Red Hook Central Schools

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Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Red Hook Central School District shall be to develop in its students the knowledge, intellectual integrity, and social consciousness to prepare them to accept the obligations and opportunities found in a complex society. The District seeks to provide a challenging educational environment that fosters and rewards the values of respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, and community service in all its members.
Congratulations to Spelling Bee Champion Alexandra Snyder!
Linden Avenue Middle School 8th grader Alexandra Snyder represented the Red Hook School District in the 2016 Capital Region National Spelling Bee held recently. In an extremely hard fought battle, Alex placed first among the 117 students representing their respective school districts. Along with the other first-place prizes - which include a Galaxy Note tablet, a check for $200, a Miriam Webster New Third International Dictionary, the 2016 Samuel Sugarman Award, and a one-year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica online - Alex and a chaperone received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington DC to compete in the nationally-televised Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. Well done, Alex!!
From the Superintendent: An Explanation of Graduation Rates
January 20, 2016

Dear Community Members:

A few weeks ago, an area newspaper ran a story about graduation rates for all school districts in Dutchess County. I’ve been around long enough to have a healthy skepticism of any data published in the newspaper that lacks context from the school district to assist readers in making informed opinions.

Here are some important things to understand about high school graduation rates:

  • The New York State Education Department assumes a four-year course of study leading to graduation. It is not uncommon for students to complete their studies in more than four years. For example, our published graduation rate of 86 percent did not include those students who graduated in August rather than June. When August graduates are included, our graduation rate increases to over 90 percent. The main reason a student graduates in August is due to a retake of a Regents exam to achieve a passing grade. 
  • Graduation rates are presented in two ways (i.e., a building rate and a district rate).  District graduation rates are almost always lower than the high school building rate because they include those students involved in special programs outside of Red Hook (e.g., students with significant disabilities). These students tend to require more time to complete their course of study.  
  • It is easy to assume that a 90 percent graduation rate must mean that 10 percent of the students dropped out. This is simply not the case. Our reported graduation rates do not include those students who graduate after more than four years, those students who participate in our Bard College Bridge Program and those students who earn a GED instead of a Regents diploma.

When we reviewed the data from the 2014-15 school year, Red Hook had a completion rate of 97.3 percent. This rate includes all those students on the traditional four-year diploma path and those students who fit the criteria listed above. I hope this assists anyone examining our district’s graduation rate in reviewing the numbers with a deeper understanding of the variables at play.


Paul Finch, Superintendent of Schools

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Familiar Faces Join the Ranks of RHCSD Staff


Recently, we transitioned the team of Occupational and Physical Therapists from contractor status to district employees. Among the several reasons for this change in status was the benefit for district staff and students in establishing longer-term relationships with these valued professionals. Additionally, the district felt the transition would help it to meet its obligations under the Affordable Care Act. We are pleased to acknowledge Sarah Shea (PT), Margaret Mary Cayea (PT), Stacie Totman (OT), Alicia Mattson (OT), and Christa Holberg (OT) as an integral part of our teaching and learning community!
RoboRaiders Robotics Team For the Win!
rhhs robotics team The Red Hook RoboRaiders Robotics Team took Albany by storm Saturday, January 16, in the Capital Region Qualifying tournament.  The RoboRaiders were the only undefeated team in the tournament, and placed first at the end of a grueling six-hour day of matches, ending as the Winning Alliance Captain.
The team also won the First Place INSPIRE Award for best overall team, Second Place Control Award for the autonomous programming of the robot, and Third Place Design Award for the CAD model of the robot.
Coaches Dwane Decker and Yvonne Pierce are proud of how far the students in RoboRaiders have come over the past four years, and wish to thank everyone involved in supporting the team and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in our schools. 

Policies for All Employees for 2015-16 School Year

In its continued commitment to reducing paper consumption and making resources available in electronic format, the district is making the following policies for employees available in PDF format. Staff are expected to review these documents before signing the required acknowledgement form and submitting it to their building's main office secretary.  If you have any questions about the policies, please contact the District Clerk Elena Maskell at 845-758-2241 ext. 55010. To open the policy, click on its name.




  • MySchoolBucks Parent Portal
    The Food Services Department encourages parents to use mySchoolBucks, a convenient and secure online payment and parent information portal for cafeteria purchases. For more information, visit the Food Services' website.
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    Virtual Backpack
    Click on the backpack to be redirected to the school district's virtual backpack full of information for students and their families. You will find school events, lunch menus, newsletters, community events and more in the virtual backpack! 
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  • Closing/Delay/Emergency Information
    School delays, cancellations and changes in dismissal times will be posted on the district website and its Twitter feed @rhcsd, recorded on the message center (845-758-2241) and shared with area television and radio stations. Parents are advised to keep emergency contact information current by notifying the main office of your child's school if phone numbers or email addresses change. 

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