For our next Principal's Corner feature, we hope you will enjoy two articles from Resources for Educators.

Article 1

A Positive Digital Footprint

Una huella digital positiva

Thanks to cell phones, computers, and tablets, tweens can instantly interact with more people and access more information than could any generation in the past. But with these benefits come responsibilities. Encourage your child to build a good online reputation and stay safe with the following tips.

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Motivation in the Middle

La motivacion en la escuela media

When your tween is motivated to learn, he will reap huge benefits. He'll put more effort into his schoolwork - and get more out of it. And he will be more likely to stick with challenging assignments and to reach his goals. Here's how to boost your child's enthusiasm for learning.

• November 16: Spirit Week Launch. Mix & Match Monday

• November 17: 2:45-3:20 AMC Math Event

• November 17: Spirit Week. Plush Day - bring your favorite stuffed animal or dress like one.

• November 18: PTA Meeting 7:30pm

• November 18: Superhero Day

• November 19: Twin Day

• November 20: Color Day (Gr.6 Blue, Gr. 7 Red, Gr. 8 Purple)

• November 20: Music Hour

Thu, Nov 26 - Fri, Nov 27
Thanksgiving Recess - Schools & Offices Closed

Monday, November 30
Day 2
Book Fair
Tuesday, December 1
Day 3
Book Fair
Wednesday, December 2
Day 4
Book Fair
Thursday, December 3
Day 1
Book Fair

Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for December 2nd at 7 p.m. in the ALMS Junior Auditorium. Dr. Osborne or Mr. White will be presenting an informative session discussing the district's recent bond proposal.

Dear Families and ALMS Students,

We hope everyone is enjoying the fall season. 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 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 and recognizing our entire school community for our efforts as we work to eradicate bullying in our school. It was 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! For more information about STOMP Out Bullying, please visit their website http://www.stompoutbullying.org

We ask you to please consider joining our PTA. 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 year, Fran Nordquist and Nancy Podhradsky will be serving as our PTA Co-Presidents. We hope to see you at our PTA meeting taking place on December 2nd at 7:00 pm. Dr. Osborne or Mr. White will be presenting an informative session discussing the district's recent bond proposal. We will be meeting in the junior auditorium with doors open at 6:45 pm. Please join us if you can make it. Please remember our upcoming book fair will be taking place from November 30th to December 2nd in the ALMS Library. 

Cheers to a wonderful school community and an amazing year of teaching, learning and teamwork.

With appreciation,
John Barnes
ALMS Principal

To the Albert Leonard Middle School Families,

It is with great enthusiasm that we are upon the 2015 - 2016 school year! My name is John Barnes and I am thrilled to be working with you and to serve the community as the Albert Leonard principal. I have worked for the last twelve years as a secondary school principal. I love working with students as they transition from childhood to young adulthood and believe it is the most important time in the lives of young scholars.
ACE Challenge Announcement for the Middle Schools

Dear Middle School Families and Students,
It is our pleasure to announce that Westchester County Executive, the Honorable Robert Astorino, will renew the Astorino Challenge in Education (ACE) this year. Students who accept the challenge will have the opportunity to receive a free season pass to Playland.

The ACE Challenge is a way to encourage Westchester’s students in grades 6-12 to do their very best in the classroom from the beginning of the school year to the very end. To win the free season pass to Playland, students must achieve one of the three following benchmarks in the 2015-2016 school year:
  • Final G.P.A of 3.8, 95 percent or A average, or better.
    - or -
  • Perfect attendance for the entire school year.
    - or -
  • Improve grades a full grade point, letter or 10-percentage-point improvement from last year’s final report card (The G.P.A this year must be at least a 2.0, 75 percent or C average).
We encourage all students to work hard in school and commit to meeting County Executive Astorino’s Challenge in Education. To accept the challenge, students must register online at the Astorino Challenge in Education (ACE) Website. You will receive an email confirmation message that they have received your registration information.
To win the challenge, students will need to provide validation of their achievement from their school. The free season pass to Playland is good from the date of issue in June 2016 until the end of the season in September 2016 and includes free admission to the park and unlimited rides.
All the best for a successful school year.

With regard,
Anthony Bongo and John Barnes
CSDNR Middle School Principals

ALMS Book Fair
Please consider getting a jump on your holiday shopping and supporting our school at the Albert Leonard Middle School Book Fair. The book fair runs from Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 4th. Students will be admitted to the fair during one of their ELA classes.
Please remember to consider sending your child in with spending money for the fair. Please also be advised they will be accepting a charge or debit card as well, with no personal checks being accepted. This is a great way to support our school and literacy. For your convenience, if you prefer, the fair will remain open until 5pm on Thursday, December 3rd. All family members are welcome to attend. We also offer the option for online shopping through December 6th at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/alms
Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you at the fair!

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Please click here for the November 2015 'Middle Years' Newsletter!
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CSDNR CLOUD Information:

To CSDNR Parents & Guardians for Students in Grades 3-12
In order better to support teaching, learning and communications with your child(ren) in Grades 3-12 we
will be providing a secure CSDNR Google for Education email accounts for your child. This email
account will be utilized in the CSDNR CLOUD and students will only be able to communicate with
CSDNR teachers and with other CSDNR students who have nredlearn.org accounts. It is secure,
monitored, and safe.
Inside the CSDNR CLOUD students will be able to utilize secured email, word processing,
spreadsheets, presentation software, virtual storage, eBooks, wiki's, instructional software and
discussion boards-all secured and inside the CSDNR CLOUD. Students will not be able to email or
communicate outside the CSDNR CLOUD. Students will be monitored to make sure that they utilize
these tools responsibly and for the purpose of teaching, learning and communications. Access to email,
discussion boards, and virtual projects, will give students more opportunities to practice reading,
writing, research and communication skills. It will also provide students who are shy and have a
question, to communicate with their teachers through email. In addition, students using Google Docs
can electronically send their writing, presentations and projects to their teachers for feedback.
If you do not want your child to participate in this program, you can opt out by writing a note to your
building Principal stating that you do not wish your child(ren) to have a CSDNR Google for Education
email account.
If you choose to opt out, understand your child(ren) will be given the instructional
resources in a paper format and still be required to complete all assigned work.
We are excited to move instruction to a more 21st Century model for Grades 3-12 and extend learning
in a more digital way. We invite you to review the CSDNR CLOUD at www.nredlearn.org.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Dr. Coleman, Director of Technology, Email: ccoleman@nred.org

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Web-based Resources - Instructions for Students
We are pleased to provide students with access to Successmaker and Castle Learning. Please use the following instructions when logging on both from home and at school.
To log on to the SuccessMaker Student Interface and launch an assignment:
1. Open your browser and go to http://albertleonard.nred.org
2. Hover over your mouse cursor over "Student" and a menu will open. Click on "Successmaker" on the bottom of that menu.
3. On the "Log In" page, enter your Username (Student ID) and Password (Student ID), and then click "Log In."
4. Click your course's name on the "Assignments"page to launch the assignment.
To exit an assignment and log off the Student Interface:
1. Click the X (Close) to exit your course and preserve your session data.
2. Click "Log "Out" on the Student Interface page to log off SuccessMaker.
1. Go to www.castlelearning.com
2. Enter your child's CLO login ID and password* and click the Sign In button. *Note: If your child has not set a password, leave the password field blank for the first time and click Sign In. Then, follow the steps to create a password.
3. Assignments from teachers will appear near the top of the page under the section labeled Your Classes.
4. To generate an assignment without a teacher, select a Course to review in the middle of the Student Home Page and click the GO button. Once the screen refreshes your child can create an activity or review completed work.
5. Should you have any questions, please contact support@castlelearning.com

Thank you to all who helped make Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention 2014 a success!

Capital Projects Bond Vote December 15

Letter Regarding Bond Proposition from Board President Lianne Merchant

Click the link below to read a message from Board President Lianne Merchant regarding the capital bond public forum on October 22, 2015 where a proposed proposition authorizing the issuance of $49,529,094 in a capital projects bond will be discussed.

Letter from Board President Merchant

Planetarium Holiday Show: Season of Light

Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up lives during the December holiday season.  Join us at the NRHS Planetarium on Dec. 19 at 4 PM; Dec. 21 at 7 PM; or Dec. 23 at 7 PM.

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There will be a Public Hearing on Smart Schools Bond Act Fund on November 24 at 7:45 PM at:

 Isaac E. Young Middle School, 270 Centre Avenue, New Rochelle



Pioneering Use of Technology Transforms Teaching in New York Schools

Click here to read Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne's latest Huffington Post article.

My Brother's Keeper

On April 29, 2015, New Rochelle officially accepted President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge and in effect, MBK New Rochelle was formed. MBK New Rochelle is being led as a partnership between the City of New Rochelle and the City School District of New Rochelle.

MBK Interim Report

MBK Promotional Flyer English/Spanish

Six NRHS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Congratulations Eli Sills, Taylor Ullrich, Oliver Hughes, Rebecca Meisler, Sammy Stone and Gabrielle Altman.


Three NRHS Students Receive Perfect Score on ACT

Congratulations Eli Sills, Adam Itzkowitz, and Benjamin Greenfield.


The City School District of New Rochelle now provides an easy to use solution for online payments for Grades 6-12 Metro Cards and the K-12 Food Service Lunch Program. The CSNDR Web Store provides a secure, simple way for you to make payments online.

By logging onto https://nred.revtrak.net  you have 24/7 access to make quick easy payments. The CSDNR Web Store accepts debit or credit cards from Discover, Visa, and MasterCard. A non-refundable processing service fee of 4.16% will be applied at checkout.

For full instructions, please open the attached file.

CSDNR Web Store -Directions.pdf
CSDNR on Social Media

CSDNR Parent Home Access Center

Forgot your password or need an account?  Please call 576-4209 or email nrhomeaccess@nredlearn.org

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Paperless Board Meetings

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