• NYS Math Exam: Wednesday, April 30th - Friday, May 2nd.

• Algebra Placement Test - 7th grade only: Friday, May 16

• NYS Science Performance Test for Grade 8: Wednesday, May 21st – Friday, May 30th.

• NYS Science Written Test for Grade 8: Monday, June 2nd.

New Date for May PTA Meeting: The May PTA meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 7th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 13th at 7:30 pm in the ALMS library.

Mon, Apr 14 - Mon, Apr 21
SPRING RECESS-Schools Closed
Monday, April 21
Spring Recess
SPRING RECESS - Schools Closed
Tuesday, April 22
Day 2
Board of Education Special Meeting
NRHS Library
7:00 p.m.
Click here for CSDNR Board Docs.
Wednesday, April 23
Day 3
Thursday, April 24
Day 4
Friday, April 25
Day 1
Monday, April 28
Day 2


Today, 4/21/2014
High: 65 Low: 45
Mostly sunny
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/22/2014
High: 69 Low: 47
Chance rain showers
55% chance of precipitation.
Happy Spring Recess! We return to school on Tuesday, April 22nd!
Dear Families,
We hope everyone is enjoying the start of the spring season. We would like to remind our entire school community that state testing is taking place. Students recently completed the English Language Arts assessment on April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Please note, the state math assessments are quickly approaching (right after the spring break), and are scheduled to be administered on April 30th (Wednesday), May 1st (Thursday), and May 2nd (Friday).
The test results are just one indicator in an entire year's worth of work. I do not believe in putting additional anxiety on students. All we ask from them (and you), is to insure students are going to BED on time, eating a healthy BREAKFAST in the morning, reminding themselves to BELIEVE in their abilities to succeed, and to try their personal BEST! (The Four B's)
Please be reminded schools will be closed for the spring break beginning right after student dismissal on Friday, April 11th. We look forward to seeing everyone bright and early, after the break, on Tuesday, April 22nd. We hope everyone will use the vacation time to recharge and to enjoy some of the warmer weather. We also want to wish a Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all the folks celebrating the holidays over the break.
Thank you to all of our community members who came to the Board of Education meeting recently held at ALMS. It was a wonderful evening where we highlighted our instructional goals and enjoyed student performances by our very talented student body.
Please do check our district calendar in order to stay abreast of upcoming events and our athletics schedule. There is a lot happening and we don't want you to miss anything.

If anyone would like to discuss student grades, overall academic progress, or anything pertaining to social-emotional needs, please do call the school at (914) 576 - 4339 to schedule an appointment or team meeting to address your inquiries.
With gratitude,
John Barnes

To the Albert Leonard Middle School Families,

It is with great enthusiasm that we are upon the 2013 - 2014 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 ten years as a middle 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.
Albert Leonard Middle School's Annual Career Day is coming! On Thursday, May 15, 2014, the School Counseling and Family and Consumer Science Departments will host their annual career day for seventh grade students. The morning program will include presentations from professionals representing a wide range of fields who will share their experience and expertise about their careers.  New Rochelle High School seniors will also be assigned to sessions with our students to deliver information about the importance of the high school experience, course selection, and to promote early college awareness.  
There is a strong focus on college and career readiness and our mission is to expose students to the skills and requirements necessary to be successful. On Career Day our students are encouraged to "Dress for Success," which adds a positive tone to our event. 

An Important Message regarding NYS Testing:
With the New York State Assessments set to begin on April 1st, we would like to inform you of an
addition to the New York State Testing Policy. According to the State, NO STUDENT will be permitted
to bring any electronic device (i.e. cell phone, IPad, IPod, etc.) into the classroom during the
administration of the New York State Exam. Please see important letter regarding this information.
Please click here for English version and click here for Spanish version.

Congratulations Albert Leonard Junior Model UN Club:
On Friday, January 17th, the Albert Leonard Junior Model UN Club held their 2nd Annual Pasta & Bingo Night with a crowd of over 250 enthusiastic participants.  The Model UN has over fifty members and they, their family, and their friends gathered to enjoy a hearty pasta dinner and lively Bingo games.  The large prizes and delicious foods were donated by the generous Model UN families.  Principal Barnes was our feature Bingo Caller, while the club advisors, Colleen O'Reilly and Glenn Kaplan, kept the evening organized.  Cheers and shouts followed every round, up to and including the final round where one lucky winner went home with a brand new iPad Mini.  Event proceeds will be used to offset  expenses for upcoming conferences at The College of William & Mary, Boston University and the United Nations in New York City.  Students have been preparing for these conferences by researching their assigned countries including Syria, Tunisia and China.  Congratulations Albert Leonard Junior Model UN Club!  Great job!

Congratulations Show Biz Kids on their performance: Fame Jr.
More than seventy students graced the stage to sing and dance their way into our hearts during their energetic and colorful performance of Fame Jr. at Albert Leonard Middle School.  The Show Biz Kids presented Fame Jr. on Friday, January 24 and Saturday the 25th to almost sellout crowds in our auditorium.  The story follows the trials and tribulations of talented high school students at a prestigious performing arts high school in Manhattan.  Throughout the show, the students develop as both performers and young adults, dealing with the rigors of their academic and performing training as well as the normal social anxieties associated with their age.  A strong lead cast performed solos and duets while the large chorus numbers lit up the stage with energy and talent.  Bright and fresh costumes featuring the style and colors of the 80s accented the performance.  Director Ms. Tillistrand (Ms. "T") accompanied the students on piano.  Students not only performed on stage, but assisted in every aspect of the show doing stage crew, props, lighting, and stage management.    New Rochelle High School students assisted with choreography and on technical.  Great job cast and crew! 

ALMS - Common Core Learning Standards Power Point presentation
ALMS PTA meeting
click here

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

En Espanol click here

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

Agenda Book Update!
Please click here for access to our agenda book pages.
Attention students/parents, please click here to print the calendar from the agenda book. The calendar in the printed agenda book had a typo.

Please click here for our after school schedules!

Winter Athletic Schedule 
 Co-Curricular Calendar
Extra-Help Schedule

Join Us for a Tuesday, April 22 Public School Funding Forum:

Features Distinguished Panel of New Rochelle's NY State Legislators

The Board of Education will host a Community Forum, "Public School Funding", in the New Rochelle High School Library, 7 p.m. Guest panelists will be New York State Senator George Latimer, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart- Cousins, New York Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and New York Assemblyman Steven Otis, who will address the important issue of educational funding and explain their own efforts to secure additional funding for our School District. This forum will be broadcast live on Cablevision (Channel 77) and Verizon (Channel 30). The streaming webcast link will also be posted on www.nred.org



Special Edition: April 7- April 25

The City School District of New Rochelle is excited to bring you the April 7- 25 special edition, in both English and Spanish, of our This Week in the New Rochelle Schools e-newsletter. It contains both districtwide and school-by-school news.  We hope you find it helpful as you plan during April

Click here for English version

Click here for Spanish version



New Rochelle SEPTA Announces 2014
We Are One and Bridges Awards!


The We Are One award honors CSDNR teachers, administrators and staff members who make a difference in the lives of our children with special needs. The Bridges award honors members of the greater community who foster inclusiveness and understanding through their programs and businesses. Recipients will be celebrated at the 17th annual We Are One dinner at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle on April 24, 2014.  Recipients are below - congratulations!

2014 We Are One Awards

Albert Leonard Middle School:  Barbara Clark
Barnard Early Childhood Center:  Jeanne Jacobsen
Columbus Elementary School:  Otilia Tanner
George M. Davis, Jr. Elementary School:  Ricky Marchione
Isaac E. Young Middle School:  John Fullerton
Jefferson Elementary School:  Bill Murphy and Eddie Ortiz
New Rochelle High School:  Amy Cermele
Trinity Elementary School:  Denise Campbell
William B. Ward Elementary School:  Lisa Leventhal
Daniel Webster Magnet School:  Susan Muller
District-Wide:  Edie Barasch

2014 Bridges Award ~ Conroy’s Basketball: Frank Conroy

2014 Bridges Business Award ~ Modern Restaurant:
Sebastian Aliberti and Anthony Russo

To purchase tickets to the We Are One dinner, please visit http://newrochellesepta.org/ or contact
Mary Jo Jacobs, 917-432-8509, or Julia Muggia Ochs, 917-991-6150.


Thrilling! The City School District of New Rochelle, in partnership with Southern Westchester BOCES and the Port Chester Public Schools, has been awarded the New York State Education Department’s Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) Grant totaling $1,844,500.



The City School District of New Rochelle's Samantha Guillen is being honored by Girls Inc. as a National Scholar! According to the organization, National Scholars "demonstrate a commitment to achieving excellence" and they have "overcome extraordinary obstacles and challenges, and often times risen above stereotypes, to become role models for their peers, examples of success for their communities, and the leaders of tomorrow." Congratulations, Samantha!


Congratulations to The City School District of New Rochelle Champions: Victoria Jones-Alleyne, Symone Darius, Alicia Donaldson, and Ashley Wiggins! 

Click here for Journal News article

We're proud of you!



     For the past five years, the City School District of New Rochelle, like so many local school districts in New York State, has endured the damaging effects of a weakened national economy.  Over 200 positions have been lost and valuable educational programs and services have been either reduced or eliminated.  Each year, it seemed as if the Board of Education and district and school administrators were faced with a Morton’s Fork where there were only undesirable options.  Foundation aid from the state was essentially frozen, mandated costs continued to increase, and a 2% tax levy spending cap was imposed.  Faced with these challenges, our District was required to determine which positions, programs and services could be targeted without compromising the quality of core activities associated with our central mission-- the advancement of teaching and learning.   CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING Budget Message 2014.pdf

CLICK HERE to access 2014-2015 Superintendent's Preliminary Budget

GETTING INTO COLLEGE: A spotlight on five New Rochelle High School seniors on their journey to college. Below is a link to the third article in a Christian Science Monitor/Hechinger Report series following the five NRHS seniors on their quest for college financial aid.

Click here to view article






At the Wednesday evening, February 26th, public presentation to the Board of Education and community, the district's professional consultants reported on the search status for our next permanent CSDNR Superintendent of Schools. At the conclusion of an extensive, ultimately six-month national search, including a strong component of community engagement, the Board of Education expects that a new Superintendent will be hired in May.

The documents found at the links below outline the Superintendent search thus far in greater detail, including: 1) hiring/search process timeline and details; 2) a summary of the community's input regarding our district's strengths and challenges; and 3) a draft of the community's identified criteria for desired candidate background, experience and skills.

Leadership Profile

Search Criteria

Hazard Young PowerPoint Presentation 







    Please click here for important information on 2014-2015 budget discussions.

Spring Recess
schools closed April 14 - April 21


Consistent with Education Law §3012-c(10)(b), parents and guardians of students currently enrolled in the New Rochelle Public Schools will be able to receive the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for their child(ren)’s present teachers and building principal. This information will be available beginning on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Paperless Board Meetings

Click here for the link!