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  • The Red Hook Central School District held its 2nd Parent University on Oct. 24, 2014. Click here to see what you missed!
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  • 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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Red Hook Central School District
9 Mill Road
Red Hook, NY 12571
Tel. 845-758-2241

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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.
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 curriculums. 
  • 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 evaluation process.
  • 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 plan.

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, 2015. 
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
Recommended Reading from Superintendent Finch:
The New York Times Article - A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.
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