ATTENTION PARENTS: The DWPC (District Wide Parents Council) Hosts Forum on Public Education and the Impact of Testing and Mandates on October 22nd.

District Wide Parents’ Council of the Kingston City School District is hosting A Forum on Public Education and the Impact of Testing and Mandates in conjunction with Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s office on Tuesday October 22, 2013.  The purpose of this forum is to give voice to the strains that school districts in Ulster County are feeling due to increased testing and related state and federal mandates.  At the forum our state legislators will have the opportunity to hear from invited educators and parents about the Impact of State Mandates and Testing on K-12 Students.
Please mark your calendars to attend this forum and hear about the challenges our public school system in Ulster County is facing and to show your support as we work towards solutions to these challenges.

A Forum on Public Education and the Impact of Testing and Mandates
Hosted by DWPC in conjunction with Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s office
Date:  Tuesday October 22, 2013
Time:  5pm – 7pm
Place:  MJM Gym – Kingston High School  403 Broadway, Kingston New York 12401

Oral testimony at the forum is by invitation only.  All are welcomed to provide written testimony, which can be submitted at the forum, or sent to [email protected] before the forum.  Please use the subject line:  EDUCATION FORUM TESTIMONY.
Jolyn Safron, DWPC Co-Chairwoman/DWPC High-stakes Testing Committee chair

Parents and Teachers: GW PTO in May and “Meet the Candidates” Night.


Dear Parents,

The next GW PTO Meeting will take place on Monday, 5/20/13 at 4:00pm. If you are interested in participating, please contact PTO President Stephanie Uzee for more information and to receive a copy of the agenda at: [email protected]



Another important event of note, the DWPC (District Parents’ Council) is hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates Night where candidates for the Kingston City School District’s Board of Education will present their views at a public forum on TUESDAY, MAY 14th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. The event will take place at the Miller Middle School and moderated by Mr. Gary Loeffel.  We have attached the flyer below.  Please try to attend, and spread the word. This kind of event helps our public to become more informed when they vote on May 21st.

MEET THE CANDIDATES FLYER 2013 (Sponsored by the DWPC)

DWPC (District Wide Parents’ Council) Host Important Political Forum on High Stakes Testing in Kingston on March 16th.

The DWPC (District Wide Parents’ Council) Political Opinion Forum on High-Stakes Testing has been scheduled on Saturday, March 16th at 2:00pm  at Kingston City Hall 420 Broadway in Kingston from 2:00pm – 4:00pm  and speakers have been invited.  Now we need to let the citizens of Ulster County know so they can attend this question and answer forum with their elected representatives.

The group has invited Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk, Terry Gipson, William J. Larkin Jr., John J. Bonacic, Kathleen A. Marchione and James L. Seward, Kingston Mayor Shane Gallo, Kingston City School District Superintendent Paul Padalino and Kingston School Board of Education President Matthew McCoy to be a part of the forum. Visit the DWPC page on the school district website to post the list of who will be able to attend the event as we receive RSVPs next week.


School Food Summit February 15th!

Click on image for more information about this event.

Click on image for more information about this event.

Join national experts, parents, students and community members to identify ways to serve more fresh, locally grown food in school meals, and begin to make it happen.

School Food Summit: Celebrating Our Children, Food and Future
Cafeteria, Community and Classroom
February 15th, 2013
Rondout Valley High School
122 Kyserike Road, Stone Ridge, NY 12484

Also, GW Elementary School parent and PTO member Rebecca Martin, who our group selected to represent us at the DWPC (District Wide Parent Council), will be chairing the parent district wide healthy food committee being created by the DWPC. This will be a great opportunity for parents district wide to work  to help shape more healthy food items in our cafeteria and more.

What is the DWPC (District Wide Parent Council)?


Have you ever heard of the DWPC (District Wide Parent Council) in Kingston?

Made up of one parent representative from every school in the district, the 13 member council meets on Crown Street each month and is generally attended by members of the Board of Education and often Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino.  The meetings are open to all and give a unique opportunity for parents, staff, teachers and students to exchange and share ideas and views in a professional and open setting.


  • To provide an opportunity for the parents of the district to share ideas and mutual concerns.
  • To provide ongoing communication among the parents of the Kingston City School District, Central Administration, and the Board of Education, and further, to provide support for parents as effective communicators with clarification of proper channels when needed. Continue reading What is the DWPC (District Wide Parent Council)?