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CYO Games at Portledge - Jan. 25, 31

 

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. 

 

 




Portledge Phones Are Down

Portledge School phone lines are down temporarily. Verizon is working on the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide an update when phones have been restored.

To reach a Division, please send an e-mail:

Lower School - Fay Martin, fmartin@portledge.org

Middle School - Albert Intreglia, aintreglia@portledge.org

Upper School - Susan Simon, ssimon@portledge.org 

In the event of an emergency, please contact Simon Owen-Williams at 516-637-2763 or prooney@portledge.org  

 




Open House for Pre-Nursery - Grade 12

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Place: 355 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY

Prospective 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




A Progress Report on the Strategic Plan

By Simon Owen-Williams
Head 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.




Lower School Students Explore Dr. King's Dream

This month in the Lower School, students utilized critical thinking strategies to examine themes related to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teachers Andrea Scarcella, Katie Henry, and Karen Ann DeVito recently shared what the students discovered:  

After an extensive study of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the first graders found themselves saddened by the prospect of people being judged by how they looked on the outside, yet inspired by his message of "love."
To help them process their thoughts and feelings, they were asked to defend the claim: "It is important to hear and to read Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech because ..." and use the Harvard Thinking Routine of "Claim Support."

The purpose of this routine is to develop a deeper understanding of an idea or proposition. In our case, the routine served to encourage the critical thinking, evaluation, expression of why Portledge would choose to teach them about Martin Luther King, Jr. and as an outlet to freely express their own appreciation for his heroism and bravery.

The students discussed and recorded their emotional responses to the claim and were required to support their opinion and to explain their thinking. 

The Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classes continued discussing the book of the month, "I Have A Dream, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," paintings by Kadir Nelson. 

The children then used the thinking strategy "Turn and Talk" to share their dreams for our world. As a group, they created a book that includes their dreams for the world. This book of their thoughts will soon be displayed outside the library. 

Parents Please Join Us: A Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly is planned for the Lower School on January 28th at 8:40 a.m.   




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Upcoming Events

Day 5
Mon, 26 Jan 2015
All Day Event

PK and K to the Tilles Center
Mon, 26 Jan 2015
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Day 6
Tue, 27 Jan 2015
All Day Event

Day 1
Wed, 28 Jan 2015
All Day Event

Martin Luther King, Jr. LS Assembly
Wed, 28 Jan 2015
8:40 AM - 9:20 AM

Admission Open House PN-12
Wed, 28 Jan 2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Day 2
Thu, 29 Jan 2015
All Day Event

Day 3
Fri, 30 Jan 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ISE 7th Grade Dance
Fri, 30 Jan 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Day 4
Mon, 02 Feb 2015
All Day Event

Day 5
Tue, 03 Feb 2015
All Day Event

LOWER SCHOOL CLOSED Parent/Teacher Conferences
Wed, 04 Feb 2015
All Day Event

Day 6
Wed, 04 Feb 2015
All Day Event

Day 1
Thu, 05 Feb 2015
All Day Event

Day 2
Fri, 06 Feb 2015
All Day Event

MS Valentine Dance at East Woods School
Fri, 06 Feb 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

SSAT
Sat, 07 Feb 2015
All Day Event