Contact Info

  • Mrs. Helen Callan, Principal
  • Mr. John Bellucci, Dean of Students & Athletic Director
  • High School Main Office: 845-855-4620
  • Fax: 845-855-2029
  • School day begins: 7:45 a.m.
  • School dismissal: 2:28 p.m.


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    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 Monday, March 26th and Tuesday, March 27th will be days when school will be in session for grades K-12.  Additional emergency school closings will result in school being scheduled on Wednesday, March 28th and Thursday, March 29th 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.

    Please note that additional school closings will result in the need to add days of instruction (Wednesday, March 28th; Thursday, March 29th) to the school calendar.



    William M. Ward

    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, el Lunes, 26 de Marzo y el Martes, 27 de Marzo, serán días en que la escuela estará en sesión para los grados K-12.  El cierre adicional de escuelas debido a emergencias dará como resultado que la escuela este en sesión el Miércoles 28 de Marzo y el Jueves 29 de Marzo 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.

    Por favor tenga en cuenta que el cierre adicional de las de escuelas  dará como resultado la necesidad de agregar días de instrucción (Miércoles, 28 de Marzo y Jueves 29 de Marzo) al calendario escolar.



    William M. Ward, Ed.D.

    Superintendente de Escuelas


    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.
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  • Musical: Anything Goes

    The Pawling High School Thespians present
    Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
    Original Book by Guy Bolton, PG Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
    New Book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman
    March 16 & 17 at 7:30
    March 18 at 2pm
    Gen Admission $12   Seniors and Students $10
    Directed and Produced by Stacy Dumont
    Musical Direction by Brian Zamek
    Vocal Direction by Hannah Geiling
    Choreographed by Gillian Rinaldo
    Technical Direction by Greg Chadwick
    Art Direction by Phyllis Chadwick
    Stage Managed by Tessa Barry and Cailey Olaya
    "Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl– no musical puts it on stage better than ANYTHING GOES! A hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores, ANYTHING GOES is Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely." ~TAMS-WITMARK
    Featuring: Emma Martin, Jacob Voudren, Molly Wolff, Gianna- Marie Torres, Jared Hollander, Kayla Nappi, Cara Leahy, Jacob Berger, Elizabeth Barrick, Jhoselyn Casteneda, Martha Topolnitski, Lauren Tocci, Dustine Izzo, Lauren Maiolo, Emily Barrett, Nylah Torres, Anna Seitz, Grace Green, Daniella Riggio, Samantha Saunders, Megan Justiniano, Ryan Resnick, Sean Schmidt, Cary Keesler, Callie Grande, Olivia Santiago, Karla Mendez, Emma Leahy, Joey Mignone, Magnolia Garbarino.
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  • A Letter from Dr. Ward Regarding Potential 3/14 Student Walkouts


    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    You may be aware that there have been calls for a National School Walkout Day on March 14th at 10:00 a.m. for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 students and staff members who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Given the potential that some of our students may decide to participate in this Walkout Day, I want to inform you of how we plan to balance the many factors involved.

    The teachers at Pawling Elementary School will, as always, be prepared to discuss any student’s questions or concerns in an age-appropriate manner.  The teachers’ focus will be to provide reassurance as necessary with a return to the expected routines of the instructional program.

    Pawling Middle School will recognize a moment of silence at 10:00 a.m. in memory of the victims in Parkland, Florida.  The teachers will be prepared to discuss questions or concerns that may be initiated by the students.  Middle school teachers continue to stress the importance of caring for everyone within the school community, including the need to talk with trusted adults (e.g. parents, teachers, school social worker, counselors, school staff, coaches, etc.) if they believe someone is in need of support.  In doing so, teachers emphasize the message of the recent Sandy Hook Promise assembly for grades 5-7, “Start with Hello.”  Students will not be allowed to leave the school at any unauthorized time unless they have been signed out and are under the supervision of a parent or approved designee.

    Pawling High School teachers will be prepared to discuss questions or concerns which are student initiated.  A moment of silence in memory of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas victims will be held during the morning announcements on March 14th.   High school faculty members continue to reinforce the message of this fall’s Sandy Hook Promise assembly, “See Something, Say Something,” and to encourage students to speak with a trusted adult about concerns (e.g. counselors, school social worker, teachers, parents, coaches, school staff, etc.). 

    In the event high school students elect to walk out of the school building to honor the memory of the Parkland victims and/or participate in a protest, they will be directed to a designated area of the high school campus.  High school staff will monitor and supervise students, and law enforcement will be on campus to assist.  Students will be expected to return to the building after approximately 17 minutes.  Teachers assigned to classroom instruction will remain at their teaching location, take attendance, and continue with their regular instructional responsibilities.

    Students who elect to leave the building will be contacted by the high school administration after attendance records have been submitted by teachers.  Leaving the high school and/or missing an assigned class is a violation of the student Code of Conduct and consequences range from a warning to an after-school detention.  Our Code of Conduct, like most schools, is intended to be progressive in nature for less serious violations (i.e. consequences for first violations tend to be lighter than those for repeated infractions).  Any students who fail to re-enter the high school, engage in disruptive activity, or leave the high school campus, will face more severe disciplinary measures based on the Code of Conduct.

    The most 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.  I want to reassure you that the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we continue to explore methods and materials that will improve upon the many steps we have already taken to create a safe school environment.  Your ongoing support and positive modeling for our students is appreciated.



    William M. Ward, Ed.D.

    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.



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  • Commended Students National Merit Scholarship Program


    1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200, Evanston, Illinois 60201 -4897  (847) 866-5100

     September 2017

     For immediate release by the school



    The principal, Helen Callan, of Pawling High School announced today that

    Abigail Reid and Elizabeth Barrick have been named  -  Commended Student in the 2018 National

    Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

    About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

    ''The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC.   ''These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments , as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

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High School Events

  • BOE Meeting, 7:30pm

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  • PTA Scholastic Book Fair—PES

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  • Incoming 9th grade parent orientation in Cafeteria

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  • 8th Grade Washington Trip 3/21 ‐ 3/23/18

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  • PTA Meeting‐7:00pm

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Criteria for Honor Societies

The Pawling High School has four Honor Societies.  Please click on the name below to see a description and the criteria.

  • Spanish Honor Society - Advisor Mrs. Wiliams
  • French Honor Society - Advisor Mrs. Spinelli
  • National Honor Society - Advisor Mrs. Lisa Horn
  • Math Honor Society - Advisor Mrs. Nicole Johnson
  • Science Honor Society - Advisor Mrs. Verhagen

Details on the criteria:

School Counseling Office

 Pamela Hildenbrand                          Lisa Casale-Seaman   

Class of 2018 K-Z                                   Class of 2018 A-J     

Class of 2019 M-Z                                  Class of 2019 A-L

Class of 2020 I-Z                                    Class of 2020 A-H

Class of 2021 N-Z                                  Class of 2021 A-M

Deborah Gallagher, Guidance Aide  -