Hello Parents and Guardians,

We have had an incredibly positive start to our school year.  There is a different vibe in the building that may be attributed to beginning the school year without the restrictions of the past few years.  Our Big Buddies and Freshman Foundations programs have welcomed our freshmen to the high school, defined what it means to ASPIRE to be a Putnam Valley graduate, and will continue to work with them all year long.  Attitude is contagious and our seniors are happy, excited, and positive about leading the school community to great achievements inside and outside of the classroom.

We have some new faces in the building.  Mrs. Elizabeth Palermo joins our math department.  Mrs. Sharon Lum will be extending Mandarin into our IB program allowing for more flexibility in our World Language department.  Mrs. Judilcia Perez joins our Student Support Suite as a bilingual social worker.  Mr. Nick Lapadula joins us as a campus monitor.  We also welcome Dr. Letitia Payne to the high school.  Dr. Payne served as the assistant principal at the middle school for the past two years and will continue as the assistant principal at the high school.  She brings a wealth of knowledge of RTI/MTSS, special education, and our current 9th and 10th grade students.  Oh, and the wonderful Mr. Matt Mello has moved into the position of high school principal.

Our school website is an excellent resource for students and parents.  Please take some time to visit our website and navigate the different tabs and links.  Make sure you click in the blue IB icon on the left to see all that our IB World School has to offer.

PVHS Website

We are ready to open our doors to parents next week with our annual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 29th. Doors will open at 5:45pm. Dr. Payne and I will have a welcome message at 6:00 in the Performing Arts Center.  You will then follow your child’s MONDAY A- DAY schedule. Please ask your child for a copy of their schedule.  We will also have student schedules available in the front foyer if needed.  The schedule for Back to School Night is attached in this email.  Dr. Payne and I will be available throughout the evening to address your questions.

Back-to-School Night Schedule

We look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday!


Mr. Matt Mello

There is no school for students on Monday, April 22, 2024