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    EMERGENCY CARDS

    All students must have an updated emergency card for the 2020-2021 school year. Please use the link below to complete the form

    2020-2021 Emergency Contact Form

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    Chancellor's Update December 11, 2020

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families  

     

    Dear Families,    

    What an exciting week this has been, reopening our school buildings for in-person instruction after this recent brief closure. I want to thank our students and families, our teachers, principals, and school staff for a safe and smooth reopening. I know it hasn’t been easy, but public education is critical to our city’s, and nation’s, future, and it is why we continue to do everything in our power to keep our school communities thriving. With support from all corners of New York City, we have been able to bring students in 3-K through fifth grade, and students in all grade levels in District 75 schools, back into classrooms. This is an important step in fulfilling our pledge to you: to provide a safe, secure environment in which your children can learn and grow. And a quick reminder: for blended learning to work best for everyone, we need your child to show up to school on their scheduled in-person days. Blended learning students in grades 6 through 12 in district 1–32 schools, including those participating in District 75 Inclusion Programs, will continue to learn remotely at this time. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still very much with us. Given the ongoing fight against a citywide resurgence, please note that we have changed our in-school testing protocol. In order to keep our buildings open, we now require mandatory, weekly in-school testing for COVID-19 for a randomly selected portion of staff and students in grades 1 and higher. And this is critical: If your child returns to school for in-person instruction without a consent form on file, principals and school staff will contact you to obtain consent. After that, students without consent forms on file, who do not have an approved or pending medical or disability-based exemption, must be moved to fully remote instruction.

    In this Update for Families, you will find information on:

     What you need to know about mandatory, in-school testing

     How to submit consent for in-school random testing

     What to do if your child has recently traveled

     What you need to know about exemptions from in-school testing

     How to apply for kindergarten for the 2021–2022 school year

     How to learn more about elementary admissions

     How to participate in Parent University, a new platform offering families on-demand courses and resources on a host of subjects.

     

    Because so much uncertainty comes with this pandemic, we remain committed to our time-honored traditions, which remind us that we are a community. One of those is our annual Big Apple Awards, recognizing outstanding teachers and college and career counselors. This year, it feels especially important to honor the teachers or counselors who have made a difference in your child’s life. Nominate an educator by January 10, 2021 by visiting the Big Apple Awards website at schools.nyc.gov/bigappleawards.    As always, I am grateful for your flexibility and patience as we continue our journey together through this unprecedented year. There is no doubt that Covid-19 has affected our children—academically, socially, and emotionally, and we are already looking ahead to the next school year. This week, the Mayor and I introduced the 2021 Student Achievement Plan to bring our schools back stronger than ever next fall. Working with our educators and all of you, we will create a roadmap rooted in healing and learning. I’ll be sharing more on this in the months to come. I know that if we all do our part, we can ensure a strong, supportive education for every child every day—no matter where they are learning.

     

    Sincerely,

    Richard A. Carranza

    Chancellor New York City Department of Education

     

     

    Update for Families, December 11, 2020

    What You Need to Know about Mandatory, In-School Testing In order for your child to return to in-person learning, you must submit the consent form for in-school COVID19 testing by the first day your child returns to their school building.

     Testing will happen weekly for a random selection of staff and students in your child’s school.

     Any student in grade 1 or higher returning to school buildings must submit a consent form for COVID19 testing in school by their first day back in school buildings.

     3-K, pre-K, and kindergarten students are excluded from random testing.

     The test is quick, safe, and easy. If you have not submitted a consent form and your child is learning in person, you must do so right away. How to Submit Consent for In-School Random Testing Submitting consent to have your child tested for COVID-19 in school is quick and easy. Even if you have already submitted consent, we ask you to do so again to ensure your student has the latest consent form on file.

    There are two easy ways to submit:

    1) Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) at mystudent.nyc. If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student. If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent.

    2) Print and sign the attached form and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.

     

    What to Do if Your Child Has Recently Traveled

     If your child has recently traveled outside of New York to a place on the State’s travel advisory list they must quarantine for 14 days.

     They also have the option to test out of quarantine based on the State’s guidelines: coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

     You or your child should continue to complete the health questionnaire daily. What You Need to Know about Exemptions from In-School Testing Exemptions will only be granted in certain limited cases, and two types of exemption request forms are available at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting:

     A form for students who need a medical exemption due to a health condition that would make it unsafe to undergo testing (e.g., facial trauma, nasal surgery). This form must be signed by a physician and be submitted with supporting medical documentation.

     A form for students with disabilities who cannot be safely tested in school due to the nature of their disability. Students with an approved disability-based exemption will be expected to get tested outside of school. How to Apply for Kindergarten for the 2021–2022 School Year It’s time to start your child’s journey through elementary school! If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2016, the kindergarten application is now open. Be sure to apply by January 19, 2021. You can apply one of two ways:

     Online at MySchools.nyc. Click on the link to create or access your MySchools account.

     By phone at (718) 935-2009. Call Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., or Saturday through Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. With MySchools, you can search for schools, find great choices for your child’s application, and apply to kindergarten—all in one place. To learn more about kindergarten admissions, visit schools.nyc.gov/kindergarten. Our new Elementary Admissions Video series will walk you through what to expect, how to set up your MySchools account, and how to apply. Stay tuned: More videos are coming soon! For questions, call (718) 935-2009 or email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

     

    How to Learn More About Elementary Admissions Join us for a virtual Elementary Admissions event to learn about 3-K, pre-K, and kindergarten admissions. Find out what to expect and how to apply. All New York City families are welcome to attend. Sessions will be held on the following dates:

     Tuesday, December 15, at 2 p.m.

     Thursday, December 17, at 6 p.m.

     Wednesday, January 6, at 6 p.m.

     Thursday, January 7, at 6 p.m. This event will be hosted in Spanish.

     Tuesday, January 12, at 2 p.m

    Register for a session at tinyurl.com/NYCDOEElementaryEventsSurvey.

    When you register, be sure to indicate your language preference—interpretation services in specific languages will be provided for each session based on these responses. How to Participate in Parent University Parent University is a new online platform that offers a catalog of courses, live events, and activities to help connect with families and support students. The platform offers all New York City parents and guardians access to live and on-demand courses and resources across multiple subject areas and grade bands. Courses are available in multiple languages and we’re working to expand the number of multilingual offerings. All families, from early childhood to adult education, can create a free account and register for workshops, attend an event, find a training and more.

    There are currently 95+ courses offered covering a wide range of topics including:

     Remote Learning and Technology

     Health and Wellness 

     Special Education 

     Multilingual Learners 

     Early Childhood Education 

     Parent Leadership 

     School Buildings and Operations 

     Adult and Continuing Education  You can start Parent University today at parentu.schools.nyc.

     

    This information is located at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families  in multi language format.

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    Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

    The New York City Department of education has added important dates and information. Please check their site often, NYCDOE Welcome to 2020-2021 School Year

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  • FEBRUARY PARENT TOWN HALL

    DATE: FEBRUARY 11, 2021

    TIME: 6:00

    TOPIC:

    REMOTE  LEARNING/TECH/STRUCTURES

    Please join us to learn more about how to create an NYC School's Account , 721X  curricula, as strategies to help support you at home during the reminder of the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    Click Here To Join Meeting 

    Dial In: 1-646-558-8656 

    Meeting ID: 828 8235 5187 

    Passcode: 847528

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  • MAIN SITE BUILDING WILL REOPEN FEBRUARY 8, 2021

    2/1/2021 2:11 PM
    Subject: 10 Day Bldg. Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases

    Dear P.S. 721 (OTC) - BRONX at 2697 WESTCHESTER AVENUE Families:
    I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24 hour closure of our school building, the NYC
    Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
    have determined that the building must remain closed through 2/7/2021.
    Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, the New York City
    Department of Education (DOE) and T2.
    What Happens Now?
    ● The school building will remain closed through 2/7/2021, and all teaching and
    learning will continue remotely. Staff and students may return to school on 2/8/2021.
    ● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no
    longer infectious.
    ● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified, and will
    continue their 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they
    will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.
    How Do We Stay Healthy?
    Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19
    transmission:
    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members
    of your household.
    3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an
    alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze
    with your arm, not your hands.
    How can I stay updated?
    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update
    you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please
    create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting
    schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.
    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based
    organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To
    connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.
    Sincerely,
    Sara Byas Aracena
    Principal

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  • *****UPDATE****FEBRUARY 2, 2021 NYCDOE SCHOOL BUILDINGS CLOSED

     

    UPDATE:

    buildings will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Learning Bridges and after-school programs are cancelled. All instruction will take place remotely. Food distribution sites will be closed. DOE central and field offices will remain open.

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  • Monday February 1, 2021

    Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City public school buildings will be closed tomorrow, Monday, February 1, 2021. All instruction will take place remotely.   

     

    As a friendly reminder, February 1 will remain a professional development (PD) day for 9–12 and 6–12 schools in Districts 1–32, as noted on the 2020–21 School Calendar. This is not an instructional day for students in these schools. However, February 1 is a regular instructional day for students in K–5, K–6, 6–8, K–12, and District 75 schools and programs and, because of the impending snow, all instruction will take place remotely.

     

     

    Learning Bridges and Learning Labs, after-school programs, adult education, and YABC programs are cancelled tomorrow. Food distribution sites are closed as well.  

     

    For safety reasons, yellow bus service for charter and non-public school students will not operate tomorrow. 

     

     

    In-school COVID-19 testing will not take place tomorrow. 

     

    DOE central and field offices will remain open and operational. We urge staff to exercise caution when going outside and to use public transportation whenever possible.   

     

    Additional information will be posted on the DOE website: http://schools.nyc.gov. 

     

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for tomorrow and NYC Emergency Management has also issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory beginning tonight through tomorrow afternoon. Snow is anticipated to begin tonight and continue until as late as early Tuesday morning.  

     

    We are working in close communication with DOT and NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) throughout the next 24 hours. At this time, no decisions about weather-related closures have been made for Tuesday, February 2.

     

    Safety is of the utmost importance. New Yorkers are encouraged to use public transportation during storm conditions and use caution when walking, biking and driving and allow for additional travel time. 

     

     
     
     
    Sara Byas-Aracena, M.A, M.S, M.Ed
    Principal, P721X

    Stephen McSweeney School P721X 
    2697 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461
    Phone: 718 597-6404
     
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  • Main Site Family



    1/29/2021 2:47 PM

    Dear P.S. 721 (OTC) - BRONX at 2697 WESTCHESTER AVENUE Families:

    I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24 hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that for the health and safety of our school community, the building must remain closed through 2/1/2021.

    Below you will find information on next steps. The guidance below reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

    What Happens Now?

    • The school building will remain closed through 2/1/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely.
    • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.
    • Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.
    • To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

    How Do We Stay Healthy?

    Please remember to follow the “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
    3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

    How can I stay updated?

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and stay in close contact about any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

    Sincerely,

    Sara Byas-Aracena

    Principal

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  • January 29, 2021 Main Site CLOSED

     

     721X@Main Site P721x: Stephen D. McSweeney School Sara Byas-Aracena, Principal
    MAIN SITE IS CLOSED on 1/29/2021

    Subject: 24 Hour School Building Closure

     

    Dear P.S. 721 (OTC) - BRONX - X722 at 2697 WESTCHESTER AVENUE Families:

     

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) determined that two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. As a result, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours to investigate the source(s) of transmission.

    Below you will find information on next steps to protect the health of you, your child, and the school community. This guidance reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

    What Happens Now?

    • Effective 1/29/2021, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours. All students will transition to fully remote learning for this period. During this time, T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation and the school will be cleaned and disinfected.
    • All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.
    • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the building until they are no longer infectious.
    • T2 and DOHMH will identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.
    • Based on the status of the investigation, I will communicate with you each night about the status of opening the next morning for everyone who is not a close contact.

    How do we stay healthy?

    Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
    3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

    How can I stay updated?

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with these resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

    Sincerely,

    Sara Byas-Aracena

    Principal

     

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  • Clinton Site 1/20/2021

    1/19/2021 2:55 PM
    Dear DEWITT CLINTON HS - X at 100 WEST MOSHOLU PARKWAY SOUTH
    Families:
    I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24 hour closure of our school building,
    the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental
    Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that for the health and safety of our school
    community, the building must remain closed through 1/20/2021.
    Below you will find information on next steps. The guidance below reflects the expertise
    of the DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).
    What Happens Now?
    ● The school building will remain closed through 1/20/2021, and all teaching and
    learning will continue remotely.
    ● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no
    longer infectious.
    ● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue
    their 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also
    be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.
    ● To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with
    community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine,
    and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
    How Do We Stay Healthy?
    Please remember to follow the “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members
    of your household.
    3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an
    alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze
    with your arm, not your hands.
    How can I stay updated?
    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and stay in
    close contact about any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and
    email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by
    visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa. For additional information on COVID-19, visit
    schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.
    Sincerely,
    Sara Byas-Aracena
    Principal

    P721X
  • GET YOUR CHILD'S COVID TESTING RESULTS

    A message from the NYC Department of Education:

    Schools offering in-person teaching and learning are conducting weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19.

    • If your child is tested, you should hear results via test, email, or phone call within two to three days.
    • Please make sure that your school has your most current contact information!
    • If you have't heard anything after 48 to 72 hours, you can contact the NYC Public School COVID-19 Testing Result Hotline at 646-614-3028.
    • When you call, please have the following information available:

    - Your student's name and date of birth

    - The date and school where testing occurred

    - The name of the lab that performed the test (check the flyer your child was sent home with, or ask school)

    Learn more about COVID-19 testing results at schools.nyc.gov/covidresults

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  • Main Site Environmental Testing Results Jan 12, 2021

     

    January 12, 2021
    Dear Parent/Guardian and the 721x School Community,
    The New York City Department of Education is providing this letter to let you know
    about our efforts to closely monitor and address environmental quality in NYC school
    buildings.
    Environmental testing was recently performed at the P.S. X721 - Stephen McSweeney
    School in connection with a capital improvement project at the school. Laboratory
    analyses of soil samples found several semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and
    one metal above the guidance levels set by the New York State Department of
    Environmental Conservation. SVOCs and metals are a common component of fill
    material found in soil throughout New York City.
    As is standard practice with all school construction projects, the work area is restricted
    and dust control measures are used during soil excavation activities to minimize
    airborne particles from leaving the work zone. Additionally, work is performed when
    school is not in session. Following excavation, the soil is removed and disposed of at a
    permitted facility, and the trucks transporting the soil are covered. In view of this, there
    would be no impact expected to school occupants.
    We have posted these test results under ‘Reports – Facilities’ on the DOE website at:
    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/schools/X721
    As the DOE continues to address environmental quality in NYC schools, we will keep
    the public school community updated regarding our progress.
    Sincerely,
    Sara Byas-Aracena

     

     

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/schools/X721

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  • Inclement Weather

    Dear Families,

    I hope you are safe and well. As we head into winter, it’s likely we will have inclement weather that in an ordinary year would cause all schools to close for teaching and learning. This year, if a snowstorm or other weather demands that school buildings close, all schools will still conduct remote learning on that day. All students will be expected to log on and engage with their work from home as they do on other days when they learn remotely. Middle and high school students who are already learning remotely every day are expected to attend school remotely, regardless of the weather. The ability to teach and learn remotely across the system allows us to continue learning despite inclement weather closures. You will still be notified as usual when we are closing buildings due to weather, but these will not be days off from learning. Your school will stay in close communication with you regarding the upcoming snowstorm predicted to affect New York City beginning the evening of Wednesday, December 16. Please note that extra meals will be available on Tuesday, December 15 and Wednesday, December 16 to take home. Please do not hesitate to contact your principal if you have any questions. Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education.

     

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families

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Welcome to P721X!

 P721X Main Site Exterior 

The Stephen D. McSweeney School is a District 75 high school for students with special needs. We serve students diagnosed with various disabilities including cognitive delays, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and multiple disabilities. Our organization consists of a Main Site, an inclusion site at Lehman High School, off-sites at the Monroe Annex, at 368, at DeWitt Clinton High School as well as several full time work sites.

Our Mission
At the Stephen D. McSweeney School, we believe in educating and preparing our students to meet the challenges of living independently in contemporary society. Our school is a student centered learning community that believes in educating the “whole student” with a focus on integrating academic, social emotional, and vocational development with self-advocacy and college and career readiness. We believe a student’s success is found in a sound partnership between the school, the family, and the community.

Our transition services focus on the vocational aspects of education, providing our students with meaningful work experiences in our school and in the community. While our inclusion students may graduate with a high school diploma, the majority will graduate with competitive and supported employment or an association with one of the many agencies that serve our students.

721x Model

Model 4a will be implemented at the Main Site, 368x, Monroe Campus and Clinton High School. 

(Reminder all worksites are currently suspended)

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Mondays With Montoya October

Please watch a message from our Dean of Students, Rafael Montoya.  Mondays with Montoya      P721X crest with Mondays with Montoya title 

P721X WORKSITES

 P721X Worksites 

Sites

721X Main Site  Monroe Site  368 Site  DeWitt Clinton H.S.  Inclusion: Lehman H.S.