• IS 227Q - The Louis Armstrong Middle School
    32-02 Junction Blvd.
    East Elmhurst, NY 11369
     
    Office - (718) 335-7500
    Fax - (718) 779-7186
     
     
    Principal  
     Helen Ponella
     
           Assistant Principals      
    Irene Filakouris    House 2
    Rose DelValle      House 3
    Penny Dunn        House 4
    Dianne M.Hayden    Instructional Support Services (ISS)
     
     

     
    SCHOOL STRUCTURE
     
     
    L.A.M.S. is comprised of three separate houses, which function as schools with in a school. Each house has its own assistant principal and guidance counselor who get to know the students in their house. The students spend the greater part of their day in their house. This provides for a strong academic and social support system for our students.
     
     

     
    Office Room Numbers
     
     
     
    Assistant Principal for House 2, Ms. Filakouris 232
    Assistant Principal for House 3, Ms. DelValle, 334 
    Assistant Principal for House 4, Ms. Dunn, 428
    Assistant Principal for ISS, Ms. Hayden, 430
     
    Programmer, Mr. BenDayan, 145 
    Dean, Mr. Allen, 224
    Project S.A.V.E., Mr. Ramundo, 222 
    Guidance Counselor for House 2, Ms. Stein, 234 
    Guidance Counselor for House 3, Ms. Greenspan, 328 
    Guidance Counselor for House 4, Mr. DePalo, 428 
    Medical Room, 149 
    Nurse, Ms. Dean, 150 
    Parent Coordinator, Ms. Cataldo, 130 
    Project Friend, Ms. Maietta, 455 
    PTA, 130
     
     

     
     
    School Routines
     
     
    We are proud of our building and students are expected to take good care of it. Rooms and hallways are to be kept clean and attractive. Students are expected to take good care of all musical instruments, computer and scientific equipment, textbooks, and other supplies.  Students should be well groomed and wear appropriate clothing which is neat and clean.  Remember that your dress reflects your sense of personal pride and your attitude toward your school.
     

     
    Attendance and Punctuality
     
    To maximize your education, it is essential that you attend each day and get to school on time. You are due into homeroom at 8:20 a.m. and you will be dismissed at 2:40 p.m.  If you are late, report to the Main Office and sign the late book. If you are absent, you must bring a note from home explaining your absence. It is to be given to your advisory teacher upon your return to school.  After a long illness or injury the teacher may ask for medical documentation.
     

     
    Early Bird
     
     
    Special activities for all students are available from 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. Students who arrive before 8:10 a.m. can participate in various activities including sports, game room, library, orchestra, art, band, and chorus.  See the Before/After school page for additional information.  
     
     

     
    Blue Emergency Cards/Leaving the School Building
     
     
    Every student must have an updated emergency contact card on file in the Main Office. If you feel sick, you may not leave the school on your own. Someone on staff will notify your parent or emergency home contact person. In order to leave school early, you must be picked up and signed out by an adult listed on the blue emergency card. The adult must be 21 years or older.
     

     
    Student Cafeteria
     
     
    Breakfast is served from 7:40 a.m. through 8:10 a.m. There is no charge for breakfast. Lunch may be purchased or brought from home and snacks are available. During lunch periods, students must report directly to the cafeteria, locate their assigned tables and follow all instructions given by the staff members. Upon completion of lunch, students must discard their trash and recyclables separately. The following behaviors are prohibited in the cafeteria: running or walking around the cafeteria, fighting, throwing food, and taking food out of the cafeteria.
     
     

     
    Hall Passes
     
    During hall passing between periods, you must go directly and quickly to your next class. Avoid running, fooling around or shouting. You must be sure to get to your next classroom on time. It is your responsibility to follow the time schedule.  You must have permission and a pass when you leave any room.  It is your responsibility to make sure you have a pass. If you are found anywhere in the building other than in your regular classroom without a pass, you can expect to be referred for discipline. Cutting classes in school is a most serious offense and will be dealt with promptly.
     
     

     
    Bathroom Policy
     
    Students must receive a pass from their teacher to go to the bathroom during class time. Only one student is permitted out of the classroom with a pass.
     

     
    Locks and Lockers
     
    You will be assigned a classroom locker. You must purchase a school combination lock for $5.00 to secure your personal belongings. Do not give your locker combination to anyone. Locker clean out and checks are held periodically. The lockers are school property and may be opened by school authorities at any time it is deemed necessary. If you have a problem with your locker, get help from the assistant principal. Students are not allowed to put padlocks (locks which require a key to open) on lockers. School personnel will cut off padlocks found on lockers.  Lockers may be used only at the following times: before homeroom, before and after lunch, and after 8th period. Outer coats may not be worn in school and must be kept in the locker.
     

     
    School Policies
     
    Students are required to accept responsibility for conducting themselves in a manner that promotes the learning process both academically and socially. Students must follow rules that are designed to keep our school safe and provide a healthy environment for everyone. It is also expected that students will be respectful and courteous amongst themselves and to adults. Fighting, including play fighting will not be tolerated at any time in school, on school property, on school buses, or on the way to or from school. Fighting is a very serious violation of school policy.  Every student will receive a DOE –NYC code of discipline. School rules and guidelines are clearly spelled out so that students and parents understand what is considered acceptable behavior in this school and what enforcement procedures are in effect. Read and sign the Chancellor’s discipline code – Code of Behavior. Good behavior and a positive attitude are expected of every student.
     

     
    Electronic Devices
     
    The school's policy on cell phones, hand-held video games, personal radios and MP3 players has changed. Students must follow the guidelines listed in the document below and must bring in a signed permission slip. If a student infraction occurs, the item will be taken away. These items must be picked up from the principal by a parent. The school is not responsible for stolen or damaged cell phones or electronic devices.
     
     
     

     
    Peer Mediation
     
    Students are trained in special mediation techniques. They help to facilitate the resolution of problems between students.
     

     
    Homework
     
    Homework is a way of learning and reinforcing what you have discussed during the day. It is also a way for the teacher to follow your progress. Be sure to discuss with your teacher what is expected in terms of homework and make sure that you complete all assignments as required.  Reminder: The Dial-A-Teacher Hotline can be of assistance to you. (212) 777-3380.
     

     
    Grades and Report Cards
     
    You will receive four report cards a year. The passing mark in each subject is 65. Your teacher will base your grade on class work, tests, homework, notebooks, special reports and extra work. Every teacher uses a published grading policy.
     

     
     
    Promotion and Graduation
     
    To be promoted to the next grade, you must achieve satisfactory completion in academic areas of study, meet the minimum requirements of the New York State Reading and Mathematics examinations and in addition, have a satisfactory record of attendance. You will receive detailed information regarding the criteria for each grade at the beginning of the school year.
     

     
    Textbooks and Materials
     
    The school provides textbooks and novels for the use of all students. Parents are urged to encourage their children to take good care of novels, textbooks and other materials. If something is lost or damaged, the student must pay the assessed amount.
     

     
    Library Books
     
    Students are responsible for borrowed library books. They must be returned on time and in good condition. Additional books may not be checked out until overdue books are returned.  
     

     
    Using Planners
     
    Every student is expected to use his/her planner to record assignments, to bring home notices, and to mark important school events. Students must bring their planners to school everyday and bring them home every evening. Homeroom and subject teachers will check planners periodically to make sure students are using them efficiently.
     

     
    Student Organization
     
     
    We have an active student organization. Each year, officers and delegates are elected to serve you and your school. They plan special events such as dances and charity drives. To become a member of the Student Organization (S.O.) you must pay your dues each year. This will also entitle you to discounted admission to S.O. activities.
     

     
    Parent Coordinator
     
    The Parent Coordinator sponsors workshops, trips, school activities, and family oriented activities throughout the school year. The focus is on creating a welcoming environment for parents. The Parent Coordinator engages and involves parents in the school community by working with the principal, school staff, School Leadership Team, PTA, and parent advisory councils.
     
     

     
    Parent-Teacher Association
     
     
    The PTA is the organized voice of the parent community in the school. There are monthly meetings of the executive board as well as monthly general membership meetings held every month. Parents’ participation in the PTA is of vital importance. Membership donations are accepted in the fall and enable the PTA to sponsor programs and assist the school in various ways.
     
     

     
    Library/Media Center
     
     
    Our fine library/media center contains various kinds of computers, some with electronic encyclopedias, digital periodical databases, videos and allows access to the Internet. There is a variety of computer software available to students. The print collection includes thousands of volumes with current fiction and up to date reference materials. Students may access our library’s automated catalog from home using the school's web site, as well as access to the Queens Public Library. Our school library is open to students with their classes by appointment, with a pass from a teacher, during lunch periods and before school during Early Bird sessions.
     

     
    Science Fair
     
     
    During the third marking period, students from fifth, sixth, and seventh grade participate in our annual Science Fair. During that time, the PTA holds its General Meeting, giving parents an opportunity to view the students’ work. In December instructions will be given to all students as to Science Fair requirements.
     

     
    Theatrical Performances
     
    At various times of the year, students perform in plays and shows. A musical play is performed at the end of the school year.
     
     

     
     
    Winter/Spring Concerts
     
     
    The various musical groups in our school perform in two concerts. The band, orchestra and choral groups perform for students, parents and friends. Parents will be notified in advance of these productions.
     
     

     
    Special Trips
     
     
    L.A.M.S. offers many trips for students who wish to participate. There will be a science trip to Space Camp, in Canada, a week-long trip within the United States that is designed for seventh and eighth grade students, and an overnight sixth grade science trip that is planned for upstate New York where students reside in and explore both woodland and beach environments. The trip is barrier free and accessible to all students.  Additional trips will be announced. Parents must sign consent slips prior to the date of the trips.
     
    *Information adapted from the LAMS Planner