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SCHOOL CALENDAR

Mon, Apr 14 - Mon, Apr 21
SPRING RECESS-Schools Closed
Thursday, April 17
Holy Thursday
Friday, April 18
Good Friday
Sunday, April 20
Easter
Monday, April 21
SPRING RECESS - Schools Closed
Tuesday, April 22
Board of Education Special Meeting
NRHS Library
7:00 p.m.
Click here for CSDNR Board Docs.
Tuesday, April 29
Board of Education Meeting - C.O.W.
Trinity Elementary School
7:00 p.m.
Click here for CSDNR Board Docs.
Wednesday, April 30
Grades 3-5 Math Assessments
Thursday, May 1
Grades 3-5 Math Assessments
Friday, May 2
Grades 3-5 Math Assessments
Monday, May 5
Ward Health and Wellness Week
Tuesday, May 6
Board of Education - C.O.W., Regular Meeting & Public Hearing on the Budget
New Rochelle High School
C.O.W.- 7:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting - 7:30 p.m.
Public Hearing on Proposed School Budget - 7:40 p.m.
Click here for CSDNR Board Docs.
Ward Healthy Snack Day

WEATHER

Today, 4/17/2014
High: 49 Low: 35
Sunny
6% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/18/2014
High: 53 Low: 41
Mostly cloudy
18% chance of precipitation.

Dear Ward Families,
Although the first day of Spring has come and gone, it seems like Winter still has a firm hold on us. Let’s hope the warmer weather will be filling our days soon as we move into the final months of the school year.
The PTA was busy this past month as they organized the staff appreciation luncheon. The food was excellent and enjoyed by all staff members. Thank you to the PTA for all their hard work and efforts in coordinating this and so many other events at our school.
Our students and teachers in grades 3, 4, and 5 have been working hard to prepare for the New York State assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The ELA test will be administered during the first week of April and the Math test will be the administered the last week of April. I am confident that our students are well prepared and will give it their very best!
Once again, another busy month has flown by at Ward school. The classrooms and hallways are always buzzing with the sounds of our students hard at work. We are all proud of what our students have been achieving and I thank you, as always, for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Franco J. Miele, Principal

William B. Ward Elementary School is located in New Rochelle, New York. A strong academic program not only stresses mastery of basic skills - reading, writing, and mathematics - but includes a comprehensive social studies program and an in-depth inquiry based science program. 

Ward School is a warm, positive, energetic and enthusiastic place where all children can reach their full potential as students academically, socially, and emotionally.  Diversity is one of our strengths.  Building upon this, Ward School strives to "produce responsible, self-sufficient citizens who possess the self-esteem, initiative, skills, and wisdom to continue individual growth, pursue knowledge, develop aesthetic sensibilities, and value cultural diversity by providing intellectually challenging educational programs".




Join Us for a Tuesday, April 22 Public School Funding Forum:


Features Distinguished Panel of New Rochelle's NY State Legislators


The Board of Education will host a Community Forum, "Public School Funding", in the New Rochelle High School Library, 7 p.m. Guest panelists will be New York State Senator George Latimer, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart- Cousins, New York Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and New York Assemblyman Steven Otis, who will address the important issue of educational funding and explain their own efforts to secure additional funding for our School District. This forum will be broadcast live on Cablevision (Channel 77) and Verizon (Channel 30). The streaming webcast link will also be posted on www.nred.org
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THIS WEEK IN THE NEW ROCHELLE SCHOOLS E-Newsletter

Special Edition: April 7- April 25

The City School District of New Rochelle is excited to bring you the April 7- 25 special edition, in both English and Spanish, of our This Week in the New Rochelle Schools e-newsletter. It contains both districtwide and school-by-school news.  We hope you find it helpful as you plan during April
!


Click here for English version

Click here for Spanish version

 

 


New Rochelle SEPTA Announces 2014
We Are One and Bridges Awards!

 

The We Are One award honors CSDNR teachers, administrators and staff members who make a difference in the lives of our children with special needs. The Bridges award honors members of the greater community who foster inclusiveness and understanding through their programs and businesses. Recipients will be celebrated at the 17th annual We Are One dinner at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle on April 24, 2014.  Recipients are below - congratulations!


2014 We Are One Awards


Albert Leonard Middle School:  Barbara Clark
Barnard Early Childhood Center:  Jeanne Jacobsen
Columbus Elementary School:  Otilia Tanner
George M. Davis, Jr. Elementary School:  Ricky Marchione
Isaac E. Young Middle School:  John Fullerton
Jefferson Elementary School:  Bill Murphy and Eddie Ortiz
New Rochelle High School:  Amy Cermele
Trinity Elementary School:  Denise Campbell
William B. Ward Elementary School:  Lisa Leventhal
Daniel Webster Magnet School:  Susan Muller
District-Wide:  Edie Barasch


2014 Bridges Award ~ Conroy’s Basketball: Frank Conroy


2014 Bridges Business Award ~ Modern Restaurant:
Sebastian Aliberti and Anthony Russo


To purchase tickets to the We Are One dinner, please visit http://newrochellesepta.org/ or contact
Mary Jo Jacobs, 917-432-8509, or Julia Muggia Ochs, 917-991-6150.


NEW ROCHELLE RECEIVES MAJOR EDUCATION GRANT

Thrilling! The City School District of New Rochelle, in partnership with Southern Westchester BOCES and the Port Chester Public Schools, has been awarded the New York State Education Department’s Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) Grant totaling $1,844,500.

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MORE GREAT NEWS: 

The City School District of New Rochelle's Samantha Guillen is being honored by Girls Inc. as a National Scholar! According to the organization, National Scholars "demonstrate a commitment to achieving excellence" and they have "overcome extraordinary obstacles and challenges, and often times risen above stereotypes, to become role models for their peers, examples of success for their communities, and the leaders of tomorrow." Congratulations, Samantha!

AMAZING RACE!

Congratulations to The City School District of New Rochelle Champions: Victoria Jones-Alleyne, Symone Darius, Alicia Donaldson, and Ashley Wiggins! 

Click here for Journal News article

We're proud of you!


INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT'S BUDGET MESSAGE


 

     For the past five years, the City School District of New Rochelle, like so many local school districts in New York State, has endured the damaging effects of a weakened national economy.  Over 200 positions have been lost and valuable educational programs and services have been either reduced or eliminated.  Each year, it seemed as if the Board of Education and district and school administrators were faced with a Morton’s Fork where there were only undesirable options.  Foundation aid from the state was essentially frozen, mandated costs continued to increase, and a 2% tax levy spending cap was imposed.  Faced with these challenges, our District was required to determine which positions, programs and services could be targeted without compromising the quality of core activities associated with our central mission-- the advancement of teaching and learning.   CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING Budget Message 2014.pdf

CLICK HERE to access 2014-2015 Superintendent's Preliminary Budget


GETTING INTO COLLEGE: A spotlight on five New Rochelle High School seniors on their journey to college. Below is a link to the third article in a Christian Science Monitor/Hechinger Report series following the five NRHS seniors on their quest for college financial aid.


Click here to view article

 

 

 

 


UPDATE on CSDNR SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH


At the Wednesday evening, February 26th, public presentation to the Board of Education and community, the district's professional consultants reported on the search status for our next permanent CSDNR Superintendent of Schools. At the conclusion of an extensive, ultimately six-month national search, including a strong component of community engagement, the Board of Education expects that a new Superintendent will be hired in May.


The documents found at the links below outline the Superintendent search thus far in greater detail, including: 1) hiring/search process timeline and details; 2) a summary of the community's input regarding our district's strengths and challenges; and 3) a draft of the community's identified criteria for desired candidate background, experience and skills.


Leadership Profile


Search Criteria



Hazard Young PowerPoint Presentation 

 

 

 

 


CSDNR NEWS


LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY REGARDING BUDGET DISCUSSIONS


    Please click here for important information on 2014-2015 budget discussions.


Spring Recess
schools closed April 14 - April 21

FOR CSDNR PARENTS & GUARDIANS
REQUESTS FOR APPR SCORES AND RATINGS OF
TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS

Consistent with Education Law §3012-c(10)(b), parents and guardians of students currently enrolled in the New Rochelle Public Schools will be able to receive the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for their child(ren)’s present teachers and building principal. This information will be available beginning on Monday, December 2, 2013.
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Paperless Board Meetings

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