Our Mission StatementThe 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.
Solar Project Proposal Goes Before Voters on May 21, 2019
The Red Hook Central School District will be seeking voter authorization on May 21, 2019, to pursue a large-scale solar project at its three buildings. The project, in collaboration with the New York Power Authority and Solar Liberty, consists of installing a total of approximately 2,250 solar panels on the roofs at Mill Road Elementary, Linden Avenue Middle School and Red Hook High School. These panels are expected to generate an estimated annual output of 964,969 kwh, with a total estimated utility savings over 25 years of more than $2 million. If approved by the voters, the project will be bonded over a 15-year period. The district believes that the local borrowing costs of the project will be more than offset by the annual energy savings of approximately $80,000, state aid reimbursement of approximately $75,000, and a one-time New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) incentive of approximately $370,000. For more information about the project proposal, please review the Solar Liberty Proposal and System Summary Statement found here.
Red Hook Robotics Team Headed to World Competition
Red Hook High School’s varsity robotics Team 6567, the RoboRaiders, is heading to the FIRST® Tech Challenge World Championships in Detroit at the end of April. The team qualified for this event based on their outstanding performance in February at the Hudson Valley Championship held at Pace University. The team was part of a Winning Alliance along with Team 8397, Beta of Plattsburgh, NY and Team 14245, Red Storm - Red Hook High School’s junior varsity team. The varsity team also received the INSPIRE Award for best overall team.
Students on the team include seniors, Jack Marcotte, Nicholas Urban and Simon Dantzic; juniors, Jacqueline Kocik, Kevin McCrudden, Alexandra Snyder and Jason Sember; sophomore Ethan Davidson, and freshman Anna Khakhalina. The robot, named Nostromo after the spaceship in the movie “Alien”, is the non-human team member who takes center stage.
This is not the first time the Red Hook High School robotics program has been recognized for its hard work and ingenuity. Last year, the team advanced to the East Coast Super Regionals and received the INSPIRE Award at the Hudson Valley Championship. In 2017, the team competed at the World Championship in St. Louis, MO, and was awarded the prestigious Judges’ Award for outstanding community service.
The RoboRaiders are coached by Red Hook High School science teachers, Yvonne Pierce and Dwane Decker. Parents Stephen Kocik and Susan Marcotte, both from IBM, serve as mentors for the team. The RoboRaiders are sponsored by a number of community organizations and local businesses including the Red Hook PTA, IBM and the Arconic Foundation.
FIRST®, a non-profit organization based in New Hampshire, is an acronym for For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST Tech Challenge is an international program designed to excite students in middle school and high school about STEM.
For more information about the Detroit event, please visit the FIRST Championship website.Team Enters NPR Podcast ChallengeThe robotics team students submitted an entry to the National Public Radio's (NPR) Student Podcast Challenge competition. The 10-minute podcast produced by the students documents what being a part of a robotics team is all about. The results of the NPR competition will be announced in April. According to team coach Mrs. Pierce, the students aren't expecting to win (although that would be awesome!) but enjoyed making the podcast and hope to use it as part of the team's outreach and ongoing promotion of STEM education. To listen to the students' podcast, please use this link.
Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Available
The Red Hook Central School District is now using Say Something Anonymous Reporting System for students and adults to easily and completely confidentially report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies. Say Something is provided by Sandy Hook Promise - a national violence prevention nonprofit organization - focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) before it happens by attracting, educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others. Students and staff at RHHS and LAMS attended presentations from Say Something staff this week. Information has also been sent to parents regarding the Say Something system. More information about the program and the resources you need to report safety concerns are available HERE. Say Something does not replace 911 and should not be used in the event of an emergency or a crime in progress. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the system and how it works.
Employment Opportunities AvailableThe Red Hook Central School District is currently accepting applications for substitutes for the following positions: teachers, classroom aides, custodial workers, food service workers, and substitute bus drivers and aides. If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for a position, please complete either the non-teaching applicaton (for aides, custodial workers, food service workers, and bus drivers) OR the teaching application (for classroom teacher substitutes). Links to the applications can be found here.Once your application is complete, you may contact the following individual(s) for an interview:For substitute teachers: Mr. Brian Boyd (email@example.com), Dr. Katie Zahedi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Rob McKiernan (email@example.com).For substitute aides: Mrs. Erin Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Stacie Fenn Smith (email@example.com).For substitute custodial workers: Mr. Perry Sheldon (firstname.lastname@example.org).For substitute food service workers: Mr. Larry Anthony (email@example.com).For substitute bus drivers: Mr. Jeff Popp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Policies for All Employees for 2018-19 School YearIn 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.
SafeArrival is a new way for parents/guardians to report student absences. It replaces having to submit handwritten notes or contact your child's school attendance clerk to report MOST absences. The system requires authorized parents/guardians to create an account which then links them to their student(s) for the purpose of absence reporting. Effective April 24, 2019, parents of students in grades PK - 12 marked absent AND for whom we do not have a reported reason, will receive an automated phone call from the district regarding that absence. For more details about SafeArrival, please visit our Parent Resource page located HERE.
Three "Give-back" Days Selected
Each year we build a school year calendar that allows for five emergency closing days (e.g., snow days). As of March 20, we've used two emergency closing days. As a result, we currently have three no-school (i.e., vacation) days to build back into our calendar. These “give-back” days are: Friday, April 12, Tuesday, April 23, and Thursday, May 23. In the event that we have emergency closings between now and the end of the school year, we will restore these days in reverse order (i.e., May 23, April 23, April 12).
Please Note – We have identified a misprint on the printed school year calendar. Monday, April 22, is a no-school day. Please update your personal calendar accordingly.
Project Drawdown EcoChallenge
Red Hook students and their families are taking the Drawdown EcoChallenge in April, and you are invited to join in the challenge! Sponsored by the RHHS Environmental Club, the 21-day program highlights more than 80 actions within seven Challenge categories aimed at reversing global warming. The challenge is free and open to the public*, and takes place April 3-24. Please visit this link to join the Red Hook team before April 3, and to learn more about the Drawdown EcoChallenge! Project Drawdown is a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists who have collaborated to create the best available solutions that can reverse global warming within the next 30 years. (*Participants under 13 years of age need parent permission.)
Focus on Advisory Periods
The administration at Linden Avenue Middle and Red Hook High School recently created monthly advisory periods to focus on many of the pressing social emotional needs of students. These advisory periods are meant to provide space for students and their teachers to discuss important issues. Recent topics include the harmful effects of rumors, the importance of gratitude, and understanding that perceptions of other people are often misleading. Unfortunately, schools face no shortage of topics fed by societal trends. The underlying belief is that dialoguing with students helps to create a better sense of school community, more empathy, a deeper relationship with the teacher, and a school culture more conducive to learning.
Board of Education Newsletter
Red Hook Central School District Board of Education members have created a newsletter to highlight what they've been focused on this past summer and thus far this fall. The newsletter, coordinated by Board President Johanna Moore, is available as a PDF file by clicking here.
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.
Virtual BackpackClick 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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