M.S. 129Academy for Independent Learning & Leadership

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

When I became new principal of I.S. 129/Twin Parks Upper School in August of 2012, I shared with the I.S. 129 School Leadership Team and Parents’ Association that the school needed a new name. I felt that the school name should be one that inspires students to become independent learners and true leaders who have the ability to make their own lives better. On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, I presented to the Community Education Council (C.E.C.) my proposal to have the school name changed. The board members voted unanimously to have it changed and on July 13, 2013 our school was approved to have the school name officially changed to "M.S. 129- Academy for Independent Learning & Leadership."

In my third year as school principal of M.S. 129, Chancellor Farina has instituted the Four Pillars to improve instruction. From this, our school wide instructional goal and focus is to intellectually engage students through quality questioning and discussions to a level of deeper understanding and mastery.

We have many new and continuing programs to help us reach our goal. I look forward to working with you and your children this school year!

Raymond Granda, Principal