Seniors Graduate from Westchester Youth Police Academy
All of the hard work paid off. In early June, a handful of Port Chester High School seniors graduated from the Westchester Youth Police Academy.
News & Announcements - Port Chester High School
Fifth Graders Celebrate Year at Picnic
To cap off a wonderful year full of learning at Park Avenue School, fifth-grade students enjoyed a PTO-sponsored picnic at Crawford Park.
News & Announcements - Park Avenue School
Celebrating Students, School Year at JFK
Children at John F. Kennedy School capped off the school year with a week full of celebration. They participated in the Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony, the Fifth-Grade Moving Up Ceremony, and a PTA-sponsored fifth-grade luau.
News & Announcements - JFK Magnet School
Spring Artwork Featured at PCHS
The Port Chester High School hallways were livened by vibrant flower-themed artworks. Principal Mitchell Combs called them "terrific spring-themed work from our talented student-artists."
News & Announcements - Port Chester High School
PCHS Commencement Bids Farewell to Graduates
A big congratulations to the 313 Port Chester High School students who graduated on June 22. We can't wait to see what the future holds for the Class of 2018. The ceremony took place on the field in front of a packed crowd on the bleachers.
PCHS Graduation Keepsake 2018 Newsletter Available
The Class of 2018's special "Graduation Keepsake" newsletter is now available. Click here or on the attachment below to view in a color and web-accessible PDF format. A copy will be mailed to every 2018 graduate in late-July.
Plan for the upcoming school year with the new 2018-2019 calendar! Every family will receive a printed copy in the mail before school begins. Until then, preview the important dates by clicking on the calendar PDF below.
“Take What You Need” Virtue Board Honors Late Assistant Principal Byron Womack
How are you feeling today? Do you need some self-confidence or patience? Maybe you need kindness or faith? Teacher Candace Calabrese’s eighth-grade class can help.
Throughout the spring months, the group created a “Take What You Need” bulletin board that pays tribute to Port Chester Middle School’s late assistant principal Byron Womack. The board features giant, open envelopes, labeled with different virtues and stuffed with inspirational quotes. Students and staff are invited to approach the board and select a quote from the envelope they need.
“You take what you need,” said student Kyle Stellate. “If you need love, you take from the ‘love’ envelope. It will help your day out.”
When Mr. Womack died in February, the school community was shocked and saddened to hear the news. To honor his generous legacy, Ms. Calabrese discussed with her students Mr. Womack’s lasting impact on the school. They spoke about his actions and how he shared his love of education and community.
“Mr. Womack motivated us to be better people,” said student Pedro Silva. “We’re honoring him with this. If you’re having a bad day, you can pick out what you need and have a better day.”
The project, which encourages others to feel good, helped the students deal with the loss, said Ms. Calabrese. The children added that they were heartened when they saw their classmates approach the bulletin board and select a quote.
Ms. Calabrese worked alongside teacher Jeannie Iantorno to create the bulletin board with the eighth-graders. The students who participated were: Jackie Soto, Janeth Garcia, Samantha Mendoza, Aracely Monroy, Joel Flores, Alejandro Levy, Alejandro Duran, Ruben Zamano, Pedro Silva, Junior Vizhco, Kyle Stellate and Giovanna Greco.
News & Announcements - Port Chester Middle School
Smart Schools Investment Plan Second Submission
In terms of fulfilling the Port Chester Rye UFSD mission statement, “Success for Every Student,” our NYSED Approved Technology Plan Survey included long term goals regarding instructional technology. Our students need sufficient technology skills and competencies to ensure that they are college and career ready and this includes the ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic and secure online environment. After much research, stakeholder’s surveys and in classroom pilots, we decided that the best way to facilitate the use of Virtual Learning Spaces and Electronic Resources is through the use of Google Classroom and eChalk. In order to build capacity for this change our network has been upgraded to meet and exceed the required standard of 100 mbps per 1,000 students. In addition, we have ubiquitous district wide wireless Internet connectivity. However, it was determined the Smart School Bond Act district allocated funds ($1,736,663) will be used to increase and replace student computer devices.
Justification of Need
With an IT infrastructure in place that will support instruction, our District Technology Plans includes as a priority and objective, an appropriate computer device replacement and refreshment program for student classroom instruction and testing.
Therefore in alignment with this objective, we will use the Smart Schools funding to procure chromebooks to replace and increase student computer devices. With an adoption of GAfE (Google Apps for Education) platform, additional devices will ensure student access to cloud based instructional materials, digital citizenship, and anytime anywhere access to collaboration.
Smart Schools Investment Plan Goals (Alignment with Tech Plan Survey)
In order to fulfill its educational mission, our school district has prioritized the following long¬term goals:
Provide every student with a computing device and connectivity to enable them to access a full range of educational technology tools and learning opportunities.
Ensure and provide additional learning opportunities that can be accessed anytime and anywhere.
Provide with an educational environment with ubiquitous access to assessment tools and data that will inform teaching and improve learning.
Improve teaching and learning; including all students such as English language learners and newcomers to this country; by increasing outreach to parents, the community, and the world.
In order to achieve these goals the district continues to:
Create leaders at all levels
Provide online learning for students and teachers
Implement“pedagogy first”,“access for all”initiatives
Infuse data into classroom decision¬making
Converge network applications
Implement software“virtualization”and remote support tools
Develop long ¬term software, hardware and infrastructure acquisition and Fiscal Forecast
Commit to purchasing web¬ based instructional software
Support interactive telecommunication technologies
Implement procedures to clean and maintain all data in district systems
Implement a security audit to ensure that all data, data systems, and technology assets are secure and to ensure disaster recovery capability.
Purchase Plan and Allocation
The district's plans to purchase 992 Dell Chromebook11 Devices, 992 Google Chrome OS Management Console Licenses and 33 Dell Mobile Charging Carts.
Dell Chromebook 11 3180 Specs: Dell Chromebook 11 3180, BTX JR Intel Celeron N3060 Processor with 4GB Memory and 16GB SSD US Int Dell KB216 Wired English Keyboard Black 1 Primary 3-Cell 42W/HR Battery 11.6" HD Non-Touch LCD 1 LCD Cover, Non-Touch (Black)
We have also met the requirements of the SSBA Guidance in terms of gathering input from our school community, stakeholders and non public schools. The school district will provide with a loan program for these devices to be shared with non public schools following on the guidance and acceptable use policies.
The district plans to support the purchase of any non eligible items indicated above via other local funds. The district will seek reimbursement through the SSBA for only eligible items indicated above per the most recent available January 12, 2017 NYSED Guidance.
The purchase of these new student devices will significantly increase student access to technology, online access, and collaborative student centered learning opportunities. Teachers and students will be able to share in a collaborative environment in real time and students will have access to work independently with online content that appeal to the individual abilities, needs and interests.
The Port Chester Rye UFSD in alignment with its NYSED approved Tech Plan Survey will provide with High Quality Professional Development opportunities for teachers to fully utilize the technology investment via Smart Schools Bond Funding.
The Port Chester Rye UFSD has allocated funds for the current budget cycle to support Professional Development for teachers in preparation to the provision of learning mobile devices facilitating for differentiated instruction, instructional technology integration, active learning, and ubiquitous access to rich content anytime, anywhere for teachers and students.
The District will integrate the Smart Schools Bond purchases into the district’s existing equipment increasement and replacement cycle. Our increasement and replacement program considers a four to five years cycle and is funded via purchase agreement through a BOCES/LHRIC IPA. In addition, to provide sustained technical support for IT infrastructure and Devices we have contracted with BOCES/LHRIC for ongoing technical support.
Once the Investment Plan is approved by the State, equipment will be purchased in accordance with the District’s purchasing policies. Once the equipment arrives the IT staff will prioritize the inventorying and provisioning of the equipment. Based on the proposed quantities, equipment should be in place and operational within 30 days of its arrival.
The district will include this new equipment in its existing inventory database and monitor it to ensure equipment is securely maintained in its designated locations. The District’s comprehensive asset insurance policy and Disaster Recovery Plan will also be updated to reflect the additional equipment.
This document has been posted to the District’s website as required by the Smart School Bond Implementation Guidance by the New York State Education Department in order to invite public input prior to the adoption of this plan by the Port Chester Rye UFSD Board of Education. Public input can be submitted to the following email address: email@example.com
Link To Smart Schools Investment Plan Second Submission