Update on School District Water Testing
Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne outlining the latest water testing results for district schools.
Dear CSDNR Community,
We are very excited to be opening our doors to the 2016-2017 school year, and welcome our new and returning students, staff, and faculty. This year marks the start of the district’s five-year capital improvement plan; the second year of our district-wide Wi-Fi installation initiative that expands the use of Chromebooks which allows us to further our students’ college and career readiness skills in technology; and our continued efforts to bring the highest quality academic programs into our classrooms. Each of these pursuits emphasizes the district’s commitment to providing a learning environment where our students are challenged, engaged, and love to learn.
The 2015-2016 school year was marked by many student accomplishments including six National Merit Scholarship Finalists, chess teams’ wins, finalists in the MIT Inspire Competition, a U.S. Presidential Scholar, Division 1 college athletic scholarships, winning the SIFMA Stock Market Game, and music, art and theater recognitions.
In the spring, the community approved a $106.5 million capital improvement bond to fund urgent infrastructure needs in every school and address significant and necessary health and safety projects. Of importance with the bond passage is that there is no net increase in debt service over the lifetime of the bond because of completing payments on existing debt and a 48.7% reimbursement rate from New York State on the work. And, Moody’s Investors Service recently affirmed the district’s Aa2 rating and removed its negative rating, reflecting the hard work done over the past two years to put the district’s fiscal house in order, resulting in more beneficial interest rates on the bond.
At this important time in our infrastructure investment we are pleased to welcome Mr. Carl Thurnau as our new Director of Facilities.
The district also welcomes Dr. Magda Parvey to the position of Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Parvey will provide leadership and coordination for the district’s instructional goals that emanate from the CSDNR Strategic Roadmap of 2015. This position is seen as an integral part of the district’s effort to provide all students with rigorous learning experiences and prepare them to thrive as critical thinkers and problem solvers who are college and career ready.
The City School District of New Rochelle is one where successes happen every day, and we are exceptionally proud of each and every one of our students and faculty. There are wonderful things happening in the New Rochelle Schools – we are happy you have chosen to be part of them.
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
and the CSDNR Board of Education
The New Rochelle High School’s Writing and Filmmaking program taught by Anthony Stirpe has been designated a 2016-2017 New York State English Program of Excellence.
The award, given by the state English Council, recognizes unique and effective programs that have been in place for at least three years and which have enriched English Language Arts instructions by offering creative opportunities for students and teachers.
In Stirpe’s class, students use the works of classic and modern authors, and creative writing and filmmaking, to analyze these writings in new ways. Students use iPhones, iPads and iPods to create films around the poems, thereby democratizing the filmmaking process and learning in unique ways.
In the last three years, the program has won the Content and Curriculum Achievement Award from the International Society for Technology in Education and the Center for Digital Learning, and the Pioneer award from BOCES.
The Program of Excellence will be awarded Oct. 21 in Albany.
“Really, it is the kids I am excited for,” said Stirpe. “They have demonstrated how innovation can transform a traditional classroom, and it is exciting that NYSEC has recognized the significance of the stories they are creating and the critical thinking that is involved tackling such a significant endeavor. And, I have to admit, it is fun to see kids use their mobile devices as a learning tool, and not just silly Snapchats and Facebook posts.”
The American Historical Association has honored Neal Shultz with the 2016 Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award, which recognizes professional and scholarly distinction.
Shultz, who teaches World History, U.S. History, Essential Economics, and Law and Government at the Campus Alternative High School, has worked in the district for his entire pedagogical career of 29 years. The award is given to teachers of history who taught, guided and inspired their students in a way that changed their lives.
“History teachers make natural mentors because mentoring takes the long view of education,” said Shultz. “Twenty years from now, no one will remember which bubbles they filled in on a standardized exam, but the conversations between mentor and mentee can, potentially, live forever.”
The prize will be awarded at the association’s 131st annual meeting in Denver on Jan. 5. Typically given to university teachers, high school teachers are recognized every third year.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
P lease join us as we say goodbye to the stars of the Summer Triangle, Vega, Altair and Deneb and get ready for the stars of the Fall and Winter. Come to the planetarium to find out where to look for the three naked-eye planets, Venus, Mars and Saturn. Place: New Rochelle High School
Shows begin promptly and no one is admitted once the door closes
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Both Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School held assemblies on Thursday as part of STOMP Out Bullying's Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention – a national campaign that focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse.
October is recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month; and the first Monday is traditionally Blue Shirt Day. The schools acknowledged the day on Thursday this year because the buildings were closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of Rosh Hashanah.
Students from both schools gathered in their respective auditoriums to learn about bullying, and how to combat it. “We’re here to what?” Albert Leonard Principal John Barnes asked a large group of seventh- and eighth-graders. “Stomp out bullying,” the chorus of students chanted back.
“The whole day is dedicated to fighting bullying,” said Isaac E. Young Assistant Principal Tawanda Robinson. “Content teachers are focusing class time on anti-bullying messages.”
ALMS welcomed singer, songwriter, poet and anti-bullying ambassador Shacara Atiyá to address students for two assemblies. As a senior in high school, Atiyá was bullied and brutally assaulted by a group of young women.
“They beat me to the ground,” Atiyá told the students.
But now, she travels, sharing her story of faith and triumph over bullying and explaining ways for those who feel victimized to also overcome.
Atiyá encourages students to “go after your passion. Find a way to express yourself, and pursue it.”
The United Pride Step Team – made up of ALMS students – also performed during the assemblies, leading students in an anti-bullying chant: “Not in our school!”
Rachel Darius, a New Rochelle High School junior, has been picked by The Journal News as “Player of the Week” of Sept. 25.
Darius, an outside hitter on the volleyball team, led the Huguenots to a sweep of all three of their opponents this week, including Ursuline, the second-ranked overall team in the section by The Journal News.
According to the paper, Darius tallied 51 kills, nine aces, and 29 digs this week.
Wendy Yu, a senior at New Rochelle High School, has been named a semifinalist in the highly competitive National Merit Scholarship Program.
Approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across America entered the program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAR/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Only 1,600 students, including Yu, made the pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of high school seniors who took the test.
“It is a wonderful feeling to have my hard work throughout high school pay off, and of course I am extremely grateful to my teachers for teaching me everything that has made it possible for me to attain the position of semifinalist,” said Yu. “After high school, I plan on majoring in the biomedical sciences, where I will work diligently to expand horizons in medicine and hopefully improve overall health. There is so much to be done and discovered in the rest of this century, and I hope my academic curiosity will allow me to take part in these new discoveries.”
To become a finalist, Yu and New Rochelle High School must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about Wu’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Students from Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle joined a worldwide effort to “fight for trash-free seas” on Sept. 17.
The school’s Pay It Forward Club participated in the International Coastal Cleanup, an annual service day organized by Ocean Conservancy. Students picked up debris from the beach and recorded what they found.
Founded in 1972, Ocean Conservancy is a Washington D.C.-based non-profit dedicated to “protecting the ocean from today’s greatest challenges,” chiefly, through public education, and worldwide movements dedicated to coastal litter removal. Last year, more than 18 million pounds of trash were collected by almost 800,000 volunteers, according to the Conservancy.
Sara Yeterian, the Pay It Forward Club’s faculty facilitator, said that the students enjoyed the community service. “I had to drag the kids away at the end of the day,” she said. “They didn't want to stop cleaning.”
“This was surprisingly fun,” eighth-grader Jacob Bier said.
Barrington Irving, the youngest person to fly solo around the world and the author of Touch the Sky, visited Isaac E. Young and Albert Leonard Middle Schools to meet with seventh and eighth graders.
Irving talked about his 2007 flight, which set a Guinness World Record, and discussed his aspirations for The Flying Classroom, a cutting-edge digital curriculum that makes science, technology, engineering and math practical and applicable in the lives of students.
Following his presentations, Irving answered questions and signed autographs. He also had lunch with a small group of students in each school’s library.
William B. Ward Elementary School is seeking sponsors for its 2016 Readathon, which kicks off Sept. 30 and is the school’s largest annual fundraiser. Do you know a business or organization which can help?
Each year, students are challenged to read as many minutes as they can while raising money for Ward. Every student participates with this event. Last year students read over 1.6 million minutes, raising over $55,000!
“This could not have been accomplished without our community members inspiring the students to read and to sponsor them with their fundraising,” said Melissa Panszi Riebe, the readathon’s chair.
• $100: Business logo and business listed on website under sponsors with link to business, plus mention on Facebook.
• $250: Same as $100 level, plus name of business on Readathon shirt and company name and business link on weekly e-ward for October.
• $500: Same as $100 and $250 level plus business name and logo placement on Readathon T-shirt, name business link on weekly e-ward for October and November.
• $1,000: Same as above levels, plus dominant placement on Readathon T-shirt.
Funds raised will allow each teacher to have extra funds to enhance their classroom; for special projects that are not covered by school budgets, like a reading friendly library; and enrichment materials for math, art, science and music to be provided to all students.
To learn more, contact Riebe at email@example.com or call 914-316-3275
Serena Seales, a junior at New Rochelle High School, will be among 10 Westchester County students to be honored with the 2016 Milly Kibrick Youth Service Award for their outstanding contributions to their communities.
The award ceremony will be held at 6 p.m., Oct. 19, at Beckwith Pointe in New Rochelle. The award is given by the Westchester County Youth Board in memory of Milly Kibrick, a county social worker and youth activist who devoted her life to helping underprivileged children.
Seales, 16, volunteers at the Wartburg Adult Day Care Center during the summer and tutors 5-to-8-year-olds at Kumon. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Gardening Club. Seales is also part of the Ignite Mentoring program at the high school, where upperclassmen help freshmen transition to the high school.
She hopes to become a lawyer and a part-time beautician.