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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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Welcome

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.
 
2015/16 Budget Vote Results
 

Thank you, Red Hook community for your support of the 2015/16 school year budget! Voting results are as follows: budget passed with 752 yes; 299 no votes. Bus purchase passed with 758 yes; 298 no votes. Incumbent Board of Education trustee Ed Mercier was re-elected. Funding for Red Hook Public Library passed with 729 yes; 321 no votes. Student member on the Board of Education passed with 813 yes; 237 no votes. 

 
Wanted: Two At-Large Community representatives for the District Leadership Team. Interested community members should email Paul Finch at pfinch@rhcsd.org 
 
Reminder: School Days Make-Up Schedule
 
The 2014-15 school year calendar was created with five emergency closing days included before we would have to make up days. As of the closing on February 9, 2015, we had seven emergency closings. The second make-up day is Friday, May 22, and school will be in session that day. 
  
Capital Project Status Update
 
March 30, 2015
 
Dear Community Members:
 
Here’s an update on the $7.5 million capital project that was approved by the district’s voters in May 2013.  As you may recall, this project included the installation of a new system of security cameras, a district-wide phone system replacement, district-wide wireless networking, new boilers for Mill Road, new classroom unit ventilator air handlers (and related controls) for every classroom at Mill Road, and other miscellaneous infrastructure improvements.   The diverse nature of these projects has made implementation an exciting challenge for us.
 
To date, we have completed the installation of the new camera system, the new Voice-Over-IP phone system, the wireless network, the preparatory work for boiler installation, the installation of card-access door controls at Mill Road and the expansion of the card-access systems at Linden Avenue Middle School and Red Hook High School.  This summer will be devoted to completing the new boiler and unit ventilator installations at Mill Road.  An exciting addition to this project is the installation of an elevator for Mill Road Primary School.  For many years, the lack of an elevator to the second floor of this school has been a logistical hurdle for mobility-impaired adults and students alike.  We are very pleased to finally resolve this problem.
 
You may begin to notice contractors working at Mill Road and the middle school during spring recess and in the evenings of the coming weeks.  We are getting a jumpstart on these complicated infrastructure projects by beginning portions of them now.  The summer construction season is brief and can be delayed by unexpected events.  Starting some of the work this spring may make the difference between finishing on time or not before we begin the new school year in September.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about the capital projects underway, please feel free to contact my office at (845) 758-2241 ext. 55010.
 
Regards,
Paul Finch, Superintendent
 
Congratulations to the RHHS Students for Film Awards
 
On May 6, the students from the Intro to Broadcast TV Class at Red Hook High School showed their film “Canted Love” as part of a film fest in New York City. The students' film won both the “Best Graphics" and “Best Use of Cinematic Technique” awards. The film was also nominated for "Best Camera Work" and "Best Effects." There were 30 films submitted from high school throughout New York State.  Congratulations, students and teacher Mr. Fitzmaurice! 
 
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Model United Nations Club Shines
 
Students in the Model United Nations club participated in the Cornell Model UN Conference on April 17-18 Red Hook received the Outstanding Small Delegation Award, an honor given to only one delegation at the conference. In addition, Templeton Kay won Best Delegate in his committee, Evan Torrisi received an Honorable Mention Award and both Isabel Vazquez and Shane Digan received verbal commendations.  Congratulations to all.  We are very proud of you! 
 
Kudos - NAMM Foundation Recognition!
 
Congratulations to our students and teachers! Red Hook has been named a "Best Community for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation for the second year in a row! Just 388 school districts were so recognized in 2015, out of about 13,900 public school districts in the United States. 
 
Recommended Reading from Superintendent Finch:
 
The New York Times Article -  College for the Masses
The New York Times Sunday Book Review - 'The Test,' by Anya Kamenetz 
The New York Times Article - Hearing Every Voice in the Room 
The New York Times Article - In Defense of Annual School Testing 
The New York Times Article - A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.  
 

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