August 17, 2015
Dear Putnam Valley High School Parents and Students,
On behalf of the faculty and staff, let me welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year.
Putnam Valley High School has an outstanding reputation and I am honored to be the new high school principal. One of the things that drew me to Putnam Valley was the strong sense of community and commitment to its children. I look forward to becoming a part of the community and to giving our students the best possible high school experience.
Mr. Oliverio and I, along with the entire staff, have been busy preparing for a smooth and successful opening of school. The first day of school for all students is Tuesday, September 1st, 2015. Please review the Day 1 schedule included with this letter for important details and schedule changes.
We are very excited about our new 9th Grade Orientation Program The Freshman Foundation. In order to prepare our 9th graders for the transition to high school, 9th graders will take the Middle School bus and attend a special opening morning where they will be the only students in the building until 11:30 am. Once 9th graders arrive to school they will be organized into groups where they will rotate through a variety of activities based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Stephen Covey. Our goal is to ensure that the freshmen feel welcome and well prepared to have a positive and successful high school start. After 9th graders finish with their information sessions, they will attend our annual Welcome Back Barbecue outside by the cafeteria. At the end of the day, freshmen will return to the PAC for debriefing and a scavenger hunt. 9th graders will be dismissed at 2:40 pm.
All 10th-12th graders will have a delayed opening on Tuesday, September 1st and be transported on a separate run that will arrive by 11:30 am. The Transportation Department will send out bus run information next week. Once 11th and 12th graders arrive, they will go directly to the Welcome Back Barbecue and 10th graders will go to the Cafeteria. After a brief introductory meeting, 10th graders will attend the barbecue. All students will attend an abbreviated periods 1-4 schedule and will dismiss at the regular 1:50 pm time. Please see the schedule below for additional detail.
Wednesday, September 2nd will be a regular day of school for students. All grades will have a community meeting where important information for the year will be addressed.
Besides our new Freshman Foundation program, this year will be the first year of our new Senior Journey Program where seniors will have the opportunity to be placed in an internship for the 4th quarter. This program will be an excellent way to better prepare our 12th graders for the transition to college or a career. PVHS is also offering many new electives such as: History Through Film, Women's Literature, Human Medicine and Disease, College Physics, Mythology and Fairy Tales, Biology Seminar, STEM-D and Authentic Science Research 2.
Student schedules will be available on the parent portal at 10:00 am on August 25, 2015. 9th graders are welcome to come in to tour the building and familiarize themselves with their locker on Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.
The new school year offers a fresh start and the opportunity to work towards new goals. The faculty and staff at PVHS are here to welcome you and help you with achieving your goals. I am very excited to meet all of you. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any of your concerns at email@example.com