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: Read more...
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