Catskill News is a weekly news broadcast of the Catskill High School announcements plus other school and community news. It is produced by our high school Broadcasting class and is distributed through the Catskill News email. If you would like to receive the weekly broadcast contact Mr. Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can now also catch the show on Mid-Hudson Cable (Channel 11) Tuesdays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Thursdays at 5:30pm.
Catskill Elementary School's Paw Talk is a group of fourth grade students who read, write, and research topics happening in our school, our community, national events, as well as facts that they learn about in the classroom. Check out their latest video!
NAEP Assessment at C.M.S.
Catskill Middle School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. Read full article...
Board to Interview 3 Candidates for Superintendent
(Jan. 26, 2017) The Catskill CSD Superintendent Search Committee comprised of thirteen members representing teachers, staff, administrators and community members interviewed six candidates on January 4 and 5. Questar III BOCES, who is assisting the Catskill CSD Board of Education with the search, received twenty-two applications for the superintendent position. On January 23, the Board of Education reviewed the committee's input and narrowed the candidate field to three finalists. The Board will interview the three candidates on February 1st.
Hearts for Clara Ray
The CES Student Council raised $2562 this to help an area family pay the medical bills for their baby daughter, Clara Ray Morton, who has a congenital heart defect. This was the largest fundraiser the CES Student Council has ever sponsored. They would like to thank everyone who donated and helped raise awareness to make this fundraiser such a success. As Clara Ray’s parents, Johanna and Craig Morton, both said, "The awareness of the congenital heart defects and the heterotaxy are so important."
Pictured here, fifth graders Emily and Chase Allen present the Mortons with the money that was raised. Learn more...
An annual tradition of the Catskill High School Music Department is to spread some
holiday cheer around Catskill with a caroling trip. Over thirty chorus and band students participated this year. They visited Greene Meadows nursing and rehabilitation center, The Elliot senior living center, The Pines nursing and rehabilitation center, Catskill Elementary School, the Washington Irving Senior Center, Catskill Library, and caroled the streets and stores of Main Street as well, before finishing up their tour at Catskill Middle School and their High School. It was a great day of caroling that brought holiday fun and a lot of smiles to folks faces all over our community.
Santa's Helpers Carry On Tradition of Giving
In a season filled with hope and joy it is comforting to know that the holiday spirit lives on in the community of Catskill. About one-hundred Catskill High School students participated in their school’s annual Santa’s Helpers fundraising campaign during early December and ended up collecting $8,480 to help feed families in need within the Catskill Central School District. With the money the students raised, they were able to provide sixty local families with over a week’s worth of groceries each. The CHS Student Government, who organizes this event, would like to thank everyone in our community who helped make this year's campaign a meaningful success. Learn more...
Catskill Schools Show Dramatic Drop in Course Failures
One of our District’s overarching goals for 2016-17 is to decrease course failures by 10% each quarter from the previous year. Our first quarter grades are in and the progress our students have shown is more than encouraging. Catskill High School saw overall course failures drop 35% and the number of students failing two or more courses drop 56%! At Catskill Middle School, overall course failures dropped by over 54% and the number of students failing two or more courses dropped by 58%! We are proud of the progress our students are making and the focus our staff has placed on improving student achievement district-wide. Together, Cats Can!
Catskill Welcomes New Director of Special Education
December, 2016 - Please welcome Rochelle Sarikey to Catskill Central Schools as our new Director of Special Education. Ms. Sarikey comes to us from the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District where she served as their Director of Special Education and Pupil Services for ten years. She also has experience as an assistant principal, a special education teacher, and a first grade teacher.
Ms. Sarikey was appointed by the Catskill Board of Education on November 16th and began here on December 1st. She is excited to become a Catskill Cat!
CMS Turkey Trot 2016
Catskill Middle School held its annual Turkey Trot on November 17th. The school-wide event was organized by physical educations teachers Mrs. Conklin and Mr. Joyce, and got kids out and moving, fast!
Students ran all the way around the High School/Middle School campus and up to the school track for the finish. The overall winner for boys was 8th grader Brady Marino and for girls 8th grader Sarah Davies. Pictured here are top row, L to R: Kailey Abel (2nd place 7th grade), Female Winner Sarah Davies, Male Winner Brady Marino, Sammy Rivera (3rd place 8th grade), Michael Keck (2nd place 7th grade), Romarhio Christian, Mrs. Conklin.
Bottom: Dan Smith(1st place 7th grade) , Eddie Rogers (1st place 6th grade), Samantha Van Dyke(1st place 6th grade), Kaelyn Bulich (1st place 7th grade), Logan Davies (2nd place 8th grade), Alanna Holt (3rd place 8th grade), and Hailey Rowell.
CHS Students Tapped for Area All-State
Congratulations to sophomores Jenna Murray and Edward Donahue. On November 18 and 19, these two students participated in the NYS School Music Association Zone 9 Area All-State Festival for Concert Chorus. Zone 9 represents Greene, Ulster, Rockland, Sullivan, and Orange counties.
Jenna and Edward were two of only four students from Greene County who were selected to participate in this group based on the high marks each received during their solo performances for NYSSMA judges this past April.
Student Council Officers Sworn In by Board of Ed.
At the November 16 Board of Education Meeting, the newly elected officers of the Catskill Elementary Student Council were sworn into office by Board President Kyle Lyles and Interim Superintendent Annemarie Barkman. After taking their oath of office, fifth graders Emily Allen (President), Devin Fitzmaurice (Vice President), Ian Fitzmaurice (Treasurer), and Gavin Near (Secretary) were each presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Board.
The CCSD Board of Education has sworn CES Student Council members into office for the past eight years. Read full article...
Catskill High School Honors Veterans
Our school honored area veterans with a special Veterans Day Assembly held November 10th in the school’s auditorium. In the audience were local men and women representing service in every major conflict the United States has been involved in over the past seventy-five years – World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq – about thirty veterans in total.
The hour-long event included remarks from students, staff, and guest speakers, as well as patriotic songs from our Symphonic Band and the Concert Chorus & Treblaires. Read full article...
CES Honors Veterans
CES honored local veterans on November 10th with two special ceremonies! The first for grades K-2 and a second for grades 3-5. At both, local veterans and active duty service members were our honored guests.
There were remarks from students, staff, and guest speakers, as well as musical performances of patriotic songs. To open the ceremony, Mr. Rivers spoke about the significance of remembering the service of our veterans each year on November 11th. “Today we honor all of our veterans...who unselfishly placed their lives on the line for our freedom,” he told the students. Read full article...
CMS October Students of the Month
Congratulations to 8th graders David Evan Anderson and Mackenzie Krom; 7th graders Samantha Malkowski, Kaelyn Bulich, and Nathan Riordan; and 6th graders Katelyn Reilly, Lauren Liberti, and Carter Van Etten for being selected as Catskill Middle School’s Students of the Month for October.
During the school year, CMS recognizes the students who most represent our school's Character Pillar of the Month, which was Trustworthiness for October. Each student is selected for this honor by his or her grade level's teaching team.
Pictured left to right are our school counselor, Ms. Daly, with award winners Nathan Riordan, Carter Van Etten, Samantha Malkowski, David Anderson, Mackenzie Krom, Kaelyn Bulich, Lauren Liberti, Katelynn Reilly, and Ms. Overbaugh, school principal.
Water Testing Results
In September, 2016 Catskill Central School District conducted testing for lead in all of our schools' drinking water. View our test results here...
Art Class Takes “Zen-like” Approach to Design
November, 2016- Students taking Two-dimensional Design at Catskill High School recently found themselves engrossed in a drawing project that explored the world-wide phenomenon of coloring books designed for adults. The market for adult coloring books has exploded in recent years, due in large part to the fact that, just like meditation, coloring allows a person to focus on the moment, helping clear the mind and creating a sense of relaxation and well-being. “We call this project the 'Zen Project,' which uses two of the many principles of art, contrast and pattern,” explained high school art teacher Wendy Doney. Read full article...
Congratulations to our 5th Grade All-County Chorus Performers!
November, 2016- Lily Gallagher, Molly Osswald, Paul Truncale, Taylor Rogers, Emily Allen, and Mia Gottesman were six of about eighty of the best 5th and 6th grade musicians from all over Greene County chosen to participate in the 2016 GCMEA Elementary All-County Chorus. The six worked on some very challenging music after school and during their recess for over a month, and on November 2nd and 4th, traveled to Cairo-Durham High School to rehearse with their conductor and present a fantastic concert on Friday night! They were excellent ambassadors for our school and were model students with not only their talent but also their behavior and dedication.
Barkman Honored with Patriotic Employer Award
October, 2016- Catskill interim superintendent Annemarie Barkman was honored with the Patriotic Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The award recognizes her “for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Forces.” Donald E. Roy, Program Support Technician for the ESGR, presented Ms. Barkman with the award during a surprise visit to her office on October 20th, 2016. Read full article...
Board Adopts Veterans' Tax Exemption
On October 19th, 2016 the Board of Education voted to adopt the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. The measure exempts certain military veterans living in the Catskill Central School District from a portion of the property taxes on their home. In order to be eligible, veterans must have served during specifically identified conflicts. The Board elected to offer the exemption to Gold Star Parents (parents of a service member killed in the line of duty) as well. Learn More...
Fire Prevention Day
Octotber, 2016- Catskill Elementary School held our annual Fire Prevention Day on October 14th. Over twenty firefighters from the Catskill Fire Department, Kiskatom Fire Department, and Palenville Fire Department visited our school to show the students their firetrucks and other firefighting equipment. They also shared information on how to prevent fires and what to do if there is ever a fire emergency. Special thanks to these volunteers for making Fire Prevention Day an exciting event our students enjoy, and for helping to keep our communities safe.
Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly
October, 2016- Early in the school year Andrew D. Randazzo from Cornell Cooperative Extension came to Catskill Elementary to speak to
third graders about the Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle. As part of their Citizen Science program Mrs. Tedford’s science classes were
given Monarch larvae to observe and care for. The project lasted
for over a month, during which the children watched their larvae
eat, grow, and turn into butterflies. In October, the students
released their adult butterflies into the wild.
3rd Graders Put Pen to Paper to Mark Constitution Day
September, 2016- Mr. Rice and Mrs. Tedford’s third grade classes celebrated Constitution Day by drafting their own constitution for their classrooms. Constitution Day commemorates the signing of our nation's Constitution in Philadelphia, PA on September 17, 1787. The fifty-seven delegates who signed the original document hailed from all over the newly formed United States of America and had worked together for four months to design a framework for our government that we still use today. At CES, the children began by working in committees to brainstorm rules for a fair, peaceful, protected, and happy classroom for all. Read full article...
New Schedule, Team Teaching at CMS
September, 2016- For the 2016-17 school year, Catskill Middle School has introduced a new building schedule that puts greater focus on individual student learning needs and supports a new team-teaching approach at our school.
Highlights include a regularly scheduled skill-building period, called Academic Team Time, that gives students targeted support or enrichment in the areas they need it most. The school also added an afterschool period so students can stay late on any day and get extra help with their school work. The new schedule also ups access to exploratory courses, with students in grades six through eight now taking one quarter each of art, music, technology, and family & consumer sciences over the course of the school year. Read full article...
Big-Screen Experiences at Catskill Summer Media Camp
July, 2016- It may be summer, but that doesn’t mean learning is on hold at Catskill Central Schools. This July, thirty students, from 5th grade up through high school, are participating in their school’s four-week Summer Media Camp. Under the tutelage of fourth grade teacher Matt Luvera, sixth grade teacher Bill Maouris, and high school business teacher Patrick Hernandez, the campers immerse themselves daily in the exciting world of media production. Read full article...
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