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Elementary News

summer reading list clip artSummer Reading List 2018: Libraries Rock!

June 25th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Join the Port Jervis School District and the Port Jervis Public library for the FREE summer reading program: Libraries Rock! As we know, "reading with our children is such an important learning tool to help them build a lifelong connection with books. The free, annual summer reading program is a tremendous educational resource for our children and their families. Studies show that children’s literacy skills improve when they read during the summer. We encourage all children to continue in the joy of reading throughout the year and engage in educational activities at their local library.” (Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa).
Stop by the public library for more information and check out the reading lists from your school librarians!
 HBE summer reading list: k-2nd grade> HBE summer reading list: 3-5th grade> HBE summer reading list: 6th grade>,

moving up clip artHBE Kindergarten Moving Up Recognition Ceremony

June 18th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - HBE held a Moving Up Recognition Ceremony on June 18, 2018. The students sang "The Alphabet Rock", "The Pirate Song", and "The 7 Habits Song" as well as their beloved HBE Alma Mater. click here for photo gallery>

Summer reading clip artSummer Reading

June 11th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - As summer approaches, we are all working toward a shared goal of keeping our students reading to avoid the summer slide that can rob them of academic gains they’ve made during the school year. In order to provide additional access to more books for more of our students during the summer, the New York State Education Department is partnering with myON through Summer Reading at New York Libraries. Under this initiative, thousands of digital books are available to children from birth to 8th grade, and their families, at no cost, from now through September 30. Older children are welcome to participate as well. Login credentials for Port Jervis' account, along with information for logging in and reading with myON, can be found when you click on this summer reading PDF> If you need more assistance or information, please visit the New York Reads page ( where you will find all kinds of information, including a “Welcome to myON” video, which provides step-by-step instructions for logging in, finding and reading books on the platform, along with a demonstration of offline reading with free mobile apps.
In addition, please make sure to visit the Port Jervis Public Library for traditional print resources and their "Libraries Rock" Summer Reading program (

leadership dayHBE Leadership Day - Learning About Overcoming Obstacles

June 7th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The HBE students learned about overcoming obstacles on their Leadership Day Assembly. While keeping with the Harry Potter theme, the students heard stories from HBE staff members and community members about over coming hardships and obstacles. click here for photo gallery>

Mobile App Clip artMobile App to replace SNN

June 6th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - In December 2017, the District committed to providing methods of communication with students, family, and community. In line with the improved communication, the Port Jervis City School District mobile app is now available.

Please note that as of July 1, 2018, the School News Notifier (SNN) system will be discontinued.

The District will continue to monitor better ways to communicate with students, parents, and community members.

Thank you for understanding and supporting the District during the transition to a better communication tool.

The attached link provides information on how to sign on for the free mobile application>


color run thumbnailHBE PTA Color Run

May 20th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The HBE Color Run was held on May 20th. It featured a color walk/run, 3-mile course. Participants were doused with color at various color stations ending with one final color celebration at the finish line. It was great fun!! click here for photo gallery>

puppets at art showK-12 Art Show

May 18th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis School District Art Department presented the K-12 Art Show Exhibition at the Port Jervis High School Cafeteria from 6-8pm on May 18, 2018. The Art Department was thrilled to host the fourth annual K-12 Art Show which this year also included the Technology Education and Family and Consumer Science Departments with the K-12 Art Department.
Students from all of the Port Jervis School District were invited to be part of the exhibition. Students were chosen based on their commitment to art and for the quality of work that comes from the art programs. The art teachers from ASK, HBE, Middle, and High schools were asked to select artwork in any media which could include (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, film, video, printmaking, graphic design etc.) from their students works to be included in this group exhibition. The result was a marvelous exhibit that showcased the talents of the young artists. More than 100 works were on display. click here for photo gallery>

kuykendall award winnersTheodore Kuykendall Community Service Awards Ceremony

May 10th, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City School District presented the Theodore Kuykendall Community Service Awards on May 10th at ASK School. Award winners are: ASK Elementary - John Fuller, HBE Elementary - Matthew Oosterom, Port Jervis Middle School - Erin Batzel, and Port Jervis High School - Shannon Klotz. Performing Arts Songsters performed songs from their latest musical, "Letters to Daddy", and Ms. MaryAlice Presto was the guest speaker. We are very proud of these community minded young people. Port Pride! click here for photo gallery>

HBE breakout EDU HBE Breakout EDU with Mr. Rydell HBE goggles HBE VR goggles Mr. Rydell Brings Virtual Goggles and Breakout EDU Boxes To HBE

May 2nd, 2018 -  Port Jervis, NY - As part of the new technology initiative, the kindergarten students in Mrs. Babcock and Mrs. Derkacz's classes got to explore the new EDU Breakout boxes. They were joined by the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Rydell. The students had to solve letter puzzles in order to unlock the box. The students had to figure out 5 puzzles in order to get to the prize inside the box. Then, Mr. Rydell surprised the students with a sneak peak of the new virtual goggles. The students got to see planets, a space station, and took a trip to the Artic. The students then wrote letters to Mr. Rydell asking him if he could bring back the goggles when he comes back for another visit.

ASK and HBE Band ASK and HBE ChorusOrange County Music Educators Association Music Festival

April 28th, 2018 -  Port Jervis, NY - Congratulations to our ASK and HBE students who auditioned for and were selected to be part of the Orange County Music Educators Association Music Festival on April 28 at Warwick Valley High School. Fifteen chorus and band students represented our district by rehearsing and performing challenging repertoire with the top music students from throughout our county. We are so proud of their talents and hard work! (photos: left ASK and HBE Band, right ASK and HBE Chorus)

kendyle paige Kendyle Paige at HBEKendyle Paige At HBE

April 27th, 2018  - Cuddebackville, NY - Kendyle Paige, a local rising star from Pine Bush visited our students at HBE on Friday, April 27. Students had been learning about Ms. Paige all week in music class and her role on the new hit singing competition show "The Four." Students prepared questions for Kendyle about her experience on the show, what she had to do to prepare for it and what are her plans from here. After performing for our students, answering their questions and listening to some of our very own HBE singers perform for her, she then made a guest appearance at our Character Education Open Mic in the cafeteria.

interactive mathStudents in Grades 3-6 Prepare For Next Week’s New York State Mathematics Assessment

April 27th, 2018  - Cuddebackville, NY - Students in Grades 3-6 filled Freedom Hallway to engage in interactive learning centers to prepare for next week’s New York State Mathematics Assessment. click here for photo gallery>

Find Voice on ScreenFind Your Voice At HBE

April 27th, 2018  - Cuddebackville, NY - HBE’s Character Education program celebrated Habit 8, “Find Your Voice,” with an Open Mic Friday during lunch periods. Students in grades K-6 sang, read pieces of original writing, played various instruments, and some offered comic relief. The Four’s Kendyl Paige even stopped by for a surprise visit and joined the fun.

hard hat clip artBudding Engineers At HBE

April 19th, 2018  - Cuddebackville, NY - The 5th grade students at HBE worked in groups to complete planning sheets that contained word problems that consisted of multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting fractions. The students will then ultimately build dog houses out of cardboard.

ice cream social clip artPJHS PTSA Me & My Guy Ice Cream Social

April 20th, 2018  - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY - Me & My Guy Ice Cream Social. Calling all GIRLS K-6 with their favorite guy. Join us for a colorful time on FRIDAY, April 20, 2018, Port Jervis High School - doors open at 6 p.m, DJ G rocking AWESOME music, 2 selfie photo stations. Entry cost $12 a couple, My guy + 2 = $17, My guy + 3 = $20. Please try to bring exact change. click here for Me & My Guy 2018 flyer>

HBE 4th Grade writingStudents From Mrs. Mesnick and Ms. Monahan's 4th Grade Class Celebrated Writing.

April 2nd, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY - Students from Mrs. Mesnick and Ms. Monahan's 4th grade class celebrated writing in their classroom. Students worked very hard throughout the writing process to plan, research, and format digital books on their chosen topics. All books are available on

kendergraten RegistrationIt's Time For Kindergarten Registration

April 4th - 18th, 2018 - ASK and HBE Schools, Port Jervis, NY -  click here for schedule>

DARE GraduationD.A.R.E. Graduation

March 19th, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY - With family in the audience, fifth graders from Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School took to the stage and received certificates upon graduating from the D.A.R.E. Program. D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive program designed to teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. Students are taught the positive aspects of respecting others, choosing to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors. Deerpark Police Officer Frank McGrath teaches the D.A.R.E. program at HBE. McGrath spoke to his students at their graduation about continuing the valuable lessons learned in the program. Each student was given a certificate and an individual challenge coin, engraved with their names. click for photo gallery>

Music AwardsMusic In Our Schools Awards

March 20th, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY - Students from all four Port Jervis schools were awarded the "Music In Our Schools Award" at the March 20th Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to all these talented students!

read-a-thon clip artRead-a-thon at HBE

March 20th, 2018 -  Cuddebackville, NY -   From February 15 to March 6, HBE held the 17th annual read-a-thon in memory of Betty Morgan, a former HBE teacher. Congratulations to the 43 students who raised a total of $2,431 and did lots of excellent reading! The money raised will go to the Betty Morgan Scholarship Fund.

Patrick AumickPrivate Aumick Comes To Visit

March 20th, 2018 -  Cuddebackville, NY -   Former HBE student, Patrick Aumick, visited his Ms. Haight's and Mrs. Sickler's Kindergarten class. Private Aumick and the students became pen pals this year. The students and Private Aumick have wrote letters to each other. Private Aumick visited to say thank you in person. He was in Ms. Haight's Kindergarten Class and shared stories about what he remembers about Kindergarten with the students.

HBE OM TeamAll Port Jervis Odyssey of the Mind Teams Win Second Place!

March 10th, 2018 -  Port Jervis, NY -   Both HBE Port Jervis Odyssey of the Mind teams took 2nd place at the 2018 regional tournament at Orange-Ulster BOCES in Goshen held on March 10! An international program that promotes creative problem solving, Odyssey of the Mind challenges students in grades 1 to 12 to compete in long-term problem solving and spontaneous on-the-spot brainstorming. This year, the regional competition included teams from school districts in Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and Dutchess counties. All of the Port Jervis students worked diligently for months to create a solution to their team's challenging problem. The Middle School team also won second place. Congratulations to all of the teams and their coaches! photo: HBE Team. click here for photo gallery>

Truth Award winnersSojourner Truth Awards

March 10th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY -   Four Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School sixth graders were formally recognized by SUNY Orange for their educational achievements at the college’s 2018 Sojourner Truth Awards Program this March. The Sojourner Truth Awards Program recognizes students in grades 6 through 12 who have excelled in areas such as athletics, citizenship, creative arts, diversity, English language arts, foreign languages, perseverance/effort, and sciences and technology. The program aims to promote education in a positive manner and motivate students, who are from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the college population, to consider college as a viable and attainable goal. The award is named after Sojourner Truth, who lived in the mid-Hudson Valley after escaping from slavery. Truth is regarded as one of the most influential women of the 19th Century. Congratulations to Mekayla Phipps, Olivianna Wendy, Tianlong Teng and Malakai Henry-Geraghty.

Math madness gameMath March Madness Family Game Night

March 8th, 2018 - Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY -   Math March Madness Family Game Night for staff, students, parents/guardians was held on Thursday, March 8th, at 6:00 pm at the Port Jervis High School. Renowned math education consultants, Greg Tang, Sr. and Greg Tang, Jr. hosted this game night. Parents/Guardians met in the High School Auditorium for a short presentation while students met in the High School Cafeteria to play math games. Following the assembly, parents joined the students in the cafeteria for games, food, fun, and prizes. It was an exciting event enjoyed by all! click here for photo gallery>

comedy night clip artA Night Of Laughter -Adult Comedy Show & Diner

April 27th - Port Jervis, NY - 6:30pm -  HBE PTA will hold an adult comedy show and full dinner on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Erie in Port Jervis. Doors open at 6:30, dinner begins being served at 7 PM. 90 minutes of comedy to follow! Come enjoy a night of laughter while helping to support the HBE PTA! For tickect info >

HBE Writing CelebrationWriting Celebration At HBE

February 23rd, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - The 2nd grade classes at HBE had a writing celebration to show off their published books. These budding authors been working on non-fiction writing. Taken another step further, they have been following mentor authors in class and incorporating their moves and craft into their own writing. Each student chose a topic to be an expert on and then taught about their topic through writing. Faulty, staff and students enjoyed learning and reading together at the celebration. click here for photo gallery>

HBE students that will be in the Orange County College Art ShowHBE Students In, "The Arts Build Confidence Showcase" At the Galleria Mall

February 24th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - Congratulations to the following H.B.E. students that will have artwork displayed at the Middletown Galleria Mall for the 2018 All County Student Art Exhibit beginning on Saturday February 24. Aliya B. (Grade2), Lilah L. (Grade 2), Mikayla F. (Grade 3), Kendra J. (Grade 3), Dylan P. (Grade 4), Abigail G. (Grade 5), Jacob M. (Grade 5), Katherine W. (Grade 5), Ethan S. (Grade 5), Keaton M. (Grade 5), Demetra G. (Grade 5), Anna M. (Grade 5), Julia E. (Grade 5), and Hannah M. (Grade 6). You can join the participating schools from 10am to 5pm on February 24 to celebrate the opening of “The Arts Build Confidence Showcase”.

kindness weekThe Great Kindness Week At HBE

February 12th - 15th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - HBE is always a KIND place to be!! We celebrated The Great Kindness Week, January 12th-15th, by dressing up to show just how kind we are! On Monday, we were TEAM kindness. On Tuesday, we were tied together by kindness, and on Thursday, we let everyone know that HBE is a KIND place to be!

Dr Katchen with patientPort Jervis City School District Offers Free Dental Screenings

For Immediate Release: February 15th, 2018  - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City School District is partnering with Aesthetic Family Dentistry of Port Jervis NY to promote dental health.

A law passed in 2007 and amended in 2013 requires New York State schools to request dental health certificates of students at the time of entering school and in grades K, 2, 4, 7, and 10. In an effort to promote and ensure good dental hygiene, the Port Jervis City School District is partnering with Aesthetic Family Dentistry of Port Jervis NY, to offer free health screenings at school – at no cost to families.

Forms for the free screenings have been mailed home to parents. If parents choose this free dental health examination to be done at school by a dentist from Aesthetic Family Dentistry, they will be provided with the findings from the screening, as well as any recommendation the dentist offers. Families can then follow up with Aesthetic Family Dentistry or any dentist of their choice.

Parents have also received forms in the mail to take to their own dentist if families wish not to take advantage of the free screening in school. A list of dental health practices, dentists, and registered dental hygienist that provide free or reduced cost dental assessments are available at your child’s nurse’s office.

The Port Jervis City School District is excited to offer these dental health screenings and hope families will take advantage of this free and convenient service.

Teddy Bear clip artBears to Build Family Fun Night

March 2nd - Cuddebackville, NY - 6:00pm - 8:00pm - HBE Cafetaria. Come to the "Bears 2 Build" Family Fun Night. $15 per Animal. Pre-registration is due on Tuesday, February 13th. For more info>

valentine dance clip artRescheduled: Family Fun Night - Valentine's Dance

New Date: February 13th - Cuddebackville, NY - 5:30pm -7:30pm - HBE Cafetaria. We will be hosting a Valentine’s dance where students can bring their special adult valentine with them to enjoy the night with. Come out and enjoy some dancing with that special someone, with a special host DJ! We will have a photo booth available where you can get a picture with your special someone! There will also be a bake sale (with pizza so come for dinner), and drinks available for purchase. More more info>

Hogwarts crestsCharacter Education at Hogwarts (HBE)

February 2th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - On Friday, February 2nd, HBE had their monthly school wide assembly. The entire building wore their new Character Education Hogwarts inspired shirts that art teacher Mr. Villegas designed. The program was a presentation on their next "Habit" from their “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” program that is run all year. Each “house” is collecting points. click here for photo gallery>

Book bowl bulletin boardSuper Book Bowl At HBE

February 2th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - In the third annual HBE Super Book Bowl, each fourth - sixth grade class nominated, advocated for, and voted on a worthy book to represent them in this competition. During the four weeks of the NFL playoffs, these books battled it out in a single-elimination bracket system tournament with the students voting electronically during library class. This year's winner was Wonder by R. J. Palacio which was nominated by Mrs. Burns' fourth grade class.

Random act thumnailRandom Acts of Kindness Month At HBE

February 8th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - It is "Random Acts of Kindness" month at HBE! Mrs. Haight and Mrs. Sickler's Kindergarten class made valentines for the animals at the PJ/Deerpark Humane Society. The Humane Society was delighted to receive them and will be hanging them on each animals cage.

Esperanza Raising projectEsperanza Rising Projects At HBE

February 1st, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - Students in Fifth Grade at HBE read Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Joe Cepeda. Students were given a choice of several projects they could use to depict their favorite scene. click here for photo gallery>

kindness clip artThe Great Kindness Challenge Week At HBE

February 12th - 15th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - Monday 2/12 - Team Kindness: Wear Sports Apparel; Tuesday 2/13 - Tied Together by Kindness: Wear a Tie/Bow; Wednesday 2/14 - Be KIND; show your LOVE: Wear something RED and or with HEARTS; Thursday 2/15 - HBE is a KIND place to be: Wear HBE/Port Pride gear. THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE WEEK Schedule>

super hero clip artHoliday Hero Fitness Challenge At HBE

January 25th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - The HBE Physical Education Department Challenged the HBE students to a 'Holiday Hero Fitness Challenge'. This challenge consisted of a 10 day exercise program scripted for the students to remain active over break and to then continue over the month of January. This challenge encouraged students to get into great healthy habits and realize that they can stay active and exercise right in the comfort of their home. Students who completed the challenge were given a Certificate and then asked to sign our Bulletin Board of the Month. Many names appear on the bulletin board, we are very proud of all the students that completed the challenge!

wear red dayNational Wear Red Day

February 2nd, 2018 - Port Jervis, NY - Join the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement to help raise awareness and save more lives. Friday, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day. When it comes to beating heart disease and stroke, change can be the cure. All Faculty, Staff and Students are encouraged to wear RED to school to raise awareness and help save women’s lives. It's not just a man's disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. But we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

 using laptop for researchUtilizing laptops To Research Topics At HBE

January 16th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - Second graders in Mrs. Gass and Mrs. Muller's class utilized laptops to research topics for their nonfiction writing pieces. Students researched topics ranging from Jackie Robinson to centipedes. They will be using the notes they took to write a nonfiction piece with diagrams, captions, a table of contents, and even a glossary.

HBE opinon essayOpinion Writing Celebration At HBE.

January 12th 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - In Mrs. Dennison and Mrs. Grabiec's 5th grade, students explored Opinion and Persuasive writing techniques in an "Opinion Writing Celebration" this past Friday. Students thought of a change they wanted to see in our school and wrote reasons with evidence to support the change. Afterwards, students walked around the room, reading each others writing and leaving constructive feedback.

 health and wellness touro medical studentsHealth and Wellness at HBE

January 12th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - Future Osteopathic Physicians from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, NY were invited to HBE to teach our students about health and wellness. Mr. Giovannone and Mr. Foley's K-3 classes were taught about bone health, healthy eating, heart rate and heart monitoring, as well as hygiene and germ prevention while rotating around the gymnasium to the 4 different stations. The children were engaged through multiple interactive activities to help aid in their overall wellness and health!

Mr Rydell with a waiterFirst-grade classrooms were recently transformed into Italian bistros at HBE.

January 8th, 2018 - Cuddebackville, NY - First-grade classrooms were recently transformed into Italian bistros where student "chefs" presented readings of their small-moment narratives to upper-grade "patrons." The "menu" featured an assortment of "specials" - elements of effective writing - sprinkled within the writing challenge. Visiting students and administrators, who made reservations to attend the bistro-themed event, gave the presentation rave reviews! click for photo gallery>

HBE collaboration HBE collaborationPersonal narrative collaboration going on at HBE

December 20th, 2017 - Cuddebackville, NY - In late December, Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Jashembowski's 3rd grade class invited 4th and 5th grade classes to read their personal narratives. The older students in turn wrote great comments and feedback on the 3rd grade writing assignment. Exciting collaboration going on at HBE!

movie clip artHBE Fifth-graders create movie trailers to bring their essays to life.

December 19th, Cuddebackville, NY - Mrs. Raap's fifth-grade class concluded work on their first Unit of Study, the Personal Narrative. During their celebration, students shared their writing in which they wrote about a small moment. With the help of the Integrated Technology Specialists from BOCES, students used Adobe Spark to create movie trailers to bring their essays to life. Watch all the trailers here > Senior Prank Day> My Epic Week> My Best Field Trip> The Day I Got My Saxophone> Supercross> The Day I Was Adopted> The Day Carter Was Born> My First Football Game Went Wrong> My Amazing Trip> Puerto Rico> Our Vaction To Maryland> My Trip To Universal Studios> My Nanny> My Great Aunt Murren> My Vacation To LaRay> The Day I Got My iPhone> The Day I Gave Away My Dog> My New Dog> Dancing> The Day My Grandpa Passed> The Worst Day Ever>

Colonial Man Comes to HBE

December 7th, Cuddebackville, NY - On Thursday, December 7, Sam Ladley (better known as Colonial Man) came to present to the 4th grade and ISC at HBE. During his yearly visit, he presented dressed in colonial attire and discussed the day to day lives of Native Americans and Colonists during the early days of our nation. Students were fascinated during his presentation and jumped at the chance to write with quill pens and dip their own candles. click here for photo gallery>

Mr Marr in AladdinHBE production of Aladdin

December 15th - 17th, Port Jervis, NY - click here for photo gallery>

Fundraiser to benefit the HBE production of Aladdin!

December 11th - 13th, Port Jervis, NY - Please come out on December 11th, 12th and 13th and eat at Ben's Fresh or Port Jervis Pizza to help support the HBE Drama Club, while supporting our local businesses!!! Present the attached flyer when you go. Dine in or take out!!  click here for fundraiser flyer>   Reserve your tickets for ALADDIN now>

HBE production of Aladdin

December 15th - 17th, Port Jervis, NY -

Friday, December 15th 7:00 PJHS auditorium
Saturday, December 16th 7:00 PJHS auditorium
Sunday, December 17th 2:00 PJHS auditorium
Please email your reservation to: or or $7 at the door

Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the HBE production of Aladdin!

December 8th, Port Jervis, NY - We will be having a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, December 8th at the PJHS Cafeteria from 5:30 to 8:00. All proceeds will benefit the HBE production of Aladdin! A selection of songs from the show will also be performed. $7.00 per person. DINE IN OR TAKE OUT!  click here for spaghetti dinner flyer>   Reserve your tickets for ALADDIN now>

Family Fun Morning With Santa

December 9th, Port Jervis, NY - We will be hosting our 1st annual BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. Come out with the family and enjoy a hot breakfast (pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, etc.). In addition to breakfast, every family will receive one picture with Santa. You may show up the day of the event without RSVP’ing. click here for photo gallery>

letters to castle pointHoliday Letters to Castle Point

November 18th, Cuddebackville, NY - The Kindergarten students in Ms. Haight's and Mrs. Sickler's Kindergarten Class at HBE created Holiday cards for local veterans at Castle Point VA Hospital. The class was learning about veterans as part of their new Social Studies curriculum and decided to spread some Holiday cheer!

The Port Jervis Girls' Basketball program is proud to announce the creation of the Lady Raiders Little Dribblers program for girls 

November 18th, Port Jervis High School, NY - The Port Jervis Girls' Basketball program is proud to announce the creation of the Lady Raiders Little Dribblers program for girls in grades 1st-5th. The goal is to use this program to foster the love and knowledge of the game at a younger age! One of the most important skills to being a great basketball player is being able to handle the ball. The program will focus solely on ball handling skills and building teamwork. This is great opportunity to build the girls' basketball program for the future and it is our hope it will be a great success! Registration is this Saturday, November 18th at 9:00 am followed by the first session from 9:30-10:30 at the Port Jervis High School. Click here for flyer>

HBE Halloween Parade 

October 31th, 2017 -  Cuddebackville, NY  - Port Jervis HBE students participated in the Annual Halloween Parade. They were dressed in a variety of costumes and joined by marching dinosaurs. The parade ended with a special dance!  click here for photo gallery > click here for video>

Lion's Club Donates Pumpkins

October 27th, Cuddebackville, NY - The Lion's Club donated Pumpkins to Ms. Yackel and Mrs. Gibb's classes the week before Halloween. On Friday, October 27th, members of the Lion's Club came by to "judge" the student's pumpkins. Each child received a coloring book and a bag of popcorn as a prize!

Halloween Clip artHalloween Family Fun Night

October 27th, Cuddebackville, NY - Time: 2 sessions: Session 1: 5:30pm - 6:30pm; Session 2: 6:30pm - 7:30pm. More more info>


Halloween clip artTricky Trunk at Port Jervis High School for ASK and HBE Students

October 29th, Port Jervis, NY - Catholic Charities will be holding a Trick or Treat trunk event at Port Jervis High School parking lot on Sunday 10/29, from 4pm to 8pm. Dress in your best costume and bring your goodie bag.

2017 Orange County Red Ribbon Week Kick Off

October 23rd, Valley Central School, Montgomery, NY - Representatives from all Port Jervis schools attended the 2017 Orange County Red Ribbon Week kickoff ceremony at Valley Central school. Here is a link to some info about Red Ribbon >

Fire Safety Day at HBE

October 13th 2017 - Cuddebackville, NY - Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School teamed up with members of the Cuddebackville and Westbrookville Fire Department to present fire safety information to students, as well as demonstrate how firefighters use their gear and tools to ensure the safety of our community. Every kindergarten student received a free smoke detector to take home which was donated by the fire departments. Older students received goody bags containing fire safety information to share with their family.


Rotary Dictionary Day

October 11th 2017 - Cuddebackville, NY - As part of their commitment to literacy, the Port Jervis Rotary Club visited ASK and HBE on October 11 and gave out dictionaries to every 3rd grader. We would like to thank the Rotary Club for their time and dedication to our students.


  October Newsletter

October 10th 2017 - Cuddebackville, NY - HBE_October 2017 Newsletter >



Join HBE at our Family Fun Night this Friday, September 29th at 6:00pm! Although you are welcome to RSVP, it is NOT required. You may show up that evening without an RSVP. Take out is also available!


From The Health Office: Student’s vision and hearing screenings will begin the week of October 10th, 2017.  Vision screenings are done for all new entrants, K-3 and 5th grades.  Hearing screenings are done for all new entrants, K, 1st, 3rd and 5th grades.  Parents will be notified only if follow up referrals are required. 



 Mr Kahmar at open house Open House, September 13th -14th, 7:00pm

September 13th - 14th 2017 - Cuddebackville, NY - The Port Jervis City School District faculty and administration warmly welcomes all HBE parents and guardians to our annual Open House. 

Grades 1-3: Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00pm

Grades 4-6: Thursday, September 14th at 7:00pm

Frst Day High Five

Welcome Back Students! The opening week of the 2017-2018 school year at HBE has been a success! Students, faculty and staff are refreshed and ready to tackle another great year of learning!

Supplies 2017 - 2018 H. B. E. Supply List

July 17, 2017 - Cuddebackville, NY - Parents and guardians of students attending Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School for the 2017-18 school year, please take note that the school supply list is now available online. SUPPLY LIST>

Student Registration - Location Change

July 5, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - New Student Registration for Port Jervis Schools will take place in the Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School Library from July 6th until September 1st. Parents/guardians are asked to park in the kindergarten wing parking lot and enter through the exterior library doors. Posted signs will guide you to the correct location. Student Registration hours are 8:00 am – 11:00 am, Monday through Friday.  For questions, call 845-858-3100, ext. 16601.

Students Learn about Empathy

June 1, 2017 - Cuddebackville, NY - Third graders at H. B. E. were visited by members of the Tri State Amputee Support Group, led by Karen Little of Bon Secour Community Hospital for a very special learning moment. Members of this group spoke with the students and shared their experiences. They showed the third graders their prosthetics, explained how they work, and allowed them to touch them. The members created a very comfortable environment where the students were able to ask questions and gained an understanding of what life is like as an amputee.

Summer School - Elementary Schools

July 6, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - Elementary Summer School Monday - Friday, now until August 8th at the Port Jervis High School.  Students may be dropped off and picked up near AREA "C", which is to the left of the main entrance at the high school.  Elementary Summer School hours will be 8:20 am - 12:20 pm.    

H. B. E. Library Summer Reading Lists

July 3, 2017 - Cuddebackville, NY - Students at HBE are encouraged to read during the summer months.  Click below to find the recommended reading list.  Reading is great summer fun!
- HBE Summer Reading List K-2
- HBE Summer Reading List 3-5
- HBE Summer Reading List 6-8

Summer Breakfast - Lunch Program

July 3, 2017 - Port Jervis, NY - The Port Jervis City School District announces it's participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  Meals will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge.  Details about the Summer Breakfast - Lunch Program can be found HERE>