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    2019 Pearl River School District Safety Plan

    Dear Pearl River Community,

    The district has revised the Pearl River School District Safety Plan in accordance with the changes required under new legislation enacted on July 15, 2019. These changes to Commissioner's Regulations Section 155.17 are reflected in bold italics in the document.  As per the NYS Education Department regulations, a 30 day period has been established for public comment prior to a public hearing that will be held on September 24, 2019, at the Board of Education meeting. The PRSD Safety Plan will be accessible on the district homepage from August 23 to September 23, 2019. To access a copy of the district-wide safety plan please click on the attachment below.

    To send a comment please email: braunagelj@pearlriver.org

     Or submit your comment to: Jennifer Braunagel, District Clerk  135 West Crooked Hill Rd, Pearl River, NY 10965

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    PRHS Class of 2019 Graduation

     The morning rain gave way to a beautiful sunny evening to celebrate our Senior class. Congratulations Class of 2019!

    2019 Graduation

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Spotlight on Pearl River

Board Of Education

Upcoming BOE Meeting

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
7:00 PM
District Administration Bldg

For Agenda: BoardDocs

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    PRHS Class of 2019

    Congratulations to Pearl River High School's Class of 2019!  Click the following link to enjoy some snapshots from The Journal News:

    https://www.lohud.com/picture-gallery/news/education/graduations/2019/06/25/pearl-river-high-school-graduation-2019/1565946001/

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    PRHS Junior Luke Byman Nominated for Best Actor Award

     We are very happy to announce that PRHS junior, Luke Byman, has been nominated for Best Actor for his performance in the PRHS production of Pippin in this year’s Roger Reese Awards competition for high school musical theater. The winner of this competition (which will take place on May 19th) will represent the region at the Jimmy Awards, a national competition for high school musical theater. Congratulations to Luke for this great achievement!

     

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    Pearl River High School - U.S. News & World Report's Ranking

    U.S. News & World Reports has ranked Pearl River High School #1,263 out of 17,245 high schools nationwide and #107 out of 1,290 high schools in New York State.  Pearl River High School is the highest ranked high school in Rockland County for the 2018-19 school year.  Congratulations to our students, faculty, staff, and administration for this excellent performance.

    Click here for more information and details on how U.S. News & World Reports revamped their 2019 Best High Schools Methodology and Rankings.

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    PRSD Teachers Awarded O&R STEM Grants

    Each year, Orange & Rockland supports science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by offering grants of up to $1000 to educators at schools (pre-K to 12) and youth groups in local communities within their service area.  Guidelines for grant submissions encourage designs to: improve, advance, and enrich student learning; target a specific age of student development; range from formative ideas that explore learning concepts to fully tested models that are ready to be adopted and disseminated; study electricity and electricity production, natural gas exploration, renewables, and clean energy.  This 2018-19 school year, O&R has awarded five STEM grants to the Pearl River School District.

    Jessica Kearns’ $800 grant will allow the Middle School to purchase two EV3 Robots that will afford students the opportunity to gain experience with coding and robotics. Kim Ulrich’s $1000 grant calls for the purchase of STEM kits from Lake Share Learning in addition to the purchase of Ozobot Robots. This project will allow students to combine ELA and STEM to analyze folk tales from a STEM perspective and then retell those tales through coding and robotics in the 2nd grade.

    At the high school, Kara Afanasewicz’ grant for $600 is to buy materials for an 8th grade project-based unit on thermal energy transfer.  Students will use the engineering design process to build a structure that prevents an ice cube from melting.   The unit was written by  Christine Schnittka, Ph.D. in cooperation with the Virginia Middle School Engineering Education Initiative and incorporates Next Generation Science Standards. 

    At the middle school, Howard Baumel and Michael Herskowitz received an O & R STEM Grant to purchase four programmable drones designed for indoor use. They plan to have the students code (using Python or Java) the drones’ flight paths. The drones are supplied by a company called LocoRobo from Philadelphia, PA.

    Congratulations to all of our grant recipients.

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    Girl's Learn International Club - Self-Defense Class

    On Thursday, March 7th, PRHS’s Girl’s Learn International Club, with advisor Bonnie Caul, sponsored a self-defense night in the Pirate’s Cove.  35 girls in grades 6 - 12  participated. It was a very fun and informative evening.  A special thank you to the staff of Tiger Schulman of Nanuet who volunteered their time.  

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    Academic Honor Societies Induction Ceremony

    Pearl River High School held their National English Honor Society, Rho Kappa (Social Studies) Honor Society, NYS Science Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematics) Honor Society induction ceremony this week. A total of 119 students were inducted into one or more of these Honor Societies. PRHS English teacher, Mrs. Eileen Shepard, and the student officers from each of the academic societies, served as emcees for the event. Thank you to advisors, Mrs. Shepard, Ms. Finnican, Ms. King and Ms. Solicito for organizing the event.

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    PRHS WordWright Challenge

    A team of students representing Pearl River High School won high honors in this year’s second WordWright Challenge, a national competition for high school students. Participating with 693 school teams from all across the country, the Pearl River High School’s AP English Literature/English 11 Class tied for twelfth place in the nation amongst all teams competing at this grade level. The students answered challenging questions about two poems: William Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and Anthony Hecht's "Sarabande on Attaining the Age of 77." 

    Pearl River students who achieved outstanding individual results in the meet included freshman Alexander Cacas; sophomore Kaileigh O’Sullivan; and juniors Karsem Chiamprasert, Rachel Ding, Marguerite McAree and Victoria Pahl. 

    Congratulations to the Blue and Gold WordWright teams for these great results!!

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    International Night and Empty Bowls Project

    PRHS held their annual International Night and Empty Bowls project last week. It was a terrific turnout. Money raised at this event will benefit the California Fire Foundation and the proceeds from the Empty Bowls project will be donated to local food pantries. Thank you to International Club advisor, Beth Kurzawa, and PRHS art teacher, Andrea Della Cava, for organizing the event. We especially thank all of the families, staff, and community members who came out to enjoy a delicious meal or purchased a handmade bowl.

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    National Girls and Women in Sports Day

    Yesterday evening, we celebrated National Girls & Women in Sports Day by honoring the members of the girls’ basketball team and presenting The Lauren Buonocore National Girls & Women in Sports Day Award to PRHS teacher and coach, Eileen McCaffrey, for her example and dedication to the Girls Swimming and Golf teams. Congratulations, Mrs. McCaffrey!

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  • PRHS Sophomore Ciara Durcan - National Champion!

    Pearl River has a National Champion! Congratulations to Ciara Durcan who competed in the 3000 Meter Racewalk at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track and Field Meet today in North Carolina. Ciara took first place by a wide margin of 14 seconds
    with a time of 14.39.92. She improved her time from last year by 56 seconds. What an incredible accomplishment for a 10th grader!  Ciara is pictured below with Coach Shannon Flood. We are so proud of you, Ciara!

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