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2010-2011 District GOALS


The Pocantico Hills School staff believes that each student is a complex and unique person.  We are committed to helping our children realize their complete personal potential – academic, creative, physical and emotional.  We will ask the students to stretch themselves and help them to discover the rewards of working hard.

We will treat the students with respect and understanding and encourage them to be caring and contributing members of society, students who are thoughtful, honest, fair, kind and self-disciplined.


The Pocantico Hills Central School District aspires to become the pride of the community where all students are empowered to excel to the highest academic standards guided by highly qualified professionals and dedicated citizens.

January 7, 2011

The Greek philosopher Aristotle expressed his belief in the achievement of goals with the following words:  “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective.  Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods.  Third, adjust all your means to that end.”  Those words stated by Aristotle over 2,300 years ago seem as if they were intended precisely for the Pocantico Hills Central School District in the current day.

I am pleased to report that at its meeting on January 4, 2011 the Board of Education adopted the goals for the 2010-2011 academic year.  The goals of the district are the guide posts for the many action steps that will be undertaken this year by the district’s administration, teaching staff and Board of Education, all for the benefit of our students.  As you read through the 2010-2011 goals below you will find that in the spirit of Aristotle’s words they are definitive and emphasize clear, practical ideals.  The Board of Education also recognizes its fiscal responsibility and is committed to working with the district’s administration to effectively channel the resources of the district to accomplish these goals.

The Board of Education thanks Dr. Douglas for her insight and guidance throughout the goal development process.  Her comments and suggestions were invaluable in assisting the Board in reaching the point of goal adoption.

John Conrad
Board of Education President




Pocantico Hills’ instructional program will become the standard for academic excellence for Pre-Kindergarten – 8th grade education.  We will coordinate the curricula of the District’s academic programs across the grades and improve instruction throughout the District in order to challenge and encourage our students to act, think, write and speak creatively and critically so that each student is fully prepared to excel academically, emotionally, socially and physically in any high school, public or private,.

To manage, streamline, and improve the financial processes of the District and to (a) meet the needs of students, staff, parents, and the community; (b) communicate the fiscal position of the District in a simple and concise manner, facilitating open and transparent discussions regarding the District’s goals and needs; and (c) ensure the continued maintenance and modernization of the District’s facilities.

To use 21st century communication tools to communicate with all constituencies to be as transparent as possible about the business of the District, so that each group will be fully informed and encouraged to help meet the District’s goals and needs.

To improve and streamline all of the District’s organizational systems and structures to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the District in meeting the District’s goals and the needs of the students, staff, parents and the community.



School Goals Framework 2009-2010


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