March/April 2020
From the Desk of the Superintendent

The video below was created by Brian Ostyn, high school English teacher and curriculum leader. It expresses better than I ever could how grateful for and connected to our Pawling Central School District community we feel. Thank you, Mr. Ostyn and many thanks also to the community of families, students, and staff that supports us.

Kim Fontana, Superintendent of Schools

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Pawling pupils and their pals featured on the newly-created Coronavirus District Updates page on the District's website highlights distance learning. Students have been sending in pictures of them with their pets, siblings, and virtual friends.  
Faces of PCSD
Yvette Rivera, Guidance Aide, PES, PMS

Yvette Rivera, guidance aide at both the elementary and middle schools since 2018, provides administrative support in numerous ways including handling student enrollment records, report cards and kindergarten registration.

Grateful for the opportunity to always learn new things, Mrs. Rivera says, “ What I like most about my job is that I use so many different software/database products to get my work done. And everyone is so very nice here.” A resident of Pawling for more than 15 years, Mrs. Rivera adds she, her husband and her daughter love Pawling.

In the past, she served as a human resources manager for a variety of employers. Most recently, she was an accounts payable clerk for East of Hudson Watershed Corporation. Mrs. Rvera earned her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook.
Sharnee Morales-Kelly, social worker

Sharnee Morales-Kelly has been a social worker in the District since 2011. “I love working directly with my students, whether it is ongoing counseling, crisis intervention or working with students on a particular need. I also love being able to connect the parents of our students to needed resources within the community.”
Before coming to Pawling, Ms. Morales-Kelly worked for the Institute for Family Health for four years. She also worked in the healthcare field for a number of years. She is a graduate of Adelphi University and earned her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.
The mother of three, Ms. Morales-Kelly enjoys spending time with her family. She says she enjoys cooking, singing, dancing and traveling the world.
Kaitlin Scanlon, fourth grade teacher

Kaitlin Scanlon, fourth grade teacher, has been teaching in Pawling for six years. Before teaching, she was a technical writer.
“I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and feel so lucky to share this experience with children everyday as we learn to navigate and appreciate our world,” she says. “Helping students find joy in learning, community and even challenge, is what I am most passionate about.”
Mrs. Scanlon is a graduate of Siena College and studied Literacy and Special Education at the University at Albany and French Immersion at Laval University in Québec.
Recently married, Mrs. Scanlon says she enjoys time outside hiking, gardening and observing nature. She also likes reading, writing and cooking. “Oh, and did I mention that I love cats?”
Focus on Learning
Math Teams Score at Competition in Early March
Pawling Math Team A and Team B competed at Vassar College against teams from 12 schools in Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan and Orange counties on March 11. Team A consisting of Michael Bai, Ditte Isak, Lauren Sullivan, Chris Schmidt and Matthew Larrocchia, scored ten points and correctly answered the relay question. Team B, consisting of Aiden Oliva, Christopher Reynolds, Robert Leske, Keegan Lewick, Hayden Housen and Ananaya Govindarajan, scored 13 points overall.
Terrific Tigers
Mock Trial team named champions in Dutchess
The Pawling Mock Trial team has been named Dutchess County Champions for the 2019-2020 season after a shortened competition season due to school closures. The team was 20 points ahead when the season ended. Pictured are co-advisors Mrs. Horn and Mrs. Pritchard, and students Robert Leske, Ananya Govindarajan, Julia Zoeller, Ditte Isak, Emily Barrett, Jack Barrett, Cary Keesler, Catherine Robohn and McKay Clark. Not pictured but vital team members are Avi Kumar, Emily Farquhar, Grace Lena and Lauren Radicchi.
Ice Hockey 


The Ice Hockey team finished the season with a 9 – 9 – 2 record. The team moved on to the sectional tournament for the first time in five years. The team finished the season during the sectional tournament against Pelham.

Pawling Youth Hockey
Pawling Youth Hockey (PYH) and the Pawling varsity ice team have partnered up for a number of years. In fact, many of those now on the varsity actually have been playing since they were mites.

The Sippy Cup Challenge has been a highlight/tradition of the PYH mites and Pawling High School varsity team for the last six years. The mites, five and six year olds, participate in hockey skill drills with the high school players and have a fun scrimmage.

This year Pawling Youth Hockey reached out to all of the varsity players to help at the Ranger Learn-to-Skate practices, which ran from October to March. Many of the high school players took advantage of the extra ice time to help Pawling’s youngest skaters. Paddy Irwin, Luke Geiger, Adam Evans (Dover), James Snyder (Lourdes), Quinn Clowry and Jon Barnett all volunteered their time during the season.

Pawling Youth Hockey also awards scholarships to PHS senior varsity hockey players at the end of the season.
Winter Round Up

Track and Field
Indoor Track and Field had a busy season, setting 14 new records. Both the boys team and the girls team placed second at the League 3C Championship. At the Class C Championship, the boys team was the runner up placing second and the girls team placed third. Dante Pena, Jack Hickey, Alex Petruso, and Noah Brighman teamed up in both the Sprint Medley Relay and the 4 x 400, hitting the standards and qualifying for New Balance Indoor Nationals.

New Record Holders: Pena, 55M; J. Hickey, 55M hurdles and high jump (tie); McCarthy 300M; Carrozza, long jump; Mann, weight throw and shot put; Hernandez, shot put; Wood, weight throw; Boys 4x200: Pena, Mygan, Petruso, J Hickey; Boys 4x400: Pena, N. Brightman, J. Hickey; Petruso, SMR; Pena, J Hickey, Petruso,  N Brightman; Girls 4x200: McCarthy, Hickey, Cioffi, Carrozza; Girls 4x400: Hickey, Potanovic, Bellucci L, McCarthy.
The Wrestling team ended the season with a 5-5 dual meet record. It placed third in the league and had six All League Wrestlers: Kevin Panzer, Alex Santana, Seth Watkins, Joe Furlong and Mason Watkins.
The team placed in the top five in all tournaments entered and ended the season with a fourth place finish at the Sectional Tournament
At sectionals the team placed seven wrestlers sixth place or better:
• 6th Luis Panzer
• 4th Kevin Panzer and Joe Foster
• 3rd Seth Watkins and Joe Furlong
• 2nd Alex Santana
• 1st Mason Watkins
Mason also placed eighth at the state championships, which earned him All State status.
Boys Basketball
Boys varsity basketball finished the season with a 10 -10 record.
The team participated in the Sectional Tournament and clinched a sectional win over Putnam Valley. Other highlights include victories over Biondi and Edgemont. The team had many excellent individual efforts and received great leadership from seniors Nick Grande, Adrian Jezoirski and Andrew Beck.
Alpine Ski
This was a successful year for the development of the ski team program. Two Pawling athletes qualified and competed in the Sectional Tournament: Alex Sawotka and Cassidy Bradley.
Digital Backpack
The digital backpack is updated regularly with information from the schools and local community. You can find a link for it under the Parent tab of the homepage. It is also listed on the homepage with a date of the most recent update.
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