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Notification of Special Meeting

A Special Community Forum will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Port Jervis High School Cafeteria. The subject of this forum will be school safety and security. After this public forum, the Board will immediately adjourn into a Special Executive Session for the purpose of discussing matters of personnel and for discussion on proposed, pending, or current litigation, or contracts. The Board may be taking action after reconvening the public meeting.

Public Invited To Welcome New Superintendent of Schools and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

The Board of Education would like to invite the public to join them in officially welcoming to the PJCSD family Mike Rydell, Superintendent of Schools, and Nick Pantaleone, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at a reception held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 6:45 pm in the High School Cafeteria. This reception will be prior to the start of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education at 7 pm. Please also note that on July 3rd at 5:30 pm the Oath of Office will be given to our newly and re-elected Board Members; the Reorganizational Meeting will follow after the Oaths are taken.


July 2, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Kindergarten orientation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 on August 28, 2018. This is a change in the date that was given to parents at their child's screening.

summer reading list clip artSummer Reading List 2018: Libraries Rock!

June 25th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Join the Port Jervis School District and the Port Jervis Public library for the FREE summer reading program: Libraries Rock! As we know, "reading with our children is such an important learning tool to help them build a lifelong connection with books. The free, annual summer reading program is a tremendous educational resource for our children and their families. Studies show that children’s literacy skills improve when they read during the summer. We encourage all children to continue in the joy of reading throughout the year and engage in educational activities at their local library.” (Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa).
Stop by the public library for more information and check out the reading lists from your school librarians!
ASK summer reading list: k-6th grade>, HBE summer reading list: k-2nd grade>, HBE summer reading list: 3-5th grade>, HBE summer reading list: 6th grade>, Middle School summer reading list>, High School summer reading list>

diploma clip artPort Pride!

To all our graduates - Congratulations on all that you have accomplished! Remember the past, live in the present, and look forward to the future. You are our Port Pride!

Notification of Special Meeting

The Port Jervis City School District Board of Education will hold a special Executive Session Only in the Port Jervis High School Library on: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The purpose of this Executive Session is to negotiate contracts. There will be no public action taken after this session. Please Note: Executive Session meetings are for Board of Education Members only. There will be no public comment or input at this meeting.

Mr. RydellOur Future Superintendent - Mr. Rydell in the News

June 15th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Mike Rydell will become the new superintendent of the Port Jervis City School District in July. Click here for full article>

Pedestrian Safety Awareness for Children and Older Adults

June 7th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City Police Department is proud to participate in the 2018 Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s “Operation See! Be Seen! Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Mobilization” operating June 15-28th, 2018. Using grant funding obtained under the 2018 Police Traffic Services Program through GTSC, the department will deploy additional patrol officers to areas of the city that contain increased volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic to provide education and enforcement efforts designed to improve both pedestrian and driver safety in crosswalks and roadways.
Pedestrian Safety is an important traffic safety issue and public health concern for New York State. Everyone becomes a pedestrian at some point in their travels. Approximately 300 pedestrians are killed and 15,000 injured by motor vehicles each year on the state’s roadways and more than 3,000 pedestrians are admitted to the hospital annually. Injuries to pedestrians are among the top 10 leading causes of injury-related hospital admissions and death for almost all age groups In New York State. Between 2013-2017, in the City of Port Jervis, 34 pedestrians were injured after being struck by a motor vehicle.
A toolkit of resources including posters, tip cards, PowerPoint presentations, educational tools for law enforcement and video PSAs focusing on pedestrian and driver behaviors can be found at Governor Cuomo’s Pedestrian Safety website or email

Summer reading clip artSummer Reading

June 11th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - As summer approaches, we are all working toward a shared goal of keeping our students reading to avoid the summer slide that can rob them of academic gains they’ve made during the school year. In order to provide additional access to more books for more of our students during the summer, the New York State Education Department is partnering with myON through Summer Reading at New York Libraries. Under this initiative, thousands of digital books are available to children from birth to 8th grade, and their families, at no cost, from now through September 30. Older children are welcome to participate as well. Login credentials for Port Jervis' account, along with information for logging in and reading with myON, can be found when you click on this summer reading PDF> If you need more assistance or information, please visit the New York Reads page ( where you will find all kinds of information, including a “Welcome to myON” video, which provides step-by-step instructions for logging in, finding and reading books on the platform, along with a demonstration of offline reading with free mobile apps.
In addition, please make sure to visit the Port Jervis Public Library for traditional print resources and their "Libraries Rock" Summer Reading program (

Notification of Special Meeting

A Special Meeting of the Port Jervis City School District Board of Education will be held at 6:00p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in the Port Jervis High School Library. The Board will immediately adjourn into Executive Session to discuss matters leading to the appointment and/or employment of a particular individual. The Board may be taking action after reconvening the public meeting.

Mobile App Clip artMobile App to replace SNN

June 6th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - In December 2017, the District committed to providing methods of communication with students, family, and community. In line with the improved communication, the Port Jervis City School District mobile app is now available.

Please note that as of July 1, 2018, the School News Notifier (SNN) system will be discontinued.

The District will continue to monitor better ways to communicate with students, parents, and community members.

Thank you for understanding and supporting the District during the transition to a better communication tool.

The attached link provides information on how to sign on for the free mobile application>

Top ten students 2018 Port Jervis High School Announces Top Ten Students of 2018

May 15th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis High School is proud to announce its Top Ten Students of 2018:
Front row, left to right: Sarah Blackburn, Sophia DiGiantommaso, Salutatorian - Gabrielle Santoro, Allysse Newhauser, Ethan Dudley
Back row, left to right: Valedictorian - Marcia Cal, Lauren Tigue, Kimber Clegg, Coleman Parker, Andrew Klotz

Valedictorian and SalutorianOutstanding Student Recognition Dinner -Congratulations to 2018 Valedictorian Marcia Cal and Salutatorian Gabrielle Santoro

May 23rd, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The Orange-Ulster Boces held their Outstanding Student Recognition Dinner on May 23, 2018 at Kuhl's Highland House.

Marcia Cal, valedictorian, will be attending Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, majoring in either mathematics or psychology, and then matriculating in medical school. Marcia is currently the vice president of the National Honor Society and the secretary of the Interact Club. She was the captain of her Science Olympiad team and her soccer team. She plans to continue to play soccer in college. She has also played indoor track and golf during her years in high school. Marcia is a National Merit Scholar and a National Hispanic Scholar, and is going to Syracuse University as a Coronet Scholar this fall. During the summer, Marcia works as a waitress, in addition to volunteering at science and soccer camps.

Gabrielle Santoro, salutatorian, will be attending the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY, majoring in chemical engineering and then continuing her education in graduate school. Gabrielle is currently the president of the National Honor Society and Interact Club, as well as the captain of the varsity football cheerleading squad. During her four years in high school, Gabrielle has been a part of her school’s band ensembles, which has led her to participate in countless performances including Susquehanna University’s Music Festival, Marywood University’s Celebration Band, Area All-State Music Festival, and NYSSMA solos. Every Christmas she helps to raise money for students in need through “Pennies for Presents” and since 2016, she has volunteered at the local animal sanctuary, Animal Manor.

Port Jervis OCIAA Scholar-AthletesPort Jervis OCIAA Scholar-Athletes

 May 22nd, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  Congratulations again to Kaylene Sauschuck and Carson Sauschuck. They were selected as the Port Jervis OCIAA Scholar-Athletes. The guidelines for selection are: Top 20% class ranking; participation in at least one varsity sport, above average athlete and outstanding citizenship. Kaylene and Carson were honored at the Annual OCIAA Scholar-Athlete Breakfast on Tuesday, May 22nd at 9:00 at Kuhl's Highland House in Middletown. The OCIAA recognizes the continued efforts and accomplishments of Orange County's best and brightest students for their academic and athletic achievements. The Port Jervis School District Coaching Staff, Athletic Department and Administration extend Kaylene and Carson congratulations and best wishes for their continued success in the future.

puppets at art showK-12 Art Show

May 18th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis School District Art Department presented the K-12 Art Show Exhibition at the Port Jervis High School Cafeteria from 6-8pm on May 18, 2018. The Art Department was thrilled to host the fourth annual K-12 Art Show which this year also included the Technology Education and Family and Consumer Science Departments with the K-12 Art Department.
Students from all of the Port Jervis School District were invited to be part of the exhibition. Students were chosen based on their commitment to art and for the quality of work that comes from the art programs. The art teachers from ASK, HBE, Middle, and High schools were asked to select artwork in any media which could include (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, film, video, printmaking, graphic design etc.) from their students works to be included in this group exhibition. The result was a marvelous exhibit that showcased the talents of the young artists. More than 100 works were on display. click here for photo gallery>

PJCSD Budget Vote 2018  

Budget 2018-19, $72,249,842, Yes  508, No 258; Board of Education - Top 3 Win Seats:  Linda J. Van Horn - 393 votes, Deborah Lasch - 385 votes, Reyes M. Torres Jr. - 372 votes.


For Immediate Release: May 14th, 2018 -  Port Jervis, NY  

To our learning community:

On March 22, 2018, the Board of Education informed the community that its search for a new Superintendent of Schools was unsuccessful and that the Board would be embarking on a new search in short order.

The Board thereafter spent a great deal of time reflecting on this process and reviewing its options for reopening the search. We quickly determined that the highest priority moving forward was to establish the ideal profile for what the Board and community members were looking for in our future Superintendent. The information and feedback received from the community through both the forum and online survey played a critical role in this process.

As the Board continued to carefully consider all of this information and got deeper into the process of collaborating on the appropriate profile, the Board eventually reached the conclusion that we already had an individual on staff who met all of the criteria desired in our next Superintendent. Although it is not always easy for nine (9) individuals to agree on any topic, let alone a decision such as this one, we are unanimous in our agreement that we have found the right candidate for this position.

The Board is pleased to announce that our Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Mike Rydell, will be appointed to serve as our Superintendent for a three (3) year period effective July 1, 2018.

Needless to say, the Board is thrilled that Mike has agreed to take on this role and serve as our educational leader during these challenging times for school districts. We all firmly believe that the community will quickly determine, as we did, that Mike is the right fit and is perfectly situated to successfully lead our district well into the future. We are confident that those of you who have worked with Mike for the past year will wholeheartedly agree with the Board’s assessment.

We know that Mike’s proven style of collaborative leadership will be instrumental in continuing to ensure that our children receive the outstanding educational experience we are all accustomed to in Port Jervis. We are also optimistic that Mike will not be satisfied with just maintaining the “status quo” and that his innovative ideas and outstanding work ethic will take our district to new heights in the future.

The appointment will be made at the Board meeting scheduled for May 17, 2018. Please join us in welcoming Mike to his new role.

Judith Amato, President
Tanya Parker-Hughes, Vice President
Brian Dewey
Debbie Lasch
Valerie Maginsky
Joan McBride
Cathy Sadaghiani
Florence Santini
Robert Witherow

kuykendall award winnersTheodore Kuykendall Community Service Awards Ceremony

May 10th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City School District presented the Theodore Kuykendall Community Service Awards on May 10th at ASK School. Award winners are: ASK Elementary - John Fuller, HBE Elementary - Matthew Oosterom, Port Jervis Middle School - Erin Batzel, and Port Jervis High School - Shannon Klotz. Performing Arts Songsters performed songs from their latest musical, "Letters to Daddy", and Ms. MaryAlice Presto was the guest speaker. We are very proud of these community minded young people. Port Pride! click here for photo gallery>

Scholar AthleteScholar Athlete BasketballScholar Athletes cheerleadingScholar Athlete - KLotzNYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Awards Winter Sports 2017 - 2018

May 1st, Port Jervis High School, NY - Winter Scholar-Athletes were awarded at the Board of Education meeting on May 1, 2018. In order for a team to be considered a Scholar-Athlete Team, the team's total grade point average of 75% of their roster, must be 90.00 or above. If the team qualifies, the school will receive a Scholar-Athlete Team Certificate and only the athletes with a 90.00 or higher GPA, will receive a pin. If a team does not meet the criteria, an individual athlete with a 90.00 or higher, will receive a Scholar-Athlete Pin and be recognized as an individual Scholar-Athlete. Our athletes will be invited to a Board of Education Meeting to be presented with their certificates and pins. click for list of NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Awards Winter 2017 - 2018>

 ASK and HBE Band ASK and HBE ChorusOrange County Music Educators Association Music Festival

April 28th, 2018 -  Port Jervis, NY - Congratulations to our ASK and HBE students who auditioned for and were selected to be part of the Orange County Music Educators Association Music Festival on April 28 at Warwick Valley High School. Fifteen chorus and band students represented our district by rehearsing and performing challenging repertoire with the top music students from throughout our county. We are so proud of their talents and hard work! (photos: left ASK and HBE Band, right ASK and HBE Chorus)

tenure recipientsPort Jervis City School District Awards Tenure To Four Educators At BOE Meeting

April 19th, 2018 -  Port Jervis, NY -  The Port Jervis City School District awarded Tenure to four Educators at the April 19th Board of Education meeting. The Tenure recipients are Laurel Kronimus - ELA MS, Liz Maloney - Art HS, Cheri Burns - English HS, and Nancy Rascona - Special Ed. HBE (not shown).

SUNY Orange logoSUNY ORANGE to begin summer classes at 150 Pike Street, Port Jervis, July 2 to August 9

For Immediate Release - Port Jervis, NY - SUNY/Orange will have first-year college courses this summer at 150 Pike Street July 2 to August 9. Please see flyer for more info - SUNY Orange 2018 PJ Flyer.pdf>

MS 1919 PennantMrs. Messinger Donates 1919 PJHS Pennant To The Middle School

April 18th, 2018 - Port Jervis Middle School, Port Jervis, NY -  Mrs. Messinger came to the Middle School to donate a 1919 Port Jervis High School pennant that has been in her family for many years. She was greeted with flowers and a plaque from our Middle School students. The students in turn, received hugs and stories from Mrs. Messinger's days at the old Port Jervis High School which is now the Middle School. click here for photo gallery>

facebook icon Port Jervis City School District Launches Facebook Page

 April 6th, 2018 -  Port Jervis, NY -  The Port Jervis City School District is excited to announce its Facebook page. A link to the Facebook page can be found on every school's homepage on the lower right side.

kendergraten RegistrationIt's Time For Kindergarten Registration

April 4th - 18th, 2018 - ASK and HBE Schools, Port Jervis, NY -  click here for schedule>

Music AwardsMusic In Our Schools Awards

March 20th, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY - Students from all four Port Jervis schools were awarded the "Music In Our Schools Award" at the March 20th Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to all these talented students!

Spelling Bee winnerTri-State Spelling Bee Winners

March 11th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -   The March 11th Tri-State Spelling Bee at Port Jervis High School was a huge success. Port Jervis Middle School students who participated were Kareem Haynesworth, Jordan Henderson, and Isabella Talmadge. They did an impressive job representing our district. ASK sixth grader William Mackin was the top finisher for Port Jervis, finishing in third place. Here is a picture of him receiving his medallion and collegiate dictionary.

Math madness gameMath March Madness Family Game Night

March 8th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -   Math March Madness Family Game Night for staff, students, parents/guardians was held on Thursday, March 8th, at 6:00 pm at the Port Jervis High School. Renowned math education consultants, Greg Tang, Sr. and Greg Tang, Jr. hosted this game night. Parents/Guardians met in the High School Auditorium for a short presentation while students met in the High School Cafeteria to play math games. Following the assembly, parents joined the students in the cafeteria for games, food, fun, and prizes. It was an exciting event enjoyed by all! click here for photo gallery>

 Four winners of Section 9Wrestling TeamPort Jervis Wrestling Team Honored at Board of Education Meeting

February 21st, Port Jervis High School, NY - The Varsity Wrestling team was honored at February 20th Board Meeting. The team won the OCIAA Division 2-A, Section IX Team Dual and Section 9 Tournament titles. The Raiders have qualified four wrestlers for the NYSPHAA Wrestling Championships in Albany, NY. Those wrestlers are Eric Tigue, Carson Sauschuck, William Harrison and Jason Butler.

Port Jervis City School District Letter to Our Learning Communtiy

For Immediate Release: February 21, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY -

Dear Port Jervis Learning Community,

As we grapple with the unimaginable occurring once again in one of our nation’s schools, it provides a clear reminder to all in the field of education that ensuring the safety and security of our school buildings must remain in the forefront of our thoughts and efforts. To this end, we are writing to share important information, as well as to provide insight on the safety and security measures employed to protect our students, your children. We will continue to be vigilant in our attention to detail regarding safety in and out of the confines of our campus - bullying, threats, and concerns with social media. To this end, we work closely with our local police departments, the New York State Police, District Administration, mental health providers, and partners in our community, providing a positive and safe learning environment for all students.

Understandably, following the senseless violence in Florida, all involved will look to their local school district and school for signs that a similar event could occur and to determine the measures put in place to prevent such. The Central Administrative team assures you that we are steadfast in making certain that our students are safe, as previously stated, in and out of the school setting. Our teachers are trained in identifying signs of students in crisis, our school counselors, social workers, and psychologists are proactive in curbing issues before becoming a concern, and the administration intervenes and reacts with appropriate measures to mediate and, if necessary, discipline students that violate our Code of Conduct. Additionally, any concern, inquiry, or report brought to the attention of school personnel or school security is promptly investigated and addressed.

Our staff is committed to serving our students. We have enclosed a reading from the National Association of School Psychologists as a guide for you to help talk with your child/children about school violence.

We thank the parents/guardians who have reached out regarding not only the Florida shooting, but regarding school safety in general. Please do not hesitate to contact Central Administration or the school. Thank you. More more information> Talking To Children About Violence.pdf

Ruth Zuclich  Lorelei Case  Mike Rydell

Ruth Zuclich                 Lorelei Case             Mike Rydell

Dr Katchen with patientPort Jervis City School District Offers Free Dental Screenings

For Immediate Release: February 15th, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City School District is partnering with Aesthetic Family Dentistry of Port Jervis NY to promote dental health.

A law passed in 2007 and amended in 2013 requires New York State schools to request dental health certificates of students at the time of entering school and in grades K, 2, 4, 7, and 10. In an effort to promote and ensure good dental hygiene, the Port Jervis City School District is partnering with Aesthetic Family Dentistry of Port Jervis NY, to offer free health screenings at school – at no cost to families.

Forms for the free screenings have been mailed home to parents. If parents choose this free dental health examination to be done at school by a dentist from Aesthetic Family Dentistry, they will be provided with the findings from the screening, as well as any recommendation the dentist offers. Families can then follow up with Aesthetic Family Dentistry or any dentist of their choice.

Parents have also received forms in the mail to take to their own dentist if families wish not to take advantage of the free screening in school. A list of dental health practices, dentists, and registered dental hygienist that provide free or reduced cost dental assessments are available at your child’s nurse’s office.

The Port Jervis City School District is excited to offer these dental health screenings and hope families will take advantage of this free and convenient service.

Section 9 winnersPort Jervis Wrestling Team Scores To Wins The Section 9

February 10th, Port Jervis High School, NY - The Port Jervis Wrestling team scored 228 points to win the Section 9 Wrestling Tournament. This is the first sectional tournament title since 1980. The Raiders were led by four champions William Harrison, Jason Butler, Eric Tigue, and Carson Sauschuck. This brings Port Jervis to a total of 85 all time sectional champions. The Raiders had three runner-ups Raven Aumick, Griffin Roddy, and James Oosterom. Port Jervis picked up 5 third place finishes from Joe Amato, Caleb Harrison, Joe Mahaney, Dominic Zappolo, Gavin Staerker, and a fourth place finish from Asher Pelton. The four champions will compete in the State Championships in Albany, NY on February 23th and 24th.

wear red dayNational Wear Red Day

February 2nd, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The entire Port Jervis City School District joined the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement to help raise awareness and save more lives. February 2nd was National Wear Red Day. All Faculty, Staff and Students were encouraged to wear RED to school to raise awareness and help save women’s lives. click here for photo gallery>


February 5th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY -  To help you and your family in this record-breaking flu season, we are sharing information with tips to help prevent its spread. The flu — also known as influenza — is a contagious illness that affects the nose, throat, lungs and other parts of the body and can spread quickly from one person to another, according to the New York State Department of Health (DOH). It can cause mild to severe illness and be fatal, especially for those age 65 and older. Across the United States, the flu causes about 12,000 to 56,000 deaths. About 90 percent of these deaths occur in people 65 years or older. Information from the Department of Health>  Flu Guide For Parents >

ADAC logoInteractive Event: Hidden Mischief

February 8th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  At 7:00pm the High School will host The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council’s “Hidden Mischief”. This educational and interactive event is open to all parents. This event consists of a simulated teen bedroom that will show parents various drug references. An ADAC educator will explain what is being viewed, share information about signs and symptoms of teen drug/alcohol use and answer questions.

Survey results clip artSuperintendent Search – Community Survey Results

January 31st, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - As we began our search for the new Superintendent of Schools for the Port Jervis City School District, we asked our community to help find the most important criteria and attributes we should be looking for in our successful candidate. Your responses to this survey provided us with very valuable information. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. Here are the results>

budget clip artBudget Presentation

January 23rd, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - A presentation of the 2018-19 budget was shown at the January 23rd Board of Education meeting. Click here to view 2018-19 School Budget Presentation>

Introducing Our New Paperless Board Agenda/Meeting Program: BoardDocs

January 5th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Active today, the District is using BoardDocs, a new eGovernance System for our Board Meetings. Please click here>  to access all Board Agendas, Board Minutes, Enclosures, and Videos of the meetings starting with the January 9, 2018 meeting.

Port Jervis City School District Board of Education - Notification of Special Meeting

January 2nd, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City School District Board of Education will hold a special Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd, in the Port Jervis High School Library. The purpose of this Executive Session is to allow the Board of Education to review Superintendent of Schools Candidate application packets.

There will be no public input or action taken at this meeting.

Happy HolidaysHappy Holidays from the Port Jervis City School District


December 15th 2017 - SNN Update

Dear Parents and Community Members:

The first snow delay or closing of the year has allowed us to identify areas in district communications that can be improved.

The district is in the process of changing from the School News Notifier (SNN) system to the School Messenger (SM) system. The transition will not be complete until the 2018-19 school year. Therefore, both systems are being used simultaneously for communication purposes.

During school delays and closings, families that are identified in both systems will be contacted via both systems.

Yesterday, all contacts in the SNN system received multiple e-mail messages, multiple times, none of which were text messages. The source of the error has been identified. Future communications will correct this concern.

The School Messenger system sends alerts to the primary parent listing. The primary parent can have the message sent to two telephone numbers and one e-mail account. If a parent did not receive the message, please reach out to the main office of your child’s school to have the information updated.

At this time, School Messenger cannot be used to notify community members that do not have a primary parent listing. An application is being developed to address the need to communicate with third party caregivers and community members.

In the meantime, delays and closings will be posted on the District’s webpage, as well as television and radio stations.

Thank you for understanding and supporting the District during this transition to a better communication tool.


Central Administration

Ruth Zuclich  Lorelei Case  Mike Rydell

Ruth Zuclich                 Lorelei Case             Mike Rydell

Superintendent Search – Community Survey

November 8th - December 20th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - As we begin our search for the new Superintendent of Schools for the Port Jervis City School District, we are seeking information from our community to find out the most important criteria and attributes we should be looking for in our successful candidate. Your response to this survey will provide us with very valuable information. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please respond by December 20, 2017. Survey is now closed.

Community Forum

November 8th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - A Community Forum was held on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 7pm in the High School Cafeteria.  Click for the Community Forum Power point presentation by Mr. William Hecht, District Superintendent of OU BOCES>

2017 Orange County Red Ribbon Week Kick Off

October 23rd, Valley Central School, Montgomery, NY - Representatives from all Port Jervis schools attended the 2017 Orange County Red Ribbon Week kickoff ceremony at Valley Central school. Here is a link to some info about Red Ribbon >

Dunn and NicoletteCongratulations to PJHS Nancy Dunn and Reenie Nicolette for receiving MHSSC Awards 

October 19th, Anthony's Pier 9, Newburgh, NY - The Mid-Hudson School Study Council held the “Awards for Excellence 2017” ceremony on October 19th. Nancy Dunn received an award  for Excellence in Pupil Personnel Services, and Reenie Nicolette for Excellence in Support Staff Services. Port Pride!!

Albany Awards "Master Educator" to Carolyn Dorritie from Port Jervis High School 

October 18th, Port Jervis, NY - Albany awards "Master Educator" title to Port Jervis school district educator, Carolyn Dorritie. First launched in 2013, the program selects teachers who have been found to be among the highest performing in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Read more:

COLLEGE WEEK” - October 23 – November 2, 2017, All grades are invited to integrate these themes into the days ahead.

October 23rd - November 2nd, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY   

COLLEGE WEEK” October 23 – November 2, 2017, All grades are invited to integrate these themes into the days ahead.

October 23rd: ASK ME ABOUT MY COLLEGE: (grades K-12) Faculty & staff will post on their door or hallway where they went to college and for what major. They will discuss with students how they chose their college and how their experience was.

October 24th: Mount St. Mary College instant admissions: Apply on the spot - no application fee. Register with Mrs. Schields in guidance.

October 26th:  Financial Aid Info-session at PJHS, Thursday, 7:00pm (for parents/guardians of grades 11 & 12).  A Western Connecticut College representative is presenting this important information at PJHS regarding college financial aid.

October 27th: SUNY Orange instant admissions: Apply on the spot – no application fee. Register with Mrs. Schields in guidance.

October 30: SELF INTRODUCTION & HANDSHAKE PRACTICE (grades K-12) – simple, but effective interpersonal skills that all students of all grade levels should master. Teachers will help the students practice this life-long skill of self-introduction.

November 1: DRESS TO IMPRESS (grades K-12)

November 1st:  College & Career Fair Day at PJHS: 9:00am high school gym

November 2nd: COLLEGE APPAREL DAY: (grades K-12) wear your favorite college military/swag (faculty/staff & students)

October 3rd, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - On October 3rd, Mr. William Hecht, District Superintendent of OU BOCES attended the Board of Education meeting to discuss the process for the Superintendent Search that will be conducted by our Board of Education and district during this year.  The Board approved a timeline which includes a Community Forum which will be held on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 7pm in the High School Cafeteria.  More information regarding this meeting will be provided.

October 8th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - Alumni, district teachers and staff, retirees, and community members will celebrate the honorees at the 2017 Port Jervis High School Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony banquet, Sunday, October 8th at the Erie Trackside Manor.

Joseph Ricciardi, '36
Bob Lefferts,
Gary Spears,
' 71
Michael DelPriore,
Luann McCarthy,
Jessica Curtis,

New Equipment for the Outdoor Fitness Loop

September 26th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - Lauren Carroll, Health Educator with the Orange County Department of Health, teamed up with the Port Jervis High School Wellness Committee to facilitate the installation of a new outdoor fitness loop.   The fitness equipment was grant funded through Healthy Orange Schools and Communities and is located at the far end of Chase field.   It is a fantastic addition to the Physical Education Program and the PJ Community.

Community Forum on the Heroin Epidemic hosted by the Times-Herald Record

September  27, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - The Times-Herald Record will be hosting a community forum on heroin at the PJHS Cafeteria on Wednesday, September 27th  from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more info:

Wednesday 9/20 - All Orange County schools will dismiss 15 minutes early for a countywide drill.

Mr. Graham Mr. Graham Honored with 2017 Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist of the Year Award.

September 15th, 2017 - Port Jervis Middle School Health teacher, Rick Graham, was recently honored with the 2017 Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist of the Year Award (OCPSA)On Friday, September 15, Mr. Graham was recognized for his work encompassing all aspects of health as a Health Teacher for many years, as well as, being an advocate for the prevention of alcohol and substance abuse.  Mr. Graham has been a positive role model for teenagers and young adults that are struggling with poverty, dysfunctional family environments, homelessness, family addiction, and more all while trying to be successful in school.  Mr. Graham was awarded this prestigious honor by the Orange County Department of Health. 

Mark Calendar Open House, September 11th -14th, 7:00pm

September 11th - 14th 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City School District faculty and administration warmly welcomes all PJ parents and guardians to our annual Open House. 

Middle School: Monday, September 11th at 7:00pm;

High School: Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00pm;

ASK grades 1-3: Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00pm and grades 4-6: Thursday, September 14th at 7:00pm;

HBE grades 1-3: Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm and grades 4-6: Thursday, September 14th at 7:00pm.

9/11 Memorial Service

September 11, 2017 - The Town of Deerpark would like to invite the entire Port Jervis City School District to their September 11th Memorial Service. This is the 16th anniversary. Children from the school district will be participating in the memorial by reading names of our military that are on active duty. The service is 8:30am on Monday, September 11th, 2017. For any questions, please contact Flo Santini, town clerk of the Town of Deerpeek 845-856-0396


September 1, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - The next meeting of the Port Jervis City School District Board of Education will be Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 7:00 pm, in the cafeteria of the high school.  This is a regular meeting.  For meeting agendas, videos, and attachments, click HERE>

New Student Registration

August 28, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - New Student Registration for Port Jervis Schools has returned to the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) building, located behind Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School. Student Registration hours are 8:00 am – 11:00 am, Monday through Friday.  For questions, call 845-858-3100, ext. 16601.

A. S. K. School Entrance - via Hamilton Street

July 18, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - Due to construction and paving at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School, please use the Hamilton Street entrance until further notice. Construction and paving are expected to be completed before the opening of school, Tuesday, September 5th. Thank you for your cooperation while we make improvements to the Route 209 school complex.

Summer School Graduation 2017

August 21, 2017 - PJHS - Port Jervis, NY -  - The Port Jervis High School Class of 2017 Summer School Graduation was held Friday, August, 18th, 9:00 am, in the high school cafeteria.  Family and friends celebrated as fifteen seniors received their high school diplomas. Details HERE>

PJHS Graduation 2017

June 27, 2017 - PJHS, Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony was held Friday, June 23rd.  Congratulations to the Class of 2017
- Graduation Program
- Class of 2017 Graduates
- Class of 2017 Scholarship Winners
- Class of 2017 College and Armed Services Acceptances
- Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony - Video

Ticks and Lyme Disease Information

May 4, 2017 Albany, NY The Port Jervis City School District in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health wants to keep residents informed about ticks and Lyme disease.  Tick season is here, be prepared.  Important information regarding ticks and Lyme disease is available HERE>

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