October 2, 2015
Families, Community Members and Staff,
to Fall!!! With the cooler weather now upon us it is truly fall, and the apple
cider and pumpkins with ghoulish smiles helps to complete the picture for
us. We had a very good school opening. Our students were eager to return and our
staff were equally eager to meet and greet their new students.
I visit classrooms I am excited to see how quickly our students have embraced
the new school year.
year, as in the past, we continue looking for ways to better communicate with
our families. To that end, we scheduled our middle school and elementary school
open house(s) in September so we could begin the year with our parents as
partners by giving you an overview of the many exciting activities that your children
will experience this year. Many of you
were able to attend these presentations and I noted many smiles and as I walked
around gave “thumbs up” as you listened to your child’s teachers review the
class/grade goals for the year. Please
make sure that you use the parent portal to keep track of your child’s learning
experience. If you have any questions,
please reach out to us and we will respond.
Reward School - NYSED.pdf
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
Valencia F. Douglas, Superintendent