January 2019
Focus on Learning
Science Researchers Compete
Pawling High School students in the Science Research Program attended the Eastern Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School in Burnt Hills, NY, on January 26. Nine students from the program were selected based on their scientific research papers to present their original research and results as PowerPoint presenters, competing with 17 other schools, with two students receiving awards.
Ellie Farquhar was awarded first place in the category of Behavioral Sciences for her unique study regarding the effects of mask coloration on the swimming patterns Caribbean Reef Sharks. Ellie conducted research in the Bahamas during August of ‪2018 with her mentor Dr.‬ Erich Ritter. She will be competing at and representing Pawling High School and the Eastern Regional JSHS as a speaker at the Upstate JSHS at SUNY Albany in March. Ellie says, " I am so excited that my shark research was so appreciated at such a prestigious event. I am thrilled to be competing and sharing my research and love for sharks."

Karen Jackson won third place in the category of Biomedical Sciences for her work with her mentor, Dr. Wang at New York Medical College, involving the ZIKA virus. "I love studying virology, specifically the Zika Virus. I want to thank the Eastern JSHS for allowing me this amazing opportunity to present my research," Karen says.

"I am so proud of all of my students in the Science Research Program for the original research that they have conducted to contribute to our scientific community," says science teacher Gillian Rinaldo. "Specifically Ellie and Karen, who gave outstanding presentations! I am elated for Ellie to compete at the state level at the Upstate JSHS on March 27 and 28."

Pictured: Top: Students in the Science Reasearch Program;
Bottom:Ellie and Karen celebrate after placing first and third respectively at the Eastern Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.
African Dance and Drum Troupe Make Music
at the Elementary School
The Pawling Elementary School PTA brought the African Dance and Drum Troupe from Senegal to teach our students a little bit about the clothing and culture, music and dance, antique instruments and drums of Africa. Everyone took part in the fun.

Terrific Tigers
Pawling MS and HS Students Perform at All County
Seven students represented Pawling High School and Middle School at the Dutchess County All County Festival this past weekend. These students were selected based on recorded auditions and their NYSSMA scores from previous years. Over the two-day festival, these musicians worked tirelessly and produced a professional, musical performance.

Congratulations to high schoolers, Nick Zito (bari-sax), Ananya Govindarajan (saxophone), Jasella Martinez (soprano), Samantha Ferraiola (alto); and middle schoolers Josie O’Leary (alto), Emma Leahy (alto), and Magnolia Garbarino (soprano).

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Sports Sensations
Pawling Boys Varsity Basketball Beats Keio Academy
Pawling Varsity beat Keio Academy of N.Y. (Purchase, NY) on Jan. 26 by a score of 40-37.

Superintendent Search Survey
The Board of Education seeks your input regarding the personal and professional qualities and experiences that the Pawling school community would like the new superintendent to possess. If you are unable to attend the Community Focus Group meeting, you may wish to complete this brief survey.
The superintendent search survey will be available through Sunday, February 3, 2019.
Back by Popular Demand
Human Library: Time to
register as Readers
The Pawling School District and Pawling Library are seeking volunteers for the Third Annual Human Library Project on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from Noon to 3 p.m. “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” takes on a whole new meaning as people share their stories. Registration for readers will open soon.
Mark Your Calendar
  • Annual Stone Soup Community Event, Feb. 8, 6 p.m., Middle School
  • Middle School Book Fair, Feb. 12-14, Middle School
  • S.T.E.A.M. Fair, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., Middle School
  • Incoming 9th Grade Informational Extravaganza, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., High School
  • Presidents Day, No School, Feb. 18
  • Superintendent's Conference Day, No School, Feb. 19