September 15, 2023
It was wonderful to see students settling into new routines, identifying goals, engaging in learning and meeting our upper elementary and high school parents/guardians at Meet the Teacher Nights during the second week of the 2023-24 scholastic year.
Our educators appreciate families being involved right from the start and look forward to the lower elementary Meet the Teacher Nights next week.
As we gear up for a new year of successes, I want to share with our community how North Rockland plans to take spotlighting student achievement a step further.
Through a variety of programs and traditions, we have always focused on recognizing the exemplary work of NR students. Honoring and supporting the things they do continues to be at the center of creating a positive school culture where students feel valued.
To expand on that, the District will be launching more opportunities, events and activities across every building for K-12 learners to get involved/showcase their strengths academically, impressive efforts and top notch character.
It’s important we celebrate the outstanding things that students accomplish, both inside and outside the classroom as well as in all content areas - including those categories that can sometimes go unnoticed. Whether it be a feature in a Principal's newsletter, a school lobby bulletin board or case photo display, shout out on the morning announcements or positive note/post card/phone call home, we are committed to maximizing the ways we can promote those good vibrations.
At the District level we will continue to share “Red Raiders in the Headlines” which broadcasts news articles on members of our student body, “Red Raiders of the Week” to highlight our athletes each season as well as now launching “Recognizing Red Raiders” to amplify individual accomplishments and “Remarkable Red Raiders” to share inspiring stories of superb alumni.
Spreading good news is going to be a NRCSD cornerstone as the year progresses. We’re excited and motivated to share all the amazing feats our students will accomplish!
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NRCSD 9/11 Ceremony
In NR Patriot Day is an Occasion of Remembrance and Service.
Our NJROTC, Chorus, students, staff and leadership as well as local service members all gathered this morning for a beautiful, heartfelt 22nd anniversary community ceremony honoring those we lost on 9/11/2001 in North Rockland.
Wreaths Across America
Remember, Honor, Teach.
That is the motto of Wreaths Across America - Official Page, who visited Haverstraw Elementary this week. Their mission is to remember fallen U.S. Veterans, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom, which is exactly what they did.
The day started with an amazing rendition of The National Anthem from sixth grader Anthony, followed by speeches from Superintendent of schools, Dr. Kris Felicello, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Supervisor of Haverstraw Howard T. Phillips, Village of Haverstraw Mayor Michael Kohut and Principal Francisco Ovalles. Each one of them addressed the students from a place of passion and warmth to connect with the students while educating them about the importance of service and community. Full story.
Remarkable Red Raiders - Alumni Spotlight 🐾
Remarkable Red Raiders - a North Rockland Alumni Spotlight
If you're a North Rockland graduate, then you know, you’re a Red Raider for life. Stories of outstanding NRCSD alumni succeeding in their careers post-graduation inspire students, teachers and the community. The new series showcases the accomplishments and work of alumni who are using their talents to make a difference. Remarkable Alumni can be featured in a variety of different ways including a highlight story on the District website, social media, newsletter and print media. To nominate a North Rockland graduate to be spotlighted please click here to fill out this form.
Remarkable Red Raiders Alumni Spotlight: Taylor Aylmer
Hometown: Garnerville NY
NRHS Graduate: 2016
Profession: American professional soccer player currently playing midfielder for Racing Louisville FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).
Time at North Rockland: Taylor thrived during her educational journey with NR, playing on the NRHS varsity team for four years. She captained the team, earned all-league, all-section and all-state honors and was named Player of the Year in 2015. Aylmer helped lead the team to the state finals her junior and senior year. Excelling academically, she was named a 2015-16 NSCAA High School Scholar All-American and was a member of the National Honor Society and Math, Science, English and Social Studies Honor Society. Taylor also returned to help coach the NRHS JV Girls Soccer team in the Fall of 2020.
College Career: Aylmer attended and played out her collegiate career at Rutgers University on the Scarlet Knights women's soccer team from 2016–19. She captained the team in 2019, co-captained in 2018 and was named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman Team. In 2017, she was a starting midfielder in 19 of the team's 21 matches. The same year, she was named 2017 Academic All-Big Ten for the first of three consecutive years. As a junior, Aylmer was named co-captain and starting midfielder in all 20 matches. As captain during her senior year, her nine assists ranked top on the team. She was named to the 2019 All-Region Second Team, All-Big Ten Third Team, Scholar All-Region Second Team and earned Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honors.
Career Now: Aylmer signed with NY/NJ Gotham FC signed as a National Team Replacement Player in 2021 then Washington Spirit later that year. In her first regular-season start Aylmer scored a match-winning chip goal against OL Reign, her first league goal, and she ended up winning the NWSL Championship with her team at the end of the year. She finished her Spirit career with 32 matches across all competitions. This April Kansallinen Liiga club Åland United signed Aylmer for the 2023 season. Most recently NWSL Club Racing Louisville FC signed Aylmer to a national team replacement player contract, through 2023.
Taylor is living proof that you can achieve your wildest dreams. Never give up and never stop believing. Keep making us proud!
Recognizing Red Raiders
Alex Carpenter is our First Red Raider Recognition of the Year!
Alex Carpenter is taking the next step on his journey to become an Eagle Scout, an accomplishment which only 6% of Scouts achieve. He will be beautifying his parish's parking lot. To help support him and offset the cost of the project, you can purchase an engraved brick (see form for more info). Alex is a shining example of the NR spirit. He has chose a project that will make his community a more beautiful place for those who utilize it. Future plans of his include Dine and Donates as well as a cans and bottles recycling effort. Thank you Alex for making us proud!
Learn a New Tool Each Month
Social Emotional Learning is the ongoing process through which young people and adults learn and apply the skills, knowledge and attitudes that help us develop a healthy sense of who we are, connect with others, achieve our goals and support our communities. Each month we’ll be spotlighting one of the 5 areas of SEL development along with an activity we invite you and your family to practice, develop and grow your skills together.
First #FieldTripFriday of the year in honor of National Literacy Month!
September is not only National Literacy Month it’s also Library Card Sign-Up Month. To get a head start on the school year, North Rockland Remote Academy elementary learners met in-person for a field trip to the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library in Garnerville.
From access materials such as books to digital resources, movies, educational documentaries and even video games, the important free resources available provide something new to learn at every turn. Set yourself up for success and stop by NRCSD's libraries or your local library this month.
School Breakfast/Lunch Remain Free in NR 🥪
In North Rockland we are proud to share that all our schools qualify for free breakfast and lunch. Our dedicated Food Service Department has worked to get all our schools eligible for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the next three years.
***Each child is entitled to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch meal per day. For additional meals students are encouraged to use My School Bucks.
Food Service Overhaul and Revamp
North Rockland brought in a consultant to help us make positive changes to our school meal offerings including: increased choice, expanded healthy options, addition of a Boar's Head panini station, a pizza stromboli/station and daily hot breakfast. A district meal team is being put in place as we look to make our food offerings some of the best in the Hudson Valley!
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North Rockland is Going Gold 🎗️
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The Gold Ribbon is the international awareness symbol of Childhood Cancer. The color gold represents how precious children are and the resiliency of childhood cancer heroes. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation hopes that going gold this month will help send a message to policymakers that pediatric cancer research deserves more funding than it currently receives. Right now, only 4% of federal funds are going toward pediatric cancer research.
Many of us in NR unfortunately have felt or dealt with the pain of this terrible illness. In their honor, we ask all our staff and students to wear gold to school Friday September 22 in an effort to raise awareness and demonstrate support for this worthy cause.
Raiders of the Week
Lady Raider of the Week
Caroline Tomas is our Lady Raider of the Week! Caroline is a senior captain of the NRHS Varsity Girls Soccer team. Number 10 has always been a massive asset to the program. For the first game of the 2023 season, Tomas scored 2 goals against New Rochelle leading to a 5-1 victory and in the NY Hall of Fame Tournament she scored a second half goal against Jamesville-DeWitt that led the team to a 2-0 win. Caroline Tomas has also been named Lohud’s 2023 Elite 11 which is a column Lohud does to highlight the top returning players of the season in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties. At the end of last season, she was also named Second Team All County. Tomas will be attending the University of Albany where she committed to playing Division 1 soccer. Let’s make some #REDANDWHITE noise for Caroline!
Red Raider of the Week
Thomas Joachim is our Red Raider of the Week! Tommy is a freshman on the Junior Varsity Football team here at North Rockland High School. Number 9 has made an enormous impact on the team which can be difficult to do as an incoming freshman. The transition from middle school to high school can be a difficult one, especially when juggling academics and sports, but according to Tommy’s teachers, he is a respectful gentleman who has handled the change with ease. As a player, he embraces the program culture and displays leadership qualities through his play. Joachim was named the MVP of their Red-White Game Scrimmage where he made his impact on the field by making plays and following instructions intently. Even though he is a young player, his teammates often seek him out because of his great understanding of the concepts. He has been working out with the team all summer and it shows. This past week he had 3 sacks as a tight end and a number of tackles on defense as a linebacker and even played on special teams. Let’s make some #REDANDWHITE noise for Tommy!
.Home Opener with the 1977 North Rockland Football Team
Last Friday night, under the lights at the Haverstraw Complex, the halftime show was a special one. This year is the 45th anniversary of the mighty 1977 North Rockland Football Team. This powerhouse team outscored their opponents 226 to 59. Their defense was also stellar, recording three shoutouts and only allowing nine touchdowns all season. The season ended with a thriller, where they beat Clarkstown North to win the RCPSAL Championship. The team consisted of six players with 1st Team All-County honors, five players in the NR Sports Hall of Fame, and many others with All-County and All-State honors. The coaching staff was legendary, with Ralph Cordisco as the head coach and the assistants were Pete Warner and current AD Joe Casarella.
The players were honored and also got to look back at a video that included highlights, pictures and newspaper clippings from that year. It was a great opportunity for the previous generations of Raiders to pass on the torch to our rising coaching regime and players. The Raiders beat Mamaroneck that night to start the season 2-0. More photos.
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NR Athletics is looking forward to a successful 2023-24 year in sports. Go Raiders!
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Food Service Helpers
The North Rockland (Haverstraw-Stony Point) Central School District is seeking candidates for Food Service Helper positions at various school buildings for the 2023-2024 school year. The starting rate of pay is $14.57/hour. Candidates who are interested in these positions should contact the Personnel Department at (845) 942-3017.
North Rockland is seeking candidates for several Monitor positions at various school buildings for the 2023-2024 school year. These positions are 5.5 hours per day. The starting rate of pay is $14.57 per hour. These positions are 5.5 hours per day. Candidates who are interested in these positions should contact the Personnel Department at (845) 942-3017.
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2022-23 School Start, End and Bell Times ⏰
Grades K-3: 9:05AM - 3:44PM
Stony Point Elementary
West Haverstraw Elementary
Grades 4-6: 8:42AM - 3:21PM
Willow Grove Elementary
Fieldstone Middle School: 8:00AM-2:46PM
North Rockland High School: 7:20AM-2:06AM