McKinley 259

The Pride Of Bay Ridge

7301 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11228


7 /27: Letter from Ms. Geary...

July 27th, 2020

Dear McKinley Community:

I hope this email finds you well. It has been a very difficult time for all of us as we struggle with staying safe, not having schools open and trying how to get us back to some sense of normalcy for September. As of right now, we have no definitive answer as to what will happen for September. We wait on the decisions of our elected officials as to when and how we will open. If our school will be open for one or two days of learning, fully open or all remote will be decided later in August. Until then, we will move forward as if we will all be at McKinley in September. What a way to welcome our new students and families! I am so very sorry for not having you in our building and having personal conversations. It is truly heartbreaking!

Below is the tentative Class designation. **Will be sent separately via email to each student*** Always remember that class designations are tentative as things are constantly changing. We will do our best to accommodate any requests. Two key people for our sixth grade families are the Assistant Principal in charge of the Sixth Grade, Mr. Victor Iacovano. His email address is: Additionally, please do not hesitate to contact your Parent Coordinator, Ms. Diane Castignani. Her email address is:

Mr. Iacovano will be holding a virtual orientation on our website shortly. Please check for updates.

Finally, assuming we will get back into our beautiful building, students are required to have the TDAP Vaccination once they are 11 years of age and all 6th graders are required to have two Varicell (chicken pox) vaccinations.

William McKinley IS 259 is an amazing school. We are proud of the success and happiness of our children and look forward to serving all of you in September. We are the Lions! We have a mighty roar and we are in fact, “The Pride of Bay Ridge”!

All my best,

Janice A. Geary


Suggested Summer Work:

Over the summer we encourage all students to read at least two books for enjoyment and continue using IXL or Khan Academy to keep your math skills fresh. We have also included math packets you can complete to make sure you are prepared for the upcoming school year.

Required Vaccinations

  • All incoming 7th graders are required to have a new meningitis vaccination (menACWY).
  • All incoming 6 graders are required to have
    • tdap vaccination when they are 11
    • 2 varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations.


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Congratulations to all of our students for working hard and finishing strong during our remote learning time. We are so proud of you all...especially of you who finished the 3rd semester with honors!

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