We believe open communication helps us provide the safest environment for students, therefore, I am writing to inform you of a recent incident. On the evening of Wednesday, January 8, there was a physical altercation involving one of our students and a student from a neighboring school district. Our School Resource Officer and Athletic Director quickly responded and diffused the situation. Our high school principal and assistant principal promptly began an investigation of the incident which is ongoing. We have been in direct contact with the other school district and they have also initiated an investigation. At this time, the matter is in the hands of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the district is not able to comment further as this is an active investigation.
I would like to invite you to our next “Superintendent’s Listening Hour”, this Thursday, January 9. We will meet in our High School Library from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm.
The goal of the Listening Hour is to share perspectives on school issues and to consider our opportunities and challenges. Please consider joining me. I am looking forward to meeting new people and getting to know others better.
At 7:00 pm, our Board of Education meeting will begin in the High School Library. School Board meetings are open to the public and are streamed live on our website, pvcsd.org.
Any school district that receives Federal Title 1 funds is required to evaluate the effectiveness of their Parent and Family Engagement Policy on an annual basis. Our policy can be accessed here.
The Putnam Valley School District has opted to use an online survey as one way we will elicit feedback on our parent and family engagement policy. Please consider taking a few minutes to provide us with feedback that will be used to guide potential revisions of our policy. The feedback survey can be accessed here: https://forms.gle/DgFvg7HmnXrgXxts5
Thank you in advance for your valuable feedback. Happy New Year!
The holiday season is upon us, and the FedEx guy now knows my entire family by name. Personally, this is my favorite time of year, as the father of two elementary-aged boys, I relish the opportunity to experience the holiday season through their eyes. In school, our hallways are busy with the talk of holiday traditions and school vacation plans. Students seem to have just a little more energy and increasingly larger smiles as we approach the holiday recess.
While many look forward to the holiday season, it is also a very difficult time for some of our families. During this time of year, it is important to support those who may be less fortunate, alone, or struggling with the recent loss of a loved one. Please consider taking some time to check in with a loved one, a friend who is struggling to make ends meet, or a neighbor who may be alone; your contact may prove to be the highlight of their day.
Our schools have embraced the spirit of giving and have recently held a variety of food, coat, and pajama drives to give to those who need these items the most. Toys have been collected and donated to a variety of charitable organizations including the Putnam County Women’s Resource Center, Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital, and local churches. I am so proud of our students and the work they do to help others.
During this joyous time of year, it is my hope that everyone will find an opportunity to share some laughs with family and friends, help someone who could use some assistance, and do something for yourself that you will remember a month from now. I wish everyone a happy holiday season and a happy new year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Email the High School at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
If you are picking your children up from the Middle School or High School at the end of the day on a daily or regular basis, we would like your feedback. Please click here.
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.