Dear Putnam Valley Community:
I am sharing Dr. Intrieri’s staff message with the entire PV staff today. We have much to celebrate with our students. The success that we recognize is an outcome of the K-12 educational experience in Putnam Valley and a dedicated and passionate staff. At the exceptional and rigorous band concert last evening, Mr. Odell noted how well-prepared students were due to the efforts of the music department beginning at the elementary school. The athletic awards certainly speak to a strong program in the community and in the school. The artwork in the ASPIRE competition speaks to continued District support for the arts in our schools.
I do want to make special mention of the remarkable achievement of Dora Rippon who has been named as a semi-finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, considered one of the most prestigious awards for high school students. This national competition was founded in 1942. This year, 2000 students nationwide submitted their projects, and 300 students were selected as semi-finalists. Of that group, 29 were from the Hudson Valley. Only 1 student was selected from Putnam County: Putnam Valley’s Dora Rippon. Dora’s topic is “Determining the minimum mass of a habitable planet by studying atmospheric oxygen escape.” Clearly, her work represents a powerful investigation that can impact our future. Mr. Zupan has implemented a program that connects students to the wider world and future success. However, the desire to study science begins at our earliest grades with teachers who have been committed to Science 21 and the science fair at the elementary school. In fact, this year, senior Sarah Broas, who has been honored at an international conference for her science research, will be involving the younger students as a mentor in regional competitions at their grade level. All of these students spotlight the aspirations of our Putnam Valley school community. Certainly, every teacher and staff member has participated in these remarkable achievements. We take great pride in these accomplishments. I also want to congratulate Dr. Intrieri in attaining her doctorate. She provides inspiration for achievement to our school community.
Superintendent of Schools
From Dr. Intrieri to PVHS staff:
2019 is kicking off with some amazing PVHS accomplishments and celebrations. Yesterday, we celebrated senior Kaitlin Cohen and the Art Department with the A.S.P.I.R.E recognition. Tonight, we had a wonderful display of artwork from Studio Art and Creative Crafts students. The creativity and skill were impressive!
We also had an amazing Winter Instrumental Concert tonight conducted by Ryan Odell. The students showed such incredible talent and maturity and sounded great! They performed a lovely song in honor of Mark that was very touching and the Social Studies Department would have loved the WW1 medley of music and William Tell piece!
Today, it was also announced that senior Dora Rippon is one of the semi-finalists in the National Science Talent Search. She is one of only 300 students nationwide!
Another great honor, seniors Darnell Shillingford and John Listwan were named to the All-State Football team.
We have amazing kids at PVHS. They are able to achieve these notable honors and accomplishments through the hard work of their teachers!! Congratulations to Jen Armbruster, Lisa Furlong, Ryan Odell, Jerry Zupan and Ryan Elsasser for your incredible work with these students to help them reach their potential! Thank you to the entire faculty and staff for working hard every day to push kids to do and be their very best. You all have so much to be proud of!