District News and Announcements

  • Starting the 2017-18 School Year ‘The New Rochelle Way’

    The faculty of the City School District of New Rochelle united this morning to kick off 2017-18, preparing for another great year of instruction.

    “Thank you for bringing head and heart to a new school year!” Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne welcomed them in the Whitney Young Auditorium at New Rochelle High School.

    The district’s nearly 11,000 students will return to class over the rest of this week. But today was the “convocation,” when teachers, administrators and others reunite to prepare for it all. Dr. Osborne set the tone by telling them about what he called “the New Rochelle way.”

    “The New Rochelle way is steeped in optimism and appreciation for the seriousness of our work and in nurturing the children in our care,” he said. “And it shows up in everything that we do.”

    The teachers were glad to reunite with colleagues – or in the case of more than 50 newly hired teachers and others, to meet their new co-workers. After the pleasures of summer, they were preparing for the joys of teaching, such as that moment when a student fully understands a new concept.

    “When that lightbulb goes off over a student’s head, it’s a glorious feeling,” said Albert Leonard Middle School math teacher Rob Dawson.

    They were addressed by several district and union leaders. New Rochelle High School Assistant Principal Joseph Starvaggi, who is also head of the Administrators & Supervisors’ union, urged the teachers to identify with their students.

    “Build relationships where they feel you know them and you care about them,” Starvaggi said. “Allow students to be themselves in a safe environment of risk-taking. Let them be curious. Curiosity leads to achievement and original ideas.”

    The district’s oft-touted diversity was a key topic of the morning.

    “Our concrete efforts to more fully realize our goals demonstrate our shared commitment to embracing the diversity that makes our school district an exciting and vibrant place to work,” Martin Daly, president of the New Rochelle FUSE union, told the audience.

    Board of Education President Rachel Relkin also addressed the educators.

    “Whether a child is a realist or a dreamer, we have high expectations for all,” Relkin said. Calling on a quote from educator Rita Pierson that “Every child deserves a champion,” Relkin told the staff; “Have a great year, and be a champion.”

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  • New Rochelle Welcomes More Than 50 New Educators in Orientation

    More than 50 educators new to the New Rochelle schools gathered for orientation in their new district on Thursday, as Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne congratulated them for making it through an interview process that was “both competitive and rigorous.”

    “It is that way because we want to give the children of New Rochelle the best. And that’s what we believe we have before us here today,” Dr. Osborne told them in the Linda E. Kelly Theater at New Rochelle High School.

    The superintendent welcomed them to a district that treasures its diversity, which, he said, means more than merely accepting others.

    “Embracing our rich diversity is of a deeper quality than that,” Dr. Osborne told them. “It means that we actively welcome, celebrate, support and serve all of our students and our families and that the differences among us add value for all of us.”

    The newcomers were treated to coffee and bagels in the morning, followed by talks from school district leaders. New Rochelle Board of Education Vice President Maddali Atallah told them of the key role that teachers play in offering a great education.

    “We believe that the job is done in the classroom, with the children, and you are the most important element in that,” she said.

    The day’s events introduced them to much more than the school district of 11,000 students. City historian Barbara Davis told them of more than 300 years of New Rochelle history, beginning with the Siwanoy Indians who lived in the area before European settlers arrived. They also took a bus tour of the city’s schools, residences and points of interest.

    The newly hired educators were eager to begin teaching in schools across the district.

    “I’m looking forward to inspiring the students to learn another language, because that’s the future,” said Majid Benefar, a new French teacher at New Rochelle High School. “There are a lot of challenges ahead, but there will be a lot of great rewards in working through them.”

    Art teacher Daniela Marini’s classes will be at the William B. Ward Elementary School.

    “I’m so excited to be part of the team at Ward,” said Marini. “The administration is very strong, and I feel very supported by it.”

    Alex Urso, a new special education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, said the orientation helped him ease into his new challenge.

    “I’m feeling confident and starting to get a little more comfortable with all the procedures,” he said. "I’ve heard all great things about the community and the schools. It is a fantastic opportunity.”
    As they got ready to begin their first classes in New Rochelle, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Joseph Williams told them that they had come to a great district in which to thrive professionally.

    “I am quite sure you are all going to have a productive and fulfilling career here in New Rochelle,” he said.

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  • Home Access Center- Attention Parents and Guardians

    Please check with your specific building regarding the opening of Home Access. You may use the user IDs and passwords you have used before. If you have forgotten either of the 2, please e-mail nrhomeaccess@nredlearn.org. Registration for new users will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at City Hall on the 2nd floor.

    Thank you.

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  • Opening Week Schedule for Students

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Elementary - Half Day Dismissal at 11:40 a.m.

    ALMS

    8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - 8th Grade

    9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - 7th Grade

    10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon - 6th Grade

    IEYMS

    8:30 to 10:30 - 6th Grade

    10:00 to 11:00 - 7th Grade

    11:00 to 12:00 noon - 8th Grade

    NRHS

    9th Graders only -- full day

    no bus transportation on September 6

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Elementary - Full Day

    ALMS/IEYMS - Full Day

    NRHS - 9th and 10th graders full day, orientation for Grades 10, 11 & 12

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    NRHS -- All students full day

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  • New Rochelle School District Regretfully Announces Passing of Special Education Teacher Lauren Denninger

    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (August 20, 2017) – The City School District of New Rochelle is deeply saddened by the passing of Lauren Denninger, a special education teacher and facilitator at Isaac E. Young Middle School known for her devotion to her students.

    She passed away August 18 and had served the District for 19 years. She was 43 years old.

    “Lauren was a dedicated special educator who touched hundreds of children’s lives,” said Yvette Goorevitch, the New Rochelle schools Director of Special Education who hired Denninger in 1998.

    Denninger’s devotion to her students extended beyond the school day. She spent hours after school and weekends tutoring students to help their reading development.

    “Early on in her career, she sought training in the intensive Wilson Reading System teaching program, because she understood the importance of helping adolescents learn to read in order to forever change their lives,” Goorevitch said. “Lauren was a trusted colleague and friend. She was among the ‘coalition of the committed.’”

    Isaac E. Young Principal Anthony Bongo added; “Lauren's capacity to love students and staff created a climate of compassion and understanding that made it easier to accomplish very difficult tasks. Her humor, mixed with her fierce commitment to our school, made students and staff better.”

    “Lauren was an excellent teacher, a wonderful person and a tremendous asset to Isaac E. Young Middle School and the entire school community,” said schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne. “She will be deeply missed by all.”

    “She had a lasting and profound impact on many students over the years,” said New Rochelle Board of Education President Rachel Relkin.

    Family and friends will gather on Monday, August 21st from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home, 767 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, according to the notice on the funeral home’s website. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 a.m. at Saints John & Paul Roman Catholic Church, 280 Weaver Street, Larchmont. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Toms River, New Jersey.

    Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to NY Medical College of Cancer Research. In addition, donations can be made to a college fund for Denninger's daughter, Margaret.

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  • With Regret, We Announce the Passing of Lauren Denninger

    The City School District of New Rochelle is deeply saddened by the passing of Lauren Denninger, a special education teacher and facilitator at Isaac E. Young Middle School, where she had served for 19 years.

    She passed away August 18.

    “Lauren was a dedicated special educator who touched hundreds of children’s lives,” said Yvette Goorevitch, the New Rochelle schools Director of Special Education who worked with Denninger during her career there. “Early on in her career, she sought training in the intensive Wilson Reading teaching program, because she understood the importance of helping adolescents learn to read in order to forever change their lives. Lauren was a trusted colleague and friend. She was among the 'coalition of the committed,' always assuming competence. May her memory always be for blessing.”

    Isaac E. Young Principal Anthony Bongo added; “Lauren's capacity to love students and staff created a climate of compassion and understanding that made it easier to accomplish very difficult tasks. Her humor, mixed with her fierce commitment to our school, made students and staff better.”

    “Lauren was an excellent teacher, a wonderful person and a tremendous asset to Isaac E. Young Middle School and the entire school community,” said schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne. “She will be deeply missed by all.”

    “She had a lasting and profound impact on many students over the years,” said New Rochelle Board of Education President Rachel Relkin.

    Family and friends will gather on Monday, August 21st from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home, 767 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, according to the notice on the funeral home’s website. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 a.m. at Saints John & Paul Church, 280 Weaver Street, Larchmont. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Toms River, New Jersey.

    Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to NY Medical College of Cancer Research. In addition, donations can be made to a college fund for Lauren's daughter, Margaret.

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  • Come Observe the Solar Eclipse!

    Head over to McKenna Football Field at New Rochelle High School at 2:30 pm on Monday August 21st to observe a Solar Eclipse! Special glasses will be handed out to all who attend. Additionally, telescopes with filters will also be available for observing. If you have any questions please send an email to smisner@nredlearn.org or bzeller@nredlearn.org. All parents, students, and community members are encouraged to attend!! Don't miss this rare event!

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  • Attention Parents

    Registration for the Home Access Center will be held at City Hall, 515 North Avenue, 2nd Floor on the following days and times:
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - only - between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Please bring a form of identification for yourself, either a driver's license or passport.

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  • Congratulations Class of 2017!

    The New Rochelle High School class of 2017 graduated on June 22 in a ceremony filled with pride, praise and eyes turned to the future.

    In the school's 119th commencement exercise, 642 students received their diplomas. Dressed in purple robes with white sashes, they walked across William H. McKenna Field and into a new phase of their lives.

    "Honor things that make sense, but don't be afraid to create new traditions and blaze new trails," high school Principal Reginald Richardson told them. "Each and every one of you has unlimited potential to contribute positively to our society."

    Graduation will take the members of the class of 2017 in many directions.

    "Our dreams for the future vary widely," salutatorian Melanie Anaya said in her address to the class. "Some of us want to become politicians, others doctors or mechanics or anything under the blue sky."

    Several of the graduates, sharing hugs and snapping photos with friends and relatives after the ceremony, showed a variety of goals and dreams. Nicolette Mejia will study culinary arts at Westchester Community College. Jaren Smith will attend Berklee College of Music in Boston to study music production and engineering. An aspiring songwriter, he credited his time in the high school chorus and teacher Derrick James with bringing out his singing ability.

    "He helped me to become a master of my craft," he said.

    Nicholas Romandelli said NRHS, with its many Advanced Placement courses, prepared him well to study economics at Lehigh University. He took eight of them. "You really get a good perspective of what college is like," he said.

    Albert Forero will study mechanical engineering at the New York City College of Technology. "New Rochelle, because it's a big, diverse school, prepares you for anything in life," Forero said.

    During the ceremony, valedictorian Wendy Yu told her fellow students she was eager to see the success of her classmates.

    "I can't wait to see where the power of your minds takes you all," she said. "And I only hope that together we will carry forth with an open mindset as we disperse across the world."

    Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne challenged the students to take their place in the world fearlessly.

    "I urge you to ask the hardest questions, tackle the thorniest problems," he told them. "Confront injustice. Create and innovate. The world is in your hands. Make the most of it."

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  • Public library offers summer reading, programs

    New Rochelle students of all ages can look forward to a fun and entertaining summer full of learning at the New Rochelle Public Library.

    "Build a Better World" is the theme of the library's 2017 Summer Reading Game. It is among an array of free six-week programs to help elementary school-age children stay energized and on-track with their learning. (See the full calendar.)

    The kick-off event will be held Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library will be offering a sampler of the programs, including a hands-on building workshop with ArchForKids and live entertainment by the National Circus Project.

    Preschoolers and students entering grades K-5 can register for the Summer Reading Game at the kick-off event or anytime during the summer.

    The library is also offering free summer programs for middle and high school students, including creative writing classes, Mexican dance lessons, healthful cooking workshops, yoga journaling and weekly movies. The six-week sessions begin the week of July 3.

    In addition, students entering grades 8 through 12 can select between two three-session workshops of Sound and Video: Re-imagined. Instructor Sean Hartywill teach the technicalities of sound and video production while integrating the art of the industry and participants' creativity. Students will learn the basics in creating music, shooting a video and editing it all together.

    For complete details, please visit the library website.

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PARCC MATHEMATICS - Grades 3-12 - Computer Based Testing

The PARCC’s Model Content Frameworks for Mathematics designate clusters as Major, Additional and Supporting for each grade and course.  As discussed in the Model Content Frameworks, some clusters that are not major emphases in themselves are designed to support and strengthen areas of major emphasis, while other clusters that may not connect tightly or explicitly to the major work of the grade would fairly be called additional.