PV Schools

Dear Putnam Valley Parents/Guardians, Staff and High School students:

John Dewey writes: “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”

On Tuesday evening, September 27 at 7:00 PM, the Putnam Valley School District will screen Most Likely to Succeed, a film that explores a vision for high schools for the 21st century.  The movie focuses on the key skills that students will require to be successful in a global and technology driven economy. The film presents a powerful look at what our students will need to know and be able to do to navigate the post-high school landscape of accelerated change and required resilience and flexibility.  At Putnam Valley, we are seeking to increase opportunities for students to find their passion and a path for the future that will further their “pursuit of happiness.”

Please join us for this film and a panel discussion at the conclusion of the film as we consider these questions: 

  • What does John Dewey’s statement mean to you? What relevance does it have to how we educate our students today?
  • What skills do you think are essential for our students’ futures?
  • When you think back on your school experiences, what had the biggest impact on you? What stands out for you as an outstanding learning experience?
  • How do students in our school learn to make decisions? What are some examples of how our students experience leadership?
  • How much autonomy do our students have in creating and defining projects or big initiatives for themselves?
  • What are the benefits or challenges of reflection and assessment of this kind for students, parents and teachers?

I hope to see many of you at 7:00 PM tomorrow night in our Performing Arts Center at the High School.  If you’d be interested in joining Ms. Intrieri and I on the panel, please email me. 

Click here for the movie trailer.


Dr. Frances Wills

Superintendent of Schools