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  • Message from Ms. DiStefano

    Posted by Laura Distefano on 6/4/2018

    Greetings OV Community,

    As the year draws to a close, I wanted to share some important information with you regarding important dates, Regents Exams, and Graduation.  Below are a list of the dates to remember this month.  If you have any questions about the details of these dates/events, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    June 5 - Global Studies Regents Exam

    June 11 - OV Field Day

    June 12-19 - Regents Examinations

    June 15 - OV Field Trip to Six Flags (Leaving OV at 8am and returning at 7:30pm)

    June 21 - Graduation Rehearsal at 10:30 at Wappingers Junior High School

    June 21 - Lunch for Graduating Seniors at West Main Kitchen at 11:30

    June 22 - Graduation at Wappingers Junior High School at 10:00

    Regents Exams are right around the corner, and the students have been working hard to prepare with their teachers.  The OV Regents Schedule can be found on the OV website under June Regents Information.  Good luck to all test-takers!

    Graduation Rehearsal is extremely important and every graduating senior is expected to attend.  Rehearsal will take place at Wappingers Junior High School on June 21st at 10:30am.  Following Rehearsal, all graduating seniors will be treated to lunch at West Main Kitchen, located in the Village of Wappingers Falls.  

    Graduation will take place at Wappingers Junior High School on June 22nd at 10am.  There are no tickets and no cap on the amount of people that want to celebrate the graduates!  The more the merrier!  

    I am looking forward to a fantastic end of the year for our underclassmen, and a well-deserved celebration for our graduates!



    Laura DiStefano


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  • Message from Ms. DiStefano

    Posted by Laura Distefano on 3/2/2018


    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    As the national dialogue on school safety continues, we want to emphasize that our students’ well-being remains our highest and most important priority.  Our administration, faculty, and staff are committed to providing a safe, supportive learning environment that empowers our students. Safety Teams have reviewed all protocols and procedures with local law enforcement, and we will continue to drill our preparedness in various situations.  Over the next few weeks, administration and faculty will be holding conversations with students to ensure their concerns are addressed, and their understanding of safety procedures are clear.  Our support staff is available to any students who may require additional assistance in processing the recent events that have affected our educational communities.  

    The phrase “See Something Say Something” has renewed meaning for all citizens, but especially our young people.  If you or your child is concerned about the motivations of certain groups or individuals, we urge you to contact law enforcement and/or your building principal, or use our online tip form to let us know what is going on.  

    Now more than ever, we must come together as a Wappingers community to provide our students with the highest level of social/emotional support so they are empowered in order to achieve academic success in our schools.


    The Secondary School Principals


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    The mission of the Wappingers Central School District is to empower all of our students with the competencies and confidence to challenge themselves, to pursue their passions, and to realize their potential while growing as responsible members of their community.


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    Attendance Action Plan

     The vision of Orchard View Alternative High School is to create a supportive, academic environment where students value hard work, and individual goals are achieved.  Orchard View students learn to make positive choices that enable them to take an active role in their education and future career.

    Of course one of the positive choices we expect them to make is their choice to come to school each and every day.  Student attendance is taken extremely seriously at Orchard View Alternative High School.  We recognize the direct correlation between daily attendance and its significant impact on student learning.  We support a diverse group of learners who all have a unique story to tell.   Every student has chosen to come to OV for the same reason: to have a chance to become a successful high school graduate.  

    Here are some of the attendance intervention strategies that we typically implement in our school:


    OV Attendance Policy