PRSD Pulse

July 2022

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Superintendent's Update

Greetings Pearl River School District Families and Staff,

I hope each of you are enjoying a happy, healthy and restful summer with family and friends. Although the 2021-22 academic year has ended, extended school year summer enrichment programs are well-underway – and, we are excited to provide students with the opportunity to reinforce core curriculum knowledge to help maintain learning gains. Our PRSD administrators and support staff are also working hard to prepare for the return of all K-12 students on Tuesday, September 6.

This July edition of our monthly PRSD Pulse e-newsletter serves as a “highlight reel” as we reflect on our celebratory year-end events and festivities that took place in each of our buildings during the month of June. I extend my utmost congratulations to each of our graduates – from rising fifth-graders, to soon-to-be eighth-graders, to incoming college freshmen – each of whom will achieve great success in their new academic endeavors.

As we actively prepare for the 2022-23 school year, I look forward to the new work ahead as our District reflects on its policies and practices with regards to diversity, equity and inclusivity through the Equity Task Force. I expect this work to be challenging, but also affirming this community’s fundamental belief, that its public schools are and must be safe places that welcome and support all learners. I will provide regular updates regarding our sustainable progress in collective learning, alignment, strategic planning and execution of specific actions.


Marco F. Pochintesta, Ed.D.

End of the School Year Spotlights:

A front row seat to our District's promotion, moving up and commencement ceremonies throughout the month of June...

Caps off to the Pearl River High School Class of 2022! Beginning with a traditional processional march (led by PRHS band and orchestra ensembles) along with a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” from the PRHS senior choral ensemble, seniors entered onto the field on June 23 – taking their seats for a welcoming invocation from Pastor J. Lena Warren, greetings and remarks from Assistant Principal Aaron McCasland and Principal Robert Zegarelli, addresses from the salutatorian (Matthew Balison) and valedictorian (Edward Real), as well as words from the class president (Frederick Teige Beaudry). With a presentation of the class from Superintendent Marco Pochintesta, students were awarded their diplomas by class advisors, counselors and Board of Education members – crossing the stage to officially mark their milestone. Read more on Facebook and Instagram.

On June 22, Pearl River Middle School seventh-graders moved on the high school level! Over 200 rising eighth-graders were promoted and awarded a number of honors that celebrate both accomplishments and achievements across academics and the arts. With District and building administrators, teachers, counselors, PRSD Board of Education members, and families and friends in attendance, these soon-to-be high-schoolers received their certificates and headed down the aisle as they were met with much applause and cheer. Read more on Facebook and Instagram.

Evans Park Elementary School fourth-graders took part in their Grade 4 Promotion Ceremony on June 16 as students received certificates marking a new chapter as incoming Pearl River Middle School Pirates! Joined by friends, family, PRSD administrators and Board of Education members, along with fellow students, soon-to-be fifth-graders sang along to a variety of tunes with the help of music teacher Glyn Nixon. Throughout the ceremony, a number of awards and gifts were issued on behalf of the Evans Park PTA to grade 4 teachers (Melissa Alm, Johannah Mitchell, Laura Sheridan, Robyn Smith and Danielle Ritter), Principal Sue Pariot and music teacher Glyn Nixon upon her retirement. In addition, Pearl River High School seniors Kayla Falesto and Alexander Cacas were awarded Evans Park PTA Scholarships! Read more on Facebook and Instagram.

Fourth-graders at Lincoln Avenue Elementary School were celebrated during their indoor Grade 4 Promotion Ceremony held on June 15 with friends, family, PRSD administrators and Board of Education members in attendance to excitedly honor students' five-year journey as elementary students. Kicking off with opening words from Principal Kathleenann Cool and Audra Marinelli/LA PTA Scholarship winner (and Pearl River High School senior) Jack Craig, rising fifth-graders received their certificates from grade 4 teachers Karen DiMenna, Kirsten Gorman, and Angela McKeown as they crossed the stage one-by-one. In addition, the Lincoln Avenue PTA unveiled the Class of 2022's portrait and music teacher Glyn Nixon was treated with a send off song in honor of her retirement following the completion of the 2021-22 school year. Read more on Facebook and Instagram.

On June 14, Franklin Avenue Elementary School invited friends, family administrators and Board of Education members to attend a very special day of ushering in these fourth-graders' upcoming journey to the middle school during their Grade 4 Promotion Ceremony! Beginning with welcoming remarks from Principal Kristin Talleyrand and FA Star Scholarship winner (and Pearl River High School senior) Molly McGarity, these soon-to-be Pirates shared their 'Just Three Words' posters and received certificates from grade 4 teachers Kayla Kurzhals, Laurie Lewis, and Cornelia Quinn. Read more on Facebook and Instagram.

We're feeling BUBBLY about how much our Lincoln Avenue Elementary School kindergarteners have learned this year! As part of a 'Bubble Up' celebration, students were quizzed by fourth-grade students, proving that they're ready for first grade. Kindergarten students tested their knowledge of the Pledge of Allegiance, U.S. states and counting -- and sang aloud "Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue", "Kindergarten Rap", "You Are My Sunshine", and "This Land is Your Land" for all in attendance. Continuing on their journey as soon-to-be first grade Lions, these students headed through the bubble tunnel, officially beginning their transition to grade 1! Read more on Facebook and Instagram.

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