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The Four Champions to go to statesWrestling Team Section 9 Champs Port 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.

 

Immediate News Release

For Immmediate Release: Thursday, February 22, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY -

Dear Port Jervis Learning Community,

Administration was informed by the Port Jervis Police Department of an investigation that was commenced earlier this morning. The investigation was in response to a post on social media that was brought to their attention. The post was an immediate concern based on the threatening nature of the contents. The Port Jervis Police Department swiftly determined the identity of the individuals involved. The police have reported to Central Administration that the individuals were taken into custody and that the police have determined that there is no credible threat to the safety and security of our schools. The assurance that the threat is not credible notwithstanding, the Port Jervis and Deerpark Police Departments have committed to providing an increased police presence in each of our schools. As such a post may result in students having questions and concerns throughout the day, administration, school counselors, and staff will be available throughout the day. Additionally, should parents have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school office or District Office

 

Port Jervis City School District Letter to Our Learning Communtiy

For Immmediate 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 Immmediate 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.

calendar clip artImportant Change to Calendar

For Immmediate Release: February 6th, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY - On April 20, 2017, the Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar. April 2, 2018 was approved as a school closing. The 2017-2018 printed School Calendar does not indicate the April 2, 2018 closing. In accordance with the Board of Education approved school year calendar:

Monday, April 2, 2018 – NO SCHOOL for students and ten-month employees.

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>

health office logoFIGHTING THE FLU WITH FACTS

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>  http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/pjcsd/Board.nsf/Public  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.

Sincerely,

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 >

 

Congratulations 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: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2017/10/18/view-list-ny-master-teachers-named/106769800/

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,
'59
Gary Spears,
' 71
Michael DelPriore,
'75
Luann McCarthy,
'76
Jessica Curtis,
'98

 

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>

SNNBe sure to sign up for SCHOOL NEWS NOTIFIER for the latest school delay and closing information. 

Summer School Graduation, Friday, August 18th, 9:00 am

August 17, 2017 - PJHS - Port Jervis, NY -  - The Port Jervis High School Class of 2017 Summer School Graduation will be held Friday, August, 18th, 9:00 am, in the high school cafeteria.  Family and friends are invited to attend this celebration as fifteen seniors will receive their high school diplomas. Details HERE>

PJHS Graduation Day Schedule

June 22, 2017 - PJHS, Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis High School Class of 2017 will celebrate Graduation, Friday, June 23rd!  Lots of Activities and Events planned for this day.
9:00 AM - Graduation Breakfast, High School Cafeteria
9:30 AM - Graduation Rehearsal, Chase Field
NOTE: All Students MUST Attend Rehearsal to participate in the Graduation Ceremony
5:30 PM - Graduates to arrive at Port Jervis High School for Graduation
7:00 PM - PJHS Graduation at Chase Field 7:00 PM

Following Graduation Until 2:00 AM - After Graduation Party (All Graduates Must Enter By 11:00 PM)
* Graduation Ceremony - News - Information - Details

Ey Named 2017 New York State Assistant Principal of the Year

March 24, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - Port Jervis City School District Superintendent Thomas Bongiovi had the pleasure to announce that Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School Assistant Principal Nicole Ey has been named New York State Assistant Principal of the Year for 2017 by the SAANYS/NAESP. This award showcases the excellence in leadership Mrs. Ey has shown as a valued member of our district. “Nicole Ey is a leader we are proud to call our own. Nicole takes pride in the fact that when she has an idea, she not only puts that idea into motion, but also stands alongside with others to see it through.” Said Bongiovi. A state-wide awards reception and ceremony is planned in the Albany region for early May.

 HBE Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence

December 5, 2016, Cuddebackville, NY - On Monday, December 5th, the Port Jervis City School District celebrated 40 Years of Excellence at Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School. HBE students and staff gathered for a special assembly, joined by more than 30 former staff and several former students.  Complete Story HERE>

 SUNY Orange's Dr. Young, Excellent!

November 7, 2016, PJHS, Port Jervis, NY - Dr. Kristine Young, President of SUNY Orange, was the guest speaker at the Excellence Series Program hosted at Port Jervis High School. This forum was started to give our students an opportunity to meet leaders in our region and learn how they achieved success.  Compete Story HERE>

 

Spotlight on Port Jervis

Summer School Graduation, Friday, August 18th, 9:00 am

August 17, 2017 - PJHS - Port Jervis, NY -  - The Port Jervis High School Class of 2017 Summer School Graduation will be held Friday, August, 18th, 9:00 am, in the high school cafeteria.  Family and friends are invited to attend this celebration as fifteen seniors will receive their high school diplomas. Details HERE>

PJHS Graduation Day Schedule

June 22, 2017 - PJHS, Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis High School Class of 2017 will celebrate Graduation, Friday, June 23rd!  Lots of Activities and Events planned for this day.
9:00 AM - Graduation Breakfast, High School Cafeteria
9:30 AM - Graduation Rehearsal, Chase Field
NOTE: All Students MUST Attend Rehearsal to participate in the Graduation Ceremony
5:30 PM - Graduates to arrive at Port Jervis High School for Graduation
7:00 PM - PJHS Graduation at Chase Field 7:00 PM

Following Graduation Until 2:00 AM - After Graduation Party (All Graduates Must Enter By 11:00 PM)
* Graduation Ceremony - News - Information - Details

Senior Sports Awards Banquet

June 7, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - The Varsity Club of Port Jervis High School held the 9th annual PJHS Senior Sports Awards Banquet at the Erie Trackside Monday. This event showcases the talents and achievements of our graduating senior student athletes. Ron Semerano, Athletic Director, was the master of ceremonies.  Complete Story HERE>

2016-17 Theodore Kuykendall Awards

May 5, 2017 - PJMS, Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City School District presented the 2016-17 Theodore Kukyendall Awards to four students at a ceremony in the Port Jervis Middle School Friday. This annual honor is given to a student from each of our four schools for their exceptional efforts in their studies and their community. The 2016-17 Kukyendall Award winners are: Penny Jones, Alexandra Oosterom, Morgan Sicuro, and Rey Torres, III.  Complete story HERE>

  Ey Named 2017 New York State Assistant Principal of the Year

March 24, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - Port Jervis City School District Superintendent Thomas Bongiovi had the pleasure to announce that Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School Assistant Principal Nicole Ey has been named New York State Assistant Principal of the Year for 2017 by the SAANYS/NAESP. This award showcases the excellence in leadership Mrs. Ey has shown as a valued member of our district. “Nicole Ey is a leader we are proud to call our own. Nicole takes pride in the fact that when she has an idea, she not only puts that idea into motion, but also stands alongside with others to see it through.” Said Bongiovi. A state-wide awards reception and ceremony is planned in the Albany region for early May.

PJHS Math Teacher Named Finalist for 2017 New York State Teacher of the Year

September 13, 2016, Albany, NY - Port Jervis High School Math Teacher Carolyn Dorritie was named Finalist for 2017 New York State Teacher of the Year. This award is given annually by the New York State Board of Regents.  Ms. Dorritie was joined by high school principal Andrew Marotta as she received her finalist plaque from New York State United Teachers Vice President Catalina Fortino.   Ms. Dorritie is in her 20th year of teaching here at Port Jervis Schools!  Port Pride!  Complete story HERE>

Endowment creates Outdoor Learning Center

July 13, 2016, PJHS - The courtyard at Port Jervis High School is being transformed into an outdoor learning center thanks to a generous endowment from Dr. Lawrence Taylor (PJHS Class of '56, HOF 2015).  The Dr. Lawrence Taylor Wildlife Learning Sanctuary will be a living, outdoor learning space for students to explore in ways not possible in a regular classroom.  Story HERE>

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