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May 5, 2022

Science Stars Soar!

New Rochelle Takes Home

The Most Tri County Fair Awards

Which school district won the most awards at the Tri County Science and Technology Virtual Fair? The City School District of New Rochelle!


And Albert Leonard Middle School students won the most awards in the middle school division!

Congratulations to all the winners in the competition, organized by the Putnam Children’s Discovery Center, Inc. and the Westchester section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State.

"Our young scientists from all over the district came together to demonstrate their outstanding passion for science and excellent research," said Jeff Wuebber, a New Rochelle High School science teacher and director of the high school’s Science Research Program. "The future of science in New Rochelle is bright with stars like these among us!"

The honorees:


Suwaida Lawal

Elementary School Division

Daniel Webster Elementary School: Alyssa Nask and Yuneeb Uzun, Excellent Achievement In Chemistry

Trinity Elementary School: Adrian Abreu, Excellent Achievement In Earth and Space Science; Suwaida Lawal, Excellent Achievement In Earth and Space Science. “My research was about leap years; what they are, and why we have them,” Lawal said. The win “feels amazing and I'm elated and humbled. It is very exciting. I would like to continue this research in the future to understand the trends in instances where the leap years are eight (exceptions) rather than four (the norm).”

Jefferson Elementary School: Rawan Abdelqader, Excellent Achievement In Engineering & Technology

Middle School Division

Albert Leonard Middle School

Noah Rosencrantz, first place in Engineering and Technology for his research into determining the characteristics of an aerodynamic shape. “I was honored and excited to win this award and I was also happy for my fellow scientists at Albert Leonard Middle School because our school won the top performing middle school in the competition,” said Rosencrantz, who thanked his mentor and sister, Ariel, for teaching him how to present his research at Tri County. “I would like to continue similar research in the field of engineering and technology and hope to do this in the near future as part of the Science Research program at New Rochelle High School.”

Lia Seelenfreund, second place in Chemistry

Scarlett Hartzman, first place in Psychology

Emily Rossi, second place in Psychology

Cory Seelenfreund, second place in Math and Computers


Noah Rosencrantz

Daniel Webster Elementary School

Eliana Johnson, third place in Chemistry (per contest rules, fifth-graders compete in the middle-school division)


Susan Schaell Handelman Award for Scholastic Excellence in Science & Technology for the Top Performing Middle School: Albert Leonard Middle School

Broadcom Masters Nominee: Noah Rosencrantz, Albert Leonard Middle School (Broadcom Masters is the nation’s premier middle-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, competition for students in grades 6-8.)

Broadcom Masters Alternates: Lia Seelenfreund and Scarlett Hartzman, Albert Leonard Middle School

Judge Edith Miller Excellence in Education Award for Top-Scoring Middle-School Project: Noah Rosencrantz, Albert Leonard Middle School


High School Division

Dylan Sadow, second place in Clinical Psychology. “It was a great accomplishment to have my research recognized at Tri County and to know that others found my research interesting,” said Sadow, whose research analyzed a previous virtual treatment for substance addiction to determine the presence of dose response, and to see if an increase in the number of virtual modules would result in less drug use. “I am excited to continue my research with the Mount Sinai Addiction Institute this summer. Instead of conducting data analysis on a previous study, I will be analyzing a new type of addiction treatment. This will be a great opportunity to conduct research from a different angle.”

Ariel Rosencrantz, second place in Physiological & Experimental Psychology

Elena Adams, second place in Physiological & Experimental Psychology

Congratulations again! Learn more at

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Daniel Webster Elementary School honorees, from left: Yuneeb Uzun and Eliana Johnson. Alyssa Nask was absent.

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New Rochelle High School honorees, from left: Dylan Sadow, Ariel Rosencrantz, and Elena Adams

Four High School Students Named My Brother’s Keeper Fellows


Four New Rochelle High School students have been inducted as New York State Education Department My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Fellows. The four were identified as leaders in our community. As Fellows, they will have mentorship opportunities in government, education, and business. My Brother’s Keeper helps boys and young men of color — and all students — realize their full potential. Congratulations to Hector Jesus Suarez, Juan Barajas, Ezekiel Ankrah, and, Stephen Philippeau, shown from left in the photo!

Each Fellow will be matched with a mentor from a New York State My Brother’s Keeper Community Network partner and given a fellowship opportunity. Each Fellow will also be required to develop and execute a service project related to a program initiative, such as:

  • Ensuring equitable access to high-quality schools and programs
  • Expanding prevention, early warning, and intervention services
  • Responding to structural and institutional racism, or
  • Engaging families and communities in a trusted and respectful way.

Congratulations again!


A Hearty Thank You to Our Teachers!

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and the City School District of New Rochelle extends its deep gratitude to our talented teachers for their expertise and dedication to our students! Our teachers do far more than provide high-quality instruction – they shape lives by providing crucial support for the whole child, including socially and emotionally. This mentorship and powerful level of care put students on track to be college-ready, career-ready, and life-ready.

Superintendent Jonathan Raymond frequently speaks of his admiration for our teachers. Check out a video of his recent visit to Columbus Elementary School, where he provides a well-earned shout-out to teacher Tricia Attanasio, and all teachers across our schools!

Few Comments During Public Hearing on Proposed Budget 

A public hearing on the City School District of New Rochelle proposed budget for 2022-2023 drew four speakers Tuesday. Voters will cast ballots on the $298,760,957 operating budget on Tuesday, May 17, when they also will elect two members of the Board of Education. Voters will also vote on the public library budget and elect a member to the library board.

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, 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.

Meet the Board of Education Candidates


Adam Cooper

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David Peters

Three candidates are running for two seats on the New Rochelle Board of Education. Biographies in alphabetical order are below. There will be a community forum May 9, presented by the NAACP, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. More information: Minister Mark McLean,

Adam Cooper

Adam Cooper has spent the last year as a member of the Board of Education for New Rochelle.

As a parent of two children in the school district (one at Daniel Webster Elementary School and one at New Rochelle High School), former President of the William B. Ward Elementary School PTA and member of the PTA Council, Cooper has dedicated himself to serving the community through his involvement as a parent. That involvement has given Cooper a unique perspective as well as an understanding of some key areas of focus from teachers, administrators, and parents.

Cooper is committed to uniting the community and ensuring that school district leadership is focusing on all students and supporting their academic, social, emotional, and technological needs. He is a supporter of technology and arts programs, and is working to broaden access to keystone programs such as PAVE (Performing and Visual Arts Education) and Advanced Placement classes.

Cooper is running for a full term on the Board of Education, and is looking forward to continuing the work started this past year on unfinished learning, social-emotional support, expanding access to technology for students and staff, and providing a safe and secure learning environment.

Stephen Mayo

Stephen Mayo is a master communicator, currently serving as host for the WVOX Radio 1460 AM “The Steve Mayo Show,” covering Westchester and New Rochelle government and business affairs. Mayo has hosted the show since 1999; past shows and podcasts can be found at

Mayo is also an editorialist at the Westchester Guardian, Yonkers Tribune, Westchester Rising newspapers and Talk of the Sound web log, a role which he has held since 2012. Additionally, he is a public relations operative for good government, smart-growth policies, and fair redistricting.

Furthermore, Mayo is an attorney with real-world experience in business, labor, patents, and commercial relations. He wrote union, employment, and representative contracts. Mayo is a member of the New York State 18B Panel for the representation of indigents charged with crimes/misdemeanors, and a member of the New York State Bar since 1979.

Mayo is a seasoned executive who ran an international company for 25 years, leading design, creation, manufacturing, logistics, and the distribution of unique products for home, office, industrial, and consumer markets. He has served and continues to serve on a variety of business and civic boards of directors.

David Peters

David Peters is a graduate of New Rochelle High School and has three grandchildren in the district. He currently serves on the school district’s Covid Advisory Committee as well as the boards of Westchester Community Opportunity Program (WestCop) and the United Community Center of Westchester (UCCW).

Peters is a social worker with more than 25 years of experience, leading statewide executive and organizational initiatives in child welfare, juvenile justice, education, racial equity and mental health systems. He currently consults with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, training newly hired staff in investigation strategies, racial equity, and cultural competence. In 2018, Peters was honored with the Social Justice award for Westchester County as well as the “Champion of Social Justice Award” from the National Association of Social Workers – New York State Chapter.

Peters facilitated a district-wide healing circle and has worked with numerous organizations, including New Rochelle’s Youth-Police Initiative, to improve relationships between the police and youth who live in the communities they serve.

Information for Voters:

School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election May 17

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
  • 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.

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. To determine where you vote, visit

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: Central Administration (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)

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. If the application requests the absentee ballot be mailed, the application must be received by the district clerk not later than seven days before the election for which the absentee ballot is sought. Otherwise, the application may be personally delivered to the district clerk not later than the day before the election. Applications may not be submitted more than 30 days prior to the election. 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.

Multi-Pronged High School Programs Support Students’ Development


New Rochelle High School has several programs in place to support social and emotional learning and to help students recover unfinished learning, school leaders told the Board of Education Tuesday.

Principal Dr. Dagoberto Artiles, in the photo, and Interim Assistant Principal Zahida Aminy described a range of initiatives, as well as safety nets, to advance student achievement.


Aminy said social and emotional learning initiatives focus on developing a positive identity, managing emotions, making smart decisions, and finding appropriate outlets to navigate challenges. The school has created a Wellness Committee comprised of teachers, counselors, and administrators that soon will add students. Efforts focus on mindfulness activities and ensuring a safe and supportive environment where trust is built and students feel heard. Examples include the Restorative Circles program, which helps inspire self-reflection and responsibility while cultivating stronger, healthier relationships and building community. Power of Peace workshops, Aminy said, help students feel understood, connected, and empowered.


Artiles said data are used to identify focus areas to help students conquer unfinished learning. For instance, ninth- and 10th-graders’ literacy skills are studied to identify opportunities to help the expression and development of themes and central ideas. For 11th-graders, gauges measure how written narratives are explicitly understood, as well as what inferences are drawn from the text. Math initiatives include small-group instruction, as well as the launch of a summer algebra institute for eighth-graders and a math lab pilot.


Also during the Board of Education meeting:

  • Trinity Elementary School Principal Michael Hilderbrand, in the photo, was granted tenure by the Board of Education. Superintendent Jonathan Raymond praised Hilderbrand, calling him a “tremendous educator.” “You are a superhero,” he said.
  • New Rochelle High School students provided reports on the bounty of activities fellow students are involved in. Brian Penn, recently named the New Rochelle Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, detailed how he shadowed New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. Frankie Madrid discussed his excitement in being Superintendent for a Day. Vianney Godinez shared experiences with the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.
  • Raymond announced that Huguenot Academy has received local fire department and city approvals for its next location on the Monroe College campus at 140 Huguenot St. He said that final work to ready the space for students continues.
  • The New Rochelle High School Jazz Band performed for the in-person and Zoom audience.
Tutor.ComLogo.png Zoom Forum Educates Community

on Benefits, Safety; Video Replay Available, a free resource available to City School District of New Rochelle students, has proven to be an essential tool to advance student achievement. Approximately 65 people attended a Zoom forum May 3 to learn more about its vast benefits and rigorous safety protocols.

The Zoom was hosted by Executive Principal John Barnes, City School District of New Rochelle Director of Family and Community Engagement Edward Castro, and Senior Director of Customer Success for Kara Hall.  

“This service is available 24/7, 361 days a year, free of charge, to all of our district scholars,” said Barnes, noting holidays on July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. “ enables our students to self-advocate when they need assistance, without having to do more than a click or two to join a live session.”


Students access by signing into their school district devices, accessing Launchpad, and clicking Students on a non-district devices sign into Launchpad ( first, then click the icon. helps students in a variety of areas, including math, English, writing, history, Spanish, French, German, Italian, writing, note-taking and more. Each session is recorded and available for students to watch again. “Students have the ability to rate the service,” said Hall. “Typically, they rate it a 4.5 out of 5 or higher.”

Forum attendees were assured that never shares student information with the tutor or third parties, and that all tutors are subject-matter experts who undergo rigorous background checks and certifications.

The response to the webinar was overwhelmingly positive. Among the feedback:

  • “My daughter will be using this tutoring program for the first time this week. Thank you for answering my questions.”
  • “My son tried the program just after spring break for math. It was nice. I plan to have him use it for science also.”
  • “It is important to know this is a safe program for our scholars to use. I feel better now that we had this meeting.”

View the Zoom video:, access passcode: SFKG@%12. For more information, email Executive Principal John Barnes at

New Name for Summer Learning Program

Summer Stars!

That’s the new name of the City School District of New Rochelle’s summer education program. The name, suggested by Jefferson Elementary School fifth-grader Maximiliano Vivaldo, was the overwhelming choice in a survey of students in grade two through eight, and was one of 160 suggestions received.

Superintendent Jonathan Raymond announced the new name at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. He said that Vivaldo’s submission encouraged use of the name with this note: “In summer, we should do fun stuff.”

Families will receive emails regarding summer learning and employment opportunities.

Fitness, Fun: 60/60 Challenge Underway


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. Students are encouraged to participate and be active with their families.

“Families that exercise together and develop that habit usually grow healthier together,” said Rodriguez-Gonzalez. The pandemic has also taught students, parents, and faculty the importance of coping with stress and difficult situations. Rodriguez-Gonzalez said, “When we think about a stressful situation, exercise gives us the ability to cope both physically, mentally, and even socially.”

Workshops will be held for teachers and the PTA, a new list of 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 here:

#NewRoPride – and #CollegePride!


Tuesday was College Day at New Rochelle High School, and seniors proudly wore gear for colleges they’ll be attending in the fall! Graduation is less than two months away; congratulations to all on the next step! Check out a gallery of photos:

Trinity Elementary School Principal Hilderbrand Featured in Mural


If you’re walking around downtown New Rochelle, you may see a familiar face on the Modera Building at 111 Centre Ave.: Trinity Elementary School’s principal, Michael Hilderbrand, is featured with his son in one of the new murals created by one of the world’s leading street artists for the May 1 Art Walk and Mural Fest. Curated by Street Art for Mankind in collaboration with the City of New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, the murals reflect the creativity and diversity of the city.

The building features five panels with murals of different sizes by artist Cristian Blanxer from Spain, who uses an Instagram style in this installation, titled “People and Places.” It focuses on the diverse and rich background of the people that make New Rochelle special. Blanxer’s iconic work is featured in galleries and on walls around the world. You can see his work on Instagram at @cristianblanxer. Superintendent Jonathan Raymond visited the mural this week; view his video at

Webster Students Meet Holocaust Survivor


April 28 was Holocaust Remembrance Day, known as Yom HaShoah, and some Daniel Webster Elementary School students last week took an educational trip into history, and New York City, to learn more.

After reading the memoir “Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust” by Elly Berkovits Gross, Kerry Ann Reeves’ students were one of three classes from schools in New York that received a special invitation from Scholastic Inc. and the Museum of Jewish Heritage to honor the author.

Reeves moderated a question-and-answer session, asking questions such as "What inspired you to write this book? What advice do you have for children now? When you were in the camp, what gave you the will to live?” Students then participated in a writing activity in which they described what portion of the program impacted them most, and what message they wanted to share with Berkovits Gross. In her remarks, Berkovits Gross encouraged students to "honor your parents and their teachers. Be good to others, be kind and try to be the best student and children that you can be."

The indoor group photo shows students with Elly Berkovits Gross and Traci Swain, author and Scholastic producer.

Suds, Soap, and Stars: Car Wash Supports Baseball Team


Congratulations to the New Rochelle High School baseball team on its successful car wash fundraiser last weekend. Proceeds were used to defray costs for the team’s recent spring-recess trip to Florida to train at the Florida Coast Spring Training facility. The facility has eight beautiful baseball fields and a staff of coaches and administrators that give the players an amazing experience, practicing, scrimmaging and playing baseball under the sun. Thanks to George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School, where the team plays home games, for hosting the event!

Great Outings for Track, Lacrosse and Baseball Teams

The boys and girls varsity track teams competed at the Tiger Relays, hosted by Kingston High School, on Saturday, April 30. The girls took second place in the varsity meet and third place in the freshman/sophomore meet. The boys took fifth place in the varsity meet and eighth in the freshman/sophomore meet. Notable accomplishments were:

  • 2K Steeplechase: Kaitlyn Casas won the event and also placed seventh in the 1500M.
  • 100M Hurdles: Malaya Lathan 2nd Place. Malaya also was 4th in the 400M Hurdles and 3rd in the Long Jump and 5th in the Triple Jump.
  • 100M Hurdles: Eko Dodd-Brown took fourth and also placed third in the 400M Hurdles and fourth in the High Jump. 
  • Rosie Palmer won the 2K Steeplechase in the freshman/sophomore meet.
  • Sabiha Dodd-Brown took first place in the Javelin.
  • Kylie Griffin had her personal best in the Triple Jump, where she placed second.
  • Relay teams did extremely well. The 4 x 100 (Eko Dodd-Brown, Jaelee Hewitt, Kylie Griffith, and Jordan Etheridge) and 4 x 400 (Kylie Griffith, Aniya Jones, Kaitlyn Casas, and Jordan Etheridge) teams won the event and the 4 x 200 team (Kylie Griffith, Aniya Jones, Jaelee Hewitt, and Jordan Etheridge) placed second.

On the boys’ side:

  • Isaac Maiese took first place in the 2K Steeplechase in the freshman/sophomore meet.
  • Giovanni Wellington took third in the Shot Put and sixth in the Javelin.
  • George Aine won the Long Jump with a leap of 20' 6", outdistancing the second-place finisher by almost 2 feet! Oscar Jackson placed seventh in this event.
  • Our relay teams did very well. The 4 x 100 team (Sean Santiago, Jabari Clarke, Chris Maple-Ellis, and Kaique Braga) won their event. The 4 x 200 team (Sean Santiago, Kaique Braga, Isaiah Lewis, and Jabari Clarke) took second and the Distance Medley Relay Team (Victor Garcia-Gallet, Omar Smith, Isaac Maiese, and Damian Capistran), which consists of distances of 1200M, 400M, 800M and 1600M, placed third.


Congratulations to the teams on a great day.


Girls Lacrosse

On Wednesday, May 4, the girls varsity lacrosse team hosted Eastchester and celebrated Senior Day. The Huguenots prevailed by a score of 17-11. Leading the way were Emma Patera with a goal and three assists; Grace Glennon with a goal; Grace Swift with three goals; Anna Ruggiero with two goals; Piper Genkin with three goals and two assists; Sydney Middlesworth with three goals and two assists; Kali Swift with four goals and two assists; Abi Salov with her first goal of the season after returning from an injury; and an outstanding performance by goalie Lexie Gocmen, who had 16 saves. Congratulations to our senior members of the team: Co-Captains Sydney Middlesworth, Claudia Goncalves, Abi Salov, and Kali Swift; Alexa Cicio, Nash Valencia, Leyla Selman, Izzy Bradbury, Katelyn Perez, Magnolia Bouhlev, Mary Gotsch, and Jessica Schlamkowitz. Thanks for four great years; you will be missed!


Congratulations to the varsity baseball team on its come-from-behind 7-6 victory in nine innings over perennial power Mamaroneck. Ethan Richmond went 2 for 3 and got the win in relief. Luke Cinquemani knocked in the tying run in the ninth inning and later scored what became the winning run on a Mamaroneck error. 

This year, the New Rochelle High School varsity baseball team and junior varsity softball teams competed in the annual Cecere Classic. The Classic is a day of baseball and softball hosted by Eastchester High School to honor the memory of its former Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach, Dom Cecere. Coach Cecere won over 700 games during his coaching career, but more importantly touched the lives of so many people with his leadership and guidance. He is remembered for his sportsmanship and ability to make everyone around him feel great about themselves. Current New Rochelle Baseball Head Coach Pete Annunziata played for Dom Cecere at Eastchester High in 1983 and 1984 and the team has participated in the Classic since its inception. This year, New Rochelle defeated Eastchester, led by Ethan Richmond who had three hits, including a home run. All proceeds from the classic go to the "Play for 10" Foundation, which provides scholarships to student/athletes. We thank Eastchester for hosting and we thank the organizers of the classic, John Doherty, Giancarlo DiPrima and the Cecere family. We hope to continue the tradition for many years to come.

Spring Athletes Show that Huguenot Spirit!


Here are some photos from this week in Huguenot sports, taken by Superintendent Jonathan Raymond during his travels around the school district! More sports news is below.

Visionaries at Trinity Make Fashion Splash – with Trash!

Plastic pollution? Trash? At Trinity Elementary School, those global problems are an opportunity for fourth-graders to come up with creative solutions.

One of them? Last week’s Third Annual Trashion Fashion Challenge, in which wearable fashion creations were engineered and showcased as a learning opportunity.

Through videos, articles, and discussion, the fourth-graders have been studying plastic pollution and its detrimental environmental impact. They read the book “One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia” by Miranda Paul, a true story about a woman who found a way to ease her village’s plastic pollution problem. They also learned about the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, as well as upcycling -- reusing items for a new purpose so that trash doesn’t end up in landfills.

That’s when ingenuity took over. Students, as part of an optional assignment, created clothing and accessories for the Trashion Fashion Challenge. Using 100% repurposed trash or recyclables, they showed off their handiwork during an auditorium presentation and maximized opportunities to explain their ingenuity. Check out the photos for some samples!


Mobile Food Pantry Returns on May 11

Thousands of New Rochelle community members have benefited from the Mobile Food Pantry, which returns to Isaac E. Young Middle School on Wednesday, May 11 from 4-5 p.m. All are welcome.

There’s a direct connection between students’ success and the availability of consistent food and nutrition. That’s why the City School District of New Rochelle’s Pupil Personnel Services Department and Feeding Westchester team up to sponsor the Mobile Food Pantry, providing assistance and healthy options. Click the image for more information.

At Columbus, a Food Pantry, Workshops, and Community Outreach


As COVID guidelines lift, Columbus Elementary School is welcoming back families to school in a big way. The Clinicians Team hosts two monthly parent meetings: "Columbus Cares," where different partners hold workshops, and "Coffee with Clinicians," an open forum for families and the team to dialogue. In addition to these meetings, twice each month Columbus hosts a Food Pantry. Beginning this week, Principal Michael Galland scheduled the Food Pantry to align with the workshops, and Superintendent Jonathan Raymond attended as well.

This week, over 100 families participated in the Food Pantry - a partnership with Feeding Westchester. Pantry items included frozen chicken, canned goods, macaroni and cheese, and bread. Each person was also given a COVID-19 Rapid-Result Test. After the pantry, 25 families stayed to participate in the Columbus Cares workshop featuring Open Door Family Medical Center. They learned about affordable medical services for families, regardless of insurance.  

Creativity on Display: Poetry Out Loud Returns May 16


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

Trinity Elementary Students Welcome New Book-Vending Machine


Fridays just got even more exciting for Trinity Elementary School students, as April 29 marked the first day they could get great books from the school’s new book-vending machine.

The Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine, purchased by the Trinity PTA, promotes literature and reading, and encourages and recognizes positive student behavior. Literacy coach Annlenore Zalenski stocked the machine with engaging books in a variety of genres to further the school’s mission and philosophy and foster a love of learning.

Students earn PAWS tickets for exhibiting their 3Rs: Being Respectful, Responsible and Ready to Learn. These tickets go into a grade-level bin, and one student per grade is chosen at random each week as a winner. Now, in addition to receiving a medal and a mention in the Friday morning announcements, winners will also receive a token that entitles them to a book. Board of Education member William Iannuzzi and several PTA members were present for the ribbon-cutting and handed out tokens to the six PAWS winners for the week.

A Great Springfest at Albert Leonard!

Albert Leonard Middle School's Springfest, featuring a lot of fun activities, is always a hit! Check out the photos!


Upcoming Events

Friday, May 6: Albert Leonard Middle School Spring Concert, 8 p.m.

Friday, May 6: William B. Ward Elementary School Popcorn Friday and Spirit Day, all day

Saturday, May 7: Barnard Early Childhood Center Mother’s Day Plant Sale, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Saturday, May 7: Barnard Early Childhood Center Alumni Celebration, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 10: George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School PTA Meeting

Tuesday, May 10: Board of Education meeting, City Hall, 515 North Ave., executive session 6 p.m., reconvened public meeting 7 p.m.

Attention Juniors: Scholarship Available

The New Rochelle Council of Community Services is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a New Rochelle High School/Huguenot Academy junior with limited resources to further his or her education, either through college, technical school, or vocational training. Students are encouraged to apply; deadline is May 6.

The funds can be used for any acceptable education expense, such as purchasing a computer or school supplies, paying a college application fee, travel costs to visit a college, or tuition, for instance. In addition, being a scholarship winner is a benefit when applying to colleges.

To apply, download the application.

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Public Library Events


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

  • Educator Kim Block, founder of “Building Blocks,” is back at the Main Library May 11 at 4:30 p.m. for a workshop to promote literacy. 
  • 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. Children ages 6-12. Main Library. Saturdays through May 14. Free. No registration needed.

17 Vaccinated at Ward Clinic


Vaccinations continue to be the top technique to keep our community safe from COVID-19, and Friday’s vaccination clinic at William B. Ward Elementary School drew a crowd. Thirteen children and four adults received vaccinations. This include 11 who received a second dose, four booster shots, and two who received a first dose. Information about potential upcoming clinics will be announced as appropriate. The photo is from a recent vaccination clinic at Ward.

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

Community Resource Night on May 11

Provides Parents with Advocacy


New Rochelle High School’s Parents Academy is opening its Community Resource Night to the entire community.

The May 11 event starts at 6:30 p.m. in the rotunda at the high school. Registration is not required. More than 20 community agencies will explain their services, how they benefit the community, and parents’ rights. There will be a presentation by members of Student Advocacy. These attorneys and former teachers help families resolve issues that include academic performance and disciplinary concerns, and issues related to special education or getting in or returning to school. Click the flyer to learn more.


“Peter and the Wolf”

Shows at High School in June

Get set for performances of the classic “Peter and the Wolf” at New Rochelle High School June 3 and 4. The shows are presented by the Coleman School of Dance, with support from Arts Westchester. The shows are free, but attendees are asked to register at, where they can learn more.


Say “Thanks, Mom!” at Saturday Event

Celebrate Mom at HOPE Community Services’ Mother’s Day Celebration on Saturday. Fun festivities are in store! Learn more by clicking on the flyer.


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.

Sports Schedule

All game schedules can be found on Schedule Galaxy at

Friday, May 6

Varsity Baseball vs. White Plains (Away), 4:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity Baseball vs. White Plains (Home - George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School), 4:30 p.m.

Varsity Softball vs. Mt. Vernon (Home), 4:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity Softball vs. Mt. Vernon (Away), 4:30 p.m. (bus at 3:30 p.m.)

Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. White Plains (Away), 6 p.m. (bus at 4 p.m.)

Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse vs. Scarsdale (Away), (bus at 3:45 p.m.)

Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Scarsdale (Away), 7 p.m. (bus at 5 p.m.)

Boys/Girls Varsity Track - Somers Lions Invitational @ Somers High School, 4 p.m. (two buses at 2:30 p.m.)

Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Horace Greeley (Home), 4:30 p.m.

Boys Junior Varsity Tennis vs. H. Greeley (Away), 4:30 p.m. (van at 3:30 p.m.)

Varsity Rugby vs. Dwight (Home - Front Field), 5 p.m.

7-8 Boys Lacrosse vs. Port Chester (Home - Albert Leonard Middle School), 4:30 p.m.

7-8 Track vs. Mamaroneck (Home - McKenna Field) 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 7

Boys/Girls Track - Somers Lions Invitational (Away - Somers High School), 9:30 a.m. (two buses at 8 a.m.)

Varsity Softball vs. Somers (Away - Van Tassel Field), 4 p.m. (bus at 2 p.m.)

Fall Sports Season 2022

The fall sports season for the high school teams will begin on Monday, Aug. 22. Sports offered are:

  • Boys Soccer - Varsity, Junior Varsity 'A', Junior Varsity 'B'
  • Girls Soccer - Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country
  • Girls Varsity Swimming
  • Girls Tennis - Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Girls Volleyball - Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Football - Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman
  • Cheerleading - Varsity, Junior Varsity

Registration on FamilyID will open on July 24.


If you have any questions, please contact the Athletic Department at (914) 576-4586.

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