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Dear Putnam Valley Community:

You are invited to attend two special events at Putnam Valley High School on Wednesday and Thursday evening, February 13, 2019, and February 14, 2019.

When we discuss assessments of educational excellence, we often think about tests of cognitive ability and content knowledge. These tests are a necessary aspect of the validation of an educational program.   However, the most meaningful understanding of educational goal attainment is reflected in student performance that connects learning and growth over time, integrating many disciplines and applying that knowledge to a real-world demonstration of learning and skill.

Next week, our community will have the opportunity to experience two events that represent student learning well beyond the algorithms of a standardized test.

On Wednesday evening, February 13 at 7:00 pm in our Performing Arts Center, our high school band and chorus will present a Great Works Concert honoring the 100th birthday of world-renowned composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein. Among the many pieces you will hear, are familiar and beloved excerpts from the unforgettable West Side Story. (poster)

On Thursday evening, February 14 at 5:30 pm, in our high school library, three plays written by the students who competed and were awarded recognition for first, second and third place after judges reviewed blind copies of 16 entrants, will be performed. Fellow students have participated as the directors, actors, and tech crews for the plays:

The Automat’s Fear-Jaclyn Pedoty

A Normal Man-Bianca Garcia

To Be Thankful– Kaitlyn Carroll.

These plays are Valentine’s Day gifts to you from our remarkable students.

Please join us.

(If needed snow postponements will be advertised.)

Sincerely,

Dr. Fran Wills
Superintendent of Schools