Contact Info

  • Megan Gleason, Principal 

  • Michelle Rivas, Asst. Principal

  • Middle School Main Office: 845-855-4653

  • Fax: 845-855-4134

  • School day start time: 7:05 a.m. 

    School day dismissal time: 1:30 p.m.

  • Bell Schedule   
    2020-2021 Bell Schedule with delays.pdf 

Announcements

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    Governance Team Statement on Race Justice and Equity June 2020

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  • Gradual Re-entry Information Updated

    Dear Parents/Guardians of Pawling Central Middle School Students: 

    We continue to make progress in getting our students scheduled for the 2020-21 school year!  You can expect your child’s schedule shortly, and I appreciate your patience as our counselors work tirelessly to finalize them.  

    The purpose of this letter is to provide you with important information about the first few days of school.  

    Listed below is our gradual re-entry schedule for students.  While the first day of school for all students is Wednesday, September 9th, only our 5th graders will attend in-person.  If your child is an e-learner (fully remote), they, too, start on Wednesday, September 9th, and they will do so remotely.   

    Why are we doing a gradual re-entry?

    We have students gradually coming back for two primary reasons.  The first reason is for our 5th graders to have dedicated time in our facility.  Since they were not able to have an orientation this year, we would like to provide them with their own day to really understand how things work at Pawling Central Middle School.  This way, they also get to know our faculty/staff a little better before the other grade levels are present.  

    Our second reason for a gradual re-entry is for us to test our protocols on a smaller scale.  We will be examining our entry/exit protocols, lunch systems, recess rotations, and teacher/student schedules.  We will have the time and space to assess all of these systems optimally, and we will make any adjustments necessary.  

    What does it mean for your child(ren) to start virtually? 

    Your child(ren) will follow their same daily schedule, but simply follow it virtually.  They will receive an email from their Advisor between 7:05 am and 7:40 am each day they are virtual.  Your child(ren) will need to reply to this email, prior to 7:40 am, indicating their attendance for the day.  They will then log into a Google Meet with their first period teacher(s) at 7:40 am.  At the start of each period, they will log into the next period’s Google Meet.  Prior to Day 1 (September 9th), your child(ren) will receive information from their teachers which will outline this plan in more detail.  

    When your child(ren) would have had Lunch, Recess, and Mask Breaks while attending in person, they will still have those same breaks at home.  Students are expected to be in attendance, virtually, from approximately 7:40 am to 1:30 pm, with the breaks noted above.  

    What more information can you expect from me in the coming weeks? 

    • Your child’s schedule with a video description

    • Information from teachers regarding your child’s first day of school 

    • The Student/Parent Handbook (including important protocols for drop-off, pick-up, notes, etc.) with a video description 

    • Supply pick-up information for remote learners 

    With Gratitude, 

    Ms. Megan Gleason, Principal 

    Pawling Middle School
  • 2020-2021 Calendar Revised

    Please note the 2020-2021 Calendar has several revisions which were approved this week. 

    Pawling Central School District
  • Google Classroom Tutorial

    Parents and students can click here for a helpful tutorial on how to navigate Google Classroom. 

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  • PCMS 2019-2020 Yearbooks

    The yearbook pick up has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, August 12th, between the hours of 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. This is only for yearbook preorders. If you did not order a yearbook, we have a limited number of additional yearbooks for $30.00 (cash only). If you are interested in purchasing one, please email both Ms. Dalia and Mrs. LeDonne at daliae@pcsdny.org and ledonned@pcsdny.org. These yearbooks will be sold on a first-serve basis. 

    We will implement a no contact pick-up. You will be directed to pull up to the front of the building, where we will have tables set up by grades (5/6 and 7/8). To ensure your safety and the safety of others, please ensure that you wear a mask at all times and remain six feet apart.

    NOTE: If you still have an unreturned textbook, please drop it off on the designated "Textbook Drop-off" table.

    Pawling Middle School
  • Kindergarten Registration

    Kindergarten Registration is now open. Registration forms are available on our district website in English and Spanish. 

    Kindergarten Registration Packet 

    Pawling Central School District
  • NYS Testing Information

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Answers to some questions from August’s broadcast on Pawling Public Radio (In English and Spanish):

Question/Comment: “I know for my middle schooler the children who will be in his pod is going to determine whether he returns or not to keep his social/emotional health the best it can be.”

You will not know which students are in your child’s pod before submitting your decision for remote or in-person.  However, if there are some serious needs that you have regarding a supportive friend, please feel free to contact me and the school counselor and we will do everything we can to accommodate such requests.  I would also like to take this opportunity to share how we plan to address the social-emotional needs of our students.  Every day your child will have a 35 minute Advisory from 7:05 to 7:40 am.  This time period will allow for a slow, gradual entry into the building as well as time to take care of housekeeping items such as attendance and daily lunch counts.  This is also a time that we are devoting to social emotional learning (SEL).  SEL will be designed, implemented, and taught by our mental health team, consisting of our school counselors, school psychologist, and a teacher who was hired to teach part of our SEL program.  We are well aware of the fact that  part of our academic program needs to include a well-designed plan for our students’ social emotional needs during the pandemic. 

Question/Comment:  “Will 5th graders be able to see the buildings before the 1st day of school?”

We are working on a virtual orientation, and we know it’s important for our 5th graders to get their own time in the building prior to other students entering.  

Question/Comment:  “Are supply lists updated for this school year?” 

Yes, they are posted on our website by grade level as well as special area teacher supplies.  We have minimized supply lists so that children do not have to carry heavy backpacks back and forth to school.

Question/Comment: “In middle school, how many teachers, on average, will enter the pod classroom daily?”

Approximately 8

Question/Comment: “Do you know if the middle school will still have 9 periods a day? For example, will a teacher rotate between rooms 9 times a day?”

No, we have shifted to a block schedule.  They have the full academic program (ELA, S.S., Science, Math, Agriculture, Art, PE, Music, Musical Appreciation, World Language, Advanced classes, etc).  Students will have 4 special areas classes every other day for 35 minutes.  They will have their core classes for 35 minutes every other day and 70 minutes every other day.   

Question/Comment: “Will students be crossing over into other pods or cohorts?”

Students will cross with the other pod of their cohort during recess, and, at times, during certain classes (World Language is one example).  

Question/Comment: “What is the start and end time for the middle school day?”

Students can begin to arrive at 7:05, and students will begin to be dismissed at 1:30.  

Question/Comment: “Will remote students be asked to go into school for labs or other projects or any other reasons? Or will they have opportunities to participate in group activities in safe ways for them?”

No.  Remote students will not be asked to come to school.  They may connect virtually with other students.  

Question/Comment: “Can Ms. Gleason explain why students in pods would need to be mixing with students in the cohort? We thought the purpose of the pod was to reduce peer interactions.”

Yes, it is to reduce peer interactions.  Students never leave their cohort.  For World Language and Recess, they will interact with the other pod in their cohort.  

Question/Comment: “Will the students each have their own paint brushes, scissors, etc. for art class or will the items be sanitized between each class?”

Students will have their own supplies for each class.  We will have a sanitizing protocol for any shared library books, math manipulatives, and/or science/lab supplies.  

Question/Comment: “If the school goes remote - will the students stay remote with their homeroom teacher or blend?”

Yes.  They will have their Advisor who will guide them through the remote program, if the school goes remote.  

Question/Comment: “Will there be band and chorus?”

We will have a Music class in all grade levels.  Grades 5 and 6 will have Music Appreciation as well.  The Music class will be taught by our Band teachers and will incorporate both music study and instrumental music instruction.  Most of the instrumental music instruction will take place through a virtual platform called Music First.  When possible, though, there may be opportunities for your child to play his/her instrument outdoors.  The Music Appreciation course will be taught by our chorus teacher.  This course will be a combination of music study, and, at times (outdoors), it will incorporate choral instruction.  Again, though, most of the choral instruction will take place virtually using the Music First software.  

Question/Comment: “For 5th and 6th grade, is there 1 teacher for all subjects, for remote and in-school?”

No.  We continue to be departmentalized, and students will have different teachers across the different content areas.  

Question/Comment: “Will mask breaks only be outdoors?”

No, but we will aim to get them outdoors as often as possible.  For the most part, they will be outdoors.  

Question/Comment: “Will there be multiple entrances?”

Yes.  Each grade will enter through a different door, and it will be the same for dismissal.  

 

Pregunta/Comentario:

"Sé que, para mi hijo de la escuela intermedia, los niños que estarán en su grupo van a determinar si regresa o no para mantener su salud social/emocional lo mejor posible".

Usted no sabrá qué estudiantes están en el grupo de su hijo antes de enviar su decisión de forma remota o en persona. Sin embargo, si usted tiene alguna necesidad seria con respecto a un amigo que lo apoye, no dude en comunicarse conmigo y con el consejero de la escuela y haremos todo lo posible para satisfacer tales solicitudes. También me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para compartir cómo planeamos abordar las necesidades socioemocionales de nuestros estudiantes. Todos los días, su hijo tendrá un Asesoramiento de 35 minutos de 7:05 a 7:40 am. Este período de tiempo permitirá una entrada lenta y gradual al edificio, así como tiempo para ocuparse de las tareas domésticas, tales como la asistencia y el recuento diario de almuerzos. Este es también un tiempo que estamos dedicando al aprendizaje socioemocional (SEL). SEL será diseñado, implementado y enseñado por nuestro equipo de salud mental, formado por nuestros consejeros escolares, psicólogo escolar y un maestro que fue contratado para enseñar parte de nuestro programa SEL. Somos conscientes del hecho de que parte de nuestro programa académico debe incluir un plan bien diseñado para las necesidades socioemocionales de nuestros estudiantes durante la pandemia.

 

Pregunta/Comentario: "¿Los estudiantes de 5to Grado podrán visitar los edificios antes del primer día de clases?"

Estamos trabajando en una orientación virtual y sabemos que es importante para nuestros estudiantes de 5to grado tener su propio tiempo en el edificio antes de que entren otros estudiantes.

 

Pregunta/Comentario: "¿Las listas de útiles escolares están actualizadas para este año escolar?"

Sí, las listas se publican en nuestra página web por nivel de grado, así como también un área especial para los maestros de áreas. Hemos minimizado las listas de suministros para que los niños no tengan que llevar mochilas pesadas de ida y vuelta a la escuela.

 

Pregunta/Comentario: “En la escuela intermedia, ¿cuántos maestros, en promedio, ingresarán al salón de clases diariamente?”

Aproximadamente: 8

 

 

Pregunta/Comentario: “¿Sabe si la escuela intermedia todavía tendrá 9 períodos por día? Por ejemplo, ¿rotará un profesor de salón a salón 9 veces al día? "

No, hemos cambiado a un horario en bloque. Ellos tienen el programa académico completo (ELA, SS, Ciencias, Matemáticas, Agricultura, Arte, Educación Física, Música, Apreciación Musical, Idiomas del Mundo, Clases Avanzadas, etc.). Los estudiantes tendrán 4 clases de áreas especiales cada dos días durante 35 minutos. Ellos tendrán sus clases principales durante 35 minutos cada dos días y 70 minutos cada dos días.

 

Pregunta/Comentario: "¿Los estudiantes pasarán a otros grupos o equipos?"

Los estudiantes se cruzarán con el otro grupo de su equipo durante el recreo y, a veces, durante ciertas clases (el Idioma Mundial es un ejemplo). 

Pregunta/Comentario: "¿Cuál es la hora de apertura y finalización del día de la escuela intermedia?"

Los estudiantes pueden comenzar a llegar a las 7:05am y los estudiantes comenzarán a salir a la 1:30pm. 

 

Pregunta/Comentario: “¿Se les pedirá a los estudiantes remotos que vayan a la escuela para laboratorios u otros proyectos o por cualquier otra razón? ¿O tendrán oportunidades de participar en actividades grupales de manera segura para ellos? "

No.  No se les pedirá a los estudiantes remotos que vengan a la escuela. Ellos pueden conectarse virtualmente con otros estudiantes. 

 

Pregunta/Comentario: “¿Puede la Srta. Gleason explicar por qué los estudiantes en grupos tendrían que mezclarse con los estudiantes del equipo? Pensamos que el propósito del grupo era reducir las interacciones entre compañeros”

Sí, es para reducir las interacciones entre compañeros. Los estudiantes nunca abandonan su grupo. Para Idiomas del Mundo y recreo, ellos interactuarán con el otro grupo de su equipo. 

                                                    

Pregunta/Comentario: “¿Cada estudiante tendrá sus propios pinceles, tijeras, etc. para la clase de arte o se desinfectarán los artículos entre cada clase?”

Los estudiantes tendrán sus propios útiles para cada clase. Tendremos un protocolo de desinfección para los libros compartidos de la biblioteca, manipulativos matemáticos y/o útiles de ciencia/laboratorio.

Pregunta/Comentario: "Si la escuela se vuelve remota, ¿los estudiantes permanecerán alejados de su maestro de aula o se mezclarán?"

Si. Ellos tendrán su Asesor que los guiará a través del programa remoto, si la escuela se vuelve remota. 

Pregunta/Comentario: "¿Habrá banda y coro?"

Tendremos una clase de música en todos los grados. Los grados 5 y 6 también tendrán Apreciación Musical. La clase de Música será impartida por nuestros maestros de Banda e incorporará tanto el estudio de música como la instrucción de música instrumental. La mayor parte de la instrucción de música instrumental se llevará a cabo a través de una plataforma virtual llamada Music First. Sin embargo, cuando sea posible, puede haber oportunidades para que su hijo toque su instrumento al aire libre. El curso de Apreciación Musical será impartido por nuestro maestro de coro. Este curso será una combinación de estudio de música y, a veces (al aire libre), incorporará instrucción coral. Una vez más, sin embargo, la mayor parte de la instrucción coral se llevará a cabo virtualmente utilizando el software Music First.

 

Pregunta/Comentario: "Para el 5to y 6to grado, ¿hay un maestro para todas las materias, para el remoto y en la escuela?"

No. Seguimos estando departamentalizados y los estudiantes tendrán diferentes maestros en las diferentes áreas de contenido. 

Pregunta/Comentario: "¿El descanso de la mascarilla solo serán al aire libre?"

No, pero nuestro objetivo es sacarlos al aire libre con la mayor frecuencia posible. En su mayor parte, será al aire libre.

Pregunta/Comentario: "¿Habrá varias entradas?"

Si. Cada grado entrará por una puerta diferente, y esta será la misma para la salida.

Pregunta/Comentario: "Si eliges la opción completamente remota en el nivel de la escuela intermedia, ¿un maestro de la Escuela Intermedia de Pawling les enseñará a los estudiantes?"

Si.  Si bien estos planes evolucionan continuamente, nosotros hemos podido asegurar maestros de Pawling para nuestros estudiantes remotos. 

Question/Comment: “If you choose the fully remote option at the middle school level, will the students be taught by a Pawling Middle School teacher?”

Yes.  While these plans are continuously evolving, we have been able to secure Pawling teachers for our remote students. 

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