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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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  • Congratulations!

    Posted by Laura Distefano on 6/30/2020

    Congratulations to the OV Class of 2020!!!!!

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  • OV Graduation!!!

    Posted by Laura Distefano on 6/17/2020

     Dear Orchard View Class of 2020 and Parents/Guardians,

    As OV’s Graduation draws near, following the weather has become a multiple day occurrence at my house!  I have high hopes that Mother Nature will be kind to Orchard View and give us nothing but sunshine.  In the event we are unlucky, we have set a rain date of Sunday, June 28th.  All details, including time and place, will remain the same.  If we need to postpone due to weather, you will receive a message from OV on the morning of June 26th by 8:30am.   

    While planning the seating arrangements for our ceremony, I noticed a few prime parking spots that have a view of the ceremony.  Those spots will be reserved for anyone who cannot leave her/his vehicle due to special needs.  Please email me ASAP if your family requires one of those parking spots as they are on a first come, first serve basis. 

    Although Dutchess County has done an exemplary job at bringing the cases of COVID-19 down, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and must take precautions.  Masks must be worn by every individual outside of her/his vehicle at all times.  Unless you live in the same household, social distancing of at least 6 feet must take place at all times.  Graduates and/or family members will not be permitted at the ceremony if she/he (1) displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19, (2) has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, or (3) within the last 14 days was a close or proximate contact of an individual who had symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19.  While I understand that graduation is an important milestone and should be celebrated, the health of the OV family is paramount and will take priority.

    Below is a reminder of the graduation details.  I look forward to seeing all of you as we celebrate the Orchard View Class of 2020!


    Friday, June 26th OV Graduation at Wappingers Junior High School

    • Graduates arrive at Wappingers Junior High School at 9:30am
      • Graduates should arrive already in caps and gowns
      • Graduates will be directed where to sit by faculty
      • Graduates are to remain in their seats, which will be socially distanced, and must wear masks at all times
    • Parents/Guardians (2 per student) will be allowed to exit their vehicles to view the ceremony
      • Any other guests, including siblings, must remain in their vehicles at all times
      • Parents/Guardians will be directed where to sit by faculty/staff
      • Parents/Guardians must remain in their seats, which will be socially distanced, and must wear a mask at all times
    • Parents/Guardians may not leave their seats to take pictures until the ceremony has concluded
      • There will be a designated space that will be decorated in order to take pictures
      • Parents/Guardians may take graduates’ pictures at the conclusion of the ceremony in the designated space
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  • Tips and Resources

    Posted by Laura Distefano on 4/8/2020

    Dear OV Family,

    As we continue with our first full week of online learning, I wanted to provide students and families with a couple of tips for our new learning environments.  

    • If you are a student and having difficulty using Google Classroom, please attend your teachers’ office hours.  Your teachers are there to help you navigate the best way to use Google Classroom.
    • If you are a parent/guardian and having difficulty using Google Classroom, please use the link below that our District has provided to assist in troubleshooting.  Also, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers and/or Mrs. Califano for assistance. https://sites.google.com/wcsdny.org/parent-resource-website/home
    • Although Google Classroom can be utilized on Smartphones, it is much easier to complete and submit assignments using a laptop/computer/tablet.  In addition, there are a number of Google Extensions that can be downloaded in order to assist in completing assignments. In the coming days, I will be posting a list of these extensions on the OV website.  
    • At this time, to the best of my knowledge, all OV students have access to electronic devices.  Therefore, there will be no printed materials and/or packets of curriculum exchanged at this time.  If you still need to borrow a device from the District, please fill out the form in this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePGKkTyrydcK-RPAMM9s9d6PQMO-WbWYY0KvX5_I1cU22bFA/viewform

    Remember that the OV faculty is here to assist you and your family in any way possible.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions and/or concerns.


    Ms. D.  

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  • OV Stands By You!

    Posted by Laura Distefano on 4/3/2020

    Dear OV Family,

    The Orchard View Faculty has been hard at work creating meaningful virtual learning environ`ments, and making plans to meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs during this unprecedented time.  We recognize that our temporary reality is not ideal, especially for the OV community whose foundation is based on relationships. Please be assured that the OV faculty is here for you, and will do everything in our power to continue to support our students and their families. 

    Over the past week, the OV faculty and I have met several times over Google Hangouts to prepare to go “live” with our new learning environments.  Your teachers have been participating in their own virtual learning experience as they participated in professional development on the capabilities of Google Classroom.  Mrs. Califano and Mr. Palanca have been hard at work developing ways to meet your social/emotional needs from afar, while also compiling community resources to assist students and their families.

    During my five years as the Principal of Orchard View, I cannot count the amount of instances I have seen our students rise and adapt to difficult situations.  There is no doubt in my mind, that our OV students will continue to be examples of resiliency, adaptability, and perseverance. Please remember your OV Family is still here and we stand ready to walk this difficult journey beside you.

    If you have not done so already, please visit the District’s Emergency Response website at https://www.wappingersschools.org/Page/31106.  This website has a variety of resources, from both the District and the community.   

    Thank you and be safe.


    Laura DiStefano

    Principal, Orchard View Alternative High School

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  • Orchard View Alternative High School

    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

Tip Line

  • Wappingers CSD is now using Anonymous Alerts® 

    The Anonymous Alerts® reporting app was created to help students, parents or community members choose a school official to contact, type of incident to report, school building and/or a specific location, set a priority level of normal or high and upload a photo, screenshot or video related to the incident.  This reporting system is meant to allow for anonymous reporting but still provides for District and Building Administrators to respond (via the app) to the person who submitted a tip to the District. 

    If you plan on submitting an alert anonymously please be sure to check the "message center" in the application itself to see any responses to your tip, or requests from District Officials for additional information.

    The purpose of the app is for members of our school and community to report suspicious activity, bullying or student-related concerns to a school administrator. For all other reports, please contact your child's school directly. If you feel the need to keep this submission anonymous that is OK, we completely respect your right to privacy and appreciate you making us aware.


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    • Download the Anonymous Alerts® app for your Apple IOS or Android Device
    • Start the App, and enter the Activation Code:  wappingerscsd
    • Submit reports to District & School Officials and check the message center within the App for additional correspondence with the District
    • Add a screenshot, photo, or video about an incident

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