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."

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Opening Week Schedule for Students

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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

    ALMS

    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

    IEYMS

    8:30 to 10:30 - 6th Grade

    10:00 to 11:00 - 7th Grade

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

    NRHS

    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

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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."

     

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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Albert Leonard Middle School Transition Ceremony