• Greetings Everyone,

    I hope things are going well for you and you are looking forward to the weekend.  Please remember that school will not be in session on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.  It has been a busy few weeks with lots of events going on as well as a school board meeting on Wednesday night.  Here are a few updates for you:

    Thank you Taxpayers

    Thank you again for your support during the budget process.  We are very pleased that our proposed 2024-2025 school budget passed with 82% yes votes and our proposed capital project passed with 88% yes votes..  Your support is greatly appreciated.  

    Congratulations to returning board members Glenn LaPolt and Jason Clark, and  to newly elected board members Olivia Treubig and Justin Seweryn.

    Please consider offering an activity for our new continuing education program

    The school board has endorsed the plan put forward by the district wellness committee to have a continuing education program, open to adults and students, next school year.  We are currently looking for individuals who are interested in sharing their knowledge and talents, or in supervising activities.  Anyone can make a proposal by going to this google form, propose a continuing education program.  Presenters will need to specify the name of their program, a description of the program, the type of facilities they will need, the cost (if any) to the participants, age requirements for participants, and maximum number of participants.  If you have questions about anything related to this program before or after you submit a proposal, please contact me.  We hope to have all proposals submitted and considered by June 30th so that we can create a course catalog for the public and students by August 1st and then start offerings by September.

    New PPS Director Approved at the School Board Meeting

    I am happy to announce that at Wednesday night’s school board meeting the board appointed Mellisa Thomas as our next Director of  Pupil Personnel Services.  Ms. Thomas was selected from a very strong pool of candidates and she will succeed retiring PPS Director Kathleen Coughlin.

    Ms. Thomas currently serves as the Assistant Principal at the Wappingers Junior High School.  Before that she served as an Assistant Director of Special Education for the Wappingers Central School District and as a Supervisor of Special Education at the Beacon City School District.  Ms. Thomas also has significant teaching experience as she worked as a Special Education Social Studies Teacher for seven years at the Dutchess County BOCES Alternative High School in Poughkeepsie.

    Our District is fortunate to have Ms. Thomas joining us.  She will be a great addition to our team.  Her first official day will be July 1, 2024.

    Congratulations to our Art and Music Departments

    I am hopeful that you got to see some of the outstanding art shows and musical performances that have been going on lately at our schools.  Our art and music programs are truly impressive.  You can see samples of their work on facebook and instagram, but if these social media platforms are not your thing, you can check out a few videos here:

    High School Art Show

    Duzine Art Show

    High School Select Contemporary Band

    High School Choir

    High School Band

    8th Grade Select Choir

    8th Grade Band

    Please make plans to attend the upcoming Lenape Art Show on June 13 from 6 pm to 8 pm and the Middle School Arts Festival which will take place on June 4th from 6-7:30 pm.