Contact Info

  • Mr. Allan Lipsky, Principal 
  • Mrs. Michelle Rivas, Asst. Principal
  • Middle School Main Office: 845-855-4653
  • Fax: 845-855-4134
  • School day start time: 7:40 a.m. 
    School day dismissal time: 2:14 p.m.


  • featured post

    Letter from the Superintendent

    Dear Pawling School Community Member:

    I am writing as a follow up to the message we sent on Tuesday afternoon regarding a report by several high school students about a concerning conversation with another student.  First, the students acted as we have requested by speaking with the adults when they have concerns.  For that, we thank them.

    While some of the comments that were a part of the conversation were unusual and resulted in students reporting them, the investigation, conducted in conjunction with our School Resource Officer (SRO) and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department, determined that there were no threats toward any student, staff member, or the school.  Further, it was determined that there were no violations of our Code of Conduct.  Student privacy rights place very strict legal restrictions on the information that school personnel or a school district may release about students. 

    The recent tragedies at schools around the country and the events following have left many students, parents, and staff members feeling very uncertain and concerned about school safety.  This heightened sense of concern on everyone’s part, along with the immediacy of social media, leaves schools with many unique challenges.  Do we report limited and incomplete information about a particular situation to parents?  If we make the decision to do so, do we inform just those parents with students in the school?  Or, do we inform all parents in the district?  Will our communication raise parent concerns, or serve to reassure them that we are aware and investigating?

    Understandably, it is natural for us as parents and staff members to want to know the details about an individual situation, particularly when we believe it may involve our children’s safety or our own.  On Tuesday, we made the decision to send the limited information we could send in order to inform parents that the school administration was aware of the conversation that had taken place and was actively investigating the circumstances surrounding it.  The decision was based, in part, on a judgment that information would likely begin to appear on social media (much of it based on rumors), and we wanted parents to be aware that 1) there were no known threats against any students, staff members, or the school, and 2) the investigation was ongoing.

    I want to reassure you that the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.  Over the past several years, we have taken many steps to create and maintain a safe school environment.  We continue to work closely with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s department as we identify methods and materials to continuously improve our ability to safeguard our students and staff. 

    Our students acted appropriately by reporting their concerns to adults at the school, and our school administration and SRO thoroughly investigated the reports before determining that there was no risk to students, staff, or the school.

    In closing, I respectfully request that the adults in our community continue to serve as positive role models for our students.  Many rumors have no basis in fact. To repeat rumors often adds to others’ sense of concern and panic.  If you learn of first-hand information that may be relevant to school safety, I ask you take the responsible action and contact school authorities directly, as we ask students to do.  Your ongoing support and positive modeling for our students is appreciated.




    William M. Ward, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Pawling Central School District

    Pawling, NY


    Pawling Central School District
  • School Calendar Changes

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    The PCSD calendar for 2017-2018 provided for 5 emergency closing days.  With the closing of school on Thursday, March 8th, we have now closed school for grades K-12 on 7 days:  Thursday and Friday, January 4th and 5th; Wednesday, January 17th; Wednesday, February 7th; Friday, March 2nd; and Wednesday and Thursday, March 7th and 8th.  The elementary school closed for an additional day (Thursday, February 8th) due to a heating problem at the school.

    As indicated on the 2017-2018 PCSD calendar, school closings in excess of the 5 allotted days will be made up in the following order:  1) Monday, March 26th, 2) Tuesday, March 27th, 3) Wednesday, March 28th, 4) Thursday, March 29thAt this time  March 26th  through March 29th will be days when school will be in session for grades K-12, in order to meet the 180 day State requirement.

    On Friday, June 1st, the elementary school will have a full day of school to make up for the elementary school closing on Thursday, February 8th, due to the lack of heat in the building.  The middle school and high school will maintain the half-day schedule for Friday, June 1st.



    William M. Ward, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools



    El calendario de PCSD para el año 2017-2018 proporcionó 5 días de cierre de emergencia.  Con el cierre de la escuela el Jueves 8 de Marzo, ya hemos cerrado la escuela 7 días para los grados K-12:  Jueves y Viernes, 4 y 5 de Enero; Miércoles, 17 de Enero; Miércoles, 7 de Febrero; Viernes, 2 de Marzo; y Miércoles y Jueves, 7 y 8 de Marzo.  La escuela primaria cerró un día adicional (Jueves, 8 de Febrero) debido a un problema de calefacción en la escuela.

    Como se indica en el calendario PCSD 2017-2018, el cierre de las escuelas en exceso de los 5 días asignados se compensarán en el siguiente orden: 1) Lunes, 26 de Marzo, 2) Martes, 27 de Marzo, 3) Miércoles, 28 de Marzo, 4 ) Jueves, 29 de Marzo.  En este momento desde el 26 de marzo hasta el 29 de marzo , serán días en que la escuela estará en sesión para los grados K-12,  para cumplir con el requisito estatal de 180 días.

    El Viernes, 1o de Junio, la escuela primaria tendrá un día completo de clases para compensar el cierre de la escuela primaria del Jueves 8 de Febrero,  debido a la falta de calefacción en el edificio.  La escuela intermedia y la escuela secundaria mantendrán el horario de medio día para el Viernes 1o de Junio.



    William M. Ward, Ed.D.

    Superintendente de Escuelas


    Pawling Central School District
  • 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.


    Pawling Central School District
  • 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.



    Pawling Central School District

Middle School Events


    Pawling Central School District

    Pawling Central School District

    Pawling Central School District

    Pawling Central School District
  • No School, District Closed

    Pawling Central School District
  • Easter Sunday

    Pawling Central School District


    Spring Pictue Day in the Middle School

    Picture forms have been handed out to students in homeroom.  Please have your child return the form on Picture Day.

    Pawling Central School District
View Monthly Calendar


I would like to welcome you to the Pawling Middle School for the 2017-2018 school year.  Your child will have many wonderful experiences as they progress from grade five through  grade eight.  It is my sincere hope that you encourage your child/children to become involved in all that the Middle School has to offer. It is my belief that together we can make a positive difference in your child's life.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 845-855-2171 or email me at


Allan Lipsky