announcement from ms. gaetani

After 30 + years of service to the 104 community I have decided to retire from my position as principal of MS 104. I will be continuing to work as a leadership coach with the Chancellor's team in improving struggling schools. Rocco Macri, our senior AP, will move up into the principal's position. He is well prepared to continue our upward trajectory and provide our students and teachers with the support needed to strive for excellence.

Our school has done outstanding work and the latest test results show that we have moved from the top 10% to the top 6% in the state. I know you will rally behind your new leader and continue that work.

It has been a pleasure serving the 104 community. My best wishes for a great school year.

Rosemarie Gaetani

letter from the new principal 

Dear Families and Members of the Simon Baruch Community:

I write you with great excitement as we embark on a new school year. I am honored to be making the transition from Assistant Principal to the role of Principal of Simon Baruch MS 104. I am committed to working with families and faculty members to provide our students with a rich and engaging educational experience in a safe learning environment.

It is also with great pleasure that I announce the addition of Anne Nugent to the administrative team. During her time here at Simon Baruch MS 104, Ann has distinguished herself as an outstanding educator. She is an asset to our school community and administration.

I come to the position of principal with thirteen years of experience in the New York City public school system.  I have been fortunate to spend all of my years here at Simon Baruch. My first role was as a guidance counselor, working with students to help them meet their academic goals and support their social and emotional growth. I spent the next six years as assistant principal, working with the administration to ensure that students were exposed to a rigorous curriculum that allowed them to experience both challenging core content as well as enrichment in the arts, technology and physical education. I have been an active participant in our school's after-school program, coaching girls and boys basketball for ten years. I am passionate about connecting children to school through extracurricular activities and will continue to provide these opportunities to our students.

I am committed to the principle that educating students requires a strong partnership between the school and families of our students. With this in mind, it is important that families are aware of the focus of our work with students for this school year. We will be working with on developing students' ability to articulate their thoughts and opinions in both written form and in class discussions. We will focus on increasing the opportunities that students engage in writing and discussion activities, both on formal pieces such as argumentative essays, and informal tasks such as student journals. Students will be exposed to tasks in the major content areas that allow them to express their understanding of concepts, state and defend claims and with supporting evidence.

Students will engage in hands-on investigations in science, allowing students to think and work as scientists do. Through our rigorous mathematics curriculum, students will be challenged to move past the knowledge of mathematical operations and develop their ability to articulate their understanding of mathematical practices and concepts.

We will connect the content that students are learning in class with the skills that will help them prepare for high school, college and careers. I look forward to working with you all this school year.



Rocco Macri, Principal, I.A.

school hours change in September

MS104 School Hours will change in September due to the new teachers contract.  


The new hours for the 2014/2015 school year will be:


8:20 am - 2:40 pm

New Bell Schedule for 2014/2015

school progress report

NYC Department of Education School Progress Reports are in and we have terrific news to share regarding our school.  


Simon Baruch received an "A" with an overall score of 86.3 out of 100 putting us in the 97th percentile of Middle Schools in NYC!   Our overall score increased some 20 points from the 3 previous years. 


With an enrollment of our size and the wonderful diversity of students we have which comes from having a mix of screened and unscreened students as a zoned school, this is something to truly be proud of (even if these Progress Reports are somewhat controversial). 


Each of the following links shows a variation of the DOE findings:


Click here to view our Progress Report


Click here to our Progress Report Overview


Click here to see how Simon Baruch compared to other Middle Schools in New York City.  (The NYC DOE groups Middle and Elementary Schools together in this spreadsheet)

baruch blast archive

Past Baruch Blasts are archived on the Baruch 104 website ( on the Home Page under the PTA Section. 


Click here to check it out now or just feel good knowing you don't have to remember every little piece of information off the top of your head.

communication at baruch
  • Morning Announcements are made daily over the loud speaker.   Encourage your child to listen. 
  • The Blue Baruch Communication folder your child received should be in their backpack at all times.  Please check it on a regular basis for information from the school.  Monthly calendars, permission slips and other information comes home via the blue folder.
  • Information is available on Baruch's website:    Check it regularly.  
  • The Baruch Blast email is sent out every Thursday morning to parents/caregivers of current Baruch MS 104 students.  It contains information regarding upcoming events and announcements about what is going on at school.    
  • Baruch News Flash emails are sent when the school needs to share information quickly. To receive the Baruch Blast/News Flash send an email to (click here) and include your child's first and last name and grade.  Filled out a form but still not receiving Baruch emails?  It is possible that we could not read the handwritten email address, or we made a typo inputting your information.  Please send an email to and include your child's first and last name and grade to ensure your place on the Baruch email list.
Please note:  The Baruch Blast is one form of communication regarding activities and information going on at the school. It is by no means the only one. Unfortunately the Baruch Blast will not contain everything happening at the school.

Engrade is the online grade book system used at MS104. Accessed with a personal code given to the student by the his\her teacher, the student and parents/guardians can view grades, some homework assignments, and can contact teachers.
Thursday, September 4
School begins for ALL students
8:20 AM - 2:40 PM
Wednesday, September 24
PTA Meeting
PTA General Meeting
Parent Workshop - Intro to ENGRADE
9:00 am in the Cafeteria
Thursday, September 25
School CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 26
School CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah
Monday, October 13
Columbus Day--School CLOSED
Friday, October 24
Halloween Dance
3:45 PM - 6:45 PM