We are passing along the Parent/Guardian letter prepared by the New York State Department of Health regarding Novel (new) Coronavirus. We participated in a webinar hosted by the Department of Health this afternoon and at this time, there are no cases in New York State.
We are also sharing a link for information on seasonal influenza.
The fire alarm was activated at the Middle School this morning and the Putnam Valley Fire Department responded. The building was evacuated. After receiving an “all clear” from the fire department, the students have returned to the building and the day will resume as normal.
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 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.