New Paltz Schools
Courtyard Gardens at New Paltz High School provide  a "green classroom" for learning

Courtyard Gardens at New Paltz High School provide a “green classroom” for learning

Part sanctuary and part outdoor lab, the Courtyard Gardens at New Paltz High School are made up of 15 themed gardens connected within the larger space, each a vignette of self-contained beauty and each with its own focus. The medicinal garden has healing plants, and the culinary garden edible herbs. The butterfly garden and bird...
New Paltz High School now has two gender-neutral bathrooms available for student use

New Paltz High School now has two gender-neutral bathrooms available for student use

New Paltz High School now has two gender-neutral bathrooms available for student use. It was a non-controversial decision that was intended to be put into place as an administrative action, but due to an oversight it was not addressed until high school student Aryn Wesdorp collected signatures on a petition and presented them at a...
Highland and New Paltz schools to celebrate commencement and moving up

Highland and New Paltz schools to celebrate commencement and moving up

It’s that time of year again for students; bittersweet endings and exciting new beginnings. Highland and New Paltz schools will celebrate commencement for graduating seniors next week, with eighth graders in both districts participating in moving-up ceremonies.   New Paltz High School graduation Students at New Paltz High School will claim their diplomas on Friday,...
New Paltz teachers paint Main Street red as a sign of frustration over lack of contract

New Paltz teachers paint Main Street red as a sign of frustration over lack of contract

Unionized school teachers in the New Paltz district were joined by congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout as they ramped up their efforts to reach a contract agreement with a public march along Main Street in late afternoon on May 18. A stream of teachers and supporters in bright red T-shirts marched along the sidewalks from the...
New Paltz Amphitheater Project at Lenape Elementary School

New Paltz Amphitheater Project at Lenape Elementary School

“There’s such an emphasis on the arts in our community, but we don’t have a performing space for children — or adults — that can seat a large number of people,” says Jenn Voorhis, president of the Duzine/Lenape PTA. “Our athletic teams are well taken care of, but we don’t have a place where our...
New Paltz voters pass school budget and bus proposition

New Paltz voters pass school budget and bus proposition

New Paltz Central School District voters supported the proposed $57 million budget for the 2016-17 school year with 1,148 casting a ballot in favor and 327 opposed in Tuesday’s election. Voters also approved passage of a $480,000 bus proposition to purchase four large buses and one car for the district. The bus proposition passed with...
New Paltz Board of Education rejects field tests

New Paltz Board of Education rejects field tests

At their recent regular meeting on Wednesday, May 4, the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education passed a resolution by a vote of 7-0 to not administer the grade seven ELA field tests and to direct schools Superintendent Maria Rice to return the field testing materials to the New York State Education Department...
New Paltz Mock Trial Team wins countywide championship

New Paltz Mock Trial Team wins countywide championship

The prosecution says exigent circumstances in the drug bust justified a warrantless search. The presence of nearby children in possible danger and a forecast of rain that could dissolve drug evidence tossed outdoors created a situation that necessitated quick action by the police. The defense team, however, says, ‘What emergency?’ The kids were in no...
Candidates file petitions for New Paltz School Board election

Candidates file petitions for New Paltz School Board election

With New Paltz Central School District Board of Education trustees Dominick Profaci and Julie Tresco choosing not to run again to retain their seats on the board when their terms expire June 30, New Paltz voters on May 17 will be asked to approve two new candidates on the ballot: Sophia Skiles and Matthew Williams....
New Paltz High School Drama Club performs Fiddler on the Roof March 17-19

New Paltz High School Drama Club performs Fiddler on the Roof March 17-19

The way licensing rights to stage plays work, a community theater — even a school — is not usually permitted to put on a production of a show while it’s running on the Great White Way, if it’s located within a certain geographical radius. But the Drama Club at New Paltz High School (NPHS) got...
New Paltz Middle School Drama Club stages “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

New Paltz Middle School Drama Club stages “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

The New Paltz Middle School Drama Club is staging The Little Mermaid, Jr. this year, an adaptation for young performers of the 1989 Disney movie and 2007 Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid. There will be two evening performances, on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and two afternoon matinees on Saturday...
New Paltz High School senior signs Letter of Intent for football

New Paltz High School senior signs Letter of Intent for football

New Paltz High School (NPHS) football kicker Aidan O’Neill signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and football career at Ohio University, a Division I college in Athens, Ohio. O’Neill, a senior at NPHS, put pen to paper on Wednesday, February 3 and made it official as his family and one of...