Remaining Board of Education Meeting Dates
The remaining board meetings will be held on May 26 and June 23 will be held in Room 229 at Port Chester High School.
April 19, 2022
Port Chester High School has a zero tolerance policy for drug possession or drug use on campus. This letter is to inform you of steps we have taken to enforce our zero tolerance policy.
New York State Police with drug-sniffing dogs conducted searches of lockers at Port Chester High School this afternoon. Working in partnership with Rye Brook Police, Port Chester Police, and New York State Police, the district decided to bring the canine unit to our school as part of improved surveillance and enforcement by school administration and local police. The canine unit was used to inspect lockers and other locations where we believe drugs could have been hidden.
We want to make sure students realize this is a zero-tolerance environment and that we are going to take steps to make sure that drugs cannot be brought onto this campus.
I am glad to let you know that no illicit drugs were found this afternoon, and hopefully this means that our communication and school announcements expressing concerns about drug use have achieved one of their intended effects: to prevent students from bringing drugs to school in the first place. The fact that the canine unit did not find anything today gives me hope that people are listening and that students are making choices not to bring illicit drugs onto our campus.
We will continue to take opportunities to educate students about the risks of drug use and other inappropriate behavior, through health classes, scheduled annual assemblies, and personal counseling. We have also made a point of discussing risky behaviors such as "sexting," bullying, dating violence, and alcohol consumption. Our ultimate goal is to educate students to make healthy and safe choices, especially regarding illicit substances and to ensure that these substances are not brought onto our campus.
We understand that students with substance abuse problems are in need of help, and our counselors stand ready to work with them; however, drugs and alcohol have no place in our schools, and so we took this proactive move. Our goal is to discourage inappropriate and illegal behavior and to prevent bad decision-making. However, students who commit illegal acts that endanger our student body will face serious consequences from their actions.
Please know that our ultimate intent is to deter students from engaging in high risk behavior. We will work with you, with students, and with other partners to ensure that Port Chester High School is as free of illicit drugs as possible. Thank you for your support.
Luke A. Sotherden
19 de Abril, 2022
La Escuela Secundaria de Port Chester tiene como reglamento la tolerancia cero para la posesión o consumo de drogas en el campus. Esta carta es para informarles de los pasos que hemos tomado para hacer cumplir nuestro reglamento de tolerancia cer.
La Policía del Estado de Nueva York con perros detectores de drogas ha llevado a cabo esta tarde buscaron en los casilleros de la Escuela Secundaria de Port Chester. Trabajando conjuntamente con la Policía de Rye Brook, Port Chester, y la Policía Estatal de Nueva York, el distrito decidió traer la unidad canina a nuestra escuela como parte de una mejor vigilancia y refuerzo por la administración de la escuela y la policía local. La unidad canina se ha utilizado para inspeccionar los casilleros y otros lugares donde creemos que las drogas podrían haber estado ocultas.
Queremos asegurar que los estudiantes noten que este es un ambiente de tolerancia cero y que vamos a tomar medidas para asegurarnos de que las drogas no pueden ingresar en este campus.
Me alegra comunicarles que no se encontraron drogas ilícitas esta tarde, y espero que esto signifique que nuestra comunicación y anuncios en la escuela expresando la preocupación sobre el uso de drogas han alcanzado uno de los efectos deseados: en primer lugar prevenir que los estudiantes traigan drogas a la escuela. El hecho de que la unidad canina no ha encontrado nada hoy me da esperanza de que la gente está escuchando y que los estudiantes están tomando decisiones de no traer drogas ilícitas en nuestro campus.
Vamos a seguir tomando la oportunidad de educar a los estudiantes sobre los riesgos del consumo de drogas y el comportamiento inapropiado, a través de clases de salud, asambleas anuales previstas, y asesoramiento personal. También hemos hecho un punto de discutir los comportamientos riesgosos tales como "sexting", la intimidación, violencia en el noviazgo y consumo de alcohol. Nuestro objetivo final es educar a los estudiantes a tomar decisiones saludables y seguras, especialmente en relación con sustancias ilícitas y para asegurar de que estas sustancias no sean ingresadas en nuestro campus.
Entendemos que los alumnos con problemas de abuso de sustancias están en necesidad de ayuda, y nuestros consejeros están listos para trabajar con ellos, sin embargo, las drogas y el alcohol no tienen cabida en nuestras escuelas, por lo que hemos tomado esta medida proactiva. Nuestro objetivo es desalentar la conducta inapropiada e ilegal y prevenir la toma de decisiones equivocadas. Sin embargo, los estudiantes que cometen actos ilícitos que ponen en peligro a nuestro cuerpo estudiantil se enfrentarán a graves consecuencias por sus acciones.
Por favor sepan que nuestra intención principal es evitar que los estudiantes caigan en conductas de alto riesgo. Vamos a trabajar con ustedes, con los estudiantes, y con otros aliados para asegurar que la Escuela Secundaria de Port Chester sea tan libre de drogas ilícitas como sea posible. Gracias por su apoyo.
Luke A. Sotherden
Port Chester High School is an institution that students and staff are proud to call home. A culturally diverse student body is one of our greatest strengths, and together, we look to build on the school's legacy and rich traditions.
A dynamic administrative team leads a school community that is focused on teaching and learning. Students are supported by professionals who value the importance of academic achievement and are dedicated to ensuring that students receive the highest quality education possible. Everyone here feels part of a team whose mission is to help students do their best by creating a positive atmosphere that permits students to learn and teachers to teach.
Over a third of our students successfully complete at least one Honors, Advanced Placement or college level course at PCHS. We are one of the few Westchester high school authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. College-level courses are offered in cooperation with the Westchester Community College Advanced College Experience Program and SUNY Oneonta.
Outside of the classroom, we offer opportunities for students to develop and grow through participation in numerous athletic, musical and other venues. In the pulsing beat of the award-winning marching band one hears the drumming of the heart of this school. As our athletes race across field and court, one feels the adrenaline rush of Ram Pride. And in art, choir, theater, journalism and a multitude of extracurricular opportunities, students rise to challenge their potential and broaden themselves.
About one-third of our students participate in at least one sport. Our student athletes have won league championships in football, soccer, wrestling, basketball, baseball and track. In addition, we possess a nationally recognized cheer leading program. Award-winning theater, band and choral programs continue to be a tremendous source of pride. Literacy publications showcase our students' journalistic talents, and the number of other clubs and numerous honor societies demonstrates the well-roundedness of our student body.
In "Hamlet", Shakespeare wrote, "We know what we are, but know not what we may be." It is this discovering and uncovering of all of our potentials that is at the heart of education and the essence of Port Chester High School.
The Port Chester Public Schools has developed distance learning opportunities for students.
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Dear Parents and Guardians:
JUNE 1, 2022: The new state examination in U.S. History will occur on June 1. All students enrolled in a U.S. History course are required to arrive at the high school by 8:00 a.m. and report to their assigned testing location. All other Port Chester High School students, not enrolled in a U.S. History course, will have an asynchronous instructional day. Students receiving asynchronous instruction will NOT report to the high school. Students will use their Chromebooks to complete their assignments independently online. Teachers will be available via standard communication methods (Google Classroom, Email). School will resume in-person instruction for all students on Thursday, June 2, 2022.
If you are uncertain about whether your child must take this exam, then please call your child’s school counselor.
JUNE EXAMINATION SCHEDULE: The remaining State exams will begin on June 15th, making June 14th the last day of regular classes in the 2021-2022 school year. The state examination schedule is attached to this letter for your planning and is available on our website as well. Students report to school on days when they have examinations or are here to see teachers for scheduled review sessions. If you have any questions about when your child has examinations, then please reach out to his/her school counselor.
Rain dates, June 8 or June 9