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225 West Street
Warwick, NY 10990
(845) 987-3100



Cindy Leandro

Assistant Principal

Greg D'Ambrosio

Assistant Principal

Johnna Maraia


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ticket artwork for Willy Wonka WVMS Drama Club to present "Willy Wonka"

At the Theater at WVHS April 25 & 26

April 10, 2014 - Come see "Willy Wonka" at the Theater at Warwick Valley High School! Performances will be Fri., April 25, at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., April 26, at 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Come and see our World of PURE IMAGINATION! To order tickets, please call 987-3100, ext. 22364.


WVMS science teacher, Tracey WatersMS science teacher Tracey Waters named
a New York State Master Teacher

April 14, 2014 - NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the selection of 215 educators from all ten regions of the state to expand the first cohort of New York State Master Teachers in STEM areas. Included in the list is WVMS science teacher Tracey Waters. Said Governor Cuomo, "The Master Teacher Program creates a community of teacher experts dedicated to providing a first-rate learning experience for students across New York, and contributes to our efforts to attract and retain the best and the brightest in our STEM classrooms." More


WVMS Students of the Month

2014 - Each month at Warwick Valley Middle School, a teacher or school administrator nominates a student or students for "Student of the Month."
Click here to see the Students of the Month.


WVMS parent help needed with prep for 8th Grade Formal, to be held on June 13

April 14, 2014 - More parent volunteers are needed for the Middle School 8th Grade Formal, to be held on June 13, from 7-10 p.m. Assistance is needed with setup on June 13, the day of the event, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (school ½ day). We also need volunteers to help during the week of June 13, after school or at night, transporting decorations to the MS. We need some strong men and pick up trucks, too! If you can help, please email Eileen Shea. Click here for letter to parents of 8th graders (pdf).

middle school students with Mr. RonzoniWVMS students win
The Weather Channel’s
2014 Fantasy Snowfall League Championship!

April, 2014 – The results are in, and Mr. Mesic and Mr. Ronzoni’s team of students from Warwick Valley Middle School are the winners of The Weather Channel’s 2014 Fantasy Snowfall League. This is the middle school’s second year of participation in the league where teams submit a lineup of cities they believe will get the most snowfall during each week of the winter season. The team with the highest cumulative score at the end of March wins the league. Warwick was announced as the championship team on air during a recent Weather Channel broadcast. Congratulations! Click here to see the video.


photo of high school students playing musical instrumentsWarwick Valley Central School District recognized as one of 2014's "Best Communities for Music Education"

 April, 2014 - The NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants), has recognized the Warwick Valley Central School District as one of the nation's top communities for support of music education. More


National Poetry Month for Teens - AWPL holds elemental poetry contest for students ages 12-18

In recognition of National Poetry Month for Teens, the Albert Wisner Public Library is holding an Elemental Poetry Contest for students ages 12-18. Entries may be of any form of poetry, but should reflect this year's theme, "Elements," in some way. All entrants will receive a small prize for their participation. The winner will be announced in May and receive a prize bag of gifts befitting a writer, their poem published in the Library's Teen e-Newsletter and be featured in a window display at The Olde Warwick Book Shoppe on Main St. All submissions are due by April 26 at the Library's Help Desk or via email. Speak with someone at the Help Desk or see flyer for details. Click here for flyer (pdf).


WVMS "Y2K" Career Exploration Program 2014"Y2Kids Careers from A to Z" day for WVMS 8th graders held at
Stewart Airport

March 31, 2014 - A hands-on and interactive Career Exploration Day was held for all 8th graders on March 18. The "Y2Kids Careers from A to Z," organized by O-U BOCES, was held at the U.S. Army 2nd Aviation Dept. at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. PTA volunteers and Home and Careers teachers were involved in the planning of the trip. Students enjoyed speaking with representatives of many careers and watching demonstrations. The Y2Kids event provided our students with an opportunity to learn about different careers that can influence good decision-making as they progress toward life after high school.
View photo gallery


Warwick student and teachers pictured with Congressman Sean Patrick MaloneyWVMS student, Warwick teachers attend first Hudson Valley Bullying Prevention Summit

March 24, 2014 - Warwick Valley Middle School student Daniel Bilezikian and teacher Kevan Ottochian, along with high school teacher Ryan Candia, attended the first annual Hudson Valley Bullying Prevention Summit Sat., March 22, at Newburgh Free Academy. The Summit was hosted by Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. "The best way to create safe and supportive school environments," says Maloney, "is through a comprehensive partnership between national, state and local stakeholders as well as parents and schools." Pictured above are, from left to right: WVMS teacher Kevan Ottochian, Congressman Maloney, Daniel Bilezikian and WVHS teacher Ryan Candia. Read an article in the Times Herald Record about the Summit.


picture of students at the middle school libraryWith a little help from their
high school peers

March 21, 2014 - Recently, high school students volunteered their time to  help, inspire, mentor and tutor middle school students in preparing projects for the recent WVMS STEM Fair. With a little help from their older peers, the students' STEM projects extra successful.


Are you an engineer?

March 21, 2014 - As the Warwick Valley Central School District begins to expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, the district is interested in having engineers from all disciplines speak with students about careers in engineering. If you are an engineer in any discipline (aeronautical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, sound, etc.) and would like to share your career experience with students, please contact Nancy Scheinert or Chris Murphy-Colgan at Warwick Valley High School: email,, or call 845-987-3050, ext. 12616.


logo for Hudson Valley Writing ProjectYoung writers' summer enrichment programs

March 25, 2014 - The Hudson Valley Writing Project provides enrichment programs for student writers. If your child enjoys writing, consider the Young Writers' Programs at SUNY New Paltz (and local cultural and historical sites) this summer. Find out more.


Principal Leandro's March updates

March 10, 2014 - Find out what's coming up at the Middle School. Read Principal Leandro's March letter - click on "Principal's Corner" at the lower left of this page.


WVMS student receives Sojourner Truth Award 2014Middle School student receives
2014 Sojourner Truth award

March, 2014 - SUNY Orange celebrated the outstanding achievements of local students, including WVMS seventh-grader Edmund McCarthy, at the awards ceremony for the 24th Sojourner Truth awards on March 14. Edmund is shown with Ms. Danielle Diglio, the teacher who helped him with his project.  More


The Bookworms Book Club - new selection announced

Feb. 27, 2014 - If you like to read and have fun, please join Principal Leandro's Book club for the month of March. This month's selection is "The Breadwinner" by Deborah Ellis. The sign up sheet for the book club is in the office. This book club session is open to all grade levels - 5, 6, 7 and 8. As always, you MUST have parental permission to attend.

Click here for more details. (pdf)


Kid Speaks Week to feature NYS kids' ideas about educationCalling all students: speak up & be heard during "Kids Speak Week"

March 20, 2014 - Education is, and will always be, about students. Public education in New York State is being threatened, and while we hear a lot about what politicians, educators and parents have to say about it, there is one voice that is often missing — the kids. This April, students from around NYS will take over Ed Speaks and talk about why education is important to them. We’re looking for all different types of creative expression: poems, pictures, videos and essays, so get those brain juices flowing! Selected entries will run on the Education Speaks blog throughout the week of April 14. Click here for submission guidelines.


WVMS Foreign Language Week 2014MS foreign language week ends with “Taste of the World” event

March 13, 2014 - On March 3-7, the Middle School celebrated foreign language week. Students and staff took part in contests, enjoyed cultural games and music and celebrated with a MS PTA-sponsored event, “Taste of the World.” Guest immigrant speakers also shared their personal stories and presentations with students. See photo gallery


STEM fair logoMS STEM Fair held on March 27

The Middle School  STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Fair was held on March 27 in the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center, next to the MS. Middle School students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 participated. Read more


Warwick Valley High School 2014-15 Curriculum Handbook

View a PDF copy of the WVHS Curriculum Handbook here.

Download the 2014-15 WVHS Course Offering sheet (pdf)



WVHS students sort donated pajamas from pajama drive 2014District families support
"Give a Child a Cozy Night's Sleep" pajama drive for Inspire

March 13, 2014 - WVCSD students and their families participated in a pajama drive held by Inspire in Goshen, a not-for-profit charitable organization officially known as Orange County Cerebral Palsy Assoc., Inc. A collection box was located at each Warwick school and the District Office, and WVHS students helped sort donated pajamas for distribution. All pajamas collected will be distributed to children from various agencies and organizations across Orange County, including Inspire.


MS PTA - important updates and reminders

March 5, 2014 - Please click here for important MS PTA news and updates!

WVMS holds annual "Valentines for Veterans" 2014Middle School hosts annual
"Valentines for Vets"

Feb. 21, 2014 - Warwick Valley Middle School welcomed local veterans to their annual
“Valentines for Vets Breakfast” on February 21. Hosted by WVMS Students, the event drew close to fifty veterans, wives and widows of veterans. Click here or on photo to view a photo gallery of the event.


Max Von der HorstSoftware animation leader "Toon Boom" features Warwick middle school student in website article

Feb., 2014 - Eighth-grader Maxwell Von der Horst, a talented artist, musician and young animator, is getting noticed and recognized by some pretty impressive groups. Recently, Max was spotlighted in a fantastic article about him in Toon Boom! Check it out here.



students observing science experimentWarwick parent demonstrates hands-on scientific investigation in preparation for STEM fair

Feb., 2014 - Warwick parent Dory Kistner-Masefield spent some time at the middle school recently, demonstrating through easy experiments how to use the scientific method for projects in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Ms. Kistner-Masefield has a science background, and shared her expertise with students in preparation for the March 27 Middle School STEM Fair.


Dr. KeysSpecial visitor discusses life on
the Galapagos Islands

Feb. 11, 2014 - Seventh-graders in Life Science classes recently welcomed Dr. Gregory Keys who shared his 13-month research experience of living on the Galapagos Islands.




WFEL clothing drive binClothing donation bins at schools will help raise money for our district

Drop off a student & donated clothing at the same time!

Feb. 19, 2014 - The Warwick Foundation for Excellence in Learning (WFEL) is sponsoring a quick and easy way to raise funds for the district. Bring your unwanted and/or unwearable clothing, textile and shoes to any of our school buildings. More


teachers and studentsMiddle School students demonstrate 21st Century skills

Feb. 12, 2014 - Middle school 5th and 6th grade students recently spent time working together on math lessons. Mrs. Wendt brought her 6th graders to Mrs. Piascik's 5th graders' classroom to help with graphing on the coordinate plane. This really highlighted the 21st Century skills of collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving in math!


Did you miss the Eighth-grade Parent Night?

Feb. 7, 2014 - This video, produced by 8th Grade students, was shown at Eighth-grade Parent Night. The video gives parents insight as to what their student can expect when they move to the high school campus as freshmen. Click here to see video and click here to view the informational presentation (pdf).


Emily Ziegler and Lindy MullhauptCongratulations WVMS spelling bee participants

Emily Ziegler, Gr. 7, and Lindy Mullhaupt, Gr. 8, advance to Regional Finals

Feb. 4, 2014 – WVMS team spelling bee winners from 7th and 8th grade competed on Feb. 4 to qualify for the Regional Finals at BOCES in March. ‘Lawyer’ was the winning word for Emily Ziegler and ‘propulsion’ was the winning word for Lindy Mullhaupt. More


Middle School celebrates ROAR with fun staff volleyball game

Jan. 31, 2014 - WVMS students and staff celebrated the end of the second quarter with a fun ROAR event! Students earned this reward celebration by continuing to show:
R-respect, make O-outstanding choices, show A-acceptance and demonstrate R-responsibility! More


rosetta stone iconRosetta Stone foreign language enrichment
for Grades  5 & 6

After-school program brought to you by the PTA

Jan., 2014 - The Warwick Valley Middle School will offer Rosetta Stone for education to fifth- and sixth-graders beginning in February. Languages available are Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese. Read a letter to parents from Principal Leandro (pdf)

More about Rosetta Stone in the WVCSD (pdf)


Congratulations to WVMS Scholastic Art and Writing
award winners

Bird with FeathersJan. 27, 2014 - Congratulations to WVMS students who won the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Max Vondehorst won the American Vision Award for his "Trans-Morph-ations" animation; winning Gold Key Awards were Kamryn Cahill for "Man with a Harsh Look" drawing; Max Vanderhorst for "Trans-Morph-ations" animation; and Katie Wixtrom for "Bird with Feathers" watercolor; and Winning Silver Key awards were Meghan Brockunier for "Woman of Elegance," Heide Ottley for "Barn," and Max Vonderhorst for "My House." Photos


WVMS Snowfall League '14MS students participate in the Weather Channel's "Fantasy Snowfall League" 2014

Jan. 27, 2014 - Students in Mr. Ronzoni’s and Mr. Mesic’s 8th grade Earth Science classes are participating in the Weather Channel’s "Fantasy Snowfall League" again this year. Students learn about weather data and patterns and make weekly predictions about which U.S. cities will have the greatest snowfall, and communicate with the Weather Channel via Skype. After WVMS participation last year, the Weather Channel donated a VantageVue wireless weather station and Weather Link software to connect weather data from the Middle School to district computers and the internet. Click here and here to view Skype sessions the WVMS classes have had with the Weather Channel.


Genetically altered creatures made by MS students

PhotoJan. 22, 2013 - Students in Mrs. Waters' 7th grade Life Science classes recently created genetically altered creatures as part of their unit on genetics. During the unit, students learned about dominant and recessive genes, and how some traits can be inherited through incomplete dominance, or polgenic, inheritance. Using this information, students were charged with creating a creature that had six visible genetic traits.  View photo gallery here


Help the Middle School get  FREE equipment from
Price Chopper

Jan. 23, 2014 - The Warwick Valley Middle School PTA has signed up for Price Chopper's "Tools for Schools" program! Sign up with your AdvantEdge Card to support our school! When you sign up, your Price Chopper purchases will earn points to help our school get needed equipment FREE. Make sure you're signed up! (If you don't have a card, visit the Customer Service Desk at Price Chopper.) More about the program (link to Price Chopper website)


WVMS raises $1000 in "Crazy Hair Day for Kids Cancer"

WVMS "Crazy Hair Day" fundraiserDec. 6, 2013 - Students, faculty and staff from the Warwick Valley Middle School participated in "Crazy Hair Day" to raise money for Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation (AWOCCF). The MS fundraising efforts were in honor of Evan Kamback, a young Warwick boy who died of cancer. Evan’s brother is currently a MS student, and the Warwick Valley Student Senate worked with Ms. Kamback to raise money for the organization. More
Shown with their crazy hair (L-R):
Chloe Hazard, Lizzie Lepre, Mrs. Sue Filingeri and Christy Bonsignore


Introducing WVCSD Google Apps for Education - a great resource for our middle and high school students

Nov., 2013 - Click here for information.


A Parent's Guide to Common Core Learning

Sept. 9, 2013 - Click the link below to learn more about the Common Core from a booklet created by NYS PTA and the NYS United Teachers Union. The 12-page booklet explains the curriculum in detail and plain language, and provides a good overview of Common Core.

A Parent's Guide to Common Core Learning from NYS PTA and NYSUT (pdf)

More about Common Core


Dignity for All Students - together we can stop bullying!

Expanding the concepts of tolerance, respect for others and dignity

Oct. 2, 2013 - The New York State Dignity For All Students Act (Dignity Act) took effect in 2012. The goal of the Dignity Act is to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and focus, rather than fear being discriminated against and/or verbally or physically harassed. Click here for more information. "Together we can stop bullying" - click here for a flyer (pdf).