Welcome to our School
Welcome to our website for the 2018-2019 school year. Our site has up to date PMHS news, events, and other school programs and activities
This year, PMHS teachers and administrators will continue working towards authorization as an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Middle Years Programme in grades 9 and 10. Teachers will be meeting in their subject-area departments to develop engaging, inquiry-based classroom experiences that are hands-on, student-centered, authentic, and reflective of developments in New York State Standards. We will also be working together to integrate 10 attributes of the "IB Learner Profile" (Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced, Reflective) into teachers' and students' daily practice.
We will also offer several new courses this year including Mandarin Chinese III, Applied Statistics, Calculus, Transitional Algebra, AP Computer Science, Language, Instruction and Coding. Our teachers were busy this past summer developing the curriculum for these new courses.
New this year is our athletic opt-out policy for juniors and seniors. During the 2016–2017 school year a committee of parents, students, teachers and administrators explored our current practice of allowing 12th graders to opt out of Physical Education classes . After a thorough review of the New York State Requirements for Physical Education as well as the Pelham Physical Education Curriculum, the committee agreed to the following, effective during 2017–2018 school year.
Students in 11th and 12th grades are eligible to optout of physical education classes under these guidelines:
- Must actively play a Varsity sport recognized by the Pelham Public School District.
- Must complete and submit the Athletic Option form. A new form must be completed for each athletic season. The form must be turned in by the assigned date determined by the Athletic Department. Late forms will not be accepted.
- Must pass all five parts of the national physical fitness test.
- Must maintain proper attendance. After the third unexcused absence, the athlete must return to their scheduled physical education class. Unexcused absences will include practices and games.
- For 11th graders to be eligible, they must have a full schedule of classes with no study halls assigned. Lunch must be the only free period on their schedule and they will be assigned to a study hall in lieu of physical education class.
I encourage you to contact me (Jclark@pelhamschools.org) any time for additional information on our website, courses, communications options or activities at our school.
Dear Parents,A recent technology systems upgrade resulted in the resetting of all Pelham Public Schools faculty's email passwords. Because of this, some teachers and staff who are not working over the summer may not yet have access to their school email accounts. If you are having difficulty reaching a teacher or staff member, please call your school or the District office. Please know that our technology department is actively working to resolve this issue.District- Good to Know
Christa Acampora Announces Resignation from BOE
Dr. Christa D. Acampora announced Monday night that she is resigning her seat on the Pelham Board of Education to accept a position as Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
“I would like to thank my fellow board members and our excellent administrative team for providing great models of leadership and being terrific colleagues,” Dr. Acampora said. “It is with truly mixed emotions that I go.”
Dr. Acampora was elected to the Board in 2016 and served as Vice President for the 2017-18 school year. During her tenure, Dr. Acampora served on the Board’s Policy, Monitoring, and Governance, and Audit committees, was the liaison to Hutchinson School and the Pelham Education Foundation, and participated in the District’s International Baccalaureate Oversight, Safety and Security, Diversity Oversight, and K-12 Innovation committees.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cheryl Champ added, “I’d like to congratulate Dr. Acampora on her new position and wish her the best of luck in her new career. Her contributions to the District over the past two years have helped bolster our educational program. We will miss her collaborative spirit, leadership and strategic vision, which were instrumental in improving our academic program, planning the bond referendum and understanding the needs of the Pelham community.”
The Board of Education will communicate a process for filling Dr. Acampora’s seat, as well as the open seat vacated by Tom Imperato, who announced his resignation earlier in the month to pursue new career opportunities. Both seats have one year remaining on their terms. More detailed information about the selection process will be shared with the community in the coming weeks.District- Need to Know
Board Appoints Susan Lockhart and Sean Llewellyn as Interim Asst. Superintendent, MS Asst. Principal
We are pleased to announce the appointments of Susan Lockhart as Interim Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services and Sean Llewellyn as Interim Assistant Principal of Pelham Middle School.
Please read Dr. Champ's letter announcing their appointments and join us in welcoming them into their respective new roles!District- Need to Know
Lynn Sabia to be Appointed Middle School Principal
Lynn Sabia, currently the assistant principal of Pelham Middle School, is expected to be appointed principal at the Board of Education's meeting at 8:15 pm on Wednesday, June 20. Please read Dr. Champ's announcement for more information.District- Need to Know
School Budget, Bond and BOE Election ResultsBudget/Bond/BOE Election Results:Budget Proposition Passes: Yes-1723; No-550Bond Proposition 1 Passes: Yes-1584; No-698Bond Proposition 2 Passes: Yes-1412; No-848Jessica Young (1682 votes) and Eileen Miller (1522 votes) were elected to three-year terms on the Board of EducationThank you voters!District- Need to Know
Bond Referendum Set for Tuesday, May 15
Eligible Pelham voters may vote on a two-proposition bond proposal to fund facilities/infrastructure projects and athletic facilities/fields upgrades on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Visit the District's updated bond page to learn more about the proposal.District- Need to Know
A note from Dr. Champ about the Tragedy in Florida
Dear Pelham Parents, Staff and Community Members,
I am writing you with a heavy heart over the tragedy that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida yesterday. For all of us – parents, students, teachers, and staff – violence in a school, especially the loss of innocent lives, hits far too close to home.
During this time when media attention is heightened around this most recent school shooting, it is especially important that we help our children make sense of this disturbing act of violence. Please know that our school counselors, psychologists, administrators and principals are all available to support our students and staff. We encourage you to reach out and ask for support.
The safety of our students and staff is something that I take extremely seriously and something that our staff thinks about on a daily basis. Each instance of school violence gives us pause as we think about how we improve the safety of our buildings and facilities.
Over the course of today and tomorrow, our middle school and high school administrators and support staff will be meeting with students to review our safety protocols and remind students of the resources available to help support them emotionally.
In the coming days and weeks, our elementary principals will review our building protocols with our staff and parents and remind them of the importance of following our safety procedures. As always, our staff is available to address any students’ concerns in a developmentally appropriate way.
Our District safety and security committee will also meet shortly to review our procedures and discuss ways to make improvements, as necessary.
Each year we practice a variety of drills, such as lock downs and lock outs, to help us prepare for a day that we pray will never come. Over the past several years, each of our campuses have been equipped with enhanced security features to control who is entering and leaving our buildings at all times and notify those outside of the buildings when an emergency situation is occurring. Our security and facilities team and our administration maintains a close working relationship with our police and fire chiefs in each village and they too practice and prepare for emergency responses routinely and seriously. Together, we strive to make sure our efforts are efficient and coordinated in the event of any emergency.
Preparation is key to ensuring that our schools are safe and welcoming places for our students and staff. The social-emotional wellness of our students is a core tenet of educational system and that will always be the best preventative measure we can take. We also must be persistent in ensuring that potentially dangerous and violent situations are known before they become tragedies. It sounds simple, but please, if you see something, say something. We will investigate, and we will work to make sure our students are safe – it is our most important function as a school system.
Finally, the Employee Assistance Program has produced a helpful guide with tips on dealing with the trauma from the tragedy. Click here to review this document.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Please keep the families of Parkland, Florida in your hearts and minds and thank you for your continued support.
Dr. Cheryl Champ, Ed. D.
Superintendent of SchoolsDistrict- Need to Know
John Condon Appointed Director of Facilities
The Pelham Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of John P. Condon as Director of Facilities effective February 26, 2018. Mr. Condon will take over the position from current Director Anthony Mandile, who is retiring on February 28. Please read more about this announcement.District- Need to Know
Transportation to Out-of-District Schools due by April 2
Please note that parents requesting transportation to out-of-district schools for the 2018-19 school year MUST complete and send in the Request Form before April 2, 2018 (this is a one-day extension due to the Easter holiday.District- Need to Know
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Parenting for Prevention - May 2018PMHS - Good to Know
Club and Activities InformationPMHS - Good to Know
Special Education Parent HandbookPMHS - Good to Know
Student HandbookPMHS - Good to Know
Pelican Dress CodePMHS - Good to Know
Need To Know
Principally SpeakingPMHS - Need to Know
Fall Sports Starting DatesAugust 1FootballCheer leadingAugust 20Boys and Girls SoccerGirls VolleyballGirls Field HockeyBoys and Girls Cross CountryGirls SwimmingGirls TennisPMHS - Need to Know
Class of 2019 Senior PortraitsStudents have been sent home a postcard with a confirmation code for their Senior Portrait photos.Please log on to www.photoappointment.com to confirm your appointment!PMHS - Need to Know
Chromebook CollectionALL STUDENT'S CHROMEBOOKS MUST BE RETURNEDALL STUDENTS MUST RETURN THEIR CHROMEBOOKS PRIOR TO JUNE 22ND. IF YOU ARE NOT USING YOUR CHROMEBOOK TO PREPARE FOR EXAMS, YOU MAY RETURN IT NOW. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE COLLECTION SCHEDULEPMHS - Need to Know
World Language National Exam Awards
Gold: Vikram Jallepalli
Silver: Laney Bagwell, Lila Caminiti, Jackson Sylver, Zoe Winburn
Bronze: Daniela Christian
Honorable Mention: Jack Dougherty, Nathaniel Hetzer, Margot Philips, Margot Wies
Level 2C -Native Speakers
Gold: Ethan Bletz, Andrey Dermendhziev
Silver: Lukas Glist, Emily Nakayama
Bronze: Sophie Xu
Honorable Mention: Grace Anderson, Jessica Cunha, Guy Eustace, Lucas Fredbeck, Siobhan Sadler
Bronze: Benjamin Glickman
Honorable Mention: Julien Evans, Alex Walker
Level 4C- Native Speakers
Gold: Matyas Spunberg
Honorable Mention: Stephan Akichy
Level 5C- Native Speaker
Silver: Julian Navarro
26 PMHS students won awards on Le Grand Concours 2018
Honorable Mention: Pallavy Franco
Bronze: Matthew Cannella, Caroline Veteri
Honorable Mention: Lucy Edmunds, Allison Feldman, Andrew Graciano, Daniela Letizia, Nell Plunkett, Caroline Spana, Andrew Terraciano, Giovanna Vitale
Level 3 A:
Bronze: Justin O’Beirne
Honorable Mention: Claudia Scampoli, Joshua Timmermans,Cassie Ventura
Honorable Mention: Rafael DaCruz
16 PMHS students won national awards on the National Italian Exam!
Level: Latin II
Magna Cum Laude…………………...Collins Mbonu
Cum Laude…………………………….Katherine D’Adamo, Roger Geaniton
Level: Latin III
Silver Maxima Cum Laude…………...Arthur O’Sullivan
Cum Laude…………………………….Grace Liberatore, Piers Upton
Level: Latin IV Poetry
Silver Maxima Cum Laude…………...Elise Aronson
Magna Cum Laude…………………....Rachel Brewer
Cum Laude…………………………….Siobhan Joyce-Farley
9 PMHS students won national awards on the National Latin Exam!
Honor……………….. Connor Fleming, Stephanie Gristina, Calvin Hoeh, Steven Munn, Vanessa Rosado, Marlen Singh, Aiden Levy, Carolyn Moyle, Nicolas Franchini, Isabella Gouveia
Bronce……………… Emma Almo, Brett Bober, Lucia Lavalle, Sara Almo
Plata………………… Andrea Rodriguez Arcila
Honor………………. Julia O’Neil, Kristina Pompilio, Morgan Sample, Anna Shampanier-Bowen,
Helen Meyerson, Stephanie Munn, Elizabeth Potocki, Juliana Prisco
Bronce…………………….... Matyas Spunberg
Plata………………………… Lance Brady, Vedika Basavatia, Asher Lal,
Honor ………………………. Daniel Bernstein, Gabriella Bhiro, Liam Ronan, Elizabeth Walters,
Julia Figueiredo, Camilla O’Keefe and Joseph Silva
Bronce……………………… Luca Rivera, Isabel Kenny
Plata………………………… James Hupprich
Oro………………………….. Michael Salama
Honor…………….. Pamela Pennetta, Steven Torres
40 PMHS students won national awards on the National Spanish Exam!!PMHS - Need to Know
Summer Reading ListPMHS - Need to Know
The Pel Mel is Now Online
Access the Pel Mel here!PMHS - Need to Know