Welcome to Pomona Middle School

101 Pomona Road, Suffern, NY  10901  (845) 577-6200

The Home of the Panthers! 

Christine J. Alfonso, Principal

Holly Zuber-Banks, Assistant Principal

Exciting Upcoming Events !!!

8th Grade Dance - Nanuet Comfort Inn

Thursday, May 21st

Anti-Bullying Day at Boulder's Stadium

Wednesday, May 27th

National Junior Honor Society Induction

Wednesday, May 27th 7:00 PM

P.B.I.S. Awards Night

Thursday, May 28th 7:00 - 8:00 PM


(Extended Learning Time) PROGRAM

SCHOOL YEAR 2014-2015

September 2, 2014 - June 12, 2015

Wellcore, Inc. submitted Extended Learning Time Grants on the behalf of Pomona Middle School and Chestnut Ridge Middle School. (Sept 2013)

Pomona Middle School is the recipient of an Extended Learning Time Grant from the New York State Education Department.  (July 2014)

The program will implement the ELT core tenets:

  • Additional instructional opportunities in core subjects for students:
  • Increased enrichment opportunities engaging students in learning and
  • Increased opportunities for educators to plan, collaborate, and participate in professional development opportunities.

The East Ramapo Central School District foci include:

  • Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • Explicit Instruction
  • Pre-teaching of academic vocabulary
  • Increasing student engagement
Pomona ELT foci are aligned with ERCSD academic goals to support student learning in the following areas:
  • Enhance literacy comprehension
  • Reinforce Math problem-solving techniques
  • Improve test taking skills
  • Engage student interest in reading
  • Facilitate higher order thinking skills
  • Strengthen Science knowledge
  • Monitor and facilitate writing skills
  • Broaden academic vocabulary
  • Expand Social Studies proficiency
In accordance with NY State Education Department, the extended school day is mandatory for students (subdivision 6-b of Section 3641 of New York State Education) with the exception of when a parent needs to pick up their child.
Pomona Middle School has partnered with Wellcore, Inc. an educational consulting firm for the design and implementation of the Extended Learning Time grant.
Start date for the school-wide Extended Learning Time Grant initiative is September 4, 2014.
A student's day begins first period at 9:18 A.M.  There are 10 periods within the day which includes breakfast, lunch and a late afternoon snack.
  • Warning bell 9:14 A.M.
  • There are no  3:40 P.M. buses
  • End time 4:40 P.M.
  • 4:40 P.M. busing for ALL students
  • 6:00 P.M. sports bus
Bus safety
  • Additional bus safety training for drivers
  • Buses will have a longer wait time once students exit the buses
  • Walkers will board backup bus
Period 9 will offer Problem Based Learning activities in:
  • Math
  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Science
Purpose of Problem Based Learning activities is to develop well-designed projects that will teach students how to become deep, analytical thinkers and to persevere through the inquiry process.  To include:
  • Inquiries which will be academically rigorous to prepare students to pose questions
  • Gather and interpret data
  • Ask further questions
  • Develop and evaluate solutions
  • Build evidence for answers
Student groups:
  • Accelerated
  • General Education
  • Students with Disabilities
  • English Language Learners
Groupings were determined based on the following school information:
7th Grade Students:
  • NYS ELA / NYS Math Scores
  • 5th Grade Assessments
  • Teacher recommendations
8th Grade Students:
  • NYS ELA / NYS Math Scores
  • NYSESLAT (English as a Second Language Achievement Test)
  • Final Grades (June 2014)
Teacher Teams
  • Teams will consist of Math, ELA, Science and Social Studies
  • Will operate on an A, B, C, D Day schedule
  • Teachers will instruct (4) different groups of students every (4) days
Technological academic student support:
  • Achieve  3000 (ELA)
  • Thinking Through Math
  • Castle Learning in Social Studies, Math Science, English and Foreign Languages
  • SAT Prep to unleash student's full potential
Period 10 will offer the following co-curricular clubs and homework tutoring:
  • Builder's / P.B.I.S.
  • Computer 
  • Drama
  • Environmental
  • Junior Honor Society
  • Knowledge Masters
  • Ladies'
  • Men's
  • Multi-cultural
  • Newspaper
  • Science Olympiad
  • 7th & 8th Grade Student Council
  • Weather
  • Yearbook
Additional activities will include:
  • Think First Presentation
  • Cyber-Safety Program
  • Big Screen Movie Productions
  • Musicals
  • RCC Mentors
  • STEM Curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
  • Pay It Forward
  • Guest Speakers
  • Field Trips
  • Other enjoyable activities TBA
Pomona's plan for the implementation of ELT is aligned with the school's overall academic focus.  This academic focus will drive instructional improvement through the continuous monitoring of student data and academic growth.
The additional time for core academics and enrichment activities will be utilized to accelerate student learning in core academic subjects to support school-wide achievement goals.