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Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School

Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School

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  Middle school is a very special time in a child's development. During this time, rapid intellectual, emotional, and physical changes occur and leave a child seeking to gain greater independence. Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School is structured to recognize the developmental needs of students at different grade levels: Fifth grade students have one teacher for all of their academic classes; sixth grade academic classes are taught by two teachers - one for math and science and one for humanities; seventh and eighth grade students are taught by a team consisting of teachers specializing in math, science, English, and social studies. Because the school

is small, teachers and students know each other, and the result is a caring, supportive family atmosphere. Teachers at each grade level meet daily as a team to plan curriculum and share student progress. Reading specialists, special educators, guidance counselors, and other support staff are also available to work along with the teams to provide added student assistance. In some classrooms, the special education teacher  works with the regular education teacher to provide a very strong support system to better assure student success. Individual student needs are also met through differentiated instruction. 

In addition to the usual academic courses, PVC students have the opportunity to take Spanish or French beginning in fifth grade.  Eighth grade students are enrolled in the Living Environment course and may take Integrated Algebra. Upon successful completion of these courses, students receive one high school

credit. Students in grades five through eight also have an opportunity to participate in art, general music, chorus, band, strings, physical education, home and career skills, communications and the media class, and health. Together, these courses provide students with a challenging interdisciplinary program. Developed by the school's Planning Council (a group comprised of administrators, teachers, parents, students, and a board of education representative), a special recognition program — ACE (Academic, Citizenship, and Effort) acknowledges students in grades 6 – 8 for their achievements in these areas. Students who meet requirements in all three categories receive a certificate of award on a quarterly basis. Technology is an important instructional/learning tool at PVC. Students use computers for accessing the Internet, word processing, programming, desktop publishing, web page design, academic support, podcasting, and blogging. Such use of technology greatly enhances student learning. In addition, the communications and the media class teaches students to become both savvy and responsible media users. A wide variety of extracurricular activities are available to students. They can choose to be part of the Yearbook Club, Jazz Band, Drama Club, Spring Musical, Destination ImagiNation, Literary Magazine, School Newspaper, Social Action Club, and International Club. In seventh and eighth grade, students can choose to participate on modified sports teams. An intramural program is provided for younger students. An after-school program is also available and offers other unique programs for a fee. Parents and community members are integral to the school's success. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child's education. Ongoing communication with their child's teachers is important. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled in the fall and as-needed throughout the school year. Becoming an active member of the PTA is also a wonderful way to be involved.

Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School

3 Glen Place
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Created on 9/18/2009 - Last updated on 10/17/2014