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Principal's Message

Greetings and welcome to The James McCune Smith  School also known as CS 200, the home of the Panthers! I am Principal Belton and I am thrilled that you have decided to view our school’s website in order to learn more about our wonderful students, staff, and programs we have to offer. Our commitment at CS 200 is to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century. We continue to meet our challenges with great enthusiasm and anticipation of new opportunities that will enhance our instructional program and school community as a whole. As you visit our website, you will notice that all of our teachers have created and maintain a webpage to keep parents informed of news relevant to their classrooms. We are committed to providing innovative lessons to our students, a variety of extra curricula activities and the incorporation technology in order to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. Our school community is dedicated to providing our students with a well-rounded educational experience. While the core curriculum is provided for all students, we believe that it is critical to provide leadership opportunities, character education, and exposure to the technologies in order to prepare students for college and careers. We encourage you to visit our wonderful school and see that we are a school committed to children and their families. You will find that this is a nurturing and engaging community of teachers and learners. To our parents, we believe that your involvement is an essential component to the academic success of your child. I encourage you to visit our website often, meet your child’s teacher, and to get engaged in all that CS 200 has to offer. Your participation in our school is needed and greatly appreciated! I look forward to partnering with you on behalf of our future leaders as we are… “CS 200 Where the Search for Knowledge begins and Never Ends.”

Latest News from C.S. 200

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Update For Families-September 22, 2020

Dear Families, It is my pleasure to welcome you and your children to the 2020–21 school year! We could not have achieved this milestone without every one of you. I am grateful for your support and your faith in our public schools. So many New Yorkers have worked around the clock to accomplish this shared goal: the safe return of our students, teachers, and school staff to classroom and remote learning. There is no doubt this has been a challenging seven months, but we should feel proud of the outstanding job New Yorkers have done to fight COVID-19. Our actions have led to weeks of very low infection rates citywide. However, the virus is still active in our city, state, and country. We know that there will be cases of COVID-19 this fall. The good news is we are prepared to fight this virus while holding true to our mission—ensuring that all our students continue to learn and thrive.
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Important Update on In-Person Learning Start Dates

Dear Families, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an important update on the start of school. All students will still begin full-time instruction on Monday, September 21. School buildings will reopen to our students in blended learning (in-person in schools some days of the week, and remotely from home other days of the week) on a phased basis, detailed below. Here is the updated calendar for the start of the 2020-21 school year:  Children enrolled in fully remote programs will still begin full-day instruction on Monday, September 21.  Children in blended learning (in-person in schools some days of the week, and remotely from home other days of the week) will be learning remotely beginning Monday, September 21 until their in-person start date as outlined below.
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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures 2020-2021

Dear CS 200 Family, Thank you all for your continued support of our students throughout this process and for your participation in Town Hall meetings for the reopening of school year 2020 – 2021. The New York City Department of Education has been working diligently to provide our students, faculty, and staff a safe workplace to return to. I would like to thank you for your patience and flexibility as we share this just released update on our students’ arrival and dismissal time for school year 2020 – 2021. Please keep in mind that protocols and structures may be changed if we receive updated guidelines and/or there is a need for modifications.

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