• Dr. Debra Kirkhus, Principal
  • Mrs. Michelle Rivas, Asst. Principal
  • Main Office | 845-855-4607
  • Fax | 845-855-4636


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    NYS Grades 3-8 Assessments Information

    Dear Parent/Guardian,


    Over the next few weeks, the New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests will be administered to students. The New York State Education Department (SED) listened to the concerns of parents and educators and made changes to the tests.  Beginning this year, the number of test sessions for these annual assessments will be reducedfrom three days to two days.  The 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests will continue to be untimed, as they were in 2016 and 2017.

    The ELA assessment will be given on April 11th and 12th and the math assessment on May 1st and 2nd.

    Below you will find a summary of the changes that were made to the 2018 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests.

    • Two testing days per subject. The 2018 Grades 3–8 ELA and Math Tests have been reduced from three test sessions per subject to two sessions per subject this year, meaning each subject will have two days of testing instead of three.  With fewer test sessions, each test will have fewer questions than in recent years, lessening test fatigue for students and better enabling them to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.
    • The tests continue to be untimed so students who are still working on their exams will be allowed to continue to work, within the confines of the regular school day.
    • Test questions reviewed and written by New York State Teachers.  Hundreds of New York State educators were involved in creating and reviewing questions for 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests and selecting the questions for the test forms.  This year, the assessments will also feature many test questions written by New York State teachers specifically for the annual New York State tests.  The future goal is for all test questions to be written by NYS educators.

    Teacher and Principal Evaluation/APPR

    • Student performance on the 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Tests will have no employment-related consequences for teacher and principal evaluations. In December 2015, the Board of Regents approved a moratorium on using student scores on these exams for educators’ consequential evaluation scores.  This means no teachers or principals in New York State public schools will be affected by the results of the 2018 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests.

    Release of Test Questions and Instructional Report

    • Test questions and instructional reports will be released before the end of the school year.  The State Education Department will release 75-percent of questions from the 2018 tests and the instructional reports for educators on or around June 1, 2018.  You can view 2017 test questions ( on EngageNY.

    You can find more information about the State tests on the State Education Department’s website at:  (



    William M. Ward, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools


    Pawling Central School District
  • Hudson Valley KidVenture

    A family-friendly weekend festival, Hudson Valley KidVenture will allow children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to explore and discover their community with kid-friendly vendors, hands-on activities, a Touch-A-Truck exhibit, demonstrations, educational shows, live performances, music, food trucks and much more.   The event will be two days, April 28 and 29 from 11 am – 4 pm at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, the ChangePoint Theater, and on Market Street in Poughkeepsie.


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  • Meet the Candidates Night

    Please join us to  meet the candidates  running for the Pawling School Board

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    7:30 p.m.
    Pawling Elementary School
    Multi-Purpose Room

    Sponsored by
    The Pawling PTA
    Moderated by
    The League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Region

    Index cards will be provided to ask questions to be posed to all candidates

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    Attention Parents,
    On Monday afternoon,  April 9, 2018,  Pawling Elementary School practiced a lockdown drill. Students and staff will continue to debrief and update safety procedures with each drill. Thank you all for your cooperation.
    Pawling Elementary
  • Don't Forget to Vote!

     Tuesday, May 15, 2018 • 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

     Pawling Elementary School Gym,  7 Haight St.,  Pawling, N.Y. 12564

    Voter Registration:

    To be eligible to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the district for 30 days prior to the vote.  If you are registered to vote for a general election, you are registered to vote in all school district elections. 

    Registering with the Board of Elections 

    If you are not registered, you can obtain a mail registration form by calling the Dutchess County Board of Elections at 845-486-2473.  A registration form can also be downloaded from the Board of Elections website:  Forms are also available at most government offices, post offices, and libraries.  Complete the form and mail it to the Dutchess County Board of Elections.   You may also register in person at 47 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie.  If you have moved to a new address within Dutchess County or if there has been a change to your name, call the Board of Elections for specific instructions.  You must be registered by May 8 for the May 15, 2018 vote.

    Registering for School Votes Only

    If you are not registered to vote with the Board of Elections, you may register for the school district vote, on Thursday May 3rd at the Elementary School Library. Voter registration will be held from 3:45 pm to 7:45 pm.   

    During voter registration, documents must be presented to the Board of Registration.  Acceptable documents are as follows:


    Address portion of the individual’s State or Federal Income Tax Return form.


    W-2 form showing the name and address of individual.

    Residency and Age

    Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s Identification Card.


    School Census information for currently enrolled students.


    Annual Statement from Social Security used for income purposes showing name and address of individual.

    Citizenship and Age

    Birth Certificate or Passport


    Application for Absentee Ballot  (Click here to obtain a copy)

    Please print the application, complete the required information.  The Application must be signed and mailed back to the District at 515 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564 Attn: District Clerk, application must be received at least 7 days before the election if ballot is to be mailed to the voter or you can bring the application to the District Office. FAX COPIES OR EMAIL COPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


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  • Information for Kindergarten Registration 2018-2019

    UPDATE:  Incoming Kindergartener Parent Information Night is postponed to Thursday, March 15th at 7pm at Pawling Elementary School
    Please be sure to contact the elementary school at #855-4680 so that we have your contact information on file and can include your incoming kindergartner on our list for next year.  We can also send you registration paperwork that should be filled out now, along with details about our incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night (March 13, 2018) and our kindergarten screenings appointment dates (April 18-20, 2018). Thank you.
    *********SPANISH BELOW*************
     "Información para la inscripción en kindergarten 2018-2019"
    Por favor asegúrese de comunicarse con la escuela primaria en el # 855-4680 para que tengamos su información de contacto en el archivo y puede incluir su kindergartener entrante en nuestra lista para el próximo añoTambién podemos enviar el papeleo de registro que debe ser llenado ahorajunto con detalles acerca de Padres de kindergarten Noche de Información (13 de marzo de 2018) y las fechas de nuestras citas para los proyecciones de kindergarten (18-20 de abril de 2018). Gracias.
    Pawling Central School District
  • Dutchess County Relatives as Parents Program


    This free program exists to assist those who have
    taken on the role as primary caregiver for a related child. Please see Flyer below for more information.

    *Pawling Central School District  is not affiliated with nor endorses this program.



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Upcoming Events

  • PTA Meeting‐7:00pm

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  • Junior/Senior Prom

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    Pawling Central School District
  • BOE Meeting, 7:30pm (Public Hearing)

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  • Grades 3—8 Math Assessments

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  • S.A.T.

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Elementary Newsletters

Pawling Elementary School Newsletter  April 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

            I think it is safe to say that we are tired of winter weather, and truly hope that Spring is in the air!  On April 5th, our PTA and Health and Wellness committee will once again bring Snackarooza to the elementary school, where parent volunteers will bring trays of healthy snacks to all of our classrooms.  Even with all of the snow days in March, our PTA was able to run a successful (yet abbreviated) Scholastic Book Fair.  Thanks to all of our PTA volunteers for bringing us such wonderful events each year!

            Our third and fourth graders will take their NYS English Language Arts assessments on April 10th – 12th.   The NYS Mathematics assessments for third and fourth graders will be administered May 1st – 3rd. Please note that the assessments are shorter this year and will only be given on two out of the three day window.

            We had to reschedule our Incoming Kindergartener Parent Information Night due to one of the many snowstorms in March.  It was still well attended, and we are looking forward to our newest students joining us in September.   Screening appointments for our incoming kindergarteners will be held from April 18th – 20th.  Children and their families will be able to take a tour of our building and see our school in action during those days.    If you know of any friends or family members in our district who have children who will be 5 years old on or before December 1st, 2018, please let them know to call our school for some valuable information about kindergarten registration.

            We are in the heart of budget season, so please make every effort to stay informed. The district website will continue to post updated information regarding meeting dates, meeting minutes, podcasts and board presentations. Please mark your calendars for our District Budget vote that will take place on Tuesday, May 15th.  The PTA has an ice cream social planned for that evening, so we hope to see you!

Wellness Wisdom brought to you by our school district’s Health and Wellness Committee

Spring is here and with the much awaited warm, sunny days ahead, keep in mind the following safety tips:

  • Conduct a helmet check
  • Protect skin from the sun
  • Stay hydrated
  • Test outdoor toys

 Adapted from Please visit the website for details and more safety tips!

 Makerspace wish list

We use lots of tape and cardboard tubes in our Makerspace room when we build things.  We are always looking for donations.  If you have cardboard tubes, or any kind of tape (particularly masking and duct tape), please consider donating to our Makerspace room.  Makerspace donation boxes are located across from our gym. Thanks!

April Dates to Remember

April 9                         Board of Education Meeting, PES MPR @ 7:30pm

April 10 – 12               3rd and 4th grade NYS ELA Assessment

April 18 - 20                Incoming Kindergarten Screening Dates

April 24                       Board of Education Meeting, PES MPR @ 7:30pm

April 26                       PTA meeting @ 7pm

Important Upcoming Calendar Dates to Remember


May 1 – 3                    3rd and 4th grade NYS Mathematics Assessment

May 10                         3rd Grade Concert @ 7pm (Pawling High School Auditorium)

May 15                         School District Budget vote all day in elementary school gym

May 17                         4th Grade Concert @ 7pm (Pawling High School Auditorium)

May 24                         PTA meeting @ 7pm

May 28                        NO SCHOOL – MEMORIAL DAY

June 1                          Update:  ***FULL DAY***of School for Elementary Students!

June 4                          Grade 4 NYS Science Written Assessment

June 8                          PTA Movie Night

June 14                        PTA Meeting @ 7pm

June 20                         4th Grade Moving Up Day – 10am