New Paltz Schools
Four vie for New Paltz school board seats

Four vie for New Paltz school board seats

This May’s school board election in New Paltz will be a four-way race for two open seats. Seated incumbents Stephen Bagley and Patrick Rausch are running for re-election. But facing them are former board member Steve Greenfield and new challenger Aimee Hemminger. Candidates will appear on the ballot along with the $53.9 million budget and...
Parents, students protest Common Core with exam opt-outs

Parents, students protest Common Core with exam opt-outs

Last week, students and parents in New Paltz and Highland protested what they see as excessive standardized testing under the Common Core standards by refusing to take state reading exams. According to New Paltz Superintendent Maria Rice, on April 1 — the first day of testing — 19.8 percent of students at Lenape Elementary School...
Math error nearly derails New Paltz school renovations

Math error nearly derails New Paltz school renovations

A mathematical error nearly sidelined New Paltz Central School District’s proposed $52 million capital project before it got to voters’ ballots in May. It also exposed a rift on the Board of Education, which voted 4-3 to proceed with putting the renovations to a vote on May 20 — instead of delaying the vote until...
New Paltz High School stages Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella next week

New Paltz High School stages Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella next week

The Drama Club’s spring musical is a New Paltz High School tradition that never fails to pack the Otto Grassel Auditorium on South Putt Corners Road, and the production slated for April 3 through 5 should be no exception. It marks a return to one of the classics of mid-20th-century musical comedy repertoire: Cinderella, the...
Run, girls, run

Run, girls, run

For girls from the third to the eighth grade, life is becoming more complicated. These kids are growing up and moving into those insecure teenage years. For Amy Frisch, a social worker who deals a lot with adolescent girls, those challenges are at the forefront of her mind. They’re also why she’s starting a local...
Lenape students celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with rally

Lenape students celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with rally

For kids at Lenape Elementary School, the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was cause to think deeply about injustice, bullying and race relations. During an assembly at the school’s gym last Friday, kids delivered presentations about King, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson. But they also heard from County Executive Michael Hein, who spoke...
New Paltz High School announces its first-quarter honors

New Paltz High School announces its first-quarter honors

Principal’s List, Grade 12 Sophie Madeline Andrews, Benjamin Apuzzo, Reminy Bacon, Marygrace Bauer-Gluckmann, Michael Benenati, Amy Bishop, Anthony Bonilla, Marissa Bravo, Kayla Brill, Kole Ethan Brownstein, Athalie Brutus, Honour Butler, Natasha Bynum, Hudson Carroll, Madison Carroll, Verenice Castellanos, Deja Clement, Elizabeth M Corey, Jayne Cosh, Morgan DeSimone, Angelica Dickerson, Brynn Eckert, Kyle Eckert, Miranda Fariello,...
Lenape students participate in world record event

Lenape students participate in world record event

Guinness World Records Day for physical education students at Lenape Elementary School took place on Thursday, Nov. 14. For the second year in a row, students participated in sport stacking, which involved stacking plastic cups in different formations for at least 30 minutes. Sport stacking helps with concentration, left and right directionality and bilateral coordination...
Student testing will be rolled back in New Paltz

Student testing will be rolled back in New Paltz

Testing under the new Common Core federal education standards hasn’t thrilled New Paltz parents. It turns out that it also hasn’t thrilled Superintendent Maria Rice either. “What did the Common Core learning standards and implementation, and the Student Learning Objectives, and the Annual Professional Performance Review look like to our students, our parents and our...
NPHS Drama Club stages “The Curious Savage”

NPHS Drama Club stages “The Curious Savage”

The New Paltz High School Drama Club is set to tackle The Curious Savage, a comedy written by John Patrick, this coming weekend. According to veteran Drama Club director Nancy Owen, she knew that her theater enthusiasts were eager for a comedy to perform this fall. “The difficulty with comedies is that they often have...
Local high schools welcome freshmen, transfer students

Local high schools welcome freshmen, transfer students

Freshmen and transfer students were welcomed into the fold last week at New Paltz and Highland high schools. Both the Huskies and the Huguenots held orientation sessions to help the newbies get adjusted to their new environs. Parents in New Paltz gathered in the high school auditorium with their high schoolers for a special presentation...
School district administrative offices are now at the Lenape School

School district administrative offices are now at the Lenape School

After six years and at least one failed attempt to move, the New Paltz school district has left its location on Henry W. Dubois Road for good. Staffers and equipment have made the move to the new location at Lenape Elementary School, although not everything is unpacked. Schools Superintendent Maria Rice seemed please with the...