Community Update

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Community Update

November 5, 2021

Hello North Rockland Families,

The first week of November did not disappoint! There was much we celebrated in North Rockland.

At the Board of Education meeting, our students honored each of our board members with thoughtful gifts and special videos they made personally thanking them for all they have done for the various programs they are involved in throughout our schools. It was a special night filled with gratitude and performances that reminded me of why I am so proud to be the superintendent of this great District.

We also recognized our ten wonderful principals for their extraordinary efforts this year. They have been doing an incredible job and working tirelessly to provide the best education and leadership possible, and it’s time to give them a hand. Further below in the update you will find a profile on each of them and the culture they work passionately to create for each of our schools.

Finally we hosted a veterans appreciation ceremony, complete with gifts, treats, and an honorary video highlighting their service, for all the veterans currently working in our district. In North Rockland we feel is it crucial to acknowledge Veterans service to our nation. That is why next week our school's will be hosting a variety of events, classes and services recognizing these brave individuals. As a reminder there is no school next, Thursday November 11, in observance of Veteran's Day.

Next week marks the start of our winter productions and the holidays will be here before you know it! As we begin our third month of the 2021-22 school year, let's keep the momentum we have set over the last two. Our schools have continuously been filled with learning, teamwork, new friends, growth, competition, and above all else perseverance.


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Upcoming events

Tonight! Drama Society Presents “12 Angry Jurors”

The NRHS Drama Society presents the fall drama “12 Angry Jurors.” The shows run on November 5th and 6th at 7:00 PM in the auditorium. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. Please join us!

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Hybrid Parent/Teacher Conferences

In an effort to accommodate parents and limit capacity in our schools, NRCSD is hosting Hybrid Parent Teacher Conferences. While we know face-to-face conversations are a better option for some parents, we also understand the convenience of a virtual conference is more desirable for some families. Parents will be able to choose how they want to schedule their P/T conferences either in person, via Google Meet, or through a phone conference. This will serve to offer parents the option that works best for them while also reducing the number of visitors in our buildings for this event.

Please find a link to the schedule of the dates and time at each school building linked here.

District Highlights

This week is School Board Recognition Week at NRCSD!

Following the New York State School Boards Association's 2021 School Board Recognition Week theme “School Boards Lead so Students Can Achieve”, the Red Raiders put together this special video thanking our North Rockland Board of Education members for all they do.

School board members play a critical role in serving our students, our communities, and our state. In #NR we are so grateful for the extraordinary individuals who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing our district and recognize the vital contributions these elected public officials play in the education and success of our children. Our caring and selfless BOE members are always there, always involved and always fighting for our learners. We appreciate them and the positive impact their leadership has on our students educational experiences.

North Rockland Central School District's Board of Education includes:

Richard Fernandez, President

Peggy Zugibe, Vice President

Deborah P. Gatti, Trustee

James Kraus, Trustee

Ida Mannine, Trustee

Robert Masiello, Trustee

Mary Romano, Trustee

Please join us in thanking each of the men and women who make the time to share their leadership and voice about the future of North Rockland children through the link here.

NR Celebrated National Principals Month!

October was National Principals Month! To celebrate we are shouting out our 10 amazing campus leaders in an effort to thank them for their dedication and to recognize the essential role that principals play in making a school great.

National Principals Month is our opportunity to honor these incredible administrators for their visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student. Their photo captions spotlight the 2021-22 North Rockland Central School District Building Leader Dream Team -- Please help us #ThankAPrincipal by clicking their photos and leaving a comment.

We appreciate all that you do for your learning communities!

NRHS & NRHS Extension Job Fair

Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life!

Every fall North Rockland High School and the NRHS Extension host daily college and career fairs, during school hours, over a full three week long period.

NRCSD's annual college/career fairs are designed to give our high school students, in all grades, the chance to explore career opportunities, meet prospective employers, practice professional behavior, and learn more about colleges and trades by talking one-on-one with admissions representatives. Agents from a variety of colleges, trade schools, local businesses, the military and beyond are all in attendance. They set up mini kiosks to provide interested learners with valuable information for their first ventures into the professional world or to help narrow down the options during their college search.

These fairs also give the business community a platform to develop early connections, with the potential for internships and/or future job openings. We were so happy to see so many of our Red Raiders take advantage of the terrific events #NRStrong!

NR Athletics

NR Alumni Kohut Named NEC Rookie of the Week

SOMERSET, N.J. – First-year Nancy Kohut of the Sacred Heart University women's bowling team earned Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors on Wednesday.

The honor is the first for a Pioneer this season as Amanda Chrzanowski of Fairleigh Dickinson rounded out the weekly awards as Player of the Week.

The first-year averaged 9.01 pins per first-ball shot while filling frames at an .832 clip during the VUU Invitational. Kohut accounted for a team-high 20.33 pins per baker frame.

The Pioneers are back in action on November 6 when they square off with Northeast Conference opponents in New Brunswick, N.J. Story link
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NR Youth Football

The 8u team heads into the weekend undefeated, playing their league jamboree on Saturday in Poughkeepsie.

he 10u team are also undefeated this season, they play their first playoff game vs Mahopac this Sunday at 10am at North Rockland High School.

The 12u team is 5 - 1, they play their first playoff game vs Hudson Valley this Sunday 12 noon at North Rockland High School.


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Volleyball Sectional Win

The NRHS Girls Varsity Volleyball Team is competing today at 4:30 against Mamaroneck for the Section 1 Championship. NR is the defending champs and have made it this far for the past three years. We wish Coach Peter Eckert and the whole time the best of luck. GO RED AND WHITE!

Lohud article on the win!

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Last Home Red Raider Football Game

The Red Raiders play RC Ketcham Saturday Nov, 6 at 2pm! Come cheer them on during their final home game this season.
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  • For more info on Athletics visit the NR Athletics homepage linked here.

  • Be sure to follow our Twitter @NRockathletics for all the latest sports action!


Want to watch remotely? No problem! The District has continued to partner with LocalLive, allowing most of our athletic contests to be live-streamed and recorded. Missed a game this week? Watch it on our LocalLive channel by clicking here.

NR Goes Green

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Cafeteria Recycling Stations

One way North Rockland has been going green is by utilizing waste reduction stations instead of trash cans in our cafeterias like the one pictured here at FMS. #NRTogether students and staff are all able to drastically reduce their garbage by recycling at the mobile draining and sorting installation. By enabling users to pour out excess beverages, juices or milk, almost all the daily cartons, bottles and cans are being recycled. Implementing this sustainable waste reduction practice has drastically reduced the trash produced in our buildings and taught learners the importance of not wasting food.

The EPA estimates that during the holidays our household waste increases by a staggering 25%. Here are 5 ways you can join the Red Raiders in their mission to reduce food waste this holiday season!

  • 1. Plan your meals. Instead of overbuying or buying in bulk, try to pick up only what you know will be eaten, and eat what you buy.
  • 2. Try not to over prepare food, instead try to prepare “just enough.”
  • 3. Encourage friends and family to take leftovers home.
  • 4. Store leftovers in the freezer to enjoy after you’ve had a break from them for a little while.
  • 5. Save the scraps! Search “holiday leftover recipes” online there are so many great new recipes.

Community Information

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NRCSD November Community Food Drives

November is traditionally a time to give thanks and give back to the community in North Rockland. We will be posting our school's annual food drives here as they begin. Thank you in advance for you generosity and participation.

Thiells Elementary Turkey Trot

Stony Point Elementary Food Drive


On November 2, 2021, following the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization (EUA) on October 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s (ACIP’s) recommendation for children ages 5-11 to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This is the first authorized vaccine to be permitted for use in this age group. All children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive a two-dose primary series of the pediatric formulation Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, effective immediately. Parents or guardians with questions about the vaccine are encouraged to talk to their child’s pediatrician or another trusted healthcare provider.

NYSDOH Pediatric Vaccine Guidance linked here.

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the RCDOH Clinic, click here.

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) is participating in New York State’s #VaxToSchool campaign! Starting October 19th, youth ages 12 to 17 will get a gift card with a first and/or second COVID-19 vaccine at a RCDOH COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

Sun River has informed us that they are providing immunizations, COVID-19 vaccinations, physicals, and child health insurance assistance. All of these services are available for #NRCSD students and school community members. To make an appointment, please call (845) 659-2436 or visit

Project Hope

Free emotional-support service offered by NYS


**Visit the New York State Am I Eligible webpage or to find a vaccine near you. For questions, more information, or if you need assistance scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, call 845-238-1956 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Hurricane Ida Survivors

Are you a homeowner or renter who was affected by the recent disaster? First file a claim with your insurance company. Then see if you are eligible to receive disaster assistance by:

Going online to

Or calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.

Recovery Process Form

The Rockland County Disaster Recovery Center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. It is located at Orangetown Soccer Club Complex, 175 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, NY 10962.

NR Weekly Positive Case Report

***NRCSD continues to work tirelessly to ensure that all health and safety protocols are working effectively. It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to make sure all safety protocols are followed at all times—in and out of school— so we can mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We must work together in partnership—schools, families, and students—and be mindful of the great responsibility we all have to protect ourselves and those around us. This virus can be present without any symptoms. That fact alone can lead to the unintentional infection of others.

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School Meal Information

School Meal Sign up!

Red Raider Reminder

NR students who enroll in the free/reduced breakfast & lunch program qualify for college application fee waivers, free ACT and SAT exams and reduced AP exam registration fees! To qualify please complete the Free or Reduced Price Meal Application Form linked here as soon as possible.

Join the NRCSD Family!

The District is looking for more great employees to work with our students. If you are looking for a rewarding position, please consider applying with NRCSD further below in today’s update. Please click on the job image to apply through the District Form.

Food Service Helper

The North Rockland (Haverstraw-Stony Point) Central School District is seeking candidates for Food Service Helper positions at various school buildings for the 2021-2022 school year. The starting rate of pay is $14.00/hour. Apply here


The North Rockland Central School District is also seeking candidates for Monitor positions at the elementary level for the 2021-2022 school year. These positions are 5.5 hours per day. The starting rate of pay is $14.00/hour. Interested candidates should apply here.

Substitute Nurses

The North Rockland (Haverstraw-Stony Point) Central School District is seeking candidates for School Nurse substitutes for the 2021-2022 school year. All candidates must be licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse. The starting rate of pay is $109 per day. Candidates can apply here.


Haverstraw Transit has informed us that they are currently seeking and accepting applications for: DRIVERS AND MONITORS. Apply here.

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