Show your Port
Pride - PLEASE VOTE!
Budget Vote & School Board
Election is Today
it's below allowable tax levy limit
Proposed Budget: $62,170,300
Estimated Tax Levy Increase: 2%
Port Jervis School District residents will
vote tomorrow - May 21 - on the $62.1 million proposed budget for the 2013-14 school
year. The budget carries an estimated tax levy increase of two
percent. The Board arrived at the spending plan after working
with the administration for months to develop a budget that
supports students’ educational needs, while keeping the tax levy
increase at two percent.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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June 4 Open House Night for Montague families
Port Jervis is
hosting an Open House Night for families in the Montague School
District on Tuesday, June 4. Port Jervis High School and Port
Jervis Middle School will be open for current, and prospective
students, and their families to tour the buildings from 6-7 p.m.
The principals of both schools will provide families with an
overview of the school, its curriculum and extracurricular
programs. Families will also have the opportunity to meet staff
and tour the buildings. Refreshments will be served.
providing fall sports physicals, May & June
Physicals for Fall sports are being done in school now through
the month of June. All students who want to participate in a
Fall sport MUST see the nurse for paperwork and to find out if
they require a sports physical by the beginning of the Fall
season. For more information, please call nurse Nancy Dunn at
858-3100, Ext. 11700.
Girls softball teams will battle
Minisink in third annual
Strike Out Cancer game May 24
The Varsity and Junior Varsity
Girls Softball teams will be battling Minisink in the third
annual Strike Out Cancer softball game on Friday, May 24. The
games will be played at the Minisink Valley Softball Complex at
5 and 7:30 pm. in honor former Minisink Valley softball player
Wendy Herm. Players from the both teams are seeking sponsors for
this worthy event. Any donation will be accepted. Just contact a
coach or player. Come join your Lady Raiders on May 24 and enjoy
some great softball, while raising money to beat cancer!
College Road Trip:
Port Jervis students visit
East Stroudsburg University
Selecting a college or
university ranks high on the list of important life decisions.
The Port Jervis High School
Guidance Department helped students take a vital step in often
overwhelming college application process by providing a no cost
campus day trip to East Stroudsburg University (ESU).
Quarter Honor Roll
all of the High School students who qualified for the Third
Marking Period Honor Roll.
Click here to view the
Guidance Newsletter -
Third Marking Period Issue
Click here to read more about
What PJ students are saying about their trip to ESU
Strategies to better manage your time
Colleges where PJ seniors have been accepted
Ultimate Discount Cards are
now on sale!
The Class of 2013 is selling the
Ultimate Discount Cards. Priced at $12, the cards provide an
entire year of discounts to many of the area's most popular
restaurants and businesses, including McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts
and the new Taco Bell! Cards can be purchased from any member of
the senior class or by calling the High School Office at
858-3100, Ext. 11500.
Thirty-six seniors receive
varsity academic letter
Port Jervis High School
recently awarded varsity academic letters to 36 seniors. The
special varsity letter, which is similar to the embroidered
letter presented to Raider athletes, was created last year to recognize
students who excel academically. To qualify for the prestigious
honor, a senior must have earned a
90 or higher average for their first three years of high school.
Congratulations to all!
Click here for the list of
Cinderella's Closet at PJHS
has $20 prom dresses
Looking for a prom dress
that's within your budget? Cinderella's Closet, located
in Room 112 at PJHS, has a good selection of pretty dresses -
all priced at $20. If you're interested, stop by Room 112 to
schedule a day after school to come in and shop. All proceeds go
to Friends of Rachael Club.
Tune into WDLC radio for
Raider baseball & softball
Local high school sports are back
on radio stations WDLC 1490 AM and Country 107.7 FM. Listed
below is the current schedule of upcoming Port Jervis varsity
baseball and softball game broadcasts, which begin 30 minutes
prior to game times.
Tuesday, April 16 Baseball vs
Goshen, 4 p.m.
Monday, April 22 Softball vs
Monticello, 4:15 p.m.
Monday, April 29 Baseball vs
Cornwall, 4 p.m.
Friday, May 3 Softball vs Goshen,
Monday, May 13 Softball vs
Cornwall, 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, May16 Baseball vs
Monticello, 4 p.m.
Monday, May 20 Baseball vs
Eldred, 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 24 Softball @
Minisink, 7:30 p.m.
Port celebrates National
Foreign Language Week
Languages: They Nourish the Brain
Small Town USA this isn’t. Port Jervis is now part of the
global community, connected to world through the Internet.
During National Foreign Language
Week, celebrated March 4-8,
Port Jervis High School
highlights the importance of knowing a foreign language in
today’s society. A variety of events were held throughout the
week to help students learn about different cultures, customs
place in Glider Event
Port's Science Olympiads compete at regional tourney
Port Jervis Science Olympiad Team competed against 25 other
teams at the 2013 Regional Competition at SUNY Ulster. The
students competed mostly in pairs in 13 events. Congratulations
to seniors RJ O'Leary and David Cutler for earning an Honorable
Mention for taking seventh place in building an Elastic Launched
Diplomas presented to January graduates
The Port Jervis School District
held a special presentation at the Feb. 19 Board of Education
meeting to recognize students from the Class of 2012, who earned
their high school diplomas in January. Congratulations to Craig
Biccum, Trayquan Lee, Terrence Liquet, Stephen Procak and Alyssa
Segalini. This marked the first time that Port Jervis has
presented mid-year diplomas. High School Principal Andrew
Marotta commended the graduates on their persistence and hard
work. Marotta and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Thomas
Bongiovi are pictured above with the two graduates who
participated in the presentation Craig Biccum and Stephen Procak.
High School Curriculum Guide is online
2013-14 High School Curriculum Guide
is available online to help students build schedules wisely by
providing course descriptions, prerequisites, graduation
requirements and information about special programs. Features, such as a Planning Worksheet,
are designed to help students to select courses that will meet their graduation
requirements, and enable them to work toward their own
educational, career and technical goals.
FACS students host annual cookie party
demonstrate culinary skills
Students in the Port Jervis High School Family and Consumer Sciences
(FACS) classes demonstrated their culinary skills by baking
dozens and dozens of holiday sweets for their annual cookie
party. A long-standing tradition, the cookie party is held every
year for the High School faculty and staff. District
administrators, and friends of the bakers, are also invited.
Beautifully displayed on a festive table, the delicacies ranged
from the traditional must-have chocolate chip cookies to amazing
red velvet cookies. Most of the tried and true recipes came from
holiday cookbooks. Some were hand-down family recipes...They
were all thoroughly enjoyed!
VFW Naval Ship applauds
essay winners for patriotism
Ten Port Jervis
students were honored January 13 by the Tri-State VFW Naval
Ship for winning this year's Voice of Democracy and
Patriotic Pen youth essay contests.
At the high school level, this year's Voice of Democracy
contest theme was Is Our Constitution Still
Relevant? Senior Devin Rearer won
first place. Second-place
honors went to junior Sierra Combs. Senior Daniel
Obermeyer earned the third-place award. Junior Shayna French
took fourth place.
Yearbooks are now on sale!!
can be ordered online on the Jostens Yearbook Web
follow the simple directions, or contact Yearbook advisor
Kathy Smith at 858-3100, ext. 11952. The cost, tax included,
is $75.69. Orders will be accepted until March.
PJHS students form support chain
Got your Back!
The Friends of Rachel Club is adding momentum to the chain
reaction it started two years ago at Port Jervis High
School. Over two days, the club brought close to 200
students, staff, parents and community leaders together in
Rachel's Challenge life-changing Chain Reaction program. The
students spent six hours in the gymnasium interacting with
the adults in high energy activities and joining in
emotional discussions about bullying and other painful life
experiences. The goal is to empower students to make a
difference in their community.
IN THE NEWS:
Chain Reaction Program was featured on several Friday evening
news broadcasts. Links are posted below.
Hudson Valley Channel 12 News
YNN - Your News Now
(3:11 minute mark on the segment.)
Chorus entertains community
The High School and Middle School Chorus groups went
caroling together over the holidays. Over 30 students
performed holiday favorites for the community at ShopRite,
where three checkout isles were cleared to make room for the
special 45 minute performance.
100th milestone career win
For a high school
wrestler, individual honors are milestone achievements.
On Jan. 3, Port Jervis High School senior Travis Edwards hit
that mark when he notched his 100th career win by pinning Tyler
Anderson of Kingston. The Raiders went on to defeat Kingston,
35-33. In addition to Edwards' win, Dan DeCarlo, Dylan Booth,
Tanner Sexton, Ryan Fuller, Randy Wilson and Hunter Curreri also
came away with victories. Edwards' career milestone earned him
the title of PJHS Senior Scholar Athlete for the Month of
Basketball donates gifts for needy children
The Port Jervis
Girl's JV Basketball team donated gifts for the second year in a
row to the local Elk's Club. Instead of doing the typical Secret
Santa among teammates this year, the team decided to buy gifts
for those in need. The girls generously donated toys to the
local Elk's Club for children in our community this holiday
Three sophomores representing Port Jervis at
2013 HOBY Leadership Seminar
Garrett Reichert, Keegan Dunn and Alison Buzzelli were selected
to represent Port Jervis High School at the nation’s foremost
youth leadership development program - the 2013 Hugh O’Brian
Youth Leadership Seminar. Better known as HOBY, the annual
seminar provides more than 9,000 high school sophomores from
across the country the opportunity to participate in a unique
leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building
The three Port Jervis HOBY ambassadors were chosen based on the
outstanding leadership potential they have demonstrated in
school and community activities. They will attend the three-day
HOBY New York East Leadership Seminar, which is being hosted at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in June 2013. "Through
the unforgettable HOBY experience, our three representatives
will develop leadership skills that will serve them long into
their future and benefit our school and community. True to the
HOBY mission, they will return displaying personal growth, a
greater sense of citizenship and a social responsibility," said
Port Jervis High School guidance counselor Laurie Kahmar, noting
that "The experience will help foster in our students a life
dedicated to leadership, service and innovation." GO PORT PRIDE!
Three Port Jervis musicians perform at Area All-State
Three Port Jervis High School students participated in the
highly-selective annual Area
All-State Music Festival the weekend of November 16. The
students represented Port Jervis in three of the four performing
ensembles: Dylan Little played trumpet in the Symphony
Orchestra, Makayla Csencsits sang in the Women's Choir, and
Sarah Mannion sang in the Mixed Chorus. The talented musicians
were selected for the highly-competitive festival based on the
scores of their N.Y.S.S.M.A. solos. We are very proud of
their dedication and accomplishments in music!
Save the elephants
HS students contribute
art to Cornell
Jervis students are doing their part to raise funds and
awareness to save the endangered African forest elephant.
Artwork created by elementary, middle school and high school
students was displayed at the Nov. 3 Evening for Elephants
fundraiser at Cornell University. Samantha Sanfilippo, a
student in Bess Moran's drawing/ painting class, created the
mixed-media painting that's pictured. Two other high school
students created ceramic elephants.
Lane wins medal
at State Cross Country Finals
to State Medalist - Kobie Lane and the High School Varsity Boys’
Cross Country team for their seventh-place finish at the New
York State Championship Cross Country meet this weekend.
Congratulations also to Sarah Mannion for a strong showing in
her final high school cross country race.
Farnum House is a haunted PJ
High School Drama Club's Farnum House Haunting has been a local
Halloween tradition. Now in its sixth year, the event ran for
three days the weekend before Halloween. With this year's
addition of Wacko Jacko's Drive-In and Restaurant, the haunting
at the old mansion was scarier than ever!
Click here to view a slide show of the haunting.
Port Went Pink to raise
money for breast cancer
Nina Dekan and the Student
Council turned Port Jervis High School Pink on October 24 to
honor and support everyone whose life has been touched by breast
cancer. The event was a huge success with students and faculty
wearing pink and a pink ribbon to support all of the women who
fought or are “Fighting the Fight.” The girls volleyball team
also raised money at through its "Block Out Cancer" fundraiser.
Thanks to everyone who donated money and supported the bake
sale, we raised over $200!!
2012 Homecoming & Port
Congratulations to the 2012 Homecoming Queen
Ashley Sweeney and King Anthony Dipsingh -
and the entire Homecoming Court - Maria
Barbone, Mackenzie Decker, Courtney Martone,
Devin Rearer, Travis Edwards, Alyssa Shevlin.
Joshua Ramos, Shane Reiners, Janet Burigo, and
Congratulations to the Sophomore Class on
winning the Spirit Stick!!
for Port Pride Week photos.
Three Port cheerleaders make All-American team
varsity cheerleaders Madison Sanok, Makayla
Csencsits, and Diamond Avant are among the elite
cheerleaders who earned spots on the National
Cheerleading Association (NCA) 2012 All-American
Team. The national team consists of cheerleaders
nominated by the NCA staff, based on their
individual talents. The cheerleaders were
nominated this summer, along with 10 others from
Port Jervis, at a NCA cheerleading camp in
"All of the nominees are outstanding
individuals, who display superior cheerleading
techniques in jumps, tumbling, stunting, motion
technique, leadership, and dance," said
cheerleading coaches Megan Decker and Bethann
Paul, who accompanied the girls to the camp.
to the following cheerleaders who earned
nominations: Junior Varsity -
Sullivan, Becca Jones, Kelsey Farr,
Rihanna Colon, and Madison Sanok; Varsity
- Marissa Phillips, Makayla Csencsits, Melany
Jenks, Lauren Sigmund, Brenna Kabbash, Jen
Amato, Diamond Avant, and Dina Doxey.
Morning Announcements are online!
now posting the
Morning Announcements on our
school web page….The information
can be viewed by clicking the link on the left side
of this page.
Parents & students are also
encouraged to sign up for
School News Notifier (SNN),
School Tools Parent Portal &
Facebook. We send out
important email notifications
through SNN & Facebook. Parent Portal allows
you to view all of your child’s
information: grades, assignments,
schedules, etc and keep in touch
with your child’s teachers.
& Activities Brochure
The Club & Activities Brochure
includes details about all of the extracurricular activities
offered at Port Jervis High School.
selling Port Raiders flip flops
are being taken for Port flip flops. The sale is a
fundraiser for PTSA scholarships and other programs. Cost is
Order Form Orders can be
dropped off at High School Main Office.
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