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Portledge School will be closed Tuesday, January 27, 2015 due to inclement weather.
Portledge School phone lines have been restored. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you.
This Open House has been rescheduled to:
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AMPlace: 355 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NYProspective students and their families are invited to meet our faculty, students, and parents and tour the beautiful 60-acre campus and school buildings. Division Heads and members of the administration will be available to answer your questions. Refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. For more information and to register, please contact Leigh Farrell in the Admissions Office at 516.750.3203 and LFarrell@Portledge.org.
Portledge School is hosting the Girls CYO Basketball playoffs in the Wellington gym Sunday January 25th and Saturday 31st. For more information, please contact Athletic Director Jackee Meadow (917) 992-7558.
By Simon Owen-WilliamsHead of School
January is a time for reflection on what happened in the past year and a time to set new goals with a fresh spirit. Goals not yet accomplished can be tackled with a rejuvenated approach after a lovely time with family, friends, and the perspective of time.
Some of Portledge's goals stretch deep into the future and therefore need our continued motivation. Our Strategic Plan remains our beacon of light and we are in the middle of crossing off some of the larger items on the list as completed.
As the re-enrollment season begins, may I remind you that contracts will be going out shortly. I certainly hope your child will be joining us for another year of exploration, discovery, and excellence. My door is always open to answer questions or discuss your concerns. Our community is a tight-knit one and this decision is monumental to many. We understand that you have a choice when it comes to the education of your child and we believe that Portledge provides one of the best independent school options in this area.
Another goal of the strategic plan is to attract talented individuals to work at Portledge. We have made clear progress in our personnel searches to fill the roles of College Counselor, Chief Financial Officer, and Lower School Division Head. Several candidates have been interviewed for these key administrative positions and we are pleased that each of the candidates offers a great deal of enthusiasm and experience. Our final choices will be made within the next month or so. Thank you to all the parents who have served on committees to meet these critical potential new members of our Portledge family.
Athletics formed a new task force to review the school athletic policy and Portledge's philosophical approach to athletics as well as to work on the handbook. We are making certain that this philosophy is in line with our mission statement. In addition, the task force is discussing the many definitions of "winning." It is not only the number on the scoreboard; it is also the inner "win" of each athlete we are training.
Another strategic goal under way is the growth in the theatre department. We have seen a wonderful productionof "Annie jr." directed by Deni Cavrell, "Once Upon A Mattress" expertly directed by Michael T. Schwartz, and anentertaining performance of "Putnam Spelling Bee" is in rehearsal under the direction of Jason Dula. These three productions demonstrate Portledge's commitment to theatre is alive and well. We hope that you will encourage your child to get involved in theatre arts to develop confidence, self-esteem, and compassion.
As a steward of Portledge School, I am committed to a year of positive and continued growth. Looking ahead to our Golden Anniversary Gala on March 7th, we must realize how much we have to celebrate and how fortunate we all are to be a part of this flourishing school community.
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