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School begins September 8, 2022 for students.

Welcome to the 2022-2023 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...

The middle school application is closed, and the deadline to submit any additional materials, such as virtual auditions, was Friday, March 4, 2022. Middle school Offer Letters were mailed to students' homes in mid-May.  Families may view and print this letter by going into your MySchools account under the Offers tab.


The Office of Student Enrollment will be hosting a series of virtual events for elementary school families about middle school offers and waitlists. Each event will be virtual and will cover the same content, but different events will provide interpretation in different languages.
  • Tuesday, May 24, 5pm – 5:45pm | Interpretation provided in: Bangla, Korean, Spanish 
  • Wednesday, May 25, 5pm – 5:45pm | Interpretation provided in: Chinese (Mandarin), Haitian Creole, Urdu  
  • Thursday, May 26, 1pm – 1:45pm | 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.


Please make sure you have created a MySchools.nyc account AND a NYCSA (NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS ACCOUNT) at schoolsaccount.nyc to ensure that you receive the most up to date information from the NYC Department of Education.  

In addition, please ensure that your child's address is correct in the NYCSA system and the MySchools.nyc account. This address will dictate to which middle schools your child may apply.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov.  

Families who applied to schools with art-based audition programs may continue to submit their required virtual audition files in MySchools. Audition criteria is available on the DOE website. 

Families should upload virtual auditions directly into the parent portal of MySchools.  Families can watch this video tutorial for instructions on how to upload these videos and/or files.  

Families only need to upload virtual auditions for art-based programs they are listing on their application. To be considered for an arts program the family must upload the audition file and add the program to their application. To learn more about middle school auditions, and the audition criteria, please visit the MS Audition website.

If you have any questions or concerns about your Middle School Application please contact me at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov

Please take some time to watch the NYC DOE video series on applying to middle school.  Just click this link to watch.



****IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR 2021-2022 School Year*********

  • The DOE will continue to pause screening (using students’ academic records in admissions) for students entering middle school in fall 2022. For middle school programs with more applicants than seats, offers will be made using admissions priorities and random selection.
  • This year, arts-based programs will resume holding auditions.
  • MySchools reflects these updates. 


Visit MySchools.nyc and create an account, if you do not already have one.

Click this link to learn more about auditions, including the audition components for citywide arts programs:





District 22 Middle School Virtual Open House Information

Visit District 22 Virtual Open Houses:


IS 234 W.A. Cunningham Visit-  is234.com  

Virtual Open House Link:



IS 14 Shell Bank 

Visit https://www.shellbankjhs.org/

1/18/22 6:00PM-7:00 PM    https://meet.google.com/qcr-bkfn-yqo


IS 78 Roy H. Mann 

Visit RoyHMann.com 

1/20/22 6:00 PM-7:00 PM  https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZTRkZDY3NmUtMGJjNi00MWE4LWJiYjMtM2QwZWQ0MGVmYTdl%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2218492cb7-ef45-4561-8571-0c42e5f7ac07%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%227f00d3e6-5bc3-4f2a-92ec-a224b6b3609b%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d&btype=a&role=a


IS 240 Hudde Magnet School of STE(a+)M 

Visit  https://sites.google.com/jhs240hudde.org


Marine Park JHS 278  

Visit https://sites.google.com/view/is278


IS 381 

Visit is381.org

Live Google Meet Wednesday, February2, 2022 5:30PM-7:00 PM

Google Meet joining info: Video call link: https://meet.google.com/rtj-fykn-gpq
Or dial: (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 255 382 018 6406#


MS 890 

Visit ms890.org

1/19/22 5:00 PM-6:00 PM  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89752287804?pwd=WWk2ckVUSHFqWGdhbzNZRGRBWFA3dz09    Zoom Link Meeting ID 897 5228 7804 Passcode 496295 #646-558-8656


Watch the NYC Middle School Admissions Video Series

2022 Middle School Admissions Updates:


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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 14, 2022 through Friday, February 18, 2022.

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

Friday, February 18 is National No One Eats Alone Day.  We acknowledge this day to combat social and emotional isolation. 

February 14  Anti-Bullying/Cyberbullying 

February 15 Respect For Diversity 

February 16  Pride & Acceptance

February 17 Celebrating Kindness & Friendship/Being an Ally 

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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Dear families,  

 We hope you’ll join us for one of our virtual information sessions! 

As a reminder, this online event is for all NYC families of current fifth-grade students applying to middle school. We will go over how to learn about your child’s middle school options, how to apply and how offers are made, and how to access your child’s MySchools account. After the presentation, we’ll respond to your questions. Each event will be virtual, so you can join from anywhere! 

No registration is required to join; however, a passcode (provided below) is required to join the online event. 


Each event is hosted live online. 

  • Join us on Zoom by clicking here at the events start time. 
  • Webinar ID: 8639 9226 3300 | Passcode: 123456 
  • Or call in at: +1 646-558-8656 | Phone Conference ID: 863 922 633 00#


  • January 20, 5pm to 6pm | Event held in English.
    • For interpretation in Spanish during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 561 724 844#
    • For interpretation in Bangla during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 623 353 643#
    • For interpretation in Korean during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 842 604 697#
  • January 25, 5pm to 6pm | Event held in English.
    • For interpretation in Chinese (Mandarin) during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 667 213 560#
    • For interpretation in Haitian Creole during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 934 769 33#
    • For interpretation in Urdu during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 308 841 678#   
  • January 28, 1pm to 2pm | Event held in English
    • For interpretation in Arabic during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 689 430 028#
    • For interpretation in French during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 720 642 58#
    • For interpretation in Russian during this event, call +1 347-966-4114 | Phone Conference ID: 795 126 140#