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  • See Video of Carmel Schools' New Reading Program, CKLA

    The Carmel Central School District implemented a new reading program districtwide in the 2023-2024 school year. Watch this video to hear what students and teachers have to say about the Core Knowledge Language Arts, or CKLA, reading program. 

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  • Equity Club Creates a Display for Black History Month

    If you walk anywhere in Carmel High School, you cannot miss the TV-sized digital display screens that showcase school information and announcements. Throughout Black History Month in February the screens displayed stories about historical figures who may not be household names. 

    The school’s Equity Club put together the Black History Month display so that students around the building could read the stories of six remarkable people. 

    “We wanted to represent not just black activists, but those who are underrepresented,” said Lila Perez, a senior. “We hear about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, but there are a lot of others we don’t hear about.”  

    Lila researched and wrote about Phillis Wheatley Peters who is considered the first African American to have published a book of poetry.  

    “I like literature and poetry and I thought it would be good to find out more about her,” Lila said.  

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  • Women in Sports Day

    More than three dozen female athletes from Carmel High School visited the district’s three elementary schools on National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 7 to show the youngsters the value of sports.  

    Marina Cilento, a senior who is on the bowling team, opened the event by reading a statement to first graders in the gym at Kent Primary School. 

    “Each year since its inception in 1987, the U.S. Congress recognizes women’s contributions to sports and society on a day during the first week of February,” Marina said.  

    When the statement was over, the games began. 

    The first graders from Daina Sinclair and Corinne Phillips classes rushed to have the athletes guide them through the gymnastics course that was set up in the gym. 

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  • LOHUD Visits CHS Technology Department


    Photojournalist Frank Becerra Jr. of The Journal News and came to Carmel High School's technology department, talked to students in the automotive repair classes and took photos of them repairing the brakes on an old Subaru. 

    You can see the whole story and so many great photos on the site, but you may need a subscription. 

    Here is some of what Lohud reported: 
    "From building coyote silhouettes to keep geese off the athletic fields, to repairing small engines and minor car repairs, to building metal shelves. and even turning an old piano into a planter, students in Carmel High School's technology department learn real-world skills in woodshop, automotive, engineering, welding, and video production classes."

    “In addition to teaching these kids a hands on trade we are also saving the taxpayers of the Carmel School District money by repairing and maintaining equipment throughout the school," said Robert Leonard Jr. Chairman of the Technology Education Department at Carmel High School."

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  • A Special Poetry Event

    To celebrate Robert Burns Night, Carmel High School Music, English and Special Education teachers teamed up to have students in the P.A.C.E. (or Personal, Academic and Community Experience) program sing songs and write their own poems in honor of the Scottish poet.  

    “Reading poetry teaches public speaking skills,” said music teacher Bryan Lynch, who wore a kilt for the event. “Students learn to articulate, to modulate their breath, to look the audience in the eye. These are good skills.” 

    The students in Denise Trach’s AP Literature class helped the P.A.C.E. students write poems using a Mad Libs style fill-in-the-blank sheet that Trach designed. Later, the P.A.C.E. students read their poems with assistance from the AP students. 

    “Today I feel like a STAR HERO,” read Josh. “Sometimes I feel like a SUPERHERO. Other times I am a HUMAN. But I am always A GOOD GUY.”  

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  • Research Science Students Invited to Symposium

    Six Carmel High School science research students were selected to present at the Eastern Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Eastern JSHS is a sub-regional symposium to the statewide Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, one the most prestigious forums for young scientists in the country. 

    Read about their work and see photos

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  • One Word Project

    As an English teacher, Mallory Gray knows the importance of choosing the right word.  

     A member of the district’s Equity Committee, Gray helped her seventh-grade students think about the impact of words as part of the school district’s One Word Project. Then she guided the students as they turned their words into works of art.  

    The same process played out in each of Carmel Central School District’s five schools, where impactful words line the hallways.   

    "We did it during homeroom," said Gray, who teaches English at both George Fischer Middle School and Carmel High School. "The students thought it was cool. Our hope is that their one word is what they will turn to and keep in mind when they face hard times."  

    The Carmel Central School District Equity Committee’s goals for the 2023-24 school year included creating an affirming environment for our students, said committee member Michele Love, who teaches third grade at Matthew Paterson Elementary School. 

    The committee decided on the One Word Project, in which students choose one word to serve as inspiration for the year ahead. Students turned their One Word into a piece of art. Now the artwork is displayed in the hallways at every school and the words inspire students in every grade. 


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  • Counseling Dept. Helps Soothe College Anxiety

    Applying to college is difficult enough, Grace Fischer, a senior at Carmel High School, said. She did not need the added pressure of sending standardized test scores as part of her application.   

    “All of the schools I applied to are test-optional,” said Grace, who applied to seven colleges and hopes to study marine biology. “That lessens the stress and helps you focus on your capabilities. An exam does not reflect who I am.”  

    The Counseling Department at Carmel High School knows all about college anxiety, Heather Jaffe, Counseling Department Chair, said. The department’s Counselors are skilled at helping students navigate the college application process.   

    “Usually, the students are overwhelmed,” Ms. Jaffe said. “We help them to de-stress, compartmentalize and take it one step at a time.”  

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  • Mock Presidential Debates Draw a Crowd

    With the Democrats dressed in blue and the Republicans wearing red, the students in the AP Government classes’ mock Presidential Debates got every detail of the two political parties correct – including the heated arguments over policy positions.  

    “Immigration is a defining aspect of the American character,” Aubrey Dall, the mock Democratic candidate for president, said. “Immigration is not a problem to be solved. Throughout our history we have welcomed immigrants.” 

    Ava Florez, the mock Republican candidate, begged to differ.  

    “We have a housing shortage, and the influx of immigrants complicates that even more,” Ava argued. “Our immigration system is flawed.” 

    David Zupan and Kerry Hackert’s AP Government classes each held a debate this month in front of a packed audience at Carmel High School’s Casey Hall.  

    Not shying away from difficult subjects, the candidates debated everything from the tax system and abortion to climate change and transgender rights. Aubrey and Ava were the candidates in Ms. Hackert’s class. Eric Juhanak and Evan Mole squared off on the debate stage for Mr. Zupan’s class. Each presented well thought out arguments that were developed by teams of students. The entire debate was student run. The topics and questions were created by the moderators in each class.  

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  • Schools Host Senior Citizens for Thanksgiving Luncheon

    Senior citizens throughout the Carmel Central School District community were treated to an early Thanksgiving Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at schools across the district.

    “Our community really wraps their arms around our seniors,” said Alice Holzmann, the family and consumer science teacher at George Fischer Middle School. “In each of our schools the students serve the seniors, make crafts for them, sing and entertain them and just spend time talking with the seniors. It is a real treat for our seniors and for our students.”

    The Carmel Teachers Association sponsored the luncheon. Holzmann, who has organized the Thanksgiving Luncheon for 39 years, said the Putnam County Office of the Aging helped coordinate the event, and that the hard work of the schools’ cafeteria staff made the feast a huge success.

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  • CHS Junior Prom Tickets for Sale

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  • CHS Parent Assoc. Mtg., CHS Library, 7pm-8pm

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  • Early Dismissal (Elementary Only)

    Half-day Professional Development

    Elementary Schools will dismiss at noon.

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  • Early Dismissal (Elementary Only)

    Half-day Professional Development

    Elementary Schools will dismiss at noon.

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  • CHS 3rd Qtr. Midpoint

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