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  • Ukrainian team studies education in New Rochelle

    Representatives from the town and school district of Berezhany in the Ukraine spent this week in the City School District of New Rochelle. The visitors were here to tour the district's schools and gain an understanding of U.S. teaching methods and curriculums.

    Iaroslava Senyshyn, English language teacher, Halyna Mykhalchuk, director of the Department of Education, and Oleh Venchur, Berezhany mayor/councilman, will return to Berezhany with plans to improve their students' education and help rebuild their struggling schools.

    The visitors were most impressed with teachers' organization and preparation for daily lessons and how they coordinate the curriculum across grade levels. They also liked how senior-level teachers mentor senior-level teachers. 

    Senyshyn appreciated how educators at Trinity found ways to make learning meaningful to their students' lives. "We just tell students they have to memorize statistics, and that's all," she said. "Here, you explain to them what they need the information for."

    On Monday night, the Ukrainian representatives attended a PTA meeting where they learned how the school partners with parents to plan school activities. Parents are rarely involved in   their children's education in Berezhany. Many have to leave their families for extended periods of time to work in Europe.

    The idea of the trip originated after Trinity Assistant Principal Inas Morsi-Hogans met Yuriy Boykiv, a philanthropist who collaborates with the McCain Institute. The institute is dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership through security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity. Boykiv wanted to send Morsi-Hogans and Trinity Principal Anthony DiCarlo to Berezhany but Morsi-Hogans suggested it may be better for Berezhany representatives to come to New Rochelle Schools and immerse themselves in U.S. education for a week.

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  • NRHS's girls' track team wins big

    The NRHS girls' track team won the overall girls' team title at the Glenn D. Loucks Games at White Plains High School last week. Several athletes also won their individual events.

    It was the 50th anniversary of the prestigious meet which attracted 3,300 athletes from 255 schools. More than 180 teams from nine states participated.

    Olivia Morgan, a junior, was named the meet's most outstanding female field athlete. She won the pentathlon with a total of 3,205 points. Her score was the highest among New York girls this season and the third best nationally this spring.  It was the fifth best all-time at the Loucks Games. 

    Morgan also set personal-best marks in the shot put (32' 4 1/4") and the 100 meter hurdles (15.12 seconds). 

    Her teammate, Jeanneney Currie, came in third in the pentathlon with 2,616 points. Currie, a senior, is headed to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in September. Kiana Stallworth won the 100 dash (12.61) in the pouring rain Saturday and the long jump on Friday with a distance of 19' 3 1/4".  Stallworth is heading to George Mason University in the fall on a track scholarship.

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  • Poetry Out Loud spotlights young student writers

    On Monday night, poets and poetry fans gathered for the nineteenth performance of Poetry Out Loud, an annual event presented by the Jeremy Scheinfeld Publishing Center, a program of the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence.

    More than 70 elementary and middle school students from across the district read their original poetry on stage during the Fund's flagship event.

    New Rochelle's mayor, Noam Bramson, returned to emcee the evening for the 18th time - he's only missed one since being master of ceremonies for the inaugural event.

    The students have been writing poetry in their classes all year. Faculty and staff coordinators have volunteered to spearhead Poetry Out Loud at their respective schools. It all comes together with the selection of up to 10 representative poets from each school to be part of the event. The coordinators work with the selected students to prepare them for the reading. They also compile and edit the handsomely bound book in which the students' works are published.

    Fifth grader Jakob Dallow from Davis said that beyond looking forward to sharing his poem, he was hoping the event would help him "get over (his) slight fear of talking in front of people."

    His classmate David Yang said, "I've been looking forward to talking to people about what I've written. It makes me think even more about what to write."

    "The beautiful thing is, you truly get a window into the hearts and souls of the students," said Jodi Scheinfeld, one of the founders of Poetry Out Loud. "It's heartwarming to see what's important to them, what they want to share, what their voice is."

    Meesum Panjwani, a third grader at Ward, talked about the creative process he applied while writing "A Ghost Who Couldn't Haunt."

    "We were working on limericks, so I thought about things in nature, or made-up things, and what they usually do," he said. "And then I wrote the opposite."

    With 19 years and nearly 1,400 poets to its credit, Poetry Out Loud is already looking ahead to its 20th anniversary event next year.

    "There are a lot of kids who have gone on to write professionally," said Andrea Berman, Executive Director of the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence. "We want to try and make next year even more special, and it would be great to have some of the former participants come and read their poems." 

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  • Holocaust survivor Lola Margulies speaks to students at NRHS

    Holocaust survivor Lola Margulies spoke to a rapt audience at the Linda E. Kelly Theater last week. The Somers resident told students the harrowing story of her childhood in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

    Margulies was 11 when the German army invaded her Polish town in 1941. She, and all other Jews in town, were interned in a ghetto under extremely overcrowded conditions. They had very little food and were under constant threat of being deported to the death camps by the Gestapo.

    Margulies eventually escaped into the woods and lived hidden with her family for nine months until Poland was liberated from German occupation in 1944.

    "It was an incredibly emotional description of what she went through during the Holocaust," said Keolamphu. "She was hidden beneath a chicken coop in a bunker 10 feet underground eating bread, potatoes and soup. If it wasn't for that, she would not be here today."

    After her presentation, Margulies received flowers and thank you cards from the students. She had an important takeaway message for them.

    "You are the future of this country," Margulies told the students. "Everyone knew about what was going on and did nothing. Must sure that if you see any injustice you report it, and do not pretend it doesn't exist."

    Joseph Keolamphu, who teaches U.S. History and Government and Global Studies at NRHS, contacted Margulies after he watched "Testimony of the Human Spirit," a video that highlights the experiences of Margulies and five other Holocaust survivors. He and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of White Plains organized the visit.

    Some of Margulies' memories have been recorded in a testimony, which is part of a collection published in the book entitled Death of a Shtetl. The book is in the archives of several Holocaust museums.

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  • Voters approve City School District of New Rochelle's 2017-2018 proposed budget

    Residents approved the City School District of New Rochelle's proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year Tuesday by a vote of 2,035 to 719, a 74% approval. 

    Voters also elected Amy Moselhi and Paul Warhit to the Board of Education. They will serve five-year terms on the school board from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2022.

    The $259,622,488 budget represents a 2.34 percent increase over the previous year's budget, one of the lowest in years. The increase in the tax levy is 1.995 percent and complies with the state's required tax levy cap. The total proposed taxes to be collected by the school district will be $204,441,642, or 78.75 percent of the budget. In addition, $43,055,794 of revenue will come from state aid and $12,125,052 from other sources.

    "The Board of Education is grateful to the community for its support of the 2017-18 budget,” said Board of Education President Rachel Relkin. “Moving ahead, we look forward to continuing our pursuit of providing a high quality and challenging education to all our students."

    “I am truly grateful to this community for supporting this budget which holds true to our commitment to provide the very best education for our students while remaining fiscally responsible,” added Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne. “In addition to maintaining all academic programs, the budget adds positions to accommodate for enrollment increases, maintains favorable class sizes and meets pressing student needs.”

    Those positions include a part-time Trinity psychologist, a full-time Foundations life skills program counselor position at New Rochelle High School, a part-time Isaac E. Young Middle School English as a Second Language teacher, and a full-time Davis Elementary teacher. The budget also supports critical ongoing professional development of teachers and administrators.

    In addition, the budget includes funding to support vital instructional technology enhancements, including the ability to provide wireless Internet access to over 95 percent of district instructional spaces. The district's Chromebook program will also be expanded, providing more than 2,500 new mobile devices to students. Other instructional and infrastructure improvements will position the district to continue to provide 21st century learning opportunities for students.

    In addition, the budget includes an investment for much needed playground replacement and improvements at Trinity, Webster and Columbus elementary schools. The district will also replace the roof of a district-owned maintenance facility on Grove Avenue. A new transformational facility management team will be in place for 2017-2018.

    All results remain unofficial.

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  • Anthony Stirpe named Apple Distinguished Educator

    Anthony Stirpe, who leads the innovative writing and filmmaking program at New Rochelle High School, will receive the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) award.

    The distinction is given to a select handful of educators from across the world for setting trends and transforming the lives of students through technology. The award also recognizes the educators for bringing positive change to the school and the wider community.

    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.

    Stirpe will receive the award this July in Houston, where he will present the NRHS program to Apple Educators and receive acknowledgement for the district's innovation. He will also participate in a unique professional development experience with members of the Apple community and other educators from across the country. As a result of the award, Stirpe will receive Apple software and apps before they are publicly introduced.

    "It is a testament to the continued commitment from our district," said Stirpe. "During a time when schools have had to cut back, the New Rochelle school district has made an investment in a revolutionary idea, and that idea has grown into a program that is transforming the lives of so many of our students. The fact that our students will now have the opportunity to share that innovation with schools across the country is the greatest distinction of my career."

    The Apple Distinguished Educator Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Today it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,500 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom.

    Last year, the program taught by Stirpe was designated a 2016-2017 New York State English Program of Excellence, an award given by the state English Council. 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.

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  • Vote today on the 2017-2018 budget

    Voters will decide Tuesday, May 16, on the City School District of New Rochelle's proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    The $259,622,488 budget represents a 2.34 percent increase over the previous year's budget, one of the lowest in years. The increase in the tax levy is 1.995 percent and complies with the state's required tax levy cap. The total proposed taxes to be collected by the school district will be $204,441,642, or 78.75 percent of the proposed budget. In addition, $43,055,794 of revenue will come from state aid and $12,125,052 from other sources.

    All programs, faculty and staff positions currently in place for this school year are maintained in the proposed budget. In addition to maintaining all academic programs, the proposed budget will add positions to accommodate for enrollment increases, maintain favorable class sizes and meet pressing student needs. Those positions include a part-time Trinity psychologist, a full-time Foundations life skills program counselor position at New Rochelle High School, a part-time Isaac E. Young Middle School English as a Second Language teacher, and a full-time Davis Elementary teacher. The budget also supports critical ongoing professional development of teachers and administrators.

    The proposed budget includes funding to support vital instructional technology enhancements, including the ability to provide wireless Internet access to over 95 percent of district instructional spaces. The district's Chromebook program will also be expanded, providing more than 2,500 new mobile devices to students. Other instructional and infrastructure improvements will position the district to continue to provide 21st century learning opportunities for students.

    In addition, the budget includes an investment for much needed playground replacement and improvements at Trinity, Webster and Columbus elementary schools. The district will also replace the roof of a district-owned maintenance facility on Grove Avenue. A new transformational facility management team will be in place for 2017-2018.

    Also on May 16, four candidates will run for two vacancies on the Board of Education. They are: Vincent J. Malfetano, Amy Moselhi, Paul Warhit and Moraydda Rosado. The successful candidates will serve five-year terms on the school board from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2022.

    Residents should note that this year, one poll location has been changed. East End School Election District No. 11 has been relocated to TRX Yoga Studio near the Rock Club at Pine Brook Fitness, 130 Rhodes St., which is two blocks from the former polling site, Halligan Hall, Holy Name School, near Stephenson Boulevard. 

    To look up your polling place using you street address click here.

    To learn more about the budget visit the district website

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  • Rain forecast moves Health Fair inside

    Significant rain is forecast for Saturday, May 13, so organizers of the City School District of New Rochelle's Health Fair are moving the event indoors.

    People may park and enter through the main entrance on Clove Road. Because of the weather forecast, the costume run is cancelled. However, all of the exercise demonstrations will still take place in the gymnasium. 

    The free community event, which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., includes screenings, information and exercise demonstrations. Food is available for purchase. 

    The fair marks the successful conclusion of a weeklong series of school fitness events encouraging students, faculty and staff to be better aware of good health and chronic disease risk reduction strategies. It will feature more than 15 health and fitness events to reinforce the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

    Stop by and have fun while learning new health and fitness tips!

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  • NRHS principal selected an ESSAA Administrator of the Year

    The Empire State Supervisor and Administrator's Association (ESSAA) has named New Rochelle High School Principal Reggie Richardson the ESSAA Administrator of the Year for Region 2, which covers Westchester and Putnam counties.

    Leslie Altschul, chair of the English Department at NRHS who nominated Richardson for the award, described him as a compassionate educator, an extraordinary listener, and a game changer for the very diverse New Rochelle High School.

    "His positive idealism has set the tone for the inclusive culture within which we nurture, through our collaborative efforts, every one of our constituents -- from the most talented to the most challenged," Altschul wrote. "Reggie is a risk-taker who always supports original thinking and encourages experimentation with any pedagogical strategy that may yield productive results."

    Richardson was also recognized for his success in exploration of standards-based grading, revamping summer assignments for Advanced Placement students, the AP Capstone program/diploma, My Brother's Keeper initiative, Young Achievers and ALAS-Advancing Latino Academic Success.

    ESSAA is a professional organization representing public school administrators and supervisors throughout New York State.

    Richardson will receive the honor when ESSAA holds its annual meeting and awards ceremony on Friday, June 9, at Hotel Thayer at West Point.

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  • Jefferson to receive Earth Day Award

    Westchester County will be acknowledging Jefferson Elementary School with an Earth Day Award for its environmental initiatives, which include an organics recycling program, an onsite compost bin and school garden, and a green writing contest.

    It is anticipated that County Executive Rob Astorino will present the award on Saturday, May 13, at an awards ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

    The awards ceremony is part of Westchester County's Observance of Earth Day 2017 that is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will also include live music and entertainment for all ages. Local environmental exhibitors will be on hand, and there will be an outdoor market, featuring ready-to-eat foods and earth-friendly products. Westchester County's mobile shredder will be on site to shred residents' confidential documents.

    The event is presented by Westchester County's departments of Environmental Facilities and Parks.

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Letter from the Superintendent

  Dear CSDNR Community,


The City School District of New Rochelle remains focused on providing the best education to our students in a safe and healthy environment. I'd like to extend my appreciation to voters for their overwhelming support of the 2017-2018 proposed school budget. 

Last year, the community backed the $106.5 million bond that is primarily funding construction. The first phase of the project has been completed, and we have embarked on the second phase that will focus on the New Rochelle High School, Isaac E. Young Middle School and Jefferson Elementary. Once the project is complete, the buildings will be a source of pride for all.

Also, the district is in the best fiscal health we’ve been in for years. Last year, Moody’s removed the negative outlook on our Aa2 bond rating, citing a balanced budget, moderately strong liquidity position and a stronger economy and tax base.

And while tighter financial management and efficiencies have led to the fiscal improvement, the energy efficiency and financial savings from the building renovations will lead to an even brighter financial picture.

As the school year winds down, I smile when thinking about the great things our students have accomplished and all that’s yet to come!

Dr. Brian G. Osborne

District Calendar

  • SEPTA General Meeting

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  • Board of Education Special Meeting

    City Hall, Edwina Carew Room

    7:00 p.m.

     

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  • Whitney

    NRHS National Honor Society Inductions

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  • Ward

    Ward Spring Band/Orchestra Concert

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  • NRHS

    NRHS Springfest Vocal

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  • Schools Closed

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  • Ramadan Begins

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  • Memorial Day, District Closed

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  • Memorial Plaza

    Memorial Day Ceremony

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  • Schools Open

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