Pocantico Pride

Enjoy photos of last year's school events and share in our Pocantico Pride! Look for additional images and details this fall as we continue to expand and improve this feature of our website.
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Important Announcements

November 3, 2015

Dear Parents and Families:

As we enter into the true fall season I am always dazzled by the beautiful show Mother Nature puts on for us as the trees turn, red, orange, brown, and yellow! The Hudson Valley is truly the loveliest place in America for one to experience this yearly show!!!

Our teachers in the primary grades take full advantage of these changes and their art classes are filled with the different sizes and shapes of leaves and their colors of this time of year.

I want to thank those of you who were able to attend the first Parent/Grandparent Day this past October.  We had a wonderful turnout and parents were able to see and experience their children’s learning environments.

We also experienced a fantastic Literacy Night.  We had over 200 parents attend the evening’s activities that included such presentations as Poetry Exploration, Reading in the Content Area; teachers showed parents how they use the newspaper to teach reading. 


In November we are turning our attention to the Superintendent Search process. Please plan to attend the one of the three public forums that will occur this month they are:


Dear Families,

I am proud to inform you that The New York State Education Department has designated Pocantico Hills Central School District as a “Reward School” for the 2015-2016 school year.  This year only 354 schools out of 4,800 met this criteria.

This designation goes to New York schools with the highest achievement in the state or those that are making the most progress in closing the achievement gap over two years (2012-2013 and 2013-2014)

We are thrilled and honored to receive this recognition.  We are inspired and motivated.  The entire Pocantico school community should feel proud of the hard, daily work this award represents.  I want to especially thank our teachers and administrators who seek to implement our “Seven Guiding Principles” to ensure rich and complex daily learning experience for all of our students.  Please go to this website http://www.nysed.gov/news/2015/commissioner-identifies-354-reward-schools-under-esea-flexibility-waiver for more information about this award.

While this award does not negate our recent set back in this year’s scores, it does indicate we are on the right track!

In the coming months, together with our teachers, we will analyze our work and make the necessary adjustments in our curriculum and practice to ensure our students’ continued growth.  Please plan to attend the September 8, 2015 Board of Education meeting where we will discuss this year’s scores and our plans.

Valencia F. Douglas, Superintendent

Reward School - NYSED.pdf

Bulletin Board


Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.

Members of the Administration Team from Sleepy Hollow High School will be in attendance to present on the current status of our students.

(It is anticipated that there will be an Executive Session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the employment history of a particular individual.  It is not anticipated that any action will be taken).

To view the agenda, please click on the link below:



On Wednesday, December 2nd – right in time for Holiday shopping – three WONDERFUL stores in the Village of Briarcliff Manor will donate 10% of their proceeds to the Pocantico Hills School Foundation!!!

Please see the attached flyer ...

PHSF - Shop for a Cause - PHSF.jpg
Winter Concert Information

Letter and Schedule Regarding  the High School Selection Process
Click Here for more information

Please take a moment to fill out our

Smart Schools Bond Investment Plan

As required by the NYSED (New York State Education Department) guidance for the Smart Schools Bond Act provides that the Pocantico Hills School District must publish an Investment Plan on our website for thirty days to invite public input prior to a Board of Education Public Hearing scheduled for November 17, 2015. 

To obtain the funding of $101,145 from the Smart School Bond Act the District must



Hard copies of the calendar will be mailed to each home by the end of August.

Pocantico Calendar 2015-2016 WEBSITE version 09.22.15.pdf

APPROVED 2015-2016

2015-2016 School Calendar - APPROVED - 03.09.15.pdf

Pocantico Hills Central

School District

Annual Report

Office of Student Support Services:

Special Education/ Section 504

Director: Mia Wrobel

Phone: 914 631-2440 EXT. 192

Secretary: Marcia Finsmith

Phone: 914 631-2440 EXT. 700

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 1
Board Meeting (Business)

8:00 p.m. - Sleepy Hollow High School to Present

Sunday, December 6
Hanukkah Begins
Monday, December 7
Foundation Meeting
8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9
Elementary Winter Concert

6:00 p.m. (Grades 1 & 2) / 7:00 p.m. (Grades 3 & 4)

Monday, December 14
Hanukkah Ends