October 30th, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are looking forward to seeing many of the creative costumes that students will wear for Halloween! As a reminder, students should not wear facemasks or bring props, plastic weapons to school. We also do not condone any costume that denigrates another individual or group of people. We want everyone to enjoy the day and feel safe and comfortable!
Additionally, we have heard rumors that seniors are planning on holding a “skip day” this week. The seniors have had a fantastic start to the school year and shown exceptional leadership. We would like this to continue. Although some consider a senior skip day to be a rite of passage, a skip day can often lead to dangerous activities for teenagers. We encourage you to communicate with your children about good decision-making and the importance of school attendance. We want our students to be safe at all times.
Also, New York State Education regulations require us to hold four lockdown drills this year, with two before December 31st. Our first drill will be held the week of November 7th-November 11th. We take the safety and well being of our students very seriously, and these lockdown drills enable us to practice important safety protocols in the case of an intruder. Along with the drill, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will bring their dogs to the school to conduct a sweep of the building. Bringing the Sheriff's dogs to PVHS has been a regular event that coincides with lockdown drills each year and we appreciate our close partnership that we have with our local Sheriff Department.
We hope you come out this weekend for our fall play, Lend Me a Tenor under the direction of Dr. Micera. The comedy is sure to bring many laughs and showcase our students’ hard work both on and behind the stage. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Please go to the website to purchase tickets.
We are proud to announce that on Tuesday, our new Junior-Senior Lounge will open! The lounge is bright and functional and gives students the opportunity to have a new location to eat their lunch, to study and to relax between classes. We are very excited about this improvement for our student body.
Our fall athletes are finishing up a strong fall season. Our football team ended their season by winning the Blythedale Bowl against Blind Brook. Our Boys Cross Country Team placed third, for the first time in school history, at the Northern Counties Championship, and we look forward to sending them off to sectionals next week. Our volleyball team also beat Pleasantville in the first round of sectionals and they will continue in the playoffs. We congratulate all of our Tiger teams on their great efforts this season!
September 12, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our PVHS Back to School night is this Thursday, September 15th, 2016. The night will begin in the PVHS PAC at 6pm with a welcome from administration. After the introduction from administration, we will run an A day schedule with 10 minute sessions per class period. We will have all student schedules located in the main lobby for your convenience. During academic study periods we will also run our new Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports video in the PAC and on televisions in the cafeteria where refreshments will be provided.
Back to School Night gives families a wonderful opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and learn about the content and expectations for each subject area. Although this night does not give time for private conferences with teachers, we encourage parents to set up time with teachers as needed.
The faculty and staff are excited about the new school year and we look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!
High School Principal
August 15, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with great pride and excitement that I am returning for a second year as principal of Putnam Valley High School. I continue to be impressed with the character and drive of our student body and the support that our community shows for this school. I feel fortunate to be part of a school and community with such rich traditions and a commitment to excellence.
At this time, I would like to welcome our new Assistant Principal, Christopher O’Connor. Mr. O’Connor has been working with me throughout the summer to prepare for this school year and I am excited to have him as a part of our PVHS team. He is looking forward to meeting all of our students and families come September! Please don’t hesitate to stop in to the main office to say hello to him if you are in the building.
In the spring, the English Department conducted an extensive process to hire our new ELA and Achievement Center teacher, Kathleen Lombardo. Ms. Lombardo comes to Putnam Valley after teaching six years in the Department of Education in New York City. During the interview process, Mrs. Lombardo demonstrated outstanding professional attributes that will make her an excellent addition to our faculty and English Department. Additionally, we hired a twelve-week leave replacement, Mrs. Sandra McNerney, for Mrs. Cochrane, who is on a leave of absence. We are also pleased to announce that we have a new Substance Abuse Counselor, Ms. Lorraine Anderson who will be replacing Mrs. Brenner in this position. We are fortunate to have a partnership with Putnam County that helps us to provide this valuable resource for our students. Ms. Lorraine Anderson will also be one of our PVHS coaches, taking on JV Girls Soccer in the fall! Additionally, we are delighted that Mr. Ryan Odell will be returning to his former position as an instrumental teacher to lead our PVHS Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band for the 2016-2017 school year.
The building is beginning to sparkle. Our clerical and custodial staff has been working very hard all summer to get the building in tip-top shape for September. The custodial crew has done a wonderful job with some minor construction projects in our building. This year we will have a new suite for our psychologists and substance abuse counselor on the 3rd floor. This will enable all of our mental health staff to be in one central location that allows for easy access and increased confidentiality for our students and families.
We are excited about the addition of our new Achievement Center for the 2016-2017 school year. The Achievement Center will be a place where students can receive additional support for individual course work and school organization. Student progress will be closely monitored by the teachers in charge of the Achievement Center, who will act as an important liaison for students on their caseload. The Achievement Center will be located on the 2nd floor with Mrs. Lombardo, Mrs. Cefaloni, and Mr. Baker as the coordinating teachers for 2016-2017.
Through collaboration with Mr. Bellino, our Facilities Director, Mr. Odell and I finalized plans for a new lounge area for students. We are thrilled to announce that the furniture will be installed the first week of October and will give upperclassmen additional space for studying, eating and congregating.
Besides our construction projects, we also have many new courses for students:
- Heart Saver and Outdoor Education: Our Physical Education teachers are introducing two new physical education courses in lifesaving for our students. Through these courses, our physical education teachers can certify students who take the class in CPR and lifesaving. This is a valuable opportunity for our students that will prepare them for jobs such as, lifeguarding, baby sitting and coaching.
- Media Studies in our TV Studio: We are pleased to welcome Mr. Dan Mahoney, a 2005 PVHS graduate to our Technology Department. Mr. Mahoney formerly worked at Mt. Pleasant schools in the technology department and will be a fantastic addition to PVHS. He will be running our TV Studio, collaborating with teachers on technology integration into the curriculum and general technology issues. This year, Dr. Micera has designed a new course that incorporates all aspects of media production including: script writing, acting and technical skills for TV, film and theater.
- Coding and AP Computer Science- Mr. Fiore will be full-time at the high school this year implementing a number of new electives. Our coding class will be differentiated to allow students to either learn basic coding for gaming and app development or choose an AP path if he/she has already successfully completed basic Java coding.
- Hacker High School-This course will be a unique course that is integral to living in the 21st century Information Age. Students will learn the basics of cyber security and practice skills necessary for working with networks and security.
Our first day of school will look similar to last year. 9th graders will arrive at the normal time and participate in our Freshman Foundations program. This will enable our new freshmen to get acclimated to the building and learn some key strategies to start high school on a positive note. Freshman will be served snacks and lunch, since they will be here for a full day of school. 10th-12th graders will take the 11:00 bus run and arrive by 11:30 am to the building. Once students arrive they will rotate through a variety of special sessions to orient them to the new school year. Please note that no lunch will be served for 10th-12th graders on Thursday, September 1st, so please make sure your child eats before they leave for school. Please review all attached schedules with your child so they are familiar with the order of events on Thursday.
I am looking forward to a very positive year at Putnam Valley High School. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
You can also follow our PVHS news on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PutnamValleyHS/
PVHS Principal: @ski626
PVHS Athletic Director: @PVHSathletics
Put Valley HS
June 21, 2016
Dear Putnam Valley Community:
We are excited for our 13th Commencement at Putnam Valley High School this Friday, June 24th at 7pm. To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to view the graduation ceremony, we are live streaming the event.
Please visit our website at http://pvcsd.org/
and click on the Live Video Streaming box or click here: Live Streaming 7PM
The ceremony will be held on the turf field, and is scheduled to begin at 7:00PM. The bleachers are reserved for ticket holders only, but overflow attendees are invited to bring a chair or blanket to watch from the hill.
Please keep in mind that parking on campus will be limited.
We wish our graduates much success in their future endeavors!
Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
May 23, 2016
Dear PVHS Parents and Guardians,
We are having a busy spring at the high school with many important events. As you know, Mr. Odell has decided to return to the classroom next year. We are currently in the process of searching for a new assistant principal to begin over the summer. We are screening over thirty experienced candidates for the position and will bring the strongest candidates forward the first week of June for a committee interview and an open forum. The PTSA is providing us with parent representatives for the committee and the open forum will be open to the entire PVHS community. The final date of the forum has not been set, but we will notify the public when the time is formalized.
This year, we have instituted a new tradition, an Academic Awards Ceremony for grades 9, 10 and 11. Students in each grade will be presented with awards in all academic areas, as well as in the area of citizenship. Parents have been invited to attend and we are looking forward to recognizing our hard working students!
We are also very excited about our new Senior Week activities where seniors will end classes on June 3 and participate in special events from June 6-June 10. Please check out the list of events on the Senior Calendar posted on the website. We also can’t wait for our Graduation Rehearsal on Wednesday, June 22 when we travel to Putnam Valley Elementary School to bid farewell and appreciation to the elementary school faculty and staff. We look forward to seeing many of you at Spring Fest, Friday, June 3 at our legendary Powder Puff game for juniors and seniors.
We want to thank all the parents, students, and teachers, who attended the Chemistry Forum on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. We appreciate the questions, the comments and the many valuable statements made in regards to opening honors access for all students in Chemistry for the 2016-2017 school year. After listening to everyone, we are incorporating many of the suggestions made at the forum to improve our science program for next year.
We will continue with our plan to offer an Honors Option for all students in Regents Chemistry and heterogeneously group students. Students, who choose the Honors Option and are successful, will receive the Honors designation on their transcript as well as the Honors weight of 1.05. This will give all students the opportunity to be exposed to more challenging material without a negative impact on their grade for the course.
We believe our teachers are the key to success in our new initiative. Therefore, all of our Chemistry teachers will be working with Dr. Helen Pashley, a well-respected science consultant, during the summer and throughout next year on developing curriculum, assessments, and common pacing for the new course. This work is in direct alignment with upcoming New York State changes to standards in science, where there will be a much greater emphasis on science application and defending arguments using scientific methods.
Additionally, we have reduced Chemistry class sizes and also added a Chemistry support class 10th period, specifically for Chemistry students who need additional help in this subject. Our AP Chemistry will have two sections instead of one, and all requirements to enter the class have been removed. General Chemistry will still be offered, but as a half year elective. This will give those students who struggle in math, a modified Chemistry curriculum.
With Dr. Pashley's help in curriculum and assessments, we believe that all of our students will be better prepared for college level work and have a greater range of career opportunities available to them. We also feel that if students have the opportunity to engage with rigorous material, they will be positively influenced and feel more confident about their educational and career options for the future.
As we close out the year, this is a reminder that laptops will be collected on the following dates:
12th grade: June 1-June 7 (Laptop, charger and case!)
11th grade: June 14 thru last exam (Laptop Only)
10th grade: June 14 thru last exam (Laptop Only)
9th grade: June 14 thru last exam (Laptop Only)
Please make sure to note that June 1 is a special schedule so that we can administer the Algebra II Common Core Regents exam. Please check out our website for the schedule on that day.
Thank you for your support and we wish everyone a positive and successful end to the school year.
Senior Week Calendar
June 1 - Bus Schedule
June Testing - 6/14-6/23 bus schedule
May 12, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This year the Algebra II Common Core Exam will be given by the state on Wednesday, June 1st 2016. This test is a requirement for any students taking the Algebra II Regents course with Mr. Baker or Mr. Natalie.
In order to accommodate the 10th and 11th graders who need to take the Algebra II Common Core Exam, we will have a special schedule for Wednesday, June 1st 2016.
On Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 any 10th and 11th graders who will be taking the Algebra II Common Core Exam should report to school at the regular time. The test will take approximately 3 hours to administer from 7:30am-10:30am.
Students who are not enrolled in the Algebra II Regents course will be on a delayed schedule for June 1st and will follow the delayed bus run schedule that was used for the first day of school. The bus schedule will be posted on the website. After the exam, all students will attend periods 4-8. Please see attached schedule.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate the main office at the high school at 526-7847.
Putnam Valley High School:
June 1 Common Core Testing Schedule 6/1
Period 4 11:30 – 11:55
Period 5 11:59 – 12:24
Period 6 12:28– 12:53
Period 7 12:57 – 1:22
Period 8 1:26 – 1:50
Period 10 (AIS/ASDI) 1:54 – 2:30
25 Minute Periods
March 7, 2016
Dear PVHS Families,
The midpoint of the third quarter has concluded, and we are quickly approaching the end of the year. If at anytime you are concerned about your child's progress in a particular class, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher(s). Building a strong parent-teacher collaboration is the best way to help your child finish the year with confidence and with success. Your child's guidance counselor is also another resource to help you and your child navigate issues your child may be facing. All of our guidance counselors work closely with the faculty to ensure that our students are getting the needed support to help them in their academic program.
As always, good attendance makes all of the difference when it comes to academic success. Please encourage your child to be prompt to school, on time for all classes and to only miss school when absolutely necessary.
We have two big events coming up this spring at PVHS. The Make A Difference Club is sponsoring our annual "Stay Wake-A-Thon" to support the Drug Crisis in Our Backyard Foundation and rehearsals are going strong for our spring musical "Me and My Girl" in April. These events demonstrate the commitment and passion that are students consistently display and are a positive outcome of our supportive PVHS community.
Our new traffic pattern in the morning has met with great success! Thank you for your patience and cooperation with the switch mid-year. You will now see Officer Pitt at the crosswalk each morning to help move traffic along. Please continue to drive down to the stop sign between the high school and the middle school to drop off your child.
January 29, 2016
Dear PVHS Families,
This is a reminder that on Monday, February 1st, the high school will begin using a new traffic pattern. Cars will be moved up to the stop sign between the high school and the middle school for drop off. Also, we will be encouraging more than one car to drop off his/her child at a time. Officer Pitt will be located by the new drop off point, and there will be several adults to assist everyone as we get started. We hope that this will alleviate much of the traffic in the morning. As a reminder, the best solutions are to have your child take the morning bus or to drop off your child before 6:50 am to avoid the congestion.
Have a good weekend!
January 11, 2016
We are excited about our two musical concerts this month. Our PVHS Band Concert is on Wednesday, January 13th, at 7pm and our Choral Concert will be on Wednesday, January 20th at 7pm. Please come out to support our talented musicians and singers!
This year all teachers will be giving mid-terms in class, and there will be no special mid-term schedule. This will maximize instructional time and prevent disruption to the schedule. If your child is taking a Regents at the end of January because they have previously failed the exam, you will receive a letter home notifying you of the exam your child needs to take, along with the January Regents schedule attached.
Also, a few notes about Powerschool, if you have not recently updated your Powerschool personal information, please do so as soon as possible. It's imperative that we have correct phone numbers, email addresses and emergency information in case we need to contact you. For instance, if your child is sick and needs to go home, he/she is only allowed to go home with people listed in the Powerschool emergency contacts. Additionally, please review your email settings so that you can be notified when progress reports and quarter grades are entered.
Mr. Odell and I will be implementing AFTER-SCHOOL detention this semester, as a consequence for infractions to the Code of Conduct. After-school detention will occur 1:50pm-2:30pm each day and will be monitored by a teacher or administrator. Students are expected to complete work and/or study while in detention. Students will be able to take the PVMS bus run home. If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct or consequences, please contact Mr. Odell at email@example.com.
As always, we are here to support you and your child. If you have other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 21, 2015
It’s been an eventful month at PVHS! As you know, we are bidding farewell to Mr. Oliverio, our veteran Assistant Principal, who is retiring. Mr. Oliverio has been a great source of support for staff and students, and everyone will miss his presence. Last week, the Board of Education officially appointed Mr. Odell as the new PVHS Assistant Principal. Mr. Odell has an outstanding reputation in the district as an exemplary educator, and the entire staff is enthusiastic about having him on the administrative team. His passion for education, his love of students, and his dedication and knowledge of PVHS make him ideal for this position.
Last week, was the end of the five-week marking period for the 2nd quarter. Please make sure to check your child’s grades on the parent portal. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s guidance counselor or subject area teachers to address your questions.
The winter athletic season is well underway. We have had wonderful student participation at several events. This gives me the perfect opportunity to address our PVHS expectations for student behavior while attending games and activities. Our goal is to promote a positive environment, which supports the social emotional development of our athletes and fans. Therefore, we ask all fans to be courteous, respectful and model appropriate behavior at all times to promote a safe and healthy environment. Based on the 2012 Dignity For All Students Act, our school has a responsibility to ensure that ALL students feel safe and free from harassment regardless of the uniform they wear. Please discuss with your child the importance of demonstrating good sportsmanship when attending all school activities so that everyone can enjoy the event!
The PVHS faculty and staff wish all of our families a joyous holiday and a very Happy New Year with family and friends.
October 16, 2015
2015 Make a Difference Day: Discover Me: Making The Change
This year for Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 24, 2015, the Make A Difference Club will be hosting a wellness day with a twist for teens. The event, Discover Me: Making the Change consists of rotating workshops for students on numerous health and wellness issues that include speakers from agencies and businesses. The workshops address ways to keep your body, mind, heart and soul fit and address topics of stress management, diversity, mental wellness, physical fitness, team building, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, body image, nutrition and sleep, relationship building, community outreach, and finding inner balance. The goal of the event is to expose students to numerous activities that act as protective factors against negative behaviors that lead to destructive decisions.
Lunch will be provided, and Community Service hours will be awarded to students (9 am-3pm). Proceeds from the $10 admission will be donated to Drug Crisis in our Backyard, an oragnization committed to drug education and prevention. Free Raffle tickets will be given to every participant.
September 28, 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We've had a great start to the school year and would like to invite all parents/guardians to our Back To School Night this Wednesday, September 30th. We will begin the night at 6:00 pm with a brief welcome in the PAC by administration with the schedule of A day classes beginning at 6:30pm. The schedule for the evening is attached.
If your child is a senior in the Journey Program, you should attend the introductory meeting in the Library beginning at 6pm. This is the first year of our new internship program and we encourage all parents who have children participating in this program to attend.
At PVHS we believe in the importance of partnering with parents to help students succeed. In order to improve our communication with families, we now have several forms of social media to keep you informed. Our PVHS Facebook Page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/PutnamValleyHS Please "like" our page for updates and celebrations of student achievement. You can also follow us on Instagram at: Putvalleyhs and through Twitter at: @ski626 and @PVAthletics1, which is maintained by our Athletic Department.
Here is a short video of programs that we are offering at PVHS this year. https://youtu.be/Bpyr_ZKy3sU
You will be hearing about many of these on September 30th. We hope to see you then!
File attachments: Back To School Night Schedule.pdf
September 4, 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This year the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is being offered on one day only this year, Wednesday, October 14th. The test is the first administration of the redesigned test that will prepare students for the new SAT that will be given in the spring of 2016.
In order to accommodate the 10th and 11th graders who need to take the PSAT on that day, we will have a special schedule for Wednesday, October 14th, 2015.
On Wednesday, October 14th, 2014 all 10th and 11th graders who will be taking the PSAT should report to school at the regular time. The test will take approximately 4 hours to administer due to its longer length.
Students in 9th and 12th grade will be on a delayed schedule for October 14th and will follow the delayed bus run schedule that was used for the first day of school. After the exam, all students will attend periods 4-8. Please see attached schedule.
We encourage all 10th and 11th grade students to review the information on the Guidance website for information on how to register for this important exam.
August 17, 2015
Dear Putnam Valley High School Parents and Students,
On behalf of the faculty and staff, let me welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year.
Putnam Valley High School has an outstanding reputation and I am honored to be the new high school principal. One of the things that drew me to Putnam Valley was the strong sense of community and commitment to its children. I look forward to becoming a part of the community and to giving our students the best possible high school experience.
Mr. Oliverio and I, along with the entire staff, have been busy preparing for a smooth and successful opening of school. The first day of school for all students is Tuesday, September 1st, 2015. Please review the Day 1 schedule included with this letter for important details and schedule changes.
We are very excited about our new 9th Grade Orientation Program The Freshman Foundation. In order to prepare our 9th graders for the transition to high school, 9th graders will take the Middle School bus and attend a special opening morning where they will be the only students in the building until 11:30 am. Once 9th graders arrive to school they will be organized into groups where they will rotate through a variety of activities based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Stephen Covey. Our goal is to ensure that the freshmen feel welcome and well prepared to have a positive and successful high school start. After 9th graders finish with their information sessions, they will attend our annual Welcome Back Barbecue outside by the cafeteria. At the end of the day, freshmen will return to the PAC for debriefing and a scavenger hunt. 9th graders will be dismissed at 2:40 pm.
All 10th-12th graders will have a delayed opening on Tuesday, September 1st and be transported on a separate run that will arrive by 11:30 am. The Transportation Department will send out bus run information next week. Once 11th and 12th graders arrive, they will go directly to the Welcome Back Barbecue and 10th graders will go to the Cafeteria. After a brief introductory meeting, 10th graders will attend the barbecue. All students will attend an abbreviated periods 1-4 schedule and will dismiss at the regular 1:50 pm time. Please see the schedule below for additional detail.
Wednesday, September 2nd will be a regular day of school for students. All grades will have a community meeting where important information for the year will be addressed.
Besides our new Freshman Foundation program, this year will be the first year of our new Senior Journey Program where seniors will have the opportunity to be placed in an internship for the 4th quarter. This program will be an excellent way to better prepare our 12th graders for the transition to college or a career. PVHS is also offering many new electives such as: History Through Film, Women's Literature, Human Medicine and Disease, College Physics, Mythology and Fairy Tales, Biology Seminar, STEM-D and Authentic Science Research 2.
Student schedules will be available on the parent portal at 10:00 am on August 25, 2015. 9th graders are welcome to come in to tour the building and familiarize themselves with their locker on Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.
The new school year offers a fresh start and the opportunity to work towards new goals. The faculty and staff at PVHS are here to welcome you and help you with achieving your goals. I am very excited to meet all of you. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any of your concerns at email@example.com