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If your 8th grader didn't receive their admissions ticket(s) today because they were ill, obtain a doctor's note as quickly as possible covering this weekend's testing. Bring the doctor's note to the guidance office on Monday and they will make the scheduling arrangements for the make-up sessions and arrange to have a new admissions ticket generated. Your child shouldn't be taking this important test if their health isn't approaching 100% anyway with a make-up available but that doctor's note is critical. Make sure it covers October 25 and 26 when you speak with your doctor's office.
Important High School Info
  • Audition schedules are listed in the High School Directory.  Please send a letter if there is a date conflict in order to reschedule an audition/test.
  • Reminder select schools are offering Mark Twain students private tours on these dates:
 -Leon Goldstein High School – Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.
  • The section on the right for High School Info has a list of additional individual open houses too. 
Our Open Houses are over. You are welcome to download our 8 page brochure described below.
You'll find a link to our 8 page brochure right here. The last page contains the latest information about the various talent tests specific to Mark Twain. The interior contains further descriptions of our varied Talent programs that may make more sense after your visit. There also some tidbits in those descriptions that may help with test preparations.
You can view the PowerPoint that was presented at the beginning of the slide show by using the link on the right.
Senior Dues 
Collection will begin on Wednesday. You'll be getting a handout in homeroom with further details. If you pay online, remember to print out your receipt which will serve as proof of payment. Yes we can get a copy but with 400 kids, we'd appreciate it done right from the start so Mrs. Orsini has perfect records.
HAI Afterschool Program 
HAI Flyer You can download their flyer here and their application here. If you have questions about the program, email or call 212-575-7676 ext203. The program runs from September 8 through June 25 after school til 6pm Monday through Thursday and til 5pm on Fridays. The complete application can be downloaded, printed, completed and brought directly to Mr. Fortunato in room 176. We suggest you act swiftly before the spots fill up.
School Lunch Free for Middle Schoolers 
Starting immediately, the city will spend an additional $6.25 million a year so that all 177,000 students in the sixth through eighth grades will qualify for free breakfast and lunch without requiring parents to certify that their income falls into certain categories on the federal lunch forms. 
Online Phys Ed Purchases 
We are now going to be selling our Phys Ed apparel, locks, etc. via this website
We'll keep the link on the left in Site Shortcuts. Parents can purchase their child's phys ed stuff on line, and the student can bring in the receipt for their items. The uniforms are redesigned too. All Orders Will Be Picked Up At The School By The Students. Any Questions Or Inquiries Regarding This Site Should Email
Incoming Freshmen
 You can link to the survey here whether you have the letter or not. Call starting Monday, August 25 if you don't have the letter yet if you have questions.
2014 - 2015 Student Time Schedule
The new time schedule has been approved to be in compliance with the UFT contract. It's not precisely the same as most of the other schools in the city because we have more flexibility from being selected as one of NYC's handful of PROSE schools, also part of the new teacher contract. Please make your child's travel arrangements accordingly:
  • The Monday time schedule for students is 8am to 2:20pm
  • The Tuesday through Friday time schedule for students is 8am to 2:45pm
So basically the start time remains intact. Most of the days are just 5 minutes earlier for dismissal. The only significant change is on Mondays, 30 minutes earlier than in past years.

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