Welcome Mr. McHugh!
Peter McHugh began his career with the New York City Department of Education in 2000. Prior to joining the team at the Marie Curie Middle School, he served as the Climate and Culture Manager with the Queens North Borough Office. It was in this role that he provided DOE staff with a number of professional learning opportunities. Two examples are Therapeutic Crisis Intervention in Schools and Restorative Practices. A strong advocate of student voice, Peter also facilitated the Borough Student Advisory Council (BSAC). This work involved providing student representatives with leadership training and experiences while they developed plans of action to address the needs of all of our students. He has also played critical roles in supporting all of the school communities which include our own District 26, as well as Districts 24, 25 and 30.
Peter attended Queens College for all of his post-secondary studies. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in 2000, he began his graduate course work while serving the students of NYC as a Social Studies Teacher here in Queens. Attending evening classes, he earned his Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education, Cum Laude, in 2004. Being a lifelong learner, Peter decided to continue with his graduate work and earned a second Master’s Degree, this time in School Administration and Supervision, Magna Cum Laude, in 2007.
As a teacher, Peter demonstrated proficiency in providing his students with high quality, rigorous and differentiated instruction. As a New York City educator, Peter participated in New York and the World, a forum devoted to providing students with an in depth and global view of World History. This in addition to participating in the American Social History Project that focused on a deep dive into American History that combined historical documents and literature to provide students with multiple viewpoints on historic events. He was also provided with additional opportunities to serve his school community as a Dean, a UFT Chapter Leader, and by writing curricula to improve student outcomes. These experiences helped prepare him for a role as an Assistant Principal. In this capacity, Peter took on new challenges, such as leading academic departments, giving feedback to staff and supporting the needs of his students, including working to provide a safe and supportive environment.
Peter is a dedicated educator focused on addressing the needs of each individual student, and providing them with the means they require to find success. He is a firm believer that all students should be provided with multiple access points to achieve their educational goals. A life-long learner himself, Peter knows the value of expanding educational opportunities and creating school and community partnerships to benefit all students. A former resident of District 26, he has a great deal of affection for, and knowledge of our community. He is excited by the opportunity to serve the families of M.S. 158 as their new Principal.
A message from Mr. McHugh
November 17, 2020
As part of New York City’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 testing of staff and students will be conducted in our school once a month through the end of the school year. We have been notified that the testing provider will be at our school within the next week. Please note that only New York City public school students from grades 1-12 are eligible to be tested.
As the September 29, 2020 letter co-signed by NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, Executive Director Ted Long of New York City Test + Trace Corps, and Dr. Dave Chokshi, Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stated, the test is easy, quick, and safe. A “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) will be inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).
Only students and school-based staff members with signed and submitted consent forms are eligible to be tested (schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting). Your child will not be tested if they are uncomfortable or become distressed at any point during the process. If that happens, we will work with you to address any potential concerns so that your child is comfortable participating in future testing.
If your child is tested at school, information about the testing process, and when and how you will receive the results, will be sent home with your child. The majority of all testing results will be available within 48 hours. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the testing provider will notify you via a telephone call, and NYC Test & Trace Corps will call to provide your family with resources and support.
If any member of the school community tests positive during this testing process, our school community will continue to follow the guidelines outlined on the Health & Safety section of the website (schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety).
We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy.