Community Update

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Community Update

June 3, 2022

Hello North Rockland Families,

Last week was a very challenging week for not only our District, but our nation. We join together as a community in grief but also in solidarity. Our hearts and thoughts are with the family members and Uvalde, Texas Community as well as anyone shaken by this horrible incident.

Our community’s concerns are taken very seriously and we continue to make security the top priority at all of our schools. In North Rockland every building has a Safety Team that works in conjunction with the District’s Safety Team. The District plans to hold working sessions this summer to ensure our buildings are as secure as possible. The result will be an enhancement of security through a multi-layered approach to school safety, including high-level security, surveillance, emergency preparedness, and well-trained staff.

As safety and security remain at the forefront of our planning, all of the District’s crisis and safety teams are collaboratively enforcing the additional safety measures put in place for the remainder of this year and exploring upgrades for next year.

North Rockland’s current Emergency Response and Safety plan can be found linked here and is designed to help students, families and staff understand how they can help support safety in our schools through preparedness, awareness, risk reduction, and prevention/intervention strategies, programs and initiatives.

Another way parents can help is by talking with your children. Remind them that their school is a safe place and space where we are all united in and committed to ensuring a secure environment. Prevention and early intervention are key factors, so we have been advising students that if they see something suspicious, say something. Building security protocols and procedural safeguards have been raised, so please be understanding/patient with our schools while you are signing kids out. Together it is our responsibility to watch out for each other and the safety of our school communities.

I want to express my deep appreciation to police departments in Stony Point and Haverstraw, the Rockland County Sheriff's Office and our Town Supervisors for their immediate calls to us and support in doing everything possible to increase law enforcement presence in our schools. The District is currently in discussions with local officials in an effort to bring on School Resource Officers for the 2022-23 school year.

Finally, thank you to all of our staff who ensured the celebrations, milestones and events we shared this week were safe and a good way to lift spirits while supporting one another during a difficult time. We are looking forward to all that’s still to come as we close out the 2021-22 school year NR Strong and NR Together!

What's new for the 2022-23 School Year

NRCSD has the 2022-23 School Year Supplies covered! 📚🖇✏️🖍📓📏 🐾

We understand the financial hardships many families are facing due to the ongoing pandemic. Therefore, our principals and teachers have determined the basic supplies students will need. The District will utilize COVID relief funds again to purchase those back-to-school supplies to take that burden off families. Individual teachers may require a few course-specific items once classes begin.

District Highlights

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A Well Deserved Honor for North Rockland's Peggy Zugibe!

This week the Rockland County School Boards Association (RCSBA) recognized and honored education leaders and school staff from throughout our community. The honoree of the evening was Rockland BOCES Board of Education President, President of the New York School Boards Association, RCSBA Treasurer and North Rockland Central School District BOE Vice-President Peggy Zugibe, recognized for her tireless efforts and advocacy on behalf of the students and school staff in Rockland County - and, families across New York State!

Congratulate her here.

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Awards Night 2022!

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

During Awards Night, 230 North Rockland High School graduating seniors were presented with over 700 prestigious scholarships totaling: $400,000+!

Congratulations to everyone who crossed the auditorium stage to be recognized and officially awarded with state, local, or memorial scholarships. Every envelope given honors achievements of our learners during their journey at NRHS and all the effort they have put into furthering their education. More photos.

Rambling Raider - Last Issue

Welcome to the final edition of The Rambling Raider for the 2021-2022 school year! We are so grateful for everyone's constant support and praise throughout this year! Please click here to enjoy these fun and fresh articles that will welcome you into a great summer! Au revoir!


Tips for Helping Students After a School Shooting

  • Try to keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
  • Limit exposure to television and the news.
  • Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
  • Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
  • Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
  • Families and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
  • Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

Article: Talking to Children about Terrorist Attacks and School and Community Shootings in the News

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Did you know NRCSD now offers a FREE App?

The North Rockland Central School District App is now available for download in the App Store or Google play! Just search North Rockland CSD and tap to download. Save time and find all the latest District information all in one convenient, easy use location.

Steps to download:

  1. Visit iTunes App Store ® or Google Play ®
  2. Search North Rockland CSD
  3. Then select North Rockland CSD App for FREE download
  4. Open the App enable push notifications and select the school(s) you want to subscribe to.

Stay connected!

  • Get the latest district and school news
  • Select the schools you want to follow
  • Get push notifications about breaking news, closures, weather, events, and more
  • Tap to see school locations, phone numbers, and staff information, fast

For a tutorial and navigation overview on the NRCSD App check out the YouTube video linked here.

NR Remote Academy 2022-23

We are excited to share that thanks to our school communities overwhelming support, the Remote Academy will continue to be an option for families for the 22-23 school year. If you have not already completed the enrollment form and are interested in enrolling your child in the Remote Academy, please complete the form(s) below by Friday, May 27th.

Elementary Form (Grades 1-6)

Secondary Form (Grades 7-12)

2022-23 District Calendar

The 2022-2023 District Calendar linked here, was formally approved at this week's Board of Education meeting.

NRCSD Summer Programs

Summer in North Rockland is going to be full of engagement and education. The District is currently finalizing our 2022-23 Summer Program offerings which will be introducing new innovative activities and curriculum. A snapshot of our programs and their offerings can be found linked here and a video exploring Stepping Stones Summer Enrichment can be found linked here. Please be on the lookout for more information as we get closer to summertime on how to sign up.

Immunizations Information

Important reminder for the 2022/2023 school year. It is never too early to think ahead about what your child will need for the following school year, including immunizations.

The North Rockland Central School District maintains strict compliance with New York State Immunization laws. New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164 requires that schools will not permit a child to attend school unless the parent provides the school with a certificate of immunization or proof from a physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant that the child is in the process of receiving the required immunizations. More information can be found linked here.

Upcoming Events

District Overview of Year End Events

The most up to date information on all the upcoming year end events Districtwide can be found on the final months of the 2021-22 NRCSD Calendar linked here.

Year End Event Lists by Building

Below you will find a list of upcoming NR events now through the end of the year linked by school. Keep checking back on this section each week as school events continue to be updated.

Remote Academy

Next week:

Grade 3 Moving Up Ceremony In-Person June 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at FMS

Grade 6 Moving Up Ceremony In-Person June 9 - 8:30 a.m. at FMS

Stony Point Elementary School

Next week:

June 6 Kindergarten Moving-Up Ceremonies 9:30 a.m.

June 7 Kindergarten Moving-Up Ceremonies 9:30 a.m.

June 8 Kindergarten Moving-Up Ceremonies 9:30 a.m.

June 9 Kindergarten Prom - During School

West Haverstraw Elementary School

Next week:

June 8 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten Ice Cream Social

June 9 6:30 p.m. 1st Grade Ice Cream Social

June 10 Kindergarten Prom

Thiells Elementary School

Next week:

June 7 Field Day and Picnic, Grade 3

June 9 Kindergarten Celebration, 9:45 a.m.

Kindergarten Celebration 12:15 p.m.

June 10 Kindergarten Celebration, 9:45 a.m.

Kindergarten Celebration 12:15 p.m.

Haverstraw Elementary School

Next week:

Field Days

Grade 5 - June 8

Grade 6 - June 3

Grade 4 - June 7

Grade 6 BBQ June 9 - Rain Date June 10

Farley Elementary School

Next week:

Field Days

Grade 4 June 9 1-3:00 p.m.

Grade 5 June 9 11 a.m.

Grade 6 June 10

Grade 6 BBQ June 10 - 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Grade 6 Party June 9 - 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Spring Concerts June 8 - grades 4&6

Willow Grove Elementary School

Next week:

Field Days

Grade 4 June 7

Grade 5 June 3

Grade 6 June 1

6th grade BBQ June 9 at Kruckers 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Fieldstone Middle School

Next week:

8 Grade Field Trip – June 8 8:30 AM (Rain Date: June 9)

“Steered Straight” Parent Program - June 9

“Steered Straight” Student Assemblies - June 10

Community Forum

For more information click on the flyer below.

Red Raider Reminder - Senior Prom/Graduation


NRHS Graduation is Friday, June 17, 2022.

Rain Dates are Wednesday, June 22 or Thursday, June 23, 2022.

Location: NRHS Football Stadium.

NRHS Prom is Tuesday, June 21, 2022

at the Rockleigh Country Club.

More information to follow as we get further into the year.

EdCamp Rockland

Save the date!

North Rockland Central School District will be hosting our 5th annual EdCamp Rockland on Saturday, June 11th from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Fieldstone Middle School!

  • Edcamp is a free, participant-driven, shared educational experience open to all interested educators. Food and beverages will be provided and there'll be lots of swag and amazing sponsored prizes.

Click here to register.

Click here to follow EdCamp Rockland on Facebook!

Final Days to Register for NR UPK!

The North Rockland Central School District Universal Pre-K program has only a few spots remaining. Registration is open to children who will be four years old by December 1, 2022

and live in the district! Sign up now through the link here.

NR Athletics

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Girls Softball Section 1 Champions

In extra innings, and in Red Raider Country, North Rockland won the Section 1 Class AA Championship game last Saturday. A bases loaded hit by Olivia Leon in the bottom of the eighth inning scored pinch runner Bella Guerra and gave the Red Raiders a 2-1 victory over White Plains. Make some noise for our athletes and Head Coach Jackie DiNuzzo on their new title through the link here. Congrats!

More on the epic game from lohud here.

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Another Section 1 win for NR. Right on track.

Congratulations to North Rockland's Girls Track Team, the 2022 Section 1 Class AA Champions! The Red Raiders hurdled passed the competition during last Saturday's finals, earning the plaque and securing NRAthletics second Section title of the day. We are so proud of the work our athletes have put in during this Spring season. Let’s hear it for the CHAMPS!

Lohud article about the win


Click here for starting dates for: Fall Sports 2022, Winter Sports 2022-23, and Spring Sports 2023.
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Basketball Clinic

Click for on the flyer below for more information.

Community Information

Resources for Combating Substance Abuse

Following the nationwide and unfortunately countywide upwards trend in youth substance abuse, recently, there has been an increase in the number of instances involving student use of substances forbidden by the North Rockland Central School District’s Code of Conduct. The District is taking this very seriously as the safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority. Subsequently, the District has set forth measures to help inform students and parents of the inherent dangers of these substances, while also deploying measures to promote a healthy school environment.

Measures being implemented include:

  • A search of North Rockland High School was conducted in late February by the K-9 units from Rockland and Orange County. 15 officers and their K-9 service dogs swept the facility. Future sweeps are planned in conjunction with the Haverstraw Police Department.

  • Training for faculty and staff members is being scheduled to help detect the signs of student substance use and the recognition of various forms of paraphernalia.

  • Increased security in areas of schools where student misbehavior is more likely to occur.

  • Educational presentations on the dangers of controlled substances are being held for students. A parent information night will be scheduled for later this month.

  • Adjustment of bathroom supervision protocols

  • The District will continue our partnership with the North Rockland Coalition for Drug and Awareness Prevention to support our students and families in need of assistance.

  • The District will add staff to provide substance abuse counseling.

  • The District is working closely with the town of Haverstraw to bring two School Resource Officer Positions (SRO) to the District.

We recognize the potential dangers associated with the use of substances by our student body and remain committed to the safety and well-being of our students.

Substance abuse for families

Strategies parents can use to help their children:

  • Look for signs

  • Talk to your child and explain your concerns in detail.

  • Seek help/resources from your family physician, school counselor or school social worker

  • Get help

Helpful links:

  • Behavioral Health Response Team
  • North Rockland Coalition /Drug Awareness & Prevention (website)

    NRC/DAP Parent Support

  • Haverstraw Reach Out Center: 845-429-5731
  • High Focus Center: 1-800-877-3628
  • Volunteer Counseling (VCS): 845-634-5729
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Hotline: 1-800-622-HELP(4357)
  • Samaritan Daytop Village: 845-353-2730
  • Arms Acres: 845-208-0632
  • Adolescent Outpatient Substance Abuse Program (Nyack Hosp): 845-348-2075

Signs parents could look for that determine if their child may be using:

  • Poor performance in school

  • Emotional and behavioral problems

  • Losing interest in activities they once enjoyed

  • Dropping old friends for a new group

  • Acting despondent, aggressive or angry

  • Sleeping more than usual

  • Breaking rules

  • Exhibiting physical changes like sudden weight loss, frequent nosebleeds, bloody or watery eyes, or shakes and tremors

More detailed signs: Linked here

Informational Articles:

HKDL Affordable Connectivity Program

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

All families with children attending NRCSD’s six elementary schools are eligible to receive a discount of $30/month for home internet service, and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider through the Affordable Connectivity Program.

The Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library is participating in the Hudson Valley Digital Navigators program (, paid for with federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The library can connect families to the ACP to access the discounts they're entitled to. Call (845) 786-3800 and speak with a librarian for more information.

Internet Safety Materials

At North Rockland Central School District we take internet safety very seriously. It is important that we all have access to information on how to keep our students safe. Here are a few web resources:

  1. Common Sense Media - click here

  2. Connect Safely - click here

  3. Internet Safety Tips - click here

Peachjar Flyers

The NRCSD has partnered with Peachjar. This new platform will enable us to send important school and community flyers to parents/guardians digitally, saving our schools time, money, and paper. School-approved digital flyers will be sent to your email inbox. Please click here for more information.
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NR Community 5K Walk

This year the registration fee is only $10!
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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 Helpers

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 $150 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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