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  • A decade of Port Chester school bonds

    The Port Chester School District is well-versed in voting for school bonds: there have been three from 2005 to 2015 and only one of them has met with success. With a new bond scheduled to go to the voters in the spring, following is a breakdown of the past projects the PCSD has attempted over the last decade. 

  • Fighting for the future

    It’s not often fifth graders get the chance to meet with a state senator, but thanks to Ann Rose Santoro, one of the district’s Instructional Support Specialists, and her brain-child “Take your Legislator to Work Day,” JFK’s student council spoke with George Latimer on Thursday, Jan. 12 about what can be done to help their school. 

  • For the first time in 35 years, the Port Chester Middle School Band is going to have a bassoon player.

    The Port Chester School District’s Music Department Chairman Ken Kraut said in an email: “The bassoon adds a tone color to the ensemble sound that can’t be replicated by any other instrument. It is one of the oldest and most respected wind instruments.”

  • Can an $80 million school bond pass?
    It’s been two months since the Port Chester Board of Education voted to accept the Bond Advisory Committee’s $78.66 million bond recommendation, and the only thing that has changed about the proposed plan is its price tag. 
  • How will construction affect Ridge Street School students?

    Blind Brook’s potential construction bond was faced with one major question before the Board of Education meeting on Monday, Jan. 9: how will removing classrooms and a lunchroom in Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street School during the academic year affect students?

  • Reporter's Notebook: PCHS student’s arrest with 19 bags of cocaine raises questions for community and police

    Judge Anthony Provenzano’s Wednesday, Dec. 28 9:00 a.m. Rye Town Court session provided high drama and a spotlight on major social issues prompted by the actions of a 20-year-old Guatemalan immigrant, Erick Mejia.

    Everyone else in court that day was dealing with a traffic ticket of one kind or another. 

  • It’s never too early  to plan for the future
    A select few Port Chester Middle School students are benefitting from a business whose corporate headquarters in Purchase is nearly in the school’s backyard. PepsiCo and PCMS partnered 11 years ago to assign mentors to sixth graders based on the student’s academic criteria and other factors to help prepare them for high school and college.
  • Over 41 years of service to the Port Chester schools

    Her motivation and dedication started a long time ago when she visited her sister, who taught at a state-run school in Massachusetts for adults with special needs. Although she always wanted to be a teacher, this visit guided her to the position she would hold for over 41 years. 

  • Port Chester Board of Education plans to spend $35K on PR firm

    The cost of the potential $78.66 million bond proposed by the Port Chester Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) and the Board of Education is growing to include Focus Media Inc., a public relations firm to help educate the community on what exactly will be on the ballot in 2017. 

  • Give me an “N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-S!”

    Not even a sprained ankle could stop the Port Chester High School junior varsity team from receiving their first ever bid to the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s national competition in Orlando, Fla. The squad also received second place during their first regionals competition at Nassau Community College on Saturday, Dec. 10. 

  • Five PCHS students selected for Model UN conference

    Five students from Port Chester High School—seniors Karmen Pantoja and Larabe Iqbal, sophomores Ryan Basso and Eli Taylor-Lemire, and freshman Jonathan Cisneros—attended the Nov. 19 Model UN conference held at John Jay High School in Armonk.

  • P.C. High School gets busted with knowledge about drugs
    A former NYPD narcotics detective began his presentation to Port Chester High School students on Wednesday, Dec. 3 with a video of the mannequin challenge, one of the latest viral trends that involves people posing perfectly still while doing everyday tasks. 
  • Two Ridge Street students work to better their school

    Two ideas were brought to the table that would change Ridge Street School. The plans were for a Buddy Bench and for recycling plastic bottles and turning them into money for the school. 

  • P.C. Board of Ed votes to approve  $78.66M bond recommendation

    It’s been a long two months for the Bond Advisory Committee (BAC), and now the group can disband because the Port Chester Board of Education voted unanimously to approve their recommendation for a $78.66 million bond during their Tuesday, Nov. 29 meeting. 

  • P.C. Bond Advisory Committee recommends $78.66 million project
    The first step to creating a new bond referendum was completed on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when the Port Chester Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) voted to send their recommendation to the Board of Education.
  • Blind Brook High School principal is recovering

    Blind Brook High School’s principal has been recovering in Stamford Hospital and a rehabilitation center since she was in a head-on collision on Sunday, Sept. 18. 

    During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, Patricia Lambert walked into the Monroe E. Haas Instructional Media Center with her family and was immediately greeted with hugs.

  • Haunting stories come to life in PCHS Drama Club fall play

    Spend an evening watching author Edgar Allan Poe’s imaginings of mad men with plots for personal gain during the Port Chester High School Drama Club’s rendition of “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe.”

    “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” is a play adapted by Robert Mason, and PCHS’s rendition features five of Poe’s stories: “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Purloined Letter,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Oblong Box” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

  • Drinking water tested in Port Chester schools

    The Port Chester School District recently completed testing their water for lead as part of the law Governor Andrew Cuomo signed on Sept. 6 to test drinking water in New York schools. The results were posted on the Port Chester School District website on Friday, Nov. 11 and showed that 44 sinks out of the 355 that were tested in eight buildings were found to be unsafe to drink from. 

  • A Blind Brook witch hunt

    An act of adultery turns into a town crying “witch!” during Blind Brook High School’s Fall Drama “The Crucible.”

    The show will run on Friday, Nov. 18 and the following Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the BBMS/HS auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12 for kids and seniors and $15 for adults. 

  • Port Chester marching band takes third in final competition

    The beginning of the school year was uncertain for the Port Chester High School Marching Band when the administration learned that band director Bob Vitti could not immediately return to school due to his health. Assistant band director Madeline Rende stepped forward to take charge and under her, with some help from Vitti, the band has flourished. 

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