District Announcements

  • Webster School and Columbus School Magnet Lottery Update

    Webster's Magnet Open House will take place on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 PM at Daniel Webster School.
    The deadline to submit Magnet Lottery Applications for Webster School and for Columbus School is Friday, March 3rd. Applications should be submitted to the Magnet Program Office on the second floor of City Hall.
    The Magnet Lottery will take place on Thursday, March 9th at 1:00 on the second floor of City Hall in the Board Room.
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  • Spend An Evening Under the Stars

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    New Rochelle High School Planetarium
    7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

    See flier for further details.

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  • School Budget Community Input Forum and School Budget Review Sessions

    Please see attached letter to New Rochelle Neighbors from Ms. Rachel Relkin, President, Board of Education

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  • Annual Black History Celebration

    February 11, 2017 

    NRHS, 4:00 p.m.

    See attached for more information


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  • Evening Under the Stars

    NRHS Planetarium

    January 25, 2017

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  • Nicolas Cracco named new principal at Henry Barnard

    The City School District of New Rochelle has appointed Dr. Nicolas Cracco as the new principal of the Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center. The Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Cracco at its meeting last week.

    Dr. Cracco was the assistant principal of the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School, P.S. 185, in New York. He previously taught mathematics at Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy in the Bronx.

    "His experience as an educator and administrator will be a great asset as we continue to provide an excellent early childhood education for students at Henry Barnard," said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne.

    Dr. Cracco received a bachelor's degree in psychology from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, a master's degree in mathematics from the City University of New York, and a doctorate of education in instructional leadership from St. John's University. He also earned an advanced certificate in school building and school district leadership from St. John's University.

    "It is an honor to come lead a prestigious school such as Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center as its next principal," Dr. Cracco said. "I look forward to building on the programs that are in place and can't wait to begin working with the parents, students, teachers and staff."

    He will join Henry Barnard as principal on Jan. 3, 2017.

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  • Board of Education Appoints Supervisor of Physical Education and Health

    Please see attached announcement.

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  • Thanksgiving Message from the Superintendent of Schools - Español Abaja

    This Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving, we, as members of The City School District of New Rochelle, are thankful for and embrace our rich diversity. Please read this message from our Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne shared at the November 22 Board of Education meeting:

    Since our last meeting on November 1st there was an election for President of the United States.  In the wake of this Presidential election, many voices have been heard throughout the country and here in New Rochelle. Some of those voices have expressed concern about divisions among us; some have expressed hope that we will be able to come together as one country; and some have expressed messages of hate and contempt for others which are deeply troubling.

    At least for the moment, we are seeing an escalated national level of intolerance, incivility and intimidation.  Our students are well aware of current events, and many have articulated to me that there is fear among some that they will not be afforded the protections they deserve, or will be treated as non-participants in the American dream.

    The success of public education in New Rochelle and the meaning of our mission statement is more important than ever.   As the leader of this school district, I am confident that I speak for our faculty, our administrators, our support staff and our community when I say that our schools will and must be a place of welcome and support for all of our students.  All means All.  Our mission statement says that we embrace our rich diversity.  We are intentional in this language.  It is not our mission to tolerate difference or accept those unlike ourselves. We embrace our rich diversity.

    This means that we actively welcome, celebrate, support, and serve all our students and families, and that the differences among us add value for all of us.  All means all - all ethnicities, all religions, all races, all family structures, all sexual identities, all sexual orientations, all learning challenges, all differences in physical abilities, all places of birth, all immigrants, all income levels, all walks of life.  

    In the presidential campaign and the aftermath of the election, the rhetoric of our national political discourse at the highest levels has stereotyped, targeted and blamed many groups by name, provoking fear and doubt.  In response to that rhetoric, let us be clear that embracing our rich diversity means that here in the City School District of New Rochelle, we honor, embrace and celebrate those who are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or searching; those that are of African descent, who are Latino or Asian or Indian or Native American, or European; those that are biracial or multiracial; those who are undocumented or documented or citizen, born in the US or anywhere else; those who are differently abled or who learn differently; those whose native language is Spanish or Creole or English or any other language; those who are female, transgendered, cisgendered or male; those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, or questioning - and all who are rich and complex intersections.  And we mean this about each one of our children and staff and parents and community members, taking our individual differences not as something to tolerate but as something to celebrate, something that adds value, to be supported and protected.    

    Accordingly, in this time of uncertainty, we reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of each person and the values that reflect the strength of our democracy, and the continuing vitality of our national founding documents:


    ♦    Our schools will remain places of civility and respect, and we will not accept abusive conduct towards any student.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students where differences in race, ethnicity or religion will be respected and appreciated

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for students of all gender identities or sexual orientation.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students of all national origins and without regard to immigration status.


    I’ll end the superintendent's update by quoting from Principal Richardson’s powerful letter to students the day after the election: “I want you to know that you are loved and supported by your family,  all of the adults here at school as well as those in the community. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community as New Rochelle.  I ask that you never take this for granted and take full advantage of the opportunities presented by living and learning in a community as diverse as this one.”


    Desde nuestra última reunión el día 1 de noviembre hubo elecciones para Presidente de los Estados Unidos. A raíz de esta elección presidencial, muchas voces se han escuchado en todo el país y aquí en New Rochelle. Algunas de esas voces han expresado su preocupación por las divisiones entre nosotros; algunos han expresado la esperanza de que podamos unirnos como un solo país; y algunos han expresado mensajes de odio y desprecio hacia otros que son profundamente preocupantes.

    Por el momento, estamos viendo un escalado a nivel nacional de intolerancia, incivilidad e intimidación. Nuestros estudiantes están muy conscientes de los acontecimientos actuales, y muchos me han expresado  que hay miedo entre algunos que no se les dará las protecciones que se merecen, o serán tratados como no participantes en el sueño americano.

    El éxito de la educación pública en New Rochelle y el significado de nuestra declaración de misión es más importante que nunca.  Como líder de este distrito escolar, estoy seguro de que hablo por nuestra facultad, nuestros administradores, nuestro personal de apoyo y nuestra comunidad cuando digo que nuestras escuelas serán y deben ser un lugar de bienvenida y apoyo para todos nuestros estudiantes. Todos, significa, Todos. Nuestra declaración de misión dice que abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad. Somos intencionales en este lenguaje. No es nuestra misión simplemente  tolerar la diferencia o aceptar a aquellos que no son como nosotros. Nosotros abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad.

    Esto significa que acogemos activamente, celebramos, apoyamos y servimos a todos nuestros estudiantes y familias, y que las diferencias entre nosotros agregan valor a todos nosotros. Todos significa Todos - todas las etnias, todas las religiones, todas las razas, todas las estructuras familiares, todas las identidades sexuales, todas las orientaciones sexuales, todos los desafíos de aprendizaje, todas las diferencias en las capacidades físicas, todos los lugares de nacimiento, todos los inmigrantes, todos los niveles de ingresos y diferentes facetas de la vida.

    En la campaña presidencial y las secuelas de las elecciones, la retórica de nuestro discurso político nacional a los niveles más altos ha estereotipado, apuntado y culpado a muchos grupos por su nombre, provocando temor y duda. En respuesta a esa retórica, seamos claros que abrazar nuestra rica diversidad significa que aquí, en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de New Rochelle, honramos, abrazamos y celebramos a aquellos que son musulmanes, judíos, cristianos o los que andan en busca de  creencia religiosa; Aquellos que son de ascendencia africana, que son latinos o asiáticos o indios o nativos americanos o europeos; Aquellos que son birraciales o multirraciales; Aquellos que están indocumentados o documentados o ciudadanos, nacidos en los Estados Unidos o en cualquier otro lugar; Aquellos que tienen diferentes habilidades o que aprenden de otra manera; Aquellos cuya lengua materna es el español o criollo o el inglés o cualquier otro idioma; Los que son mujeres, transgénico, cisgendered o varón; Aquellos que son homosexuales, lesbianas, bisexuales, transexuales, o que cuestionan su sexualidad- y todos aquellos ricos en complejas intercesiones. Y queremos decir esto sobre cada uno de nuestros hijos y el personal y los padres y miembros de la comunidad, teniendo nuestras diferencias individuales no como algo que tolerar sino como algo para celebrar, algo que agrega valor, para ser apoyado y protegido.

    En este momento de incertidumbre, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso con la dignidad de cada persona y los valores que reflejan la fuerza de nuestra democracia y la continua vitalidad de nuestros documentos fundacionales nacionales:

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo lugares de civilidad y respeto, y no ceptaremos conductas abusivas hacia ningún estudiante.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo refugios de seguridad para todos los estudiantes             donde las diferencias en raza, etnia o religión serán respetadas y apreciadas

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas permanecerán como refugio de seguridad para los estudiantes    de todas las identidades de género u orientación sexual.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo un refugio de seguridad para todos los estudiantes de todos los orígenes nacionales y sin tener en cuenta el estatus migratorio.

    Terminaré la actualización del superintendente citando la carta del director Richardson a los estudiantes el día después de las elecciones: "Quiero que sepas que eres amado y apoyado por tu familia, todos los adultos aquí en la escuela, la comunidad. Somos tan afortunados de ser parte de una comunidad tan diversa, vibrante e inclusiva como New Rochelle. Les pido que nunca tomen esto por sentado y aprovechen al máximo las oportunidades que ofrece vivir y aprender en una comunidad tan diversa como esta.”

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  • Season of Light - NRHS Planetarium

    Annual Holiday Show 

    December 17, 19 & 21

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  • Update on School District Water Testing

    Dear Families,

    Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne outlining the latest water testing results for district schools.  

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Message from the Principal

February 2017

Dear Families and ALMS Students,

We welcome February!  We have an exciting month planned at ALMS and hope to see you at our upcoming events. 
February 10th, is our next Principal's luncheon. We are looking forward to highlighting our students and celebrating their achievements.  February 13-17th is our next spirit week. Students and staff really enjoy the time to show school spirit and it's exciting to see how enthusiastic the ALMS community is in participating each day.   February 20-24th schools are closed for mid-winter recess.  We hope everyone has a relaxing and wonderful break.  March 22nd is our Taste of New Rochelle PTA fundraiser.  Our PTA is looking for raffle and gift basket donations.  Please save this date on your calendars and we hope to see you at this amazing event! If you have a donation, please contact Nancy Podhradsky, ALMS PTA President, npodhradsky64@gmail.com

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 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 Ms. Ross Ellis) and The New York Jets (Mr. Jesse Linder) for coming to ALMS, last school year, and for recognizing our entire school community for our efforts as we work to eradicate bullying in our school. We had a special day with Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker visiting the school and speaking about bullying from both a by-stander and victim's perspective. Although we had a full audience, you could have heard a pin drop as these personal stories were shared with our engaged students. It is quite an honor for Albert Leonard and the district for us to be the first school recognized in The New York Jets' School Recognition Program. Congratulations to all! Mr. Barnes spoke at Met Life Stadium, over the summer, to a panel of educators looking to combat bullying in their school organizations. For more information about STOMP Out Bullying, please visit their website http://www.stompoutbullying.org.

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, Fran Nordquist and Nancy Podhradsky served as our PTA Co-Presidents. We thank Ms. Nordquist for her two years of service as our PTA President and will miss her this coming year! We also thank Ms. Kim Castellano for joining Ms. Podhradsky as our 2016/2017 PTA Co-Presidents, and look forward to a great year of working together.

Cheers to a wonderful school community and a phenomenal 2017!

With appreciation,

John Barnes
ALMS Principal

School Announcements

  • Eighth Annual Family University on March 13, 2017

    The City School District of New Rochelle, in collaboration with the high school and middle school PTA's, New Rochelle FOCUS (Families Organized to Curb the Use of Substances), and New York Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, will host the Eighth Annual Family University on March 13, 2017 at New Rochelle High School from 6:00PM- 900PM.

    Family University is an educational program that brings together students and their parents. International keynote speaker Ty Sells will discuss "Creating Connections that Count".  Parent workshops will address adolescent development, while workshops for middle and high school students will help young people understand how to make choices that lead to personal happiness and well-being.
    The five dollar registration fee will include admission to the event and a dinner provided by Gemelli.  Online registration for Family University will be available shortly.  For more information about Family University and New Rochelle Focus, visit  www.nrfocus.org.

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  • Kids honor Dr. Martin Luther King with their oratory

    Jordan J. Williams (Gr. 6) and Paul Taylor (Gr. 7),  ALMS Students, were among the many children that  honored Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr. at the Shiloh Baptist Church in New Rochelle, Jan. 15, 2017.  Jordan’s essay was the winner in the 11- 13-year-old category in Shiloh’s annual oratorical contest, now in its 19th year.  Jordan edged out Paul Taylor, a young man with a booming voice who struggled to recall the words to his speech during last year’s contest. But, Paul returned this year and remembered every word. He focused on the civil rights leader Malcolm X. "Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X also fought for equal rights,” said Paul, 13. “Though their styles were different, Malcolm X was able to encourage, inspire and empower the black community.” The young man’s tenacity won the praise of judges and Shiloh pastor DeQuincy Hentz. “You’re not a quitter,” Hentz told him. “You understand that if I go down I can get back up.”

    Congratulations to all the participants!

    See the full article here:


    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Winter Concert - Jan. 26th, 6th grade

    Our first winter performance concert is on January 26th for the 6th grade. Please join us as we support our talented student musicians and music teachers. The concert begins at 7pm.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • 2nd Half of the Year Student Pass Metro Cards

    The 2nd half of the year Student Pass Metro cards will be available to purchase on line as well as in the main office starting January 24th. Cost is $115.00.


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  • Highlights Issue 1

    Please see attached for our first issue of Highlights newsletter!

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  • Mandarin Class Trip

    On Dec 8th, Mandarin 2H and 1BH classes went on a trip to China Institute near Wall Street in Manhattan. On the trip, the students listened to a presentation about Chinese artworks from 3 A.D. to 6 A.D., followed by an exhibition of the artworks. Students also had an opportunity to learn to use a Chinese painting brush to draw bamboos.
    It was a great experience for the students to understand Chinese culture more. They really enjoyed the trip.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Spanish 1B Classes trip to La Herradura

    Teachers Ms. Noboa, Ms. Stewart, and Ms. Manjarres, took their Spanish 1B classes to La Herradura restaurant in Mamaroneck on December 15, 2016. The students ordered their food, drinks and dessert in Spanish and enjoyed them. They also watched and helped with a guacamole preparation demonstration. The purpose of this trip was to work on practical application of speaking Spanish in real life and appreciation of a Spanish-speaking culture.

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  • Theatre in Trunk performance

    Robin Hood Has Left the Building,  A Stellar Performance!

    Something spectacular happened at Albert Leonard Middle School on Friday, December 16th. Twenty Nine troubadors with even more supporting backstage crew took to the boards of the Junior Auditorium brilliantly performing “Robin Hood Has Left the Building”, an original satiric one-act play. Edwin Barrios and Yuri Sandmeier ran the sound for the show.

    A medieval newsboy (Brandon Maddox) set off the first explosive scene proclaiming headlines… “King Richard in Holy Lands; Peace talks with Saladin!”. The Queen Mum (Sarah Rothenstreich) established herself as the matriarch, crushing her entire Royal Guard in one fell swoop (Estabon Delgado, Bernabe Rangel and Dwight Richards). Oppressed peasants (Heaven Brown, Kathleen Cremins, Peyton Edwards, Dyana Garcia, Hannah Muriel, Carys Nardozzi, Cecilia Roe and Emma Stockhausen) waved demonstration signs spurring the action of the historic fable, crying for an end of the crusades. Prince John (Matthew Dodd) and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Matthew Conway) forever at odds, were equally capable of evil, taxing the peasants and pocketing the money. The rich barons (Katie Alago, Brooke O’Brien and Katie Trinidad) swore allegiance to Prince John and signed a Contract of Conspiracy, a redacted document which was impossible to read but clearly a threat to King Richard. Meanwhile Maid Marion (Micaja Lorse) “a modern medieval girl”, spotted the conspiracy and headed to Sherwood Forest to clue in Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Robin (Victor Garcia-Gallet) Little John (Sonia McCuthen) and Friar Tuck (Israel Illa) catch the Barons red handed with hard earned peasant money. Robin and his men head to the castle to take down Prince John. Meanwhile Maid Marion gets kidnapped by the Sheriff and is about to be dealt with along with a line of peasants. Just when the Torturer (Sam Kendall) is about to take care of business, along comes Robin Hood to the rescue. He and his men valiantly attempt to take on the Royal Guard and Prince John with swords and karate chops. Just in time, His Majesty’s Secret Service (Brandon Maddox and Cameron Carter) appear on the scene, scoping  out security for the monarchy. Mighty King Richard (Sebastian Delgado) breaks up the party riding in on horseback and introducing Saladin the Brave (Miles Archibald). In a twist ending, the too-cool-for-school Marion winds up marrying hipster Saladin (“My mother was a beatnik”, he says) leaving Robin cold at the altar and everyone calling the green-glad hero a square.

    All of the dedicated students put a lot of work into learning their lines at breakneck speed for a performance slated to highlight the newly formed ALMS Rep just before the Winter Holiday Break. The cast included sixth, seventh and eighth grade performers and craftspeople, some who have even been enrolled in both Theatre in a Trunk and Backstage Pass for three years. The two programs have been performing at ALMS since 2013. They have performed original material and occasionally classic plays by William Shakespeare. The productions so far have included “We Gather together, A Zombie Thanksgiving”, “The Deadbeats”, “Little Red: When Fairy Tales Collide”, this winter’s production, and the classic play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

     Last year we were fortunate to perform “Little Red” at the Ozzie Davis Theatre in the New Rochelle Library as part of “Our Children, Our Artists” celebration. SEPTA and the PTA have been generous contributors to our programs.  Sincere thanks to all staff and friends who have contributed their efforts to make this challenging venture a success. Please see the attached statement written and read by Agustino Atallah and Katie Alago on Friday night after the performance. The program notes specify staff and other contributors. 

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Another Chess Victory!

    Jason Newman and Ozzie Kelly-Yuoh led ALMS to first place at he Ward Scholastic Chess Grand Prix yesterday. Jason took first place overall with a perfect score of 4 points. Ozzie came in 3rd overall with 2.5 points. Jason and Ozzie competed in the Championship section.Congratulations!

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Toys for Tots

    The "Pay It Forward" club and the ALMS community will be collecting "Toys For Tots" through December 16th. We are asking that each student please try to bring in a small, unwrapped toy, such as a toy car or little doll, so that every child around Westchester County will have a present to open during the holiday season. Collection boxes can be found in the main lobby and it would be wonderful to see them full of toys that ALMS can pass on to others.

    Albert Leonard Middle School

Calendar of Events

  • Trinity

    Board of Education COW Session

    6:00 p.m.

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  • LEK*, NRHS

    Transitional Justice - PAVE I Dance

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  • SUNY

    Elementary/Intermediate All County Band

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  • SUNY

    Elementary/Intermediat All County Chorus

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  • SUNY

    Elementary/Intermediate All County Orchestra

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