Monday, March 31, 2014

Closed Blog

We thank you for your support of our school blog for the past five years and during the beginning of this school year. As mentioned last year in a PTA meeting, we had been transitioning to our Facebook page at the end of last school year. Effective June 30th, we will be shutting down our school blog due to the success and accessibility of our school's Facebook Page: We will continue to post updates on our facebook page, as well as our DOE home page: Please also visit our school website: for additional information. Thank you again for your support in the past.

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Please be advised that we will be regularly updating our Facebook Page for the latest information regarding our school. If you have not visited our page, please visit Our Facebook page has been updated to include information about the HS Admissions Process, the upcoming Young People's Chorus of NYC auditions this Wednesday, our new BOKS Before School Elementary Sports Program, upcoming Student Council elections, and the National Junior Honor Society Assembly on Friday.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Back To School Letter

Dear Families, Our Back To School Letter has been posted on our DOE webpage: We would like you to read the letter carefully as it contains dismissal information, and procedures for the First Day on September 9th.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Please continue to visit our FACEBOOK PAGE TODAY and EVERY DAY: There were many important updates regarding the price of school lunch and the NYS Common Core Test Results posted today. The Facebook Page will be updated more frequently than the School Blog. Thank you.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Supplies Lists

We hope you are enjoying your summer so far. We have posted a list of our required supplies lists on our DOE Official Website:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

ELA and Math Assessments

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 3 – 8, As you know, the New York State ELA Assessment will be administered to students in grades 3-8 on April 16-18, 2013 and the New York State Math Assessment will be administered on April 24-26, 2013. With the support of our parents and guardians, our teachers and students have been working tirelessly to prepare for these exams and we know that all of our children will perform brilliantly. We ask that you review the tips below to help your children prepare for the exam: 1. Make sure your children go to bed early and that they have enough rest. Be sure to get them to school on time the next day, as latecomers may not be permitted to take the exam. 2. Please be sure that your children eat a light, healthy breakfast. 3. Dress them for success. Children should wear comfortable clothes. 4. As per NYS and NYC testing regulations, cell phones or any electronic devices will not be permitted during testing. It could invalidate the students’ scores. Please have your children leave their cell phones home. 5. Please make sure the children are prepared. Our students need to show up to school with #2 pencils, erasers, and other materials specified by their teachers. 6. Tell them to be positive: Expect to do well. Reassure them and tell them to relax. Let them know it is okay to take a short break. They can pause briefly when they need to break the tension. 7. Remind them to avoid distractions and to concentrate only on their own exam. As always, thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

ELA & Math After School Programs

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 3 – 8, As you are aware, due to the New York State Assessments, afterschool ELA and Math programs were developed in order to prepare for the examinations. These programs will end on the following dates: Grades 6-8 ELA Program: (Mondays) Ends on April 15th; Grades 3-5 ELA/Math Program: (Tuesdays) Ends on April 9th; Grades 6-8 Math Program: (Wednesdays) Ends on April 17th; As always, thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

About Parent Coordinator Phyllis Corley

My name is Phyllis Louise Lattimer-Corley. I am married and have one son.

I was the educational director of a day care center in Nassau County for sixteen years prior to the birth of my son. I planned to be a stay-at- home mom for five years until my son went to kindergarten. Well, that didn’t happen! I got involved in his elementary school, PS 178, first as a class parent, then in the library, and later became PTA president for three years.

When my son moved on to middle school at MS 74, I again took on the role of PTA president for two years. Gee, I guess I wasn’t really staying at home. My son, James is now a freshman at Binghamton University. I am fortunate to be writing this blog, as I enter my sixth year as parent coordinator of my son’s wonderful alma mater.

Welcome to our school family. I am looking forward to an exciting school year. There are so many fantastic activities that have been planned for both you and your child. I encourage all parents to be partners in your child’s school.
Ø Attend Parent Teacher Conferences
Ø Go to PTA Meetings
Ø Participate in Parent Workshops
Ø Volunteer to help at school events.

I am here to assist you in any way that I can. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or just stop by for a cup of coffee.

Phyllis Corley,
Parent Coordinator

Corley's Corner

Corley's Corner
Parents and Staff turn out for Corley's Ladies' Night at Strike Long Island (November 2008)

Mrs. Corley gets ready to read at the Barnes and Noble Fundraiser Event

Parents and Staff participate in Corley's Cupcake Creations Parent Workshop

Our Student Council Gives Back!

Our Student Council Gives Back!
2009 Student Council President Chrysalis Terrado and her cabinet pose in front of dozens of toys donated by Holliswood families for our annual toy drive (December 2008)

Upcoming School Closings and Half Days

To view the official NYC Dept. of Education 2013-2014 School Calendar, visit

It is also anticipated that we will add half days for professional development for our faculty during the 2013-2014 school year (subject to UFT and PTA approval). An announcement will be made.

In the event of an emergency closing or delayed opening due to weather, please call 311 or watch your local news channels. When NYC public schools are closed, our school will be closed.

Monthly Events

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