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    School Budget & BOE Election 2019-20

    The School Budget and Board of Education Election vote will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Pearl River High School Pirate Cove from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM.  Please click the following link for more information:  2019-20 School Budget Vote & Board of Education Election

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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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    Superintendent's Letter - NYS Gr. 3-8 Assessments 3-15

    Please click on the following link for a letter from Marco Pochintesta, Superintendent of Schools, regarding the New York State assessments for grade 3 through 8.
    NYS Gr.3-8 Assessments

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Board Of Education

Upcoming BOE Meeting

School Budget Vote & BOE Election Results
 Tuesday, May 21, 2019
at 9:00 PM
District Administration Bldg

For Agenda: Board Docs

School Budget Vote & Board of Education Election
May 21, 2019
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Pearl River High School's Pirate Cove

2019-20 School Budget Vote & BOE Election Information 

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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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    Athletic News - 5/7/19

    Baseball: The Pirate baseball team has had an up and down season. They started the season with a 6 and 3 record.  Their last 5 games yielded a 2-3 record, making their overall season 8-5. The team will play Tappan Zee today and Somers tomorrow.  Their Senior Day will be Monday May 13th.  Go Pirates!

    Softball: The softball team is 10-3 overall and currently 4-0 in League play.  We just came back from competing in a state-ranked, invite-only tournament in Herkimer, NY this past weekend, going 3-1 vs top competition. We upset of the #6 team in New York State, beating them 5-0 (PRHS was ranked #22 in NYS heading into the game).  Freshman Maeve Woods, Junior Julia Kinnally, and Senior Julia Pozzuto all had big weekends for the Lady Pirates offensively.  It was a great trip for softball, as well as excellent team bonding!  We have a big week this week with league rivals Nanuet (home Wednesday) and Tappan Zee (away Thursday).  Our senior recognition game is this Saturday 5/11 vs Valhalla at home at 12pm.  We have 7 games remaining before playoffs and are looking to keep things rolling!

    Girls' Track & Field:  Sophomore Ciara Durcan won the 5000m race walk (3 miles) at Penn Relays with a time of 25:10.  She finished a minute and a half in front of 2nd place.  On a side note, the event following Ciara's was the 5000m Olympic Development women’s racewalk (athletes trying to go to the Olympic trials) - Ciara would have placed 4th in this event!  Freshman Una Boylan ran a time of 11:16 in the 2 mile, qualifying for the Freshman 2-mile at Nationals in North Carolina in June!  Allie Ritchie won the 400LH at our League Meet last night, being named All League in this event!

    Boys' Track & Field:  The boys' team finished its undefeated dual meet season last week with a dominating win over Nyack.  On Monday, the boys gave Coach Kiernan a very nice birthday present by winning the league championship at Tappan Zee High School.  During the meet, Senior Nick Malfitano won the 110 and 400 hurdles, Junior Will Mattei won the shot put, and Senior Jack Reynolds won the 2 mile. Our stand-out performer of the day was Junior Aleks Belz who threw the discus 123 feet.  Aleks has improved over 20 feet in the past two weeks!

    Boys' Lacrosse:  The boys' lacrosse team had their Senior day yesterday, with the ceremony recognized 7 graduating student athletes.  The day was topped off with a terrific win over Albertus Magnus, 14-3.

    Girls' Lacrosse:  Our girls lacrosse team is 6-8. They have a young team and look forward to success as the season unfolds.  Senior Megan Foiles scored her 150th career goal in a 15-14 overtime win over Nanuet.  Senior Day was Friday May 3rd, with the ceremony recognizing 14 senior athletes.  Sophomore Alyssa Smith was nominated for the Journal News Player-of-the-Week.  Senior Lauren Sullivan was also highlighted in the Journal News for her successes as a student athlete.

    Boys' Golf:  The boys' golf team is currently 1-10; they competed last week in the Rockland County Golf Championship and have 3 matches remaining.

    Girls' Golf:  The girls' team is looking for a win after 9 matches, with 3 regular season matches to play.  Six girls will participate in the Rockland County Championship Match on Tuesday, May 14, at Spook Rock Golf Course in Suffern.  The girls' continue to improve and post personal best scores and we remain hopeful for an individual sectional qualification.

    Boys' Tennis:  The last two weeks for the tennis team has been very successful.  Players continue working hard at improving their skills and becoming more well-rounded tennis players.  Every player on the roster has earned a varsity starting spot the last two weeks.  League play has been challenging, but we continue to make matches highly competitive and our players never give up till the final hit.  With sportsmanship, respect for the game and fellow players always being a priority, our players get an "A".  As we finish our regular season play, we are hoping to qualify some individuals in the conference and sectional championships. Standout players over the last two weeks: Seniors Jack Bellew, Mike Gaglio, Sean O'Connor, Tyler Smith, & Jack Sweeney; Juniors John Piscani, Tyler O'Neill, & Matt Galgano; Freshman Tommy Carroll

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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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