RSVP date to Thespian Society reception extended to Oct. 22
Twelve students will make history next week when they become the first inductees into the Port Chester High School Thespian Society, Troupe 2199.
The induction takes place at a 4 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Port Chester High School Theatre. Inductees will wear formal attire and be joined by invited family and friends.
Those being inducted include: Nicolas Arnel, Lindsay Co, Mason Cruz, Megan Gleason, Ryan Heffernan, Francesca La Dore, Savannah Langenbach, Genevieve Pastena, Olivia Perrone,
Lyndsay Rosenfeld, Moira Sullivan and Faith Tomasula. The honor reflects their hard work and commitment to excellence in theatre arts.
Following the ceremony, a celebratory reception and fundraiser will take place at 7:15 p.m. at Westchester Burger in Rye Brook.
Attendance at the reception is RSVP-only by Oct. 22. Please send your name, number of attendees and $40 per person to Ms. Darrow. The admission fee includes dinner with proceeds also benefiting the Drama club.
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Vote NOW for Port Chester student athlete with the 'Heart of a Giant'
The Park Avenue School community gathered for some fun and games right in front of their school. The road was blocked off and what is normally a neighborhood street was transformed into the Harvest on Park event. Held on Oct. 12, families enjoyed bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, carnival games, music, prizes and a food truck.
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Newest inductees to Tri-M Music Honor Society named
Congratulations to the latest inductees to the Tri-M Music Honor Society! The ceremony was held at Port Chester High School Monday night.
The inductees are: Grethel Vargas, Gabby Kessler, Ashlee Molina, Harrison Callaway, Allyson Lunarejo, Lisbeth Verdezoto, Alexa Tomassetti, George Tsoukalas, Chelsea Reyes, Kaytee Garcia, Esther Magana, Chris Iazala, Edward Moyano, Jacelyn Herrera, Jade Miranda, Brandon Molano, Isabel Garcia, Sanai Ash, Samantha Fiorino, Sampada Subedi, Ivan Lopez, Ariana Soriano, Ava Quartarolo, Mason Cruz, Kayla Rivera, Dyana Sandoval, Gianella Robles, Victoria de Souza and Siena Russo.
We're so proud of your accomplishment!
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PCMS Halloween Dance set for 10/26
The 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Halloween Dance is set for Friday, Oct. 26, from 7-9:30 p.m. at Port Chester Middle School. Tickets are $5 apiece and will be sold in the main lobby starting Oct. 22. Refreshments and drinks will be sold. Costumes are optional. See you there!
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Middle School to stage Emergency Evacuation drill Friday, Oct. 12
Come to Chipotle at 100 South Ridge St. on Oct. 9 and support the Port Chester High Volleyball Booster Club. Take "one for the team!" Click the attachment for all the details. Thank you for your support!
The Middle School Drama Club and Junior International Thespian Society present "An Evening of Dinner Theatre," featuring Melissa Delancey, Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at Port Chester Middle School. View the attached flier for details, and purchase tickets at www.showtix4u.com.
On any dreary, rainy day it can be understandable to want to stay in, keep your pajamas on and maybe spend the day reading a book. The reality is there is work to be done, or school to attend.
Students at John F. Kennedy Magnet School found an easy solution. They had to be in school, but why not just keep their pajamas on?
Sept. 28 was Pajama Day at the Port Chester school and students embraced the concept fully, coming into the classroom in their flannels, in some cases bringing along a stuffed friend. Even some of their teachers joined in the comfort.
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Winter sports registration using FamilyID to begin soon
Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the Rams will use FamilyID, a new online sports registration clearance program. Scroll down page for registration links and a presentation on FamilyID. Registration for high school winter sports beings Oct. 8; middle school winter sports registration begins Oct. 8.
PORT CHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!
We hope everyone has had a restful and enjoyable summer. The first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 5. We're looking forward to a productive school year of learning and growing together!
PORT CHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Port Chester High School's Tyler DeCrescenzo named lohud's Player of the Week
Candidates Christopher Wolff (incumbent) and Luigi Russo won seats on the school board. Their new terms will be from 7/1/2018 to 6/20/2021.
BOARD OF EDUCATION TIMELINE
March 13: Budget draft presentation
April 10: Line-by-line review
April 17: Budget Adoption
May 1: Budget Hearing
May 15: Annual Budget Vote & School Board Elections
"Success for Every Student"
Our motto, “Success for Every Student,” highlights the Port Chester Public Schools’ vision to prepare students academically and emotionally for college and career. To engage and support all children from kindergarten through 12th grade, we offer high-quality academics, along with a rich variety of athletics, arts, clubs, extra-curricular activities and community service options. Students may decide to pursue trade or university training, start a business, join the military or follow a unique path. With a diverse education, they can begin shaping their futures.
Highlights of how we promote success for every student:
We received the highest state aid increase for the 2017-18 academic year, thanks to local advocacy efforts; this totaled nearly $8 million in additional funds over the past five years.
We passed an $80 million bond to address overcrowding and update critical facilities.
PCHS is an International Baccalaureate World School, offering the prestigious IB Diploma Program. It also offers a New York State “seal of bi-literacy” on diplomas for qualifying students.
We have an elementary enrichment program, concentrating on gifted students. Most recently, they studied software engineering coding.
PCHS was ranked 161 of 1,500 public New York high schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools rankings, earning a silver medal awarded to only 2.4% of eligible high schools.
We enriched our use of social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – for stronger community communication.
We negotiated responsible employee contracts to ensure sufficient annual savings and maintain the tax rebate for property taxpayers.
We now have content specialist supervisors/directors in ELA, math and science to improve instructional practices and student success.
We refurbished our PCMS planetarium with state-of-the-art sound/video equipment. The planetarium was non-functional for over a decade.
After losing 21stCentury funding for after-school programs, we received a donation from the Dalio Foundation and partnered with the Carver Center to provide high-quality after-school programming.
Nearly 40% of our students are enrolled in Advanced Placement, IB and Honors courses. We offer 11 IB and 12 AP courses. In recent years, PCHS added AP environmental science, computer science, statistics courses and physics.
We have a championship marching band and offer vocal and instrumental music for all students.
Our 2017 football team won the AA Central League championship for the first time in 15 years.
Tax Cap Q&A
Please read the following information about the tax levy cap to understand its function and how it impacts school districts and community members.
Q: What is the Property Tax Levy Cap? A: The Property Tax Levy Cap, created by legislation that was passed in June, 2011, places new restrictions on how school districts (and municipalities) may increase their tax levies. Although the new law has been referred to as a "2% tax cap," it does not in fact restrict any proposed tax levy increase to 2%. However, the law requires at least 60% voter approval for a school budget if the proposed levy increase exceeds a certain amount. That amount, which is called the "tax levy limit," will be determined by each district according to a formula outlined in the law. It is unique and will vary by district. Q: Does the Property Tax Cap law limit the annual increase of my property taxes to less than 2% each year? A: The law does not cap an individual's school tax bill. Its requirements apply only to the total school tax levy - the total amount in property taxes a district collects. Increases in individual taxes are often different than increases in the levy due to a variety of factors outside a school district's control, including assessment values in the community.
Q: Does the Property Tax Cap mean the total school tax levy will be limited to a 2% increase each year? A: No. There are exceptions that may result in a tax levy increase greater than 2%. Some of those exceptions include district growth as a result of new construction and legally mandated pension contributions. Ultimately, school districts will use a complex calculation involving eight different steps to come up with the tax levy limit.
Q: To maintain educational programming, can the district propose a budget that exceeds the tax levy cap limit? A: Districts have the option to exceed their tax levy limits with 60% voter approval.
Q: What happens if voters reject the budget? A: The law contains new contingent budget restrictions. If a district fails to gain voter approval and must adopt a contingent budget, then there can be NO increase in the tax levy at all. This would force incredibly difficult budget decisions for the district.