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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  
Stock Mark Game Winners
SMG Winners On Friday, May 30, the Cluster 6K Stock Market Game team of Aden H, Oliver K, David L and Morgan L were honored at an awards ceremony in Manhattan's financial district. Over 13,000 teams from NYC's public and private schools participated and the 15 first place teams from the elementary, middle and high school divisions were present. In a matter of 15 weeks, our students turned $100,000 into $130,000. Congratulations to all the Grade 6 Computer Math Talent participants and to Mr. Paul Rubin, advisor to 2 winning teams in the past 3 years.
Young Naturalists Club   
On May 27th 2015 the Young Naturalist Club released eight diamond back terrapin turtles into Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Under Project Terrapin the club received eight hatchlings and raised them at Mark Twain for seven months under the supervision of Mrs. Villacres and Ms. Caliendo. This project was taken to help the threatened Terrapins that are indigenous to the east coast. 
Former Twain Graduate News  
andrewjc Here's an April 12th photo of recent Twain graduate Andrew J. Chen at his performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall April 12. He is the Second Place Winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music of 2014. He just won the First Prize of the 2015 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. He will be performing at Carnegie Hall again on May 17th. Currently, he is a 9th grader at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. He is always thankful for his years at Mark Twain!  
5-11 Philly Trip Updates  
5-4 Philly Trip Updates  
Students arrived at approximately 10am and are engaged in their various tours. 
Boston Trip Updates  
Near Harbor
Near Harbor  
Salem Wax Museum  
Dancing Last Night Away 
Looks like they arrived approximately 1:30
Quincy Market
Looks as Though We've Won Stock Market Game Two of the Past Three Years 
It appears as though our 6K Team of Aden H., Oliver K., David L., and Morgan L. maintained their lead in the stock market game and held off their opponents from the other top ranked public, private and parochial schools in the region including the top teams from:
  • Philippa Schuyler JHS 383
  • Gateway School of NY
  • The Dalton School
  • St. Francis of Assisi
  • Sacret Heart of Glendale
  • Andrew Avellino School
  • New Dorp High School
  • and many other schools from NYC
We'll await confirmation from the organization that manages the competition but congratulations to Mr. Paul Rubin's Computer Math Talent students who participated in the game including our winners. Mark Twain appears to have won this competition two out of the last three years after only winning once the previous 20 plus years.
Post Gala News 
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The Results Speak for Themselves Yet Again
Parent & Student Surveys Deadline Approaches
You must submit online by Thursday or get it into the mail immediately for it to count.
Future City Competition
The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.
On January 17 at the Sony Wonder Labs in Manhattan, Mr. Tonio Rizzi and his team (Rebecca C, Quinn M, Tomas B, Jan M, Giuseppe Q, Michelle V, Alysa C, Jia Y, Julia H, Kendrick Y, Daniel Z, Alex C, Joshua C, William L, Alex T, Benjamin C) competed against 62 other teams.
Mark Twain's Awards Consisted of:
1st Place: People’s Choice Award
1st Place: Most Creative Residential Area
3rd Place Overall
'Respect for All' Art Contest 

Mark Twain 8th grader Yan H. of Mrs. Louzonis’ 8G Art Talent class was one of a select group of NYC students who won the chancellor’s Respect for All contest. Yan was one of only two NYC 8th graders recognized for their thoughtful and creative artwork based on the theme of Respect_for_all respect. During the opening ceremony the students’ artworks were on display at Tweed Mansion, the headquarters of the NYCDOE, where they were admired by DOE personnel, proud parents and elated teachers alike. Peter Yarrow, performer and founder of the Respect for All Program, was on hand to entertain the gathering with inspirational songs such as his famous Puff the Magic Dragon. The students received certificates of excellence from Carmen Fariña, chancellor of NYC public schools, and enjoyed the abundance of snacks as they toured the gallery of the outstanding artwork. Congratulations Yan!

The work of Nickole K. of 8G Art Talent was selected for the Arts Connection exhibition entitled “World’s Near and Far.” Her painting Visiting Heidi will be on exhibit in March immediately following the Tuesday, March 31st 2015 ceremony held at the headquarters of Eton Park Capital Management Company. Both she and her teacher Mrs. Louzonis hope to attend the celebration this coming spring. Congratulations Nickole.

New Science Lab Pics

Here are some photos for one of our just remodeled science labs.

Students Selected for Art Exhibition 

Hot off the presses. We just received competition notification from Arts Connection that 2 Media Talent students were selected for exhibitions. Peter H. for "To a Great Mind, Nothing is Little", & Shanan K. for "Simplicity in Complexity V". Congratulations to all the participants, the exhibitors and of course our Media Talent teacher Ms. Julie Checkett.