gerry Brown visits
Music legend Gerry Brown visits our music lab!
M.S. 129 ROCKS
PLEASE COMPLETE THE PARENT SURVEY SCHOOL REOPENING 2020- LINK IS UNDER PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE.

Message from the Chancellor

July 8, 2020
 
Dear Families, I hope you are having a restful summer so far, and staying healthy and safe. I am writing today to share important information about the fall, when school will start up again for the 2020-2021 school year. At the conclusion of this note you will find this information organized by topic, including school scheduling, health and safety protocols, and more. Please bookmark https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020 where more information is available, and which will be regularly updated as we get closer to reopening. 
 
Our commitment to health and safety drives everything that we do. It drove the transition to remote learning this past March, when we knew that closing school buildings was essential to flattening the curve of COVID-19 infection across New York City. It was profoundly challenging, but you and your children handled it with unbelievable grace and effort, and school communities came together to make it work in historic fashion. 
 
Now, almost four months later, our commitment to health and safety will drive us into the new school year. We have been through so much together, and as we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: the continuing rise in cases across the country; current guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities; and the knowledge that as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received over 400,000 responses from families and students to a survey asking about preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.
 
Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.
 
Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But we know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities— like closing the digital divide.
 
Our plans must be nimble so we can adjust and update as needed, as the public health landscape continues to evolve. We are also awaiting guidance from the State of New York, and we will be closely coordinating with them once it is released. All of the most up-to-date information will be available at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020 and at the end of this letter are the most important takeaways for you at this moment. Please remember that this guidance may change as public health conditions evolve. 
 
In closing, I want to say that I’m excited, and I’m anxious—just like you. I know that blending in-person and remote learning feels like an improvement over the all-remote experience of the last three months, but still comes with many questions and concerns. We will work with you every step of the way to answer questions around sibling scheduling, transportation, what happens if there’s a confirmed case in a school, and more. I’m committed to doing everything I can to make this easy for you—and I will not compromise on health and safety.
 
I always say that New York City has the best students, families, and staff in the world—and that nothing will ever change that. A safe return to schools in the fall, and the broader safety of our whole city, will require we consistently work together as partners—DOE staff, families, and students. Together we can ensure that the 1.1 million students—your children—in the NYC public school system get the education they deserve in the safest, most supportive environments possible. Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education
 
Sincerely,
 
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education
 
 

Principal's Message

 
 
June 26 2020
 
To the beautiful scholars and families of the MS 129 community,

Today marks the final day of the 2019-2020 academic school year, and what an eventful and historical  school year it has been. i want to begin by saying thank you to all the students and their families for resilience that you have all shown during this year of transition, and adaptation. As a first year principal I couldn't be more grateful for the support and love that I received in my first official year leading one of the most promising schools in the city. Although we still face uncertainty in what the future holds for us as a school community, I am assured that in partnership with our scholars and their families we will always achieve excellence and success. 

You all have played such a major role in creating a wonderful school, there is no community like ours. 

Please have a great summer and enjoy your well deserved time off.

Remember, MS 129 -vs- The World
 
 
In unity,
 
Jason Reyes
Principal
 
MECHANISM
Poem by Ms. Zen, Para-Educator
 
We shine our light in the darkness
Giving the children direction to see
Viewing their struggles and accomplishments
Opening doors in their minds with the master key.
We empower them with knowledge
Preparing them for the world
As they stand on our shoulders
Every gem every pearl.
Jewels they are
We polish their brain
Unlocking windows of neurons
Sparking electric impulses again and again.
We are the backbone trombone
Fresh water from the spring
We are their smile the rhythm child
That gives them a voice to sing.
We are tick on the clock
The bang and the boom
The surgeons on their intellect
When they step into our room.
We are the emotional support
Drying tears when they cry
The nudge and hand holders
We teach them how to fly.
We give them the ladder
To reach our expectations
Giving them our love and support
With a push of determination.
And make no mistake
That from grade 6 through 8
They will be equipped
For the challenges they may face.
From the hood to Hollywood
We are the stars that make them shine
We are the towers we are strong
We are 129.
 
 
 
 
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