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.
May 21, 2013 School Budget Vote Newsletter available here.
IB Art Show
To visit a photo gallery of images from the May 2013 IB Art Show, click here.
Pride of Red Hook Booklet
Please download the PDF of our Pride of Red Hook booklet for a look at all that we're proud of in the Red Hook Central School District!
RHHS Students Recognized for Academic Achievements
Fifty-one students at Red Hook High School earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement program provides students with the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school. For the full story, please visit The Poughkeepsie Journal.
Middle School Communication Workshop
I would like to thank the community members who attended the information meeting at Linden Avenue Middle School on Tuesday, April 16, to discuss the communication workshop for eighth grade students. For those community members not in attendance, the building principal outlined the topics discussed during the eighth grade sessions. These topics included: cultural stereotypes related to gender and gender identity, positive strategies for conflict resolution, and issues related to personal consent in relationships. All of these topics support our efforts to create a school environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying.
I appreciated the thoughtful dialogue about communication, supervision, and follow-up. I am confident that the middle school faculty will incorporate many of the suggestions into future programming. Dr. Zahedi, Mrs. Berardi, Mrs. Gaynor, and I remain available to all parents who would like additional clarification and/or would like to offer suggestions for future programming.
Paul Finch, Superintendent
In Response to Inaccurate/Misleading Media Reports about 8th Grade Health Classes at Linden Avenue Middle School
How Does Our Garden Grow? With Your Help!
As Harvest Hudson Valley moves into its second year, the scope of the Mill Road Garden Classroom Project is being expanded to include middle and high school students, the development of a cooking program and a district-wide school lunch initiative. We believe that all students in the Red Hook Central School District should have the opportunity to grow, cook and eat healthy, fresh food at school and that each stage - growing, cooking and eating - is equally important for the development of lifelong health and nutrition. Interested in learning more? Please click here to see how you can get involved.
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Superintendent's Message - Capital Project Proposal
Red Hook is not unique in its ongoing need to address its aging facilities. The district’s administrative team has developed a $7.5 million capital project proposal to replace aging heating system infrastructure at Mill Road Elementary, update technology infrastructure district-wide, and improve security in all of our buildings based on the lessons learned from the Newtown tragedy.
Specifically, the District seeks to accomplish the following:
•The installation of two new boilers to replace four existing units at Mill Road Elementary. The existing boilers are original to the building, and were installed in 1969 and 1971. It does not make sense to pay increasing yearly maintenance and repair costs on 40-year-old equipment that is inefficient by today’s energy consumption standards.
•The replacement of classroom heating units (i.e., unit ventilators) at Mill Road Elementary. The existing heating units are also original to the building. In addition to providing better air circulation, the new units will be more efficient and quieter.
•The installation of a Direct Digital Controls system throughout Mill Road Elementary. The existing system is an outdated pneumatic control system that will not work with the new heating units. The new controls will provide for more consistent room temperatures throughout the building and will allow for easier diagnostic troubleshooting.
•The replacement of the District’s phone system. As of July 2013, the manufacturer will no longer make replacement parts for our nearly 20-year-old phone switch hardware. This means we will be depending on less reliable used parts and components to keep this vital communication asset functioning.
•The creation of a wireless campus in all of our buildings for students and faculty use. This is an important upgrade that will support the seamless integration of the latest technologies into classroom instruction.
•The District-wide enhancement of security systems (e.g., additional surveillance cameras, new classroom locks, and building access control systems).
It is our goal to phase the project’s components so that any new debt replaces bonds that will be paid off in the near future. This limits the overall impact on the local tax levy.
If you would like to learn more about the proposed capital project, you can email questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Finch, Superintendent
Registering a New Student
If you would like to register a new student, you MUST contact the Registrar at 845-758-2241 ext. 4719 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 us at email@example.com.