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PS11 Newspaper Application Form: Deadline is TOMORROW!

Extra! Extra! All 2nd - 5th graders: The P.S. 11 Paper is sniffing out the next group of reporters to keep us in the know about all things P.S. 11!
Are you itching to write our next story? If you missed the orientation but think you've got what it takes, please fill out an application and parent permission form here. Turn them in to the Paper Mailbox in the office or scan and e-mail them to by Oct. 21 at 3:00PM.  To see last year's paper, check out the archive.

Science Fair 2016-2017 meeting

Attention all 3rd & 4th Grade Students!

Time to get your science journals, test tubes and thinking caps.  It's time for the PS11 Science Fair! In order to participate in the science fair, you must sign-up by sending an email to:, no later than Nov. 4, 2016.  


Please only include the following information:  

Student Names/ Classroom Numbers
Parent Names/Email Addresses
Only one email per team, please. Students who don’t sign-up will not be able to participate in the science fair.
Please look at the Science Fair Packet, FAQ and rubric at PS11 Science Fair for details and more.  Participating in the 3rd and 4th science fair isn't mandatory, but highly encouraged!  Thank you for supporting our young scientists!


PS11 Young Artists

Program Informational Meeting 

Wednesday, October 26, 9AM - Cafeteria 


Are you artistic? Would you like to share that passion with a small group of children? Learn how you can be a part of the PS11 Young Artists Program!

In the PS11 Young Artists Program, each week, a small group of children will meet with a parent mentor to learn and create. At the end of eight classes, each child will select a piece of artwork to display in a show.  This year, the program will accept applications from children in grades 1 - 5 only.

Last year we had 21 classes in 19 different subjects! If you would like to assist a teacher so that we can accept even more students into the program, please attend this meeting.  









Classes will be visiting the Scholastic book fair the week of 10/24-10/28, 2016.  You will receive a letter in your child's backpack with their classroom's specific day.  Parents and guardians are invited to shop the in-school book fair on Friday Oct. 28, 2016 from 9:00-10:00 (after Family Friday).   

For additional convienience, adults may shop the Online Fair from October 19 until November 1.  

                                                                           For more information, see our Scholastic Book Fair page


Chess Results Columbus Day 2016


Please congratulate the PS11 Chess Team -- the Chelsea Chessmates -- for their amazing performance at the Columbus Day Tournament.  For pictures and details, please go to the chess page.  


SLT Bookclub Coffee & a Book/Parent and Child Bookclub

SLT Bookclub Coffee & a Book

SLT is re-launching the parent book club in a new format. Read a book and come to the meeting. That’s it! It’s a great way to have a conversation with peers and learn new perspectives. And get a chance to hang out with Mr. Bender.

• How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
 Meeting Date: November 30, 2016 at 8:00 AM - Auditorium


• The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
 Meeting Date: December 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM - Auditorium

NEW: Parent and Child Bookclub 


Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain
Kick-off Meeting Date: November 2, 2016 with your child at 8:30 -  Auditorium

For more details, please check out the flier.


An Important Memo from Principal Bender about H.O.P. and PS11Showme

In this memo Mr. Bender shares information and resources regarding PS11's 'No Homework' policy. He gives you the research that fueled this change, defines P.D.F., and provides tutorials on how to use PS11's H.O.P. and Showme resources. 



Self Portrait Student Fundraiser 2016

Self Portrait Student Fundraiser 
Deadline Tuesday, October 26

We are doing the Self Portrait Student Fundraiser earlier this year, so that you can order your items in time for the Holidays. Class parents - items with your teacher's portraits make great Holiday gifts!

You can purchase a myriad of items - travel mugs, luggage tags, mouse pads, canvas bags, and more, all with your child's self portrait on it! 

Orders can be placed using the paper order forms that you receive in your child's backpack or you can order online at using your child's individual order code, which is on the back of the form. 

You can also order products featuring your child's teacher or other staff members, though those must be ordered online.  To order a Bob Bender Drink Cozy or a Serena Mueller Mouse Pad, choose from the order codes here.


Annual Fund

Donate to the Annual Fund now! The Annual Fund makes up nearly half of our budget of approximately $700,000.  PS11 PTA plans to spend an average of $850 per student to pay for school supplies, enrichment programs, field trips, teacher professional development and much more.
We ask each family to contribute $500 per child though any amount is appreciated. To make an online donation today, click here.




School Tours 2016-2017

Upcoming PS11 Fall 2016 School Tours


• Friday, November 4, 8:00am


If you would like to attend a tour please email our Parent Coordinator, Stephen McGill at with one preferred tour date. Include the names of the attendees and a daytime telephone number in your email. Your request will not be confirmed. These tours are geared for families whose children are entering pre-K or kindergarten in September 2017. Please keep in mind that this tour is not appropriate for children and that late comers may not be admitted.


Clinton Middle School Open House

Clinton Middle School will be holding Open Houses on October 13th, 20th, & 27th at 6:00 PM. You must register here. You do not need to email anyone if you decide to cancel.

This is an opportunity to attend an open house with your 5th grader. We are an expanding 6-12 school, with 9th and 10th graders currently in our Upper Grades Program and 6th-8th in our Middle Grades Program.

PLEASE NOTE: Students will meet with students, and parents will meet with parents.  If you will need to leave by a certain time, please tell your child what time he/she needs to meet you in the lobby before the event.

Our academic program is built around the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, for which we are a candidate. Students complete the Regents required for their NYS high school diploma in 9th and 10th grades.  This allows students to participate in the IB Diploma Programme in 11th and 12th grades.  The IB Diploma Programme is an academically and developmentally challenging curriculum, and it is used around the world. For more information, see

We may be a good fit for your child if you are looking for:

  • A liberal arts education that supports students who are interested in pursuing university programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, and math.
  • Student-driven clubs and sports including volleyball, cross country, soccer, basketball, Model UN, The Clinton Post, Chess, The Soup (literary magazine), SETA, GSA, and Student Council.
  • A newly constructed building in an easliy accessible location.

We may not be a good fit for your child if you are looking for:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses or Advanced Regents Diplomas. We are pursuing IB authorization.
  • A program exclusively for gifted and talented students. We have a heterogenous group of learners, and believe that all students should have access to our rich curriculum.
  • Three years of foreign language in the middle school.
  • The flexibility and choices that a large school offers.

For admissions, priority to Clinton students who reside in District 2, or attend a District 2 elementary school.

Admissions Process

This year, as Clinton has become increasingly popular, we have made some adjustments to our selection process. Please read this carefully, and decide if Clinton is the right fit for your family and if you would like to apply.

1. Of the students who rank us first only, we will invite in four times the number of applicants as we have available seats (400 for general education, 50 for special education).

2. We will select these students based on the following rubric: 28% attendance/punctuality, 47% 4th grade report card and 25% NYS ELA/Math Scores from 4th grade. In the event of no scores, we will redistribute the percentages so students can still be invited in if they opted out or are from out of state/private school.

3. Students invited in with complete a math assessment, ela assessment and group interview. Those points will be ADDED to the original total. We will then rank students and submit our list to the Office of Student Enrollment, who make the final match list.

Your middle school liaison can give you more information about the District as a whole, and if Clinton is a good first choice for you and your child.

Jonathan Levin, Principal