District Announcements

  • December 8 Calendar Correction

    Please note that December 8 is a regular school day. An error in the district calendar indicates that it is a Superintendent's Conference Day. We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

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  • Thanksgiving Message from the Superintendent of Schools - Español Abaja

    This Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving, we, as members of The City School District of New Rochelle, are thankful for and embrace our rich diversity. Please read this message from our Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne shared at the November 22 Board of Education meeting:

    Since our last meeting on November 1st there was an election for President of the United States.  In the wake of this Presidential election, many voices have been heard throughout the country and here in New Rochelle. Some of those voices have expressed concern about divisions among us; some have expressed hope that we will be able to come together as one country; and some have expressed messages of hate and contempt for others which are deeply troubling.

    At least for the moment, we are seeing an escalated national level of intolerance, incivility and intimidation.  Our students are well aware of current events, and many have articulated to me that there is fear among some that they will not be afforded the protections they deserve, or will be treated as non-participants in the American dream.

    The success of public education in New Rochelle and the meaning of our mission statement is more important than ever.   As the leader of this school district, I am confident that I speak for our faculty, our administrators, our support staff and our community when I say that our schools will and must be a place of welcome and support for all of our students.  All means All.  Our mission statement says that we embrace our rich diversity.  We are intentional in this language.  It is not our mission to tolerate difference or accept those unlike ourselves. We embrace our rich diversity.

    This means that we actively welcome, celebrate, support, and serve all our students and families, and that the differences among us add value for all of us.  All means all - all ethnicities, all religions, all races, all family structures, all sexual identities, all sexual orientations, all learning challenges, all differences in physical abilities, all places of birth, all immigrants, all income levels, all walks of life.  

    In the presidential campaign and the aftermath of the election, the rhetoric of our national political discourse at the highest levels has stereotyped, targeted and blamed many groups by name, provoking fear and doubt.  In response to that rhetoric, let us be clear that embracing our rich diversity means that here in the City School District of New Rochelle, we honor, embrace and celebrate those who are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or searching; those that are of African descent, who are Latino or Asian or Indian or Native American, or European; those that are biracial or multiracial; those who are undocumented or documented or citizen, born in the US or anywhere else; those who are differently abled or who learn differently; those whose native language is Spanish or Creole or English or any other language; those who are female, transgendered, cisgendered or male; those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, or questioning - and all who are rich and complex intersections.  And we mean this about each one of our children and staff and parents and community members, taking our individual differences not as something to tolerate but as something to celebrate, something that adds value, to be supported and protected.    

    Accordingly, in this time of uncertainty, we reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of each person and the values that reflect the strength of our democracy, and the continuing vitality of our national founding documents:

     

    ♦    Our schools will remain places of civility and respect, and we will not accept abusive conduct towards any student.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students where differences in race, ethnicity or religion will be respected and appreciated

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for students of all gender identities or sexual orientation.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students of all national origins and without regard to immigration status.

     

    I’ll end the superintendent's update by quoting from Principal Richardson’s powerful letter to students the day after the election: “I want you to know that you are loved and supported by your family,  all of the adults here at school as well as those in the community. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community as New Rochelle.  I ask that you never take this for granted and take full advantage of the opportunities presented by living and learning in a community as diverse as this one.”

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    Desde nuestra última reunión el día 1 de noviembre hubo elecciones para Presidente de los Estados Unidos. A raíz de esta elección presidencial, muchas voces se han escuchado en todo el país y aquí en New Rochelle. Algunas de esas voces han expresado su preocupación por las divisiones entre nosotros; algunos han expresado la esperanza de que podamos unirnos como un solo país; y algunos han expresado mensajes de odio y desprecio hacia otros que son profundamente preocupantes.

    Por el momento, estamos viendo un escalado a nivel nacional de intolerancia, incivilidad e intimidación. Nuestros estudiantes están muy conscientes de los acontecimientos actuales, y muchos me han expresado  que hay miedo entre algunos que no se les dará las protecciones que se merecen, o serán tratados como no participantes en el sueño americano.

    El éxito de la educación pública en New Rochelle y el significado de nuestra declaración de misión es más importante que nunca.  Como líder de este distrito escolar, estoy seguro de que hablo por nuestra facultad, nuestros administradores, nuestro personal de apoyo y nuestra comunidad cuando digo que nuestras escuelas serán y deben ser un lugar de bienvenida y apoyo para todos nuestros estudiantes. Todos, significa, Todos. Nuestra declaración de misión dice que abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad. Somos intencionales en este lenguaje. No es nuestra misión simplemente  tolerar la diferencia o aceptar a aquellos que no son como nosotros. Nosotros abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad.

    Esto significa que acogemos activamente, celebramos, apoyamos y servimos a todos nuestros estudiantes y familias, y que las diferencias entre nosotros agregan valor a todos nosotros. Todos significa Todos - todas las etnias, todas las religiones, todas las razas, todas las estructuras familiares, todas las identidades sexuales, todas las orientaciones sexuales, todos los desafíos de aprendizaje, todas las diferencias en las capacidades físicas, todos los lugares de nacimiento, todos los inmigrantes, todos los niveles de ingresos y diferentes facetas de la vida.

    En la campaña presidencial y las secuelas de las elecciones, la retórica de nuestro discurso político nacional a los niveles más altos ha estereotipado, apuntado y culpado a muchos grupos por su nombre, provocando temor y duda. En respuesta a esa retórica, seamos claros que abrazar nuestra rica diversidad significa que aquí, en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de New Rochelle, honramos, abrazamos y celebramos a aquellos que son musulmanes, judíos, cristianos o los que andan en busca de  creencia religiosa; Aquellos que son de ascendencia africana, que son latinos o asiáticos o indios o nativos americanos o europeos; Aquellos que son birraciales o multirraciales; Aquellos que están indocumentados o documentados o ciudadanos, nacidos en los Estados Unidos o en cualquier otro lugar; Aquellos que tienen diferentes habilidades o que aprenden de otra manera; Aquellos cuya lengua materna es el español o criollo o el inglés o cualquier otro idioma; Los que son mujeres, transgénico, cisgendered o varón; Aquellos que son homosexuales, lesbianas, bisexuales, transexuales, o que cuestionan su sexualidad- y todos aquellos ricos en complejas intercesiones. Y queremos decir esto sobre cada uno de nuestros hijos y el personal y los padres y miembros de la comunidad, teniendo nuestras diferencias individuales no como algo que tolerar sino como algo para celebrar, algo que agrega valor, para ser apoyado y protegido.

    En este momento de incertidumbre, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso con la dignidad de cada persona y los valores que reflejan la fuerza de nuestra democracia y la continua vitalidad de nuestros documentos fundacionales nacionales:

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo lugares de civilidad y respeto, y no ceptaremos conductas abusivas hacia ningún estudiante.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo refugios de seguridad para todos los estudiantes             donde las diferencias en raza, etnia o religión serán respetadas y apreciadas

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas permanecerán como refugio de seguridad para los estudiantes    de todas las identidades de género u orientación sexual.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo un refugio de seguridad para todos los estudiantes de todos los orígenes nacionales y sin tener en cuenta el estatus migratorio.

    Terminaré la actualización del superintendente citando la carta del director Richardson a los estudiantes el día después de las elecciones: "Quiero que sepas que eres amado y apoyado por tu familia, todos los adultos aquí en la escuela, la comunidad. Somos tan afortunados de ser parte de una comunidad tan diversa, vibrante e inclusiva como New Rochelle. Les pido que nunca tomen esto por sentado y aprovechen al máximo las oportunidades que ofrece vivir y aprender en una comunidad tan diversa como esta.”

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  • Season of Light - NRHS Planetarium

    Annual Holiday Show 

    December 17, 19 & 21

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  • Update on School District Water Testing

    Dear Families,

    Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne outlining the latest water testing results for district schools.  

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  • Spend an Evening Under the Stars

    Please join us to find out when and where to look for the star Betelgeuse!

    November 30, 2016

    Doors open at 6:45 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.

    For further information: bzeller@nredlearn.org or mheywood@nredlearn.org

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  • Black History Month -- Call for Artists

    Please see attached flier inviting staff, PTA member and student artists to participate.

    Submission Dates:
    Art Work, February 7, 2017
    Performance Proposals, January 15, 2017
    Inquiries and work can be submitted to Shelli Owens; SOwens@nredlearn.org (576-4401)

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  • Strategic Roadmap Presentation

    Presented to Board of Education - October 5, 2016

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  • Seeking Public Input on the District’s Strategic Roadmap

    The Board of Education is developing an action plan that will guide the implementation of the District’s Strategic Roadmap. We seek your input on the draft plan, provided below in both English and Spanish.

    One avenue for input is to email your comments to strategicroadmap@newrochelle.k12.ny.us. All comments received by September 30th will be reviewed by each Board member before the October 5th Board of Education meeting.

    Prior to that meeting, there will a presentation detailing the plan’s strategic objectives. Following the presentation, a public input session will be held to provide stakeholders with an additional way to make suggestions.

    We encourage you to be a part of this collaborative process by emailing your comments or taking part in the public input session.

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  • Health & Safety

    Please click here for Health & Safety information, which includes the Lead in Schools water reports.

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  • Sign Up for CSDNR NEWS

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Message from the Superintendent

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.

Most sincerely,
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
and the CSDNR Board of Education

Latest News

  • Trinity students learn to predict the weather

    Students from Trinity Elementary School had the opportunity to predict the weather when Diane Delgado's Kaleidoscope/STEAM class used videoconferencing technology to connect with the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.

    The students were taking part in STORM-E, a distance learning program. At the Wednesday, Nov. 30 class, students became experts in air pressure, humidity, wind, and temperature.

    Using maps, graphs, and charts during the simulation, students advised "Weather Central" of changing weather conditions.

    "This was a tremendous opportunity for the students to use science, math and technology to record and analyze data in a real life, meaningful way," said Delgado.

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  • Ward students and faculty raise money for Readathon

    Reading fun at William B. Ward Elementary School resulted in students raising the largest amount of money ever in its annual Readathon challenge.

    The month-long "I Read! What's your Superpower?" challenge raised $55,958, surpassing last year's $53,000. The results were announced to student and faculty during assemblies held today.

    The funds will allow teachers to enhance students' learning experience in their classrooms; for special projects that are not covered by school budgets --- such as the recent full renovation of the school's library; and enrichment materials for math, art, science and music.

    In addition, students read a total of 2,812,632 minutes during the month-long event.

    "We are so thrilled with the results," said Melissa Panszi Riebe, the Readathon's chair. "Our dedicated volunteers worked with Ward teachers and administrators to ensure students had a fun and memorable experience while showing them how important reading is to their academic careers."

    The Readathon featured many community readers visiting the school to explain their roles in the community and then reading a special book to them.

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  • Renowned NRHS alumnus interviewed by National Endowment of the Arts

    Renowned artist, writer and New Rochelle High School graduate Ted Meyer was recently interviewed by the National Endowment of the Arts. The interview transcript was published on Oct. 27.

    Currently an Artist in Residence at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Meyer has worked on a project combining art, and medicine for 16 years. “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars,” features people who have lived through life-altering accidents and health crises.

    Meyer is a lifelong patient with Gaucher’s Disease, an enzyme deficiency that affects bones and joints. Through his art, he seeks the continual improvement of patient-physician care. He has been featured in the New York Times, and the Washington Post. His book, Scarred for Life, is available on Amazon. More of Meyer’s work might be viewed on his website, www.tedmeyer.com.

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  • New Rochelle falls in state semifinal

    Troy got up early on New Rochelle and never looked back to advance to the state championship football game next week in Syracuse. For the Huguenots, it was a heartbreaking 20-14 loss at Dietz Stadium in Kingston after an incredibly successfully season (10-1).

    Coach Lou DiRienzo said there were some little mistakes that contributed to the loss in the Class AA state semifinal between Section 2 champ Troy and Section 3 winner New Rochelle. 

    “We’ve had our mistakes along the way (throughout the season) but have never really gotten bit by those mistakes,” DiRienzo said. “We made those tonight and you can’t do that with a team of this caliber. This was a well-coached and well-disciplined team.”

    Troy scored a touchdown on the opening drive as Joey Ward ran for 11 yards into the end zone, capping a nine-play, 82-yard drive for the Flying Horses with 9:07 left in the first quarter.

    New Rochelle retaliated with just over 2 minutes left in the quarter. Junior quarterback Jonathan Saddler’s 11-yard toss into the left corner of the end zone to senior running back Nashiem Hiland and the extra point tied the game at 7. Troy’s Dev Holmes then ran for 11 yards into the end zone with 10:48 left in the second quarter. And, Ward added a second score, hitting a one-yard touchdown with 3:32 left in the second quarter, giving Troy a 20-7 lead at halftime.

    New Rochelle sophomore running back Jordan Forrest scored on the final play of the third quarter (12-yard run) to bring the score to its eventual final of 20-14.

    “We were not consistent enough both offensively and defensively,” DiRenzio said. “I wish them well in Syracuse.”

    The Huguenots had a potent rushing attack, gaining 153 yards on 45 carries, led by junior Jared Baron’s 78 yards on 18 carries.

    “Football is one of the best sports,” DiRenzio said. “It’s great because if you’re a hard worker, if you really work throughout the week, you have to work to get paid on Friday or in this case to play on Saturday.” He said his team didn’t lose because of a lack of effort. Troy was simply a better football team that night. Regardless, he said, “there are many lessons to learn from that game and we did.”

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  • NRHS football coach and player to be featured on Steve Harvey show

    New Rochelle High School football coach Nate Adams and New Rochelle student and football player Omari Walker will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Steve Harvey Morning Show.

    The duo will be talking about their relationship as a mentor and mentee, respectively, within President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

    In 2015, New Rochelle became the first city in Westchester County to “accept” President Obama’s challenge: to take an intentional, selfless part in improving life outcomes for young people, particularly boys and young men of color. The city has adopted a plan of action of six guide points to guide mentees from “cradle to career.”

    Among the program’s first-year accomplishments are: the implementation of the Youth and Police Initiative, which pairs law enforcement officers and students to break down barriers of mistrust; the creation of 14 “pop-up libraries,” designed by pop artist, Charles Fazzino; and a student organized college-signing day for all, not only athletes. 

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  • Anne Frank traveling exhibit comes to New Rochelle High School

    The Museum of Art & Culture at New Rochelle High School will host a traveling exhibit featuring rare photographs and representations of historical events from the life of Anne Frank.

    “Anne Frank: A History for Today” tells the story of the German-born Jewish teenager whose diary about life under Nazi occupation has been translated into more than 60 languages. It is presented by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence and will be on display Nov. 1 to Dec. 7.

    Museum hours will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. The museum will also be open in the evenings on Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 21. The exhibit will include a small room recreated to look like the one Anne lived in.

    Events are free and open to the public.

    The exhibit will have the following highlights:

    ·         An opening reception with guided tours will take place Nov. 3 between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

    ·         The film, “My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes,” will be screened at the Linda Kelly Theater at 7 p.m., Nov. 21, followed by a discussion. The evening will commemorate Kristallnacht, the November night in 1938 when Nazis vandalized synagogues and Jewish property, and killed nearly 100 Jews.

    ·         “A Conversation with Anne and Martin” will be performed at the Linda Kelly Theater at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29. The play, from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, will be performed with actors playing Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    For more information, and to arrange a tour, contact Andrea Berman at Aberman@nredlearn.org.

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  • New Rochelle High School to hold Portfolio Day

    New Rochelle High School will hold its Portfolio Day on Thursday, Nov. 10, allowing students interested in pursuing an undergraduate arts degree to showcase their best artwork to college representatives who visit campus.

    This year’s Portfolio Day will take place from 9 a.m. and noon, and will be located at the House IV Bridge, by the school museum. This year, the high school is encouraging juniors and sophomores to participate, in addition to seniors, and bring a robust portfolio to show.

    Representatives from Alfred University, Hartford Arts School, Tyler School of Art and School of Visual Art are among some of the schools expected to participate. In addition to viewing artwork, representatives will also interview students

    A preparatory portfolio workshop will be held Nov. 8 with Rachel Dorsey, a NRHS art department alumni who now works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

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  • Step club coming to NRHS

    The coach that trained the Step Team at Albert Leonard and Isaac E. Young middle schools has set up the Prestige Step Team in New Rochelle High School.

    If 20 students sign up, the team can become a formal high school club, said Karen Johnson, who has been coaching the middle schoolers.

    Until now, the middle school steppers have not been able to continue in the high school for lack of a club. Students who wanted to continue transitioned to Vision Steppers located in the Bronx. But expensive dues and late night practice has been a challenge, said Johnson.

    The middle school Step Team – U-Knighted Pride – last week traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland to participate in Blue Shirt Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention, at Francis Scott Key International Baccalaureate Middle School.

    Johnson is hoping more high school students sign up and support the future Step club.

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  • NRHS Alum wins Massachusetts art education award

    Sara Egan, who graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2003, has been named Museum Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association in Boston.

    Egan works as a School Partnership Manager at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She is one of nine art educators in the state who will be honored at Lesley University on Sat. Nov. 12 in Cambridge.

    “I am honored by this award, and truly credit my excellent education in the New Rochelle school system for much of my success,” said Egan.

    In her current role, Egan connects connect students and teachers with the museum. She teaches Pre-K through 12th grade students in the museum and the classroom, and train and coach teachers in a technique called Visual Thinking Strategies to build critical thinking and communications skills.

    She also manages the Gardner Museum's paid Teens Behind the Scenes program that introduces high school students to careers in the arts.

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  • NRHS film program to receive state “English Program of Excellence” honor

    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.”

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  • Schools in Session

    NOT a Superintendent's Conference Day Misprint in printed school calendar
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  • LEK*NRHS

    PAVE 1 Dance Concert

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  • ACT

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  • Half-Day Elementary - Part Teacher Conferences

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  • Mawlid-al-Nabi

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  • Our Lady of Guadalupe

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  • BOE -- Policy Committee Meeting

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  • Planetarium Holiday Show

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  • Half Day Elementary - Parent Teacher Conferences

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  • Planetarium Holiday Show

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