Important Announcements

  • Community Pool Day - Rescheduled

    Due to the forecasted weather, the Community Pool Day scheduled for Sunday, July 23rd has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 30th from 3-6 pm.

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  • SPECIAL BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

    There will be a special meeting of the Board of Education on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the Board Room.  It is anticipated that the Board will convene into Executive Session to discuss the employment history of a particular corporation.  To view the agenda, please click on the link below and Enter Public Site.

    http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/pocantico/Board.nsf

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  • Swim and Dive Team Information and Registration Packet

    Check out the information and registration packet for the 2017 Swim and Dive Team.

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  • Yearbooks are In!!!

    Didn't get to buy a yearbook at the beginning of the year?  No worries, there are extras!

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  • 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

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  • 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:

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  • Attention Parents of incoming Pre K and new incoming Kindergarten Students

    For information on registering your child, please click here.

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  • Lead Testing Letter

    Important letter to families regarding recent lead testing in the water throughout the school.

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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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CURRICULAR RESOURCES

At Pocantico Hills, we are committed to the belief that all children have incredible growth potential and that we must do all we can to extend, nurture, and inspire them within the school and beyond. To us, the quality of a child’s classroom experiences is more important than scores on standardized tests, and our collective goal every day is to enrich our students’ lives beyond the standards set by the State.

As part of their everyday engagement with the curricula, students should be actively applying and bridging essential skills, thinking deeply, making connections, asking thoughtful questions, seeing relationships, collaborating, and communicating. We should be modeling and developing flexibility, creativity, and innovation, as well as productive habits of mind so students can excel in the world around them.  Our Guiding Principles and Essential Skills frame our thinking for this important work and are embedded in all our decisions.

Thanks to the community’s support, we have many resources at our fingertips, and we are always working to embed them in our instruction. We realize that the world around us is changing more quickly than ever before, and we have a responsibility to thoughtfully and systematically prepare our students for all the demands and challenges ahead.

In addition to the overviews you see below, there is so much more we explore at Pocantico Hills – please see our teachers’ class pages for more information and links!

English Language Arts

Mathematics

2013-2014 marked the first year implementing our new K-6 math program, Primary Mathematics.  This “Singapore Math” methodology focuses on developing deep number sense in the early grades utilizing the “concrete” (use of objects or manipulatives) –“pictorial” (diagrams and other visual models) –“abstract” (numbers and symbols) approach.  Students begin at an early age developing their mathematical reasoning, problem-solving, and communication skills in a hands-on and interactive manner and it continues through the program.  Discussions highlighting how students “see” problems differently or use different strategies to find answers are common.  Throughout the grades, it is important to know that emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding and not just procedural fluency.  Beginning in 7th grade, instructional resources include Singapore Math’s Dimensions Mathematics, as well as selected modules developed by New York State Education Department.  As in the earlier grades, conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills are emphasized.

Science Curriculum

Not only do we utilize the Science 21 curriculum K-6 – a hands-on, investigation-based program developed by Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES and used by over 60 districts - but our teachers provide valuable feedback, participate in Science 21 summer curriculum writing, and we sit on the Science 21 Steering Committee.  Much of the site is password-protected for subscribing districts.  One link below is to the Manual for Administrators (it is public on the site), which provides an overview of the program.

Our science program in 7th and 8th grade is a foundational curriculum exploring general science, earth science, physical science, and life science concepts.  This scope was originally developed in coordination with Briarcliff.

Social Studies Curriculum

We use a variety of resources to teach social studies at Pocantico Hills.  In K-6, our primary resource is the Integrated Social Studies/ELA curriculum developed at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES by teachers in the region including our own.  In addition, all of our teachers, regardless of grade level, utilize additional resources and independently build units and lessons tailored to their students’ interests and needs.  In 7th and 8th grade, the primary textbook is America:  History of Our Nation.

Math Curriculum Articles

Here is a link to a series of posts several years by Bill Jackson, who spent time with our teachers several years ago.
http://www.thedailyriff.com/2010/10/singapore-math-demystified-why-we-should.php

As we discuss conceptual understanding of math and procedures to utilize, here is an interesting article on “procedural fluency” from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).  It essentially supports our belief (and that of Primary Mathematics) that understanding concepts and how they connect to other concepts is the first critical step; understanding a variety of procedures and when best to use them should happen later or together with conceptual exploration.  Procedures are important, but they should not be taught in isolation, nor should they be drilled too extensively or exclusively:  http://www.nctm.org/about/content.aspx?id=42833

Simply memorizing information leaves children with superficial understanding, not to mention the fact that what they memorized in the first place disappears quickly.  There are also interesting related links embedded in the article. http://hechingerreport.org/memorizers-are-the-lowest-achievers-and-other-common-core-math-surprises/