JHS 226, aptly named the Virgil I. Grissom Middle School, focuses on exploratory learning experiences, which allow our students to “reach for the stars”. The school is organized into four learning communities enabling our teachers to better meet the needs of each student through cognitively demanding experiences, while allowing maximum learning to take place in small learning environments. We are a uniform school.

The Discoveries and Explorations Academy is the hub for 6th graders. This academy allows students to explore the Junior High School experience through rigor, discipline, creativity and culture aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards.

6th Grade Uniform Shirt

Humanities Academy showcases the talents of our 7th Grade youngsters with quarterly performances and displays in music, art, dance, poetry, and drama while continuing to engage students in academic rigor around the Common Core Learning Standards.

7th Grade Uniform Shirt

Renaissance Academy engages in print and digital media. Grade 8 Students utilize elements of print and digital media to develop quarterly projects/displays in a student newsletter, video broadcast, student comic/magazine, while continuing to engage students in academic rigor around the Common Core Learning Standard.

8th Grade Uniform Shirt

Shirts can be ordered by clinking on the word Uniform

Curriculum Focus

January 2017

Partnerships with Outside Organizations

MS. 226 Q has partnerships with: JFK International Airport, JP Morgan Chase, Educational Alchemy, Rush Philanthropic, New York Historical Society Museum, Alvin Ailey,, American Museum of Natural History, Urban Advantage, Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI), Hochman Writing Revolution, Queensborough Community College, Poetic Motivation and CITE.

Helpful Hints to Improve your child's experience in school.

  • Please see the 'Students page' for the link to MyOn.
  • Check Notebooks, Check Student’s Progress on Skedula, Keep in Constant Contact with Child’s Teachers, and Guidance Counselors, Visit the School.
  • Purchase or attain Non-Fiction Literature for your child , have your child read and reflect on the reading an hour each day. Students will get extra credit for turning in Book Reports
  • Suggested Reads: A Long Way Gone, Red Scarf Girl, Night, Beyond Courage, The Diary of Anne Frank, Lewis & Clark, Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, I Am Malala
  • Attend Monthly Parent Teacher Association Meeting - Call the school and ask for Ms. Kelly the Parent Coordinator. You will get current information.
  • Visit Students can practice mathematics
  • Visit – Review Common Core practice assessments with students
  • Visit for additional practice in Math, Science, Social Studies, and ELA
  • Explore Parents Count
  • Investigate Bedtime Math and Bedtime Math App