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PVHS TheatreWorks Fan Video – Young Frankenstein

Dear Putnam Valley Community:
We are very happy and proud to pass along the PVHS TheatreWorks fan video of Young Frankenstein.   When Putnam Valley High School’s spring musical was canceled back in April, we all felt the loss for our students who had been working so hard to put this production together.
I so appreciate the talent, effort and commitment of the more than 70 student cast, crew and orchestra-pit members. I continue to be impressed by the resilience of our students. Please take a few minutes to enjoy the video.
Sincerely,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent

HS/MS Campus Closed until Saturday 6/27

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Please note that the High School/Middle School campus will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23 until Saturday, June 27 in order to allow our staff to prepare the campus for our High School graduation ceremonies scheduled for Friday, June 26. The track, turf and wellness trail will be closed for these few days.  Please help us spread the word to friends and neighbors.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

End of Year Message from Dr. Luft

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

There is no denying the fact, this was one interesting school year.  When we established our district-wide goal last summer to embrace the growth that occurs when you overcome challenges, this was certainly not what we had in mind.  Although I anticipated some struggles during my first year as a Superintendent, I could have never imagined how the year would turn out.  More importantly, the underlying message of achieving personal growth by overcoming challenges remains more true now than ever.

While nothing was perfect and there are things that we would change, I remain proud of how quickly our school community responded to the COVID crisis.  We were able to transition from in-person to distance learning over a weekend. While we know that there is no replacement for live in-person instruction, everyone rose to the challenge to support our students.  We are very thankful for the active role parents played in the success of our instructional program.

As the 2019-2020 school year is coming to an end, work has already begun to plan for the 2020-2021 school year.  While there are still many more questions than answers regarding how instruction will take place and what level of social distancing will be required, plans are being developed to cover all potential options.  This work will continue over the summer as we await additional guidance from the New York State Department of Health.  A parent/student survey is currently being developed and will be shared next week. The purpose of the survey is to collect information that will be used by our Re-entry Task Force as we explore all options for the reopening of school in the fall.

Beginning on Tuesday, June 23 the Middle/High School campus will be closed to allow for our buildings and grounds crew to begin to set up for our graduation ceremony on June 26. This will include the turf and the track. We are requesting the community’s cooperation. Please refrain from using the school facilities during this time.

I wish everyone a safe and healthy summer. This should be a time for relaxation and reflection on all that has transpired this year. Time to consider the challenges of COVID and the hope for social justice and equality. Time to reconnect with family and friends, to help a neighbor or community member, and to take care of yourself.  Nobody knows the challenges that lay ahead, but I’m confident that the Putnam Valley School Community can handle anything that comes our way.

Take care and stay well,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education Meeting Thursday 6/18/20 -7pm Live Stream @pvcsd.org – Vote Results – Thank you!

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education Work Session/Business Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June, 18, 2020, will be held virtually and will begin at 6:30 pm with an anticipated Executive Session.  The meeting will reconvene at approximately 7:00 pm for the regular portion of the agenda.  Board members will attend via the Zoom video conferencing service. Members of the public may also attend by clicking the live link on the school’s website, pvcsd.org. Members of the public will be able to ask questions during the meeting by emailing questions to: BoardQuestions@pvcsd.org

The email address will be monitored prior to and during the meeting. Questions will be compiled and will be shared with the Board during the public comment periods. We encourage your participation. For the purpose of the record of the meeting, please include your name in the email.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here: https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/pvcsd/Board.nsf/Public

Agenda topics include:

  • Accept Results of the June 9, 2020, Budget and Board Election Vote – Yes: 1382 No: 900, Joseph Ferraro reelected as Board Trustee.
  • Superintendent’s Report
  • Recognition of National Technical Honor Society Inductees: Nikole Kristoferson, Michael Krawiec, Laura Jones, Kelsey Schiavone
  • Recognition of Seal of Biliteracy Recipients – Angelica Ordonez, Gianna Patino, Emily Mazzella, Sabrina Cross, Bethany Ocampo, Valeria Luna Mendez and TJ McKeown.

On behalf of the Putnam Valley Board of Education, we thank the community for your support of the budget and your participation in the school board election.  We continue to be committed to answering any questions about the budget and/or the annual process. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Meal Program – Last day of service, Friday, June 19

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

As you know, Friday, June 19 will be our last day of school.  It will also be the last day we are able to offer the meal program that has been in operation during our school closure.

I’d like to thank Aramark, our Food Service Director, Sandra Renken, and her staff, who with the support of our district staff, worked tirelessly to prepare, provide and/or deliver meals to hundreds of children.

Putnam Valley School District families can access meals in neighboring school districts throughout the summer.  You do not need to sign up for any of these sites.

Peekskill locations:

Peekskill High School
1072 Elm Street
AND
Oakside Elementary School
200 Decatur Ave.
(Please check website for dates and times – updates will be posted soon)

Brewster locations:
H. H. Wells Middle School
20  Farm to Market Road entrance
Mondays, 8:00 AM -10:00 AM
AND
St. Lawrence O’Toole School
11 Eastview Ave.
Mondays, 11:00 AM -1:00 PM

Please also check these websites for updates frequently:
United Way of Westchester and Putnam https://www.uwwp.org/

Feeding Westchester https://feedingwestchester.org/find-help/mobile-food-pantry-schedule/

Putnam  County Food Pantries: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18FV4XhvM4ZIwpiLnsVwi583eO31FqLz8/view

If we receive any further information regarding additional locations, we will share it immediately.

Thank you.

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Updates 6/12/20

Dear Putnam Valley Community

As we approach the end of what can only be described as a very disruptive school year, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the events that have transpired over the past year, months, and weeks.  While the COVID-19 crisis is often the first thing that enters everyone’s mind, once we move past the obvious public health crisis, we are reminded there is much to celebrate.  Additional time with family, opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, and supporting those families in need are some of the positives that I personally take away from this closure period.  Our society is also in the midst of a civil rights movement to combat racism and demand social justice.  Silver linings are hard to identify in the midst of a global pandemic, but I hope that everyone can take some time to reflect and that we can each enter the summer with positive thoughts.

Please review the updates from this week and enjoy your weekend.

Middle School Assistant Principal:  As shared earlier this week, we are very sad to see Dr. Kern Mojica leave Putnam Valley.   We wish Dr. Mojica the best of luck in his new position as a principal in Croton.  We remain committed to the rigorous interview process we have used over the past few years and have already posted the position on OLAS (Online Application System for K-12 Education).  There will be opportunities for parent and teacher involvement on interview committees.

Re-entry Task Force:  Subcommittees have begun to meet and our next Task Force meeting is scheduled for next Thursday.  Guidance has not yet been provided by New York State. There is also regional work that is taking place to use the collective knowledge of the region to develop best practices on the reopening of schools.

Graduation:  The Governor’s unexpected announcement last weekend allowing graduation ceremonies of up to 150 people, allowed us to quickly revise our High School graduation plans.  We are now planning 3 graduation ceremonies on June 26.  The ceremony will be limited to the graduates and two guests.  The High School/Middle School campus will be closed during the graduation ceremony, and periodically before the ceremony for preparation work.

District Budget & Budget Vote:  The Governor has adjusted the school budget vote deadline. Districts must now accept ballots received through the mail until June 16.  The district is no longer allowed to accept any hand-delivered ballots.  Counting of ballots will begin after 5:00 pm on June 16.  If you or anyone you know has not yet returned their school budget ballot, they may still have time to do so via the USPS.

Laptop Pick Up:  The district will be providing opportunities for students who need access to a school laptop over the summer to pick one up, by appointment, beginning the first week of July.  More information will be shared on how to schedule an appointment. If you would like to request access to a laptop this summer, please complete this form. https://forms.gle/rPyUVyeShuDHhJEPA

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft

Superintendent of Schools

PVMS Asst. Principal – Best of luck Dr. Mojica

Dear Putnam Valley Community,

It is anticipated that Dr. Mojica, our Middle School Assistant Principal, will be appointed to the position of principal for the Croton Harmon School District and will be leaving Putnam Valley. We wish Dr. Mojica the best of luck as he takes this next step in his career.
We will immediately begin a search process to fill this important position and will involve parents, teachers, and community members in the process. More information will follow.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Tonight – Thursday, June 4 – Tenure and Retirements – Board of Ed Meeting 7pm

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

The Putnam Valley Central School District Board of Education Work Session/Business Meeting scheduled for tonight, Thursday, June 4, will be held virtually, beginning at 7 pm.  Board members will attend via the Zoom video conferencing service. Members of the public may also attend by clicking the live link on the school’s website, pvcsd.org. Members of the public will be able to ask questions during the meeting by emailing questions to: BoardQuestions@pvcsd.org

The email address will be monitored prior to and during the meeting. Questions will be compiled and will be shared with the Board during the public comment periods. We encourage your participation. For the purpose of the record of the meeting, please include your name in the email.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here:  https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/pvcsd/Board.nsf/Public

Tonight, the Board will recognize the 2020 retirees of the district: Regina Albano, Christine Crill, Debra Sperling, and Scott Sperling. In addition, the Board will celebrate those teachers who were recently awarded tenure:  Christian Evans, Brandon Hvisch, LeeAnn Johnson, Jaimie Hannigan, Nanette Romanello, Mary Sullivan, Jacob Ninan, Shannon Tarkington, Angela Methans, Erinn Scolpini, Ryan Elsasser, Matt Danko and Olivia Roth.

Please join me in congratulating these teachers.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

School Budget and Ballot Info – Deadline Tuesday 6/9

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

Putnam Valley has always been a special place to me. Growing up in town, I witnessed firsthand the strength and compassion of this community. Returning to work for the District and then being named the Superintendent has been a privilege and my pride in Putnam Valley continues to grow. As we find our community and our nation in the midst of a new and unprecedented crisis, we once again see our community coming together to support those in need. I am extremely proud of the staff and students of the Putnam Valley Central School District and I am deeply grateful for the fortitude of the parents and caregivers who have risen to meet the challenges of distance learning since the middle of March.

Although our buildings have been closed since March 13, school district staff have been working to meet the needs of students as they continue to deliver instruction, albeit, remotely. The District has continued to actively support the community by offering free meals to all students and younger siblings and by providing childcare for the children of first responders and essential workers in our community.

Before schools responded to the greater needs of our community and transitioned into a virtual world, this was shaping up to be another outstanding year in Putnam Valley. Please visit our website at pvcsd.org, to learn more about the achievements of our schools and our students.

As we were preparing the budget for the 2020-2021 school year we responded to the tremendous economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. As part of our efforts to present a fiscally responsible budget, we have proactively reduced expenses in next year’s budget.  Our budget to budget increase for next year is only .44%. As per the Governor’s Executive Order, all voting will be done by absentee ballot and ballots are due back to the District Office no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, June 9. Ballots have been mailed to all qualified voters. If you need additional information, please contact our District Clerk at mbellino@pvcsd.org, (845)528-8143×1367. Due to time constraints, ballots can be dropped off at the District Office located behind the Elementary School at 171 Oscawana Lake Road, click here for office hours.

Our Budget Newsletter was mailed to all PVCSD residents at the end of May. Please review the information included in this newsletter (click here), and visit our website for detailed information and meeting videos so that you are prepared to return your absentee ballot no later than June 9 at 5 pm. The Putnam Valley School District is committed to the students and community who continue to shape our goals and values and will lead us into the future.

We look forward to the day when our schools are filled with the smiling faces of our students and staff.  Student safety is our highest priority and our schools will be ready to safely welcome students back when state and public health guidelines allow.  The District will be establishing a Re-entry Task Force that will develop a plan to safely reopen schools.

Thank you for your continued partnership. Please continue to take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools

Fast Budget Facts:

⭆ Proposed tax levy remains below the NYS allowable tax cap for the 9th consecutive year.

⭆ Over the past 5 years, the tax rate has gone down 4.9%.

⭆ Despite state aid cuts, the budget to budget increase is only .44%.

⭆ The COVID19 health crisis has negatively impacted the 2020-2021 budget.

⭆ Due to significant losses in state aid, cuts of $1.2M were necessary to balance the budget.

⭆ School Districts have been advised that additional State aid cuts could be as much as 20%. State aid reductions could reach $2.4M for Putnam Valley.

⭆ Voting will be done by absentee ballot sent to all qualified voters.

⭆ Ballots must be received by the District no later than June 9 by 5 pm.

⭆ A failed budget would result in additional cuts to student programs totaling $531,000. Staffing, educational programs, extracurricular activities and athletics would be impacted.

email budget questions to: jfigarella@pvcsd.org

Strive to appreciate our differences and embrace diversity

Dear Putnam Valley Community:

I am thinking of our community and our students as our country faces such trauma and sadness. Our schools must continue to be a safe place for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity/expression.

The Putnam Valley School District continues to accept its responsibility to recognize and educate our students regarding racism and other injustices that threaten the fabric of our country. It is our moral imperative to teach and model acceptance, advocate for meaningful progress and embrace our differences.  It is those differences that make our community and our country such a wonderful place.

As a school community, we teach the Great Expectations: Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. Together, we listen, we learn, we grow, and with kindness, we will impact future generations.  As a district, we remain steadfastly committed to supporting our staff and empowering our students to be actively engaged in this important work.

It is my hope that we can, collectively, strive to appreciate our differences and embrace our diversity.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools