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Msg. from Dr. Luft – Have a wonderful summer!

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As we put another year in the rearview mirror, I am reminded of both the struggles and triumphs over the past year.  While we entered this year with high hopes of a return to typical schooling, COVID had other plans.  However, I am thankful that we were able to again welcome fans back into our stands, audiences into our performances, and welcome parents back into our buildings to get a glimpse of all the amazing work that happens in Putnam Valley each day.

I am extremely grateful for the perseverance and dedication of our students and staff who refused to let any obstacles stand in their way.  This year was another successful year in Putnam Valley, complete with a wide range of academic, athletic, and cultural arts achievements.  A year that saw continued growth and success of our IB program at Putnam Valley High School while Putnam Valley Middle School committed to pursuing their own IB designation after spending the year researching the program.  Putnam Valley Elementary School continued to excel on ELA and Math assessments, offered a new innovation elective, and were able to welcome parents in for classroom celebrations.  Our athletics program brought the district to new heights, advancing into state tournaments and winning state championships.  Many Putnam Valley athletes earned honors and awards for their hard work; some earning scholarships for college.  Our cultural arts programs provided audiences with a wide range of band, chorus, drama, and musical performances; including this Spring’s performance of In The Heights.  Several of our students were recognized at the state level for their musical and artistic talents.

It has certainly been another successful year in the Putnam Valley School District.  I am confident that next year will be even better as we put some of the struggles of the past few years further behind us. The entire Putnam Valley School Community will continue on the path toward excellence thanks to the hard work of our students, staff, parents, and community.

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in the fall.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Msg. from Dr. Luft – Elementary School Update

Good afternoon,

I am writing to provide some additional information regarding this morning’s situation involving a single student at Putnam Valley Elementary School. In response to the incident, law enforcement officers arrived quickly.  An ambulance was also dispatched to provide medical assistance.  All classrooms were initially asked to “hold in place,” keeping all students in their classrooms which allowed instruction to continue as normal.  As the situation was nearing resolution, classes began to have limited movement around the building. The building quickly returned to normal operations.  Throughout the incident, no one was hurt, and at no point were other students in any danger.

Clinical staff members, building administrators, and our School Resource Officer immediately responded to help keep the student safe. Our building safety protocols functioned as intended.  We want to thank our building staff for their attentive action and our first responders for their immediate response.

These communications can be difficult as we remain committed to providing as much information as possible while also protecting the privacy and well-being of all students and staff.  However, please know that we will always share what we can when these difficult moments occur. The health and well-being of our students is our top priority, and we are thankful that we have all protocols and practices in place to ensure safety in our buildings.

Thank you for your understanding and care for our community.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Msg. from Dr. Luft – Notification to Community

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

This morning, administrators at Putnam Valley High School were made aware of concerning messages directed toward a few Putnam Valley students.  The messages were posted online by another Putnam Valley student last evening.  We immediately contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. They have made contact with the individual and have determined there is no threat to the Putnam Valley School District or its students.  We will continue to actively work with the Sheriff’s Office to fully investigate this matter.

We always take reports very seriously and work closely with law enforcement to investigate and respond appropriately.

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Msg. from Dr. Luft: We will support each other as we mourn with the Uvalde community

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Today is a sad day following yet another senseless tragedy where 19 innocent school children and 2 teachers were killed in Uvalde, Texas. As a district, we have been in communication since the tragedy first went public. This morning we convened a meeting with our administrative team and our clinical staff members. We have been in contact with our school security advisors and our local Sheriff’s department.

Our clinical staff members are prepared to help those who may need extra support today. We will be closely monitoring our students and staff for signs of anyone who is struggling. In the wake of yesterday’s events, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department will be sending extra patrols through all schools in our county and is proactively monitoring social media for any posts concerning schools. The Sheriff’s department has reassured us that there have been no threats against any schools in Putnam County.

As a school district, we have dedicated significant time and resources to the safety and security of our buildings. While we remain confident that our schools remain a safe place for everyone, we will continue to review and, if necessary, revise any security measures that may be improved.

This tragedy serves as an opportunity to thank our school resource officers and other partners in the law enforcement community for always being an active presence on our campuses. We are grateful to our clinical staff members who work closely with our staff and students during these difficult times. We are also fortunate to have security advisors who work closely with our emergency response teams to ensure that our buildings are safe and that all staff members are trained to respond to any emergency.

We recognize that, as parents, you play a difficult yet critical role in helping your children process these tragic events while reassuring them that they are safe. These conversations can often be difficult, especially for some of our youngest students.  Below are some resources that you may decide to use to help support your child during these most difficult conversations.

Parent Resource Page

Alongside the entire nation, we mourn with the Uvalde school community, especially those families directly impacted by this senseless violence. Let us remind each other that we are not alone in our sadness, fear, or concern, and we belong to a community that supports each other. Please do not hesitate to contact a school official if you believe that your child is struggling or if you have any questions regarding the school district’s response to this tragedy.

Thank you,

Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Parents/Guardians: Review of the District’s Vision, Mission, and Core Values

Dear Putnam Valley CSD Parents/Guardians:

Invitation to participate in a review of the District’s Vision, Mission, and Core Values: 

As you may recall, several months ago, we established a Superintendent’s Advisory Council, composed of parents and educators. This important group of stakeholders generated the Parent Communication Survey that was sent to families in early April in an effort to gather information regarding preferred methods of communication. We thank you for your participation in that survey.

Our next step is to seek input from all constituent groups within our school community and identify focus areas that will guide our work moving forward.  Once identified, this work should provide alignment between our buildings and classrooms; everyone working in one common direction.

Once the process is complete, it is our hope to easily link our District vision, mission, and core values to those already identified by each building.  Ultimately, our goal is to support the instructional strategies of our teachers and the development of skills for our students.

Our parent planning session is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, at 6 pm at PVHS.  Interested individuals must complete the registration form below so that we can plan accordingly for the evening.  Similar opportunities will be provided to our students and staff.  After we receive input from all constituent groups, the Superintendent’s Advisory Council will consolidate the information we receive to identify the core values that most accurately represent the PVCSD community.

Please register here.

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Thank you Putnam Valley! PV School Budget Passes

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

On behalf of the Putnam Valley Board of Education, thank you for your support of our 2022-2023 budget and your participation in the school board election. We remain focused on moving our district forward in innovative ways while respecting the financial implications for our community.  We are grateful for your participation in the process.

Congratulations to incumbent Janette Yetter and to Sam Oliverio on their election to the Board of  Education.  A total of 1,230 ballots were cast (16% of registered voters), an increase over previous years.  Details can be found here.

Our team starts working on the next year’s budget immediately, and I encourage everyone to stay engaged.  Your input is vital.

Thank you for your partnership.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Spring Musical THIS WEEKEND – Don’t miss it! Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Dear Putnam Valley Community:
Tomorrow is opening night at the Putnam Valley High School Performing Arts Center! Get your tickets and come see our talented students take the stage.  You will be impressed by the talent of the cast and the skill of the crew.  
Friday, April, 29th 7PM
Saturday, April 30th, 7PM
Sunday, May 1st, 2PM
$12.00 for adults ($15.00 at the door), $5.00 for senior citizens and students 18 years and under.
Tickets can be purchased on our website pvcsd.org
We are looking forward to seeing our stage come alive and hope you will join us.
Sincerely,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools
Please visit pvcsd.org to purchase tickets.

PVCSD Families: Communication Survey – Please provide your feedback

Dear Putnam Valley School Community:

The Putnam Valley School District Superintendent’s Advisory Council is a district-wide committee composed of parents, teachers, and administrators.  During our last meeting, we identified “communications” as our focus for this school year.  Please consider taking a few minutes to complete the survey below to provide us with valuable information that will inform our communications work.

Click here for the survey.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

School Budget Q&A with District Treasurer Jill Figarella – Thursday, April 7 – All welcome

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Across New York State, annual school budgets will be presented to voters on Tuesday, May 17. Our vote will be held at Putnam Valley Elementary School and polls will be open from 6 am to 9 pm.

The 2022-2023 School Budget was presented at the March 24 Board of Education meeting. You can view the video here and the Powerpoint presentation here.

Please consider joining me for our next Budget Q&A Workshop.

Thursday, April 7 at PVHS – 5:45 to 6:45 pm – HS Library

Workshops are scheduled to last one hour and will be directed by the questions of the group. This informal setting is intended to provide an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the annual budget process and to help improve future communications and discussions.

Please click here to RSVP.

All budget planning reports have now been presented at our Board of Education meetings. The presentation for each building and department can be viewed here.

If you’d like to ask a question, but cannot attend the Q&A session, please use the RSVP link and I will get back to you. RSVP link.

Thank you,

Jill Figarella
District Treasurer

All Welcome – Q&A with District Treasurer Jill Figarella

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Across New York State, annual school budgets will be presented to voters on Tuesday, May 17. Our vote will be held at Putnam Valley Elementary School and polls will be open from 6 am to 9 pm.

Please consider joining me for one or more of our Budget Q&A Workshops.

Wednesday, February 16 at PVES – 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Thursday, March 3 at PVHS – 5:45 to 6:45 pm – HS Library

Wednesday, March 9 at PVMS – 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Tuesday, March 22 at PVHS Library – 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Workshops are scheduled to last one hour and will be directed by the questions of the group. This informal setting is intended to provide an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the annual budget process and to help improve future communications and discussions.

In order to designate appropriate meeting locations, please RSVP for a meeting time that best suits your schedule. Space will be limited. Please click here to RSVP.

Thank you,

Jill Figarella