North Rockland Central School District
North Rockland Families:
Over the course of the month of January we have been celebrating our students.
Sharing learners accolades and accomplishments is something that I am so proud to do. Truly nothing makes me happier as Superintendent of Schools than watching students get excited about something, try, work hard and succeed.
In North Rockland we are striving to: Always encourage a positive outlook and focus on the good our students are doing. Acknowledge and support their feelings by incorporating student interests/experiences into lessons. And above all, provide learners with a multitude of opportunities for small successes – then honor those achievements.
Whether it's earning a certificate, making the grade, having the courage to sing on stage at the District Coffeehouse, taking home the trophy at the Ping Pong Finals, or simply staying after school to try to better themselves – recognizing our wonderful students and staff members for their efforts is so important. And we have a lot of great things to share happening in our schools every day!
We are also here for all our families looking for ways to support student learning beyond the walls of the classroom. The District has begun hosting our 2023 Parent/Family Workshops, like the recent Mental Health Information Session organized by our Guidance and Social Work Departments. One key take away from these interactive sessions is that spending a few minutes a day to support your child with schoolwork or speaking with them about their goals or interests can make a big impact.
It's also very important for students to stay connected to their communities. In an effort to allow grades K-12 to branch out in new ways, we have been providing avenues for them to explore the resources in their hometowns. Trips to local historic, scientific or engineered sites are underway as well as participating in cleanups or drives (like our cereal drive - see below) for community organizations are instilling values that promote respect for all people, develops critical thinkers and nurtures a life long love for learning.
Another part of this initiative to inspire and celebrate students has involved inviting back alumni as speakers. It’s been a full house at each one of these events thus far where our former graduates share their tales of entrepreneurship and epic journeys to the top. They’ve been able to dig deeper by cultivating meaningful relationships that reveal to students that there are so many ways to make their dreams a reality.
In closing I want to remind everyone that ALL voices from the District, at home and the community are instrumental in shaping the future of NRCSD students. The more we are actively engaged as partners in the learning process the stronger we foster a collective commitment to excellence. When we empower our students to succeed NR Together, there’s no stopping them!
NRCSD Coffeehouse 2023!
Ping Pong NRHS Winter Classic 2022
NRCSD's 23-24 Universal Pre-K (UPK) Program and the Full Day Pre-K program is now open for registration!
**Applications will be accepted now - March 1
The program begins in September for children who will be four years old by December 1, 2022, and live in district. Children in UPK attend five (5) half days for 2½ hours each day; Children in Statewide Full-Day Prekindergarten attend five (5) days a week for 5 hours each day for 180 days per school year, at no cost to you. Parents have a choice of several center locations throughout the county. Please note that transportation is not provided and there are limited slots. Application Link
UPK Expansion Grant
The North Rockland Central School District is happy to report that it was awarded a 2022-2023 Universal Prekindergarten Expansion grant for new full-day and half-day to full-day placements for four-year-old students. This allows the district to convert 60 current half-day UPK students to full-day at no cost to parents starting on February 1, 2023! The grant also allows us to add an additional ten full-day students who can start on February 1st, 2023.
We know that this will make a substantial difference for our families. We contacted UPK service providers to see how many had the space and required staffing to convert half-day to full-day students. The Jan & Niles Davies Learning Center, Benim Academy of Haverstraw, and St. Gregory Barbarigo can accommodate additional students. The district is reaching out to parents of half-day students in these centers to see if they are interested in being added to a lottery that will be pulled on the morning of January 27, 2023.
The district is currently applying for additional grants that increase the number of UPK students served by our UPK service providers. We look forward to the day when ALL of our students have the opportunity to attend UPK!
School Breakfast and Lunch Remains FREE in NR!
***Each child is entitled to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch meal per day in NR. No sign up is required.
For the past two years, every student has been eligible for free school meals, regardless of how much their parents made in Rockland County. That program expired at the end of the summer and has created confusion. 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 four years.
- For additional meals students are encouraged to use My School Bucks.
School Meal Sign Up! 🍽️
NRHS Seniors 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.
Friday Focus - Mental Health
Last week NRCSD kicked off our 2023 Parent/Family Workshop series with one of the most important topics - Mental Health. The Mental Health Information Session held at North Rockland High School in English and Spanish was organized by our Guidance and Social Work Departments as part of our upgraded and expanded supports to end struggling in silence and stop the stigma.
During the interactive session parents, students and families were welcomed by NRHS Social Worker Sylvia Cooley, School Counselor Viviana Fyff and Family Resource Officer Viviana Zepeda. Through powerful presentations highlighting all the resources they offer to help students with their well-being being and intimate conversations over refreshments, an important dialogue was opened that educated parents, families and students on symptoms of and help available for Mental Health. Read more.
Red Raider to Red Raider - The secret to success is…
The voices of our alumni are powerful for our current students.
Who better to speak about the journey, the work, the possibilities and the avenues to becoming what you want to be in this world beyond high school, than those who once sat in your very same seats? North Rockland has been inviting back our successful alumn to hold workshops for our students as part of a Districtwide initiative to inspire and remind every learner that - they can do anything. No dream is too big.
Recently NRHS Class of 2021 graduate, Aiden Hoey and his talented acapella group at Binghamton University performed in the auditorium for choir classes. During four class periods Fieldstone Middle School 8th graders as well as North Rockland High Schoolers grades 9-12 enjoyed a four song performance, an Introduction/Q & A session and a singing workshop with the group.
Aiden and his team held specialized acapella trainings with our students who wanted to learn the singing technique. They also explained that getting involved in college with what sparks your passion makes the experience that much sweeter. The day was a perfect way engage with and reach students on their level. It showed secondary students that college or trade school is a place where they can learn to be more independent and discover opportunities that match their interests.
We have more NR graduates who are making it happen scheduled to come back to the home of the Red Raiders, so stay tuned! More photos.
NR Athletics Hosts Coaches Vs. Cancer! TOMORROW!
This Saturday, North Rockland Boys Basketball will be hosting the Lower Hudson Basketball Coaches Association’s Coaches Vs. Cancer Showcase. Eight teams from across the section will be participating, with Red Raiders tipping off at 5:15 against Arlington. It is an honor for NR to be hosting, as the venue changes every year.
For nearly 30 years, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has united coaches and fans nationwide to help the American Cancer Society defeat a common enemy – cancer. With passion and dedicated support, the impact has been felt in communities nationwide.
Through fundraising and education initiatives, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has supported the American Cancer Society in its efforts to save lives from cancer in the US and worldwide. The battle isn’t over, and we need you on our team. Whether you’re a coach, player, or fan –come join us this Saturday in the fight against cancer.
Key Club Cereal Drive for the Community
PANS/PANDAS Shoe Drive - 1,400 Pairs Collected!
The results are in! A staggering 1,400 pairs of shoes were collected for PANDAS research!
NR joined forces with local families to participate in the P.A.N.D.A.S. Network shoe fundraiser. The fundraiser increases awareness and provides support for PANDAS Research. Gently used or new shoes were dropped off to all our schools collection boxes over the last two months. The proceeds from this Fund-Raiser will go to critical research for PANDAS/PANS/Autoimmune Encephalitis. All of which affects 1 in 200 children worldwide.
It’s amazing what we can accomplish #NRTogether! Thanks goes out to everyone who participated the the drive #NRStrong! More photos
Red and White News
Athletics Update - Spring Sports
- NRHS Spring sports will start March 13, 2023
- Fieldstone Spring Sports will start March 20, 2023
NR Athletic Online Registration for Spring sports will open on February 13, 2023.
Our unique online store offers athletic apparel totally dedicated to NR athletics with a share of the sale proceeds going to our dept.
Thank you all again for support of NR Athletics!
Raider Rescue 🐾
"Blueboy came to us as a stray. He is a blue nosed pit who is a sweet boy. His face is expressive
and his eyes are soulful. His coat is smooth velvety gray with a white stripe down his nose. He
is a typical silly pittie who would just love to have a home of his own.. If you are interested in adopting him please fill out an application on our website Hitor.org."
"Lemur is one of the many young adult cats currently residing at Hitor Animal Care Center.
Lemur had a rough start to his shelter life, having been found dumped under a staff members car in the driveway. He was found wearing a leather collar with no collar tags on it, and despite
being posted online, no one came forward to reclaim him. Despite being faced with such
unfortunate circumstances, Lemur is a sweetheart who has so much love to give. He loves to
get kisses on his head, take naps on his back, and looks for human companionship whenever
he can. Send in a cat application so that you can meet Lemur and take him to his forever home. If you are interested in adopting please fill out an application on our website Hitor.org."