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    Superintendent's Letter - Staffing Update 6-19-19

    Please click on the following link for a message from Superintendent of Schools Marco Pochintesta regarding staff updates.  Staffing Update 6-19-19

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    2019-20 Before & After School Childcare

    The Board of Education has approved a lease agreement with a local company, Children's Corner Learning Center, to provide before and after-school childcare in our elementary schools for the 2019-20 school year.  Enrollment information is now available.  Please click the link below for program information and pricing.  All questions should be directed to Children's Corner Learning Center at 845-620-1669 or saltabet@childrenscornersgroup.com

    Note:  The deadline to return your application to Children's Corner is Friday, June 28th.

    2019-20 Before & After-School Childcare at PRSD Elementary Schools

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    2019 Pearl River School District Safety Plan

    Dear Pearl River Community,

    The district has reviewed the Pearl River School District Safety Plan. 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 July 2, 2019, at the Board of Education meeting. The PRSD Safety Plan will be accessible on the district homepage from June 1 to June 30, 2019. To access a copy of the district-wide safety plan please click on the attachment below.

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

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

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    School Budget and BOE Election Results

    2019-20 School Budget and Board of Education Election Voting Results

    Proposition 1:  School Budget - Passed

    Yes -  864       No - 219

    BOE Election (2 seats open)

    Robert Davis - 786  votes
    Christine Reddy - 871 votes

    Thank you, Pearl River, for your continued support!

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    2019-20 District Calendar Approved

    The Board of Education approved the 2019-20 District Calendar at their March 26th meeting. The first Superintendent's Conference Day is scheduledfor Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  

    The Pearl River School District calendar is based on 184 school days: 181 days of pupil instruction plus 3 Superintendent's Conference Days. In anticipation of emergency closings, we designate potential vacation days as snow make-up days. Given the likelihood of snow days, everyone is respectfully reminded that irreversible vacation plans should not be made
    for the following:  

    2019-20 Snow Make-up Days
    Day 1 - May 27, 2020
    Day 2 - May 21, 2020
    Day 3 - May 26, 2020
    Day 4 - May 22, 2020

    As a result of the Regents examination schedule, the last day of school will be Friday, June 26, 2020.  

    Please click the following link to view the one-page calendar for the 2019-20 school year:  2019-20 District Calendar

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Spotlight on Pearl River

Board Of Education

Upcoming BOE Meeting

 Tuesday, July 2, 2019
at 7:00 PM
District Administration Bldg

For Agenda: Board Docs

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    Lady Pirates Headed to New Balance Nationals

    We are so proud to announce that PRHS athletes, Niamh Durcan, Mary Borkoski, Catie Horan and Ciara Durcan, will be heading down to North Carolina later this week to compete at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track and Field Meet! Ciara Durcan will be competing in the 3000m Racewalk, Mary Borkoski, Catie Horan, Niamh Durcan and Ciara Durcan will be competing in the 4x 1 mile relay! Congratulations, Lady Pirates!!

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    Athletic News - 6/4/19

    Baseball - The 2019 Pirates Baseball team finished with a very respectable record of 11 wins and 10 losses in the ultra competitive section of Class A baseball.  The Pirates finished in 2nd place in the league standings and earned the 12th seed in the Section 1 Class A tournament, avoiding the out-bracket round.  The Pearl River baseball season was highlighted with huge wins over league rivals: Nanuet, Tappan Zee, and Nyack.  This year's team was a great combination of senior leadership and a talented group of underclassmen.  Throughout the season, this team showed tremendous heart, determination, and grit as they grinded each and every game until the very last out of the season.  The coaching staff commends the 2019 Pirates on their accomplishments this season and wishes all the seniors continued success in the future.

    Softball - The girls' softball team were League Champions this year.  Despite fighting hard, they lost to Walter Panas in Sectional Semi-Final 3-1.  Several girls received recognition:
    All-Section: Julia Kinnally, Camryn McGee, Corinne Miedreich
    All-Section Honorable Mention: Ally Tarsnane, Maeve Woods
    League 2B Pitcher of the Year – Camryn McGee
    League 2B Coach of the Year – Chris Woolgar 

    Girls' Track & Field - Girls Track concluded their team portion of the season by finishing 2nd at the Section 1 Class B Championship Meet. Allison Ritchie placed 1st in the 400 Hurdles and Julia Neubauer placed 1st in Shot Put. The ladies competed at the State Qualifier Meet last weekend. Fiona Mulligan placed 1st in Discus and Julia Neubauer placed 1st in Shot put. They will be moving onto the NY State Meet which will take place this upcoming weekend. Finally, on June 14th Ciara Durcan will be competing at Nationals in North Carolina in the 3000m racewalk. Ciara has a good chance to take 1st place in the Nation!  A couple of days later on June 16th there will also be a 4x1 mile relay competing at the National Meet. This relay is made up of Mary Borkoski, Catie Horan, Niamh Durcan and Ciara Durcan.

    Boys' Track & Field - The Boys Track Team is wrapping up its season on high note.  The team won the Section 1 Class B Meet to once again gain the Section Title.  This was the third year in a row the boys had captured the crown.  The boys also had many qualifiers for the New York State Meet.  Nick Malfitano qualified in the Pentathlon with a new School Record of 3105 points. Will Mattei qualified in the Shot Put with a throw of 49 feet.  He bested the field by 4 full feet!  The 4x400 meter relay team made up of Brian Mahoney, Ethan McDermott, Dan Murray, and Steve Fignole, along with the 4x800 meter relay team consisting of Brian Mahoney, Cliff Carty, Jack Reynolds, and Patrick McCann, all qualified for the New York State Meet.  Jack Reynolds also qualified as an individual in the Steeple-Chase, however he has elected to not run the event to stay fresh for the 4x800 meter relay. 

    Boys' Lacrosse - Boys Lacrosse made it to the first round of the Sectional Playoffs and defeated OLL at home with just 2 seconds left in regulation time. We went on to lose to Rye, # 1 seed, at Rye, 10-5.  We have a very young team and the Pirates will be competitive for many years to come.

    Girls' Lacrosse - Girls' Lacrossee finished their season 6-11. We made it to the first round of sections. We had a competitive game against Brewster, who were competing to defend their Section 1 title from last year. We were tied 3-3 at half, but fell short finishing 12-8. The girls played hard and gave a great run. Our acting goalie, Ella Travaglino (who stepped up after our previous goalie had to leave), had 10 amazing saves for the team. Senior Megan Foiles obtained her 150th career goals against rival Nanuet. The season was a competitive one, but overall the girls played hard and had fun. 

    Boys' Golf - The team ended up 2-11.  We won our last match of the year against Nanuet. The future looks bright as we have a young team.  Many golfers are relatively new to the sport.

    Girls' Golf - Second Season for Girls Golf ended with 3 wins to 4 losses in League Matches, and 3 wins to 9 losses overall.  Team roster grew to 10 girls, up from 8 last season.   At the Rockland County Match PR finished 5th as a team in a field of 8 teams; and Kerry Kline tied for 5th place as an individual.  Again this year, Kerry Kline qualified for Round 1 of the Section 1 Tournament, and missed the cut by one stroke for Round 2! She was the 2nd best scoring Rockland County player to finish in the Tournament. Kerry Kline (11) was named as All County - 1st Team.  Two girls were awarded All-League Honors - Alexis Lee (9) and Kerry Kline (11).

    Tennis Team - The 2019 Tennis season proved to be an extremely successful one.  We set a new participation record for the team for this year.   With 35 participants in grades 9 - 12, student-athletes in Pearl River are creating a solid foundation for a highly competitive team for future years.  Most players this year were first or second year tennis players and they were an exceptionally talented and hard working group for having very limited experience.  Our two wins over Albertus this year and one win over Eastchester gave the team some confidence moving forward into next season.  Our leadership with captains Mike Gaglio and Tyler Smith was exceptional.  They pushed the team to always work hard and encourage each other on the courts and off.  Younger players can be confident that they are moving in the right direction and we are in a better place than we were last year.  We are very proud of this group of young men and all that they accomplished during the season.

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    PRHS Junior Emily Reilly Wins Foxy Award

    We are proud to announce that PRHS junior, Emily Reilly, won the Foxy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Classical Play for her performance as Ariel in the PRHS fall production of The Tempest! The award was announced last night at Montclair State University's Theatre Night Awards Ceremony. Congratulations, Emily!!

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    Dr. Ruben Padre 6th Annual Memorial Blood Drive

    May 19, 2019

    A special thank you from PRSD School Physician Dr. Cindy Padre

    I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the donors, volunteers, and Little Doctors who came to the 6th annual blood drive in memory of my dad and pediatrician, Dr. Ruben A. Padre.  We collected a total number of 73 units of blood!   All our Little Doctors were so professional and enthusiastic to help...and they are our future blood donors when they grow up!  Everyone who participated carries forward to their family and friends the joy, importance, and value of giving blood or time to help others.  To bring the community together and pay our good intentions forward, all in memory of my dad, who was also a frequent blood recipient during his illness, brings things full circle in a special and gratifying way. 

    With utmost gratitude,

    Cindy V. Padre, M.D. (Type O+) & Family

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    PRHS Choirs Receive 1st Place Honors

    The Pearl River High School small choirs traveled on Friday, May 3rd, to Palmyra, PA to participate in the Music In The Parks Competition. The Jazz Choir, Modulators, Women’s Glee Club, and Pirate Pearls each performed 2 songs and were scored with other schools performing groups from NY, PA, NJ, and Delaware. Each of the groups received first place in their division. In addition, the Pirate Pearls received the highest score overall, and Annemarie Bowler received an outstanding soloist award. Congratulations to all our vocalists and music teacher, Shereen Way!

     
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    27th Annual Déjà Vu Senior Citizen Prom

    The 27th Annual Déjà Vu Senior Citizen Prom took place on Saturday afternoon. Nearly 200 seniors citizens were treated to lunch, dessert and dancing, all made possible by the donations of faculty, staff administration, BOE and PTAs of the Pearl River School District. Thank you to the the employees, students, and Board of Education members who volunteered their time to plan and carry out this amazing event! Please click on the following link for photos: Déjà Vu Photos

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    Youth in Government

    Recently, the Youth & Government club attended the statewide conference in Albany where student legislators Alanah Fitzgerald and Colleen Griffin-Turk presented their bill to require voters to present photo ID at polling stations before voting which not only successfully passed but was chosen out of over 200 bills to be the basis of next year’s conference topic. This was a hard earned achievement and great honor! Pearl River is the only club in three counties that brought Judicial members to the state conference. Teige Beaudry successfully argued his case to a panel of Justices, one of whom was Liam Fitzpatrick. Ciara Timoney and Marissa Anselmi were members of the Press reporting not only on the happenings of the conference, but also created insightful interviews of attendees.

     

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    Senior Signing Day

    PRHS Seniors who have committed to continuing playing sports at the collegiate level were honored at a signing ceremony yesterday in Pirate Cove. Interim Athletic Director, Stewart Hanson, emcee, Damon O'Keefe, and numerous coaches proudly spoke about the 14 students who were recognized in front of their families, friends, faculty, staff and administration. Congratulations to all! Click on the following link to view more photos from the event : Senior Signing Day 2019

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    8 PRHS Awarded RCC Hispanic Heritage Award

     8 PRHS students were recognized by the Board of Education and administration for receiving the Rockland Community College Hispanic Heritage Awards which recognizes students of Hispanic descent for their outstanding academic accomplishments. Congratulations to Catalina Cheung, Johnathan Conway, Sara Daly, Gabriella Franzese, Catherine Funes, Michael Gaglio, James Hughes, and Olivia Tricano!

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    Excellent Performances of The Tempest

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of this year's PRHS fall drama production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Remarkable performances and a beautiful set  made for a memorable weekend! Thank you to Director, Thomas Hoetzl, Assistant Director, Beth Carter, Set Construction and Stage Crew Supervisor, Jean Beckerle, and everyone involved with the show! Click on the following link for pictures from the show: The Tempest

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    PRHS Class of 1958 Alumni Visit

    Alumni from Pearl River High School’s Class of 1958 visited Mr. Houston’s 8th grade social studies class today to share what student life was like in the 1950’s. While many things may have changed, Pirate Pride has not!

     

     

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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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    Students Present at Rockland County High Schools' Local History Conference & March BOE Meeting

    Each year, Rockland County Historical Society organizes a History Day conference around a central theme.  This year’s theme was Immigration.  Students from schools across the county participated by researching and presenting at the conference which was held at St. Thomas Aquinas this year.  Pearl River High School students Annie Arnold, Alanah Fitzgerald, Marguerite McAree, Vickie Pahl, and Kate Pittignano presented to the PRSD Board of Education their History Day presentation: The Impact of Irish Immigration to the Pearl River Community.  Thank you to PRHS social studies teachers, Ms. Finnican and Ms. Fortunato, who served as advisors.     Click the link below to view the presentation:  https://youtu.be/-hN-SrtN4dc

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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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