District News

  • featured post

    Administrator Search Input

    January 17, 2018 UPDATE - The forum scheduled for this evening will take place tomorrow, Thursday, January 18th from 6:00- 7:00 PM in Pearl River High School's Pirate Cove. If you cannot attend but would like to provide input, the survey window has been extended to tomorrow night.   Survey Link

    January 12, 2018

    Dear Pearl River School Community, 

    At the last Board of Education meeting, the Board acted on a number of retirements including Sue Wheeler, our Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, and Quinton Van Wynen, our Director of Operations. As you know, we are committed to find the highest quality candidates for all positions that we fill in the district. Our search process will begin immediately for these two very important positions.

    We will be following a similar search process for these positions as we did for filling the last two administrative positions. The first step is to hear from you, what qualities you feel the candidates should possess for these central office positions.  To that end, Marco Pochintesta and I will be at the District Administration Building on Wednesday evening, January 17th, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, to meet with any parent or community member who would like to provide input.

    If you are unable to attend this meeting, you can still provide input through a survey anytime between today and Wednesday night. The link can be found below and will be posted on our website homepage at www.pearlriver.org.

    The information provided will help us determine the criteria and qualities that we will look for in an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and in a school business official. Advertising for the positions will begin soon and will reflect the input received from our meetings with the stakeholder groups. Our goal is to appoint both of these positions in the spring so that they can be in place on July 1st. 


    Diana Musich
    Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Community Services

    Survey Link

    Pearl River School District
  • featured post

    Snow Days #1 & 2 Cancelled

    Due to the two snow days on Thursday, January 4th and Wednesday, January 17th, Pearl River Schools will be open on Thursday, March 29th and Thursday, May 24th.  Please note these changes as you plan your schedules.

    Pearl River School District
  • featured post

    December 2017 Newsletter

    Click on the following link for copy of the newsletter mailed out December 21, 2017:  PRSD December 2017 Newsletter

    Pearl River School District
  • featured post

    Superintendent Letter - High School Incident 12/4/17

    Click on the following link from Marco Pochintesta, PRSD Superintendent, regarding an incident at Pearl River High School earlier today: 

    Superintendent Letter regarding PRHS Incident 12/4/17

    Pearl River School District
  • featured post

    Superintendent's Letter - District Update 11/29/17

    Click on the following link to a letter from Superintendent of Schools Marco Pochintesta:   Superintendent Update 11/29/17

    Pearl River School District
  • featured post

    Superintendent's Letter regarding vaping 10-23-17

    Click on the following link to view a letter from Superintendent of Schools, Marco Pochintesta, regarding a growing concern about vaping:
    Superintendent Letter on Vaping 10-23-17

    Pearl River School District
  • featured post

    Superintendent Report to BOE 09-26-17

    Click on the following link to view the Superintendent's presentation "Profile of a Pearl River Graduate" to the BOE on 9-26-17.

    Pearl River School District
  • Happy Holidays!

    During the holiday season, Pearl River School District would like to express our best wishes for the holidays and a Happy New Year.
    Below, please see this year's holiday card designed by PRHS Junior Rose Schwantner.


    Pearl River School District
  • PRSD New Website

    Welcome to the new PRSD website. The site is still a work in progress and updates will continue. Please use the navigation tabs in the horizontal bar at the top to access information. You can also use the magnifying glass at the top right of the page to search for a document or page. You can subscribe to various calendars using the following instructions. To get back to the homepage of the district or school site, click on the logo at the top of the page. If you have any feedback for the website, please contact us at - Website Feedback

    Pearl River School District

Spotlight on Pearl River

Board Of Education

Upcoming BOE Meeting

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

7:00 PM

District Admin Building

For Agenda: Board Docs

Highlights from Our Schools

  • PRHS Orchestra Students Perform at Several Music Festivals

    Several of our orchestra students have been selected to participate in prestigious regional and state music festivals sponsored by the NYS School Music Association. Congratulations to the following students: Andrew Zhao will be performing in the String Orchestra this weekend at the All-State Music Festival in Rochester, NY. Rachel Ding and Gigi Lam performed in the Symphonic Orchestra at the Area-All State Music Festival two weeks ago. In January, the following orchestra students will be performing at the Senior All-County Music Festival: Ashley Song, Andrew Zhao, Gigi Lam, Rachel Ding, Emily Dennis, Colleen Shortell and William Klein. In February, James Hughes, Sinead Gilmartin, Megan Cahill, and Abigail Zhao will be performing at the Junior All-County Music Festival. Congratulations to all of these orchestra students!

    Highlights from Our Schools
  • Outstanding Gold and Blue Team WordWright Competitors

    Several students representing Pearl River High School recently won high honors in this year’s first meet of the WordWright Challenge, a competition for American high school students requiring close reading and analysis of many different kinds of prose and poetry.

    In the year’s first meet held in October, junior Kelly Buchan was one of only 14 eleventh graders in the entire country to earn a perfect score.  At the same time, sophomores Lily Hill and Marguerite McAree place among the 145 highest-scoring tenth graders and juniors Gig Lam and Colleen Shortell among the 109 highest-scoring eleventh graders nationwide.  More than 65,000 high school students from 48 states entered the meet.

    Highlights from Our Schools
  • National Honor Society

    Pearl River High School held their National Honor Society induction ceremony on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. A total of 52 students were proudly inducted into the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.  Members must achieve and maintain a cumulative unweighted average of 90% or above, demonstrate exemplary standards of character and leadership, and perform outstanding service to their school and community. Congratulations to all!  Photos

    Highlights from Our Schools
  • National Letter of Intent Signing Day

    Three Pearl River High School seniors, Michael Daly, Sean Flaherty, and Matt Politis signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, November 8th at a ceremony that included very proud parents, friends, and staff.  Michael Daly will be joining the Division 1 Pennsylvania State University swim team. Sean Flaherty will be playing baseball at Division 1 Hofstra University and Matt Politis will be running cross country and track & field at Division 1 Duke University.

    Highlights from Our Schools
  • Lady Pirates Soccer Team Crowned NYS Champions

    Monday, November 13, 2017 - The Pearl River Lady Pirates soccer team was crowned NYS Champions this weekend in Cortland, NY.  The Lady Pirates defeated Section III, Jamesville-Dewitt, in the NYS semifinal game on Saturday.  On Sunday, in the Class A NYS finals, Pearl River played Section V, Spencerport (who was ranked #6 in the country by USA Today) to a 2-2 draw through four overtime periods at Cortland High School to earn co-state champion honors.  Athletic Director Todd Santabarbara arranged for the team to be escorted back into town by the Orangetown Police Department and the Pearl River Fire Department.  The team arrived home to Pearl River High School last evening to a parking lot full of family members, friends, and Pirate fans.

    Congratulations to Coach Tim Peabody, Coach Lyn Istorico, and the Pearl River Lady Pirates soccer team as this is the first ever NYS title in program history.

    Highlights from Our Schools
  • PRHS Senior, Tanner Chiamprasert, Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist

    Pearl River High School is proud to announce that Tanner Chiamprasert has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. 

    Over 1.6 million students took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October and entered the National Scholarship Program conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Some 16,000 of those high performers were recently designated semifinalists which represents less than one percent of high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. As a semifinalist, Tanner will have the opportunity to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.  

    “Our congratulations and best wishes go out to Tanner for this outstanding academic achievement,” remarked Superintendent of Schools, Marco Pochintesta.

    Highlights from Our Schools
  • PRHS Senior, Skylar Paletta, Recognized

    PRHS Senior, Skylar Paletta, was awarded the Father F. Peter Malet Service to Youth Award at the 37th Annual Rockland County Youth Forum & Awards Celebration on October 19, 2017.  Skylar was recognized for her passion for volunteerism. She lives with the philosophy of “killing them with kindess”.  With an interest in emergency medicine, Skylar has been a youth volunteer for the Nanuet Community Ambulance Corps, aiding paramedics at patient calls.  As a long-term cheerleader, Skylar also serves as a trainer to Orangetown Pop Warner Cheerleaders, helping young girls develop confidence in their own abilities.  In addition to these organizations, Skylar has a strong passion for the environment.  She has developed a website to raise awareness to the declining number of sea turtles, as well as a t-shirt fundraiser that generated over $2,600 for the Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach, Florida.

    Through her commitment and dedication to others, Pearl River School District thanks Skylar for serving as a strong role model for other students and congratulates her on achieving this commendable Outstanding Youth Volunteer Service Award. (Pictured l-r: PRHS Asst. Principal, Andrea Pompey, Skylar Paletta, PRSD Superintendent, Marco Pochintesta, PRHS Asst. Principal, Suzanne Horton)

    Highlights from Our Schools
  • Excellent Performances of You Can't Take It with You

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of You Can't Take It with You  for the terrific performances and incredible set this past weekend. Click on the following link to see pictures from the show- Fall Show Photos

    Highlights from Our Schools
  • Students Recognized at Hispanic Heritage Awards Night

    Seven Pearl River High School students were recognized for their academic excellence at the the Hispanic Heritage Awards Night on Tuesday, October 24th at Rockland Community College. Congratulations to Karen Ruballos, Kailey Croke, Marissa Terry, Kristal Altamirano, Lorian Fahan, Alexa Fahan, and Sarah Hernandez! Thank you to Norma Canals, PRSD School Social Worker, who serves as a district liaison to this RCC committee.

    Highlights from Our Schools