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Welcome to the PS 255 School Counseling Page

School begins September 7, 2023 for students.

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!

I am Ms. Silecchia-Abel, your School Counselor at P.S. 255.


My primary role here at school is to assist students in developing skills to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. I assist students in developing these skills now, so that they may utilize and expand on them throughout life to be healthy productive community members.  

As a School Counselor, I help students learn to develop effective collaboration and cooperation skills, to practice perseverance, to develop time management and study skills, and to learn self-motivation and self-direction habits.

Another important role I have here at PS 255 is to guide all 5th grade families through the Middle School Application Process. Please scroll down to the section below titled "Middle School Information" for the most current information, deadline dates, and important links regarding the Middle school Application Process.

My school day begins each day at 7:50 AM. If you have any questions or concerns, the best and quickest way to reach me is via email at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov. You may also reach me by telephone at 718-376-8494.


You will find useful resources here for students and families.

If you need any assistance, information, or guidance, please reach out to me. 


SEL- Social Emotional Learning

Staff, students, and families working together for social, emotional and academic success!!

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Click on the link below for a short video about SEL-Social Emotional Learning


Middle School Information

Attention All 5th Grade Families...

Middle School Application process information will be arriving shortly. Please visit MySchools.nyc  to begin researching information about possible middle school program choices for your child.  Account creation codes will be available in the coming weeks, so that you can create an account for your child.  These codes are not available yet.


Here are some tentative key dates for Fall 2024 Middle School Admissions:

  • Wednesday, October 11: MS Application Opens
  • Friday, December 8: MS Application Closes
  • Wednesday, April 3: MS Offer Release



District 22 Middle School Virtual Open House Information


Please join Superintendent Bove for a very informative District 22 Virtual Town Hall

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

6:30 PM -7:30 PM

 Bove Back to School Town Hall 09152023.pdf 


Attention all 4th and 5th grade students and families...

Please see the information below regarding the upcoming District 22 Middle School Fair

Date: 10/5/23
Time: 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM
Location: I.S. 14 Shell Bank
2424 Batchelder Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11235

 Middle School Fair D22 091523.pdf 




2022 Middle School Admissions Updates:


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2022-2023 Info:

The DOE will continue to pause screening (using students’ academic records in admissions) for students entering middle school in fall 2022. If middle school programs have more applicants than seats, offers will continue to be made using admissions priorities and random selection––learn more about how admissions works.

NEW! Auditions

This year, arts-based middle school programs will resume holding auditions and make offers based on these auditions. Learn more, including the required components for specific programs, on the Middle School Auditions page.

NEW! Sibling Priority

We are excited to announce that, starting with Fall 2022 admissions, the DOE will phase in a sibling priority for middle school applicants citywide. This means:

  • This year, students entering middle school in fall 2022 who have a sibling in sixth grade during the 2021-2022 school year have a priority to attend the same school as that sibling if they apply to it.
  • Next year,  students entering middle school in fall 2023 who have a sibling in sixth or seventh grade during the 2022-2023 school year will have a priority to attend the same school as that sibling if they apply to it.

This priority includes any full-siblings, half-siblings, step-siblings, and/or foster siblings who live in the same household as the applicant.

  • Applicants will keep the same priority to attend their sixth-grade sibling’s school whether you list it first or last on their application. When submitting your child's middle school application, you will be asked if the applicant has a sibling in sixth grade at a DOE middle school. If the answer is yes, you will be prompted to provide the sibling’s name and school. This information will then be verified with the middle school. 
  • Select programs that are admitting students through the audition or language: criteria admissions methods would not have a sibling priority, as those programs have distinct criteria for admission.
  • Remember to list programs on your child's application in your true order of preference. For instance, if you list your child's sibling’s school second and the applicant does not get into their first-choice school, they will still have a priority to attend their sibling’s school.

NEW! Multiples Priority

If you have more than one child the same age applying to middle school (ie., twins), you may choose to submit identical applications for both children so they receive an offer to the same program:

  • If you have more than one middle school applicant connected to your MySchools account and want them to attend the same program, you only need to add choices to one application. Before submitting that application, you will be asked by MySchools if you'd like to add the same application choices to the other child’s (or children’s) application(s). 
  • If you include an audition or language: criteria program on your children's identical applications, and only one child is accepted to that program, then the children may receive separate offers.


Please find below, the direct link to the NYC DOE website for middle school information.



Please click this link below to search and explore all middle schools and programs across NYC.


Stress Relief Video For Students

Gratitude Activity

The Gratitude Tree

Here’s the perfect gratitude activity. It’s called the Gratitude Tree or Thankful Tree. It’s a fun simple activity to do with your child.

The Gratitude Tree activity teaches children to:

*appreciate the small things in life,

*be grateful for everything they have,

*be mindful of the things that are going right in their lives

*and be grateful for the people they hold closest to their hearts.


Gratitude practice is easy, heartwarming and fun to do.

What you will need: paper, pencil, pen, or crayon, small safety scissors


-Draw a simple tree shape on a piece of paper.

-Cut out simple leaf shapes on plain paper

-Ask your child to write down on the leaf shaped paper, the things for which your child is grateful.

-Tape or glue the gratitude leaves onto the tree branches.

-You’re done! (Please see the picture below for an example of the tree.)

Now your child can display the Gratitude Tree and you can talk together as a family about the things for which you are grateful.


Thankful Tree Craft

Daily Gratitude Activity

 The Gratitude Game 

Friendship Soup Recipe

Respect For All

Respect for All is the NYC DOE system-wide response to bullying and harassment. We are committed to keeping our school safe, supportive, and free from discrimination.

It is the policy of the Department of Education to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying and from discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability or weight.

Respect For All Week is Monday, February 12, 2024 through Friday, February 16, 2024.

During this week, we focus on our daily efforts of inclusion, acceptance, diversity, and friendship.

February 12  Anti-Bullying/Cyberbullying 

February 13 Respect For Diversity 

February 14 Pride & Acceptance

February 15 Celebrating Kindness & Friendship/Being an Ally 

Friday, February 16 is National No One Eats Alone Day.  We acknowledge this day to combat social and emotional isolation. 

Please visit the link below to see more information and resources concerning Respect For All.



Social Media and Elementary School-Age Children

Set up accounts together

Show your child/children how to flag inappropriate conduct

If you wouldn't let your children have unsupervised play dates, don't let them go online by themselves. Remember, the social skills they bring to online worlds are the same ones they have (or don't have) in real life.

Establish codes of conduct

Do your homework. Make sure you check out sites before you let your child go online

Set time limits

Make sure your children never share their passwords

Keep the computer in a central place

Stress Relief Video


Dear families,

We’re excited to announce that we are expanding sibling priority for middle school admissions.

  • Earlier this year, we announced that applicants who are siblings of sixth grade students would receive sibling priority.
  • Based on feedback from families and communities across the city, we are now expanding this priority as follows:
    • At schools where the final year is eighth grade,
      • Middle school applicants with siblings currently in sixth or seventh grade have priority to attend their sibling’s school.
      • If the school has younger grades (for example, grades K-8), middle school applicants with siblings currently in kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, or fifth, sixth, or seventh grade have priority to attend their sibling’s school.
    • At schools that continue through twelfth grade, middle school applicants with siblings currently in sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade have priority to attend their sibling’s school.

This sibling priority pertains to students participating in this current admissions process, and not to students who are already enrolled in middle school.

If your child is applying to middle school and you think they would now be eligible for a sibling priority, you can reach out to your child’s school counselor or a Family Welcome Center by Tuesday, March 15. They will be able to add the sibling to your child’s application. 

Have questions about sibling priority for middle school? Email us at siblings@schools.nyc.gov.



The Middle School Admissions Team, Office of Student Enrollment

Department of Education

Middle School Application Process Live Event

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Virtual Family Events

The NYC DOE Middle School Admissions office will be hosting a series of virtual events for elementary school families about middle school admissions. Each event will be virtual and will cover the same content, but different events will provide interpretation in different languages.

  • Tuesday, October 17, 5pm – 6pm | Interpretation provided in: Bangla, Korean, Spanish 
  • Wednesday, October 18, 5pm – 6pm | Interpretation provided in: Chinese (Mandarin), Haitian Creole, Urdu
  • Thursday, October 195pm – 6pm | Interpretation provided in: Arabic, French, Russian  

Families who signed up for our DOE newsletter or with a MySchools account will receive an email inviting them to participate in these events. Feel free to share the flyer below with your school community.

 English - MS Event Virtual Event Flyer Fall 2024.pdf