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Principal’s Message

Hello 121 Families!

Time flies when the sun is out and you are having fun!  I hope that everyone had a great summer and is looking forward to returning to school on Thursday, September 7th!
I am, personally, really looking forward to the 2023-24 school year.  2022-23 was important for us; it was the first time since 2020 that we were able to operate without Covid restrictions in place.  We were able to start having parents back into the building, going on field trips, and generally doing things that we had not done in a while.  School finally felt like school again.
I am hoping that this year will be even better!  We have a great PTA and our goal is to get more members of the parent community more involved at 121.  121 is a good school, but it gets even better with parent ideas and support.  If you have thoughts or ideas about how to improve 121, please email me ([email protected]); I'd love to talk about it!
On a more practical note, please see the "News" section of the website for information about registration and 1st day of school procedures :)
Have a great last 3+ weeks of Summer - we can't wait to see you all in September!
NYCSA Accounts
The DOE is moving away from paper and more toward “online” communication.  Lots of communication from both the DOE Central Offices and from PS/IS 121 will take place through the NYCSA account this year.  PLEASE make sure to check in with Ms. Ottombrino ([email protected]), our Parent Coordinator, if you have any issues accessing account.  
BLUE Card Reminder
Please add anyone who will be picking up your child to the child’s blue card at the start of the year!  
We hate to have to bother you about it, but making sure every child gets home safely at the end of each day is our #1 priority.

Upcoming Events

Recent News

Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States each year. This tradition began in 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson first issued a proclamation to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Week. Later, Congress passed a bill to extend the celebration to last an entire month, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, and National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated every year since 1989. The theme for 2023 is “Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We are One,” which reinforces the diversity inherent within the Hispanic community, as well as the power that comes from being a united community.
A young black student holding a book. White text is layered: Ensuring all New York City students become confident readers.

NYC Reads

Beginning in the 2023–24 school year, we will be launching an initiative called NYC Reads. The goal is to ensure that all New York City students become strong readers, which is the single most important skill required for educational, career, and lifetime success.

Vision and Mission Statement

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Magnet School of Applied Life Sciences provides an experiential learning environment that encourages students to think critically and work collaboratively in order to solve problems.