PCMS 8th Grade Academy Awards! (Previously known as the Moving Up Ceremony!)
Edgeland & DelBianco Academy- June 19 Sawpit Academy- June 20 Waterfront Academy- June 21
Students arrive 8:30am in the Dining Room; Doors open for Parents @ 8:30am; Ceremony begins @ 9am!
Students are to dress appropriate for this ceremony! Refreshments and Pictures in the Dining Room afterwards. A regular school day will resume for those who remain after the awards.
PORT CHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Entrega de Premios de las Academias de Octavo Grado de PCMS!
(anteriormente conocida como la ceremonia de graduacion) Academia Edgeland y Del Bianco- 19 de junio Academia Sawpit- 20 de junio Academia Waterfront- 21 de junio
Los estudiantes deben vestirse apropiadamente para esta ceremonia! Se serviran refrescos y las familias podran tomar fotos despues de la ceremonia en la cafeteria. Sera un dia escolar regular para los alumnos que deseen permanecer despues de la entrega de premios.
PORT CHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Port Chester Residents Approve Redesigned PCMS Bond Project
Port Chester community members passed the school district’s $11.025 million Bond Project by 60 percent. This now allows the district to begin emergency safety improvements at Port Chester Middle School.
With over 1,600 residents voting on June 5 in the PCMS gymnasium, 966 were in favor and 646 were opposed to the bond.
“We are thankful and express our sincere appreciation for the community’s support of this repair bond,” said Superintendent Edward Kliszus. “Your support permits us to bring the middle school into the 21st century with new windows, the removal of the concrete panels and scaffolding, and the installation of electronically controlled heating ventilator systems.”
The bond was created in response to a cantilever failure at the middle school in October 2017, which resulted in building damage and the school’s closure for six days. It resolves these vital safety concerns and ends the $30,000 monthly rental of scaffolding to stabilize the building’s current cantilevers. It also funds the replacement of 50-year-old windows with energy-efficient and insulated windows that will save 8 percent annually in energy costs.
“It is the community’s ongoing support of the schools,” said Dr. Kliszus, “that has enabled our students to enjoy not only academic success but beautiful school buildings in which they can be nurtured and educated in a safe environment.”
This is the second time that Port Chester residents voted on the PCMS Bond Project. It was initially put up for a vote in February at $12.5 million; however, was defeated by 51.4 percent.
Thursday, June 14th- Wear Red, White and Blue to Celebrate Flag Day!
Friday, June 15th- Jersey Day!
Friday, June 22nd- Hawaiian Shirt Day!
PORT CHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL
PCMS Bond Project: June 5, 2018
The Port Chester School District asks community residents to vote on a vital, comprehensive $11.025 million BOND PROJECT for much-needed renovations to Port Chester Middle School’s building exterior on TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018. This project addresses the 2017 cantilever failure and necessary reconstruction of pedestrian bridges at Port Chester Middle School for a long-term, safe and cost-effective solution.
District Flags Inappropriate, Offensive Homework Assignment
Dear Parents and Community:
It was brought to my attention earlier today that a disturbing post appeared on Facebook citing a recent extra credit assignment given to some of our middle school students. The assignment was related to a unit of curriculum on American slavery and asked students to create a "runaway slave" advertisement. This ad was to mimic original 19th century ads that posted a reward, described the escaped slave(s), and provided contact information for the slave owner to include the southern state in which he/she is located. This exercise was in follow-up to an examination of slavery, the Civil War, reconstruction, and American society leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The District considers this assignment offensive and inappropriate on multiple levels. This morning we commenced an investigation into the incident and are involving our attorneys on the matter to ensure that we explore all means to best address this issue.
I pledge that the District shall take appropriate action to ensure not only that this type of situation does not reoccur, but also, that all of our staff thoroughly understand the gross impropriety of the assignment. We believe firmly that we can discuss the tragedies of American slavery, the Civil War, and Civil Rights in ways that comport rather with the highest orders of human dignity.
Edward A. Kliszus, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
PORT CHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Club Getaway Trip Info for incoming 7th graders in the Fall!
Virtual field trips, a coding club and peer-to-peer teaching. These are a handful of innovative ways that children in the Port Chester School District are increasingly receiving an education rife with integrated advanced technology.
Our district is dedicating itself to dynamically improving the digital skills of students and teachers so that they can handle the new world that technology is shaping. It helps them broaden their academic opportunities and reach their scholastic goals.
Over the past few decades, classrooms have changed technologically – and they will continue to evolve. No longer do students sit through a “computer class;” technology is now used throughout the day and in most classes as a versatile tool. It helps students better understand concepts, think more critically, expand their creativity and adapt to new situations.
During this very busy time of year, I would like to give you an advance look at our June calendar, which is detailed below. This letter is also located on our website. This notice will allow you time to make any necessary plans for the upcoming end-of-year events. All final exams will be administered during class time.
This year we will be celebrating the 8th graders by having three “Academy Award” ceremonies to culminate their three years at PCMS. Parents and family members will no longer be limited to 2 guests. After the ceremony, students will meet families in the dining room for refreshments and pictures. They will then return to their classes.
May 18 2pm Dismissal for all students
PCMS Hosting New York State School Music Association solo festival
May 23 NJHS Ceremony – PCMS Auditorium at 3 pm
June 6 Band Night PCHS
June 7 Lake Compounce Trip – Grade 7
June 8 Holiday Hill Trip Grade 8
June 11 Performing Arts Awards – PCMS Auditorium at 3:15 pm
Port Chester Community Passes 2018-19 Budget, Two School Board Members Elected
The Port Chester School District community passed the 2018-19 budget, ensuring that vital academic programs are funded for another year.
On May 15, nearly 2,000 residents headed to the polls to cast their votes. The proposed $97,227,468 budget was passed by 1,197 to 729 votes. Community members Christopher Wolff and Luigi Russo were elected to the Board of Education.
“We deeply appreciate the community’s support of the budget’s passage,” said Superintendent Edward Kliszus. “This will permit us to fund our schools adequately and to provide for the academic needs of the many children in our care.”
The budget fulfills its pledge of remaining under the tax levy cap by using existing revenue and implementing budget cuts. It retains vital academic programs that students need for their success and achievement. It also prioritizes general and humanities offerings, athletics, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, and numerous support programs for our most vulnerable children.
“It is the community’s ongoing support that has enabled our students to enjoy significant successes,” Dr. Kliszus said, “as recently memorialized in U.S. News & World Report’s national and state school rankings.”
PORT CHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
School Board Approves 2018-19 School Year Calendar
Children’s Futures Become Real as They Look to College, Career
It’s never too late to start! Port Chester Middle School students took a glimpse into the future as they learned about professions and higher education.
On May 11, the children participated in the College Fair and Career Day. The school was visited by college representatives and career pros who shared knowledge about their lives post-high school.
News & Announcements - Port Chester Middle School
Flush by Carl Hiaasen
Students will begin reading Carl Hiaasen’s Flush (870L), a high-interest novel about a boy whose father has been arrested for sinking a casino boat that was polluting the ocean by pumping sewage into it. As they read the novel, students will also read excerpts of interviews with Carl Hiaasen in order to determine how his geographic location has shaped his perspective, and how his perspective is evident in Flush.
Kids inspiring Kids
The Reading Rookies inspired 3rd grade readers at King Street School and shared their love of reading. Then it was back to school with a visit to Ms. Kaufman’s class on "Autism Speaks" Day. They made “A Ball about Me” with the class and read the book “ The Day the Crayons Quit”. Go Reading Rookies!
Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, one crazy summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls in search of the mother who abandoned them—an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens, Rita Williams-Garcia.
CREATE A NOVEL
During your next outing or gathering, take action-packed photos, then have your child create captions to go with each picture. Assemble the pictures and captions in a picture book or album, and add speech and thought bubbles to create a personalized – and probably hysterical -- graphic novel.