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    Join the Ram Nation Baseball Clinic

    Any young baseball fans interested in joining the Ram Nation Baseball Clinic during Spring Recess?

    The Port Chester Recreation Department will host the clinic from April 2 to 6 for players ages 8 to 13. The clinic’s goal is to prepare players for the upcoming spring baseball season. It is designed to develop and increase each individual’s skillset. Stations will be set up for hitting, throwing, defense, base running and pitching to develop proper technique.

    Find more information in the PDF links below. The registration deadline is March 23.

    The clinic will be led by Port Chester High School head coach Eddie Martinez and players on the varsity baseball team.

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    Pre-Kindergarten Registration Now Open for Port Chester Residents

    Families with children looking to begin pre-kindergarten in the fall can now register their students.

    Port Chester Public Schools’ pre-kindergarten registration is now open until March 30. Eligible children must have turned 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2018, reside in Port Chester and meet federal and state income eligibility requirements.

    Applications can be picked up from Port Chester Head Start Pre-Kindergarten, which is located at 17 Spring Street, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. For questions or additional enrollment information, kindly call 914-937-5863.

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    Important Notice to Parents Regarding School Safety and the ELC

    Please see the letter, linked here, to the community from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edward Kliszus. (Para la versión en español de este documento, haga clic en este enlace.) There are two subjects of this letter. First is the matter of school safety in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., tragedy. The second is in regards to the decision by the Board of Education to close the JFK Early Learning Center at the Holy Rosary School at the school year's end.

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    When to keep your child home from school with illness


    It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well. Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or call for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended. 



    Puede ser difícil saber cuándo enviar los niños a la escuela si le dicen que no se sienten bien. Por lo general, el mejor lugar para ellos está en la escuela, pero hay algunos momentos en los que mantenerlos en casa para descansar o llamar para hacer una cita con su proveedor de cuidados de la salud es recomendable. 


  • You’re Invited to the Kiwanis Club’s Annual Youth Breakfast

    Don’t miss the Annual Youth Breakfast, hosted by the Kiwanis Club or Port Chester/Rye Brook.

    On Sunday, April 15, the community is invited to support our youth leadership programs and Rye Brook’s D.A.R.E. program.

    The event will take place at Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street School, which is located at 390 North Ridge Street in Rye Brook.

    Please view the attached flyer for additional information.

  • S.T.E.M. Fair rescheduled to Monday March 26th!

    Please be advised that the S.T.E.M. Fair has been rescheduled due to expected inclement weather. 

  • Purchase Lady Rams Spirit Wear

    Hello, Rams!
    When placing an order, you must use the access code on the bottom right hand corner of the attached flyer - PCSOFT2018. Orders must be placed on or before March 19.
    Thank you in advance for your support!
    The PC Softball Booster Club Committee
  • 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.

  • 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, Character.org.

    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.”

  • Port Chester residents to vote on 2018 PCMS bond 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 information sheets linked here for more information.

  • 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.

  • Add Our Calendars to Your Device

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

  • Send Our Calendar Events to Your Personal Calendar

    If you use a calendar from Google, Office 365, or Outlook on your desktop or mobile device, you can now subscribe to our school calendar and send its events to your personal calendar software.

     If you have never done this in your calendar, search online for how to import an online calendar to your calendar software using an iCal link.

     Then, just follow these 3 steps:

    1.    On the school home page, scroll down to What’s Happening and click on the icon for the Monthly View

    2.    You’ll now see a “Subscribe” button at the top left of the calendar.  Click on it.

    3.    Copy the URL that pops up and paste it into your personal calendar software

  • Robotics and Coding

    New links for Coding and Robotics:
    Coding: https://sites.google. com/a/portchesterschools.org/ coding/
    Robotics: https://sites. google.com/a/ portchesterschools.org/ robotics/