District Announcements

  • Columbus Teacher Honored by Chess Foundation

    Columbus Elementary School ESL teacher Mark Hegenauer has been teaching his students chess for 20 years. His ability to help children grow cognitively and emotionally through play was recognized by the National Scholastic Chess Foundation Monday at its Chess in the Park event inside the New Rochelle Public Library. 

    Hegenauer has seen students of every ability level benefit from learning this game of strategic thinking and problem solving. And he sees the social aspects of the game as just as beneficial for his students who are learning to be better communicators. 

    "I know it's just a board game, but the kids are socializing and interacting with one another, and that is so needed today," said Hegenauer. "Many of these children who don't do well in other subjects can perform on the chess board. It really helps with self-esteem and with self-control."

    In 2001, Columbus students began competing on the national stage.  The team has been to SuperNationals 16 times and has almost always placed among the top 20 teams. Twice, Columbus had two teams place among the top ten in the nation. And one year, it had two teams place in the top five. Most impressively, Hegenauer led one of his teams to win the New York State Championship.

    "The awards are great," said Hegenauer. "But the program is really about how chess helps students make better decisions as well as build confidence and relationships across grade levels."

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • New Rochelle Welcomes More Than 50 New Educators in Orientation

    More than 50 educators new to the New Rochelle schools gathered for orientation in their new district on Thursday, as Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne congratulated them for making it through an interview process that was “both competitive and rigorous.”

    “It is that way because we want to give the children of New Rochelle the best. And that’s what we believe we have before us here today,” Dr. Osborne told them in the Linda E. Kelly Theater at New Rochelle High School.

    The superintendent welcomed them to a district that treasures its diversity, which, he said, means more than merely accepting others.

    “Embracing our rich diversity is of a deeper quality than that,” Dr. Osborne told them. “It means that we actively welcome, celebrate, support and serve all of our students and our families and that the differences among us add value for all of us.”

    The newcomers were treated to coffee and bagels in the morning, followed by talks from school district leaders. New Rochelle Board of Education Vice President Maddali Atallah told them of the key role that teachers play in offering a great education.

    “We believe that the job is done in the classroom, with the children, and you are the most important element in that,” she said.

    The day’s events introduced them to much more than the school district of 11,000 students. City historian Barbara Davis told them of more than 300 years of New Rochelle history, beginning with the Siwanoy Indians who lived in the area before European settlers arrived. They also took a bus tour of the city’s schools, residences and points of interest.

    The newly hired educators were eager to begin teaching in schools across the district.

    “I’m looking forward to inspiring the students to learn another language, because that’s the future,” said Majid Benefar, a new French teacher at New Rochelle High School. “There are a lot of challenges ahead, but there will be a lot of great rewards in working through them.”

    Art teacher Daniela Marini’s classes will be at the William B. Ward Elementary School.

    “I’m so excited to be part of the team at Ward,” said Marini. “The administration is very strong, and I feel very supported by it.”

    Alex Urso, a new special education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, said the orientation helped him ease into his new challenge.

    “I’m feeling confident and starting to get a little more comfortable with all the procedures,” he said. "I’ve heard all great things about the community and the schools. It is a fantastic opportunity.”
    As they got ready to begin their first classes in New Rochelle, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Joseph Williams told them that they had come to a great district in which to thrive professionally.

    “I am quite sure you are all going to have a productive and fulfilling career here in New Rochelle,” he said.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Home Access Center- Attention Parents and Guardians

    Please check with your specific building regarding the opening of Home Access. You may use the user IDs and passwords you have used before. If you have forgotten either of the 2, please e-mail nrhomeaccess@nredlearn.org. Registration for new users will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at City Hall on the 2nd floor.

    Thank you.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Opening Week Schedule for Students

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Elementary - Half Day Dismissal at 11:40 a.m.


    8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - 8th Grade

    9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - 7th Grade

    10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon - 6th Grade


    8:30 to 10:30 - 6th Grade

    10:00 to 11:00 - 7th Grade

    11:00 to 12:00 noon - 8th Grade


    9th Graders only -- full day

    no bus transportation on September 6

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    Elementary - Full Day

    ALMS/IEYMS - Full Day

    NRHS - 9th and 10th graders full day, orientation for Grades 10, 11 & 12

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    NRHS -- All students full day

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • New Rochelle School District Regretfully Announces Passing of Special Education Teacher Lauren Denninger

    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (August 20, 2017) – The City School District of New Rochelle is deeply saddened by the passing of Lauren Denninger, a special education teacher and facilitator at Isaac E. Young Middle School known for her devotion to her students.

    She passed away August 18 and had served the District for 19 years. She was 43 years old.

    “Lauren was a dedicated special educator who touched hundreds of children’s lives,” said Yvette Goorevitch, the New Rochelle schools Director of Special Education who hired Denninger in 1998.

    Denninger’s devotion to her students extended beyond the school day. She spent hours after school and weekends tutoring students to help their reading development.

    “Early on in her career, she sought training in the intensive Wilson Reading System teaching program, because she understood the importance of helping adolescents learn to read in order to forever change their lives,” Goorevitch said. “Lauren was a trusted colleague and friend. She was among the ‘coalition of the committed.’”

    Isaac E. Young Principal Anthony Bongo added; “Lauren's capacity to love students and staff created a climate of compassion and understanding that made it easier to accomplish very difficult tasks. Her humor, mixed with her fierce commitment to our school, made students and staff better.”

    “Lauren was an excellent teacher, a wonderful person and a tremendous asset to Isaac E. Young Middle School and the entire school community,” said schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne. “She will be deeply missed by all.”

    “She had a lasting and profound impact on many students over the years,” said New Rochelle Board of Education President Rachel Relkin.

    Family and friends will gather on Monday, August 21st from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home, 767 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, according to the notice on the funeral home’s website. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 a.m. at Saints John & Paul Roman Catholic Church, 280 Weaver Street, Larchmont. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Toms River, New Jersey.

    Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to NY Medical College of Cancer Research. In addition, donations can be made to a college fund for Denninger's daughter, Margaret.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Come Observe the Solar Eclipse!

    Head over to McKenna Football Field at New Rochelle High School at 2:30 pm on Monday August 21st to observe a Solar Eclipse! Special glasses will be handed out to all who attend. Additionally, telescopes with filters will also be available for observing. If you have any questions please send an email to smisner@nredlearn.org or bzeller@nredlearn.org. All parents, students, and community members are encouraged to attend!! Don't miss this rare event!

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Attention Parents

    Registration for the Home Access Center will be held at City Hall, 515 North Avenue, 2nd Floor on the following days and times:
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - only - between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Please bring a form of identification for yourself, either a driver's license or passport.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • 2017-2018 school budget review sessions begin March 9

    In preparation for the May 16 school budget vote, the City School District of New Rochelle Board of Education will be holding its 2017-2018 school budget review sessions. The district welcomes the community's input.

    The district's finance staff is working on crafting a proposed budget to present to the board for adoption at its April 19 meeting. Final numbers for the proposed budget will not be available until April. 

    Meetings will take place on March 9, 14 and 21 at 7 p.m. at the New Rochelle High School Library. All meetings will be broadcast live on the district's website and rebroadcast on Cablevision Channel 70 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30.

    Putting together a school budget in New York State is complex. The district continues to follow zero-based budgeting development practices, meaning all expenses must be justified for each new period, starting from a "zero base," with every function analyzed for its needs and costs.

    "We stay focused on what's most important, and that is providing the best educational programs and services to our students, while making sure everyone's needs are met in a healthy and safe environment," said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne.  "We prioritize continuing approaches that are working, and then we look at what enhancements we can make to better support all our students."

    Questions about any aspect of the proposed budget can be emailed to the district at budgetquestions@nredlearn.org.

    Osborne stressed that the community's involvement is important. "The input that we receive matters, and we appreciate the engagement of the community."


    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Rent the Runway making prom magic for seniors

    New Rochelle High School seniors will have the opportunity to walk into their prom in June dressed in free high-end designer clothes, courtesy of Jennifer Hyman, a NRHS alum and CEO of Rent the Runway.

    Hyman, Class of 1998, made the generous offer in October when she was inducted into the New Rochelle High School Wall of Fame. She said the gift was her way of giving back to her alma mater, where she developed the confidence to face the world.

    Rent the Runway is a successful New York City-based online service that provides designer dresses and accessories for rent at a fraction of the retail price. The company also has a handful of stores in major U.S. cities, including New York City.

    On Friday, March 24, starting at 8 p.m., Rent the Runway's flagship store at 30 W. 15th Street will be open exclusively to NRHS seniors. Students can visit the store to select dresses and accessories.

    Students who are unable to go to the store will receive a free promo code that will allow them to rent their dresses and accessories entirely online. Their selections will then be mailed to their homes.

    "That will be a lot of pressure off parents because it's very expensive to dress for the prom," said NRHS Principal Reggie Richardson. "With Rent the Runway, every girl can dress in high quality designer clothes. Jen is giving our students the opportunity to experience a rite of passage that isn't affordable to everyone in our community."

    This is the second time that Hyman has provided prom dresses to NRHS seniors. She made the offer last year as well, but because the announcement came in May, most students had already made arrangements for their prom dresses. Only 80 students availed themselves of the opportunity.

    Richardson said details of the Rent the Runway offer came early enough this year to greatly increase the likelihood of participation. 

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Jefferson teachers moving beyond traditional methods

    At a recent meeting, teachers and administrators from Jefferson Elementary School shared with the Board of Education how professional learning strategies are impacting classroom instruction. The instructional practices they discussed were student-driven and focused on the application of acquired information, as well as problem solving.

    When discussing literacy instruction, Principal Kimmerly Nieves shared that teachers at Jefferson are going beyond traditional methods. She was particularly excited about the success students are having when they use an instructional practice called accountable talk.  Accountable talk involves collaborative discussion among students and includes repeating what was read, clarifying the meaning, making connections and revising understanding upon further reflection.

    Teacher Stefanie Syken shared how Jefferson teachers are supporting their students in mathematical investigations that are leading to higher understandings. The guiding principle of these investigations is that students come to school with existing ideas about numbers and then build upon those ideas when provided with the proper environment, interaction and support.

    Regardless of the subject, the students at Jefferson are being provided with valuable opportunities to talk with their peers about their ideas, discuss different viewpoints and continually add to their prior knowledge. And through ongoing professional development and colleague support, educators are learning how to better support their students in their investigations and discoveries.

    City School District of New Rochelle

Message from the Principal

October 20, 2017

Dear Families, 

I hope everyone is having a great fall season and enjoying this beautiful weather! I am excited to share information regarding our upcoming Red Ribbon Week themes and activities (please see below). We hope everyone will participate beginning Monday, October 23rd!  Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. Please see below for the ALMS daily themes and activities. We look forward to participating with our entire community!

Thank you, John Barnes, Principal


Monday October 23, 2017- KICK OFF DAY

Wear Red and a Barbecue at lunch

Tuesday, October 24, 2017-Kick drugs away

Students and staff wear their favorite shoes

Drug Fact #1 during the morning PLEDGE

Period 7 announcement to announce the following day’s festivities-Sock it to drugs

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Sock it to drugs

Students wear their favorite socks or mismatch socks

Drug Fact #2 during the morning PLEDGE

Period 7 announcement for the following day’s festivities – Decades and Decades without Drugs! Students and staff may dress like their favorite decade – 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, etc.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 – Decades and Decades without Drugs! Students and staff may dress like their favorite decade – 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, etc.

Drug Fact #3 during the morning PLEDGE

Period 7 announcement for the following day’s festivities – Team up against drugs.

Friday, October 27, 2017-Team up against drugs

Students wear their favorite team jersey.

Drug Fact #4 during the morning PLEDGE

Period 7 announcement for the following day’s festivities – Living drug free is NO SWEAT

Monday , October 30,   2017- Living drug free is NO SWEAT

Drug Fact #5

Students wear their favorite sweatshirt.

Playlist of music during the lunch periods

Period 7 announcement for Monday’s festivities –Say BOO to Drugs ! Wear your Halloween costume to school.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017-Scare drugs away

Drug Fact # 6

Students and staff wear their favorite Halloween costume

Red Ribbon Celebration period 9 with a Halloween theme.


Dear ALMS Community Members,

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 school year! We are grateful to work with our fabulous students, talented staff members, and incredible families. Thank you for your continued collaboration as we work to support our students on their quest to become their personal best!

Here at Albert Leonard Middle School, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our entire school community in an academically challenging, enriching, and supportive learning environment. In particular, we have devoted time at ALMS to promote the up-stander mentality (as opposed to the by-stander mentality) when it comes to bullying.

We thank STOMP Out Bullying (CEO/Founder - Ms. Ross Ellis) and The New York Jets Community Relations Department for recognizing our entire school community for our efforts, over the last four years, to eradicate bullying in our school. This year, we are highlighting a weekly Up-stander of the Week. Please join me in congratulating Roan Etkin as our first recipient. Roan is a student leader who cares deeply about our school community and putting an end to bias and discrimination in our society. Roan received two tickets to October 29th’s New York Jets Game and was featured as our first “tweet” on our new Twitter account (#ALMSNewRo). Please follow us if you are using Twitter!

Our PTA is actively involved in all aspects of our school, and we are a better school as a result of our partnership and strong home/school connection. This past year, Nancy Podhradsky and Kim Castellano served as our PTA Co-Presidents. We thank Ms. Podhradsky for her two years of service as our PTA President and will miss her this coming year! We also thank Ms. Anne Todd for joining Ms. Castellano as our 2017/2018 PTA Co-Presidents, and look forward to a great year of working together.

We look forward to welcoming family members to our annual Meet the Teacher Night on September 18, 2017. We begin in the ALMS auditorium at 7:00 pm. Please note, we will be opening doors at 6:45 pm. Meet the Teacher Night allows family members to follow an abbreviated eight period schedule and to meet this year’s teachers who are working with their children. We hope to see you.

On September 27th, we hope to see you at our Co-Curricular Night. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for our after-school clubs and check out our enrichment offerings that take place after our regular school day. We hope all students will participate in a club and experience, explore and discover something they may like/dislike or want to pursue in the future.

Cheers to a wonderful school community and a phenomenal 2017-2018 school year! Please check our website and feel free to call or email with any specific questions you may have.

With appreciation,

John Barnes

ALMS Principal


School Announcements

  • School Picture Days

    Students will have their pictures taken during Social Studies classes on the following days:

    8th Grade Picture Day - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    7th Grade Picture Day - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    6th Grade Picture Day - Thursday, October 12, 2017

    Retake Day is November 9, 2017.
    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • P.T.A. Meeting October 11th

    Please join us for our upcoming PTA meeting October 11th in the ALMS library. Doors open at 6:45pm, meeting begins at 7p.m.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Wear Blue on Monday for STOMP Out Bullying's: Blue Shirt Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention

    Please join us as we work with STOMP Out Bullying™ and wear blue on Monday for Nation-Wide Annual Blue Shirt Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention. Our students will be participating in a morning assembly as we highlight this years theme "Change the Culture" with STOMP Out Bullying™. 


    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • ALMS Scholastic Book Fair

    ALMS Scholastic Book Fair:  click here
    Sept. 27
    Per. 4-6, 9 in the lobby
    Co-curricular night 7:00-8:30 in the cafeteria
    cash or credit
    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • ALMS has created a TWITTER account!

    Dear ALMS Families,
    We are excited to announce that Albert Leonard Middle School has created a TWITTER account. As we explore new ways to reach parents and community members, we ask anyone signed up for twitter to please follow us at @ALMSNewRo - through Twitter! 
    We are pleased to announce our first Upstander of the Week, Roan Etkin, Grade 8 ALMS student. Roan has earned two tickets to October 29th's Jets game and has had their name submitted to both The New York Jets Community Relations Department and our partner, STOMP Out Bullying. Roan is an advocate for all students.
    Our second Upstander of the Week, Jayden Lythcott, Grade 7 ALMS student.  Congratulations Jayden for speaking up for what is right and for not ignoring justice!  Jayden will also earn two tickets to the 10/29 Jets game and has had his name submitted to both the NY Jets Community Relations Dept. and our partner, STOMP Out Bullying.
    We will be highlighting a weekly upstander leading up to the big game on the 29th. Please stay tuned for more details and please plan on wearing BLUE on October 2nd, for STOMP Out Bullying's Blue Shirt Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention.
    Cheers to a great launch to a wonderful school year.
    With gratitude and enthusiasm,
    John Barnes, ALMS Principal
    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Congratulations to Mr. Jose and Ms. O'Casey on receiving tenure!

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Parent Newsletters

    Please click to see our October 2017 Daily Learning Planner and Helping Students Learn Parent Newsletters! Tips Families Can Use to Help Students Do Better In School

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • The parent portal is open and you may view your child's initial schedule

    Dear parents/guardians, 
    The parent portal is open and you may view your child's initial schedule. Please note, schedules are subject to change. Schedules will be given to students at ALMS on the first full day of school, Thursday, September 7th. Please contact the school counseling office should you require further assistance.
    Thank you
    Albert Leonard Middle School

Calendar of Events

  • BOE - Policy Committee

    New Rochelle High School, Room 207

    5:00 p.m.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Davis Picture Day

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • PTAC Meeting

    NRHS, Room 222

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Davis Picture Day

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Board of Education - C.O.W.

    Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle

    Remington Unit, Gymnasium, 116 Guion Place, New Rochelle

    Anticipated Executive Session - 6:00 p.m.

    Public Session - 7:00 p.m.

    City School District of New Rochelle
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Supply Lists 2017-18







Below is our grade specific list of supplies for this school year:

Grade SIX General Supplies:

  • 1 ALMS agenda book
  • 2 combination master locks (gym and hall locker)
  • Pens, blue or black ink
  • #2 pencils
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 1 individual pencil sharpener
  • Paper towels or hand soap/sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to your science teacher
  • 2 boxes of tissues to your period 1 class
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Index cards for flashcards
  • Black sharpie markers
  • Ear buds (optional)

For 6th Grade ELA (English Language Arts):

  • 4 blue pocket folders
  • 1 blue marble composition notebook with at least 100 pages
  • 2 gallon-size zip-lock bags
  • Glue sticks (pack of 3)

For 6th Grade Social Studies:

  • 1 purple spiral notebook
  • 1 purple folder

For 6th Grade Math:

  • 1 red 3-subject spiral notebook
  • 1 red folder

For 6th Grade Science:

  • 1 green subject notebook
  • 1 green folder

 Grade SEVEN General Supplies

 1 ALMS agenda book

  • 2 combination locks (gym and hall locker)
  • earbuds
  • post-its
  • pencils (mechanical)
  • pens (blue or black)
  • pens (red)
  • whiteboard markers
  • subject dividers (for any binders)
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Graph Paper

  For 7th Grade ELA (English Language Arts):

  • 1 blue spiral Notebook or binder (student choice) 
  • 1 blue expandable folder

 For 7th Grade Social Studies


  • 1 purple spiral notebook
  • 1 purple folder


 For 7th Grade Math:

  • 1 red 3 Subject Spiral Notebook
  • 1 red Folder

 For 7th Grade Science:

  • 1 green Subject Notebook
  • 1 green Folder

 Grade EIGHT General Supplies

  • 1 ALMS agenda book
  • 2 combination locks (gym and hall locker)
  • earbuds
  • post-its
  • pencils (mechanical)
  • pens (blue or black)
  • pens (red)
  • whiteboard markers
  • subject dividers (for any binders)

Scientific Calculator

Graph Paper

Grade 8 ELA:

  • #2 pencils
  • Loose leaf
  • Page protectors
  • Binder with dividers
  • Blue or black pens
  • Colored pen
  • Tissues

 For 8th Grade Social Studies:

  • 1 purple spiral notebook
  • 1 purple folder

 For 8th Grade Math:

  • 1 red 3 Subject Spiral Notebook
  • 1 red Folder

 For 8th Grade Science:

  • 1 green Subject Notebook
  • 1 green Folder

 Ms. Loscalzo’s Supply List for Literacy and Learning Class

 Literacy and LearningImage result for spiral bound

 1 box of tissues

1 box of multipurpose wipes

1 (3 subject) red binder

5 folders (multi, red, green, blue, purple)

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1 pack 3x5 note cards

1 note card boxImage result for note card box

1 pack of erasable pens

2 packs of pencils

2 highlighters

2 glue sticks

1 pencil boxImage result for easy locker locks

 1 lock for locker Image result for easy locker locks

 1 lock for gym locker

 1 picture of yourself Image result for pencil box

School "Day" Assignments

10/16 Day 1

10/17 Day 2

10/18 Day 3

10/19 Day 4

10/20 Day 1

The Red Dog Foundation, Inc. - ALMS Honorees

Please join us in congratulating the following students for their hard work and dedication to the Red Dog Foundation, Inc. This foundation was started on behalf of Ralph J. Califano, who passed away from Leukemia at the age of 17. Ralph's family decided to start this organization in order to help pay for parking for patient's families. Through Ralph's strength and uncanny ability to make others smile, the Red Dog Foundation carries on his memory. 
The picture above is of Michael Califano (center in picture), the founder and brother of Ralph, along with some of our ALMS students.  Pictured from left is Ethan Alexander, Jake Baldassarre, Abner Casanova, Lucy Casanova, Emilie Vincetore (the little girl holding the heart is Emilie's little sister, Allie).  They had so much fun and we are all so proud of them for their hard work and dedication to the Red Dog Foundation.   

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