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Today is Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Principal: Barbara Clinton
Assistant Principal: Dennis DiBari
Mailing Address: 196 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561
Location: 130 South Putt Corners Rd, New Paltz, NY12561
Phone: 845-256-4100    Fax: 845-256-4109
Be Smart Be Safe
A letter from D. Holley Carnright, Ulster Co. District Attorney
Ulster County Local Law Number 2 of 2008
Prevent the potentially tragic consequences
of drinking and driving.
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"To become a community of learners that emphasizes mutual respect and  responsibility in which everyone realizes his or her potential."


  • Many of our students, staff, and members of our community are still grieving and struggling to make sense out of the recent loss of Maya Gold. This is okay. It is important to recognize that every individual will process loss differently and will grieve and heal at his or her own pace. Supports will remain in place at the High School for as long as they are needed.  

    In the aftermath of tragedies such as these, it is common for students and others in the school community to be emotionally overwhelmed. Recognizing and coping with these intense emotions is important. Beyond common feelings of sadness, anger, and fear, students might also experience physical symptoms such as stomachache, shortness of breath, insomnia, fatigue, or irritability. Students are encouraged to speak to an adult they trust if they have any of these feelings.

    Students are encouraged to reach out for support however they are most comfortable. The Guidance Office will remain the center for coordinating and providing student support. Middle School counseling staff will also report to the High School next week to help address students’ needs. Students can visit the Guidance Office to receive support. Counselors, social workers, and school psychologists can also be reached via email. In addition, teachers and administrators continue to be available for students before, during, and after the school day. The library is also available to small groups of students, as needed.  

    Parents may also have noticed that since this tragedy, our academic program and expectations have been modified. Dates for completing written assessments and formal grade reporting to parents were extended. Incompletes and/or extensions were approved upon student, teacher, and/or parent request. As we look ahead, we will continue to address the individual needs of the students while reintroducing the academic and extra curricular program. Several meetings have taken place with students, parents, and members of the community to discuss moving ahead. Specific dates for the upcoming events will be posted on the website and announced on NPZ and in the school newspaper.  

    Parents of students who are still struggling to deal with this loss may also find some of the outside resources listed below useful. As always, parents are asked to contact Principal Clinton or the Guidance Office staff if there are specific concerns about their child.

    If the students don't feel they are able to speak with an adult they know, or, if a parent is in need of resources to help his/her child they can call: 

    *   1-844-277-4820, which is the mobile mental health number. They are available from 1-11 PM. Their website is accessupports.org. 
    *   845-338-2370, to reach the 24/7 Family of New Paltz Hot Line.  
    *   1-800-273-TALK.  
    *   Also, a walk in clinic available through the Institute for Family Health in Kingston.  It will be open 8 AM – 8PM Saturday and Sunday 845-338-2562. 

    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has resources to help parents discuss suicide with their child which can be found here: Helping Children Understand.

    The National Association of School Psychologists has resources on coping with loss from death which can be found here: Helping Children Deal With Loss, Death, and Grief.


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    District Announcements for delays or dismissals due to inclement weather.
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    Current Principal's Newsletter
    This link will take you to Parent Portal where you can view your child's grades and attendance.  If you have not already created an account, directions are provided on the Parent Portal home page.
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  • New Paltz High School - Ranked One of America's Best for NINE years!!
    The Washington Post has ranked New Paltz High School as one of the nation’s top schools of the 2014-2015 school year. This marks our NINTH consecutive year receiving this recognition. 
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  • New Paltz High School - Ranked Among America's Top 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance!! Working in Support of Education (w!se), a leading New York City based educational not-for-profit, has created this national ranking with the purpose of showcasing schools of excellence that are teaching personal finance and measuring student knowledge. 
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    Reminders from the Ulster County District Attorney
    Local Law Number 2 of 2008
    This law concerns open house parties...

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    School Safety Letter
    Click here to read a letter from Superintendent Rice about changes that we hope to make to our procedures and safety infrastructure as a result of parental and community recommendations.  Video of the NPCSD Forum on School Safety is available here.
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