November 12, 2021
Hello North Rockland Families,
Nothing could slow the Red Raiders down this week! Although it was a short week, our students and staff still accomplished so much.
I'm happy to say that our school's are all buzzing with constant learning, exploration and discovery. Part of the reason this year has been so successful is that we all are treating each other with empathy, care, compassion and respect. Reflecting on that sense of community and how much we have relied on one another during this pandemic has really brought our students and staff so much closer.
The District was proud to hold our special Veteran's day ceremonies, events, and lessons. All our Fieldstone Middle School students successfully launched their rockets and our modified football team there closed out their season undefeated with six straight shutouts. Dedicated learners at West Haverstraw Elementary volunteered, they cleaned up the Greenway in Haverstraw and collected thousands of plastic bottles to be recycled. Our drama, orchestra and band have all been relentlessly practicing and gearing up for tonight and tomorrows' performances of "All Together Now." It's quite an exciting time in North Rockland.
As of now, the District has begun planning for our end of the year traditions and celebrations. We want everyone to be able to not only participate in these events, but to enjoy them and feel a sense of normalcy. I remain optimistic that although events may not be the same in structure, they will be close to what we are used to this past year. So please stay tuned more information will be coming.
Furthermore as the end of 2021 approaches I encourage school community members to review the District's snow and inclement weather policy outlined below. To stay in the know please be sure to sign up for our school notification system linked here.
As always the health and safety of students and staff is and remains our top priority. Even with positivity rates falling from where they were at this time last year, we are not letting our guard down. As we approach the winter season, we truly appreciate your patience and understanding given the unique circumstances we are facing. Wearing a mask, hand washing, making good decisions and keeping children home if they may be sick or have been exposed is essential, crucial and vital to the continued success of in person instruction.
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Tonight! Drama Society Presents “All Together Now”
All Together Now - A Musical Revue
The North Rockland High School Drama Society is proud to present the global event, All Together Now, a revue of songs from hit Broadway musicals.
Ticket prices will be $15 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens. Performances will be on Friday November 12th and Saturday November 13th at 7 PM. Each performance will run approximately 80 minutes. Tickets can be pre-ordered at nrhsdra-ma.booktix.com or in-person upon arrival on the show dates.
NRHS Senior Luncheon, Prom and Graduation
Senior Lunch-In: November 23 at the Pearl River Hilton
Tickets are on sale now during school lunch periods.
Prom: June 21, 2022 at the Rockleigh Country Club
Graduation: June 17, 2022 at the NRHS Football Stadium
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.
Red Raider Rockets
Begin the ignition sequence! 3.. 2.. 1.. BLAST OFF!
Taking “one small step for man, and one giant leap for man kind” is how 7th graders in Mark Milisci's class at Fieldstone Middle School spent their day. Students set up the softball fields as their official site to launch their rockets NRStrong!
NRTogether learners closely examined each model rocket's three flight phases: powered flight, coasting flight, and recovery. Completing a full aviation cycle tests out the air craft's design, construction, launching, and operation.
After setting the launch angle and factoring in the windy weather students predicted where their rockets would land. For bonus points on their grade and well.. the glory, team members tried to catch the projectiles as properly deployed parachutes slowed their fall back to earth. The day revealed that we've got some future engineers and possibly pro catchers in our mix.
Fun fact: The birds-eye film in this video was captured by our students and teachers utilizing the District’s instruction drone! Watch the video linked here.
NRCSD Honors Veterans
NRCSD's Veterans - This year, with the help of our learners at Thiells Elementary School, we put together this video highlighting the service of Veterans currently working in the District. We are so proud to honor you today and everyday. Thank you! Watch the video here
NRHS students paused for 21 seconds of silence in honor and recognition of all our veterans and those currently in the service. We Salute You! Watch the video here.
BOE President Rich Fernandez Recognized as 2021 Outstanding Volunteer
It takes a special person, with a big heart, to volunteer to bring sunshine into the lives of others. One of the greatest gifts you can give, is your time.
Recently, our North Rockland Board of Education President, Rich Fernandez was recognized and awarded 2021 Outstanding Volunteer during the Rockland Development Council's annual Philanthropy Day.
"We're not going to solve all the problems, but we can always lend a helping hand" explained Rich while excepting the award for all he does, everyday, to help so many in our community.
We are so proud in NRCSD to see Rich be recognized for the incredible and selfless work he does on a daily basis and for the wonderful leader he is. Kudos!
To watch the award ceremony and his acceptance speech, start the stream video at the 1:00:00 mark. Linked here
Congratulate him through the link here.
The Red Raiders Can't Be Beat!
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
Led by Coaches Jones, LoConti and Mahon, the NRCSD Modified Football team at Fieldstone Middle School closed out their 2021-22 season, UNDEFEATED!
With an impressive record of 6-0 our junior athletes proved the Red Raiders can't be beat. You don't stay undefeated without great defense, in a rare six shutouts the team also completes their season without being scored on by opponents. Congratulate the team here.
NR Boys Soccer All-Section Athletes
Congratulations to our NRCSD Boys Soccer All-Section athletes and League Coach of the Year, Chris Dwyer!
League I-C MVP: Gabe Garcia
All-section: Gabe Garcia & Robert Pesantez
Honorable mention: Melvin Guanga & Bernardo Carrera
NR Winter Sports
November 15, 2021: High School Winter Sports Start
November 29, 2021- Modified Teams Start
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!
LocalLiveWant 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
America Recycles Day is November 15!
The national day of recycling is led by Keep America Beautiful, an organization that makes it their mission for a “country in which every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live.” They holiday is a perfect opportunity to look deeply at the impact we have on our environment, recycling habits and find ways to increase our participation in reducing our carbon footprint.
NRCSD has pledged to go green this school year and to recycle more in honor of America Recycles Day coming up. Just take a look at the initiative our dedicated learners are West Haverstraw Elementary have taken on this month!
After volunteering and cleaning up the local Haverstraw Greenway, student's were really inspired to get more involved. They decided to host a school-wide plastic bottle collection contest by grade level! All week learner's have been thoughtfully bringing in bags and bags of plastic bottles to be properly recycled. We learned that recycling just 1 plastic bottle saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours, creates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than would be created when making a new bottle. Recycling plastic also saves twice as much energy as it takes to burn it and it only takes 5 recycled plastic bottles to make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.
We have already collected over 3,500 plastic bottles during this contest! We also compiled some simple ways that you can join us in our mission and recycle more!
- Say no or reduce your use of plastic bags.
- Support restaurants, stores and businesses who are reducing their use of single-use plastics.
- Set-up recycling bins in your home, workplace or at events.
- Always chooses reusable, when it come to bags, bottles and packaging.
- Buy upcycled or recycled products.
- Donate or recycle your e-waste.
- Put out corrugated cardboard and paper on recycling pick up days.
- Try to minimize food waste and recycle during the upcoming holiday season.
- Donate or recycle clothing and textiles.
- Get the whole family involved
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
West Haverstraw 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 https://www.sunriver.org/.
Free emotional-support service offered by NYS
**Visit the New York State Am I Eligible webpage or Vaccines.gov 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 DisasterAssistance.gov.
Or calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.
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.
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!
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