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News & Updates

May 19, 2022

Schools, District Offices Closed Monday, 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.

Voters Approve $298.8 Million Budget

and Hurricane Ida Repairs Bond Issue, and Elect Cooper and Peters to the Board of Education

Voters Tuesday approved the City School District of New Rochelle’s $298.8 million budget for 2022-2023. The

budget, with a focus on unfinished learning and wellness, supports our students’ academic, social, and emotional learning needs while balancing fiscal responsibility for our community.

The vote was 2,458 to 903, according to unofficial figures.

Voters also approved a $24.3 million capital 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. The vote was 2,501 to 710, according to unofficial figures.

In addition, Adam Cooper and David Peters were elected to five-year terms on the Board of Education. Cooper

has been filling an unexpired term on the Board. The newly elected Board members start their terms on July 1,

2022, which is when the new budget goes into effect.

“We thank the community for its investment in our students’ futures,” said Board of Education President Julia Muggia Ochs. “This financially responsible budget is consistent with our school district’s values of excellence and equity for all students, and makes judicious use of federal, state, and local resources to advance learning for all our students.”

The $298,760,957 budget carries a spending increase of 2.79% over the current year. The budget is supported with $64.3 million in state aid, $12 million from other sources including the federal government, and the appropriation of $1.7 million from the fund balance. It does not tap into the school district’s reserves. The tax levy increase is 0.98%, significantly below the New York State tax cap of 2.345%.


Adam Cooper

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David Peters

Highlights of the 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.

Learn more by visiting View a thank-you video from Superintendent Jonathan Raymond at

Shelli Owens Named Principal at Barnard


Congratulations to Shelli Owens, appointed by the Board of Education Wednesday as the new Principal of the Barnard Early Childhood Center!

Owens had been serving as Interim Principal since February, when she took over leadership of the school after Dr. Nicolas Cracco was named to the school district administrative team as Director for Educational Leadership and Early Learning.

Owens has had a lifelong connection to New Rochelle through her grandparents, who lived here since she was born. She came to live with them for her senior year and graduated from New Rochelle High School. After graduating from Lincoln University, Owens returned to New Rochelle and worked at Trinity, Jefferson, and Columbus Elementary Schools before joining Barnard. Owens said she is excited about the opportunity to support children’s development and independence. “The teachers are loving and caring and really care about the children,” she said.

New Rochelle Legend, a Nazi Prosecutor, Inspires High School Lessons as Students Participate in Street-Naming Ceremony


New Rochelle is home to many great people from history, but one of our former neighbors is at the top of the list: Ben Ferencz. The city Thursday honored Ferencz, who is 102 years old, by naming a street after him.

Ferencz’s impressive legacy includes being an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and chief prosecutor for the United States Army. Ferencz oversaw one of the most famous murder trials in history: the Einsatzgruppen Trial in Nuremberg, Germany. He has spent his life as an advocate of the international rule of law and the International Criminal Court.

At New Rochelle High School, two senior class electives this year offered a unique opportunity to step inside Ferencz’s legacy. “Political Issues Through Film” with Kristin Saglibene and “Facing History” with Richard Dower both incorporated Ferencz’s life’s work into their curriculums. Students viewed a movie about Ferencz and many wrote personal letters of appreciation before the street-naming event.

“We continue to be awed by the fact that this man from New Rochelle was in the room at the Nuremberg Trials and prosecuted dozens of Nazi commanders,” Dower explained. “Working together, Ms. Saglibene and I were able to reinforce the power of living history. This was a bridge between the local and international. This was an unmissable opportunity for our students.”

Seniors Carys Nardozzi, Jeycof Carrion, Navid Torres, Diego Mungia, and Daniel Lopes attended the street-naming event. “It really was like being a part of history,” said Carrion. To learn more about this local hero, the film “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz” is available on select streaming services, or visit

Photos: Superintendent Jonathan Raymond at left with New Rochelle High School students Carys Nardozzi, Jeycof Carrion, Navid Torres, Diego Mungia, Daniel Lopes and New Rochelle High School Social Studies and Business Chairperson Gustavo Barbosa; students speaking to Ferencz via Zoom; and the ceremony.


Help High School Teacher Anthony Stirpe

Vault to a Win for TheatreWorks!

Thanks to your great support, New Rochelle High School teacher Anthony Stirpe, who is a candidate in Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Giving Joy contest, has rocketed up the standings – but more many more votes are needed to get him to be No. 1! 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 receives a substantial cash prize that can be as much as $25,000! Learn more here,, and vote here: Please encourage friends and family to vote, too -- today!

Summer Learning Offers Array of Opportunities


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,
  • 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 Cocciaridi,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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,,
  • 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,


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,
  • 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,

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,
  • 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,

Need a Job? Apply Now; Deadline 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 20, 2022, which is a newly extended deadline. Summer Youth Employment Programs:


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



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



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 required


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


Prep Program Eases Transitions to Middle School

The leap from elementary school to middle school is an important step, and a successful pathway starts with community outreach and partnership. That’s why Isaac E. Young Middle School Principal Dr. Tawanda Robinson is leading informational presentations for parents at elementary schools.

The photo shows the first of two parent meetings being held this spring, and the program at Columbus Elementary School drew two dozen parents who asked about middle-school expectations, academic initiatives, activities, and more. Dr. Robinson provided a range of key information, answered questions, and provided parents with tips to help their children successfully prepare – academically, socially, and emotionally. Dr. Robinson also will lead morning meetings at Trinity Elementary School and Jefferson Elementary School; dates will be announced.


These inaugural meetings are part of a larger school-wide goal to increase Isaac E. Young Middle School’s community presence and meet parents in their own backyards. “We want to make information more accessible to parents and provide small and personalized opportunities for parents to connect with staff,” Dr. Robinson said. An Isaac Young team will rotate from school to school and will consist of Dr. Robinson, a school psychologist, a school social worker, and school counselors. 


After the Columbus parent meeting, that Isaac Young team – Dr. Robinson, counselors Lisa Rhett and Jason Roberts, and social worker Alythe Coley – was accompanied by Columbus Principal Michael Galland and Interim Assistant Principal Francis Cruz as they visited each fifth-grade classroom to greet students and share their excitement in welcoming them as Isaac Young Knights!

Special Olympians Launch Track and Field Activities


The New Rochelle Middle School Pioneers Program took the field Tuesday, at Isaac E. Young Middle School, for the first track and field practice since March 2020. A core group that came in two years ago entered with the knowledge of enjoyment that can be found in movement and exercise. They shared this with first-year teammates as an atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm filled the air during preparation for a competition with New Rochelle High School athletes on June 11 at the high school. Click on the flyer to learn how to show your support!

Isaac Young’s Debate Team Shines in Competition!


Isaac E. Young Middle School's founding Debate Team and coach Nicole Neto participated in their first debate competition last week – and excelled!


The competition was hosted virtually by the American Debate League and included more than 500 debaters from 10 states. The team debated whether the United States should promote the development of market-rate housing in urban neighborhoods. Over the course of three rounds, they argued both sides. Isaac Young students presented their cases and engaged in rebuttal and refutation, as well as cross-examination during which they questioned the opposing team.

Isaac Young students triumphantly earned a Middle School Team Award for finishing in fourth place out of 17 possible placements. In addition, sixth-grader Cameron Mack ranked within the top 10 middle-school speakers and earned a bronze medal.


The debate team thrived as thinkers, speakers, and leaders! When asked what it was like to represent the City School District of New Rochelle in the competition, Janeeta Latif said, "I now feel more confident to speak with better arguments and a stronger voice." Bronze-medal winner Cameron Mack exclaimed, "Join the debate team! You get to learn to argue with people for fun and respectfully!"

Photo, from left: Francesca Iacovino (grade 7), Janeeta Latif (grade 7), Katherine Kann (grade 6), Mia Barron (grade 6), Cameron Mack (grade 6). Not pictured: Naolin Concha (grade 7) and Amanda Galindo (grade 6).

School District Honored for Career-Program Participation


The City School District of New Rochelle will receive a 22-Year Leadership in Education Award May 26 from Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers, a nonprofit dedicated to the success of culturally diverse and economically challenged students who want to become educators. 

The school district has participated in the program for 22 years and is receiving the award for its long-term participation, leadership, and mentorship. The program recruits, mentors, and trains youth in middle school through college and helps paves the way for them to become successful future teachers and leaders. New Rochelle High School and Isaac E. Young Middle School participate in the program. Students middle school through college shadow teachers at different schools and are given tools to learn about the noble profession of teaching. New Rochelle High School House Principal Latoya Price is an alumna of the program. Learn more at


Middle School Communities:

Learn About Huguenot Academy

Huguenot Academy is settling into its new home at Monroe College, and now there are opportunities for New Rochelle’s middle-school communities to learn more about Huguenot!

Huguenot Academy, a program of New Rochelle High School, provides a relationship-based environment that enables students to thrive. Its academic model is based on individualized student support, smaller class sizes, and an emphasis on ensuring students are ready to “launch” after graduation. Students have full access to the high school’s extracurricular, athletic and all other programs. Click the flyer to learn more about next week’s programs.


New Home, New Labs:

Huguenot Students Explore Strawberry DNA

Huguenot Academy’s students, faculty, and staff are already maximizing the many educational amenities on . For instance, students this week extracted strawberry DNA in the new laboratory space. That was just one of many lessons and activities taking place at 140 Huguenot St.!


High School Teacher, Student Honored

Outstanding efforts at New Rochelle High School continue to be recognized, and honored, by outside organizations. Congratulations to:

English teacher Ana Ferreira (top photo) for receiving the William Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding secondary teachers who served as mentors and contributed to the education of current Monmouth University students. “Mrs. Ferreira was more than just a teacher,” said the nomination from a former student. “She cared about her students' success inside and outside of the classroom. She worked hard to make her classroom a safe space for every person, and a place where learning was exciting.” The selection committee was impressed by Ferreira’s creativity, commitment, and impact on students. She will attend a dinner and receive an award at Monmouth University.

Eileen Weisner, a 10th-grader, who received an Honorable Mention award for her project “Is There A Choice?” in the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center’s April Genocide Awareness Month Student Contest. Her project was recognized for its originality, creativity, and authenticity. A donation in Weisner’s name will be made to the Afya Foundation, currently supporting the Ukrainian medical community and refugees seeking aid.

60/60 Fitness Challenge: Get Involved Today!


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. 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.

The first in-person Employee Wellness Session was held last week at the Barnard Early Childhood Center, with LJW Fit providing a functional fitness session. Twenty-seven staff members had a great time, and additional schools will be participating. Watch Superintendent Jonathan Raymond's episode of “What Matters Most” with Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez, the City School District of New Rochelle Director of

Health & Physical Education:

Poetry Aplenty at High School


April was National Poetry Month, and at New Rochelle High School, that was an opportunity to inspire and aspire:

  • Celebrating Poetry: The Poetry Club hosted "Spring Out Loud," a celebration of poetry written by a diverse body of students. A standing-room-only crowd, including parents and families, heard 25 students share poems about new beginnings, coming of age, and rebirth. English teacher Olivia Thompson diligently worked hard to support her poets and the event, also attended by English teachers Paul Melamed and Kara Vicinelli. View videos here:
  • Poem in Your Pocket Day: For this national event, teachers met students at school entrances and distributed poems – more than 2,000 of them! Students read them while walking through hallways, aloud in class, and elsewhere. The team making it happen: Ana Ferreira, Gabriella Contreras, Christopher Keriazis (and his student representative), Lisa Marinaro, Janine Mercado, Olga Locke, Paul Melamed, Lakia Robinson, Kelsey Rogalewicz, and Kara Vicinelli.

Webster Festival Welcomes Spring


Daniel Webster Elementary School's PTA sponsored a Spring Festival on Saturday, May 14 – and the activities were plentiful! As examples, members of the New Rochelle Police Department talked with students about bike safety, there was a station with composting demonstrations, and the Westchester Land Trust made presentations on the importance of bees as pollinators. In addition, there were games, music, a craft station, yummy treats, a taco truck, and an ice cream truck. It was a family/community event, with fun had by all!

Davis STEM Festival Inspires Future Scientists


George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School hosted its inaugural STEM + Families Festival last week – but this was more than an event. It was a celebration for being one of 40 schools nationally and only five in New York State that received a grant from the Bayer Fund and the National PTA to hold such an event.

Almost 300 students attended the event, which was supported by the Davis PTA and more than 50 parent volunteers. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiments were led by Davis parents, and demonstrations were presented by Albert Leonard Middle School’s Lego Robotics Club, led by Stephen May, and the New Rochelle High School Robotics Club, led by Maria Walsh. Outside vendors, such as MakeInspires, offered an iPad coding tutorial and Greenburgh Nature Center representatives taught students about food-scrap recycling and composting.

The PTA envisions the science festival as an annual collaboration among district schools to celebrate the sciences and encourage more shared, hands-on science activities and experiments. “Since moving to New Rochelle, I’ve been immensely impressed with the science program at the high school and the talent of these young students,” said Jenna Dedic, a parent of a second-grader, leader of the event organizing committee and the writer of the grant application. “I wanted to find a way to help students have more hands-on activities outside of the classroom at a younger age. When Davis was awarded the grant, our PTA saw this as the push we needed to begin a new science endeavor that could become an annual tradition.”

“I had so much fun going around the gym and seeing all the different experiments, things I’ve only ever seen on TV but now I was able to be part of,” said second-grader Haley Plante.

The Davis PTA thanks all for participating, and especially shares its gratitude with parent and teacher volunteers who made the event a huge success. Thanks, as well, to Davis first-grade teacher David Bournas-Ney, who offered invaluable assistance.

Ward’s Book Fair: New Worlds, New Lessons


Books take readers on magical journeys, stimulate imaginations, and expand understandings of the world. Those are just a few of the inspirations for William B. Ward Elementary School’s Book Fair, held this week. The outdoor displays and opportunities to acquire books in a variety of genres provided exciting avenues of learning and exploration for students. Superintendent Jonathan Raymond stopped by during his ongoing visits to our schools and showcased one of the great reads available. The Ward PTA presents the event with the valued assistance of our school librarian, teachers, and parent volunteers. The PTA also ensures that every student in the school leaves the fair with a book.

Marine Biology Lessons and a Boat Ride for Albert Leonard Students


For Robert Ettlinger's eighth-grade biology students at Albert Leonard Middle School, a boat ride down the Norwalk River and a visit to the Maritime Aquarium provided hands-on exploration and lessons. While on the boat, students took samples from the river and examined them under a microscope – seeing, up close, plankton and infant barnacles. Students also touched rocks from the bottom of the sea, as well as shells and crabs. At the aquarium, lessons included dissecting a fish to study the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and viewing the numerous displays showcasing “residents” of the aquarium. To make the trip possible, a fundraiser that brought in $600 was held – and resulted in a day of fun and education.

Freaky Friday Fun Fascinates at Albert Leonard


It was a music-filled weekend at Albert Leonard Middle School when the Showbiz Kidz presented “Freaky Friday,” showcasing talents, enthusiasm, creativity, and more for terrific audiences! Check out the photos in these links!

Beautiful Music Fills the Springtime Air!


If it’s spring, it’s concert season! The talented students at Daniel Webster Elementary School (top photo) and Trinity Elementary School offered exceptional performances recently!

Day in Clay Immerses Elementary Students in Art, Culture


For Barnard Early Childhood Center and Jefferson Elementary School students, a “Day in Clay” was an opportunity to immerse themselves in how art and ceramic projects are created – and to learn from a New Rochelle High School and Davis Elementary School alumnus.

Cliff Mendelson created pottery on a wheel and taught students how vessels are designed. He also detailed artistic connections to various cultures and helped students appreciate the skill involved in making works of art. The interactive programs and hands-on demonstrations inspired students. Barnard students colored and drew illustrations of their clay pot. They also wrote about their experience and what they enjoyed about the program. Jefferson Elementary School students inscribed patterns and symbols on newly made vessels, using ancient sgraffito techniques. Each class contributed to a unique, collaborative piece representing a specific, cultural theme.


Field Day at Davis: Outdoor Excitement!

How great it is to enjoy the warm weather! At George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School, Field Day provided an opportunity to do just that. There were many activities, a ton of fun, and smiles everywhere! Check out these photos!


“Our Children, Our Artists” Exhibit at Public Library


The 39th annual “Our Children, Our Artists” exhibit continues at the New Rochelle Public Library, showcasing middle and high school artwork from May 20 through June 2. An opening ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 25 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Visit to learn more.

Students: Free Summer Program at Planet Fitness

To provide a place for teens to be active, Planet Fitness will open its doors for 14- to 19-year-olds to work out for free through Aug. 31. Planet Fitness hopes to help teens get moving and focus on their physical and mental well-being. To help motivate teens, Planet Fitness will award one $500 scholarship in each state and one $5,000 scholarship at the end of the summer. To sign up, visit or a Planet Fitness location.

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 20: Albert Leonard Middle School Spring Concert #2, 8 p.m.

Friday, May 20: Daniel Webster Elementary School Spring Concert, 8 p.m.

Friday, May 20: Barnard Early Childhood Center K-2 Field Day (rain date is May 26)

Monday, May 23: Trinity Elementary School PTA Meeting, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25: Columbus Elementary School PTA and the Principals Meeting, time TBD

Wednesday, May 25: New Rochelle High School Spring Jazz Concert, Linda E. Kelly Theater, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 26: New Rochelle High School Spring Jazz Concert, Linda E. Kelly Theater, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 26: Daniel Webster Elementary School Coffee with the Principal, 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 26: New Rochelle High School Spring Dance Concert, Whitney Young Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Internet Fee Discounts

Now Available


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

“Peter and the Wolf”

Shows, and More, in June


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. Register at

Pre-Kindergarten Seats Still Available


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


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 or click on the flyer to learn more.


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 for information, email or call (914) 654-2087.


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.

Shape Health Priorities Via County Survey

The Westchester County Department of Health requests participation in a survey to assess survey participants’ health and the health of their community. The anonymous survey seeks to identify the top health issues for Westchester residents, the most needed services, and obstacles that prevent access to care.

The survey also seeks to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of residents. Results will help drive the health department’s community service agenda for the next three years. Complete the survey at

High School Testing Schedule on Website

Looking for the schedule for Advanced Placement testing at New Rochelle High School? The school’s website, under the Events tab, provides a full list. Visit The schedule for June will be published next week.



A Tennis Champ, Wins at Meets, Playoffs, and More!

Congratulations to New Rochelle High School’s Emil Grantcharov on winning the Section One tennis championship on Wednesday at Harrison High School. He defeated the No. 1 seed, Jason Shuler from Scarsdale, 6-2, 7-6 (3), to defend his title. The senior won the tournament last year, defeating teammate Nick Suhanitski.

Grantcharov will head to the state tournament June 2-4 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. He will play next year at the University of Chicago.

Track and Field

At the Loucks Games at White Plains High School, New Rochelle High’s 4 x 100 relay team took first place in the Freshman-Sophomore Division. The team consisted of Nyah Rosado, Valentina Wallin, Alexis Smith, and Alivia Smith. The girls competed at the North Shore Invitational at North Shore High School in Glen Cove. Several earned medals:

  • First Place, Steeplechase: Kaitlin Casas
  • Second Place, Steeplechase: Rosie Palmer
  • First Place, Triple Jump: Nia Perry
  • First Place, Varsity 4 x 400 Relay: Kaela Godfrey, Valentina Wallin, Nyah Rosado, Aniya Jones
  • Third Place, 100 Hurdles: Malaya Lathan with a personal best, as well as a fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles
  • Third Place, 4 x 100 Relay: Eko Dodd-Brown, Jaelee Hewitt, Kylie Griffith, and Olivia Moxey
  • Second Place, 4 x 800 Relay: Kaitlyn Casas, Rosie Palmer, Mia Torres, and Ariel Esposito
  • Fourth Place, 3000: Ariel Esposito

The boys and girls track teams compete in the County Championships on Friday at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at John Jay Cross River High School at 9 a.m.


Sectional Playoff Games Today

  • Varsity Softball vs. Clarkstown South (Home), 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse at North Rockland, 4:30 p.m.

Congratulations to all!

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