Communications at Valley Central

Stay Connected to your District

For a large portion of the day, the community’s children are in our care.  The education of our students is a responsibility that we don’t take lightly, and something we know that doesn’t stop when students leave school. Working together has always been a huge part of our process, so please stay connected. 

SchoolTool Parent Portal

Parent Portal is a highly secure, internet-based application through which you are able to view district-permitted details of your student’s academic records, such as progress reports, report cards, and assignments.

SchoolTool offers a portal for parents/guardians and one for students.  You can access the log-in page for either portal here.  

If you don’t already have account, it’s easy to get one. You can request a form from your student’s school, or request one by email: chrystal.lozano@vcsdny.org

SchoolMessenger

District families  (primary student contacts and employees are automatically part of our automated SchoolMessenger system.  Through SchoolMessenger, parents/guardians will receive emails, phone calls, and text messages from their child’s building and the district.  

Not receiving calls/texts? Reach out to renee.marchant@vcsdny.org to be sure we have your most up-to-date information. Not receiving emails? Check your spam folder and then reset the permission.

In Case of Inclement  Weather or Other Emergency Announcements

Valley Central uses several different measures to disseminate information to the community in relation to school closings, delays, dismissals, or emergency information. 

On our website: Check the Red Special Alert section at the top of any page. 

Social Media: Information is shared and pinned to the top of our Facebook page. 

Local radio and TV stations: 

  • News 12
  • Spectrum News Hudson Valley
  • WPDH
  • WHUD

Our Website

Our Website is our primary means of communication on the web. Find all kinds of information about our District, activities, programs, and announcements on our District and school webpages.  Be sure to bookmark our page at www.vcsdny.org

Find our Faculty

If you need to contact any administrator or faculty member, you can look them up on our website contact page.  You will find an email link and their voicemail extension.  You can look them up by name, or look up an entire building. 

All the News

Posts about happenings in Valley Central are made on a regular basis to the webpage news feed on the home page for our District, each of our buildings, and on the ALC Program page.  You can find news unique to the building on each page or all the news is found on the news page.

Website Calendar Features

Be sure to check out our calendar page where you can find printable calendars and our Google calendars.

The district calendar is powered by Google. To view the district calendar or individual school calendars in Google and add events to your personal calendar, please use the links below.

Valley Central District Calendar

If you go to the District Google calendar, you can select as many or few schools as you would like to see, so you can customize a monthly calendar that shows you the events for the buildings that you utilize the most. 

Alternative Learning Center Calendar

Berea Elementary School Calendar

East Coldenham Elementary Calendar

Montgomery Elementary School Calendar

Walden Elementary School Calendar

Valley Central Middle School Calendar

Valley Central High School Calendar

Sports Schedules

Sports Schedules are available through RSchool Today on the Sports Schedule button under our Featured Links and ourAthletics page or at this link, https://www.sectionixny.org/public/genie/1336/school/377/.  RSchool Today also has an app available in Android or IOS.  

Mailings to Every Resident

Viking Calendar/District Guide

The District Calendar/Guide is mailed to all district residents in August.  It is also available as a PDF here.  If you would like to pick up an additional copy, please contact our district receptionist at (845) 457-2400 ext. 18505. 

Budget Newsletter

View the Budget Newsletter here.

Follow us on Facebook 

See photos of what is going on in our schools and receive updates on events and District happenings on our Facebook page.  Links to specific posts are often included on our webpage news feeds

Our Social Media Policy

The Valley Central School District believes strongly in the importance of including all segments of the community in dialogue surrounding important school issues, and its Facebook page is one such effort to do so. This is the official Facebook page for the Valley Central School District.

The School District updates this page frequently to share news of the latest student and staff achievements, school and District-sponsored activities and events; and other District information of interest to members of the Valley Central community.

The District Facebook page is not an alternative method of communicating with school personnel. Questions related to students or in-school events should be directed to the main office of the school the student attends. General district-wide questions should be directed to the District’s Central Office. You may reach a District directory by calling: (845) 457-2400

The Valley Central Facebook page is not moderated by any District administrator and cannot respond to any specific concerns or questions through the page.

Valley Central School District is committed to building a relationship with our residents; to this end, we have several established ways to address our community’s concerns, questions and suggestions. Our Board of Education meetings offer a time for public comments and our administrative team hosts monthly “Second Cup of Coffee” events at dedicated times and places for District residents to speak with key district officials.

Each building’s administrative team is available by phone and by email to discuss any concerns and answer any questions. The District’s website and calendar are also a good resource for school-related information. The District also offers residents the opportunity to sign up for notifications via the district’s message system, School Messenger.

The District’s intent is to engage in a meaningful dialogue about important District and school-related issues, that is both relevant and respectful. To accomplish that goal, we have the following guidelines in place:

  • Be respectful. Defamatory attacks or comments aimed at specific individuals, employees or students are not permitted and will be deleted immediately from the page.
  • Be polite. Avoid language that is abusive, harassing, sexually explicit and/or obscene. Profanity is not allowed. These comments will be deleted immediately.
  • Be relevant. Please keep the conversation related to the topic at hand. Do not post comments that advertise or promote a product or service. Spam and commercial advertisements will be deleted.

In addition, do not use the Valley Central School District Facebook page in place of standard communication practices, such as contacting District staff to share personal issues and concerns. In administering the page, the District will abide by Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (http://www.facebook.com/terms.php). The District asks that its Facebook users do the same.

Visit our Youtube Channel 

The District’s Youtube Channel contains videos from all schools, sports events and BOE meetings.  

Photographing School-Related Events

Share your Google Photo Album with patricia.behr@vcsdny.org and melanie.mencke@vcsdny.org

Or photos/videos may  be emailed to communications@vcsdny.org 

    Please do not post any photos/videos of VC events or students on your personal social media pages. Photos should be shared with the District Communications Dept. so that we can share them appropriately on our VC social media pages. 

    If you have an iPhone please follow the below instructions prior to taking photos of any school-related events on your phone:

    • Go to settings > Camera > Formats > Select Most Compatible
      • Most compatible would be JPEG files for photos or MP4 for videos
    • Take photos
    • Upload photos to Google Photos
      If you do not have Google Photos download the app. Install the Google Photos app. When you open the Google Photos app, you will see all the photos and videos on your account. You can edit photos & videos and share your photos with someone else. You can also delete unwanted photos.