News & Announcements

  • Special Board of Education Meeting

    The Port Chester Board of Education has added a NEW Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at Port Chester Middle School.

    Please view our full Board of Education meeting schedule here.

  • Port Chester Middle School Bond Project Defeated

    Residents rejected the Port Chester Public Schools’ $12.5 million Bond Project by 48.6%, not allowing the commencement of emergency safety improvements at Port Chester Middle School.

    On Feb. 6, 1,933 community members headed to the polls. There were 940 residents who voted in favor of the bond and 993 not in favor.

    The Board of Education will reconvene to discuss its next steps. It has the option of posting a second vote (either the same amount or with modifications) or can decide to repurpose the existing bond (passed in March 2017).

    “We thank our community for sharing their thoughts on this crucial matter,” said Superintendent Dr. Edward Kliszus. “It is disappointing that there wasn’t higher participation. Matters of this importance should be decided by a larger number of residents for the best outcome for our children and community.”

    The vital Bond Project looked to examine needed renovations at the middle school in order to primarily address recent emergency safety work and necessary reconstruction for a long-term and cost-effective solution. It planned to resolve safety concerns by removing the exterior concrete cantilevers, repairing pedestrian bridges and replacing stairwell fire safety doors. There would have been an annual eight percent energy savings, thanks to the replacement of 50-year old windows with new energy-efficient insulated windows. A smaller portion of the project also would have addressed two delayed projects on other campuses: installing ADA-compliant hand rails at Edison School and upgrading the high school auditorium’s audio system.

  • Join the 2018 Wiffle Ball Tournament

    Did you sign up to play in the 2018 Wiffle Ball Tournament on March 2?

    The deadline is Feb. 23. Why wait? Join the fun!

  • Spain Trip 2018

    During the 2017-18 school year, 19 Port Chester Middle School students and four chaperones will participate in an exchange program with 19 Spanish students from I.E.S. Gerardo Diego, a middle school located in Pozuelo de Alarcón, a town about nine miles from Madrid, Spain. The Port Chester Middle School participating students and chaperones will depart for Madrid on Thursday, May 10, 2018 and return on Friday, May 18.

    This cultural exchange program has two components. The first is the hosting of the Spanish students from I.E.S. Gerardo Diego with families from Port Chester Middle School.

    For one week, from Friday, March 9 to Friday, March 16, the Spanish students from Spain will experience our community culture and become new family members. The paired students, students from Port Chester and Spain, will participate in pedagogical and social gatherings as well as enjoy some cultural and educational New York City field trips.

    They will visit many interesting and attractive places such as The Promenade in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge, Financial Center in Downtown Manhattan, China Town, Little Italy, Madison Square Garden, The Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, The American Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Lastly, they will embark on and a ninety – minute Skyline Cruise on the Hudson River.

    The second component will take place in Madrid from Thursday, May 10 to Friday, May 18. In Spain, the paired students will enjoy a full day trip to Madrid and other historical and medieval cities such as  Alcalá de Henares, Toledo and Segovia. This trip will be chaperoned by Mrs. Jenna Garguilo, Mr. Matthew Gryzlo, Mrs. Cindy Martinez and Mr. Esteban Guijarro, the trip coordinator.

    We believe that this exchange program will be a great cultural, social and educational experience for our students and community.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information or if you would like to interview any of the participating PCMS exchange program students.


    Esteban Guijarro

    Trip Coordinator

  • Eighth Grade Transition to PCHS Student Parent Presentation

  • PCMS Parent Teacher Conferences- Thurs, February 15th from 1:30-7:30pm!

    The Port Chester Middle School will be using the PTC Scheduling Wizard for our
    Parent/Teacher conferences. The link is  You must register and make appointments on the website beginning February 9th at midnight through February 13th at 9 p.m. Please refer to your child’s progress report for the names of
    their teachers when making appointments. Lastly, please understand appointments are made
    on a first come, first served basis.

  • February- Day A and B Calendar

  • February's Character Trait is COMPASSION!

  • Port Chester Alumni Return for Graduates Roundtable

    Ever wondered what alumni think of Port Chester Public Schools and what their experiences were like in class? Watch the Graduates Roundtable for an engaging discussion about the school district and beyond!

    In early January, four students returned to the Port Chester campus for a special talk with Superintendent Edward Kliszus and high school principal Mitchell Combs.

    “It’s important that our current students and community to understand that our graduates are well-prepared for success in the college and university setting,” said Dr. Kliszus. “Furthermore, success can be achieved by all of our students who choose to fully utilize the resources available at Port Chester High School.”

    In addition to discussing their time in Port Chester, the recent graduates also spoke about their experiences in college. The roundtable served as a way to offer valuable insights to the local school community.

    “The information that our guests share with us really is heard and sometimes incorporated into our future planning, so we listen to what they have to say,” said Dr. Combs.

  • Pup Pipi Crowned in PCMS’ Cutest Pet Contest as Students Show Generous Spirit

    From a flock of adorable dogs and cats, students at Port Chester Middle School crowned Pipi – a rat terrier, Pomeranian, miniature pincher and pitbull mix – as the cutest pet.

    During December, cheerful students voted in the “Cutest Pet Contest,” which consisted of 34 dogs and cats owned by PCMS staff members. Each child donated $1 to cast a vote – and raised over $600, which was given to Pet Rescue, a pet adoption service in Harrison. The winner, Pipi, is owned by physical education teacher Melissa Piccola.

    As a surprise, on Dec. 22, the PCMS auditorium was visited by a handful of adorable furry friends - puppies to adult dogs. The students were bright with excitement, kneeling down to cuddle with them. Others giggled, overjoyed to pet and feed them treats. While some of the dogs belonged to Port Chester staff members, most were available to adopt from Pet Rescue.

    The initiative was spearheaded by the PCMS physical education staff from the desire to give back to the local community. Mr. Michael Bonanno had never owned a dog until two years ago when he adopted his Norwich terrier.

    “The children saw how important the lives of pets are,” he said. “My dog changed my life. In class, we talk about stress management and how dogs can help with relaxation. This event is also about giving back to others.”

    The money raised was donated to Pet Rescue to help increase awareness for animal adoptions. In addition, students and staff also donated pet food, blankets, beds and toys to help the animals currently at the organization.

    PCMS Principal Patrick Swift was proud of his students for their willingness to donate, praising their kind-heartedness and saying that the children always share with the community at any opportunity. Pet Rescue's Judith Roth attended the event and was also grateful for PCMS' caring nature.

    “We are so overwhelmed by the students’ generosity,” she said. “Through the school’s support, we are able to save dogs and give them a home.”

  • Port Chester Programs Receive Funding for Student Success

    Two of Port Chester Public Schools’ partner programs were awarded Westchester County Youth Bureau “Invest in Kids” grants.

    In late-December, the organization granted “One World” and “Steer for Student-Athletes” with funding for a three-year period, beginning in 2018. Each program will receive approximately $45,000 each year.

    The One World program, “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders,” helps Port Chester Schools to further its character education program, which was initiated last year (with assistance from the Harvard Think Tank on Global Competence). The funding will also support the implementation of the nation’s leading character education program,

    Funding for the Steer for Student-Athletes program will support the expansion of existing programs in Port Chester Public Schools. The program provides support services – including giving social, academic and athletic assistance to student-athletes in order to graduate – and prepares them for further education into college and careers.

    “Our district is pleased and proud to continue our partnerships to bring high-quality and effective support programming to our students,” said Joe Durney, Port Chester’s Deputy Superintendent. “These organizations support district initiatives that have proven effective. We are delighted that this funding will further our mission to ensure our students’ success.”

  • PCMS ACHIEVE! Homework & Tutorial Program starts Monday, January 8th!

    Help is on the way! La ayuda viene pronto!  MONDAY through FRIDAY from 3:05-4:05pm

    Teachers will be available for extra help in the library.  Los maestros estaran disponibles para ayuda adicional en la biblioteca


  • Port Chester residents to vote on 2018 PCMS capital project

    The Port Chester School District asks community residents to vote on a vital, comprehensive $12.5 million BOND PROJECT for much-needed renovations to Port Chester Middle School’s building exterior on Tuesday, FEBRUARY 6, 2018. This project primarily addresses the recent emergency safety work and necessary reconstruction at Port Chester Middle School for a long-term, safe and cost-effective solution.

    The PCMS Safety Project will resolve emergency safety concerns by removing the exterior concrete cantilevers, repairing pedestrian bridges and replacing stairwell fire safety doors. The district/school will see an annual 8% energy   savings, thanks to the replacement of the 50-year-old single-pane windows with state-of-the-art energy-efficient insulated windows. A smaller portion of the project also addresses two delayed projects on other campuses: installing ADA-compliant hand rails at Edison School and upgrading the high school auditorium’s audio system.

    Port Chester Middle School is a National Blue Ribbon award-winning school (2005), that currently serves approximately 1,000 students in grades 6-8. The Board of Education approved the Bond Project at its December meeting and now shares it with district residents for their consideration this winter season.

     Please view the PDF linked here for more information.

  • Information about E-Cigarettes, Drug-Free Campuses

    Please read this important letter from Port Chester High School’s principal, Dr. Mitchell Combs, about e-cigarettes and maintaining a drug-free campus.

     Parents are invited to two upcoming information sessions:

    • February 27: Open House Parent Q&A (from 4-6:30 p.m. in Room 103)
    • March 28: “Setting Limits for Your Child” presentation (from 4-5 p.m. in PCHS library)
  • Our New Superintendent’s Corner Shares District’s Message

    Visit our new Superintendent’s Corner to learn more about Dr. Edward Kliszus and the issues that are important to the district.

    You can find his overarching message and Twitter feed, along with updates about advocacy and upcoming bonds.

  • Help Us Obtain Our Rightful School Foundation Aid

    Foundation Aid was established a decade ago to ensure that all students receive their constitutionally guaranteed right to a sound and basic education, regardless of their zip code. The failure to adhere to the original 2007-08 Foundation Aid formula has cut our state aid by more than $168 million over 10 years. This comes at a time when costs have risen and our enrollment has grown by more than 800 students.

    Help us obtain our rightful school aid by contacting state-elected officials and others who influence state funding for education. Parents can help by signing a petition.

  • Port Chester Schools Collaborates on Interfaith MLK Commemorative Event

    Local leaders in the Port Chester community, including Port Chester Schools Superintendent Edward Kliszus, recently gathered to organize the Interfaith Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative event.

    This is the fourth year of the event, which celebrates Dr. King’s legacy. This year’s commemorative ceremony will be held on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. Community members are invited to St. Frances AME Zion Church, located at 18 Smith St.

    In addition to readings of Dr. King’s work, the celebration will include a keynote speech by the Rev. James Furman of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and a special performance by Port Chester Middle School’s 8th-grade chorus. The Rev. Helen Taylor and Nina Jones will receive the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee Humanitarian awards.

    The organizing interfaith committee is composed of All Souls Presbyterian Church, Bethel Sounds of Praise, Bethesda Baptist, Christ Episcopal Church, Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel, Girtman Memorial, Holy Rosary Roman Catholic, Mount Zion Baptist, Rye Presbyterian, St. Frances AME Zion, St. Paul’s Lutheran, St. Peter’s Episcopal, and Port Chester Public Schools. Additional parking is provided by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (just north of St. Frances) and refreshments are provided by nearby Neri’s Bakery.

  • PCMS Wins Khan Academy Prize

    Port Chester Middle School has been awarded a $500 prize from Khan Academy for excelling in a six-week challenge called LearnStorm.  Thousands of schools participated in this year’s challenge and only 33 were recognized for going “above and beyond.”  The PCMS Math Department uses Khan Academy in classrooms for skills practice and to allow students to go beyond what they are learning in the classroom. 

  • Ram's Ramble- Vol 5 Issue 1

    Attached is our first issue of our school newspaper, the Ram's Ramble. Enjoy!

  • Add Our Calendars to Your Device

    Here's everything you need to know about adding our school or district calendars to your personal devices


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