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Letter to Parents

November 17th 2017 - Port Jervis, NY -

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, Middle School building administration was informed that there may have been a threat made by one of our students. Building administration investigated this allegation with the Port Jervis Police Department. It was confirmed by police that there was no credible threat; however, students began to circulate rumors.

Unfortunately, subsequent to the above, students at our high school initiated a similar rumor. This rumor began to spread via social media, expanding throughout the evening, thereby creating concerns throughout our learning community. Again, school administration partnered with the Port Jervis Police Department to investigate this rumor and ensure that our learning community was safe. Late in the evening, following a thorough investigation, police determined that no threat was made, rather it was students that were involved in creating and perpetuating this rumor.

This series of incidents unnecessarily created uncertainty and concern throughout our learning community. Additionally, it provided clear evidence of the power and influence social media can have when used inappropriately or to spread inaccurate information. As a District, we will continue to educate our students regarding the responsibilities of using social media and the internet. We ask that parents/guardians use this opportunity to reinforce these ideals with their child(ren), as well.

As a District we appreciate those in our learning community that informed us of the rumor, affording us the opportunity to investigate the concern. Additionally, we are also grateful to the Port Jervis and Deerpark Police Departments for their active and thorough involvement and response to this issue and for all they do to keep our schools and community safe each day.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s building administration or my office.

Sincerely,

Ruth Anne Zuclich
Interim Superintendent of Schools

 

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. Link to survey>

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.

 

 

Little Shop of Horrors at Port Jervis High School 

October 20th at 7:00pm,  and  October 21st at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY 

 

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>

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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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