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May 12, 2022

Schools, District Offices Closed May 30 for Memorial Day


City School District of New Rochelle schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day. We thank and salute the valor and honor of those who have died defending America’s freedoms. Schools and offices reopen on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Breaking News:

New Huguenot Academy Campus Opening Friday

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The City School District of New Rochelle is pleased to announce that New York State has approved the opening of Huguenot Academy, the school district’s alternative high school, at its new 140 Huguenot St. location, beginning tomorrow, Friday, May 13, 2022.


“We finally have the home of our own that our students so richly deserve,” said Huguenot Academy Director Andrea Schwach. “I am so proud of our resilient students for managing a difficult year since being displaced by COVID and then Hurricane Ida. Huguenot is a unique learning space where our relationships and interactions are key to our students’ success. This move will help us finish the year on a positive note.”


“Having a permanent home will enhance our Huguenot Academy students’ social and emotional wellness and their overall academic experience,” said Board of Education President Julia Muggia Ochs. “The new location also allows them easy access to many applied learning opportunities with community partners, as well as the benefits of being co-located with Monroe College.” 


“Finding the right home for Huguenot Academy has been a priority since I arrived in New Rochelle,” said Superintendent Jonathan P. Raymond. “We are happy to open up new opportunities for our students that will set them on a path to college or career success, and we are thankful to deepen our partnership with Monroe College.”


The new 16,500-square-foot space, approved by the Board of Education last October, will not only serve Huguenot Academy's current enrollment of 61 students, but allows enough space to expand the program in the future. There is space for students’ core classes, physical education, study hall space, a cafeteria, and a multi-purpose room. Interested students will also be able to earn college credits through the school district’s partnership with Monroe College.


“We are so excited to partner with the Huguenot Academy and look forward to offering programs that will help the students,” said Marc Jerome, president of Monroe College.


Huguenot Academy students who had school district-provided bus transportation to their former location will continue to have transportation to the new location. Food service will be provided on premises. The lease at the new location extends through June 30, 2023.

Science Stars Score Again in International Competition!

Global Honors for 9 Genius Olympiad Finalists

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New Rochelle High School’s esteemed Science Research Program has done it again – and this time, the recognition is global!

 

The latest round of awards go to students selected as finalists in the Genius Olympiad, which welcomes submissions from all over the world:

  • Izzy Balachandran
  • Anthony D'Amato
  • Ella Harshman
  • Natalia McMorris
  • Andy Nunez
  • Andrew Rittenberg
  • Aviva Segal
  • Julia Yang


Those students will join Anna Barlis, who qualified as a finalist via her previous grand-prize win at the Westchester Science & Engineering Fair.

“Our outstanding science research students continue to excel, this time showcasing their scientific talents on a worldwide stage,” said Jeff Wuebber, director of the Science Research Program.


Students were similarly thrilled.

  • McMorris: "Being a Genius Olympiad finalist is the perfect end to my time in science research. All of my hard work for the past three years has paid off and I am grateful for the opportunity to display my hard work!"
  • Nunez: "As a finalist from last year, I’m extremely grateful and excited to be a finalist again this year!"
  • Rittenberg: “I'm so glad that I was chosen as a finalist for Genius Olympiad and feel so thankful that I was able to get the guidance and help that I needed from Mr. Wuebber to push me the extra steps to work hard and place as a finalist. The Science Research Program at the high school has really enabled me to do my best work and I'm super proud of myself and my fellow classmates who also placed. I'm excited to see what the future holds for us as a young generation of scientists!”
  • Segal: “It's an incredible honor to be selected to compete in such a prestigious competition, and I'm so excited to present my project. The horseshoe crab is such an important organism, so I am thrilled to be able to promote its significance at this competition. Its population decline as a result of anthropogenic activities is a major problem that impacts both its ecosystem and human health. Understanding this issue is critical to conserving the horseshoe crab population, and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to raise awareness through this competition.” 
  • Yang: “I’m excited and thankful to have been chosen as a finalist!”


Projects were submitted from 57 countries and 35 states -- and New Rochelle High School had the sixth-highest number of projects submitted from all high schools on the planet. The Olympiad is held virtually, and winners receive scholarships. Final winners are announced on June 18.


The Genius Olympiad promotes global understanding of environmental issues and the achievement of sustainability through basic science, arts, creative writing, engineering, design, and business development. The competition instills skills and knowledge to be the leaders, scientists, artists, writers, engineers, and policy makers of the future. GENIUS is an abbreviation of Global Environmental Issues and Us, and the contest is sponsored by the Rochester Institute of Technology and Terra Science and Education, a nonprofit organization that advances education. Learn more at GeniusOlympiad.org.

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Help New Rochelle High School Teacher

Anthony Stirpe Win Cash for TheatreWorks!

Help support New Rochelle High School teacher Anthony Stirpe, who is a candidate in Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Giving Joy contest, being held as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Stirpe is well known as an innovative, award-winning teacher and a tech-savvy mentor who champions his students every day! If he wins, the TheatreWorks Program wins a substantial cash prize that can be as much as $25,000! Learn more here, https://contest.nclgivingjoy.com, and vote here: https://bit.ly/3ypVNgR. Please encourage friends and family to vote, too!

Summer Learning Offers Array of Opportunities

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The City School District of New Rochelle’s Summer Learning Program provides opportunities for students to build resilience and self-confidence while engaging in academic enrichment. The old model of remedial “summer school” has been replaced with a student-centered approach of “summer learning” built around student interest, teamwork, and a camp-like atmosphere.


The Summer Learning Program has several components:


Summer Stars: This program, for grades kindergarten through eight, seeks to increase student achievement in reading and math, equip students with developmentally appropriate social and emotional competencies, and engage students in creative and fun enrichment activities. The school district is partnering with the New Rochelle Boys & Girls Club and the Budding Buddhas yoga organization, to support this program. Among the programs:

  • Academic enrichment: The Summer Stars programs include mathematics, English Language Arts, Social and Emotional Learning and Wellness/Thematic Enrichment. Invitations have been sent to students recommended by principals. For more information, contact your school’s project leader (information below).
  • Rising Sixth-Grade Program: Runs Mondays through Thursdays from July 5-28 at Albert Leonard Middle School and/or New Rochelle High School for Isaac E. Young Middle School’s program. Mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), Social and Emotional Learning and Wellness/Thematic Enrichment. Invitations have been sent to students recommended by principals. For more information, contact your school’s project leader.



 Summer Stars information by school:

  • Barnard Early Childhood Center: Rising kindergarten, grades 1, 2 and 3. Theme: Summer Bugs. Contact: Judy Badillo, jbadillo@nredlearn.org
  • Columbus Elementary School: Rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Rising sixth-graders included in the program will attend the summer program offered at the student’s designated middle school for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Theme: Hands-On Research. Contact: Dan Cocciarido, dcocciardi@nredlearn.org
  • George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School: Rising grade 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and the district-wide Elementary School Extended School Year Program. Rising sixth-graders in the program will attend the Albert Leonard Summer Learning Program. Theme: Taking Care of Ourselves & Our Community. Contact: Vinny Caporaso, vcaporaso@nredlearn.org
  • Jefferson Elementary School: Rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Jefferson students. Rising sixth-graders included in the program will attend the summer program offered at the student’s designated middle school for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Jefferson students are slated to attend the Isaac E. Young Summer Learning Program. Theme: Nature Related to Sustainability & STEAM. Contact: Lucea Brea, lbrea@nredlearn.org
  • Trinity Elementary School: Rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Trinity students. Rising sixth-graders included in the program will attend the summer program offered at the student’s designated middle school for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Trinity students are slated to attend the Isaac E. Young Summer Learning Program. Theme: STEAM. Contact: Deirdre Dillon, ddillon@nredlearn.org
  • Ward Elementary School: Rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Ward students. Rising sixth-graders included in the program will attend the summer program offered at the student’s designated middle school for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Ward students are slated to attend the Albert Leonard Middle School Summer Learning Program. Theme: World Habitats. Contact: Jennifer Hofstetter, jhofstetter@nredlearn.org
  • Webster Elementary School: Rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Webster students. Rising sixth-graders included in the program will attend the summer program offered at the student’s designated middle school for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Webster students are slated to attend the Albert Leonard Middle School Summer Learning Program. Theme: Sustainability. Contact: Kathy Coyne, kcoyne@nredlearn.org
  • Albert Leonard Middle School: Rising grades 6, 7, and 8 ALMS students. Rising ninth-graders will attend the summer program at New Rochelle High School, July 11-29. Theme: Graduation & Beyond. Contact: Matthew Lucero, mlucero@nredlearn.org,
  • Isaac E. Young Middle SchoolRising grades 6, 7, and 8 students. Rising ninth-graders will attend the summer program offered at New Rochelle High School from July 11-29. Theme: Mission Possible. Contact: Christopher Francaviglia, cfrancaviglia@nredlearn.org.

 

Additional Programs

  • Rising Ninth-Grade Program: Runs Mondays through Fridays from July 11-29. For incoming ninth-graders recommended by their current school's principal. At New Rochelle High School. Covers mathematics, ELA, and Social-Emotional Learning/Wellness. Contact: Maureen Maire, mmaire@nredlearn.org
  • New Rochelle High School Credit Recovery Program: Runs July 11 through Aug. 12. Registration: June 28 to July 2 at the high school. For 10th, 11th, and 12th-graders who need to earn academic credits based on course failures. Contact: Maureen Maire, mmaire@nredlearn.org


Summer Enrichment Programs

  • Summer Music & Performing Arts, Aug. 1-25, New Rochelle High School. For rising third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. Band and orchestra. One-to-one support and general music exploration. Contact: Deepak Marwah, dmarwah@nredlearn.org.
  • Pre-PAVE Theater & Art Prep Program, Aug. 1-25, New Rochelle High School. For rising eighth-graders. Instruction in dancing or acting, to gain insight into the PAVE (Performing and Visual Arts Education Program) audition process. Contact: Deepak Marwah, dmarwah@nredlearn.org.

Superintendent’s Newest “What Matters Most” Video is Out

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Superintendent Jonathan Raymond has posted his next “What Matters Most” video, providing timely updates on City School District of New Rochelle innovations, activities, and issues of importance. In this episode, Mary McCormack explains mindfulness. She also details mindfulness and yoga activities she leads at Daniel Webster Elementary School, where she taught for 33 years before retiring, and Jefferson Elementary School.

Watch the video at Facebook.com/newrochelleschools/videos/415558070397512. "What Matters Most" videos also are always posted at Facebook.com/NewRochelleSchools, and the school district's YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/CSDNRYouTube.


In addition, Raymond recently visited New Rochelle High School’s culinary students at Juliano's Caterers in New Rochelle and learned that their talents go far beyond the kitchen! Watch the video: https://www.facebook.com/newrochelleschools/posts/5322438334453461.

Need a Job? Act Now!

Youth Employment Opportunities Application Deadline is Friday


Summer employment opportunities are still available for New Rochelle residents ages 14 to 24. Job fields include recreation, office, light maintenance, stock/inventory, food industry, data entry, and personal care. Students must submit their application to Youth Bureau Office in City Hall, 515 North Ave., New Rochelle, by Friday, May 13, 2022. Summer Youth Employment Programs offered:

 

Network Youth Leadership Program

  • Provides job-readiness skills training and work experience for youth ages 14 to 17
  • Six weeks during June and August
  • Payments of $300 per week based on 20 hours of weekly participation

Application: https://bit.ly/3kWLUPM

 

Learn & Earn Initiatives

  • Teaches youth ages 14 to 17 about potential career opportunities
  • Learn & Earn Programs are offered for New Rochelle Youth Bureau Girls on Fire: Firefighter Program; Future CEOs: Entrepreneurship Program; and Mentors in Blue: Police Academy Program
  • Proof of income is required

Application: https://bit.ly/3kWLUPM

 

Potential Candidates Internship Program

  • Employees youth ages 18 to 24 with internships to assigned governmental departments or local community-based agencies/programs
  • Proof of income is required

Application: https://bit.ly/3kWLUPM

 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Summer Youth Employment Program

  • Offers employment for income eligible youth ages 14 to 20
  • Operates for 6 weeks
  • Pay rate is $15 per hour for 25 hours per week

Application: https://bit.ly/3l0wCcJ

Tutor.com Can Help Students Finish the Year Strong!

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Final exams aren’t too far away, and it’s never too early for students to start preparing to finish the year strong! Let Tutor.com, a free resource available to City School District of New Rochelle students, help!


Tutor.com has proven to be an essential tool to advance student achievement. Students connect with live, one-to-one tutors in English or Spanish, and they can receive assistance in a range of areas:

  • Homework.
  • Extra-credit projects.
  • Critiques of written reports before submission in class.
  • Practice tests can be taken to gauge mastery on subjects or prep for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT or Advanced Placement exams.
  • If a student is absent but well enough to do schoolwork, and doesn’t have access to a teacher, Tutor.com can help.
  • Tutors can guide students regarding best practices for studying or how to best understand and tackle an assignment.
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Students access Tutor.com by signing into their school district devices, accessing Launchpad, and clicking Tutor.com. Students on a non-district devices sign into Launchpad (https://launchpad.classlink.com/nredlearn) first, then click the Tutor.com icon.


View a video of a Zoom session where Tutor.com’s vast benefits and rigorous safety protocols were outlined at https://bit.ly/3OWywsYThe access passcode is SFKG@%12.


For more information, email Executive Principal John Barnes at johnbarnes@nredlearn.org.

Information for Voters:

School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election Tuesday

The Annual School Election and Budget Vote of the City School District of New Rochelle and the Annual Library Election and Budget Vote of the New Rochelle Public Library will be held Tuesday, May 17, 2022, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Voters will:

  • Elect two New Rochelle Board of Education members who will serve five-year terms beginning July 1, 2022.
  • Vote on whether to adopt the 2022-2023 school district budget approved by the New Rochelle Board of Education. View budget information here: English | Spanish. Learn more at nred.org/page/budget-copy.
  • Vote on a capital bond proposition for Hurricane Ida repairs and restoration. Information is within the budget presentations linked above in English and Spanish.
  • Elect one member of the New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees to serve a five-year term beginning July 1, 2022.
  • Vote on whether to adopt the 2022-2023 New Rochelle Public Library Budget.
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Budget Proposal Details 


The proposed budget reflects the school district’s values of excellence and equity and makes judicious use of federal, state, and local resources to keep the tax levy increase at 0.98%, significantly below the tax cap of 2.345%. On May 17, voters also will consider a bond proposition to provide necessary cash flow to complete post-Hurricane Ida repairs to the New Rochelle High School library and pool and Isaac E. Young Middle School until state and federal reimbursement is received.


Budget information and FAQs can be found on the school district website, nred.org. Highlights of the proposed budget include:

  • The addition of 15 teaching/staff positions to further address unfinished learning and wellness, including creating a Dean of Students position for each middle school to focus on attendance, conflict resolution, and social-emotional learning.
  • Adding a dance teacher at Isaac E. Young Middle School to open pathways for more students to access our Performing and Visual Arts in Education (PAVE) program.
  • Adding a second Science Research Teacher at New Rochelle High School who will expand the program’s reach into middle and elementary schools.
  • Bringing the school district into compliance with state regulations by hiring 21 special education and English as a New Language teachers.
  • Retaining 25 newly hired full-time security staff for our middle and high schools.
  • Adding laptops, Chromebooks, and smart boards for our students and classrooms.
  • Leveraging pandemic relief dollars to support:
  • Adding teachers at Huguenot Academy to create access for more ninth-graders.
  • Expanded after-school and summer school programs.

Board of Education Candidates

Candidates for the Board of Education, in alphabetical order, are Adam Cooper, Stephen I. Mayo, and David Peters. Biographies of each are available at nred.org/page/candidate-resources.

Polling Places


The City School District of New Rochelle is divided into School Election Districts (SED) in which voting will take place. GED stands for General Election Districts. Though Westchester County is restructuring voting boundaries, voting locations for May 17, 2022 have not changed. Visit https://vip.ntsteamed.com/ to determine where you vote. Information contained at this link is part of a direct partnership between the school district and NTS, and is not shared externally. A budget newsletter mailed to registered voters will include a "Your Polling Location is Here" section, confirming your polling location.


SED 1: Barnard School, 129 Barnard Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Gymnasium (G.E.D.: 11, 12, 13, 16, 38, 70)

SED 2: Columbus School, 275 Washington Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Gymnasium (G.E.D.: 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 74, 75)

SED 3: Davis School, 80 Iselin Drive, New Rochelle, NY 10804, Gymnasium (Gymnasium entrance off Iselin Drive) (G.E.D.: 30, 32, 39, 40, 43, 46, 47)

SED 4: Jefferson School, 131 Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10805, Gymnasium (Emmett Terrace Entrance) (G.E.D.: 18, 22, 23, 24, 71, 73)

SED 5: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 95 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Dining Hall (G.E.D.: 10, 15, 49, 53, 60, 64, 66, 78)

SED 6: New Rochelle High School, 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Auditorium Lobby (Clove Road Entrance) (G.E.D.: 14, 34, 36, 37, 41, 45, 48, 61, 68)

SED 7: Trinity School, 180 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805, Gymnasium (G.E.D.: 1, 5, 6, 9, 28)

SED 8: Albert Leonard Middle School, 25 Gerada Lane, New Rochelle, NY 10804, Auditorium Lobby (G.E.D.: 31, 35, 44)

SED 9: Webster School, 95 Glenmore Drive, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Gymnasium (G.E.D.: 7, 57, 58, 59, 63, 72)

SED 10: Isaac E. Young Middle School, 270 Centre Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10805, Gymnasium (G.E.D.: 19, 25, 26, 29)

SED 11: New Rochelle Fire Station #1, 45 Harrison Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801, (G.E.D.: 2, 3, 4, 8, 65, 69)

SED 12: Ward School, 311 Broadfield Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804, Cafeteria (Rear Entrance) (G.E.D.: 27, 33, 42, 67)

SED 13: 570 Fifth Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Community Room (G.E.D.: 21)

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Absentee Ballot Application


To download an Absentee Ballot application, please click below as appropriate, and scroll down to pages 2 and 3 to review the directions: English | Spanish


An absentee ballot application only may be used for school district elections by qualified voters who reside in a school district that provides for personal registration of voters.


The deadline for hand delivery or pickup in person is Monday, May 16, 2022, and must be done by the actual voter unless an individual is otherwise authorized to do so. If you are qualified for absentee voting and issued an absentee ballot, the ballot itself must be received by the school district clerk by 5 p.m. on the day of the election in order to be canvassed.

A First: Proposed School District Budget Presented to City Council

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Superintendent Jonathan Raymond departed New Rochelle City Council chambers Tuesday after presenting, in a historic first, the proposed school district budget for 2022-2023 to Council members.


During this presentation, one of more than 20 provided to community organizations in recent weeks, Raymond shared his appreciation for the school district's partnership with the city in serving the needs of children and families in New Rochelle.


“I thank the New Rochelle City Council for welcoming me and its earnestness in learning more about our budget proposal and vision for education in the next school year,” Raymond said. “Our city and our school district help comprise ‘One New Rochelle.’ We serve the same families, and our discussion promoted even further understanding of how we can advance our community, together.”

Students Star at “Our Children, Our Artists” at Public Library

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The 39th annual “Our Children, Our Artists” exhibit is open at the New Rochelle Public Library, showcasing art from elementary schools through May 14 and then middle and high school artwork from May 20 through June 2. Art teacher Erica Bogin curated the exhibit, which had an opening reception Wednesday night. Hundreds attended, including Superintendent Jonathan Raymond. Check out these great photos and visit the library to get an up-close look at these inspiring, innovative creations! Visit nrpl.org to learn more.  

6,150 Pounds of Food Provided at Mobile Food Pantry

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The Mobile Food Pantry returned to Isaac E. Young Middle School on Wednesday and distributed approximately 6,150 pounds of food to 159 guests, feeding a total of 651 people based on the number of family members reported by the visitors. This initiative is crucial to local families; a healthy, consistent diet can help students in school and with their quality of life. The Mobile Food Pantry is sponsored by the City School District of New Rochelle’s Pupil Personnel Services Department and Feeding Westchester. The Mobile Food Pantry returns to Isaac E. Young Middle School, for the last time this school year, on Wednesday, June 8 from 4-5 p.m. All are welcome.

Community Resource Night Equips Families with Advocacy Options

New Rochelle High School’s Parents Academy hosted a Community Resource Night Wednesday for all school district families. Representatives from more than 20 local agencies lined the House 4 Bridge. Families enjoyed goodie bags, door prizes, and learned about youth, medical, mental health, and legal services available to them.


Students from the Latinx Youth Leadership Conference Planning Committee served as ushers and offered event support. The evening culminated with a presentation by the organization Student Advocacy. Presenters reviewed student/family rights and the support and services they provide. Presenters and agency representatives enjoyed the opportunity to promote their programs and also network with others.


Thank you to the participating organizations: The New Rochelle Community Opportunity Program (WestCop); Family Ties of Westchester; Montefiore WIC; New Rochelle Youth Bureau; Student Advocate, Inc.; Lexington Center for Recovery, Inc.; Hope's Door; Hope Community Services; United Community Center of Westchester; Affinity; New Rochelle YMCA; Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle; Childcare Council; Westchester County Department of Mental Health; New Rochelle Public Library; Student Assistance Program; New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Department; City of New Rochelle- Development; Monroe College; Planned Parenthood; New Rochelle High PTSA; New Rochelle High Clinicians; and Family Services of Westchester.

Fitness, Fun: 60/60 Challenge Underway

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The 60/60 Challenge invites students, staff, and families to engage in physical activity for 60 minutes every day through June 30 to develop active lifestyle habits together.


Physical activity promotes the three elements of wellness: mental, social, and physical health. Exercise helps children perform better in school and can lead to healthier, happy adults. Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez, the City School District of New Rochelle Director of Health & Physical Education, created this challenge last year as a push for the community to get active and come together after spending a year inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Families that exercise together and develop that habit usually grow healthier together,” said Rodriguez-Gonzalez.


Challenges will be available every week on the 60/60 Challenge Website, along with parent resources, helpful hints to stay active with children, and highlights from the schools’ physical education and health classes. Watch Superintendent Jonathan Raymond's episode of “What Matters Most” with Rodriguez-Gonzalez: https://youtu.be/uZFtK-fhQkg.


Safety First: Report Concerns Anonymously

Members of the City School District of New Rochelle community can anonymously submit suspicious activity, bullying, or other issues by clicking the “Anonymous Reporting” button on the school district’s main website, nred.org, as well as on the website for each New Rochelle school. This tool is in keeping with the school district’s commitment to providing a safe, healthy, equitable educational environment.


The system will request details about the incident, such as date, time, location, nature of the complaint, and those involved. After submitting a report, a confirmation will be provided. The reporting system is monitored between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. during the school year. After submitting a report, the sender will receive a confirmation.


A call to a building’s principal is another way to notify our school district about a situation that impedes learning, health, safety, or a proper educational environment.

Creativity on Display: Poetry Out Loud Returns May 16

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Poetry Out Loud, a celebration of original poetry created by selected students in grades three through six, will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 16, at New Rochelle High School’s Whitney Young Auditorium.


The free program, one of the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence’s signature programs, is presented by the Jeremy Scheinfeld Publishing Center. This event is free and open to the public.


The New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence supports our school system and its extraordinary, diverse student body by advancing equity, excellence and inspiring all public-school students. Learn more at https://nredfund.org.

Lessons About the Law for Fifth-Graders

The New Rochelle Bar Association’s Lawyer in the Classroom Program has returned to all City School District of New Rochelle fifth-grade classrooms to teach students about the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The program consists of four one-hour planned lessons, taught by practicing lawyers volunteering their time, developed with the help of classroom teachers to foster discussion and keep students engaged.


This year’s focus is on the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Students study real case examples and learn how new technology can impact their Fourth Amendment rights.


Students receive a handbook with additional resources that also provides a writing component to the curriculum, along with a pocket edition of the United States Constitution provided by the New Rochelle Bar Association. Students are encouraged to discuss case outcomes and thoughts on what rights are important to them.


The first session launched in classrooms on May 6 and 9, and the remaining three sessions are planned for all schools over the next four weeks. The program has started up again with resounding success after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members who are interested in learning more about the program, which has been recognized by the New York State Bar Association and which other school districts are seeking to emulate, can contact the New Rochelle Bar Association at nrbar.org. The New Rochelle Bar is celebrating its centennial this month.

The Thomas Paine Festival Is Coming to New Rochelle!

Show your support for historic preservation and come celebrate the grand opening of the new Thomas Paine New Rochelle Center June 16-18. New York State awarded Thomas Paine his New Rochelle farm on June 16, 1784. The festival begins Thursday, June 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Thomas Paine Cottage. Musical guests Erik and Eliza Lichack perform each festival night.


Friday, June 17

  • Thomas Paine Memorial Building, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Symposium on the legacy of Thomas Paine. A special showing of rare Paine artifacts and Q&A session will be held at Iona College Ryan Library, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • End the night with dinner theater at Greentree Country Club, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Ian Ruskin performs “To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine.” The dinner benefits the preservation and restoration of the Thomas Paine Cottage and Thomas Paine Memorial Building, as well as educational programming.


Saturday, June 18

  • Celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Thomas Paine New Rochelle Center, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lectures, family activities, Colonial Fair, Juneteenth Celebration, and more.


Thank you, sponsors: The Thomas Paine Memorial Association, Thomas Paine National Historical Association, and Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association. For information on the events, tickets, and sponsorships, visit https://www.thomaspainecenter.org/#/

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 16- 20: Daniel Webster Elementary School STEAMposium, all day


Tuesday, May 17: Public vote on the proposed school district budget and to fill two slots on the Board of Education, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Please review information in this Newsletter.


Wednesday, May 18: New Rochelle High School Springfest Vocal, Whitney Young Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, May 18: William B. Ward Elementary School PTA Meeting, 7 p.m.


Thursday, May 19: Barnard Early Childhood Center Pre-K Field Day

Thursday, May 19: Isaac E. Young Middle School Spring Concert, 6 p.m.


Thursday, May 19: New Rochelle High School Musical Theater Class, Film Class, Linda E. Kelly Theater, 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 19: Albert Leonard Middle School Spring Concert, 7 p.m.


Thursday, May 19: Daniel Webster Elementary School Spring Concert, 7 p.m.

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As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the federal government has created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households $30 per month off their internet bills. To deliver maximum cost savings to families, the government has secured commitments from 20 leading internet providers to offer ACP-eligible households a high-speed internet plan for no more than $30 per month. Eligible families who pair their ACP benefit with one of these plans can receive high-speed internet at no cost. To learn about eligibility, participating service providers, and how to apply, visit GetInternet.gov.

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Public Library Events

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The New Rochelle Public Library is offering three special spring programs to engage and educate young children. Visit nrpl.org to learn more.

  • A new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) program is coming to the Children’s Room at the Main New Rochelle Public Library. Children in grades 3 to 5. Thursdays, May 19 and 26, 4 - 5:30 p.m.


  • Chess helps improve concentration, and memory, development of critical thinking, logic, and creativity skills, and more. Children ages 6-12 are invited to stop by the Main Library. Saturday, May 14. Free. No registration needed.


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Planetarium Show Journeys Through Solar System May 26


Go on a journey through the solar system during the May 26 planetarium show at New Rochelle High School. “Oasis in Space” will be presented at 7:15 p.m.


Admission is free. Email bzeller@nredlearn.org or click on the flyer to learn more.

Pre-Kindergarten Seats Still Available

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Still looking to register your child for pre-kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year? Many seats are available in programs provided by partners of the City School District of New Rochelle.


Seats are available at:

  • The New Rochelle YMCA, 50 Weyman Ave., New Rochelle
  • The Children’s Center, 50 Pintard Ave., New Rochelle
  • The Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCOP), 95 Lincoln Ave., New Rochelle


Any child born in 2018 and a resident of New Rochelle is eligible. 


Pre-kindergarten immerses students in a learning-focused community that nurtures individual growth and provides a strong foundation for lifelong education. Children in quality early childhood programs learn socialization skills through group activities; experience reading- and writing-readiness activities; are better prepared for school success; and are more likely to attain higher levels of education.


Families that missed the Lottery and are interested in pre-kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year should contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (914) 576-4622 or email CSDNRPreK@nredlearn.org.

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Summer Day Camps

Returning to Schools



The New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation is gearing up for its annual Fun in the Sun summer programming for youth. This year, programs will return to school facilities. Registration is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. The following camps are offered:


Kiddie Kamp, Columbus Elementary School, July 5 - Aug. 12. Half-day camp for children ages 3 to 5 (third birthday by July 2, 2022). Children

grouped by developmental compatibility. Activities promote socialization, physical education, language development, and fun.


Ready, Set, Camp!, Jefferson or Ward Elementary schools, July 5 - Aug. 12. For youngsters who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Full-day camp program. Arts and crafts, group games, sports, music, performances, performing arts, hiking, and more. Lunch and snacks provided.


Camp N.O.W., New Rochelle High School, June 27 - Aug. 5. For students graduating fifth, sixth, or seventh grades. Four-hour camp program meeting Monday - Thursday (trips on three Fridays). Sports, games, the arts, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and pre-teen themed activities.


Camp Joy, Albert Leonard Middle School, June 27 - Aug. 5. For special education students ages 5 to 21. Campers with mild to moderate intellectual/developmental disabilities are offered an environment to explore and showcase their abilities. Visual and performing arts, movement, fitness, games, social learning, and cultural enrichment.


Visit NewRochelleNY.com/FunintheSun for information, email info@newrochelleny.com or call (914) 654-2087.

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Training and Job Opportunities!


Are you a 14- to 17-year-old looking for a vocational-training opportunity? The Booker T. Washington Vocational Institute in New Rochelle can help – and jobs are available! Click the flyer for more information.

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Free Assistance with Reading

from Lehman College


Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, is offering a Summer Literacy Program for students in kindergarten through grade 12 who seek individual attention to overcome reading challenges. To apply for the free assistance, apply at https://bit.ly/3P8EmaH. Click on the flyer for additional information.

“Peter and the Wolf” Shows, and More, in June

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Get set for performances of the classic “Peter and the Wolf” at New Rochelle High School Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. The shows are presented in partnership with Christina Coleman, Director of the Coleman School of Dance. Professional and student dancers will perform all styles of dance, while professional and advanced student musicians, conducted by Lehman College Professor Alan Hollander, will perform “Peter and The Wolf.” Financial support from Arts Westchester means the shows are free for attendees. The presentations are part of the New Rochelle Arts Showcase. Attendees are asked to register at info.newropeterandthewolf.org, where they can learn more.

Sports


Gocmen Named Player of the Week

Congratulations to girls varsity lacrosse team goalie Alexandra Gocmen on being named the Journal News/Lohud.com Player of the Week for her performance May 2-7. The freshman goalie had 24 saves over two games, stopping both initial and follow-up shots. In addition, her on-the-money clears led to five New Rochelle goals. 


Shortage of sports officials

There have been a number of games this year at the modified and junior varsity levels that were played without an official. This situation, while frustrating, is occurring nationwide in youth sports. From 2018 to 2021, 50,000 high school officials have left this profession, a 20% decrease. Section One, which assigns officials in Westchester, Dutchess, Rockland and Putnam counties, is not alone in this problem, which worsens when inclement weather requires varsity games to be rescheduled. To assign the proper number of officials to each varsity game, there sometimes is a need to remove an official from a junior varsity or modified game.


Even football experiences this issue. School district athletic directors work together to schedule games on Friday nights, Saturday afternoons and Saturday evenings so some officiating crews (consisting of four or five officials) can work multiple games in a weekend. Some junior varsity football games have been rescheduled from Saturday mornings because it is easier to schedule officials on weekdays. A shortage of officials also has led to varsity and junior varsity lacrosse games being played as doubleheaders so officials cover the two games.


Please do your part by respecting and supporting the work of these dedicated officials. They are an integral part of every game and our athletes' experience.


Post-Season Tournaments

Next week, the Section One tournament begins for baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, and girls lacrosse. Our teams have qualified for their respective playoffs and there will be more information forthcoming in regard to locations and game times. Scheduled so far: 

  • Monday, May 16: Varsity Baseball vs. Fox Lane, Fox Lane High School, 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 17: Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Fox Lane at Fox Lane, 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19: Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. North Rockland High School, at North Rockland, time TBA
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Here are some photos from this week in Huguenot sports, taken by Superintendent Jonathan Raymond during his travels around the school district! Above, the New Rochelle High School girls lacrosse team hosted Byram Hills High on Tuesday. Watch a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk8n5RxeMWM. Junior varsity tennis action is at center. Below, Superintendent Raymond greeted some of our talented cheerleaders and was on hand for a boys lacrosse game. Our New Rochelle High School teams appreciate all of the support we receive from our community!

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Thanks, Fans, for Supporting Varsity Baseball!

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Let’s hear it for the supporters of our Huguenot athletes! The fans came out Monday to support the New Rochelle High School varsity baseball team, which celebrated Seniors Day with a game vs. Scarsdale High School. Congratulations to seniors participating in all Huguenot sports on another outstanding year of sportsmanship, talent, and dedication, and a special thank you to the families, fans, and school district staff members who support them in so many ways!

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