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.
Superintendent's Letter: November 2014
Dear Community Members:
On the way to school recently, my oldest son asked me
how many snow days we built into the calendar for this winter. I resisted the urge to tell him none! While we have allowed for five emergency
closings, I am hoping we don’t use any. We have important work to accomplish in the coming months.
I would like to share with you the initiatives we have committed ourselves to in the 2014-15 school year:
- Updates to our K-12 technology and K-8 health
- Refinements to the implementation of Common Core
English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Particular attention will be paid to the ongoing implementation of the
new K-5 math program, “Math in Focus.”
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of the computer-based
instructional programs used in our schools.
- A review of school start-time research with subsequent
recommendations to the Board of Education.
- Participation in professional development aimed at
improving administrative inter-rater reliability relative to our teacher
- Deepening our relationships with existing stakeholders
(i.e., Red Hook Education Foundation, PTA/PTSA, Bard College, officials from
towns and villages in our district).
- Developing a 2015-2016 school budget that falls within
the tax cap, and collaborate toward the development of a 1 percent efficiency
This list of initiatives is certainly not exhaustive,
but it gives you a sense of some of the work we are undertaking. As always, my office is available at 845-758-2241 ext. 55010 to
answer any questions you may have.
Paul Finch, Superintendent of Schools
Veterans' Tax Exemption Available For Eligible Taxpayers
On the evening of November 5, 2014, a Public Hearing was held at the Red
Hook Central School District on the possible approval of a Veterans’ Property
Tax Exemption for eligible veterans who own property in the
District. At the Regular Board of Education Meeting that same evening, the
Board approved a Veterans’ Exemption of up to $12,000 of assessed value for
wartime veterans, up to $20,000 of assessed value for combat veterans, and up
to $40,000 of assessed value for disabled veterans. These exemptions will
become available for the 2015 school tax year to eligible veterans who have an
approved exemption on file with the appropriate town assessor prior to March 1,
New Math In Focus Program for K-5 Students:
After an extensive search for a new K-5 math program, the district has adopted the Math In Focus program to address the higher expectations required by New York State Education Department. The program offers a focused and coherent syllabus that teaches topics in greater depth. The topics are taught to mastery, so student skills will build from year to year across grade levels without repetition. For more information click here.
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Registering a New Student
If you would like to register a new student for the 2014-15 school year, you MUST contact the Registrar Elena Maskell at 845-758-2241 ext. 55010 to schedule an appointment to meet with her. The Registrar's office gets very busy at times! Please schedule your appointment to register new students as soon as you have all the required documentation. Questions? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.