February 2019
Focus on Learning
Human Library Returns to Pawling
Some 200 people listened to the stories of 70 Human Books during the Third Annual Human Library, which was co-sponsored by the Pawling Library and the Pawling Central School District on Feb. 19.

“The goals of the day are to: Share the diversity of Pawling and the Hudson Valley in a context in which everyone's story is valued; strengthen the already strong ties between school and community; and support educators' efforts to offer authentic, real-world learning experiences for our students,” said Kim Fontana, assistant superintendent for instruction.

The stories were as varied as the speakers, with topics ranging from tours in Iraq to traveling on a budget to creating arts experiences for teens.

Potential cures for cancer, the detriments of multitasking, what makes toe shoes tick, animals, and art were all part of the Pawling Middle School STEAM Fair on Feb. 13. Held in the Pawling MIddle School Gymnasium, the event focused on projects that were based on individual investigation or the scientific model.

Pawling Central School District in the News
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Terrific Tigers
Stone Soup Community Fest
Some 200 students and their families participated in this year’s Stone Soup Community Fest at Pawling Middle School on Feb. 8. Families were able to join in a variety of events including cupcake decorating, yoga, dance and legos followed by a Stone Soup feast and a live performance of Stone Soup, as the story was read aloud.

The event was created based on the old folk tale, Stone Soup. In the tale, strangers visit a town, which is reluctant to help them, even though they are hungry. The strangers create a “stone soup” asking villagers to add just a little something each to make the soup taste better. In the end, the entire village has learned about the importance of sharing, as they all come together to join in the feast.

Event coordinator Joan Roberts, who serves as data coordinator in the district, calls Stone Soup Community Fest, “An evening of fun workshops where students, parents and community members come together to explore shared interests.” She adds, “The event would not be possible without the talented workshop hosts who so generously share their time and talents as well as the support of the Pawling school district.”

World Read Aloud Day
Pawling Elementary School celebrated "World Read Aloud Day" on Feb. 1. Special guests visited to read to various classes, and students buddied up to read to each other throughout the day. 
Sports Roundup
Varsity basketball finished the regular season 8-12, losing a very competitive sectional game to Palisades Prep. Senior Brian Beehler had an excellent senior season receiving All-League honors. Many players contributed to upset wins over Haldane and North Salem.

“The team was in just about every game,” says coach Jason Kuhlmann. “A big accomplishment considering that five of our players are freshmen and sophomores. The success of our season is not reflected in our record but it was visible in the way our athletes competed and carried themselves.”
Boys 4x400 ran a season’s best of 3:35.34 at the Section 1 State Qualifier Meet. Placing 4th in the finals.

Pawling had two team members qualify in the Section 1 State Qualifier Meet: Junior Morgan McCarthy in the 600 meters and 8th grader Julianne Hickey in the 55 meter hurdles and the high jump.
Left to right: Noah Brightman, Jack Hickey, Elijah Batista and Garrett Watkins.
Junior Morgan McCarthy (left) and eighth-grader Julianne Hickey.
Senior Night
Carmine Pedoto
Ruben Velazquez
Zach Smith
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Upcoming Events
  • Winter Sports Awards, Friday, March 8
  • Wonderful Wellness Day, Saturday, March 9, 1-4 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Information Night, Tuesday, March 19
  • Freaky Friday. Performances: Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Spring Break, April 15-19 NO SCHOOL
  • Superintendent’s Conference Day, April 22 NO SCHOOL
  • Budget Vote, Tuesday, May 21