District Announcements

  • Webster School and Columbus School Magnet Lottery Update

    Webster's Magnet Open House will take place on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 PM at Daniel Webster School.
     
    The deadline to submit Magnet Lottery Applications for Webster School and for Columbus School is Friday, March 3rd. Applications should be submitted to the Magnet Program Office on the second floor of City Hall.
     
    The Magnet Lottery will take place on Thursday, March 9th at 1:00 on the second floor of City Hall in the Board Room.
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  • Spend An Evening Under the Stars

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    New Rochelle High School Planetarium
    7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

    See flier for further details.

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  • School Budget Community Input Forum and School Budget Review Sessions

    Please see attached letter to New Rochelle Neighbors from Ms. Rachel Relkin, President, Board of Education

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  • Annual Black History Celebration

    February 11, 2017 

    NRHS, 4:00 p.m.

    See attached for more information

     

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  • Evening Under the Stars

    NRHS Planetarium

    January 25, 2017

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  • Nicolas Cracco named new principal at Henry Barnard

    The City School District of New Rochelle has appointed Dr. Nicolas Cracco as the new principal of the Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center. The Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Cracco at its meeting last week.

    Dr. Cracco was the assistant principal of the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School, P.S. 185, in New York. He previously taught mathematics at Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy in the Bronx.

    "His experience as an educator and administrator will be a great asset as we continue to provide an excellent early childhood education for students at Henry Barnard," said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne.

    Dr. Cracco received a bachelor's degree in psychology from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, a master's degree in mathematics from the City University of New York, and a doctorate of education in instructional leadership from St. John's University. He also earned an advanced certificate in school building and school district leadership from St. John's University.

    "It is an honor to come lead a prestigious school such as Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center as its next principal," Dr. Cracco said. "I look forward to building on the programs that are in place and can't wait to begin working with the parents, students, teachers and staff."

    He will join Henry Barnard as principal on Jan. 3, 2017.

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  • Board of Education Appoints Supervisor of Physical Education and Health

    Please see attached announcement.

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  • Thanksgiving Message from the Superintendent of Schools - Español Abaja

    This Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving, we, as members of The City School District of New Rochelle, are thankful for and embrace our rich diversity. Please read this message from our Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne shared at the November 22 Board of Education meeting:

    Since our last meeting on November 1st there was an election for President of the United States.  In the wake of this Presidential election, many voices have been heard throughout the country and here in New Rochelle. Some of those voices have expressed concern about divisions among us; some have expressed hope that we will be able to come together as one country; and some have expressed messages of hate and contempt for others which are deeply troubling.

    At least for the moment, we are seeing an escalated national level of intolerance, incivility and intimidation.  Our students are well aware of current events, and many have articulated to me that there is fear among some that they will not be afforded the protections they deserve, or will be treated as non-participants in the American dream.

    The success of public education in New Rochelle and the meaning of our mission statement is more important than ever.   As the leader of this school district, I am confident that I speak for our faculty, our administrators, our support staff and our community when I say that our schools will and must be a place of welcome and support for all of our students.  All means All.  Our mission statement says that we embrace our rich diversity.  We are intentional in this language.  It is not our mission to tolerate difference or accept those unlike ourselves. We embrace our rich diversity.

    This means that we actively welcome, celebrate, support, and serve all our students and families, and that the differences among us add value for all of us.  All means all - all ethnicities, all religions, all races, all family structures, all sexual identities, all sexual orientations, all learning challenges, all differences in physical abilities, all places of birth, all immigrants, all income levels, all walks of life.  

    In the presidential campaign and the aftermath of the election, the rhetoric of our national political discourse at the highest levels has stereotyped, targeted and blamed many groups by name, provoking fear and doubt.  In response to that rhetoric, let us be clear that embracing our rich diversity means that here in the City School District of New Rochelle, we honor, embrace and celebrate those who are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or searching; those that are of African descent, who are Latino or Asian or Indian or Native American, or European; those that are biracial or multiracial; those who are undocumented or documented or citizen, born in the US or anywhere else; those who are differently abled or who learn differently; those whose native language is Spanish or Creole or English or any other language; those who are female, transgendered, cisgendered or male; those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, or questioning - and all who are rich and complex intersections.  And we mean this about each one of our children and staff and parents and community members, taking our individual differences not as something to tolerate but as something to celebrate, something that adds value, to be supported and protected.    

    Accordingly, in this time of uncertainty, we reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of each person and the values that reflect the strength of our democracy, and the continuing vitality of our national founding documents:

     

    ♦    Our schools will remain places of civility and respect, and we will not accept abusive conduct towards any student.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students where differences in race, ethnicity or religion will be respected and appreciated

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for students of all gender identities or sexual orientation.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students of all national origins and without regard to immigration status.

     

    I’ll end the superintendent's update by quoting from Principal Richardson’s powerful letter to students the day after the election: “I want you to know that you are loved and supported by your family,  all of the adults here at school as well as those in the community. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community as New Rochelle.  I ask that you never take this for granted and take full advantage of the opportunities presented by living and learning in a community as diverse as this one.”

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    Desde nuestra última reunión el día 1 de noviembre hubo elecciones para Presidente de los Estados Unidos. A raíz de esta elección presidencial, muchas voces se han escuchado en todo el país y aquí en New Rochelle. Algunas de esas voces han expresado su preocupación por las divisiones entre nosotros; algunos han expresado la esperanza de que podamos unirnos como un solo país; y algunos han expresado mensajes de odio y desprecio hacia otros que son profundamente preocupantes.

    Por el momento, estamos viendo un escalado a nivel nacional de intolerancia, incivilidad e intimidación. Nuestros estudiantes están muy conscientes de los acontecimientos actuales, y muchos me han expresado  que hay miedo entre algunos que no se les dará las protecciones que se merecen, o serán tratados como no participantes en el sueño americano.

    El éxito de la educación pública en New Rochelle y el significado de nuestra declaración de misión es más importante que nunca.  Como líder de este distrito escolar, estoy seguro de que hablo por nuestra facultad, nuestros administradores, nuestro personal de apoyo y nuestra comunidad cuando digo que nuestras escuelas serán y deben ser un lugar de bienvenida y apoyo para todos nuestros estudiantes. Todos, significa, Todos. Nuestra declaración de misión dice que abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad. Somos intencionales en este lenguaje. No es nuestra misión simplemente  tolerar la diferencia o aceptar a aquellos que no son como nosotros. Nosotros abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad.

    Esto significa que acogemos activamente, celebramos, apoyamos y servimos a todos nuestros estudiantes y familias, y que las diferencias entre nosotros agregan valor a todos nosotros. Todos significa Todos - todas las etnias, todas las religiones, todas las razas, todas las estructuras familiares, todas las identidades sexuales, todas las orientaciones sexuales, todos los desafíos de aprendizaje, todas las diferencias en las capacidades físicas, todos los lugares de nacimiento, todos los inmigrantes, todos los niveles de ingresos y diferentes facetas de la vida.

    En la campaña presidencial y las secuelas de las elecciones, la retórica de nuestro discurso político nacional a los niveles más altos ha estereotipado, apuntado y culpado a muchos grupos por su nombre, provocando temor y duda. En respuesta a esa retórica, seamos claros que abrazar nuestra rica diversidad significa que aquí, en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de New Rochelle, honramos, abrazamos y celebramos a aquellos que son musulmanes, judíos, cristianos o los que andan en busca de  creencia religiosa; Aquellos que son de ascendencia africana, que son latinos o asiáticos o indios o nativos americanos o europeos; Aquellos que son birraciales o multirraciales; Aquellos que están indocumentados o documentados o ciudadanos, nacidos en los Estados Unidos o en cualquier otro lugar; Aquellos que tienen diferentes habilidades o que aprenden de otra manera; Aquellos cuya lengua materna es el español o criollo o el inglés o cualquier otro idioma; Los que son mujeres, transgénico, cisgendered o varón; Aquellos que son homosexuales, lesbianas, bisexuales, transexuales, o que cuestionan su sexualidad- y todos aquellos ricos en complejas intercesiones. Y queremos decir esto sobre cada uno de nuestros hijos y el personal y los padres y miembros de la comunidad, teniendo nuestras diferencias individuales no como algo que tolerar sino como algo para celebrar, algo que agrega valor, para ser apoyado y protegido.

    En este momento de incertidumbre, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso con la dignidad de cada persona y los valores que reflejan la fuerza de nuestra democracia y la continua vitalidad de nuestros documentos fundacionales nacionales:

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo lugares de civilidad y respeto, y no ceptaremos conductas abusivas hacia ningún estudiante.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo refugios de seguridad para todos los estudiantes             donde las diferencias en raza, etnia o religión serán respetadas y apreciadas

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas permanecerán como refugio de seguridad para los estudiantes    de todas las identidades de género u orientación sexual.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo un refugio de seguridad para todos los estudiantes de todos los orígenes nacionales y sin tener en cuenta el estatus migratorio.

    Terminaré la actualización del superintendente citando la carta del director Richardson a los estudiantes el día después de las elecciones: "Quiero que sepas que eres amado y apoyado por tu familia, todos los adultos aquí en la escuela, la comunidad. Somos tan afortunados de ser parte de una comunidad tan diversa, vibrante e inclusiva como New Rochelle. Les pido que nunca tomen esto por sentado y aprovechen al máximo las oportunidades que ofrece vivir y aprender en una comunidad tan diversa como esta.”

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  • Season of Light - NRHS Planetarium

    Annual Holiday Show 

    December 17, 19 & 21

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  • Update on School District Water Testing

    Dear Families,

    Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne outlining the latest water testing results for district schools.  

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School Announcements

  • Community Information Forum

    Columbus Elementary School
    February 16th at 7:00 p.m.

    Columbus Elementary School
  • Community Information Forum

    Columbus Elementary School
    February 16th at 7:00 p.m.
    Learn about changes in Federal Immigration policies….

    Columbus Elementary School
  • Half Days and Dismissal Times

     

    March 6 AM, 11:40 Dismissal

    June 12 PM, 11:40 Dismissal

    June 21 AM, 11:40 Dismissal

    June 22 PM, 11:40 Dismissal

    June 23 PM, 11:40 Dismissal

    Columbus Elementary School
  • AIS-Title 1 - ESL Breakfast for Families

    Cafeteria

    Wednesday 11/23

    9:00 - 10:30 AM

    Columbus Elementary School
  • EARLY DISMISSAL Thursday 11/10

    Each year, school districts are required by Education Law to conduct an Early Dismissal, "Emergency Response Drill" to practice emergency dismissal procedures.

    On Thursday, November 10, 2016 all students, employees and visitors must leave the school building at 3:00 p.m., 15 minutes prior to dismissal time.

    Parents who drive students must pick them up 15 minutes early and children riding bus transportation will arrive home 15 minutes earlier than usual.

    Should you have any questions, please contact your school's main office.

    Columbus Elementary School

STR²EAMing Convention

STR²EAMing K-5 Convention

 
Columbus Elementary School's recent STR²EAMing into LEARNing K-5 Convention was a huge success, with 41 classes highlighting the school's longstanding belief that children should be engaged in authentic, project-oriented inquiry.
 
"To have the opportunity to share their knowledge, teach others and present their work to the community for feedback, review or celebration is a wonderful recognition of their work," said Principal Michael Galland.  "We're putting kids in the position to become researchers, scientists, mathematicians and writers of information. This matters."
 
The convention, based on science, technology, reading/researching, engineering, art and mathematics (STR²EAM) curriculum, offers students an occasion to demonstrate their learning accomplishments. The idea goes back to 1995, when Charlotte Stadler, Columbus' beloved math facilitator, launched the Math in the Workplace program, which became a fourth-grade, school-wide project.
 
In 2002, the project morphed into the EXPO project, which added third- and fifth-grade levels. Two years later, a Literacy Fair was created to give kindergarteners and first- and second-grade students an opportunity to demonstrate their learning proficiencies.
 
Both events took place for the next 11 years. But in 2014, school officials thought it was time to change up the events and introduced the "STR²EAMing into LEARNing" project, which includes both the EXPO and Literacy Fair.
 
Again, this year, instructional facilitators Elizabeth Zahn, Dan Cocciardi, and Vanessa Costa worked with teachers from beginning concepts to final presentations and inventions.
 
Kindergarten classes focused on weather-related investigations. First-grade classes had penguins and the Arctic as their topics, and second-grade classes focused on insect adaptations.
 
Third-grade classes addressed the topic of extreme weather. Fourth-grade classes focused on damage done to the environment with political outreach efforts. Fifth-grade classes had water filtration and water systems as their topics.
 
Additionally, the Westchester Children's Museum trained 30 parents to staff different STEM tables.
 
"It was really incredible," Galland said. "The parents were trained to not solve the problems, but engage students in their questions. In such a powerful way, they really became teachers."  (News from Our Schools 2/17)

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Parent Workshop

Calendar of Events

  • Mid-Winter Recess - Schools Closed

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  • Trinity

    Board of Education COW Session

    6:00 p.m.

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  • LEK*, NRHS

    Transitional Justice - PAVE I Dance

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  • Spring Dance Grades 4 & 5

    Columbus Elementary School
  • SUNY

    Elementary/Intermediate All County Band

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  • SUNY

    Elementary/Intermediat All County Chorus

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  • SUNY

    Elementary/Intermediate All County Orchestra

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  • PTA Fundraiser

    Columbus Elementary School
  • Half Day Elementary - Parent Teacher Conferences

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  • Columbus

    Board of Education Regular Meeting

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