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Welcome to the PS 255 School Counseling Page

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

You will find useful resources here for students and parents.

If you need any assistance, information, or guidance, please reach out to Ms. Christine Silecchia-Abel, School Counselor at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov.

Social and Emotional Learning



Middle School Information

Attention All 5th Grade Families...

Middle School information and timelines have not been released yet. 

Please begin researching middle schools of interest. Visit middle school websites and attend middle school open houses. 

You will be notified as soon as we get more information from the Office of Enrollment.

Please make sure you have created a NYCSA (NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS ACCOUNT) to ensure that you receive the most up to date information from NYC.  

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

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Silecchia-Abel.


****The Middle School Application deadline for families has not been issued yet. If you have any questions or concerns about your Middle School Application please contact your School Counselor, Ms. Silecchia-Abel at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov


How to get started on your Middle School Application:

Visit MySchools.nyc and create an account.

Continue to explore middle schools and programs across NYC.  Middle School Admissions Welcome Letters were mailed to student home addresses, along with your 5th grader's unique account creation code.  If you have not received your Middle School Admissions Welcome Letter, please email Ms. Silecchia-Abel.

Check your address information in MySchools.nyc.  If your address information is incorrect, please email the School Counselor, Christine Silecchia-Abel at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov, so that it may be corrected.  Please contact Ms. Silecchia-Abel if you have any questions or concerns, regarding Middle School Applications. 

Click the link below to access the searchable MySchools Middle School Directory. You may use this to search and explore all middle schools and programs across NYC.





Middle School Information

Visit District 22 Virtual Open Houses:


IS 234 W.A. Cunningham Visit-  is234.com   Virtual Open House


IS 14 Shell Bank 

Visit https://www.shellbankjhs.org/


IS 78 Roy H. Mann 

Visit RoyHMann.com 


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


MS 890 

Visit ms890.org


Watch the NYC Middle School Admissions Video Series

More Middle School Information


 Cartoon picture of children 

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 Week is Friday, February 5, 2021 and Monday, February 8 to Thursday, February 11, 2021.

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

February 5- National No One Eats Alone Day is February 12th. However, since school is closed that day,  we recognize this day on Feb 5th this year. We acknowledge this day to combat social and emotional isolation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 8- Anti-Bullying/Cyberbullying 

February 9- Respect For Diversity 

February 10- Pride & Acceptance

February 11- Celebrating Kindness & Friendship/Being an Ally 

Basic Social Media Rules For 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