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posted Sep 21, 2016, 7:43 AM by PAVAN PREENJA   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 12:54 PM by Joseph Jozkowski ]

School Supplies

  • Backpack (string bags and wheeled backpacks are prohibited)
  • Pencils, pens, highlighters, post-its, index cards, ruler, calculator
  • One book to read independently
  • Students will receive agenda books from school

**Your child’s teachers will ask for additional supplies the first week or school.**

Summer Reading Lists and Assignments

Uniform Dress Code

  • Collared/Knit polo shirts:
    • 6th Grade: White
    • 7th Grade: Blue (any shade)
    • 8th Grade: Gray/Pink
  • Pants/Skirts:
    • Boys: Navy blue or khaki twill pants or shorts.
    • Girls: Navy blue or khaki twill pants, skirts, shorts, or capris.
  • Other acceptable attire:
    • Sweatshirt sold by the PTA in September
    • Sneakers or dress shoes
    • Gym uniforms will be available for purchase in September. Students are required to wear their gym uniforms on the days they have gym.

School Hours

  • Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 2:20 PM
  • Students may arrive as early as 7:15 AM. Breakfast is available in the student cafeteria.
  • School Lunch

ADL Meeting Tonight!

posted Feb 29, 2016, 9:47 AM by PAVAN PREENJA   [ updated Feb 29, 2016, 9:47 AM ]

Bring your families tonight at 6:30 PM for a presentation about anti bullying!

Free Office 365?!

posted Feb 29, 2016, 9:45 AM by PAVAN PREENJA

We are pleased to announce that starting today, you will be able to download Microsoft software from, at no cost, on up to five of your family’s computers and five of your family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices. Much of this software has education-specific content that supports our students’ academic improvement. In addition, familiarity with these tools will help students be prepared for college and careers.

This opportunity is made possible through a partnership with NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Microsoft, and the NYC Department of Education. The Microsoft products and features that will be available include:

Office 365 ProPlus on Windows: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Access, InfoPath and Publisher installed on Windows
Office for Mac Professional 2016: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote
Office for iPad, iPhone, Android: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
Cloud service
Office Online
You will be able to claim a download by going to and entering either of the

Your child’s date of birth AND a parent phone number, or
Parent email
Please note, the information that you enter to claim the download must match the information on your Blue Card on file with the school. Therefore, it is necessary that we have your most up-to-date information in order for the download process to work. A student’s legal guardian may visit our main office to make any necessary changes to their contact information. You may be requested to present government-issued photo identification in order to update your contact information. Please allow up to 10 days after any changes for your information to be updated in the system.

There is no deadline to claim the free software. Families may download the software as long as they have a child enrolled in a NYC public school.

As Office 365 is a Microsoft Cloud product, you must create a Microsoft Cloud account in order to download the software. The website contains not only information on how to create an account and download the software, but also answers to “Frequently Asked Questions.” For technical assistance, once you have successfully completed the download, please contact Microsoft Customer Service at: 1 (800) 642-7676.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair! December 10th

posted Dec 9, 2015, 11:55 AM by PAVAN PREENJA

Come support our school while holiday shopping this Thursday December 10, 2015 from 9AM to 9PM at Barnes & Noble in Bay Terrace (23-80 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY). Join us for Live Music and Activities at 6:00 pm!

A percentage of your purchases will benefit our school. All Café purchases are included too! Remember to tell the cashiers (café too) that you are here for the bookfair so JHS 185 gets credit.

Can’t attend our book fair? Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 12/10/15 to 12/15/15 by entering Bookfair ID # 11678943 at checkout.

SGA Announcements

posted Nov 18, 2015, 12:25 PM by Julia Carpio   [ updated Nov 18, 2015, 12:27 PM ]

And the student government election winners are…

And the student government election winners are…

 And the student government election winners are…

By Fiona Yuan

    The votes are in for the student government elections! There were many candidates in each grade, but only one candidate got the top spot as grade president. The candidate that won for 6th grade president is Athena Koustothonasis! The 7th grade student government spot went to Timothy Barefield! It is the 8th graders last year at Bleeker 185 so the 8th grade president serves as the senior-most president of the school.  This year the 8th grader that got the spot of student government is Allie Orzel!      

    According to student government advisor, Mr. Mace, these student government winners will have many responsibilities, some of which include working closely with the class representatives, helping to organize fundraising events, attending weekly meetings, sharing opinions and ideas from class representatives, and bringing and sharing ideas and opinions to SGA. They will also work closely with teachers and the principals to plan events and make decisions for the school.  These presidents may have their own goals too!  Seventh grade president Timothy Barefield said his goal was, “to make everyone feel happy about learning.”  So congratulations to the president of each grade who will work hard to make the school a better environment to be in.

      In addition to our class presidents, each class has a class representative that they can speak to about issues they have.  If you don’t know who your class rep is, ask your homeroom teacher or see Mr. Mace, the teacher in charge of student government in room 228.   


Five Guys Fundraiser! November 6

posted Nov 5, 2015, 9:33 AM by MICHAEL LEUNG   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 9:33 AM ]

Support the JHS 185 students at the PTA Fundraiser this Friday, November 6th, 5PM at Five Guys in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center (upper level).  We hope to see you there!  Click here to see the flyer!

Spooky Olympics

posted Oct 22, 2015, 10:30 AM by Julia Carpio   [ updated Oct 29, 2015, 10:01 AM by ]

Gear up!  Every Halloween our school hosts an Olympics.  It is during the school day so be sure to dress comfortably.  Some of the events include a scooter race, the over-under relay, the mummy wrap, eyeball spoon race, and more.  Classes will compete against each other throughout the day and the winner gets free gym time! Now who wouldn't want that? 

It takes place on the Friday of October 30, 2015.

Halloween Bake Sale Oct. 30

posted Oct 21, 2015, 12:34 PM by PAVAN PREENJA

Support our school community at our Happy Halloween Bake Sale on Friday, October 30, 2015.  The bake sale will take place during all lunch periods (10:30AM – 12:45PM). Donations of home-made or store-bought goods will be appreciated.  

Please drop off your store-bought goods from Oct. 28 – Oct. 30. Please drop off your home-made goods the morning of Oct. 30. All donations should be brought to Ms. Meyers in room G42 or in the Main Office.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please come at any time between l0am and 12:45pm. Questions or comments, please email the PTA at PTA@JHS185.ORG 

High School Application Workshop

posted Oct 21, 2015, 12:31 PM by PAVAN PREENJA

Ms. Melendez and Ms. Dhillon hosted the 2015 High School Application Workshop on Wednesday, October 7.  Thanks to all of the parents and families that attended the workshop!  Please see the link below for the PowerPoint presentation of the workshop.

Sixth Graders: Fears Vs. Realities By Erin Roman

posted Oct 21, 2015, 12:30 PM by PAVAN PREENJA

When coming into middle school, sixth graders may be anxious due to some rumors started by television shows or older siblings or cousins. Most of these are almost never true. Many rumors about middle school are overly dramatic. Here are some examples of these fears and the actual facts.

 Fear: The teachers are going to be really strict.

Reality: Teachers are actually very nice and supportive in middle school(especially in our school).

Fear: There is going to be a ton of homework.

Reality: If you finish your classwork and pay attention, you really don’t have a lot of homework and it’ll be a lot easier to do. 

Fear: The work is going to be really hard.
Reality: If you pay attention in class, making sure to understand what the teachers are saying, homework and classwork is actually very fair and quite simple. You can also attend extra help.

Fear: I am going to get lost.
Reality: Although you have many different classrooms, you can always check your class schedule, ask your homeroom teacher or someone in the office to give directions. 

Fear: The older grades might be bullies.
Reality:  While this is popular in movies the older grades in high school or any school might seem mean and rude, older grades are actually really fun and nice to get along with. I can assure you that not once has an eighth or seventh grader bullied me or any other sixth or seventh grader. This is a bully-free school, but if you or anyone you know is being bullied you should tell a trusted adult; like a teacher, your family or a counselor.

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