Every Child. Every Day. Every Classroom.

Music programs enrich the educational experience for students in the Poughkeepsie City School District.

The Hudson Valley Buffalo Soldiers’ Motorcycle Club serves the community and raises awareness about the Buffalo Soldiers, an all-black cavalry unit of the United States Military from 1866 to 1944. History came to life when they visited Warring Elementary School.

MISSION: Literacy – Students at all grade levels have been challenged to read at least 25 books this school year, with a focus on non-fiction material. Book exchanges, literacy circles, and book logs all play an important role in supporting this effort.

Seventh grade girls from Poughkeepsie Middle School attended the empowering “Live Your Dreams Girls’ Conference” sponsored by the American Association of University Women and Dutchess Community College this fall.


CALENDAR CHANGE: April 22 – No school for Pre-K to Grade 8. PHS on regular schedule. April 29 – Full day of school for all students.

Attention Parents: Please note the following important calendar change for April 22 and April 29, 2014:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 will now be a Superintendent’s Conference Day for students in grades Pre-k to grade 8 ONLY. Classes will not be in session for students in grades Pre-K to grade 8.

April 22, 2014 will be a full day of school for all high school students (Poughkeepsie High School grades 9-12).

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 will no longer be a Superintendent’s Conference Day.

April 29, 2014 will now be a full day of school for all students (grades Pre-K to grade 12).

Letters will be sent home from your child’s school to inform parents of this change in the schedule.

Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift – your child.

Every Child. Every Day. Every Classroom.

Substitute Orientation Scheduled for Monday, April 28st

The next Substitute Orientation is scheduled for Monday, April 28, 2014.

Please note April 21 meeting is cancelled. 

An orientation meeting is required for any substitute teacher who will be teaching in the Poughkeepsie City School District during the 2013-14 school year.

This meeting is an annual requirement. No one will be permitted to work as a substitute teacher without attending one of the scheduled substitute orientations.

Substitute Orientation

Monday, April 28st – Board Room at the Jane Bolin Administration Building
(New and Returning Subs)

PLEASE NOTE: If there is a possibility of inclement weather, please check this website for delay/cancelation information.

If the Poughkeepsie City School District closes schools, the orientation will be canceled.

The session will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Jane Bolin Administration Building which is located at 11 College Avenue in Poughkeepsie. Registration is required for the session. Sessions fill up quickly, so please make sure to register to reserve a spot or you may not be allowed entry in to the orientation.

Please plan to arrive at 3:15 p.m. to check in and to complete required paperwork. Please do not send any documentation to the District before attending the orientation.

Information about substitute teaching in the Poughkeepsie City School District may be found on the Human Resources page under the Substitute tab.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED – To register, or if you have any questions about the required orientation, please call 451-4971.


Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics at Home

The increasing technological world demands strong skills with literacy in mathematics, both in the workforce and in everyday life. The demands will continue to increase over the lifetimes of our children. The Poughkeepsie City School District understands that the demands placed on families to keep up with the ever-changing initiatives in Mathematics can be challenging. We have compiled resources to aid you in helping your children learn Mathematics at home.  Below are links that connect you to the “Parent Road Maps” for Common Core Mathematics (Grades K-5) in English and Spanish. We have also provided information for The Poughkeepsie Public Library, which can be used as a resource for technology and web page resources that will engage children in Mathematics.

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards- Mathematics

The Council of the Great City Schools’ parent roadmaps in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.

http://www.cgcs.org/Page/244 English

http://www.cgcs.org/Page/263 Spanish


Poughkeepsie Public Library District

Explore          Discover        Connect

Adriance Memorial Library
93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 485-3445
Mon – Thu: 9 am – 9 pm
Fri – Sat: 9 am – 5 pm
Sun: 2 pm – 5 pm



Web Page Resources/Interactive Activities K-5 Mathematics

If you are unable to access the web page resources from home, visit the Poughkeepsie Public Library and utilize the technology they offer.

  • Plus Maths
    Plus magazine opens a door to the world of math, with all its beauty and applications, by providing articles from the top mathematicians and science writers.
  • NRICH enriching mathematics
    The Nrich Math Project Cambridge, England. Mathematics resources for children, parents and teachers to enrich learning.
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
    A digital library containing Java applets and activities for K-12 mathematics.
  • Khan Academy
    Over 3000 videos covering everything from physics to arithmetic and everything in between.
  • Yummy Math
    Provides teachers, students and parents with math relevant to the world today.
  • Math Forum @ Drexel
    The Math Forum is the comprehensive resource for math education on the Internet.
  • Figure This!
    Assortment of mathematical challenges based on real life situations.
  • PBS Math
    Offers free PreK-12 lessons, activities, games and more.
  • Ten Marks
    TenMarks is an Online Math Program for Grades 1-10 that lets students practice and master math concepts.
  • Xtra Math
    XtraMath is a free web program that teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts which are critical to success in mathematics.
  • Mangahigh
    High quality new math games including Intermediate, Middle and High School math games. Free to play online now.
  • ScootPad
    ScootPad is an adaptive learning platform for Grades K-5 in Common Core Standards (Math & Reading). ScootPad is Free & 100000+ teachers recommend it!

Links for Math Games


Probability is an area of mathematics that often doesn’t get its fair share of attention in elementary classrooms. Here are some activities to get you started 


This is a rich resource of 112 games proven in the classroom to help both fifth and sixth graders learn basic math skills.


This resource was created by a teacher for teachers, however many of the games can easily be played at home. 


Home Work for Spring Break

Below are homework packets which can be done completed by students while they are home during spring break.   

Grade 1 packet

Grade 2 Packet

Grade 3 Packet

Grade 4 Packet

Grade 5 packet

Grade 6 Packet

Grade 7 Packet

Grade 8 Packet

Summer 2014 Jazz

Experience building instrumental skills, music appreciation and leadership in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. July 28th – August 1st. Jazz. All Experience levels welcome. Ages 12-18.

Another program explores lyric writing, song contruction and composition as well as recording techniques. Also learn how to structure songs, craft lyrics as well as blend words with music and shape melodies. August 4th – 8th. Song-Writing+ All experience levels welcome. Ages 12-18.

The week concludes with a coffeehouse-style sharing of songs composed during the week. Performed for a supportive audience of comprised of old and new friends and invited family.

Please visit:


or call 845.462.7600 for more information.

or view the summer 2014.

Mid-Hudson Heritage Center Poughkeepsie Student Exhibition

We are excited to announce that on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, there will be an exhibition and showcase of student artwork held at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center in Poughkeepsie. Address: 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

The art exhibition will showcase the many artistic talents of the students from the Poughkeepsie City School District.

April 8, 2014 is opening day from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The exhibition will remain open through Friday, April 18th, 2014. We invite all team members in the Poughkeepsie City School District to visit the Hudson Heritage Center in Poughkeepsie.

April 9th, 2014 through April 18, 2014, the Gallery will be open from 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

We are proud to highlight the work of our students. We hope you will find time to visit the Gallery and celebrate our students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to check out the website at:


Thank you. We hope to see you at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center Gallery.

(Article donated by Julia Mitchell; Poughkeepsie High School Graduate 2013)

Poughkeepsie Middle School 1st Annual Art Show

Poughkeepsie Middle School held it’s 1st Annual Art Show.

We unveiled our first PMS Tile Mural as well as many other outstanding art projects.

Thank you to all of the Student Artist, Teachers, Administrators, Community members as well as Mr. Colluci and the PMS Clarinet Ensemble.

We look forward to filling the middle school with student art as well as continuing our annual art shows.

The Capital Conference

On March 10 and 11, 2014, Board President Ralph Coates, Board members Randall Johnson, Raymond Duncan, Jacqueline Roman, and Superintendent Dr. Nicole Williams attended The Capital Conference sponsored by New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) in Albany, New York.

The visit provided practical advice and tips to effectively advocate for the students of the Poughkeepsie City School District in Albany and at home. Pictured below is the Poughkeepsie City School District team at the New York State Capitol building.


Pictured above is the Poughkeepsie City School District team at the New York State Capitol building.

New York State Testing Program (Grades 3-8)

All students in grades 3 through 8 are required to complete state assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Additionally, a state science examination is required for students in grades 4 and 8.

State assessments will be given on the following dates in 2013-14:

English Language Arts (Grades 3-8)
April 1-3, 2014

Mathematics (Grades 3-8)
April 30 – May 2, 2014

Science (Grades 4 & 8 )
June 2, 2014

Beginning 2012-13, state assessments in ELA and Math are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards. These standards aim to ensure that all students develop foundational skills in literacy and math that support their readiness for success in college or career. As state assessments shift to reflect these higher expectations for student learning, we may expect the following:

  • Reading passages will be authentic, with increased emphasis on non-fiction and reading for information.
  • Reading passages will be longer and more rigorous than on past tests.
  • Writing tasks will require students to respond directly to reading passages – to inform, describe, explain, or respond, using specific details from the text to support their claims.
  • Math problems may often require students to solve problems in a real-world application.
  • Math questions may address more than one skill or concept, and may require multiple steps to solve a problem.

The following resources are provided for parents who seek additional information about the New York State Testing Program:

The Parent Corner:
Tips to Help Your Child Succeed on the New York State English Language Arts Assessment

  • Ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep the evening before the test (at least 8 hours).
  • Ensure that your child eats a healthy breakfast the morning of the test.
  • Please make sure your child arrives at school a few minutes early.
  • Help your child relax his/her mind each morning and evening by spending quality time together.

Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift — your child!

Annual Crew Breakfast Saturday 8am; $6

The crew team is having their annual pancake breakfast Tomorrow Saturday, March 29, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebees in Poughkeepsie.

Tickets are $6 per person; available at the door.

Students will be the greeters and servers.

$5 out of every $6 goes directly to the crew team.

Please come out for Breakfast and show your support.

Emergency Special Meeting March 28th

Emergency Special Meeting on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM at the Jane Bolin Administration.