Important Announcements

  • District-Wide Safety Plan - A Message to the Community

    Annually school districts are required to develop a District-Wide Safety Plan in accordance with the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act.  This document represents our commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

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  • A Letter to Our Community from the Superintendent Regarding Recent Events

    Dear Pocantico Hills Community Members,

     

    Like many Americans, I have been deeply troubled by the tragedy that has unfolded over the last several days in Charlottesville, Virginia.  As a parent and an educator who cares deeply for students in our community and across our state and nation, I am reminded how critically important it is that we all unite in denouncing hateful rhetoric and violence, and reaffirm our commitment to building an equitable and inclusive future for our children.

    Adults and children alike struggle to process and understand what has transpired, evoking a range of emotions, including fear, anger, confusion, and frustration.  As parents and educators, we have a responsibility to respond to questions that young people are asking, helping them to understand what they are seeing and hearing in a manner that makes them feel safe and hopeful.  By empowering our children through education to be informed and knowledgeable they will be ready to embrace the role they have in making the world a better place. 

    If you are looking for guidance in having these important conversations at home, the following links might be helpful…

    How To Talk To Your Kids About The Violence In Charlottesville

    Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity and Social Justice

    https://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-racism-an-age-by-age-guide/

    We are a community that embraces diversity and honors the rich racial, cultural, religious histories and identities of all our students, families, and staff members.  While we may not have all the answers for understanding and addressing injustices in the world, we as a school community have the resolve to do everything in our power to provide our children a positive climate that attends to race, culture, language, class, (dis)ability, gender, gender identity, sexuality, and religion of staff, families, and students. Our children deserve a world where love is stronger than hate, I look forward to our working closely together to make this our legacy.

     

    Sincerely yours,

    Carol L. Conklin-Spillane
    Superintendent of Schools

    cconklin-spillane@pocanticohills.org

    914.631.2440 x 703

    Superintendent
  • A Message to Our Community

    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

     

    Superintendent
  • An Important Message from the Superintendent

    Dear Parents,

     

    A lot of attention is being paid to the new Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why" which was based on a novel about teen suicide. Many teens have been watching this or may want to watch it as it has become very popular. The series highlights many of the current issues that our children struggle with such as gossip, rumors, social media and sexual assault.   Teens and pre-teens are bombarded with subtle and overt messages on these and related issues from many sources, which can result in confusion, worry and fear.  It is worth talking about these stressors at home so you can reassure your child and help them navigate their world with confidence. This series may or may not be appropriate or of interest to you and your family; but the advice holds true for any such resource.  It is recommended that you watch it first or with your children so you know how to have discussions about it.  You can reach out to our school counselor for additional information on how best to discuss difficult topics with your children.

     

    Here is a link to an article highlighting some concerns with this series that can be incorporated into discussions with your teens if they are watching it.

     

    http://700childrens.nationwidechildrens.org/13-reasons-parents-concerned-netflix-series/#.WO_yYvuq9uM.facebook

     

    Sincerely,

    Carol Conklin-Spillane

    Superintendent

    Pocantico Hills CSD

    (914) 631-2440 x703

    Pocantico Hills Central School
  • An Announcement from the Superintendent

    A New Way to Pay for Student Meals and Services Online

    We are excited to offer Pocantico Hills Families the opportunity to use  MySchoolBucks®, an online payment service that provides a quick and easy way to add money to your children’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check.  The system is up and running and available for immediate use in the cafeteria and for After Care Program payments. We plan to use this for Camp payments as well.  You will be able to view recent purchases, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts at no extra cost.  Listed here is a summary of what the program offers and how to enroll.  We hope you find this new service helpful.

    MySchoolBucks provides:

    • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or through our mobile app for your smartphone
    • Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the district.  Eliminate the need for your students to take money to school.
    • Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/automatic payments & more!
    • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.
    • Security – MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP.

    Enrollment is easy!

    1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account.
    2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
    3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check.

    A program fee may apply.  You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged. 

    If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly:

    Pocantico Hills Central School
  • Attention 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.

    Pocantico Hills Central School

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.

Here at Pocantico Hills

ONLINE CALENDAR

  • THANKSGIVING RECESS (District Closed)

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  • WINTER SPORTS BEGIN

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  • PTA HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE BEGINS

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  • DAY 6

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  • DAY 1

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  • BOARD OF ED MTG - Pleasantville Presents

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  • DAY 2

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  • BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

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  • DAY 3

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  • DAY 4

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  • Morse School - Sleepy Hollow

    Middle School Play

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  • Morse School - Sleepy Hollow

    Middle School Play

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  • DAY 5

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  • DAY 6

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  • DAY 1

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

  • Guest Author LuAnn Adams Visits Poacntico

    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.

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