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Inside Putnam Valley – Episode 54

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In this exciting back-to-school edition of Inside Putnam Valley, hosts Eric Gross and Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Luft discuss the opening of the school, the mask mandate, and the middle school bathroom renovation. We also meet the Athletic Director David Kantrowitz and learn more about him and his plans for athletics in Putnam Valley.

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Remote and Quarantined instruction

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As everyone begins to settle back into school during these first two interrupted weeks of instruction, I would like to take this opportunity to restate and clarify some information:

Remote vs Quarantined Instruction:  These two terms have been used within a variety of communications and warrant clarification.

  • Remote instruction is typically used to describe what was offered last school year, when ...
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Welcome Back! Thank you for your partnership!

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

With open arms and smiling faces, we welcomed students back into our buildings.  The energy has been restored to our buildings and our classrooms are again filled with students eager to learn alongside their peers.  Our staff members rejoice in the fact that their classrooms once again resemble the student-centered learning environments of years past and not rows of desks, reminiscent of the ...
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Update from Dr. Luft – Excitement is building!

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Excitement is building as we are only days away from welcoming our students back into our classrooms.  Over the past several weeks we have had the opportunity to see many current students participate in our summer enrichment programs and welcomed our incoming Kindergarten students with our traditional bus run and classroom visit.

While the excitement we were feeling in June that COVID would ...
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August 18, 2021

Dear PVES Families,

I hope that this message finds you safe, relaxed, and enjoying the summer. We are busy here at the elementary school preparing for a wonderful year ahead. Please know that our Kindergarten families will be receiving class placement information in the mail by early next week.  Families with students in grades 1 through 4 will be receiving placement information via email by Tuesday, August 24th.  ...
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Summer programs masks

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

In light of rising COVID cases in our community and throughout the region, coupled with the higher transmission rate of the Delta variant, we are strongly encouraging all students who are scheduled to attend any of our summer programs to wear a mask while indoors.  We want to do everything we can to keep our students and staff healthy and safe.
Thank you.

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Mid-Summer Update from Dr. Luft IB Diplomas! Summer Programs & Opening Days

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I hope this message finds you well and you are enjoying your summer. Our buildings are busy with summer school programs, facilities projects, and we are preparing for the return of students in September. Here are some mid-summer updates:

Congratulations to our first-ever IB Diploma recipients! Our High School was authorized as an International Baccalaureate School in 2019, and this year we proudly ...
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End of Year Message from Dr. Luft

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Goodbyes & Hellos:  I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for the many years of dedicated service Jenette Mistretta and Brian Burrow have provided the Putnam Valley School District.  We are also saying goodbye to several teachers, support staff, and members of our Transportation Department.  We wish them only the best in retirement or as they pursue their future endeavors.  This ...
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Invite to Listening Hour – Tuesday 6/22/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I will be hosting a Superintendent’s Listening Hour next Tuesday, June 22, at 7:00 pm in the High School Library. As this school year comes to a close, I look forward to the opportunity to connect in person. Guests will be asked to complete a visitor health screening upon arrival and abide by NY State Department of Health guidance, unvaccinated individuals will be ...
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Mask Update – Optional while outdoors

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

In light of recently updated guidance provided by the New York State Department of Health and after consultation with members of the Putnam Valley Reopening Task Force, mask use while outdoors will now be optional.  Masks are still required inside of the buildings and on the school buses.

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools


EARLIER MESSAGES

6/6/21 – Additional Mask ...
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Weekly Update from Dr. Luft – 6/4/21 – Welcome our Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Here are the weekly updates and important reminders:

Director of Curriculum & Instruction:  I am pleased to announce that the Board of Education appointed Jacqueline Levine as Putnam Valley’s next Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  Ms. Levine joins us from Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES where she currently serves as the Coordinator of School Leadership.  Ms. Levine has also worked as the Coordinator of ...
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Board of Ed Meeting Tonight, June 3, 7 pm – Live Stream pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled Business Meeting, today, Thursday, June 3, at 7:00 pm in the High School Cafeteria.

Board of Education meetings are open to the public. Any community member wishing to attend in person will be required to wear a mask and fill out a health questionnaire. Members of the public may also participate by clicking the live link on the school’s ...
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Weekly Msg. from Dr. Luft – 5/28/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

It’s hard to believe we are beginning the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.

I am happy to report that we did not have any cases of COVID-19 this week. Thank you for continuing to follow the guidance and for continuing to complete the daily health screenings.

Thank You Card

I had the privilege of reading to Mrs. Gallello’s class for the ...
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Weekly Update 5/21/21 – Msg. from Dr. Luft

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Here are the weekly updates and important reminders:

School Budget Vote: The 2021-2022 School Budget passed (430 – 309), I would like to thank all of the members of the Putnam Valley community that came out and supported our school budget.  I’m hopeful that through renewed parental engagement opportunities next school year that we will see an increase in voter turnout next year.  ...
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PVHS Updates: May 17- May 21

Dear PVHS Parents,

We hope you enjoyed the nice weather this weekend! The year is starting to wind down but before it does, we have a lot of business on the table. First and foremost, this Friday is the midpoint of the 4th quarter. Course comments will be posted by 10 am on Tuesday, May 25th. If your child is in danger of failing the year, please ...
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Weekly Update – 5/14/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Here are the weekly updates and important reminders:

School Budget Vote: Please remember to get out and vote on Tuesday, May 18.  Voting will take place from 6 am to 9 pm at Putnam Valley Elementary School.  Please visit our website www.pvcsd.org for more detailed budget information.  Please see some of our budget highlights below:

Proposed budget:

PVHS Parents and Guardians: Regents Info and June Calendar

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This has been a school year like no other! Due to interrupted learning throughout the past year, The New York State Education Department has given schools flexibility regarding the administration of Regents exams. As a result, PVHS will be offering Regents exams in English, Living Environment, Algebra I and Earth Science for this June to any student who wishes to take them. All ...
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Weekly Update 5/7/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I’m hopeful that everyone will be able to enjoy this sunny Friday afternoon. I would also like to extend Happy Mother’s Day wishes to all the moms out there, I hope you have a wonderful day.

Teacher Appreciation Week:  Teacher appreciation week takes on a new meaning this year.  In many ways, we asked our teachers to do the “impossible” and yet they ...
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Board of Ed Meeting Tonight 7PM – Final Budget Hearing – Live Stream

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold the Final Budget Hearing and their regularly scheduled Business Meeting, today, Tuesday, May 4, at 7:00 pm in the High School Performing Arts Center.

The School Budget Vote will be held on Tuesday, May 18 from 6 am to 9 pm at the Putnam Valley Elementary School.  Please note, voting will be done in person this year.  Absentee ballots can ...
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May 2021

MayDear PVMS Families,

May is here and we are starting to see flowers bloom, warmer temperatures, and daylight extended into the evening.  You will see our students have many opportunities to grow as well.   Please join us in finishing strong over these last two months of school.  Children will be busy with activities outside of school, but this reminds us to stay on schedule and focus ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Weekly Update 4/30/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Vaccinations:  Vaccination continues to be the most effective way to protect yourself from the COVID-19 virus.  Vaccination appointments are currently widely available, and individuals 16 and older may now receive walk-in appointments at NYS run vaccination clinics. The Putnam County Department of Health vaccination clinics often have available time slots for anyone 18 years or older. https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Hiring Committee, Director of Curriculum & ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – 4/23/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Despite the periodic snow flurries over the past few days, I have been promised that spring has actually arrived.  The energy within the buildings continues to build as additional students return and the weather improves.

COVID Update:  At the same time, we continue to see a rise in positive cases within our High School.  It is evident that the current variant of COVID-19 ...
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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Updated Guidance

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

We continue to review the newly released NYSDOH guidance and will adjust accordingly to remain in compliance.  In the meantime, our plan is to stay the course as we review the updated guidance with our school attorney, the Putnam County Department of Health, and our school physician.

Updated New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Guidance can be found here:  https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Pre-K_to_Grade_12_Schools_MasterGuidance.pdf

Some of ...
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Weekly Word – April 9, 2021

Dear PVES Families,

Happy Friday! I hope that you all enjoyed a healthy and relaxing spring break with your families, and that this last stretch of the school year has started off smoothly for all of you.  We are so happy to welcome back many of our remote students to in-school learning this week, and we continue to engage all of our students (both in school and ...
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Board of Education Meeting Tomorrow, Thursday 4/8/21 – 7pm Live Stream @pvcsd.org

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled meeting, tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, at 7:00 pm in the High School Performing Arts Center. Any community member wishing to attend in person will be required to wear a mask and fill out a health questionnaire. Members of the public may also participate by clicking the live link on the school’s website, pvcsd.org. Members of ...
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April 6, 2021

Dear PVMS Families,

April is upon us and we are hoping that you were able to enjoy your Spring Break.  Warmer weather is in our future and sports and other activities have slowly started to open back up.  With that being said, we must stay focused on our goals and continue to work hard as some students develop “Spring Fever” and, recognizably, have busy lives outside of ...
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April 5, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

It’s been one whole year since we left school last spring for remote learning, and it is with a happy heart that we welcome a majority of our students back into the building this April! When students return from Spring Break this Tuesday, April 6th, the schedule will be an EVEN (2,4,6,8 A day).

The weather is expected to be very nice this week! As ...
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Weekly Update – Message from Dr. Luft 3/26/21

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

After successfully implementing our first phase of our spring re-entry plan, we have turned our attention to welcoming back many of our all-remote learners beginning on Tuesday, April 6. Our schools will be closed Monday, March 29, through Monday, April 5.

CDC and NYSDOH Guidance:  We are aware that the CDC has released updated guidance related to the reopening of schools with 3 ...
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Weekly Word – March 26, 2021

Dear PVES Families,

Happy spring break! We have all put so much effort into such a challenging but successful school year, and I know we are all looking forward to a fun and relaxing week before we give more great effort into the final quarter.  Spring break begins on Monday, March 29th, and continues until Monday, April 5th.  We look forward to welcoming back all of our ...
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March 22, 2021

Dear Parents,

It has lifted everyone’s spirits to have many of the students return from remote learning. We look forward to April 6th when we have even more students in the building. On Tuesday, March 23rd, our counselors, Ms. Frye, Ms. Wayne, and Ms. Morales will be presenting on “Strategies to Help Students Return to School” at 6:30 pm through Google Meet (LINK). This is open to ...
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