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Enjoy Your Vacation
See you back on Wednesday, April 23.
Congratulations to our Assistant Principal, Rosanna Conenna
Ms. Conenna will be honored by Shorefront Toys for Tots at their Annual pre-Mother's Day brunch on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The venue is Sirico's Caterers  at 8023 13th Avenue IN Brooklyn from 10:30am to 2pm. You can get further information from or call 718-996-5668 and ask for Brian Gottlieb.
Congratulations to our Principal, Karen Ditolla
Ms. Ditolla has been named one of the 2014 Top Brooklyn Women in Business and was recognized at a reception on Thursday, March 27 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. The event was organized the Home Reporter News.
Our First Ever Alumni Gala Officially Sold Out 
Our first annual Senior/Alumni Gala was a rousing success. Our first alumni inductee, Lou Gossett Jr., made some real positive impressions on our students. Hopefully, he feels as positive about Mark Twain circa 2014, as he did Mark Twain circa 1951. If you have access to Youtube outside of school, you can view a NY Daily News video of him at
Prior to the event, the following interviews with Mr. Gossett appeared:
Daily New Waited Outside for our Seniors and their High School Acceptances
34 Scholastic Writing Awards!
Congratulations to the 34 eighth grade creative writing students who won Scholastic Writing Awards!

Gold Key Winners: Benjamin C.*, Alana M., Shannon S.

Silver Key Winners: Cade A., Mikyle D., Matthew F., Amanda F., Katherine F., Monica J., Vincent J., Chauncey L., Ruby L., Gabi N., Ashley P., Shannon S., Nicole T., Rochelle V., Grace W.

Honorable Mention: Catherina A., Cade A., Hanna A., Joy A., Anna C., Benjamin C., Joey C., Michelle C., Caitlyn D., Mikyle D., Ilana D., Matthew F., Olivia K., Liz L., Nicole G., Grace W., Naja W., Lacey W., Jessica W.

*Benjamin C. has also been nominated for the American Voices Award.
See for more information.
Staten Island Student Carpools
Our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Ganbaatar, has taken on the task of trying to help our Staten Island families coordinate one or more carpools. In order to proceed, you'd need to call her at 718-266-0814x1332 or better yet, email her at with your child's name, your name, phone contact information, email, and address. Hopefully,s we're successful helping those families with some of the longest and most expensive commutes. Perhaps we can extend this further with others down the road.

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