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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!

A Message from the Superintendent of Schools

For Immediate Release: March 20th, 2018 -  Port Jervis, NY - 

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Parents,

Today the Deerpark Police were contacted when an empty shell casing was found in the HS Boys’ locker room. An investigation was conducted by the building level team. It was determined that there was no credible threat. In an effort to ensure open communication, we are making our Learning Community aware of this.

Thank you.


Middle School Science Olympiad Team Middle School Science Olympiad WinnerPort Jervis Middle School competes in the Mid-Hudson Division B NY Science Olympiad

March 17th, 2018 - Port Jervis Middle School, Port Jervis, NY - On Saturday, March 17, four students from the Port Jervis Middle School competed in the Mid-Hudson Division B NY Science Olympiad. Our Olympiads included Zander Dickinson, Kayla Johnson, Antonio Michelen-Sanchez, and Kasidie Trude. They competed in such diverse events as Dynamic Planet, Mystery Architecture, Rocks and Minerals, The Solar System, and Optics. In a trial event, The Duct Tape Challenge, 8th grader Kayla Johnson took a second place medal. She and eight other teams had 20 minutes to design and construct a Sail Car that would travel over a two meter course. Congratulations to the PJMS Science Olympiad Team. In their first ever outing, PJMS students earned several fourth place finishes just missing medals in 3 events. Their coach, Mr. Johnson, is very proud of their performance and looks forward to next year.

Foreign Language Week dancingStudents learn different cultural dances for Foreign Language Week

March 16th, 2018 - Port Jervis Middle School, Port Jervis, NY - In celebration of Foreign Language Week, students in Ms. Abarbanel’s French classes and Mrs. Medina’s Spanish classes learned different cultural dances. Jasiah Cruz, Kiara Garcia and Dylan Okahara taught Salsa dancing which is from Puerto Rico & Cuba. From the Dominican Republic, Antonio Michelin and Karen Peguero danced the Bachata. Autumn Bennett taught a traditional Native American Dance from the Cree Nation. Ballet, originating in France and Russia, was showcased by Ashley Russell and Josephine Amato. Arianna Hansen, dressed in traditional attire, led groups in a traditional Albanian Wedding Dance. Madame Abarbanel taught the Horah, a traditional Jewish Wedding Dance, and Mrs. Medina danced the Flamenco from her native country of Spain! “Opa!”


MS OM TeamAll Port Jervis Odyssey of the Mind Teams Win Second Place!

March 10th, 2018 -  Port Jervis, NY -   All three of the Port Jervis Odyssey of the Mind teams took 2nd place at the 2018 regional tournament at Orange-Ulster BOCES in Goshen held on March 10! An international program that promotes creative problem solving, Odyssey of the Mind challenges students in grades 1 to 12 to compete in long-term problem solving and spontaneous on-the-spot brainstorming. This year, the regional competition included teams from school districts in Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and Dutchess counties. All of the Port Jervis students worked diligently for months to create a solution to their team's challenging problem. Middle School students Robert Wagner, Dakota Werlitz, Joseph Ebbecke, Derrick Wragge, Layla Shihada, and Autumn Gill, under the leadership of OM Advisors Kim Wragge, Sherry Wagner, and volunteer Austin Wilson,  have worked incredibly hard to prepare for the competition. Congratulations to all of the teams and their coaches! photo: MS Team. click here for photo gallery>

Walk Out photoPort Jervis Middle School Students Honor Parkland Florida Students

March 14th, 2018 - Port Jervis Middle School, Port Jervis, NY - With the nationwide school walkout scheduled for today, students at PJMS wanted to take the opportunity to honor the victims of the Parkland, FL school shooting in a different way. Students took the time to learn about each individual who lost his/her life one month ago. PJMS students lined up in the main office to read the names of those 17 individuals, along with a short description of his/her life and interests, over the PA system. Classes listened respectfully to Trinity Terrasi, Jaliyah McIntosh, Tyler Jimenez, Toria Burton, Jordan Henderson, Cecil Gardner, III, Kyndal Alderman, Kira Journey, Kaylene Olivera, and Emily Lyons as they spoke. In the wake of this senseless tragedy Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Club wrote a song called “Shine”. Our faculty, staff and students listened to this song and we paused for a moment of silence. “Shine” can be viewed here>

Oklahoma the musical logoOklahoma the Musical at PJMS

March 16th - 18th, 2018 - Port Jervis Middle School, Port Jervis, NY -  The Middle School Drama Club's school musical Oklahoma is on March 16, 17 & 18. Show times will be at 7:00 pm on March 16th and 17th, and 3:00 pm on March 18th. We hope that you will be able to come out to see this amazing cast, who have worked over 100 hours to bring you this production. Tickets: adults are $7.00, students and seniors are $5.00. click here for photo gallery of the dress rehearsal>

9th Grade clip artSpring Freshman Orientation

April 26th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -   The spring freshmen orientation is on! Thursday, April 26, 6:00 - 7:00pm, at the Port Jervis High School.

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>

math gameMath Games With Greg Tang Jr. at PJMS

March 8th, 2018 - Port Jervis Middle School, Port Jervis, NY -  As part of Math March Madness Month, students at the middle school enjoyed playing math games with Greg Tang, Jr. click here for photo gallery>


A Message from the Superintendent of Schools, on behalf of the Board of Education and the Port Jervis City School District:

For Immediate Release: March 1, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY -

To Our Port Jervis Community,

Thank you for attending our community presentation to give the public the opportunity to review the procedures and practices that are currently in place in our District-wide and Building Safety Plans and discuss future improvements we are implementing in the very near future. As discussed, there will be building improvements and changes in our communications protocol. We will also have a police officer permanently stationed in our buildings. We will continue to work closely with the Deerpark and Port Jervis Police Departments as well as with parents and board members. If you feel you have any other concerns not addressed during the meeting, please call the district office.
Again, we apologize for the lack of communication to our parents, faculty, staff, and our students. Our students’ safety is our first priority.


A Message from the Superintendent of Schools, on behalf of the Board of Education and the Port Jervis City School District:

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY -

To Our Port Jervis Community,

Foremost, it should be stated that on behalf of the Board of Education, it is clear that our Community’s expectation is that we ensure the safety and security of our most precious assets, the students, our children. 

We share this unwavering interest as we consider the safety of our children to be our highest priority. 

We met on February 26th to allow the Board of Education to be apprised of each and every detail of the series of unrelated events that have taken place over the past few weeks and to review our procedures and practices in our District-wide and Building Safety Plans.  These unrelated events do bear, in varying levels, confidential information regarding staff and students.  The objective of this meeting was to provide the Board with the information gathered by our legal department, administration and the chiefs of both the Deerpark and Port Jervis Police Departments.  This information will allow us to continue to grow and improve, not only in how we respond to such events, but how we communicate the essential information to the parents, guardians, students, faculty and staff of our District. 

It is important to let you know that we are having an informational night for the community.  This Wednesday, February 28, at 6 pm in the HS Cafeteria, we will have a presentation on the safety measures currently in place in our district, as well as an update on many of the plans we are implementing in the very near future. 

I want to reiterate, safety is paramount - and I want to stress that there was no credible threat to our schools or our students.  The four unrelated events, while each involving the police as well as school investigations, were not considered credible threats to our schools.  Unfortunately, they occurred in close proximity to each other time wise and followed the horrific tragedy in Parkland Florida, and we as a district did not do an acceptable job in means of communicating to our parents, faculty, staff, and our students. 

This will be addressed. 

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the community presentation this Wednesday evening.



The Port Jervis City School District Central Administration will be holding a public presentation in the Port Jervis High School Cafeteria on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss safety and security measures.


disecting frogMiddle School Student are Dissecting Amphibians!

February 23th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Mrs. Robinson & Mr. Puopolo’s Science classes are learning about amphibians! Students are studying Vertebrates, which are animals of a large group distinguished by the possession of a backbone or spinal column, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes. An activity included reviewing the parts of the animal and the functions of its organs. What better way to learn about amphibians than to dissect one!


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.

Tri-States Spelling Bee 5 WinnersPort Jervis City School District Spelling Bee at the Middle School

February 7th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The Middle School hosted the district Spelling Bee on February 7th. The five finalist will move on to represent Port Jervis at the Tri State Spelling Bee to be held on March 11, 2018, at the Port Jervis High School.

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>

AR Reader clip artAccelerated Reader top prize winners for the first semester at Port Jervis Middle School

February 1st, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Accelerated Reader top prize winners for the first semester at PJMS were Anthony Shauger and Gavin O’Neill. Both won an Amazon Kindle Fire! Additional Winners were Mallory Conklin and Ava Gorman. Other prizes were donated by Port Jervis Bowl and Taste of Italy. For Accelerated Reader points, students read books and then complete a test on comprehension. Students were awarded additional points to their test points by visiting the library, checking out new books and taking AR Tests.

 Learning how to take care of babiesMS Family and Consumer Science Classes Learned All About Babies

January 18th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Students in Mrs. Coalla’s Family and Consumer Science classes learned all about babies and what it takes to care for them. During the unit on child care, students brainstormed their ideas of the different reasons why babies cry. Students also practiced the proper way to hold, dress, and feed a baby.

VFW Patriot essay winnersPJMS Students Honored  By The Tri-State Naval Ship VFW Post 7241 

January 7th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300 to 400-word essay expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. This year’s topic was “America’s Gift to My Generation.” On January 7th, six PJMS students were honored at a luncheon and awards ceremony for winning the Patriot’s Pen competition hosted by the Tri-State Naval Ship VFW Post 7241.

Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Winners: 7th Grade : 1st Place – Daniel Danko, 2nd Place – Kira Journey, 3rd Place – Lohgan Padgett; 8th Grade: 1st Place – Nicholas Cirulli, 2nd Place – Olivia Meyers, 3rd Place – Alyssa OlenickConklin

MS Pretzel eiffel towersMS Students Create Eiffel Towers Made Out Of Pretzels

December 13th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - Students in Madame Abarbanel’s French classes used their creativity to create replicas of the Eiffel Tower. Using only pretzels, marshmallows, and tooth picks, students worked in teams or on their own to execute their vision. Students, faculty, and staff voted for their favorites in the following categories: most realistic - Liam Straebler, and most creative - Michael Amato and David Moore.

Bill HarrisMS Holiday Turkey dinner for lunch! 

December 15th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - Bill Harris of the Port Jerivs Middle School and his staff served a delicious Turkey dinner for lunch.

 Let’s Talk About Cyberbullying

PJMS is hosting a community forum, “Let’s Talk About Cyberbullying”, on Wednesday, December 6th from 6:30-8:30pm. All are welcome to join us to learn more about this important issue. click here for invitation>

Attention 8th Grade Parents: Washington Trip Info and Registration -

November 29th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - The Washington DC Trip is scheduled for March 23-25, 2018. All participants must register directly through BrightSpark Travel: Go to to register. You need to enter PJMS Travel Code: TYYV4TT. click here for lettter from Ms Aumick>    click here for Registration Letter>    click here for RGP Refund Protection Guarantee Flyer>

Parenting Workshop - Parenting in a Media Age

There will be parenting workshop - "Parenting in the Media Age" on Wednesday, November 15th, 6:30 - 8:00 in the PJMS Auditorium. Click here for more info>


Informational Meeting for Parents of 8th Grade Students - Trip to Washington, DC

There will be an informational meeting for parents on Monday, November 13th, 6:00 - 6:30 in the PJMS Auditorium. Click here for more info>


Middle School Community Clean-up Project at Magagkamack Churchyard

October 28th, 2017 - PJMS, Port Jervis, NY - More than 40 Port Jervis Middle School students partnered with Port Jervis Mayor, Kelly Decker, for a community clean-up project at Magagkamack Churchyard on Saturday, October 28th. For more info and photo gallery>


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 >

Honored Guest Speaker, Alan Moskin - World War II Hero

October 5th, 2017 - Port Jervis Middle School students received a special visit by honored guest, Alan Moskin.  Mr. Moskin is a World War II Holocaust Liberator.  He spoke to our students about his experiences and the power of compassion, peace, and forgiveness. For more info and photo gallery>


Local business plants flowers with Students

October 10th, 2017 - Several weeks ago, Mr. Gary Batzel, owner of Laurel Grove Florist in Port Jervis, donated 20 Chrysanthemum plants to PJMS.  Students worked with Mr. Doyle, PJMS art teacher, to repaint the flower box surrounding the Port Jervis Middle School sign and plant the flowers.  The support from this local business, aside from beautifying our school, reinforced the sense of community and Port Pride that is instilled in PJMS students. A special thank you to Mr. Batzel, Mr. Doyle, and the students who participated.


Students proudly used their passion for art to create a better, more compassionate and creative world around us.

During the 2nd annual PJMS Summer Academy, Mr. Doyle, PJMS art teacher, started an art academy for incoming 7th grade students and several 8th grade mentors. Throughout the several weeks of the program murals were designed and created by Summer Academy students to brighten up the Port Jervis Community. The theme of each project was to emphasize love and pride. One mural is on temporary display outside of Machackemach Village, a retirement home in Port Jervis. The second mural, representing the tri-state landscape that surrounds Port Jervis, was donated to Bon Secours Community Hospital. It can be found in the waiting room of the Roberta Glinton Medical Building on East Main Street. 

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. 



 PJMS Spirit Wear - on sale now until Friday, September 22nd, 

The Port Jervis Middle School PTA's Spirit Wear fundraiser runs until next Friday. Click here for: Order Form

 french Open House, Monday, September 11th, 7:00 - 9:00pm

September 11, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY -

The Port Jervis Middle School faculty and administration warmly welcomes all PJMS parents and guardians to our annual Open House on Monday, September 11th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.    We remind parents that Open House is exclusively for parents/guardians, no students please.  Click here for: PJMS/2017-2018 MS Open House

Mark Calendar 7th Grade Parent Orientation, Wednesday, August 23rd, 6:00 pm

August 23, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - The 2017-18 Port Jervis Middle School 7th Grade Parent Orientation will be TONIGHT, Wednesday, August 23rd, at 6:00 pm. This evening is for parents/guardians only, designed to give you a snapshot of life at the PJMS. Click here for:
- 2017-18 PJMS 7th Grade Parent Orientation Information Letter

New Student Registration - Location Change

July 5, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - New Student Registration for Port Jervis Schools will take place in the Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School Library from July 6th until September 1st. Parents/guardians are asked to park in the kindergarten wing parking lot and enter through the exterior library doors. Posted signs will guide you to the correct location. Student Registration hours are 8:00 am – 11:00 am, Monday through Friday.  For questions, call 845-858-3100, ext. 16601.

Summer Academy at PJMS 2017

July 5, 2017 - PJMS, Port Jervis, NY – The Port Jervis Middle School Summer Academy 2017 began July 5th. Summer Academy is open to students who will be attending 7th and 8th grade in September 2017. Please Contact PJMS Guidance Department to register students for these courses or to address any questions. Space is limited. PJMS Guidance Department 845.858.3100 ext.12601. Details HERE>

Port Jervis Middle School Summer Reading Lists

June 27, 2017 - PJMS, Port Jervis, NY - Students at Port Jervis High School are encouraged to read during the summer months.  Click below to find the recommended reading list.  Reading is great summer fun!
- PJMS Summer Reading List

Summer Breakfast - Lunch Program

June 27, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City School District announces it's participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  Meals will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge.  Details about the Summer Breakfast - Lunch Program can be found HERE>

Summer School Registration Information

June 1, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - The high school guidance department has released the Summer School 2017 registration forms and information.  Click below:
- Summer School Information Brochure
- Summer School Student Registration Form

Parent helping student with homework. Middle School Parent Guide

The Parent Handbook is a handy guide with answers to frequently asked questions about school procedures & policies.