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Drama Monologue for Jan/Feb Admissions Test 
If you're taking the Drama Admissions test in January or February 2016, you can find the monologue to memorize at this link:
6L3 Leadership Movie Matinee (Dec 21)
6L3 Leadership is hosting a movie matinee for the entire Mark Twain community on December 21, 2015. Registration opens Monday, November 23. Admission for this event will be $7, which includes: movie ticket as well as pizza and drinks in the lunch room prior to the movie. Once registered, bring the ticket in along with the payment to Mr. Fortunato in Room 149 by Monday, December 14, 2015.
Have questions about 6L3 Leadership Movie Matinee? Contact Mr. Fortunato's Leadership Class (6L3) 
Anastaysia B, Drama, Does a Voice in the New "Peanuts" Movie   
Visit from a Movie Maker Alum 
Welcome to Our New Parent Coordinator
Neslyn Le Brun is now our new Parent Coordinator. For now, you can reach her through the general school phone number, 718-266-0814. You can also reach her at For information about the role of the Parent Coordinator at NYC public schools, visit,
Yearbook Ad Info 
Admissions Update (Downloadable Brochure)
You can download an 8 page brochure here that outlines some details about the school as well as our various talent programs and information about the tests specific to Mark Twain admissions.
Senior Dues
Senior dues will be collected starting Monday October 19, 2015 and collection will continue through Tuesday, November 10, 2015. You can download the letter given to all the seniors by clicking here to get any details.
Our school is now using If you have not received a PupilPath invitation letter please contact your cluster coordinator. This letter has the registration code for both parent and student accounts. 
Attention 8th Graders/Parents
Specialized High School Test/LaGuardia Audition tickets will be distributed a few days prior to the test/audition. All other high schools requiring auditions do not have tickets- please review 2016 NYC High School Directory for audition dates and times.
Edward R. Murrow High School will be hosting GET ACQUAINTED MEETING on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 for the parents of students who wish to apply for admission. The meeting will consist of an oral presentation with displays followed by a question and answer period devoted to their programs and admissions process.

There also will be a special GET ACQUAINTED MEETING for students and families interested in their screened programs. This will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015. 

The meetings will begin at 7:00 PM and end at approximately 8:30 PM.

Cluster Parent Meetings
All our clusters have scheduled meetings to be held in the library over the next few weeks. The schedule is listed below:
12:45 - 2:10
6L Sept-28
8:20 - 9:45
6MOct-28:20 - 9:50
7ASept-298:20 - 9:50
7BSept-221:05 - 2:35
7CSept-309:05 - 10:35
8FOct-14 8:20 - 9:50
 8GSept-29 1:05 - 2:35
 8HOct-7 8:20 - 9:50
Week of September 21
Just a few reminders.......
  • Please do not park in front of the school when picking up your child.  The yellow buses need to park there.
  • Senior pictures are Tuesday, September 22
  • Grade 6 & 7 pictures are Friday, September 25
  • Schools are closed for religious observances on Wed., Sept 23 and Thur., Sept 24.
  • Lunch and Breakfast will be free this school year but it is important that the lunch form still be filled out.
  • The HAI afterschool program is already underway. Contact Mr. Fortunato for details.
  • Ring and Gown Measurements will take place during periods 2, 3 and 4 on September 30.
  • iPad distribution for grades 7 & 8 is coming up. Please read and sign all documents promptly.
  • Skedula PupilPath registration letters went out recently in all home rooms. Sign up quickly so teachers can start using it.
Office of School Food Info 
Children need healthy meals to learn. The Office of SchoolFood offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast is at no charge to all students and lunch costs $1.75.

Some students may be eligible for free meals. To determine if you qualify for free meals before the start of school on September 9, 2015, complete a School Meals Application online this summer. In applying online, you will avoid the hassle of submitting a paper form in September. You can apply online using any computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection. Please keep in mind that families are responsible for the full price of lunch while the lunch application is being processed.

Applications submitted online are processed within 24 hours of receipt and you will receive immediate confirmation that your application was submitted. Your privacy is important to us, so all information provided on your application will be kept confidential. Federal regulations do not allow the Department of Education to share your information with any other agency.

If you have any questions, please contact The Office of SchoolFood at 877-363-6325.
Twain Teacher Honored
Our own Vocal Talent teacher, Jeannie Cascio was inducted this year as a Fellow into T​he Academy for Teachers a​nd selected to participate in a Master Class with Meredith Monk, Carnegie Hall’s composer-in-residence. To read the entire press release, click here.“ Only 18 teachers are chosen for each Master Class,” said Sam Swope, president of The Academy for Teachers. “Being selected is a well-deserved honor for both teacher and school.”
NYC Schools Account 

Your children are bringing home a flyer which invites you to set up your NYC Schools Account which provides a new way for you to view your child's attendance, grades and contact info in multiple languages on multiple devices. If you lose it, you can download a copy of the NYC School Account.

You need to complete the form and send it in to your our Parent Coordinator, Mr. Louis Rodriguez. If you'd like to get your account operational faster, come in on Monday, June 15, from noon to 2:30 and you'll be helped in our Welcome Center, Room 125. Bring photo ID, your email address and the completed registration form.
Coming Soon...  New Keep Calm Mark Twain Gear
 Keep Calm Shirts are coming soon