General Policies

General Policies

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P.S. 115 – The Daniel Mucatel School

“Where Students S.H.I.N.E.”

1500 East 92nd Street Brooklyn, New York 11236
Phone: (718) 241-1000 Fax: (718) 209-1714


Nicole Green, Assistant Principal
Jennifer Troman, Assistant Principal

Jonathan Lee, Principal
Jayne Sclavos, Parent Coordinator
September 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. This year brings new experiences and high expectations for your child.

We are excited to partner with you as we continue to strive for academic excellence.

The road to success begins with a positive attitude and appropriate behavior. It is important for students to take ownership over their learning and strive for success. While in the classroom, teachers will collaborate with students in developing a positive classroom culture. To ensure that our students have every opportunity to maximize their learning, we have implemented specific policies and procedures, which are outlined below.

A) Conduct

Examples of Level 1 Behaviors: Not paying attention/following directions in class, distracting others, calling out, chewing gum, etc.
Possible Consequences: Warning, lunch detention, phone call home, teacher to student conversation, student to student mediation, etc.

Examples of Level 2 Behaviors: Disruptive behavior, rough housing, disrespecting members of the school community, argumentative language or confrontational behavior, dishonesty, etc.
Possible Consequences: Lunch detention, phone call home, teacher to teacher conversation, student to student mediation, parent meeting, etc.

Examples of Level 3 Behaviors: Endangering others, fighting, bullying, use of inappropriate language, fighting, stealing, cutting class, vandalism, inappropriate touching, repetition of level 1 & level 2 behaviors, etc.
Possible Consequences: Parent meeting, lunch detention with administration, probation or removal from activities, classroom removal, and principal’s suspension.

B) Lateness & Absences

Our school day officially begins at 8:00 a.m. Any student who arrives after 8:00 will be marked late. Lateness will be recorded as per the NYC Department of Education policy. In the event that your child is absent, they should bring in a doctor’s note when they return to school. Students will be given a day to make up missed homework or assignments to receive full credit.

C) Uniforms

Our school has adopted a uniform policy. We strongly encourage all students to dress in a uniform daily, unless otherwise informed. Wearing a school uniform prepares students for adhering to professional expectations in the real world. We want our students to “dress for success.”

D) Electronics

The use of electronics is a distraction to student learning. Therefore, phones and other electronics should not be used within the school building or on field trips. The cell phone policy will be distributed in the upcoming weeks. Please adhere to the policy. Should you need to contact your child, please call the main office at (718) 241-1000 and we will be glad to connect you with your child.

E) Missing Homework

Homework is given as an opportunity for students to practice what they learning during class. The schoolwide expectation is that students are completing homework assignments on a daily basis. Homework that is not completed can negatively impact their final grade. If your child is not completing their homework, the classroom teacher will be in contact with you.

F) Rewards/Incentives

S.H.I.N.E is used as a positive behavioral system across all grades. This acronym stands for Strength, Honor, Integrity, Nobility and Excellence. Throughout the year, students have opportunities to earn perks such as special trips, luncheons, special jobs, positive phone call home, special awards assembly, teacher-led incentives, etc. On a daily basis, individual students earn kindness coins for extraordinary acts. The coins can be used in the S.H.I.N.E store. As a whole, classes can earn S.H.I.N.E cards, which give them the opportunity to earn different prizes.

We are proud to announce that we are the FIRST school in Brooklyn to house a “BOOK VENDING MACHINE”. This initiative promotes “Teaching Literacy through Kindness.” The vending machine is leveled using the Fountas and Pinnell leveling system. Students receive a coin for engaging in extraordinary acts of kindness. The coin can be used to choose a FREE book from the vending machine.

G) Grading

Quarterly report cards will be weighted as follows:

  • 25%- Projects/Assignments/Writing & Math Tasks
  • 30%- Exams and Quizzes
  • 30%- Exams and Quizzes
  • 10%- Homework
  • 10%- Participation & Behavior
  • 10%- Notebook & Organization

Individual assignments will be given a score based on the level 1-4 rating system. The chart below gives the value of these scores:

94-100%= Level 4

93-80= Level 3

79-66%= Level 2

65 and < = Level 1