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Grease posterPort Jervis High School Drama Club Presented GREASE 

April 12th - 15th at 7:00pm - Port Jervis, NY  -  The Port Jervis High School Drama Club gave five outstanding performances of GREASE.   click here for photo gallery> click for article in the Port Jervis Gazette>

calendar clip artLocal Finals Schedule

 June 6th - 11th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  The Daily Schedule:
•School day will begin at 7:30am. 2 hour exam followed by periods 1-8.

•Regents reviews TBA
•2 hour exams: students must stay a minimum of one hour
June 5th - Tuesday: Global regents in classrooms, NO CLASSES: Review sessions TBA
June 6th - Wednesday: Math finals: 7:35-9:35am / 9:35-2:06pm classes
June 7th - Thursday: English finals: 7:35-9:35am/ 9:35-2:06pm classes
June 8th - Friday: Social Studies finals: 7:35-9:35am / 9:35-2:06pm classes
*prom attendees released after exams
June 11th - Monday: Science finals: 7:35-9:35am / 9:35-2:06pm classes
Friday June 15th: am: Foreign Language, pm: tbd
“It is not the time you put in, it’s what you put into the time!” Finish strong PJHS. Go Port!

Harlem Wizards logoThe Harlem Wizards Came To Port Jervis High School

 April 9th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  The Harlem Wizards came to Port Jervis on Monday, April 9th. Teachers and administrators took the famous Harlem Wizards in a fierce game of basketball. The Wizards won but a good time was had by all! Go Port! click here for Harlem Wizards photo gallery>


 April 11th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR HUMANITIES AWARD RECIPIENTS: For Music: Zachary Hanham, for Art: Shannon Klotz. They will be honored at the Senior Scholar Humanities Honoree Breakfast on April 26th at Orange-Ulster BOCES. Shannon Klotz will be attending Alfred University to pursue a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She has appeared on the PJHS stage as one of Tiger Lily’s Indians in Peter Pan, Milky White the Cow in Into the Woods, Agatha and a Hotbox Dancer in Guys and Dolls, and now Patti Simcox in Grease. She is the Junior Catholic Daughters Vice President, Varsity Cheerleading captain, the Student Body Representative, the National Honor Society Social Chairperson, a member of the HS Chorus, and is active in the Art Department. Shannon has been an integral member of the Music and Art Departments at Port Jervis High School. She has been the assistant scenic painter for the past three years. Shannon is also the student representative for the School Board. Zachary Hanham will be attending a four- year university this fall. He plans to study computer science and hopes to become a software developer. Zachary has been a staple of the music and theatre department for all of his high school career. He has appeared in every stage production since his freshman year, as a Pirate in Peter Pan, as a Prince in Into the Woods, as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and he recently portrayed Eugene Florczyk in Grease. Zachary was also influential in developing the Port Jervis High School Black Box Theatre and portrayed Mr. Mushnik in the fall production of Little Shop of Horrors. He is a member of every vocal ensemble and spends three to four periods a day practicing. Zachary has been an asset to the music department, and has been a leader within the tenor section and has represented Port Jervis High School at many vocal festivals. We are very proud of Shannon and Zachary! Go Port!

donutsThe Junior Class is selling Krispy Kremes

 April 10th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  The Junior Class is selling Krispy Kremes now through April 19th. Cost is $8 per dozen for "classic" Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and $7 per half dozen for chocolate iced, lemon filled, raspberry filled, or kreme filled. If you want to order (and we know you do!), ask a junior! Doughnuts will be delivered on or about May 3rd. 

Empty Bowls ProjectArt Department and Family and Consumer Science Department "Empty Bowls" Project

March 23th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  “Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Port Jervis High School teachers showed off their culinary soup skills by preparing their favorite soup to be shared with others. In exchange for the meal and the bowl, guests contributed a suggested minimum donation. Mrs. Horst’s ceramic students made the bowls. Mrs. Accardi’s class made the desserts. Thank you to everyone who was involved with the Empty Bowls project. The food was excellent, the company was awesome, and the bowls were beautiful. Over $535.00 was raised for the local food bank “Fed by Grace” located at the Grace Episcopal Church.

Music AwardsMusic In Our Schools Awards

March 20th, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY - Students from all four Port Jervis schools were awarded the "Music In Our Schools Award" at the March 20th Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to all these talented students!

photo of the Walk OutA Peaceful Gathering At The Flag Pole

March 14th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  Approximately fifty high school students participated in the #nationwalkout by gathering peacefully at the flagpole in front of the high school. PJHS staff and local police were on hand to supervise the student led event. Student leaders spoke about their feelings on gun control and school safety. Students displayed #nomore signs. There was a moment of silence to end the event and students returned to their classes. #GoPort!

Hiromi NishimuraExchange Student Talks About Life In Japan for Foreign Language Week

March 7th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -   Hiro Nishimura spoke about life in Japan at the high school library on March 7th. Hiro is sponsored by the Port Jervis Rotary Club.  click here for photo gallery>

Jason Bulter at State ChampsPort Jervis Wrestling Team finished ranked #10 in New York State.

February 23rd and 24th, Port Jervis High School, NY - On February 23 and 24 members of the Port Jervis Wrestling team competed in the NYS Wrestling Championships in Albany, NY. Carson Sauschuck, Eric Tigue, WIlliam Harrison and Jason Butler all competed for the Raiders. Eric Tigue made it to day 2, earning a spot in the top 8 for 113 pounds. Jason Butler defeated Patrick Walsh of Olean High School to take 5th place at 182 lbs. The Raiders finished ranked #10 in New York State.

  Four Winners Section 9Wrestling teamPort Jervis Wrestling Team Honored at Board of Education Meeting

February 21st, Port Jervis High School, NY - The Varsity Wrestling team was honored at February 20th Board Meeting. The team won the OCIAA Division 2-A, Section IX Team Dual and Section 9 Tournament titles. The Raiders have qualified four wrestlers for the NYSPHAA Wrestling Championships in Albany, NY. Those wrestlers are Eric Tigue, Carson Sauschuck, William Harrison and Jason Butler.

Dr Katchen with patientPort Jervis City School District Offers Free Dental Screenings

For Immediate Release: February 15th, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City School District is partnering with Aesthetic Family Dentistry of Port Jervis NY to promote dental health.

A law passed in 2007 and amended in 2013 requires New York State schools to request dental health certificates of students at the time of entering school and in grades K, 2, 4, 7, and 10. In an effort to promote and ensure good dental hygiene, the Port Jervis City School District is partnering with Aesthetic Family Dentistry of Port Jervis NY, to offer free health screenings at school – at no cost to families.

Forms for the free screenings have been mailed home to parents. If parents choose this free dental health examination to be done at school by a dentist from Aesthetic Family Dentistry, they will be provided with the findings from the screening, as well as any recommendation the dentist offers. Families can then follow up with Aesthetic Family Dentistry or any dentist of their choice.

Parents have also received forms in the mail to take to their own dentist if families wish not to take advantage of the free screening in school. A list of dental health practices, dentists, and registered dental hygienist that provide free or reduced cost dental assessments are available at your child’s nurse’s office.

The Port Jervis City School District is excited to offer these dental health screenings and hope families will take advantage of this free and convenient service.

Section 9 winnersPort Jervis Wrestling Team Scores To Wins The Section 9

February 10th, Port Jervis High School, NY - The Port Jervis Wrestling team scored 228 points to win the Section 9 Wrestling Tournament. This is the first sectional tournament title since 1980. The Raiders were led by four champions William Harrison, Jason Butler, Eric Tigue, and Carson Sauschuck. This brings Port Jervis to a total of 85 all time sectional champions. The Raiders had three runner-ups Raven Aumick, Griffin Roddy, and James Oosterom. Port Jervis picked up 5 third place finishes from Joe Amato, Caleb Harrison, Joe Mahaney, Dominic Zappolo, Gavin Staerker, and a fourth place finish from Asher Pelton. The four champions will compete in the State Championships in Albany, NY on February 23th and 24th.

Health and wellnes fair - school nurse DunnHealth and Wellness Fair

February 9th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  There was a Health & Wellness Fair for our high school students from 9:00am -10:30am on Thursday the 8th. Community agencies and organizations were present in addition to representatives from several of our clubs and groups. Our goal was to expose the students to various physical health, mental health and other resources from the community, as well as various clubs, groups and activities that can benefit their overall wellness. The event was held in the gym. click for photo gallery>

Congratulations to the 2018 Science Olympiad Team

February 3rd, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  Congratulations to the 2018 Science Olympiad Team who competed against 27 other teams this past Saturday at SUNY Ulster at the Mid-Hudson Regional Competition. The Science Olympiad is a national competition of nearly 25 events involving Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Engineering or Technology. High schools compete in 'C' division and middle schools compete in 'B' division. Students competed in the following events: Anatomy & Physiology (Reiff/Taubes), Chemistry Lab(Cal/Johnson), Disease Detectives (Cal/Johnson), Ecology (Reiff/Taubes), Experimental Design (Hanham/Rhinehart), Fermi Questions (Cal/Johnson), Game On (Parker/Hanham), Herpetology (Cherry), Rocks & Minerals (Cherry/Taubes), Thermodynamics (Restelica), Write It/Do It (Cherry/Taubes). On March 17th of this year, our first ‘B’ division (middle school) Science Olympiad team will compete at Monroe-Woodbury Middle School and we wish them luck.

Roy Rogers flyerInteract Fundraiser at Roy Rogers for the Fitzpatrick Family

February 8th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  5:00 - 9:00pm at the new Roy Rogers in Matamoras PA. The Interact students are raising funds to help with the medical and travel expenses of one of their fellow club member's father. Just mention you are there for the fundraiser and Roy Rogers will contribute 25% of the receipts to the family. Click here for the flyer>

ADAC logoInteractive Event: Hidden Mischief

February 8th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  At 7:00pm th High School will host The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council’s “Hidden Mischief”. This educational and interactive event is open to all parents. This event consists of a simulated teen bedroom that will show parents various drug references. An ADAC educator will explain what is being viewed, share information about signs and symptoms of teen drug/alcohol use and answer questions.

sophomore clip artSophomore Information Night

February 8th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  Sophomore Information Night has been moved from 7:00pm to 6:30pm so that we can enhance and expand the evening. At 7pm we will host The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council’s “Hidden Mischief”.

a strawberrySenior Class Strawberry Sale

February 1st - 23rd, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  The Port Jervis High School Senior Class is having a strawberry sale. click here for flyer>

wear red dayNational Wear Red Day

February 2nd, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Join the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement to help raise awareness and save more lives. Friday, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day. When it comes to beating heart disease and stroke, change can be the cure. All Faculty, Staff and Students are encouraged to wear RED to school to raise awareness and help save women’s lives. It's not just a man's disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. But we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

winnersVoice of Democracy Essay Contest Winners

January 8th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -  The Voice of Democracy Essay Contest winners. In photo: Andrew Marotta, PJHS Principal; B. Hendershot, PJHS Class of 2019; G. Staerker, PJHS Class of 2019; and Joseph Coniglio, PJHS Social Studies Teacher/SUPA Instructor. Staerker was the winner of the contest, receiving a check for $250 and a commemorative plaque from the Tri-State Naval Ship. Hendershot was runner-up, receiving a check for $150 and a commemorative plaque. Honorees, their families and attendees were treated to a delicious roast beef dinner courtesy of Naval Ship members and auxiliary.

High students doing yoga with ASK studentsPJHS Students Teach Yoga To ASK Students

December 21th, 2017 - ASK School, Port Jervis, NY -  High School Physical Education teacher, Ms. Beirne, just completed a new Yoga unit with her students. As part of their final class, they had to create group yoga routines to teach to their classmates. The High School students then came to ASK Physical Education classes to teach their routines to K-6th grade students.

nteract presnting the gift cards to Mr. MarottaInteract Club's "Pennies for Presents" project is a great success.

December 19th, 2017 - Port Jervis High School, NY - Every year, the club gives out $20 gift cards to 100 PJHS students that can use extra cheer during the holidays.

New Date: Parent meeting for the Disney Senior Trip - December 20th

New Date: December 20th, 2017 - Port Jervis High School, NY - There will be a parent meeting for the Disney Senior Trip on Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00pm. This is a mandatory PARENT meeting. Bring a copy of your child's ID and birth certificate.

NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Awards Fall Sports 2017

December 12th, Port Jervis High School, NY - Our NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients and their families are invited to a Board of Education Meeting to be presented with their certificates and pins. The Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. click for list of NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Awards Fall 2017>

Trooper VederTrooper Vedder came to talk about bullying and cyberbullying

November 28th, Port Jervis High School, NY - Trooper Craig Vedder from the New York State Police spoke to our high school students about social media and safe networking. Trooper Vedder also talked about bullying, cyber bullying, and sexting. He made the students aware of how the choices they make today can and will effect their future.

 The Port Jervis High School has applied for the Orange County Green Star Program

November 15th, Port Jervis High School, NY - The Port Jervis High School has applied for the Orange County Green Star Program. The goal of the Orange County Green Star Schools Program is to encourage waste reduction in Orange County schools by recognizing incremental successes in waste reduction by individual Orange County schools and school districts. As we are in the initial planning stages, we are still doing a little data gathering. Please take a 5 minute anonymous survey to help with the process. click here for more info and survey>

The Port Jervis Girls' Basketball program is proud to announce the creation of the Lady Raiders Little Dribblers program for girls 

November 18th, Port Jervis High School, NY - The Port Jervis Girls' Basketball program is proud to announce the creation of the Lady Raiders Little Dribblers program for girls in grades 1st-5th. The goal is to use this program to foster the love and knowledge of the game at a younger age! One of the most important skills to being a great basketball player is being able to handle the ball. The program will focus solely on ball handling skills and building teamwork. This is great opportunity to build the girls' basketball program for the future and it is our hope it will be a great success! Registration is this Saturday, November 18th at 9:00 am followed by the first session from 9:30-10:30 at the Port Jervis High School. Click here for flyer>

PJHS Career and College Fair 

 November 1, 2017 - PJHS, Port Jervis, NY  - Port Jervis High School students as well as Mddle School and Elementary students met with college representatives and career professionals on November 1st in the high school gym. The students celebrated College Week October 23rd - November 2nd. click here for photo gallery >

halloween clip artHS and ASK Halloween Parade 

October 31, 2017 - PJHS, Port Jervis, NY  - Port Jervis High School Class of 2018 participated in the PJHS Annual Halloween Parade.  Joined by the marching band, seniors marched through the Route 209 complex.  They were joined by ASK Elementary School K - 2 students, dressed in a variety of costumes. click here for photo gallery >

PJHS Coat Drive 

November 11th, Port Jervis High School, NY - The women's athletic office is having a coat drive in the PJHS Café on Saturday, November 11th, 9am to 11:00am. Donations of coats, scarves, gloves, leggings are greatly appreciated. Hygiene products will also be welcomed.

Time to order class rings! 

November 1st & 2nd, Port Jervis High School, NY - It is time for the sophomore class to purchase class rings. Students received informational packets last week in a brief assembly. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week (11/1 and 11/2), Cael Lewis from Herff Jones will be at PJHS during lunch periods taking orders from sophomores. Cael will also be holding a parent's night on Wednesday, November 1st from 5-7 PM outside the high school auditorium. The main office, as well as the sophomore class advisers have extra informational packets if students need them. If students or parents have questions, they can reach Cael Lewis at his email:

2017 Orange County Red Ribbon Week Kick Off

October 23rd, Valley Central School, Montgomery, NY - Representatives from all Port Jervis schools attended the 2017 Orange County Red Ribbon Week kickoff ceremony at Valley Central school. Here is a link to some info about Red Ribbon >

Dunn and NicoletteCongratulations to PJHS Nancy Dunn and Reenie Nicolette for receiving MHSSC Awards 

October 19th, Anthony's Pier 9, Newburgh, NY - The Mid-Hudson School Study Council held the “Awards for Excellence 2017” ceremony on October 19th. Nancy Dunn received an award  for Excellence in Pupil Personnel Services, and Reenie Nicolette for Excellence in Support Staff Services. Port Pride!!

Albany Awards "Master Educator" to Carolyn Dorritie from Port Jervis High School 

October 18th, Port Jervis, NY - Albany awards "Master Educator" title to Port Jervis school district educator, Carolyn Dorritie. First launched in 2013, the program selects teachers who have been found to be among the highest performing in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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COLLEGE WEEK” - October 23 – November 2, 2017, All grades are invited to integrate these themes into the days ahead.

October 23rd - November 2nd, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY   

COLLEGE WEEK” October 23 – November 2, 2017, All grades are invited to integrate these themes into the days ahead.

 October 23rd: ASK ME ABOUT MY COLLEGE: (grades K-12) Faculty & staff will post on their door or hallway where they went to college and for what major. They will discuss with students how they chose their college and how their experience was.

October 24th: Mount St. Mary College instant admissions: Apply on the spot - no application fee. Register with Mrs. Schields in guidance.

October 26th:  Financial Aid Info-session at PJHS, Thursday, 7:00pm (for parents/guardians of grades 11 & 12).  A Western Connecticut College representative is presenting this important information at PJHS regarding college financial aid.

October 27th: SUNY Orange instant admissions: Apply on the spot – no application fee. Register with Mrs. Schields in guidance.

October 30: SELF INTRODUCTION & HANDSHAKE PRACTICE (grades K-12) – simple, but effective interpersonal skills that all students of all grade levels should master. Teachers will help the students practice this life-long skill of self-introduction.

November 1: DRESS TO IMPRESS (grades K-12)

November 1st:  College & Career Fair Day at PJHS: 9:00am high school gym

November 2nd: COLLEGE APPAREL DAY: (grades K-12) wear your favorite college military/swag (faculty/staff & students)

Little Shop of Horrors at Port Jervis High School 

October 20th at 7:00pm,  and  October 21st at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY  For poster click here>  For photo gallery click here>


gym floorSpirit Week and Pep Rally Photo Gallery

October 2nd - 7th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY  Photo gallery click here>

Spirit Week! - Monday, October 2nd - Friday, October 6th 

October 2nd - 6th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY  There will be many activities this week - check out the morning anouncements everyday!


 Port Jervis Raiders Send Off Parade - Saturday, October 7th, beginning at 10:30am at Port Jervis High School

October 7th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY 

Help send the Port Jervis Raider Football team off to victory in the Bell Game. The Varsity football and cheer squads will receive a police escort to Glennette Field on Bell Game Day, Saturday, October 7th. The parade route is as follows: PJHS Hamilton Street to Kingston Ave, down East Main to Pike. They’ll go around the underpass to Front Street and then up Fowler Street ending on East Main to PJMS. Come out and make some noise and support the team. They will begin the route at 10:30 from the Port Jervis High School.



"Outdoor Fitness Loop" - Ribbon Cutting, September 26th, 10:00am at Port Jervis HS.

September 26th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY 

OUTDOOR FITNESS LOOP – RIBBON CUTTING” Gym classes and guided learning students are able to join Mrs. Nyland, The Orange County Department of Health, and Healthy Orange Schools and Communities at 10:00am today at Chase Field. Thank you to Building and Grounds crew and everyone involved for making this fitness loop possible. 


Fearless Bedford proves she belongs at Port Jervis

  September 17, 2017

By Justin Rodriguez       
Section 9 Football Insider

click here for full articule


Mark Calendar PSAT/NMSQT exam is Wednesday, October 11th, 8:00am - 12:30 pm at Port Jervis HS.

October 11th, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY 

Sophomores and Juniors should register for the PSAT in the High School Guidance office by Friday, October 6th.  There is no charge for 10th and 11th grade students.
Freshmen or Seniors who are interested in taking the PSAT may register for $15.


Attention Parent/Guardians of 12th grade students:

If your 12th  grade child has not had a meningitis vaccine at the age of 16 or older AND it is on record with the school, they run the risk of being excluded from school on October 16th 2017 due to lack of compliance with NYS regulations. Please check your child’s vaccination records or call Mrs. Dunn at 845-858-3125.


Mark Calendar Open House, Tuesday, September 12th, 7:00pm

September 12, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY -

The Port Jervis High School faculty and administration warmly welcomes all PJHS parents and guardians to our annual Open House on Tuesday, September 12th from 7:00pm.

Aug. 29, 2017 - PJHS, Port Jervis, NY  - The Port Jervis High School Freshman Orientation will be today, Tuesday, August 29th, 9:00 am, in the high school auditorium.  This event is open to all freshmen and their parents/guardians. For more details:
- 2017-18 PJHS Freshman Class Orientation Information Letter

Summer School Graduation 2017

August 20, 2017 - PJHS - Port Jervis, NY -  - The Port Jervis High School Class of 2017 Summer School Graduation was held Friday, August, 18th, 9:00 am, in the high school cafeteria.  Family and friends celebrated as fifteen seniors received their high school diplomas. Details HERE>

New Student Registration - Location Change

July 5, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - New Student Registration for Port Jervis Schools will take place in the Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School Library from July 6th until September 1st. Parents/guardians are asked to park in the kindergarten wing parking lot and enter through the exterior library doors. Posted signs will guide you to the correct location. Student Registration hours are 8:00 am – 11:00 am, Monday through Friday.  For questions, call 845-858-3100, ext. 16601.

PJHS Graduation 2017

June 27, 2017 - PJHS, Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony was held Friday, June 23rd.  Congratulations to the Class of 2017
- Graduation Program
- Class of 2017 Graduates
- Class of 2017 Scholarship Winners
- Class of 2017 College and Armed Services Acceptances
- Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony - Video

pond Endowment creates Outdoor Learning Center

September 6, 2016 - PJHS, Port Jervis, NY The Dr. Lawrence Taylor Wildlife Learning Sanctuary Grand Opening was held after school, Friday, September 6th.  Staff and students who volunteered to help assemble the sanctuary were on hand for the ribbon cutting and release of fish into the koi pond.  This project was made possible by the generous financial efforts of Dr. Taylor(PJHS Class of '56, HOF 2015).  Complete news story HERE>