Peekskill's Woodside Welcomes The Class Of 2026

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The staff at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill welcomed students back Thursday morning.
The staff at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill welcomed students back Thursday morning. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Students got off buses Thursday and lined up outside at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill.
Students got off buses Thursday and lined up outside at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Staff members at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill led students to their classes Thursday on the first day of school.
Staff members at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill led students to their classes Thursday on the first day of school. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Woodside Elementary School students posed for pictures outside the school before class.
Woodside Elementary School students posed for pictures outside the school before class. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Woodside Elementary School students posed for pictures outside the school before class.
Woodside Elementary School students posed for pictures outside the school before class.
Woodside Elementary School students posed for pictures outside the school before class.
Woodside Elementary School students posed for pictures outside the school before class. Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Staff members at Woodside Elementary School led new students around the building on their way to class.
Staff members at Woodside Elementary School led new students around the building on their way to class. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The faculty of Woodside Elementary School welcomed kindergarten and first-grade students Thursday morning as classes began across the Peekskill City School District.

Students were dropped off by parents and buses at the school before 9 a.m. and were greeted by Principal Staci Woodley and her staff and were led to their classrooms. Woodley starts her fourth year as principal at the school after stints as principal at Oakside and the now closed Uriah Hill elementary schools.

"So far so good," Woodley said as the last students made their way to class. "We can't forget that all these little ones are coming in for the first time, and with kindergartners it's usually their first school experience. We understand that they're nervous or anxious, so we want to have big smiles and make sure they get to their classrooms safely."

This year the school added three kindergarten classes for a total of 13 to accommodate an influx of new students.

"There are about 22 or 23 students in a class right now, and more are on the way," Woodley said. "We got a call from the registration office that we have about 10 more students."

First-grade teacher Bridget Holloman was moved to teach kindergarten, and teacher Dilenia Martinez was brought in from another school. Teacher Melina Cronin was hired to teach the third of the three new kindergarten classes.

New students are tested to see where they stand academically before being placed in classes, Woodley said.

"It's just to see where the students are, what letters they know, numbers, colors, shapes," Woodley said. "It helps us with class placement and knowing what students to put where to try and balance the classroom as best possible We try to have a similar amount of boys and girls, different academic ranges. We have two bilingual classes, and dual-language classes, too."

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