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PS/MS 129 John H Finley

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Principal Odelphia H. Pierre

425 West 130th St New York, NY


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May 10, 2019 - John H. Finley was invited to the United Nations, courtesy of the Links Organization, to participate in the, Remember Slavery Global Student Conference. Sixty students in grades 5-8 created presentations based on the theme of this year's event, “Remember Slavery: The Power of the Arts for Justice”. Travis, from Ms. Nealy's class, was selected to share his interpretation of the work, From Slavery Through Reconstruction by Aaron Douglas. Students from Kenya and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines participated via video conference. Speakers of the event included: Essence Gant, beauty director at Buzz Feed; Mauro Vieira, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations; I. Rhonda King, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and architect Rodney Leon, designer of the Ark of Return, the Permanent Memorial to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at United Nations Headquarters. Kimberly Mann, Chief of the Education Outreach Section in the Department of Global Communications moderated the event. The event was webcasted live at: Check back for pictures and student reflections of the event.

Panther Weekly:

The Panther Weekly is a periodical that provides weekly updates of MS129 news! Ms. Henriques you're doing an awesome job editing the Panther Weekly! Check out the issues:

Feb. 11

Feb. 25

Mar. 4

Mar. 11

Mar. 18

Mar. 25

3/23/19 MS 129 is in the City-Wide Hack-a-thon competition:

We are sending a MS team to the 2019 Hack-a-thon finals. Step one of the completion was a school-wide design-a-thon: Students looked at data and discovered a problem, presented the problem and an ideas about it using technology. The winning team presented data on grand larceny because they discovered it was one of the number one crimes in their neighborhood. Over 30 middle school teams presented two were selected to move on to step 2. Step 2 of the competition was a borough-wide prototyping event: For this stage of the competition students went to the David N. Dinkin building to develop a prototype of their idea and present it to a panel of judges. One team created a website to make NYC water cleaner and lead free, while the other team developed a prototype of an app to fight crime. Both teams won awards, the website won the award for social impact and the crime app won the award for interface design. Step 3 of the hack-a-thon is to city-wide competition: Students will travel to city hall April 17th to compete against the best teams in NYC hacking out their idea!

Go Panthers!

03/2019 MS Sports Update:

We are currently offering co-ed MS soccer. Practices are Wednesdays and games are Saturdays.

HCC, our after school program, also offers a variety of sports and activities. 

2018 Prom!

Students learn about murals in the HCC after school program! And then get to create them!

Upcoming Field Trips:

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park June 4, 2018
  • NYC Aquarium ($11.00) June 6, 2018
  • Bronx Zoo June 12, 2018
  • (Students should bring lunch & spending money) 

Learn about your teachers in the latest issue of the John H Finley Post!

Also learn how to deal with stress, read some poetry and bake some strawberry shortcake! Yummy!

Click here to read more. 

Middle School Students Tour Brooklyn Tech!

Students in Mr. Kronert's math class toured Brookyn Tech specialized high school! There are nine* Specialized High Schools in NYC, eight of which require students applying for admission to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). At the time of the test, students list (in priority order) the specialized high schools they are interested in attending. The tests are scored by an independent company. Specialized high school offers are based solely on test results, the student’s ranked order of the schools, and seat availability.

The results of the SHSAT are ordered from the highest score to the lowest score. The student with the highest score will be placed in the school/program of his/her first choice. Going down the list from the highest score, each student will be placed in his/her highest prioritized school in which seats are still available.

*Bronx High School of Science; Brooklyn Latin; Brooklyn Technical High School; High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College; High School of American Studies at Lehman College; Queens High School for the Sciences at York College; Staten Island Technical High School; and Stuyvesant High School require the SHSAT.

* LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, is also a specialized high school. Acceptance to one or more of their 6 programs is by audition, not participation in the SHSAT.

Extracurricular Activities:





Physical Education



Computer Lab

Access for All

2014 The entire eighth grade received Ipads!


Gerald S Migdol Esq is the founder and President of the Migdol Organization; Friends of Public School Harlem is comprised of a board of passionate, dedicated members of the Harlem community who raise the level of academic resources and achievement in the Harlem public schools...

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