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.
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
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!
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.