SINI Information

posted Jan 13, 2012, 12:46 PM by Sylwia Jasinski

Dear Parent or Guardian:


The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 is a federal law to improve education for all children. It holds schools responsible for results, gives parents greater choices, and promotes teaching methods that have been proven to be effective.  The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is committed to helping all schools reach high standards for student achievement and giving every child in every school a quality education. We are making progress, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done for all our children.


For 2011-2012, the New York State Education Department has identified our school 20K220/ John J. Pershing  as a school in need of improvement – year 1 with the accountability category as comprehensive, as required under federal NCLB rules and the State’s Differentiated Accountability system.  This means that our school has, so far, not made what is called adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward meeting the State Proficiency Level in ELA for students with disabilities, Asian, Hispanic, White, LED ED.


Every effort is being made to provide the highest quality instructional program to best meet the needs of your child.  I am confident that the interventions and exciting new programs that have been introduced citywide and at our school will make this school year a successful experience for your child.  Some of the interventions and programs that are being implemented are:


·         Professional development opportunities for all teachers from our Child First Network as well as Teacher’s College.

·         Inquiry Teams for both ELA and Math in grades 6, 7 and 8.

·         Training from ExC-ELL which is a research based program which will focus on our English Language Learners and provide reading strategies to improve reading comprehension.

·         Literacy and mathematics coaches in our school who will work with teachers everyday to improve the quality of their teaching;

·         Continued recruitment of highly-qualified and certified teachers to staff our classrooms;

·         Morning and afterschool programs for English Language Learners

·         Provide Informative sessions for students and parents ARIS, ENGRADE, Common Core Learning Standards as well as Department of Education grading policy

·         Inform parents on SLT of findings in Instructional rounds and best practices.


In addition, as a Title I School In Need of Improvement, some of our students are also eligible for Supplemental Educational Services (SES).  SES consists of tutoring or other remedial services offered at no cost to you after-school or on weekends.  If your child is free-lunch eligible, you will have the option to select from a list of state-approved providers.  Specific information regarding SES programs will be provided to the parents of eligible students in a separate notification.


I ask that you support your child by making sure that she/he comes to school every day on time.  Make sure that all homework assignments and school projects are completed on time.  I also invite you to participate in all school activities.  Stay in close contact with our Parent Coordinator or other parent liaison and your child’s teachers to monitor your child’s academic progress.  Tell teachers you want to hear from them as soon as problems occur so you can work together to find solutions.  I also encourage you to become active in the school’s Parents’ Association and School Leadership Team. 


If you would like information on how our school compares academically to other schools in the district, you can request a printed copy of the school’s report card from our Parent Coordinator Sylwia Jasinski at 718 633 8200 or 347 563 4577or Jimmy Situ our parent liaison at 718 633 8200.  All school report cards can also be viewed online on the State’s website at


I would like you to attend a meeting that has been scheduled to answer any questions you may have about the school improvement interventions and programs described above. 

This meeting will be held on: January 19, 2012, 6:00 p.m, I.S. 220 4812 Ninth Avenue,Brooklyn, NY 11220


Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.  Our entire school staff is looking forward to a successful year for our students and school community.   If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 718 633 8200



Loretta Witek


Sylwia Jasinski,
Jan 13, 2012, 12:46 PM
Sylwia Jasinski,
Jan 13, 2012, 12:46 PM
Sylwia Jasinski,
Jan 13, 2012, 12:46 PM