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    BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

    There will be a Regular Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, February 13th beginning at 6:30 p.m.  It is anticipated that the Board will immediately convene into Executive Session to discuss the employment history of a particular individual and return to public session at 7:30 p.m.

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  • Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

    On behalf of our faculty and staff, I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking forward to a busy and productive year as we launch several new and exciting initiatives.  Pocantico Hills School District has a rich history, natural beauty and charm that makes it a uniquely wonderful place for families to thrive and children to grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Our goal is to personalize the learning experience for all children, building upon their interests and abilities to prepare them to be life-long learners, skilled communicators, able problem solvers and strong citizens. We are proud of all we do well and are committed to a culture of continuous improvement. I look forward to working with all residents to provide an exceptional educational experience for our children as they move through our system from their first day of pre-kindergarten to high school graduation. We want our school to remain the hub of the community for everyone who lives here, with residents and families enjoying our beautiful grounds and pool throughout the years.  

    With direction from our Board of Education, we have established priorities for the coming year that support the District’s vision for the future:

    • Implementing an organizational structure that provides clarity in roles and responsibilities, distributes leadership, and promotes collaboration through a team structure.
    • Developing a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum aligned with standards of excellence, providing expert consultants to develop curricula and build the capacity of our professional staff in reading, writing, mathematics, science, world languages, technology, physical education and social/emotional learning.
    • Reinventing our world language program in grades K-8 to connect with grade level content immersion in French and Spanish to make language learning a tangible, problem-solving experience that prepares our students to be global citizens.
    • Personalizing learning for every child, shifting from a deficit model of support to one of universal support for all students.
    • Strengthening communication with all District constituents.
    • Maintaining a safe, consistent, and developmentally appropriate learning environment.

    This calendar is filled with important information and highlights of all that lies ahead for the children of this community; we invite you to join us in making 2017-18 a great year and count on you to share your feedback and suggestions. If you have questions or concerns at any time, please give us a call or send us an email.

    Sincerely yours,

    Carol L. Conklin-Spillane
    Superintendent of Schools

     

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  • Parents of incoming Pre-K and New Incoming Kindergarten Students

    For information on registering your child, please click here.

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  • Board Room Project

    Would you like to help us with the Board Room project by donating school memorabilia?  Click here for more information.

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  • District Academic Intervention Plan

    The New York State Education Department is requiring that school districts develop an AIS policy for the 2016/2017 school year. This policy must include a second measure and must be uniformly applied to all grade levels. Please see attached for more details.

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Our Mission

The Pocantico Hills School staff believes that each student is a complex and unique person. We are committed to helping our children realize their complete personal potential – academic, creative, physical and emotional. We will ask the students to stretch themselves and help them to discover the rewards of working hard.

We will treat the students with respect and understanding and encourage them to be caring and contributing members of society, students who are thoughtful, honest, fair, kind and self-disciplined.

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  • DAY 1

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  • BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

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  • 11:45 AM DISMISSAL (Students)

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  • DAY 2

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  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

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  • FOUNDATION MEETING

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Pocantico Pride - Great Achievements and News from Students, Alumni and Staff

  • Congratulations to the Pleasantville High School Football Team!

    On Sunday, November 26th, the Pleasantville Panthers football team won the Class B 2017 NY State Champion Football game. Five Pocantico Hills graduates took the field at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY - seniors Matthew DeSousa, Kyle Hutter, and Jack Minerva were joined by Junior Danny Minerva and Sophomore Jared Wilens. Additionally, junior Lyndsey Minerva sang the National Anthem. Congrats to all of our Pocantico alumni!

    Pocantico Pride - Great Achievements and News from Students, Alumni and Staff
  • Guest Author LuAnn Adams Visits Pocantico

    Thanks to generous support of the Pocantico Hills PTA, students in PreK, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades were treated to a special visit with storyteller LuAnn Adams. LuAnn Adams is an award-winning storyteller who has performed all over the world, sharing stories that focus on friendship, courage, and global citizenship. Students were excited and engaged for LuAnn's lively presentation.

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  • Pocantico Celebrates Our Annual Harvest Festival

    This annual tradition has been taking place at the Pocantico Hills School for the last eleven years.  Students, parents and staff participate in the week-long event as vegetables are harvested, sorted and cleaned, and then combined to make chunky Harvest Soup. 

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  • Mr. Harrington’s Back to School Read Alouds

    Reading, writing, and arithmetic aren’t the only important subjects that students are learning at Pocantico. Mr. Harrington has started a new tradition of doing Read Alouds for each class to kick off the school year, and he has chosen “We’re All Wonders,” by R.J. Palacio – a book that reinforces the importance of KINDNESS. It’s a story that taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. The story opens discussions about empathy and kindness. 

    Mr. Harrington said, “Simply, my message to our students was at Pocantico we all take care of one another.”

    Thank you, Mr. Harrington! Let’s share the movement to ‘Choose Kind.’

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  • Pocantico Hills Families Tinker, Think & Explore!

    On Friday, September 15th, Pocantico students and families participated in the PTA sponsored "Tinker Night" - everyone was a kid while visiting stations such as learning how to code, the robo-sumo derby, and even life size dominoes. Thank you to Curious-On-Hudson, Pocademy and the PTA!

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  • Pocantico 7th and 8th Graders Embrace "Challenge by Choice" at Sharpe Reservation

    Pocantico 7th and 8th Graders retreated to Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY on Wednesday, September 20th.  Students spent the day outside, working together to build communication skills, problem solving and team work among many other successes!  "Challenge by Choice" is the motto where students get to take risks and push themselves beyond their normal comfort levels.  Seventh graders ended their day with a "Road Rally," building cars out of PVC pipe and racing around a field. The eighth graders completed a series of mind tasks on three separate islands, one where they had to complete a task while blindfolded, another where they could not speak and a third where they had to complete four tasks to complete a puzzle of instructions guiding them to get their entire grade to reunite on one single island. The weather held out and the students and teachers had a great day. 

     Special thanks to Mrs. DePaola, Mr. Cook, Mrs. Flannery, Mrs. Tulley, Mrs. Vaughn, Mrs. Arturo and Mrs. Kraisman for coordinating an awesome learning experience outside of the classroom!

     

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  • 5th & 6th Graders Learn About September 11th

    On Monday morning, September 11, Marjorie Vincent, a docent from the National 9/11 Memorial Museum in NYC, visited with 5th and 6th graders from Pocantico Hills Central School District.

     Mrs. Vincent not only recounted the chronology of the events that morning  through age appropriate visuals and audio, but she also shared stories of heroism and allowed the students to ask questions and share their own family  connections.  The essential message Mrs. Vincent conveyed was that that it’s critical we not only remember the tragedy and honor those who lost their lives, but that we remember and honor all the goodness in people that was shining through that day.  Last year, she donated “The Man in the Red Bandanna” to our school’s library.  This year, she donated a children’s book about the boat rescue operations that day and a heartwarming book about a fruit tree that survived the destruction and is now replanted at the museum.

     Special thanks to Mrs. Laura Garrido, 6th grade ELA/SS teacher for making this event happen for our students and staff.

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  • Sleepy Hollow student Ethan Wilens selected for the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award

    The district is very proud of Sleepy Hollow High School student, Ethan Wilens, who was selected for the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award and interviewed by Lisa Wexler for a show on the AM 1490 WGCH radio station. He also was invited to a reception at the County Executive’s Office on July 27, and received a plaque. The group of student winners were each interviewed more briefly for a live broadcast, which is posted under the Lisa Wexler show on July 27. 

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