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WVCSD welcomes new school administrators

on August 4, 2016

The Warwick Valley School Board has appointed four new school administrators for the 2016-17 school year.

Dianne Connolly has been appointed elementary associate principal Diane Connolly, new associate principal for all of Warwick's elementary schools.and will serve at Sanfordville and Park Avenue Elementary Schools. A 22-year resident of Warwick, Mrs. Connolly has served the district for the past 15 years, most recently as instructional technology facilitator.
“I’m particularly excited about my new role and the opportunity to work with all students, families and staff of Warwick’s elementary schools. Together, and with the support of the larger community, I’m confident we will continue to grow our reputation as a district of excellence,” Mrs. Connolly said.


The Warwick Valley Middle School welcomes two new secondary associate principals, Kris DeFilippis and Melanie Lofaro.

Kris DiFilippis, new secondary associate principal at the middle school.Kris DeFilippis was formerly a social studies teacher at P.S. 71 in the Bronx, and chairperson of the English department at Greenburgh Graham Union Free School District. “My experience with diverse student populations has shaped my educational mantra. I believe that every student can be successful when equipped with a push of creativity and the tools needed to approach learning confidently,” Mr. DeFilippis said.
“Over the past two months, I have learned that Warwick is a hard-working, purposeful and energetic town. I am truly humbled and eager to make a contribution to this community and its youth.”


Secondary associate principal Melanie Lofaro comes to Warwick Melanie Lofaro, new secondary associate principal at the middle school.from the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, where she was director of school support.
“To say I am excited to become a part of the Warwick community is an understatement. I look forward to working alongside Mrs. Spindler and Mr. DeFilippis to support the students and faculty of Warwick Valley Middle School, and to grow as an instructional leader,” Mrs. Lofaro said.


Stephen Sweeney, a new secondary associate principal at the high school.Warwick Valley High School welcomes Stephen Sweeney as a secondary associate principal. Mr. Sweeney brings 26 years of teaching experience to the district. For the past twenty-four years, he taught physics, including honors and college-credit dual enrollment at Nanuet High School, where he also served as the science department coordinator. Since starting at WVHS on July 1, he has been focused on getting to know the building and its operations, and has enjoyed meeting some of the faculty and staff.
“It’s been an exciting time. I look forward to meeting the students and becoming a part of the Warwick Valley school community as the year progresses. You can expect to see me at athletic events, concerts, performances, fundraisers, and other community events. So, feel free to walk up and say hello,” Mr. Sweeney said.


Finally, in March of 2016, the Board of Education appointed Lisamarie Spindler principal of Warwick Valley Middle School, effective July 1. Mrs. Spindler previously served the district for over two years as associate principal at the high school.



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