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Virtual Staff Meeting

Instructional Lead Team Meeting

7th grade visits Culinary Institute of America

7th grade visits Yale University

Celebrating Black History Month with Zuzu Acrobats

Guitar class begins with rhythm patterns warm up

Mr. McCumber!!!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday!

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

TKAM ticket distribution

Interviewed by the news!

Ed Harris starring as Atticus Finch

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

TKAM view from the luxury suites :)

Complimentary popcorn and water after the show! 

February 14th

Valentine's Day & Mr. Reyes' Birthday!

Student of the Month Breakfast

Student of the Month Breakfast

Student of the Month Breakfast

Respect for All Week

No One Eats Alone

District 12 Heart of the Bronx Day

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

M.S. 129 Guitar Ensemble <3

Math Team Meeting

Instructional Lead Team Meeting

M.S. 129 alumni- COLLEGE BOUND!

Live School Spa Day

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

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Parent Involvement + School Involvement = Student Success

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Principal Reyes welcomes parents at DTYCS

M.S. 129 versus THE WORLD

College Access for All

"I'm on my way to college!"

College Awareness Day

Music legend Gerry Brown visits our music lab!
About Us » Principal's Message

Principal's Message

It is with the greatest of pleasure and gratitude that I welcome the MS 129, Academy for Independent Learning and Leadership community to the 2019 – 2020 school year. The amount of joy and pride I have in taking part in the educational success of our beautiful and intelligent children is beyond compare, it is truly a dream come true. I am excited and full of optimism for the 2019 – 2020 school year as we embark on a journey of collaboration and high expectations. I am also eager to create partnerships with all of MS 129’s stakeholders to affect school wide systemic change to improve achievement for all of our children.


During the course of this school year I look forward to sharing and discussing ideas that are rooted in the best interest of our wonderful students, and that put their success at the forefront of all our actions. My charge is to expose our children to a safe, rigorous, and culturally responsive educational environment that drives them to be independent leaners, facilitated by educators with the highest of expectations. The “Children’s Agenda” is our agenda. They are the life of our school, and without hesitation, their needs come first. My commitment to equity ensures that I will do all that is in my power to make sure that each student is receiving what they need to have success on their educational and social emotional journeys.


I will leave you with this quote from Paulo Freire, “The educator has the duty of not being neutral” meaning that I have chosen a side in this fight for equitable and excellent education, the side of our precious children, they are my number one priority.


Looking forward to a great and courageous year with you all.


In unity,

Jason Reyes

Principal, Academy for Independent Learning and Leadership (MS129)