District Announcements

  • 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.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Home Access Center- Attention Parents and Guardians

    The Home Access Center will be available again on Monday August 21, 2017. 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.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • 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

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    NRHS -- All students full day

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Home Access Center- Attention Parents and Guardians

    In order to conduct required annual maintenance and configure the system for the opening of school, the Home Access Center will be disabled until approximately August 30th, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding as we work to prepare our systems for the opening of school. If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact Michael. A. Tromblee, Director of Technology at mtromblee@nredlearn.org.  Once the school year commences, Parents/Guardians who have children enrolled in school can gain access to the Home Access Center by making an appointment with the Technology Department by calling 914-576-4209. Thank You!

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • 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!

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • 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.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • 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."

     

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • 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. 

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • 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.

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • New Rochelle schools host immigration workshops

    Hundreds of local residents packed New Rochelle High School and Columbus Elementary School last month to attend immigration rights workshops held just days after the Trump administration announced measures that would greatly expand the deportation of illegal immigrants. The workshops were planned in response to anxiety expressed by residents who were hearing rumors about immigration raids.

    At NRHS, three student groups - Hispanic Culture Club, United Cultures Club and Newcomer Ambassadors - asked the school to host a workshop. Columbus Elementary opened its doors after Councilman Louis Trangucci reached out to Principal Michael Galland and voiced the need to come together to squash rumors and reassure residents that New Rochelle is a welcoming and caring community that values all law-abiding people and families.

    "Many families are terrified. There is uncertainty, fear and confusion about what the authorities will or will not do, and that stress is being absorbed by children," said Galland. "As educators, our duty is to nurture children emotionally, socially and intellectually."

    More than 500 people attended the Feb. 16 immigration forum at Columbus Elementary, which included a presentation by The Westchester Hispanic Coalition that addressed issues related to immigration laws. Graciela Heyman, the executive director, spoke about the rights of immigrants and offered advice on how to respond when face-to-face with immigration officials.

    Commissioner Patrick Carroll and Captain Adrian Navarrete of the New Rochelle Police Department were present to reassure residents that police officers would continue to focus on the safety of the community.

    More than 200 people attended the workshop at NRHS on Feb. 15. It included a presentation on scholarship opportunities for undocumented students, including those who were brought to the United States as children, currently covered under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

     The discussion was led by representatives of the CUNY Becas scholarship program and The Guidance Center of Westchester. The Hudson Valley Community Coalition also provided information on DACA and undocumented immigrants.

     Officer Edward Martinez of the New Rochelle Police Department addressed the gathered families and told them that officers would not pursue immigrants or ask them to produce documents. Rather, he said, the focus would continue to be on fighting crime.

     Gustavo Barbosa, house principal at NRHS, said the evening was successful because of the support by Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne and other district officials.

     "Not many school districts are willing to provide this level of support to immigrant families," said Barbosa. "In New Rochelle, we really understand that what happens in our community has a direct impact on our students' academic performance and how they feel when they come to school. That's why it was important to reach out."

    City School District of New Rochelle

All Hands on Deck

In this video, the teacher and students will be involved in a moderate cardio activity called All Hands on Deck. In this activity break, you will performing stationary exercises such as lunges, squats, jumping jacks, and mountain climbers. This activity lasts for about 6 minutes and can be followed by a 1 to 2 minute cool down activity break.

 

Balance

Students will be able to balance on different body parts.

Basic Upper/Lower Body Movements & Cool down

In this video, the teacher and students will be involved in light cardio movement for the beginning of the activity then transitions into basic upper/lower body movements and ending with stretching and breathing techniques for a calm cool down. This is a great activity for a short 5-10 minute break to get the students refocused. This activity lasts for 8 minutes. Enjoy!

Body Shapes

Students will be able to identify the letters of the alphabet and manipulate their bodies into these shapes.

Activity Flow:

  • Warm up- Students will take out their imaginary jump rope and jump for 20 seconds behind their desk.
  • Cool Down- Students will stand behind their desk and complete different stretches. 1. "Skyscraper- Reach up to the sky with both hands" 2."Blowing in the wind"- Make your body as light as you can and make believe you are a piece of grass blowing in the wind. 3. "Petting Dog/Cat"- Stretch down and make believe you are petting your dog or cat with both hands, try not to bend your knees.

Calf Raises & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Calf raises- up and down on toes (slowly)
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                      1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                      2. Arms up and stretch out away from body, bring hands up and down from your waist.

  • Stretch

Calf Raises, Jumping Jacks & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Calf raises- up and down on toes (slowly)
  • Imaginary jump rope
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                   1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

  • Stretch

Cardio Movement

In this video, the teacher and the students will be demonstrating a moderate cardio movement activity break. This video includes a warm up, cardio movement and then a cool down. It includes music, however, if you have your own music you'd like to include over the video and mimic the movements, that works just as well. This video is about 10 minutes.

Chair Exercise

Activity Flow
Warm Up/ Cool Down:  Sitting in chairs perform shoulder shrugs up and down, forward, backward, cross arm stretches, modified butterfly stretch, hip flexor stretch.

 

Chair Workout: Core

Students will participate in a chair workout with a series of exercises targeting the core.

Activity Flow:

Warm up:
Seated helicopters: Arms straight out to the side to and rotate side to side
 
Exercises:
Bicycle: Slide to edge of chair, hold back of chair, lift feet, and pedal (with speed changes)
Leg hold: Hold legs straight out for 30 seconds
In & outs: Slide to edge of chair, hold feet straight out, bring knees to chest, repeat
Knees to elbows: Right knee to left elbow, left knee to right elbow
Incline plank: Face chair, push up position, straight line from head to toes, hold for 60 seconds
Mountain Climbers: Face chair, push up position, alternate knees towards chest
 
Cool down:
Side bends: Lift arm up, lean to side, switch
 
 

Chair Workout: Lower Body

Students will participate in a chair workout with a series of exercises targeting the lower body.

Activity Flow

Warm up: 
Walk and jog in chair lifting knees and pumping arms
 
Exercises:
Leg lift: Slide to back of chair, sit up tall, heels straight out, lift legs up, lower legs
Stand up & down: Slide to edge of chair, stand up, sit down
Lateral leg raise: Stand on side of chair, hand on chair, hand on waist, raise and lower leg
Glute leg lift: Face back of chair, lift leg straight up
In & outs: Face chair, knee to chest, extend out
 
Cool down:
Toe touch: Feet together, touch toes
Calf stretch: Cross one foot over the other, stretch down.
 
 

Chair Workout: Upper Body

Students will participate in a chair workout with a series of exercises targeting the upper body, specifically arms.
 
Activity Flow:
Warm-up:
Arm circles forward ? smaller ? faster ? bigger ? slower
Arm circles backward ? slower ? smaller ? faster ? bigger
 
Exercises:
Biceps curl: arms at side, palms facing away, pretend to hold weights, curl arms up
Front & lateral raise: Arms at side, palms facing towards you, pretend to hold weights, lift arms up in front, down, out to the side, down
Triceps dip: Slide to edge of chair, hold on to chair, slide off, dip down and up bending only arms
Incline push-ups: Face chair, push up position, straight line from head to toes, lower, then push up
 
Cool Down:
Biceps stretch: arm up, across chest, gently pull elbow with opposite arm
Triceps stretch: arm up, behind head, gently pull elbow with opposite arm
 
 

Drum Stick Aerobics

Using 2 pencils, craft sticks or drum sticks kids explore rhythm, creating patterns, counting , side stepping, etc.

Activity Flow

Warm Up/Cool Down;  Stretching Exercises working on Flexibility;  Reaching above the head; Bend to Right and Bend to Left.  Balance sticks on Toes stretching calf muscles with slow roll up to neutral position.

Aerobic Exercise:  Tap above head, above childs desk, squat below desk.  Marching and Grapevine while tapping.

 

Fast Break

In this video, the teacher and students will be demonstrating a basic warm up and cool down. This is a total body activity break where the students will be using both upper & lower body movements, body weight exercises and stretching their muscles. This video is about 10 minutes long which is the perfect amount of activity to re boost their energy, attention and involvement in class.

 

Hopping & Squats

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Hop on both feet and progress to single footed hops (alternate feet). 
  • Stand with feet shoulder with apart. Squat body down half way and stand back up. (Pretend to sit in a chair)
  • Stretch

 

Hopping & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up. 
  • Hop on both feet and progress to single footed hops (alternate feet). 
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                       1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                       2. With hands down at sides, lift arms up and away from body.

  • Stretch

 

Hopping & Weights 2

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up. 
  • Hop on both feet and progress to single footed hops (alternate feet). 
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                       1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                        2. Arms up and stretch out away from body, bring hands up and down from your waist.

  • Stretch

 

Jump Rope & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Imaginary jump rope 
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

               1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                2. Arms up and stretch out away from body, bring hands up and down from your waist.

  • Stretch

 

Lunges & Hopping

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Lunges (alternate each leg) 
  • Hop on both feet and progress to single footed hops (alternate feet). 
  • Stretch

 

Lunges & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Lunges (alternate each leg) 
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                     1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                     2. With hands down at sides, lift arms up and away from body.

  • Stretch

 

Manipulation of body parts

Students will be able to manipulate their finger and make shapes with different body parts.

 

Rock, Paper Scissors

Kids will engage their mind and body in some competitive play while performing calisthenics.

 

Scarves Shapes / Tossing and Catching

Students will be able to use manipulate their scarves using both of their hands and draw different shapes with their scarf.

 

Squats & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Stand with feet shoulder with apart. Squat body down half way and stand back up. (Pretend to sit in a chair)
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                         1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                         2. With hands down at sides, lift arms up and away from body.

  • Stretch

 

Weights & Jumping Jacks

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                 1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                 2. With hands down at sides, lift arms up and away from body.

  • Split jacks- while hopping, alternate feet one foot forward and the other foot behind.
  • Jumping jacks (pyramid/pencil)
  • Stretch