Thanksgiving Meals

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Frozen Thanksgiving meals will be available for pickup for everyone 9am to 12pm 11/23, 11/24 & 11/25. 
Menu: Roasted Turkey with Gravy, Mash Potatoes, Broccoli, Buttermilk Biscuit, Apple Slices, Cookie Treat and Milk. 
No registration or ID required. 
Multiple meals can be picked up at once.
Our food distribution site is located across the street at Cunningham JHS. 
For more information and locations visit
Sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day for meals service.  Select locations will be open on 12pm to 3pm Friday, November 27th.  

Let's Learn

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The DOE, in partnership with the WNET Group, is launching new episodes of the public television program Let’s Learn, which features lessons for children in 3-K—grade 2. Let’s Learn offers age-appropriate content that is aligned to education standards and lessons for early childhood education, using videotaped lessons by educators, that focus on foundational reading and writing skills, literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts. The series also supports social-emotional learning and brings viewers on virtual field trips to see dance performances, meet animals, visit botanical gardens, and more. Beginning November 16, episodes of Let’s Learn will air weekdays at 11:00 a.m. on WNET-Channel 13, and at 9:00 a.m. on WLIW-Channel 21, the New York-metro-area PBS stations. Episodes and segments will stream nationwide at All programming will have English and Spanish captions. 

Please complete the Family Income Inquiry Form today!

The DOE asks families to fill out a Family Income Inquiry Form each school year. 
All New York City Public School students receive free lunch. However, this form is a key factor in determining if our school is eligible to receive Title I federal funding which could make a big difference in our budget for next year. 
Please visit this website now to complete your Family Income Inquiry Form:
 My school App website page 

Play the video for November's Family Decorating Project!

How will you disguise Tom?

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Please be advised that due to our school building being located in an identified COVID-19 "orange zone," our school will remain closed until further notice. 

 Click here for the most recent letter from Chancellor Carranza (dated November 9, 2020).

We will provide additional information as it becomes available.


While the building is closed, all students will be taking part in remote learning. Please check you child's Google Classroom for daily lessons and for information on daily live teaching. 


If your child is in need of food while working remotely, they are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch daily between the hours of 9:00am and 12:00pm from Cunningham Junior High School, which is located directly across the street from P.S. 255. 


Adult community meals are available daily from 3:00pm until 5:00pm at Madison High School.

***UPDATED Blended Learning Cohort Calendar***

Middle School Update

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This year’s application deadline will be later than the traditional early December deadline.

o   This information is now available on and will be shared with families who have signed up for email alerts, here 

o   We will be sharing a more detailed timeline in the near future.

  • Later this fall, Welcome Letters will be available before the application opens.

o   Each Welcome Letter has instructions on creating a MySchools account, and the account creation code that lets parents link their child to their account.

o   Welcome Letters will be mailed directly to all families; elementary school staff may also provide them to families.

o   Families can continue exploring options through the  MySchools DIrectory

  • After Welcome Letters are distributed to families, the application will then open.

o   At that time, families will then be able to access their personalized application, rank up to 12 program choices, and submit their application up until the application deadline.

o   As in past years, families may also elect to submit their application through their elementary school.

Directories: This year, due to budget priorities, the middle school directory and admissions guide will exist exclusively in a virtual format, and will not be printed.

  • We know this was a tool that families used to explore school options; however, the MySchools Directorycontains all the information about middle schools that was previously in printed admissions guides.
  • As the application opens, families may learn about the admissions process on​​​​​​​ where they can both read an admissions guide and watch videos explaining the admissions process.
  • Additional resources will be developed and distributed digitally, as well as through elementary schools.

Open Houses and Fairs: We know that open houses and fairs have served as a key way for families to learn about school options and the admissions process, and we are committed to continuing this tradition even while many of our families are remote. We’re developing resources for middle schools to hold virtual open houses so that families can learn about school options.

This would allow us to temporarily pause in-person middle school open houses and fairs, until it is safe for us to resume in-person large open houses and fairs. As always, our team will continue to work closely with middle schools on recruitment and promotional strategies, and share updates as those develop. Additionally, our team will be producing a series of online videos for families that explain the admissions process, provide a MySchools tutorial, and answer FAQs. These videos will be uploaded to our website, and will be shared directly with you and families as they are created. 

Families Temporarily Living Outside NYC: Students who have temporarily relocated outside NYC, but who have maintained a permanent residence in NYC, may participate in admissions.

If you have a family in this situation, please be sure that the family’s address in ATS remains the permanent NYC address. If an address outside NYC is in ATS, the family will not receive a Welcome Letter or be able to submit an application until it is updated to their permanent NYC address.


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 Counselor's Corner 

Statement on Accessibility

Statement on Accessibility: We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact to request assistance.

Upcoming Events

  • Report Card Distribution

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  • SLT Meeting

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  • Schools Closed: Winter Recess

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  • SLT Meeting

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  • School Closed: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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