Incoming Families


The 2023-2024 orientation for incoming families is scheduled for June 29, 2023. The in-person  session will be held in the school auditorium at 9 AM - 10 AM followed by a quick school tour and the virtual session at 6 PM - 7 PM.  Registration is required to attend the in-person session. See details below.

In-Person AM Orientation

Date: June 29,2023

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM ( entry begins at 8:40 AM)

Location : School Auditorium

Registration required: Due to the limited seats, we can only accommodate one guardian and their child(s) who will be newly enrolled for the next school year. The registration form has been sent to the families of accepted students. If you need more information, contact Mrs.Obata.

Virtual PM Orientation

Date: June 29,2023 

Time: 6PM- 7 PM

Location: Zoom ( link has been sent to incoming families) 

In-Person Orientation 

Date: September 5, 2023

Time: 9 AM

Location: School Auditorium

Registration Required. 

Honors Placement Exam

The 2023-2024 Honors Assessment  has been scheduled for  June 8th, 2023. 

Invitation to the test was sent to the accepted incoming families.  Registration required.   Please note the honors assessment  is optional . 

Welcome to Russell Sage!
Our Honors Placement Exam for incoming 6th and 7th graders is scheduled for Thursday, June 8th @ 8:30 AM.
Entry to the building will begin at 8:10 AM via the Main Lobby located on the park side of the building. Students must attend in-person to take the exam. If your child is interested in an honors class placement, this assessment is mandatory. Parent/ Guardian must register in advance. 

Date: June 20, 2023
Morning entry: 8:10 AM - 8:30 AM
Exam hour: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Dismissal : 10:30 AM
Please pick your child up at the end of the exam.

30 multiple choice questions (15 ELA and 15 Math). Students will have 2 hours to complete the exam.



Orientation Slide Deck

JHS190 Update for Incoming families - June 16

Find the original documents here 

Table of Contents

JHS190 Update

Gym Uniform Webstore is open for 2023-2024

Summer Reading

School Supply List                     


JHS190 Orientation / Honors Placement Exam 

 DOE-issued Device/ Google Classroom

DOE/ Community Update

 NYC Public Schools Family Update 

Summer Rising Enrollment / Free Summer Meal

D28 CEC Special Meeting 

Not just Books! Summer Program         

  at Queens Library

Free! - Planet Fitness Summer Pass 

for Teens ages 14 -19

Volunteer Cleanup at Baisley Pond Park 

June 24

Adult Education/ Job Training

Immigrant Family Literacy Program

Free Tutoring 

Summer Camp Resources

  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Queens County Farm 

Mental Health Resources

School Calendar

  • 6/19 School Closed  
  • 6/20 Honors Placement Exam at 8:30 AM
  • 6/21 Honors Placement Exam - PS 144 students only
  • 6/27 Last day of School 
  • 6/27 Summer Meals service begins **Find locations at DOE Website-Summer Meals
  • 6/29 Orientation for incoming families 9 AM ( in person)  & 6 PM ( Virtual) 
  • 7/5 Summer Rising/ School starts
  • 9/5 Orientation for incoming families 9 AM    ( in person) 
  • 9/7 First Day of School 

2023-2024 School Year Calendar the date!  


JHS190 Update

Gym Uniform Web Store


Visit our webstore to purchase gym uniforms! 



Please note:

***T-shirt and mesh shorts are required to wear in PE class. Other items are optional.

Ordering windows are as follows:


Window #

Ordering Window Open/Close Date

Approx. Distribution Date

Ordering Window #1:

Today -8/10

early September

Ordering Window #2:


Week of 10/23

Ordering Window #3:


Week of 11/13


***Purchased items are shipped to school and PE teachers will distribute them in Gym period.

Summer Reading 

Dear Families,

Studies show that students who do not read over the summer lose valuable ELA skills gained during the

previous school year. Reading improves reading and writing skills and builds vocabulary, and also can be

lots of fun.


Watch this video for info about Summer Slide:

The school’s reading log sheet can be printed and used at home to track reading, or can be tracked online

using Sora ( . Students will be asked to submit the reading log (paper or

electronically via Email to Ms. Wright) in September to show evidence of reading over the summer, in

order to get a surprise. Deadline: the last school day in September.


Recommended reading lists for each grade can be found by following the links at the bottom of the

message. All titles are available in e-book format, as well as in print.


Also, please consider taking part in Queens Library's Summer Reading program. For more information,

follow this link:

Reading Log

Reading List

Happy reading!


Best regards, Ms. Wright, librarian, JHS 190Q - Russell Sage


School Supply 2023-2024  

General Supplies 

**Each teacher will provide students with an individual list of supplies needed for their class in September.


  • Loose leaf binder, lined loose leaf paper, dividers
  • Pens (blue or black) and #2 pencils with erasers
  • Book bag or backpack. Bags with wheels are not permitted as they pose a safety issue.
  • All 6th and 7th grade students will need scientific calculators. We recommend purchasing a Texas Instrument TI-30X IIS Scientific Calculator. This model is generally used in the classroom.
  • All 8th grade students will be taking the Algebra I curriculum.  We recommend purchasing a Texas Instrument TI-84 Graphing Calculator. Students will use graphing calculators for their Algebra I Regents and scientific calculators for the Living Environment Regents in June. (They will also use these calculators throughout High School.)
  • Gym uniforms (T-shirts & shorts) are mandatory and are available for purchase online. Visit  WWW.SMOOTHUSA.COM/JHS190Q to purchase uniforms. 
  • All students are required to have a book for independent reading in their book bags throughout the year.


Do Not Bring To School:

Book Bags with wheels, White-out, Liquid Glue, Permanent Markers, Compass, safety Scissors. 

Standards of Dress:

  • Appropriate Clothing will be in accordance with the NYCDOE Dress Code Policy
  • Appropriate Footwear: no flip flops, slides or slippers; sandals must have a strap on the backs, and crocs must be worn with the strap on the back of the heels -- for safety reasons. 
  • No hats, hoods/hoodies may be worn in school except religious head coverings. This is for safety reasons. 
  • Students should always wear their IDs for safety purposes. 

Non adherence with the Standards of Dress Policy may result in having your parent(s)/guardian called to bring appropriate clothing/footwear for you.


JHS190 Orientation/ Honors Placement Exam


The 2022-2023 orientation is scheduled for June 29, 2023, and September 5, 2023. The in-person session will be held in the school auditorium at 9 AM - 10 AM, followed by a quick school tour.  The virtual session is held on June 29,  6 PM - 7 PM.  Registration is required to attend the in-person sessions. See details below.

In-Person AM Orientation

Date: June 29, 2023

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM ( entry begins at 8:40 AM)

Location: School Auditorium

Registration required: Due to the limited seats, we can only accommodate one guardian and their child(s) newly enrolled for the next school year. Please submit the following form to attend.


Date: September 5, 2023

Time: 9 AM - 10 AM ( entry begins at 8:40 AM)

Location: School Auditorium

Registration required: Due to the limited seats, we can only accommodate one guardian and their child(s) newly enrolled for the next school year. Please submit the following form to attend.


***Interpretation services can be scheduled for the September session.  Please email me with the request for your language.

Virtual PM Orientation 

Date: June 29, 2023

Time: 6 PM- 7 PM

Location: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 941 1855 6094
Passcode: 560058

Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

***Please note: Your child’s class/ schedule can be viewed in September at TeachHub and NYC Schools Account. Please ensure your child has access to TeachHub with DOE student account ID ( before the end of this school year.


Honors  Assessment     ** Registration is required.

Students interested in the Fall honors class placement are encouraged to take the placement assessment on June 20, 2023.  The exam must be taken in person. Please submit the following form if your child wishes to take the assessment: . Note that this exam is optional.  ** For PS 144 students, the exam is scheduled for June 21st due to a scheduling conflict. 

*** Your child’s 9-digit Student ID ( OSIS ID #) is required to register.

School Tour/ Website

Visit our website to enjoy the virtual school tour! .

The multilingual families can find the translations on our website - click “ Select Languages.”

***Please note: Your child’s class/ schedule can be viewed in September at TeachHub and NYC Schools Account. Please ensure your child has access to TeachHub with DOE student account ID ( before the end of this school year.


DOE-issued Device/Google Classroom 

If your child currently has a DOE-issued device, please note that we expect incoming students to keep the device for the new 

school year. The record of your child's device will be automatically transferred to us. If the device is not working properly, we may be able to troubleshoot in September. A device support request form will be shared with you during Summer. 


As for the Google Classroom, your child's teachers will invite your child via TeachHub in the first few weeks for assignments and class materials. It is important that students know their DOE-student-account credentials and have device 

access at home to ensure seamless learning throughout the school year.


 If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Obata - email at To learn about the school device, visit DOE Website : 

DOE / Community Update

NYC Public Schools Family Update -Week of June 12, 2023

This Family Update provides important information about Summer Rising enrollment, and free Summer Meals.


Summer Rising Enrollment

We are happy to say that approximately 94,000 students have been matched with a Summer Rising seat so far, with the remainder set aside for students required to attend summer academic instruction. A select number of seats may become available over the coming weeks. Enrollment for these open seats will be broken into two stages.

Stage 1 (existing applicants):

An initial list of Summer Rising sites with available seats along with the corresponding Community Based Organization (CBO) contact information will be available at  beginning Friday, June 16. Placement priority for these seats are as follows:

  • Priority 1: Siblings that were placed in a different program or did not get a seat
  • Priority 2: Students connected to the CBO and school
  • Priority 3: All other students

Families for whom a seat becomes available will be contacted directly about stage 1 by CBOs via the email they provided during the initial enrollment period beginning June 16.

Stage 2:

Any available seats following stage 1 will be posted on on Friday, June 23.

  • For families who did not apply to Summer Rising in April NYCPS will reopen the enrollment portal (available through
  • ) for sites with availability on Friday, June 23.
  • Families will be able to apply for the remaining seats.
  • CBOs will inform families of their acceptance to a CBO/Summer Rising program and the necessary forms for enrollment.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's school, Summer Rising CBO, or email for assistance.

Summer Meals Begins June 28

Summer Meals service begins Wednesday, June 28! NYC Public Schools’ Summer Meals program provides free, nutritious breakfast and lunch meals to anyone ages 18 years and under throughout New York City. Meals will be available at designated public schools, community pool centers, parks, and food trucks. No registration, documentation, or ID is necessary.

Important Dates

  • The Summer Meals program runs June 28 through September 1, 2023
  • Select locations will be open Wednesday, June 28 (Eid al-Adha). All citywide locations are open for service Thursday, June 29, 2023.
  • There will be no Summer Meals service on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 (Fourth of July)

Please visit to learn more and for all the latest information.


D28 CEC Special Meeting -6/22

Date: Thursday June 22, 2023

 Time: 5:30 pm 

Place: Virtual Zoom Meeting

 Register Here


Special Meeting Agenda 

  • D28 Contracts for Excellence Presentation - Superintendent Dr. Pate


Not just Books! Summer program at Queens Library


Free! - Planet Fitness Summer Pass for Teens ages 14 -19

Supercharge Your Summer

Now through August 31st, teens between the ages of 14-19 can work out for free all summer long! Plus, we’re giving away $200,000 to high schools and students! Teens who register can help win a grant for their school and participate in a video contest for a chance to win a scholarship. Don’t wait, register today.

Volunteer Cleanup at Baisley Pond Park June 24

NYCH2O is hosting a community cleanup at Baisley Pond on Saturday, June 24th from 10AM

- 12PM this spring with program partner Partnership for Parks and with support

from Council Speaker Adams.  We'd love for JHS190 students to participate!


 Here is the eventbrite link for event registration. Please help spread the word about the event.


Adult Education/ Job Training


Queens EOC TUITION-FREE academic preparation and career training programs and services for eligible applicants: 


English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): (2 start dates) 

(Summer'23 - July 5 - August 17, 2023)

Classes are held - Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Day, in-person)  

Two Levels: Intermediate and Advance levels -

(Fall'23 - September 6 - December 21, 2023)

Classes are held - Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Day, in-person)  

Three Levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels -

Courses include: Writing & Grammar, Conversational English, Vocabulary Development; Reading Comprehension; Digital & Financial Literacy and attending the ATTAIN Lab. All Instructors are very friendly and eager to assist improving your English skills. 


High School Equivalency (GED) Preparation: (2 start dates)

(Summer'23 - July 5 - August 31, 2023)

Classes are held - Monday - Thursday, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (Day, in-person )

Three Levels: Developmental (Jumpstart), Basic Education (Pre-GED) and GED Prep (Achieve) Levels. 

(Fall'23 - September 6 - December 21, 2023)

Classes are held - Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM (Day, in-person )

Classes are held in the evening - remote for 4 days with 1 day in-person and classes meet Monday - Friday, 5:30 PM - 8:45 PM. 

Courses include: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies, Science and GED Prep Using Aztec courseware (ATTAIN Lab) Master Teachers and Instructors are experienced, engaging and committed to assisting your preparation to pass the GED examination. The Queens EOC is a New York State GED test site.


Pathways-to-College (College Preparation): (Fall 2023)

The in-person eight (8) weeks day program session meets 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM, Monday - Friday. 

Courses include: Reading for College, Pre-College Math, English Composition, Computing for College, Research Paper Writing, Master Student Seminar. Must possess a High School/High School Equivalency diploma for admissions consideration. Excellent, experienced Instructors prepare students for the rigors of entering college as first-year Freshman college students.


Certified Professional Coder & Biller: (September 6 - December 21, 2023)

The fully remote evening session meets Monday - Friday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. 

Courses include: Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, ICD-10 Medical Coding, CPT-4 Medical Coding, Electronic Health Records Theory & Applications (Saturday, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM). Specialization trained Instructors prepare students for the nationally recognized American Academy of Professional Coders Certified Professional Coder examination. Must possess a High School/High School Equivalency diploma and meet designated minimum Reading and Math scores on Test of Adult Basic Education assessment for admissions consideration. Queens EOC pays all fees for AAPC first-year membership, CPC exam and all textbooks.


Security Guard Registration Training: (see website for training dates)

The fully remote five-day program meets between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Participants must attend the first day Mandatory Orientation to be registered for the program. Certification courses include an 8-hour Pre-Assignment (Day 2); 16-hour On-The-Job Certification (Day 3 & 4); Intro to Fire Guard Safety (Day 5). Mandatory Job Readiness/Workforce Development Sessions are held on Day 1 & day 5. Queens EOC pays all fees for fingerprinting, licensing application.


Home Health Aide/Personal Care Aide: (see website for training dates)

The in-person three-week program meets 9AM - 5PM, Monday - Friday, as scheduled. Students must be vaccinated to participate given the program outcome is employment in the health care field as either a Home Health or Personal Care Aide. Clinical component is offered at the prospective employer's (Home Care Agency) location. Must meet agency hiring requirements to participate in clinical training. Job Readiness/Workforce Development session are held for the first three days.


There are eligibility guidelines for applicants to meet in order to participate in tuition-free EOC programs. These involve New York State residency, meeting income guidelines and academic eligibility by achieving at least a minimum assessment score on the TABE test for admission consideration. You can view EOC income eligibility guidelines here: EOC INCOME GUIDELINES DO NOT APPLY TO THE GED PREP PROGRAM. Any income and/or no income are acceptable.


For consideration in any of the ABOVE programs, you must complete the EOC application to start the admissions process. Please visit the Queens EOC website at Please select the APPLY ONLINE button to complete the application. 




Immigrant Family Literacy Program


Summer Camp Resources

Queens Botanical Garden 

The program welcomes 4 to 13 year-olds, however middle schoolers have a separate group to complete advanced projects. Young naturalists will learn about foraging for edible weeds, identifying local birds and mammals, gardening, cooking with the crops they grow, making botanical recipes, performing science projects, and more.


Registration is open. Link to more details and to register below:



Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main St., Flushing NY 11355


Phone: 718-886-3800 ext. 218


Queens County Farm - Summer Camp

 We're very excited to share information on our Explorer Day Camp at the Queens County Farm.  An inclusive summer camp, provided by Commonpoint Queens and based out of the Queens County Farm Museum! 


The dates are: 

Session 1: June 28th-July 21st:  $1,898.00

Session 2: July 24th- August 18th:  $1,898.00

Full session: June 28th-August 18th:  $2,965.00


The camp schedule is as follows: 


Farm staff offers 2 hours of farm-based educational programming daily as part of this camp. It certainly includes opportunities to "play farmer" as we had campers last summer helping with farm chores (weeding, egg collection, egg washing, animal feeding), but also includes culinary, planting, harvesting, art projects and other fun farm-y activities. Here are some examples of activities from last summer:

  • painting with vegetables
  • nature walks collecting items to create nature collages
  • basil harvest and pesto preparation
  • building solar ovens to make smores and mini pizzas
  • cooking over our 18th century hearth
  • planting herbs and tomatoes
  • painting signs and rocks to decorate our children's garden

Here is the link for families to complete an enrollment request.


Mental Health Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Help break the stigma!

  •  School Mental Health Services


School Mental Health Services | Services | Mental Health for All

Mental health resources at NYCDOE schools to meet the emotional health and academic needs of your child.

  • NYC Well

  • Texting Service   — Text WELL to 65173

  • Chat with a Counselor Now - If you need support and prefer to chat,  NYC Well Chat is here 24/7/365.

  • 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
  • NY State Mental Health Resources

  • Crisis text line:Text "Got5" to 741-741



Free Tutoring 

  • Dial-A-Teacher 


PARENTS! Get help working with your child. 

STUDENTS! Call 1-212-777-3380  and get help in: Reading ☎ Math ☎ Writing ☎ Science 


We also speak Spanish, Italian, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Greek, Hebrew, Korean and Russian 


A teacher will answer, ready to help.


¡AYUDA PARA HACER LOS DEBERES SIN NINGÚN COSTO! ¡PADRES! Obtengán ayuda con los deberes de sus hijos. ¡ESTUDIANTES! Llamen y reciban ayuda en: lectura ☎ matemáticas ☎ redacción ☎ ciencias Le ayudamos también en italiano, chino, francés, creole, griego, hebreo, ruso y coreano Llamen los LUNES, MARTES, MIÉRCOLES Y JUEVES de 4:00 a 7:00 de la tarde. Un maestro contestará para ayudarlo


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