May 18, 2018

    Dear 8th Grade Parents/Guardians,

    I am taking this opportunity to thank you for an outstanding year!. The students have been exposed to exceptional learning opportunities such as networking and interacting within the community, resulting in tremendous growth. That being said, I wanted to highlight the upcoming culminating Senior Activities that has everyone excited!

    The Six Flags trip will be on Thursday, June 14, 2018. We will be leaving at 8:00 a.m. and returning at approximately 6:00 p.m.

     The Senior Prom will take place on Thursday, June 21st, 2018. The dance will be held at the Grand Slam Banquet, located at 3534 Broadway, NY, NY 10031 (145th Street). It begins at 5:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:00 p.m. Students should dress in Semi-Formal attire (Boys- ties and slacks, Girls- formal wear or dresses of an appropriate length (right above the knee or longer). Any students’ with attire deemed inappropriate such as too short, too tight or revealing will not be allowed entry into the event. Parents will be called and asked to escort the student home. This year’s theme is ‘Stargazing in the Enchanted Forest’. Students may dress in theme if desired, but it is not mandatory.

     Students and staff are very excited as it provides a final opportunity to engage within a social setting. Several mini-activities have been planned, and this is an evening that the Seniors will not easily forget! We encourage you to drop off your children. You are required to pick them up promptly at 9:00 p.m. or make arrangements for their return home.

    Commencement exercises will be Monday, June 25th, at 9:30 a.m. and we look forward to seeing all of you there. The graduation ceremony will be held at Aaron Davis Hall on the City College Campus (133rd St. and Convent Avenue). Students will be receiving four (4) tickets to be distributed in a couple of weeks. Please be reminded, that anyone wishing to enter the hall MUST have a ticket or will be denied admittance.

    We thank you for your continued support in preparing our 8th grade students for success in high school and beyond. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school at 212-281-5028.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Ms. Judith De Los Santos-Pena,Principal

    The Mott Hall School

    Dear Parents, 

    All public schools must administer the New York State Mathematics Examination to all students May 1 & 2, 2018. The Mathematics test will assess Mathematics Learning Standards. Both tests will have multiple choice and extended response questions. 

    1. Be sure that your child receives the proper rest the night before each test. 
    2. Be sure that your child has a good breakfast on the morning of the test. 
    3. See that your child arrives to school on time. 
    4. See that your child brings 2 pens and two #2 PENCILS. 
    5. Remind your child to: 
             *Listen actively: ears tuned in and minds open. 
              *Pay attention to illustrations, charts, diagrams, and summaries. They help the child grasp ideas. 
              *Write neatly and express himself/herself clearly. 
              *Use a watch or look at the blackboard (THE TIMES WILL BE POSTED) in order to track of the time. The child must pace himself/herself. Students will not have access to their cell phones. 
              *Take time to proofread his /her work. 
              *Never give up. Use all the time allowed by going over the test and checking their work carefully before handing their booklet. 

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting your child this academic year. We know that you will make every effort to impress upon your son or daughter the importance of this test. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. If you should have any questions regarding this exam, then please do not hesitate to call the school at (212) 281-5028. Working together, I am sure that your child and Mott Hall will produce outstanding results. 

    Sincerely yours, 
    Judith De Los Santos - Pena, Principal 





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Important Information for Parents:

School Surveys - Students received The Learning Environment Surveys to be completed by parents/guardians.  This is an important opportunity to offer feedback on school practices, rigorous curriculum offered, resources, support and communication.  The deadline to return the surveys is March 9th.  Homerooms that return the most amount of surveys, will receive a Dress Down Day.  In addition, the homeroom that returns the highest number of surveys will receive a pizza party reward.  We need your survey responses! Thank you for taking the time.

Science Night - Our Science Night will be taking place on March 20, 2018.  It is a fun-filled night where families participate in science experiments, learn science facts and learn about student dynamic projects.  The event highlights the science learning in our school.  Science Night will take place from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  Families are invited!

Mott Hall Picture Day – Students are offered the opportunity to take individual photos on March 13, 2018. Information regarding packages and payment was sent home last week. If you have any questions, please speak to Ms. Espinoza.

School Concert Event   -   “Multicultural Encounters” – Our musical performance will take place on March 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Aaron Davis.  Everyone is invited! We will be presenting a conversation and concert presentation about the causes, contributions, and current conditions of the Latin America Diaspora. Everyone is invited! Admission is complimentary for all your family and friends.

PTA Meetings  -  take place every third Wednesday of the month, at 6:00 PM.  The next PTA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st.  The topics will include: Planning Spring Family Event.

School  Visit our school website once a week in order to have access to current information, events and our Tweets. On a weekly basis, the website includes a Principal’s Message that summarizes the past week and focuses on current events and information.

Phone Messenger – is used as a form of communication.  Our announcements are sent to your cell phones and emails.  In order to be more effective, we ask that you update information if it has changed since the completion of the Emergency Blue Cards in September.

Emergency Blue Cards – it is of great importance to update information if it changes throughout the year, so that we can communicate efficiently should an emergency occur.

Pupil path – is our online grading system.  Teachers post assignments and grades.  It is updated frequently.  It allows parents and students to monitor progress and request support from teachers, communicate questions or concerns.  Ms. Moran will support in getting you access if you don’t currently have a code.  Pupil path can be accessed as a link from our school website.

Información importante para los padres:

 Encuestas Escolares - Los estudiantes recibieron las Encuestas Escolares para ser completadas por los padres / tutores. Esta es una oportunidad importante para ofrecer comentarios sobre las prácticas escolares, el currículo ofrecido, los recursos, el apoyo y la comunicación. La fecha límite para devolver las encuestas es el 9 de marzo. Los salones que devuelven la mayor cantidad de encuestas recibirán un día de vestimenta informal y de fiesta con pizza. ¡Necesitamos las respuestas de su encuesta! Gracias por tomarse el tiempo.

Noche de Ciencias - Nuestra Noche de Ciencias se llevará a cabo el 13 de marzo de 2018. Es una noche llena de diversión donde las familias participan en experimentos de ciencias, aprenden ciencia y aprenden sobre proyectos dinámicos con los estudiantes. El evento resalta el aprendizaje de la ciencia en nuestra escuela. La Noche de Ciencia tendrá lugar de 5:30 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. ¡Las familias están invitadas!

Día de Fotos en  Mott Hall: Todos los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de tomar fotos individuales el 13 de marzo de 2018. La información sobre los paquetes y el pago se envió a casa la semana pasada. Si tiene alguna pregunta, hable con la Sra. Espinoza.

Evento de Concierto Escolar - "Encuentros Multiculturales" - Nuestra presentación musical tendrá lugar el 27 de marzo de 2018 a las 7:00 PM en Aaron Davis. ¡Todos están invitados! Vamos participar de un concierto y una conversación sobre las causas, contribuciones y condiciones actuales de la diáspora latinoamericana. ¡Todos están invitados! La entrada es gratuita para todos sus familiares y amigos.

Reuniones de la PTA: se llevan a cabo cada tercer miércoles de cada mes a las 6:00 p.m. La próxima reunión de la PTA está programada para el miércoles 21 de marzo. Los temas incluirán: Planificación del evento familiar de primavera. Sitio web de la escuela: Visite el sitio web de nuestra escuela una vez a la semana para tener acceso a información actual, eventos y nuestros Tweets. Cada semana, el sitio web incluye un Mensaje de la Directora que resume la semana anterior y se enfoca en eventos e información actuales.

Mensajes Telefónicos: se usan como una forma de comunicación. Nuestros anuncios se envían a sus teléfonos celulares y correos electrónicos. Para ser más efectivo, le pedimos que actualice la información si ha cambiado desde la finalización de las tarjetas azules de emergencia en septiembre.

Tarjetas azules de emergencia: es de gran importancia actualizar la información si cambia durante el año, de modo que podamos comunicarnos de manera eficiente en caso de que ocurra una emergencia.

Pupil Path - es nuestro sistema de calificación en línea. Los maestros publican tareas y calificaciones. Se actualiza con frecuencia. Permite a los padres y estudiantes monitorear el progreso y solicitar el apoyo de los maestros, comunicar preguntas y/o preocupaciones. La Sra. Moran puede ayudarle si necesita acceso o si necesita un código. Puede encontrar el enlace en nuestra página de internet.




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The goal of the Mott Hall School’s curriculum is the development of skilled students who are self-directed critical thinkers.


Young Scholars

Mott Hall students are considered young scholars. They learn subject matter through a constructivist and project-based approach using powerful learning techniques such as Socratic dialogues, literature circles, writing for student publications, digital film making and web site creation.

The curriculum is further enriched by its alignment to the Common Core NationalStandards. Students are offered accelerated special courses and seminars as well as special enrichment electives such as chess, robotics and stock market studies which engage them in real world investigations tied directly to student needs and interests.


Mott Hall has a technology rich environment. In an effort to confront the digital divide, we use the PupilPath online system to give       parents and students instant access to grades, attendance, and progress reports. 



  • Awarded National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, No Child Left Behind Act
  • New York State Reward School 2012-2016
  • National Dance Institute Program  for 25 years
  • Urban Advantage Science Partners
  • Street Projects
  • City College of New York Partnership
      • School of Science 
      • School of Engineering 
      • School of Architecture
      • AAron Davis Film Series
  • NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Math Counts Contest

Advanced Studies In Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Judith De Los Santos-Peña, Principal