• General Office  -(718) 645-1334  • Fax #: (718) 645-7759                         

    Dept. of Education: http://schools.nyc.gov

    Parent Coordinator – Mrs. Marjorie Guttenplan (718) 645-1334 ext. 161 or (347) 563-4642 • mguttenplan@schools.nyc.gov

    Guidance –Andrew Beatrice,  William Judge, & Katerina Karides  (718) 645-1440

    School Based Support Team – (718) 645-1334, ext. 3110 

    Cunningham Web Site: www.IS234.com                                                                  

    Homework Help Line:  (212) 777-3380 • (Mon-Thurs 4-7:00 p.m.)

    General Information


    ·       Athletic shirts are suggested for gym.  The cost for a Cunningham tee shirt is $8 and sweatshirts are $20.

    ·       The cost of the Student Organization membership is $5.  Information and an envelope will be sent home.

    ·       The cost of the Parents’ Association dues is $10.  Information and an envelope will be sent home. 

    ·       An 8 ½ x 11" looseleaf notebook is required. 

    ·       All textbooks must be covered.

    ·       Report to school at 8:00 a.m.  Homeroom begins at 8:00.  The late bell rings at 8:05 a.m.

    ·       Hats and outer clothing must be placed in the wardrobe or lockers in homeroom.

    ·       Notes are required for all absences.

    ·       Cell phones and electronic devices are not permitted in school.



    Students are required by law to be in school every day that school is in session.  A student who is absent is required to bring in a note signed by a parent/guardian upon returning to school.  If the school is not properly notified as to the reason for the absence, the absence will be considered illegal.  Please be advised that new promotional standards require students to be present for 90% of school days.  Attendance is taken in all classes.  Students who are cutting will be reported to the assistant principals. 


    If, for any reason, a student will be absent for two days or more, the parent is advised to contact the guidance office.  The counselor will notify the student’s subject teachers who will provide work for the student.  The parent should set up an appointment with the guidance counselor to pick up the school work.  

    HOME INSTRUCTION is available for students who are unable to attend school for prolonged periods of time.  Please contact the guidance counselor for more information. 



    FREE breakfast is available at the school.

    Breakfast is served from 7:15-8:00 a.m. every morning.

    FREE or REDUCED price lunch is also available at the school.  Students must return a completed application form to take part in these programs.  Students will be notified of their eligibility within a couple of weeks. All meals must be paid for prior to the application being approved.

    Hot lunch is available for all students.  There are three categories:

    1.  Free lunch               

    2.  Reduced lunch, $0.25

    3.     Paid lunch, $1.50


    Our school now utilizes a computerized accounting system in the cafeteria. Every student will be issued a 6-digit PIN number. This 6-digit number will be attached to the students account. No cash will be accepted on the serving line. Students will have access to a kiosk where prepayments can be made before entering the serving line. The kiosk accepts $1, $5, $10, $20 and quarters. Prepayments can also be made using my LunchMoney.com, a new service to prepay for your child’s lunch and a la carte food items using your debit or credit card.



    ·       Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled twice (Nov 17, 2011 and Feb 28, 2012) during the school year.  Parents are encouraged to attend these conferences.  Conferences are subject to time limits.  If a parent would like to meet with a teacher for an extended period of time, the guidelines listed below should be followed:

    ·       Request an appointment with the teacher through a letter or phone call. All teachers have voice mail boxes in order to leave a message.

    ·       Report to the main office at the time of your appointment, and the teacher will meet with you there.

    ·       Call the school if you cannot keep an appointment.

    ·       A monthly calendar and monthly newsletter will be published and sent home with your child.



    All visitors to I.S. 234 are required to sign in at the front desk in the main lobby.  Upon showing I.D., the visitor will be given a pass to the main office which is located in room 209.  Office personnel will then assist and direct all visitors.  Visitors are not permitted to meet with teachers or students unless they have followed the above procedures.  Students are NOT permitted to bring friends or younger brothers or sisters to school with them. 



    A student’s dress, grooming, and appearance, shall:


    1.     Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.

    2.     Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube-tops, net tops, halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front and/or back), revealing low-rise pants, see-through garments and short skirts and (short) shorts are not appropriate.

    3.     Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing.

    4.     Footwear should be worn at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.

    5.     No hats, do-rags, bandanas, or any gang affiliated clothing.

    6.     No wearing of hoods.

    7.     Exclude items that are denigrating or demeaning to gender, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

    8.     Exclude a promotion and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.


    Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing   the offending item, and if necessary replace it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including in-school suspension for the day.



    Parents are advised to schedule all appointments for students after school hours.  However, if it becomes necessary for a student to leave the school early, the following procedures must be followed -

    1.  The student should advise his/her homeroom teacher that he/she will be dismissed early.  It is advised that the student bring a letter from his/her parent stating the reason for early dismissal.  This is for attendance purposes and does not give the student permission to leave early.

    2.  A parent or legal guardian MUST come to the main office to pick up the student.  At this time, he/she will be asked to officially “sign out” the student.

    3.  The parent or guardian will be asked to show identification before the student is released.

    4.  The student will be summoned to the main office and dismissed from there.





    At the beginning of the school year, all students are required to have their parent or guardian complete a blue contact card for the school files.  The emergency card must be kept current and updated if necessary. 


    In the event that the student becomes ill, or gets hurt during the school day, the school will attempt to notify the adults listed on the contact card.  It is important that the information on the card be updated during the school year.  Please notify your child’s homeroom teacher if there are any changes (e.g. new telephone number).


    If an adult cannot be reached in a reasonable amount of time, and there appears to be a medical emergency, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be contacted.

    UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will a sick or hurt child be permitted to leave the school without being escorted by an adult.



    Students who score below level 3 on the city-wide math or reading test will have the opportunity to take extra reading and math  classes. Classes will be available through the A.I.S. Program. Classes will also be offered in science, social studies and Regents Preparation for all students. Classes will meet before or after school. A full schedule of club activities will be available beginning in October.   These include: Olympic Sports, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Computers, Drama, Chess, Dance, Model UN, Science Olympiad, Chorus, Jazz Band, Community Service, Cartoon Club, Newspaper Club, etc.  Parents will be informed of starting dates and schedules for all programs.


    GRADING PROCEDURES - Grades are cumulative and based on the following factors:

    Tests/Quizzes                                   Research Projects                                  Authentic Assessments

            Promotional Folder                           Special Reports                                      Homework

    Classwork                                           Writing Folder                                          Individual teachers’ requirements


    Grading policies for each subject will be sent home at the beginning of the school year.


    Homework is assigned on a daily basis.  The purpose of homework is to:

    - afford opportunity for increasing self-direction and responsibility.

    - enrich school experiences and expose students to other resources.

    - assist students in learning to budget and utilize time efficiently.


    Parents should check regularly to see that homework is complete and neatly done.  Late homework is UNACCEPTABLE.  Homework is a major factor in the determination of the student’s grade.  Homework assignments should be recorded in the student planner.



    All students are required to eat lunch IN SCHOOL during their assigned lunch period.  To ensure the safety and security of all students, it is important to follow the rules below:

    1.  Report to the lunch room promptly.

    2.  Sit down at your assigned table immediately.  Do not get up or get on the lunch line until your table is called.

    3.  Remain seated while eating.  Be courteous and use good table manners.

    4.  Dispose of your tray and your trash in the proper trash bins.   Leave your table clean.

    5.  DO NOT leave the lunchroom until your table is dismissed.



    ·       Parents are invited and encouraged to become an active part of the school community There are a number of different ways that parents can form a partnership with the school.

    ·       Parents’ Association - The association is a cooperative effort of parents working with school personnel to improve the educational environment of the school community.  Notices announcing meetings are sent home with the students.  Become involved!   Be informed.  You can make a difference for your child. 

    ·       Parent Volunteer Programs - Parent Volunteer Programs can be found throughout the New York City Educational System.  Parent volunteers may assist in many programs, or daily activities that take place during the school day.  Parents may contact their principal for information concerning the steps necessary to become a parent volunteer.

    ·       Leadership Team - Our school leadership team affords parents the opportunity to participate in school decisions such as Performance Driven Budget, CEP, school activities, safety, etc.


    ·       Promotion will be based on integrated use of multiple criteria.

    ·       All stated criteria will be considered in promotional decisions.

    ·       The decision to promote or retain may not be based on consideration of a sole criteria. 

    Multiple Criteria:

    ·       City-wide and state assessments - attainment of proficiency level 2 or more

    ·       Teacher assessments evidenced by grades/portfolios of student work.

    ·       Student based projects.

    ·       Attendance - attainment of 90% attendance.


    ·       Report cards are issued four times each year, November, February, April and the last day of school.

    ·       Parents should be aware of the report card dates and call the school if none is received.

    ·       Teachers will notify parents about student deficiencies each marking period.

    ·       Report cards should be signed and returned to the homeroom teacher



    If it becomes necessary for a student to be transferred to another school for any reason, the student’s parent or legal guardian MUST come to school to request a discharge.  The pupil personnel secretary in the main office will then arrange for a transfer of records and inform the student’s teachers of the discharge.  ALL textbooks MUST be returned at this time.  The official record card of the student WILL NOT be sent to the new school unless the student has satisfied this requirement.



    FREE or REDUCED fare passes are available to students who qualify.  Eligibility is based on the official address that is in the school’s computer data base.  Metro Cards are issued each semester (one in September, and one in February).  Mileage requirements: Grade 6:  Full Fare  (greater than or equal to 1  mile) ½ Fare (½ mile but less than 1 mile).  Grades 7 & 8: ½ fare (½  mile, but less than 1 ½ miles), Full Fare - more than 1 ½  mi, les. 

    IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT HIS/HER TRANSPORTATION PASS.    Please note that N.Y.C. provides us with a limited supply of replacement MetroCards.    We cannot guarantee replacement of lost cards.   The parent must send in a letter requesting a replacement.  All letters must be brought to room A111 during A.M. homeroom. 


Last Modified on October 18, 2010