We are experiencing intermittent phone service at some of the buildings. Emailing the buildings may be the most efficient way to reach us until the problem is resolved. Email the Elementary School at email@example.com. Email the High School at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. Middle School phones are currently working.
To reach one of the buildings by phone, please dial (845)528-8143 and dial extension 1300 or 1311 for the High School, dial extension 1100 or 1101 for the Elementary School or extension 1200 for the Middle School.
We are in contact with Verizon and they are working toward a resolution.
Thanksgiving is a time for both reflection and celebration. During this time of year, I often find myself reflecting on my life, my family, my work, and my community. As a school district, we have a lot to celebrate, much has been accomplished already this year, and I am excited to see what the rest of the year has to offer.
Professionally, this has been an exciting and challenging year as I transitioned into my new role as Superintendent of Schools. We began our school year by establishing a district goal to “promote wellness and personal growth through the acceptance of challenges.” I see evidence of individuals striving toward this goal every day in the hallways, classrooms, stages, and gymnasiums. I am thankful to the amazing professionals I get to work alongside each and every day; they never fail to inspire me to challenge myself to be better. Regardless of position or title, everyone in the Putnam Valley School District strives to put children first and foremost, and I couldn’t be more thankful for their dedication to our community and our students. I’m blessed to work in a community that supports their schools and to be surrounded by students that impress me every day with their persistence, talent, and kindness.
Personally, I am thankful for my amazing family and friends, I could not be successful without their tireless support of my work. My family has embraced my work and the Putnam Valley community and can often be seen alongside me at athletic contests, concerts, and community events. Friends have a way of keeping you humble and never fail to point out possible areas of improvement, but they are also there to pick you up after you fall.
I am hopeful that everyone will find some time over the next few days to reflect on and celebrate the past year. Celebrate all your accomplishments and challenge yourself to overcome any obstacles. This is just as important at home as it is in our classrooms and finding a balance of both is key to achieving personal growth. I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.
As you may have heard, the State Department of Transportation is planning on closing the Taconic State Parkway center median as of December 2. Traffic will still be able to make a right turn into and out of the Roaring Brook Lake community, however, this is not a viable option for our school buses. Beginning Wednesday, November 20, the High School/Middle School AND Elementary School bus runs will use the Richardsville Road access to Roaring Brook Lake. This change will require Elementary School students to be out at their bus stops 10 minutes earlier than usual. High School and Middle School should continue to expect pick up times that went into effect on November 12. (Students from Wiccopee Road have been contacted directly with information regarding changes.) We will be monitoring arrival times and if any additional changes are necessary we will let you know immediately.
Please note, drop off in the afternoon will also be affected by the route change. Please expect your children at their drop off stop approximately 10 minutes later than usual. Any assistance in sharing this communication with friends and neighbors would be appreciated. Elementary school children will not be let off their bus if there is not a parent waiting for them.
The route change to Richardsville Road is one we have expected, it is just coming much earlier than anticipated. We have been in regular contact with the representative from the State Department of Transportation, Town Supervisor Mr. Oliverio, Putnam Valley Highway Superintendent Mr. Cobb, as well as the Town of Kent and the Carmel School District. Our PVCSD team will continue to thoughtfully consider the impact of the project on students and families. Bus drivers will complete practice runs prior to the change on Wednesday.
This email will be partnered with a phone call to numbers listed in Power School, our student portal.
Don’t miss the chance to see the PVHS TheatreWorks Fall Drama production of Almost, Maine this weekend! Performances are Friday and Saturday evening at 7 pm, and a Sunday matinee at 2 pm.
Dr. Micera, Director of PVHS Choral Music and TheatreWorks, shared the following description of the show:
The title refers to the fictitious town where the play occurs, on one deeply cold and magical midwinter night, the citizens of Almost (not organized enough to be a town, too populated to be a wilderness) experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis (the “northern lights”) and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a collection of tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of magic.
Best of luck to all: Cast~Noah Benschine, Gigi Bianco, Kaitlyn Carroll, Tara Dolack, Bianca Garcia, Jasmine Gelfer, Charles Howley, Gabby Lee, Abby Lowder, Ben Lowder, Paul Patino, Christopher Sauber, Jane Sheehan, Parker Sperrazza, Cassandra Tenesaca, Vanessa Ungarino and Katie Usai. Production Crew~Gianna Patino, Emma Mignano, Sam Kahn, Cayla Gona, Sophia Goncalves, Lauren Ellyn, Ilyanna Garcia-Alicia, Chloe Lamere, Jon Fuchs, Victoria Spitzer, Eric Rein, Michael Holowiak, Emily Hollis, Fiona Chen, Nikole Kristoferson, Jaele Zapater, Jessica DeRuggiero, Olivia Gameiro and Allison Anderson.
There are several construction projects either underway or soon to begin around town and on our school property. Like all construction projects, we anticipate there will be some disruption before the benefits of these projects are realized.
Pudding Street Overpass on the Taconic State Parkway – This overpass is a welcome sight to many residents of the Roaring Brook community and our school district who have advocated for its construction for many years. School buses, carrying over 100 students, use a great deal of skill and patience to safely cross 4 lanes of high-speed traffic up to 16 times a day. Please note:
You are no longer allowed to make a left-hand turn at Pudding Street, this includes both northbound and southbound traffic.
Blasting is expected to begin this week between 10 am and 2 pm. Traffic will be closed on the TSP in both directions during blasts; they anticipate a road closure of 15 minutes for each blast.
We anticipate that the Pudding Street crossing will be closed to all traffic from May 2021 until the bridge opens in July 2021. The district has already begun working on a transportation plan for the impacted time of the school year.
Middle School/High School Dismissal – Over the past two years, we have made substantial changes to our school arrival process while keeping dismissal relatively unchanged. In anticipation of a new traffic pattern during our construction project, the time is right to improve how we dismiss our buses and how we handle the student, staff, and parent traffic on campus during dismissal. Buses have a very tight turnaround time to return to the Elementary School for dismissal and must be given priority to exit the campus. Please keep an eye out for more detailed information on how we hope to improve our dismissal process.
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PVCSD Facilities Project – We anticipate breaking ground on our facilities project in early spring. The project will begin with the establishment of construction staging areas behind the High School gym and in the Middle School parking lot outside the cafeteria. A temporary road will be built off of the existing driveway for construction access only.
School Districts and contractors are required by New York State to implement protocols and procedures to ensure the safety of students and staff. Each of the construction areas will be surrounded by construction fencing; no students or staff will have access to these construction areas. To maintain separation of construction areas and occupied spaces, contractors will not have access to academic or common areas of the building during the school day and separate corridors will be constructed if needed. All workers will be required to wear photo identification at all times. Throughout the construction project, temporary and emergency egress will be maintained to allow for a safe exit from the building when needed.
The staging area outside of the Middle School will result in the loss of some parking spaces and will require a revised traffic pattern around the campus. We have been closely tracking the number of available parking spaces during different times of the day and remain confident that we will have enough staff parking during the day. Parking for special events and activities will remain a challenge.
Upcoming work on Peekskill Hollow Road – We do not yet have an anticipated start date for this project, but we know that Peekskill Hollow Road is scheduled for some upgrades. These upgrades include the creation of left hand and right hand turning lanes into the MS/HS campus. Although we anticipate some disruption during this construction project, this upgrade should help alleviate some of our traffic issues into and out of the MS/HS campus.
Some of this work will certainly push us out of our comfort zones. Let’s accept these challenges and keep our sights on the benefits of these projects when they are complete.
This Friday, October 4, 2019, our three schools will hold their Early Dismissal Evacuation Drill as required by the New York State Education Department. Each school will dismiss 15 minutes earlier than their regular dismissal time.
Please help us with some “Back To School” record-keeping and please mark your calendars with upcoming dates. Below you will find links to our media release form, our KI (Potassium Iodide) release form (as recommended by the NY State Education Department and NY State Department of Health) and communications regarding our school meal program.
Please read through this information and complete anything pertinent to your family. Elementary School families: if you have completed a hard copy of Media or KI forms, please complete these forms again. This will help our transition to an electronic file and we thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Next Friday, October 4, our three schools will hold their Early Dismissal Evacuation Drill as required by the New York State Education Department. Each school will dismiss 15 minutes earlier than their regular dismissal time (approximately 2:25 pm at the HS/MS and 3:05 pm at the Elementary School). Please make arrangements to accommodate for the early arrival of your children.
I am also including a list of ways that can help you stay informed and connected throughout the year. Please consider joining me for a “Listening Hour” on Thursday, October 10, in our High School library beginning at 5:45 pm. This meeting will be held just prior to our regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting.
As the fond memories of summer days spent with family and friends fade away, our schools are moving full speed ahead. Our hallways are once again filled with the smiling faces of staff and students. Classrooms are full of inquisitive minds eager to learn, and teachers are exploring new ways to cultivate student learning. The creative minds of our students are once again being expressed in art rooms and on stage, while the athletic fields and gymnasiums are filled with the competition of sports.
We marched in our school year with the clapping of drums and the playing of horns courtesy of the Tappan Zee Bridgemen. Our back to school celebration offered district-wide staff an opportunity to connect, reflect, and plan for the upcoming year. Relationships were forged by way of a district-wide group activity and professional learning took place through the offering of teacher facilitated workshops. As a district, we had much to celebrate from the previous year while setting our sights on goals for the new year.
At a recent Board of Education meeting, the Board adopted our District goal for the year: “Promote Wellness and Personal Growth by Accepting Challenges.” The acceptance of challenges is a theme we used throughout the summer and the opening of schools. The Navy Seals have a saying: “Be comfortable being uncomfortable and you’ll be able to handle any situation that comes your way.” I believe there is a lot of truth behind that statement.
During my opening remarks in August, I asked all staff to consider the greatest moments of their lives; whatever came to mind. I then asked them to consider if any of those events happened without an aspect of challenge or disruption to their daily lives. Personally, I could not think of any. Whether considering the birth of a child, death of a parent, purchasing a new home, changing jobs, etc., personally and professionally, each came with a degree of challenge.
This year, I hope that our goal will push teachers, students, parents, and administrators out of their comfort zone, to challenge themselves to be better and try something new. The other part of our District goal is focused on wellness. It is imperative that we provide appropriate support to those willing to seek discomfort and take challenges. Everyone should have someone to help them along the way, catch them when they fall, and lend a hand when they are stuck. Collectively we need to encourage individuals to challenge themselves while providing support along the way.
Here is a link to the 12 minute video I shared at Superintendent’s Conference Day.
As the end of summer draws near, our schools are busy preparing for the opening of schools. When students and staff return in a few short days, they will see buildings in pristine condition, enjoy exciting enhancements to our grounds, and experience infrastructure upgrades that will enhance our safety and security practices. Some highlights of this work include new windows at Putnam Valley Elementary School, and the creation of an outdoor learning space and wellness trail at the Putnam Valley Middle School and High School campus. When students return to their classes, they will experience the meaningful work completed by their teachers this summer; revised lesson plans, new units of study, and new opportunities for student engagement and empowerment within the learning process. Our High School students, for the first time in Putnam Valley, will experience the globally recognized International Baccalaureate curriculum.
I want to commend the hard work of our buildings and grounds, technology, and office staff as well as the many teachers who participated in our summer workshops and curriculum writing initiatives. It has certainly been a busy summer here at Putnam Valley Central School District.
Looking forward, this is already shaping up to be an amazing year. A year that will empower our students within student-centered learning environments. The International Baccalaureate will provide both Juniors and Seniors with the opportunity to challenge themselves within a globally-minded curriculum. A new outdoor learning space and wellness trail will provide opportunities for Middle School and High School classes to embrace the outdoors. Finally, we are on schedule to begin our capital project this spring. The project includes much needed facility upgrades to both the Middle School and Elementary School along with the construction of a new health and wellness center that we believe will quickly become the academic and athletic hub of the District. Our architects will present the final renderings of the project at both the September 12 and October 10 Board of Education meetings. Board of Education meetings are open to the public and are also streamed live at pvcsd.org. For information on the facilities project, including recent presentations, please visit our website http://pvcsd.org/index.php/district/district-info/facilities-project/.
A theme for this upcoming school year will be accepting and overcoming challenges and understanding that by doing so we can realize meaningful change. We want to challenge ourselves to be better and more creative educators, challenge our students to assume greater ownership over their learning and to develop the essential skills they will need to be successful later in life. We want to encourage our parents to work alongside the school district to support our students socially, emotionally, and academically. All meaningful change comes with a level of discomfort. It is what we do during these times of discomfort that defines who we are and who we want to be. We all can be better and do better. Our challenge for the upcoming year is to ensure that everyone is provided the opportunity to improve themselves.
I am looking forward to another year of PVRising!
Dr. Jeremy Luft
Superintendent of Schools
Tonight, Monday 8/26 Kindergarten Back To School Night for parents – 7 pm
Tuesday, 8/27 5th Grade Orientation 11 am
Wednesday, 8/28 and 8/29 Superintendent’s Conference Days
Tuesday, 9/3 School Opens for Students Monthly Event Calendar pvcsd.org