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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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  • Department of Health - Review of Latest Battery of Water Reports & Press Release

    Please see attached letter from Superintendent Osborne regarding latest water testing results and associated press release.

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  • URGENT - ELEMENTARY EARLY DISMISSAL - SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 - 11:40

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne regarding elementary early dismissal on September 7, 2016 and for the entire 2016-2017 school year.

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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

    Register here to sign up for the 2x weekly CSDNR News.

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  • Home Access Opens End of Day AUGUST 29

    Home Access Center Opens at Day's End on MONDAY, AUGUST 29th. If you currently have an account, you will be able to log in.

    If you need to register, registrations will take place at City Hall beginning Monday, August 29th. The hours are between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday only. There are NO registrations on Fridays. You will need to bring a form of photo identification for yourself, either a driver's license or passport.

    Location: City Hall
    2nd Floor- Technology Department/Data Processing
    If you have forgotten your password, please e-mail: nrhomeaccess@nredlearn.org.

    We also anticipate having registrations during the 'Meet The Teacher' nights at the various schools.

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  • 2016-2017 School Calendar

    Please see attached for the 2016-2017 School Calendar.

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  • ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURRENT 6TH GRADE AND 11TH GRADE STUDENTS

    New Immunization Requirements for School Entry for 2016-17 Grades 7 and 12. Please see attached for more information.

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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

  • Support Ward’s Readathon and be a stupendous superhero!

    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.

    Sponsorship levels:

    •        $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 mprmojax@gmail.com or call 914-316-3275

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  • New Rochelle High School student wins youth service award

    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.

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  • New Rochelle teacher picked for Fulbright teaching program

    Pia Persamperi, a teacher at Trinity Elementary School, has been chosen to participate in the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, a demanding international exchange and professional development program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She is among 43 U.S and 21 international teachers selected for this award.

    The program aims to help some of the world’s finest teachers study best practices in international education and to improve student learning outcomes and build competence.

    As part of the program, Persamperi will be in Mexico from January to June to study how oral storytelling supports the development of literacy and bilingualism. She plans to create a unit that uses storytelling to boost students’ bi-literacy in New York and Mexico.

    The State Department will provide Persampieri an allowance for living expenses, travel and professional development. The New Rochelle school district is giving her leave of absence to participate in the program.

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  • High School Chorale to sing at Concert Across America campaign

    The New Rochelle High School Chorale will be among several artists and groups who will perform in the city on Sept. 25 as part of Concert Across America, a campaign to bring awareness about gun deaths nationwide.

    The event at the Hudson Park Bandshell will be held between noon and 5 p.m. and will be among 220 live concerts held nationwide. Sept. 25 has been designated by Congress as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, two thirds of whom are killed by a firearm.

    Other artists performing in New Rochelle include Decora, hip hop recording artists; Larger than Life, a boy-band tribute band; Bookends Band, which plays popular covers; Blue Roadhouse Orchestra, aka Grateful Bro, who’ll play Grateful Dead covers; Jim Murtagh and Skinny Blonde, both indie rock; and Troubadour-to-Door on guitar.

    The coast-to-coast event will culminate in a concert at 7 p.m. at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

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  • Four high school students named to top state ensemble

    Four upperclassmen at New Rochelle High School have been selected to take part in 2016 New York State School Music Association All-State Ensemble to be held in Rochester in early December.

    Annael Alvarez, a junior and a member of the NRHS Chorale, will participate in the women’s chorus, and David Rubertone, a junior and part of the NRHS Chorale, will take part in the mixed chorus. Emerick Falta, a tuba player, and Lily Grantcharova, both seniors, will serve as alternates.

    NRHS students are typically picked every year to showcase their talents in the very competitive NYSSMA All-State Ensemble, but the number of students selected this year is high, said Marc Schneider, supervisor of music and art at the City School District of New Rochelle.

    “We are thrilled for our All-State performers and their teachers,” said Schneider. “We are appreciative of all the hard work New Rochelle teachers have done to nurture them to this high level of performance. We are talking top of the top.”

    Every spring, several thousand students across the state learn and prepare a challenging piece of music, which they perform before a panel of judges who give them a rating. Only those who reach the highest level – between 98 and 100 out of a total score of 100 – are invited to the All-State Ensemble. Pop singer Lady Gaga participated in the 2002 All-State jazz ensemble.

    Schneider will travel with the students to Rochester when they perform at the gathering Dec. 1 to Dec. 4. About 900 students from across the state are expected to participate.

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  • Welcome back students, staff, teachers and administrators!

    New Rochelle had a great opening day, with thousands of students returning to school after the summer. The district welcomed many new teachers and staff, including a new principal and vice principal for Davis Elementary School, a new principal for Columbus Elementary, and two assistant principals at Albert Leonard Middle School. The district also has a new assistant superintendent/chief academic officer in Dr. Magda Parvey.

    The opening day went smoothly and positively, with operations that were focused on the children, said Superintendent Brian Osborne. “The district’s adults and students are very happy to be back in school,” he said. “It’s one of our best opening days, ever.”

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  • New principals greet students at Davis Elementary

    George M. Davis, Jr. Elementary School opened its door to students today with a new principal and a new assistant principal at the helm, bringing excitement and energy to the new school year.

    Anthony Bambrola, principal, and Laurie Marinaro, assistant principal, were at the front doors of Davis to greet students as they poured into the school. Inside, they fielded questions from parents about assigned teachers, lunch calendars, bus lists and dismissal times.

    “You’ll have Ms. Walker this year,” Bambrola gently told a fifth-grader who seemed confused about where to go. “She’s wonderful. Go ahead, have fun.”

    Though Bambrola’s assignment as principal is new, he isn’t new to Davis. He served as assistant principal last year, a job Marinaro took over this year after having worked at the two middle schools.

    “I’m very excited to be at Davis and call it home. One great part about our leadership team is that Laurie is a New Rochelle girl. She went to school here, she knows the community well,” said Bambrola. “Our goals are simple. It’s building relationships and keeping the momentum going.”

    Large groups of kindergartners arrived a little after 8 a.m. with their parents, and clustered outside a side entrance to meet their teachers who would eventually lead them in.

    “We’re excited,” said Matt Enquist, who came to drop off his oldest child, Natalie. “I think there’s a little apprehension. But we’ve toured the school and we think it will be great for her.”

    For Daniel Crane, 5, school was all about making new friends.

    “I’m excited,” he said as he stood with his mother, Omaira Crane. “But it’s hard to make new friends.”

    Mom, however, was not worried. “I know the school, I love the school, I love his teacher because she taught my daughter, too.”

    Also making a visit to the school was Dr. Magda Parvey, assistant superintendent/chief academic officer. She oversees the district’s kindergarten to 12th-grade curriculum.

    On the first day of school, Dr. Parvey planned to visit several schools in the district. After Davis, she was headed to Isaac E. Young Middle School, Trinity Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School and Barnard Early Childhood Center.

    “I intended to visit schools and classrooms and see teachers in action,” said Dr. Parvey, who previously worked in North Carolina schools. “The aim is to work collaboratively with principals and teachers to address the academic disparities in the district.”

    For Marinaro, who has been with the district for 20 years, elementary school is the place to be.

    “This is where the excitement begins. This is where you ignite the spirit of learning,” she said.

    Soon the school settled into the rhythm of the day. Teachers welcomed students back to school, students inscribed their names on folders and reconnected with classmates, kindergartners played and took in their first day.

    “The goal on the first day of school is to get everyone in and out of the school safely and get kids excited about being back in school,” Bambrola said. “After speaking to several parents, I think we did that.”

     

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  • Principal Returns With Homecoming to Columbus

    Michael Galland started his career as an educator at Columbus Elementary School 19 years ago teaching third grade.

    He returned Tuesday as principal of one of the largest grade schools in the City School District of New Rochelle, welcoming about 800 students and dozens of teachers and staff to the start of an exciting year at Columbus Elementary.

    “A new day, a new change. It’s a kind of homecoming,” Galland said with obvious enthusiasm after welcoming a group of kindergarteners and their parents. “I feel great responsibility to help the school refocus on the instructional goals we have set, of readers and writers workshop, and a balanced approach to math learning.”

    First through fifth grades streamed in at 8:25 a.m., entering through the school yard rather than the front door, which is the normal procedure. The overnight rain ended, the buses arrived on time, school supplies were collected from parents smoothly and positively, and students soon settled into their classrooms.

    Among the students were 10 whose parents Galland had taught nearly two decades ago.

    “It’s been a great first day. I know because my feet are killing me,” said a cheerful Shelli Owens, the assistant principal, as she stood in her socks and wiggled her toes.

    Kindergarteners came in an hour later, and their parents were allowed to stay until dismissal at 10:40 a.m. This short first day helped the youngest students and their parents deal with separation anxiety and familiarize them with their surroundings, said Owens.

    Hildy Martins, a kindergarten teacher, watched with a smile as students and their parents milled around the classroom, examining their desks and playing with toys. She answered as many questions as they asked.

    “The parents are really emotional,” said Martins. “It’s important that parents have this time to see where their children will be and to whom they’ll be entrusting them.”

    The excitement and the enthusiasm in the school was palpable. Teachers and staff were especially enthused because of Galland’s return to school as principal.

    “He started here, he’s meant to be here,” said Anne Marie Virtudes, who teaches English as a New Language in third, fourth and fifth grade. “We are excited. He brings great energy to the school.”

     

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  • Convocation launches school year for teachers, staff

    NEW ROCHELLE – Hundreds of teachers, administrators and staff packed the auditorium of New Rochelle High School Tuesday to take part in the annual convocation that ushered in the 2016-2017 school year.

    The gathering was addressed by Brian Osborne, superintendent of schools, Rachel Relkin, president of the Board of Education; Martin Daly, president of FUSE Leadership Council and teacher at Isaac E. Young Middle School; and Joseph Starvaggi, president of Administrators and Supervisors Union and assistant principal at New Rochelle High School.

    Osborne explained the five strategies that are the foundation of teaching and learning in the school district. These include a collaborative approach to education, safe and supportive schools, the high quality of the staff, community engagement and resource management.

    “As a district we are on the move,” said Osborne. “We have a tradition of strength and accomplishment on which to build, and some formidable challenges to overcome. We are making the road by walking. We are heading up a mountain to a day where every student gets our best and all are prepared to succeed. And the creation of that day begins this week.”

    Starvaggi spoke about the difference teachers make in the lives of their students every day. It’s important not to define children by the problems they have or the disabilities they face, but to believe in their inherent capacity to learn. “To believe in someone is life changing,” he said. “Students must not be confined to the hand they’ve been dealt. A student’s true potential is not known. We are dealing with them at their most fertile time.”

    Daly told the crowd that students first need a connection with a teacher before they learn. “Students don’t care how much you know until they find out how much you care,” he said.

    Relkin, the newly elected school board president, spoke of the care and effort teachers put in for students. “While students are at the core of what we do, we see you,” she told teachers. “We are grateful, we are appreciative, we are proud of all the work you do for our students every day.”

    Earlier in the morning, teachers and staff met in the cafeteria and caught up with the summer’s news over breakfast and coffee.

     

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  • NRHS Senior Ana Acevedo and Educator Camille Edwards-Thomas Selected for Bezos Scholars Program

    The City School District of New Rochelle and New Rochelle High School are proud to announce the selection of NRHS senior Ana Acevedo and House Principal Camille Edwards-Thomas to the 2016 Bezos Scholars Program cohort.Founded by the Bezos Family Foundation in 2005, the Bezos Scholars Program selects 30 top high school students and exceptional educators each year from across the U.S. and the African Leadership Academy to participate in a year-long leadership development program, including an all-expenses-paid trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival. After attending the Festival, the Scholars return home to organize their own community change programs, known as Local Ideas Festivals (LIFs). 

     

    “The week I spent in Aspen provided me with new views on difficult topics, a wonderful network of inspiring individuals, and "big ideas," so I feel extremely fortunate to have been part of it all,” said NRHS student Ana Acevedo.

     

    Scholars choose the theme of their LIF based on the intersection of their passion and a true community need. Previous festivals have been organized around juvenile justice, STEAM education, and civic engagement; and have drawn nearly 40,000 attendees since the program’s inception.

    "We are thrilled to welcome another exceptional group of young leaders into BSP," said Nicole Hanson, Youth Leadership Manager at the Bezos Family Foundation. "This year we had an incredibly diverse applicant pool, with nearly every state represented. Students were selected based on their academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, and demonstrated commitment to change.”

    BSP also reaches an international audience, with the South African Ideas Festival organized by Scholars at the African Leadership Academy.

    About the City School District of New Rochelle

    With nearly 11,000 students in 10 schools, the City School District of New Rochelle, through an active partnership amongst community, parents, staff and students, provides a high-quality and challenging education for every child, in a safe, nurturing environment that embraces rich diversity and drives success. #

     
     
     

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District Calendar

  • Half Day All Schools Professional Development

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  • NRHS

    Board of Education Special Meeting

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  • Planetarium Show

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  • Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown

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  • Rosh Hashanah - District Closed

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