Dear Pawling Elementary Families,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! My name is Michelle Rivas, and I am proud and honored to serve as your Interim Principal this year.  I have been a member of the Pawling school community since 2011, serving as the Assistant Principal in the elementary and middle school in addition to program coordinator and grade 3-8 test coordinator. Over the past twelve years, I have developed relationships with teachers, staff, families, and local community members committed to doing what is in the best interest of our students.  

I will continue to foster those relations and look forward to creating new ones with new and incoming families.

Pawling Elementary is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all children feel respected, supported, and encouraged to express themselves. As the Interim Principal, I look forward to working collectively to ensure every student is valued and accepted,  develops a love for learning, and is inspired to reach their full potential.

Strong family engagement is a vital part of student success. Throughout the year, you will have opportunities to actively participate in your child’s education - From Open House Night to school-wide events, parent-teacher conferences, volunteer opportunities, and by joining the PTA. I encourage you to get involved and be a part of the school community.  

Our dedicated team of teachers and staff have been working hard to ensure we are ready to open the doors on the first day of school on Thursday, September 7th.  Before that date, you will receive a welcome/placement letter.   

My doors are always open, so if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me.


With Pawling Pride,

Michelle Rivas

Interim Principal, Pawling Elementary School



  • Rondout Valley Game Time Change

    The football game with Rondout Valley scheduled for 7:00 p.m. tonight, September 8, 2023, will be played with a start time of 7:45 p.m. due to transportation issues for the visiting team.

    Pawling Central School District
  • Track Use

    We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Pawling Track on Monday,
    06/26/2023. This exciting addition to our public school is designed to promote health, wellness,
    and an active lifestyle for our community members.

    The Pawling Track is open to the public for walking and running, providing a safe and
    welcoming environment for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. From dawn to dusk, when
    school is not in session, and no athletic events are taking place on the field, you can enjoy the
    track's smooth surface and scenic surroundings at your own pace.

    To ensure a seamless experience, please check our athletic calendar at before your visit. This will help you plan your workout
    sessions and ensure that no school events are scheduled on the field during your desired time.
    To maintain a pleasant and secure atmosphere, please be aware that strollers, bicycles,
    scooters, rollerblades and pets are not permitted on the track or field. We appreciate your
    understanding and cooperation in adhering to this policy.

    While we celebrate outdoor activities, we regret to inform you that winter activities such as
    snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are not permitted on the track. We want to ensure the
    track's longevity and optimal condition for all users.

    The Pawling Track is your go-to destination for staying fit, healthy, and connected with our
    vibrant community. Lace-up your shoes and join us on this exhilarating journey towards
    wellness. We can't wait to see you trackside!

    For those interested in utilizing the new field, please note that a "Building Use Form" must be
    completed and approved by the district. Applicable fees may apply. This process ensures
    equitable access and the proper maintenance of our facilities.

    Pawling Central School District
  • Carta de voz del votante

    17 de marzo del 2023

    Estimado Miembro de la Comunidad Pawling,

    Les escribimos hoy para pedir su ayuda en nuestros esfuerzos de abogacía de los problemas clave de educación pública que afectan a todos los estudiantes, incluidos nuestros estudiantes aquí en Pawling.  Su participación en nuestras campañas de cartas electrónicas, rápidas y fáciles, ayudará a enviar el mensaje a los legisladores del Estado de Nueva York de que apreciamos el apoyo que han mostrado en sus presupuestos de unifamiliares y su respuesta a nuestros esfuerzos de abogacía hasta el momento.  Continuamos pidiendo el apoyo de nuestras escuelas públicas y estudiantes de escuelas públicas.


    Apoye La Educación Pública:  Nuestro objetivo es garantizar la estabilidad fiscal a largo plazo de los distritos escolares públicos del Estado de Nueva York.  Con el financiamiento completo de la fórmula de Ayuda de la Fundación 2007 finalmente ocurriendo en el próximo año escolar, reconocemos cuán obsoleta está la fórmula para tener en cuenta las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes y los costos de funcionamiento de las escuelas públicas.  Esperamos que el Estado de Nueva York ayude a actualizar la fórmula de financiamiento de manera regular para garantizar que la ayuda operativa a los distritos escolares se base en las necesidades actuales.  Ambos presupuestos de unifamiliares incluyen actualmente fondos para estudiar este importante asunto.

    Enfoque en la Salud Mental de los Estudiantes:  Nuestro objetivo es solicitar una fuente de ayuda estatal a largo plazo para apoyar los recursos de salud mental de los estudiantes que estarán disponibles para todos los distritos escolares.  Esto podría usarse para el personal como psicólogos escolares, trabajadores sociales y consejeros de orientación.  Podría brindar entrenamiento para todos los maestros sobre cómo responder mejor a los estudiantes que necesitan asistencia o acceso a recursos de telesalud para estudiantes.  Muchos jóvenes necesitan ayuda con su salud mental y estamos pidiendo al Estado de Nueva York que nos ayude a financiar programas y servicios en nuestro distrito.

    Alimentos Escolares Para Todos:  Nuestro objetivo es garantizar que todos los estudiantes sean alimentados a través del programa de alimentos escolares.  Durante la pandemia, el gobierno federal proporcionó exenciones que permitieron que todos los estudiantes recibieran comidas a través del Programa Federal de Almuerzos.  Estamos abogando ante los legisladores federales para que continúen brindando alimentos escolares gratuitos para todos los estudiantes de manera permanente.  Ambos presupuestos unifamiliares incluyen actualmente fondos para comidas escolares universales.

    Si desea participar, haga clic en el enlace a continuación y seleccione cada carta de abogacía "Apoye La Educación Pública", "Enfoque en la Salud Mental de los Estudiantes" y "Alimentos Escolares Para Todos", luego lea el cuerpo del mensaje para cada carta.  Cada campaña debe enviarse por separado.  Para enviar, simplemente ingrese su información en Redactar Su Mensaje y presione el botón Enviar.  Solo debe tomarse unos minutos y los correos electrónicos se enviarán automáticamente a sus representantes.  Gracias por su continuo apoyo. 



    Superintendente y Junta de Educación


    Kim Fontana

    Superintendente de Escuelas

    Pawling Central School District
  • Voter Voice Letter

    Dear Pawling Community Member,

    We are writing today to ask for your help in our advocacy efforts for key public education issues that affect all students, including our students here in Pawling.  Your participation in our quick and easy e-letter campaigns will help send the message to NYS legislators that we appreciate the support they have shown in their one-house budgets and their response to our advocacy efforts thus far.  We continue to ask for their support of our public schools and public school students.

    Support Public Education: Our goal is to ensure the long-term fiscal stability of public school districts in New York State. With the full funding of the 2007 Foundation Aid formula finally occurring in the coming school year, we recognize how out of date the formula is in accounting for the needs of our students and the costs of running public schools. We look to New York State to help update the funding formula on a regular basis to ensure that operational aid to school districts is based on current needs.  Both one-house budgets currently include funding to study this important matter.

    Focus on Student Mental Health: Our goal is to ask for a long-term source of state aid to support student mental health resources that will be available to all school districts. This could be used for staff such as school psychologists, social workers, and guidance counselors. It could provide training for all teachers in how to best respond to students who need assistance, or access to telehealth resources for students. So many young people need assistance with their mental health and we are looking to New York State to help us fund programs and services in our district.

    School Meals for All: Our goal is to ensure that all students are fed through the school meals program. During the pandemic, the federal government provided waivers that allowed all students to receive meals through the Federal Lunch Program. We are advocating to federal legislators to continue to provide free school meals for all students on a permanent basis. Both one-house budgets currently include funding for universal school meals.

    Should you wish to participate, please click the link below and select each advocacy letter “Support Public Education,” “Focus on Student Mental Health,” and “School Meals for All,” then read the Message Body for each letter.  Each campaign must be sent separately.   To send, simply enter your information under Compose Your Message and hit the send button. It should only take a few minutes and emails will automatically be sent to your representatives. Thank you for your continued support.



    Superintendent & Board of Education

    Kim Fontana

    Superintendent of Schools

    Pawling Central School District
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