03.04.22 Family Letter

Gary Beidleman, Principal
Nathalie De La Mota, Assistant Principal, Academy of Excellence
Leah Dyer, Assistant Principal, Pace Academy
Courtney Ware, Assistant Principal, Spectrum Academy
Dana Dade, President, JHS 118 Parent Association
Jessica Rolon, Secretary, JHS 118 Parent Association
Carrie Rivera, Treasurer, JHS 118 Parent Association

Dear JHS 118 Families,

We are quickly approaching the end of this school year. I want to share some important information with all families in the hope that students are positioned for success over the next few months.  

I am pleased to share that face coverings will be optional for students beginning Monday, March 7th. To maintain the safety of staff and students, we will continue to practice strict COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation, daily health screening, and test kit distribution. Wearing a face covering will become optional indoors, outside, and on school buses. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask may continue to do so, and your child may request a mask at morning entry if they need one.

Please note that any staff member or student returning (after a five day quarantine) Day 6 following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or after having COVID-19 symptoms without taking a COVID test is still required to wear a well-fitting mask on school property through Day 10. Face coverings are strongly recommended for any staff member or student who knows they have been exposed to COVID-19 within the previous 10 days. Mask wearing is required when visiting the nurses office. 

School Uniform Policy

We are a uniform school. All students are required to wear the school uniform throughout the school day. At no time are students permitted to wear jeans or denim pants, ripped pants, or shorts. The uniform shirt is a JHS 118 Black polo shirt, JHS 118 Fleece Pullover, or JHS 118 Black t-shirt. Students may also wear the vintage blue MS 118 polo shirts and sweatshirts. Our team makes calls daily to families of students who are out of uniform. We do not want students to be excluded from the many fun trips planned for the spring. It is important that all students follow the uniform policy. Please reach out to the school if you are having difficulty securing the appropriate uniform for your child. 

Attendance and Lateness

The school’s main entrance opens daily at 7:00 am for students arriving for tutoring or breakfast and those students who like to get to school early. All students should arrive to school and enter the building no later than 8:00 am. All entrances are open at 7:45 am, Exit 10 – 6th Grade, Exit 1 – 7th Grade, and Exit 2 – 8th Grade. Students must be in their assigned first period class ready for instruction at 8:05 am. I ask that you contact the school before 8:30 AM, by phone (718) 584-2330 or email [email protected], to alert our team if your child will be absent from school.    

State Examinations 

During the weeks of March 28th and April 4th, all students will take the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) ELA examination. The NYSED Math examination will be given the weeks of April 25th and May 2nd. All J.H.S.118 students will take the NYSED’s Computer Based version of both exams. Throughout this school year, students have been using the tools and practicing skills necessary for success on these exams. 8th grade students enrolled in honors courses will also sit for the Algebra, ELA, Living Environment, and US History Regents exams in June 2022.  We look forward to the warmer Spring months and closing out the school year with all students feeling that they have had a successful school year.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns (718) 584-2330 or [email protected] .

Ms. Nathalie De La Mota, Academy of Excellence, [email protected],

Ms. Leah Dyer, Pace Academy, [email protected], and 

Ms. Courtney Ware, Spectrum Academy, [email protected].




Gary Beidleman, Principal

William W. Niles School – JHS 118

Pace Academy, Spectrum Academy, and Academy of Excellence