From Bill Furdon
Dear Parent and/or Guardian:
Third quarter will end on March 22nd . It is important to keep asking your child what he or she is studying in school and what assignments are due. The APPR, Annual Professional Performance Review for teachers and administrators, that was put in place this year in New York State, mandates that we have an end of the year assessment that correlates with the assessment that was given at the beginning of each course. While students in grades 8-11 have always taken end of year assessments, students in grade 12 had the option, depending on their grade in the course, of opting not to take the final. There will no longer be a final exam exemption or opt out. All students, including seniors, will have some form of local or state assessment for each course taken, this spring. These assessment grades will be posted on the student’s individual high school transcript.
Parent University will hold a presentation titled, “Dangerous Teen Drug Trends” on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Administration Building, 135 West Crooked Hill Road. Please come and get informed on the changing drug environment affecting our children. As we hear about the return of drugs such as ecstasy and heroin in Rockland County, it behooves all of us to know about these and illicit street drugs currently being abused by teens.
Our spring musical, Pajama Game, will be performed on April 19th and 20that 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Please set these dates aside and come enjoy an evening of entertainment with us.
The Junior Prom is Wednesday evening May 1st in the gymnasium. The Senior Prom will be on Sunday, June 2nd at The Old Tappan Manor. Please ensure that your child is going to have positive memories of this very special evening. Parties before and after the prom that include alcohol and drugs put our students in jeopardy. These dances are school events. As such, consequences spelled out in the school code of conduct will be enforced. Ask your child questions about where he/she will be and with whom he/she will be socializing. Let’s make sure that our prom season is a fun and safe one. The PTSA is again sponsoring a breakfast, here in the high school, beginning at 7:30 a.m. the morning after each of the proms. We will have a field day immediately after breakfast until approximately 10:30 a.m. Classes will resume beginning with period 5 on the day after the prom. It is expected that students will remain in school until 2:42 p.m.
We will be having our annual spring barbeque on May 3rd during lunches. We are looking for parent volunteers to help set up, serve lunches, and clean up. This is a great opportunity to congratulate students for a job well done and encourage them as they move into the fourth quarter. If you are able to help, please give Ms. DeCesare a call at 620-3803 so we can plan the day accordingly.
Graduation will be held on Thursday evening, June 20, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. on the High School football field. Specific details will be available closer to graduation.
The Grade 8 through 11academic awards assembly will be held on Monday,May 20th , 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
The High School Senior Awards and Scholarship assembly is scheduled for Monday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. The High School Varsity Senior Sports Award Dinner will be held on Wednesday, June 5th at the Pearl River Elks Club.
Your child has met with his/her counselor to plan what courses he/she will be taking during the 2013-2014 school year. Please take the time to talk to him/her about his/her selections. Beginning in April, we will be building a master schedule based on the requests of students.
With the coming of warm weather, please be aware of what clothing your child wears to school. Halter tops, ultra short shorts or skirts, and beachwear is distracting and unacceptable. A shirt containing vulgar language will not be allowed to be worn in school. Let’s keep the focus on academics.
Due to lack of participation in previous years, the Pearl River School District is seeking an exemption from the Federal Breakfast Program. Please call 845-620-3937 with any concerns.
Thank you for your support. It is imperative that we work together to ensure that your child has an outstanding experience here at Pearl River High School. Let’s finish the year on a very positive and successful note.
William F. Furdon, Jr.