2023-24 School Year


  • Returning School Technology

    Dear Families, 

    Please be advised that the school will be collecting all school and DOE-loaned devices (laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, Lenovos) by Thursday, May 23rd. Students should bring in devices and return them to a classroom teacher. All devices are to be returned regardless of condition. If the device is lost or stolen, you must make a police report to the local police station. After reporting the device is lost or stolen, you must provide the school with a police report number so that we can proceed with the next steps.

    Thank you! 

    JHS 123 -The Bronx Urban Community Magnet School
  • New Grading Policy

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Going forward we will be using a different grading system (Standards Based Grading) for the remainder of the year.  Standards indicate, by subject, what students are expected to learn by the end of the marking period/year.  We want you to be informed and understand that this decision is to help your child in the learning process and focus on understanding.  

    How does SBG work?

    ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, and Music are graded on set of learning goals called standards (Art, Magnet, ELA Enrichment, PE, and Non-Core Math which will remain pass/fail). Every assessment, whether a test or a quiz, may be on one or more standards.  Students will receive feedback on each standard that will guide them on their progress.  

    Why change to Standards-Based Grading (SBG)?

    SBG gives students more feedback and guides students on what they need to focus on.  The focus of SBG is to provide students with feedback so that they can continue to improve in the classroom.  SBG is focused on student learning and is not affected by participation or behavior, only student learning of the standard.

    How is my child’s grade determined?

    Students will be graded on a 4-point rubric, both in class and on their report card, similar to the system many elementary schools use.  This will take effect for the following marking periods:   marking period 2 (ending 1/19/24), marking period 3 (ending 4/3/24), marking period 4 (ending 6/26/24)


    Excels Grade Level Standards


    Meeting Grade Level Standards


    Approaching Grade Level Standards


    Attempting Grade Level Standards

    *Student is passing and demonstrating grade level proficiency.  Also, there is a percentage conversion that will be used for students applying to high school. For students with IEPs, teachers will continue to monitor student progress towards IEP goals and report progress to parents as indicated on their child’s IEP.

    Additionally, students will be given multiple opportunities (including retesting/redo attempts) to show their understanding of standards that are deemed priority or “extra important” to the subject.  

    Below is an example of how a 6th grader may be graded in math:



    6.NS.1 Dividing Fractions Assessment



    6.RP.2 Unit Rate Assessment


    6.RP.A.3b Unit Rate Problem Solving Assessment


    Overall Final Grade


    In this example we can see that this student has an overall average of 2, but specifically needs support in standards 6.RP.2 Unit Rate and 6.RP.A.3b. Pease note that classwork, homework and class participation may still be tracked for purposes of progress reports and to show the effort a student is putting forth on a daily basis.  However, only assessments and projects will count in a student’s final grade.  Additionally, end of unit assessments will count more than earlier assessments in a unit.  Therefore, if a student can show that they have met grade level standards by the end of the unit, then they will be awarded a grade of 3 for those standards.

    Why change from Traditional Grades?

    Traditional grades summarize all student learning into one number.  It is easy to understand a traditional grade, but traditional grades do not provide enough information to help students know what to do next.  Imagine taking a test on basic math operation: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.  Your child is confident going into test, but is unsure of a few questions.  The grade comes back as an 80.  What do you do from here? 

    Traditional grades give students a judgement of how they have done and does not help students know what to do next.  Students begin to view their ability and intelligence as something that cannot be changed. Traditional grades also punish students for missed or late work because a zero can make it almost impossible for a student to recover and achieve a passing grade.

    Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any additional questions.


    Richard Hallenbeck

    JHS 123 -The Bronx Urban Community Magnet School
  • Ordering School Uniforms

    Hello Families! Looking to order additional school uniforms (polos or sweatshirts) for your student? Check out our vendor, Ideal Uniform, to place an online order. The attached .pdf  file has a price and size guide for your reference. Feel free to reach out to the school with any questions or concerns. 

    JHS 123 -The Bronx Urban Community Magnet School
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Back-to-School Night Presentation

Each Grade Team hosted a virtual Back-to-School Night on Thursday, Sept. 21st. In case you missed it, here are the presentations for each grade that include information about your student's teachers, this year's curriculum, and school-wide policies and procedures. Enjoy! 


Screenshot of first slide of the 6th grade presentation.   Screenshot of first slide of the 7th grade presentation.   Screenshot of first slide of the 8th grade presentation