In this issue of our eNews you will find important information about our upcoming Budget Vote and School Board Elections. You will also find a list of our PKMS and PHS Honor Society inductees, see how Woodside is honoring their retirees in a special way, and learn which PHS student has been accepted into a prestigious summer science research program, plus much more! As always, please make sure to check our upcoming events noted below.
eNews from Peekskill Schools            May 10, 2015
Peekskill City School District: Educating Children of Promise
2016-2017 Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration
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2016-2017 Budget & School Board Election Information

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Budget and School Board Election information, including workshops, presentations and our 2016-2017 Educational Plan.  
Upcoming Events  

May 11: 
Uriah Hill Pre-K Spring Sing-a-Long; 9:30 AM & 1 PM

May 17: 
Oakside Grade 2 Spring Concert: 9:15 AM

Board of Education Meeting Annual Budget Vote & Board Election; Polls Open 7 AM -  9 PM at Peekskill High School. 

Board of Education Meeting at Administration Building; Public Session at 8 PM 

Hillcrest Spring Concert at PHS; 7 PM

May 18: 
Oakside Grade 3 Spring Concert; 9:15 AM

PTO General Meeting in Ford Auditorium; 6:30 PM 

May 19: 
PKMS Spring Concert; 7 PM

May 20: 
Professional Learning Academy; Early Release Pre-K - 12 (NO AM Pre-K)

Harlem Wizards vs. The Peekskill All Stars; 6:30 PM at PHS

May 23: 
Annual District Art Show at WCC; Opening Reception 6-7 PM

May 24: 
Woodside K Spring Sing-a-Long; 9:30 AM

PHS Honors Symposium; 7 PM

May 25: 
Woodside Grade 1 Spring Sing-a-Long; 9:30 AM

PHS Band/Chorus Spring Concert

May 26: LEAP Celebration; 3:30-6 PM

May 27-30: Memorial Day Recess

May 31: Uriah Hill Pre-K Parent Workshop: 1:30 PM 

June 1: Spring Sports Awards Night; 7 PM

June 2: 
PHS Awards Grades 9-11; 8 AM
PKMS Grade 8 Awards; 6:30 PM

View our complete District calendar here.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of the PHS Drama Company who recently put on four amazing performances of "Hairspray" at the PHS Theater. The show, directed by PHS Theater Teacher Terry Sandler, was double cast for the lead roll of Tracy Turnblad, with freshman Kennedy Bordas and junior Arianna Hurtado each giving the character their own unique flair. 

Click here for photos from Friday night's performance.
Click here for photos from Saturday night's performance.

Congratulations to Peekskill High School's Advanced Science Research (ASR) student Brittney Pauta for being accepted to the New York Medical College STAR Program, which matches a student to conduct authentic research with a medical scientist/professor at NY Medical College. Brittney is the first PHS ASR student to be accepted to this program! She will work this summer with Dr. Kobets to research epigenetics. When Brittney returns in the fall, she will have real data to write her research paper, and compete in prestigious fairs. Keep up the great work, Brittney!

In honor of National Poetry Month, Woodside Elementary School hosted the 1st Annual Multilingual Poetry Café. The Emergent Bilingual Leadership Team (EBLT) designed the event as a night that would integrate poetry with world languages as part of an initiative with CUNY NYSEIB to use bilingualism as a resource for instruction.

Woodside students were encouraged to write an original poem or select a favorite poem to recite. Thirty-eight Kindergarten and Grade 1 students performe d their poems at the Poetry Café before an audience of administrators, teachers, staff, and more than 55 parents. Students wrote a variety of poems focused on family, friendship, favorite animals, and themselves as special people. Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss were favorite authors. Poems were expressed in English, Spanish, Hindi, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese.

Click here for the full article on this story and photos from the event. 

A big thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday, April 30 for SEPTO's Annual Basketball Clinic! From our players to our volunteers, a great time was had by all!

Click here for a photo album from the day. 

Thanks to a grant from Broadway Alliance, the young women of Summit Academy had the opportunity to attend a performance of "Eclipsed" on Broadway. The play, starring Lupita Nyongo, is a powerful exploration of the terrible choices women had to make during the second Liberian Civil War. Students took the train and enjoyed lunch in Bryant Park and a visit to the New York Public Library before the play.

Click here for a photo album from this field trip.

On Sunday, April 3 the Peekskill Iron Devils Robotics Team took part in the New York Rube Goldberg competition at the Engineering Expo in White Plains, coming in second place out of 10 teams from across the state.

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contests are designed to encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving for students of all ages. STEM and STEAM friendly, Rube Goldberg Machines tackle the most mundane tasks and ask participants to create their own overly elaborat e and hilariously conceived contraptions in honor of the competition's founding father. This year's challenge required teams to open an umbrella without any manual intervention.

After a long winter of preparation, Peekskill High School students from the Robotics program came up with a contraption to do just that.

"The project is pretty challenging," said Peekskill Robotics Teacher Carlo Vidrini. "The machine has to stay into predetermined parameters as far as dimensions, and in order to be admitted to the pit it has to have at least 20 steps before it accomplishes the task."

In addition to building the machine, students had to record step by step engineering notes to be presented to a panel of judges as well.

The team's second place win in this year's contest comes after they placed fourth in last year's competition.

"Kudos to our team," Vidrini said. "Our students represented their school well and I could not be more proud of all of them for this enormous success."

Woodside students celebrated Arbor Day by planting a beautiful floribunda crabapple tree on the side of the school's parking lot. At the ceremony, students read facts about trees and Arbor Day, as well as lines from Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax." The tree was dedicated to the building's multiple retirees.

Click here for a photo album from the event. 

Congratulations to all of our 2016 PKMS National Jr. Honor Society inductees! 

David Brito, Madeline Cairl (Vice President), Tania Flores (Candia), Xuhelin Cabrera, Niya Fields (Historian), Zia Foxhall (President), Krista Godbee, Aseel Hindi, D'Nair Joseph, Tobias Loayza, Daniel Machado, Erik Mavian, Michael Meade, Milagros Morales, Christina Murphy, Yoham Ortiz, Mariam Osei-Poku
Samantha Saca, Sarai Sales, Jalyssa Smith (Treasurer), Carly Terblanche, William Usticke, Inmay Weinstein, Jordin Wright.

Click here for more photos from this event. 

Congratulations to all of our 2016 Peekskill High School Honor Society inductees!

National Honor Society: 
Senior Inductees:  Jocelyn Diaz, Kevin Fuentes, Briana Jackson, Alana Donabie, Christopher Guinansaca, Rayvin Jones, Catherine Lively
Junior Inductees: Essence Boyd-Roberts, Prince Marsh, Bryan Quezada, Sheldon Davis, Naieka McTurner, Nia Robinson, Jamila Desir, Erika Mendez, Samantha Robinson, Elizabeth Fernandez Fermin, Cristian Molina, Deanna Rodricks, Arianna Hurtado, Briana Moran, Kevin Rodriguez, Paulina Inga, Brittney Pauta, Wendy Salazar, Birch Lazo-Murphy, Jose Pimentel, Josh Satur
Mu Alpha Theta
Senior Inductees: Jefferson Apuango, Airika Glickert, Briayanna Johnson, Rebecca Au, Keyana Griffith, Kiara Navarro, Ariel Ortiz
Junior Inductees: Karlos Chamba, Brittney Pauta, Nia Robinson, Birch Lazo-Murphy , Jose Pimentel, Kevin Rodriguez, Erika Mendez, Wendy Rivadeneira, Wendy Salazar
New York State Mathematics Honor Society
Senior Inductee: Christopher Guinansaca
Junior Inductees:  Anthony Castro,  Elizabeth Fernandez Fermin,  Mariah James
Sophomore Inductees:Elvis Carchipulla, Jodi Glickert, Elliot Molina, Zachary Clausen, Valentina Loaiza, Jason Pauta, Gordon Evans, Junior Machisaca, Anabel Sanchez, Debora Martinez, Diana Tenesaca

Take a minute to congratulate the PHS Tennis Team on having one of the best tennis seasons ever! Players Joey Muschette, Aaron Breton, Karlos Chamba, Anthony Castro and Devonte Woodton are part of a blended team alongside Putnam Valley students. 

Read more about the team's successes by  clicking here.

Peekskill Middle School students in Mr. Tabone and Mr. Shropshire's Core-X class represented PKMS admirably on their recent trip to the United Nations.

The field trip served as the culmination of the class' exploration into the many refugee crises around the world. Students had the opportunity to meet with Chief of Migration Bela Hovy in the UN offices. Mr. Hovy was kind enough to take some time from his day to talk to the students about his experiences working in the divis ion and in refugee camps, and answered students' questions, which they had prepared prior to the trip.

"Our kids were on point - thoughtfully, and for some, bravely, asking either their prepared questions or ones they developed at the moment," Shropshire said.

Shropshire noted that the students were fully engaged throughout the entire trip and that the experience was one his students will never forget.

"As expected, the trip was a great success," Shropshire said. "Every step of our journey, from the walk to the train, to the train trip, to our tours of Grand Central and our ultimate destination, the United Nations, contributed to every one of our students' growth."

Congratulations to all of our PKMS girls and boys who rock and to our Living Legacy Award winners! Thank you to our presenters and to our guest speakers. Also, bravo to our student performers who helped make the evening even more magical.

Click here for a photo album from the event. 
Did You Know?

Peekskill Superintendent Dr. David Fine posts regular monthly messages on our website. You can find these insights, along with the Superintendent's video blog on our District homepage in the "e-Corner" area. This is a great way to stay up to date with what is going on behind the scenes at PCSD!
Peekskill Board of Education
Colin Smith,  President
Lisa Aspinall-Kellawon,  Vice President

Trustees: Douglas Glickert, Maria Pereira,  Michael Simpkins,  Richard Sullivan,  Jillian Villon
Dr. David Fine
Peekskill Education Foundation
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Peekskill CSD Communications
Laura Belfiore, Editor 
Peekskill City School District
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