On Thursday, April 20, the Valley Central Board of Education voted to adopt the district’s proposed budget of $101,247,326 during its regularly scheduled meeting. The proposed budget, which represents a 2.75% spending increase or $2,713,870 will result in a tax levy increase of 2.69% -- an increase which is within the district’s legal limit as defined by New York’s tax levy cap legislation.
The Candidates Night, originally scheduled for May 4, has been cancelled.
A small gaggle of students, all smiles, crowd around a tiny pony on a field at Montgomery Elementary School. To the casual observer, it looks more like a scene from a birthday party featuring a traveling petting zoo than a therapy session; but these students are all learning how to conquer some of the physical, mental and emotional challenges associated with disabilities.
Although the district has identified Walden Elementary School as being in need of improvements and repairs, building a new school is only one option out of many that the district is exploring.
According to the college’s website, the award recognizes the achievements of deserving Orange County youth who are traditionally under-represented in the college population in 10 categories: athletics, citizenship, creative arts, diversity, English Language Arts, foreign languages, mathematics, perseverance/effort, sciences and technology.
On Thursday, April 6, the public is invited to attend the district's budget presentation to learn more about the proposed 2017-18 budget. The event will take place in the board room of Central Office at 5 p.m.
Valley Central High School athletes Francesca Scaudroni and Josh Zock are the 2017 recipients of the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (OCIAA) Scholar Athlete Award. The annual award is presented by the OCIAA to one female and male student from each OCIAA school who ranks in the top 20 percent of his or her class, participates in at least one varsity sport and is an above-average athlete who demonstrates outstanding citizenship.
Berea Elementary School Principal John Solimando is so proud of the first-grade students that he has decided to hold Saturday school so that they can learn even more. The students are trying to persuade him to reconsider. Will they succeed?
From Feb. 8 through Feb. 14, students in Walden Elementary School were immersed in the message that kindness matters. The school celebrated “Kindness Makes a Difference Week” with a host of activities promoting peacemaking and kindness.
Join Superintendent John Xanthis and district administrators on Friday, April 7 from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Walden Elementary School for "A Second Cup of Coffee."
The Valley Central Middle School (VCMS) PTA (Parent Teacher Association) honored remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions to the community throughout the years during the organization’s annual Founder’s Night, held on March 21 in the VCMS cafeteria.
As they say in show business, “the show must go on!” And the show certainly went on for the East Coldenham Drama Club, despite losing their last few rehearsals due to a blizzard.
When life gives you lemons you make lemonade and when mother nature gives you a blizzard and you’re a creative educator, you make it into a fun and engaging lesson.
While her life was tragically cut short during the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, Rachel Joy Scott’s shining example of kindness and compassion was not defeated that day. This presentation is a powerful reminder of the little things we can do every day to make our world a better place.
On Tuesday, March 7, the Valley Central PTA /PTO Council celebrated its annual Founder’s Night and honored four community members with the council’s Founder’s Award and four students with the council’s R.I.G.H.T. award.
East Coldenham Elementary School recently celebrated three remarkable community members during its 27th annual Founder’s Night. Each year, individuals are awarded with the school’s Founders’ Award and the Distinguished Service Award.
East Coldenham Elementary School’s Character Education Committee hosted Mr. Faizool Ali on Thursday, March 9. A below the knee amputee, Faiz is two-time member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association All-Star team and also a member of the New York Rollin' Knicks where his team is ranked #1.
Three years ago, when Walden Elementary School’s (WES) drama club gained a new advisor, it also gained a new partnership that would greatly enhance the elementary school’s theater program.
It may sound like an impossibility, but it actually happened at Walden Elementary School on Friday, February 10. Fifth-grade students participated in a “Living Museum” as part of their social studies curriculum.
The Valley Central Interact Club, in partnership with the high school's attendance office will host a Tricky Tray on Friday, March 24 at the high school to benefit the Back Pack Snack Attack program.
“You’re never too old, too wacky or wild to pick up a book and read to a child.” Although most people attribute this quote to Dr. Seuss, it was actually part of a poem written by Anita Merina, a National Education Association (NEA) employee. So, why do so many people attribute this quote to Dr. Seuss?
Orange-Ulster BOCES will host a regional forum to discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in response to the New York State Education Department's request for feedback on the ESSA from parents, educators and community members.
Seventh-grade students at Valley Central Middle School (VCMS) filled the “cafetorium” on the morning of March 1, 2017, actively engaged in playing arcade games. These games didn’t have all of the bells and whistles of traditional arcade games, but they did have something better -- they were all created by VCMS seventh-grade students for their very own “Viking Arcade.”
Unlike many other children, River Kai can’t go near a microwave, play with magnets or go through airport security. And if you happen to see him, you can’t help but notice that he carries a backpack with him wherever he goes.
You bring the ideas and suggestions, we'll bring the coffee! Join district administrators on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Alternative Learning Center.
Ensuring that the Valley Central senior class has a fun and safe way to celebrate their graduation is the All Night Grad Committee's mission. Without your support, this much-loved Valley Central tradition wouldn't be possible. Please consider coming out to one of the committee's upcoming events -- enjoy a fun night out while supporting the class of 2017!
The American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the National Association of School Nurses both advise against excluding a child with lice from school. Attendance at school is critical to a child’s academic success. Excluding a child from school because of a head lice infestation is futile as far as preventing the transmission of lice to other children
There is nothing out of the ordinary about seeing a sea of red on the first Friday in February at Valley Central. What is unique about this year is the fact that not only did the staff of the district donate the highest amount of money ever raised in a single year ($2,116), they also brought the district’s lifetime donation amount past the $20k mark.
On Friday, Feb. 24, Valley Central Softball will sponsor "Kids Night Out" from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Feb. 23, the VCMS National Junior Honor Society will host a paint night from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the VCMS cafeteria.
During "No Name Calling Week"from Jan. 16 to Jan. 20, students in Montgomery Elementary School created a colorful display to remind each other to be kind.
An article was published in this week's edition of the Wallkill Valley Times which erroneously stated that Valley Central School District's Board of Education had approved a new transportation contract.
When you live with children, family dynamics constantly change and for many parents and caregivers the teen years are the most nerve-racking. To help parents and caregivers prepare for the expected changes in their children, Valley Central Middle School is working with Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County (CCE) to offer a four-session series for parents and caregivers called Preparing for the Teen Years.
Children around the world have received portraits of themselves from art students in Valley Central High School, thanks to “The Memory Project.” This year, 21 students in Star Langlitz’s Advanced Drawing and Painting class created portraits of Syrian refugee children.
Chapter 9 of the New York State Athletic Administrators Association named Mr. Michael Bellarosa as the 2017 recipient of the organization's Athletic Administrator Award.
Art students at Berea Elementary School got an engaging lesson in the impressionist art style with a challenge that's taken the internet by storm.
Over a time period of three and a half months, the members of this club have racked up a whopping 700 hours of service to the local community.
The Valley Central School District announces its anticipated half-day & full-day Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) Program for 2017-2018.
Purchase your Valley Central lawn sign or bumper sticker and showcase your Viking Pride.
Do you think you'd be able to find drugs in a teen's bedroom? Find out -- our upcoming workshop, Hidden Mischief, will take you through an interactive "teen bedroom" where you can learn what common household items could indicate a substance abuse issue and discover the most common hiding places. Knowledge is power. Please join us for this important event and bring your friends and family.
Do you have ideas or suggestions on how to improve our district? Join us for "A Second Cup of Coffee" on Friday, Jan. 6 from 8:45 - 9:15 a.m. at East Coldenham Elementary School. It's a chance to meet with Superintendent Xanthis and other district administrators in an informal setting to discuss whatever is on your mind.
Representatives from five colleges were on hand in VCHS’ guidance office to meet privately with students, review their transcripts and applications and answer any questions about their respective colleges.
At last night's special Valley Central School District Board of Education meeting, the board approved a modification of the student calendar. Dec. 23 will now be a half-day for students and staff. We hope you all have a safe, and happy holiday season!
In Florida, flamingos may be a common sighting, but if you happen to see a flock of them on your front yard here in Orange County, chances are you've been "flocked."
Want to help beautify the Valley Central community and showcase that Viking Pride? "Avenue Banner" sponsors will have their message of support printed on a banner and displayed throughout the community.
On Dec. 7, 2016, the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, Valley Central Middle School students learned about WWII and the Holocaust through an interactive exhibit in the school's library.
On Dec. 12, 2016, the Valley Central Board of Education approved the district's Preliminary Investmant Plan -- the first step in securing state funding to make technological and infrastructure improvements to the district.
During the Dec. 12 Valley Central Board of Education meeting, there will be a “Smart Schools” presentation open for the public to attend.
A reminder for VCSD families on how to access information on snow closings and delays.
When Stephanie Niedermeyer was a Montgomery Elementary School student, all of her friends liked to run during recess. Stephanie, now a ninth-grade student at Valley Central High School, was never a fan of running, and consequently spent many recess periods at Montgomery Elementary School (MES) playing by herself. So, when Stephanie was tasked with working on a community project in order to receive the Girl Scouts Silver Award, she had the perfect project in mind: The Bucket Filler Buddy Bench – a bright blue bench that students who are feeling lonely can sit on as a signal that they’re looking for someone to play with.
More than 400 children throughout the Valley Central School District will receive Christmas gifts this year, thanks in part to donations collected from staff members throughout VCSD.
On Friday, Dec. 9, district administrators will be available to discuss any questions, ideas or feedback from residents over coffee from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. at Montgomery Elementary School.
The Valley Central Board of Education has appointed Michael Bellarosa as Assistant Superintendent and Bill Miller as Interim Director of Health, PE and Athletics.
This morning, Nov. 28, Valley Central High School (VCHS) officials became aware that a VCHS student was overheard by other students making a threatening statement towards the school. Immediately, district officials contacted the Town of Montgomery Police Department, who launched an investigation and determined that the threat was not credible, and at no point were any students or staff at risk.
The Valley Central School District Board of Education invites non-employee applications for one (1) opening on the District’s Audit Committee.
Yet another class of third-grade students will never have to wonder how to pronounce or spell a particular word, thanks to the Walden Rotary Club.
The annual college and career fair, held on Nov. 3, provides middle and high school the opportunity to explore and consider a variety of educational and career options.
Students in Valley Central High School's "For the Animals" club collected about $500 worth of pet food and supplies for the Humane Society of Walden.
Valley Central High School's anti-substance abuse coalition, VC DREAM will host a "Sober Night Out" on Friday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Valley Central High School.
Students at East Coldenham Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week all last week. Each day, students participated in a different theme to reinforce the message that drug-free is the way to be!
Students in Mrs. Herman’s kindergarten class at Berea Elementary School participated in a fun math lesson using some props that are plentiful this time of year – pumpkins!
Over the next few months, Valley Central will host several events, in partnership with local agencies, in order to educate parents about the dangers and warning signs of substance abuse.
Join district administrators on Friday, Nov. 4 from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Berea Elementary School to discuss your ideas and suggestions over coffee.
On Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, the Valley Central Middle School National Junior Honor Society sponsored a “Stuff the Bus” event. This event raised over $5,000 in food and cash donations which were generously donated to the district’s Back Pack Snack Attack Program.
The event, which has been a VCHS tradition for more than three decades, serves as a token of gratitude from the graduating class to the faculty, staff and administration for their support throughout the years.
The Mid-Hudson School Study Council (MHSSC) recognized four Valley Central professionals with awards for excellence during its annual honorary banquet which was held on Oct. 13 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor.
On Thursday, Oct. 6, fourth and second-grade students at Berea Elementary School were treated to a presentation from two local beekeepers.
During a special Valley Central Board of Education meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, the board unanimously voted to appoint current Interim Superintendent John Xanthis as Valley Central Superintendent of schools.
The number of district employees participating in the "Wear Red Day" campaign is so great, that the district was presented with a 2016 Outstanding Achievement for Wear Red Day plaque. Last year, between all seven buildings the district raised $2,067. Since 2006, the district has collectively raised $18,014.
In order to educate students about bullying, and strategies to handle bullying, the school partakes in various events throughout the year. This week, students participated in "Helping Drew," an anti-bullying puppet show.
Join Interim Superintendent John Xanthis and Central Office Administrators for "A Second Cup of Coffee" at Valley Central High School's main entrance on Oct. 7 from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
While many adults remember with vivid clarity precisely where they were and what they were doing when the news broke that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center in New York City on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the oldest current students attending Valley Central High School (VCHS) were, at most, one or two years old.
Several students at East Coldenham Elementary School were recently rewarded for participating in the EC Summer Reading and Writing Challenge.
On Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Valley Central Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society will sponsor a “Stuff the Bus” event at the Dollar General on Route 17K, across the street from Valley Central High School, to benefit the district’s “Backpack Snack Attack” program.
New York state offers a variety of property tax relief programs, but many changes are in store for 2016-17.
Valley Central Middle School’s newest students had the opportunity to get to know one another, their team members and their new teachers at the inaugural Sixth-Grade Viking Social.
The public is invited to attend on Sept. 26 and 27 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The exhibit, created by the Siller family in honor of Firefighter Stephen Siller, travels around the country with one simple goal in mind: Never Forget.
When Valley Central Middle School students filed into to the school’s gymnasium this year, they may have noticed a new sparkle and shine in the floors, and an updated Viking watching over them.
Over the course of three days, new and second-year teachers at the district participated in a host of programs, trainings and presentations from the Valley Central administrative team and veteran teachers.
Please familiarize yourself with these documents and take the time to review the guidelines with your children so that they are prepared to begin a positive, successful school year.
New York state now requires students entering seventh and 12th grades to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. Does your child need to be vaccinated before the start of the 2016-17 school year to meet this requirement?
105 Valley Central High School seniors were honored during the district's annual Senior Awards Ceremony.
The students in Mrs. Herman’s kindergarten class at Berea Elementary School performed a readers’ theater to the book Click, Clack, Moo – Cows That Type, By Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.
On June 14th, Berea Elementary held its annual Flag Day ceremony.
Four Valley Central students were honored at the annual County Executive Youth Awards Luncheon on May 20. For more than 30 years, the event seeks to recognize exceptional youth and other community members.
Berea families took a virtual trip around the world without leaving the school during the school's inaugural Passport Day.
Third-grade Walden Elementary School student Valerie Nielson won the Teaching the Hudson Valley writing contest, “writing about place”, in the fall. The prize was an all-expenses-paid field trip for her entire class to the place that she wrote about, which was the Hudson River
On Wednesday, May 25, students in Robert Sassi’s SUNY Orange Modern Europe class at Valley Central High School had the opportunity to hear a first-person account of life, and subsequent escape, under the Iron Curtain.
They've worked hard over these past four years -- learn more about 2016's top ten seniors
When Orange County’s District Attorney, David Hoovler asked Montgomery Elementary School’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education’s (DARE) graduating class who coined the slogan “Just Say No,” he was surprised to hear a young voice call out, “Nancy Reagan.”
33 students from Walden Elementary School entertained the audience during the school’s Talent Show on Friday, May 16.
Sarah Baker, VCHS senior, had her art chosen to be shown at the 2016 26th Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibit at the Legislative Building in Albany on May 18.
On May 4, students from Valley Central Middle School were celebrated during the school’s annual Student Recognition Dinner.
While most students spend their recess blowing off steam on the playground, a handful of students at Walden Elementary School (WES) are cracking codes and solving equations at WES’ math club.
On May 17, Valley Central School District voters approved the district’s $98.5 million 2016-17 budget proposal and elected three board of education members.
Students at Valley Central Middle School (VCMS) had the opportunity to view life through a different lens during the school’s 15th annual “Celebration of Abilities,” on Wednesday, May 11.
As the weather begins to warm up and flowers begin to bloom, visitors to East Coldenham Elementary School may notice an extra vibrancy to a small garden on the left side of the entrance to the school.
Timothy Jenkins, a Valley Central High School student was named salutatorian of the Orange County BOCES’ CTECH program. CTECH also announced students to be inducted into the 2016 National Technical Honor Society.
On Tuesday, May 17, 2015, students in the Valley Central High School Science Research Program will present another year’s worth of original scientific research.
On Monday, May 2, Valley Central School District celebrated its 19th annual “Day of Remembrance.”
Walden Elementary School’s PTO received a $1,000 donation from the Walden Hannaford, as part of the supermarket’s “Hannaford Helps Schools” initiative.
On Thursday, April 14, Valley Central Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society hosted the latest in a series of “Paint Nights” to benefit programs in the school.
Students from Valley Central High School’s (VCHS) math team placed first and second in the Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Sullivan (DUSO) sectional math meet.
On Tuesday, May 17, Valley Central voters will choose three district residents to serve on the Valley Central Board of Education from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019. Five residents have announced their candidacy for the three vacant seats.
On Monday, April 11, the Valley Central Board of Education voted to adopt the district’s proposed budget of $98,533,456 during its regularly scheduled meeting.
The Gillinder Glass Store, located in Port Jervis, NY, recently announced that CTE student Joe Dolan, a junior from Valley Central High School and the Digital Design and Advertising Program at the Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center, is the winner of its 2016 Design a Sun Catcher contest.
The Montgomery Elementary School (MES) staff and students were captivated when author, poet and humorist Brian P. Cleary visited the school as part of the MES PTA’s “Pick a Reading Partner” program.
Valley Central High School student Nicolas Collazos was invited to participate in the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).
On March 12, students from two Valley Central elementary schools competed at Odyssey of the Mind in Goshen, New York, doubling the district’s participation rate from previous years.
After years of controversy surrounding the roll out of the Common Core Learning Standards, state education officials have said that changes are on the horizon.
For some people, their first job involves serving up fast food or ringing up purchases on a register. Administrators at Valley Central High School hope that their students will have the ability to start their career with opportunities that include more mobility and higher salaries than typical entry-level jobs.
In a few weeks, visitors bearing packages will greet impoverished children in Ethiopia. When the children tear into the packages, they will find a portrait of themselves staring back at them.
New York state now requires students entering seventh and 12th grades to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. Does your child need to be vaccinated before the start of the 2016-17 school year to meet this requirement?
It may be a common complaint throughout every high school in the nation, but one engineering class from Valley Central High School discovered that not only are math and science skills valuable...
On Wednesday, Feb. 24, students, parents, staff and administrators gathered at East Coldenham Elementary school to celebrate two people who have made outstanding contributions to the East Coldenham community during the district’s 26th annual Founders’ Night.
Jasmine Pimentel and Olivia Martinez have shared many milestones since becoming friends with one another in kindergarten. The senior students grew up on the same street in Maybrook, New York, they attended the same schools – and when they graduate from Valley Central High School this year, they’ll also share the same stage.
Berea Elementary School has been celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday all week long, with different themed days. On March 2, members of the Valley Central School District community, including board members, district officials and police officers arrived at the school, favorite book in hand, to read to the students.
If you happened to be in any Valley Central School District building on February 11, the red clothing worn by many of the district’s staff may have led you to believe that you wandered into a district-wide Valentine’s Day party. But it wasn’t Valentine’s Day that staff was celebrating; it was another February holiday that has to do with hearts – beating hearts.
On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, the Board narrowed the field to two candidates. On February 23 and 25, the final two candidates will participate in a full-day tour of the district, meetings with faculty/staff and community focus groups, culminating with a dinner meeting and final interview with the Board of Education.
Valley Central High School’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball teams raised $780 for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation during their first "Pink Out" game.
Valley Central School District officials continue to work closely with the State Education Department (SED) to ensure that a series of final cost reports for two separate capital projects occurring between 2008-11 are filed properly. As of February 9, 2016, five of these six reports have been finalized and sent to SED, well in advance of the June 30 deadline.
On Thursday, January 28, Valley Central School District officials met with Senator Larkin, the Department of Transportation (DOT), First Student, Inc., the district’s transportation company, and Congressman Sean Maloney’s representatives in order to facilitate the process of the installation of a traffic light at the crosswalk connecting Valley Central High School to the Dollar General store across route 17k.
As she displays a photograph on a large projection screen, Walden Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Mary Windergarden asks her class, “What do you see first? What jumps out at you?”
On Thursday, Jan. 21, Valley Central district officials became aware that the necessary paperwork for a series of six capital projects occurring between 2008-2011 was not properly filed with the State Education Department, resulting in state aid being withheld from the district.
Neither snow nor rain keeps these mail carriers from delivering their rounds of letters – unless school is closed due to inclement weather.
Parents learned ways to support mathematics at home using games, interactive websites and everyday household items.
Valley Central School District officials recently learned the remaining projects included in the Energy, Abatement and Technology (EAT) bond project approved by voters in January 2015 will be delayed because of a backlog of projects awaiting state review.
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $991 million school aid increase for 2016-17.
Six colleges and universities recently offered Valley Central High School (VCHS) students $89,000 in scholarship money and 96 college acceptances over the course of two days
Valley Central High School has a new weapon in the fight against substance abuse – a student-led coalition called VC DREAM (Valley Central Drug Resistance and Education for Adolescent Minds).
Maureen Basher, a science teacher at Valley Central High School, has figured out a way to make chemistry memorable to her pupils. She makes it appetizing.
Please nominate a student who you believe deserves recognition.
Valley Central High School weight room gets a facelift What does the NFL have in common with Valley Central High School? Their in-house gyms have the same equipment thanks to an effort spearheaded by the Valley Central Athletic Booster Club.
We Are (All) Valley Central!This statement is never more true when you think of the vast amount of School-Related Professionals (SRPs for short) that are employed by the Valley Central School district.
Is “nuclear” pronounced “NEW-cu-ler” or “New-CLEE-er”? When does “i” before “e” not apply? Thanks to a generous donation from the Walden Rotary Club, all third graders in the Valley Central School District have the ability to find out.
For the first time in five years, two students from a study abroad program have joined the Valley Central High School student population.
Future graphic designers, forensic psychologists, and veterinarians gathered in the Valley Central High School (VCHS) gymnasium on Nov. 5 to learn more about post-high school options during the District’s annual College and Career Fair.
Presenters, including administrators and directors, reviewed the respective challenges and celebrations of the preceding school year and set both instructional and non-instructional goals for the upcoming school year.