Principal's Message

New Year

This is an exciting time in your child’s school year. They are meeting new staff, making new friends and adjusting to new schedules. It is our hope your child will make a positive adjustment to our school and/or the 2019-2020 school year! The staff and administration are committed to making every day at P188X a “Great Learning Day!” We are here to assist your child in becoming a life-long learner. We will challenge them to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. The staff and administration acknowledge the importance of creating a structured, supportive, and nurturing learning environment. We would like to collaborate with you in establishing a healthy relationship to support your child’s unique learning needs. Our program is aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) in accordance with the Chancellor’s Expectations of Equity and Excellence. Our theme for the 2018-2019 school year is “P188X: Empowerment, Equity, and Excellence!”

Your child will face all types of positive challenges. We will teach your child to use critical thinking, problem solving, and behavior management skills. Your child will learn to be prepared, accountable, responsible, respectful, and the best student he/she can be. It is crucial you help us facilitate your child meeting his/her full potential as a learner. Attendance and communication are essential in this process. A myriad of workshops for parents are available throughout the year and PA meetings will assist with the school home learning pact. We have an exceptional staff of dedicated, professionals committed to helping your child succeed.

Here are a few tips:

  • Review your child’s school supply list and ensure they have required supplies
  • Attend all school appointments
  • Update the school with a working phone number, current physical, updated Immunization information, and medical alerts

In order to facilitate learning, students at P188X are not permitted to bring the following; however, it is not limited to these items:

  • Gang related paraphernalia, bikes, glass bottles, large sums of money, expensive jewelry, toys, handheld games, cameras, and any other items which will be a distraction and/or subject to the Discipline Code. This is in the best interest of your child to avoid theft, injury, and/or conflicts.
  • Compliance with the Chancellor’s regulations on prohibited items will be enforced at all sites.
  • Click here for a copy of the school’s cell phone policy.

The school is not responsible in the event your child brings the aforementioned or any prohibited items to school. Such items are subject to confiscation which will require you to come into school to retrieve them.

Things To Remember:

1. Please ensure you check your child’s book bag daily for letters, permission slips, and/or homework.

2. Communication is essential! Ensure your child’s blue card is returned immediately and update the school if your information changes.

3. If your child is absent or late please contact the school as soon as possible.

4. Completely fill out all paperwork and return to the school promptly.

5. Metro card/walking consent students may be held for detention or safety reasons . You will be notified when applicable.

6. If you need resources or assistance please contact our Parent Coordinator.

7. Review our school website regularly:

7. Join the Parent Association and get involved!

During the school year you may need to contact the school.

Name Title Phone Number
Shanie J. Smith-Baugh Principal (718) 561-2052
Isabella Valderrama Parent Coordinator (718) 561-2052 x 173
Jennifer Roman Pupil Accounting Secretary (718) 561-2052
Rosalinda Thompkins Attendance Teacher (718) 561-2052
Trevor Headley Assistant Principal P34 (718) 561-2052
Asia Williams Assistant Principal P34/Related Services (718) 561-2052
Benjamin Gehlmeyer Assistant Principal MS 301 (718) 585-0054
Wahnda Milton Assistant Principal H790/H527 (718) 292-7441
Jennifer Bolanos Unit Coordinator P34 (718) 561-2052
Luis Perez Dean M.S. 301 (718) 585-0054
Mario Gamez Dean P34 (718) 561-2052
Antoinette Lee Transition Linkage Coordinator (718) 292-7441

You will receive an introduction letter from your partnering teacher along with other pertinent documents and school supply list(s). Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you and your child this year.


Shanie J. Smith-Baugh