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Million Family, Million Father March: A Welcoming First Day of School for Students and Family.


Midnight Madness has been rescheduled for this Friday, May 6th.

Please Midnight Madness has been rescheduled for this Friday, May 6th at Poughkeepsie High School beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Today May 2nd, 2016 is National College Signing Day at Poughkeepsie High School.

Please note today, May 2nd is National College Signing Day at Poughkeepsie High School beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The observance is part of a national “Reach Higher” initiative started by first lady Michelle Obama to celebrate college commitments on or around the May 1 deadline, when most students accept admission to the colleges of their choice. The initiative encourages a National Signing Day to help schools across the country celebrate students’ decisions.

Press Release Issued by Board of Education President, Mr. Ralph Coates

Earlier today a Summary Order was issued by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the Matter of Watson v. William V. Grady et. al. This Summary Order affirmed the May 7, 2015 Decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York which had dismissed malicious prosecution claims brought by former Superintendent of the Poughkeepsie City School District, Robert C. Watson, Sr.

“Black Out Melanoma” Baseball Game: Poughkeepsie Pioneers vs. Red Hook Raiders

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month and the Poughkeepsie Pioneer Varsity Baseball team will be hosting the “Black Out Melanoma” baseball game, with the mission of raising funds for the American Cancer Society and educating the school community about early self-detection and prevention techniques for skin cancer. Please support the Varsity Baseball team by either attending the game, purchasing a raffle ticket or purchasing a special t-shirt. The “Black Out Melanoma” baseball game is scheduled for Monday, May 2, 2016, at 4:15 p.m. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Raffles prizes include: 1) Four pack of tickets to the HV Renegades game, hats and ability to throw out the first pitch 2) $50 gift certificate to The Brown Derby and 3) San Francisco Giants, 2nd baseman, 2014 World Champion and 2015 National League All-Star, Joe Panik signed baseball. The details of the t-shirt are below.

Career and Job Fair Held on April 21, 2016

Ribbon cutting with Louise McLaughlin of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Hon. Sue Serino, Dr. Nicolé Williams, Exec. Principal Phee Simpson, and Mayor Robert Rolison.

Ribbon cutting with Louise McLaughlin of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Hon. Sue Serino, Dr. Nicolé Williams, Exec. Principal Phee Simpson, and Mayor Robert Rolison.

The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Poughkeepsie City School District hosted a career and job fair for Poughkeepsie High School students on April 21, 2016, in the PHS Gym.  The gym was set up in sections that corresponded to the types of jobs and careers in that area; e.g. Finance Drive, Military Row, Arts Avenue, and Government Way, a section for public sector careers and careers in law enforcement.

8th Graders Field Trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage

PMS Field Trip5 4-28-16On April 21, 2016, students from the 8th Grade NYU team traveled to New York City to visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage as part of their Holocaust studies in Mr. King’s and Ms. Beckett’s classes.  The students explored issues of cultural identity, responsibility to the community, decision-making as well as ways in which individuals and nations responded or failed to respond to the crisis.  The scholars were also able to experience the Garden of Stones, a stunning memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.  A special thanks go out to Ms.Kardas, Mrs. Weaver and Ms. VanTassel for chaperoning this trip.  Please click on the read more button to view additional pictures from the field trip.  Photos and story courtesy of Christopher King. 

Hundreds of Students Celebrate Reading on April 21, 2016

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The Poughkeepsie Public Schools Foundation in collaboration with the Poughkeepsie City School District held the 8th Annual Families Celebrate Reading on April 21, 2016. All elementary schools and the Early Learning Center hosted the event and hundreds of students returned to school with their families to participate and hear a celebrity reader.  Storytelling and delicious refreshments were enjoyed by all. Each student received a free book to take home, courtesy of the Books for Kids Foundation.

“Give Back” Days – Friday, April 22nd and Monday, April 25th

Giveback dayThe Poughkeepsie City School District has a contractual obligation to “give back unused emergency snow days each year. The District allocates  5 days to be used for snow emergencies. During the 2015-2016 school year, the District only used one snow day so the District is obligated to give back 4 unused days.  The first two “give back” days were March 15, 2016, and March 28, 2016.  Please note that all schools and the District office will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 22, 2016, and Monday, April 25, 2016.  We look forward to welcoming our students back to class on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Pioneer Win Over Saugerties 9-8

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Baseball 4-20-16On Wednesday. April 20, 2016, the varsity baseball team, in a must win game, defeated Saugerties 9-8 on a walk-off solo home run by sophomore 3rd baseman Steven Disla.  Steven crushed the first pitch of the bottom of the 7th inning over the left field fence to give the pioneers the win.

“Steven is aggressive with the bat and just demolished the pitch for the win” Head coach mark Bianco said. “This was a huge revenge game for the guys, we didn’t play very well up at Saugerties last week and we came into this game fired up and they guys played really well. And to win on a walk-off home run; it was just an amazing feeling, it was great to see the guys reaction and how excited they were.  They have had a good week of practice and they were able to see the benefits of their hard work tonight. I couldn’t be prouder of them!!”

Sophomore pitcher Cullen O’Shea pitched 6⅔ innings giving up only 4 hits.  Junior 1st baseman Corey Simmons went 2-3 with a 2-run triple in the 1st inning and an RBI double in the 5th inning.  Senior Marcus Blocker added a 2 RBI triple In the 5th inning also.

Coach Bianco said “This win sets us up for a run at sectionals and a possible seed in the MHAL tournament.  We are going to get back to practice on Thursday and get ready for a big game on Friday at FDR.  But for now, we are going to celebrate this win. The kids deserve it”

Step Afrika at the Bardavon on Friday, May 6, 2016

Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Founded in 1994 in partnership with the Soweto Dance Theatre, the Company is one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the United States today.

Step Afrika! blends stepping, a percussive dance style practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, South African Gumboot, and traditional Zulu dance with influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. The Company integrates songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation into its performance. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

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