RoboRaiders Competes at Albany Qualifying Tournament
Congratulations to the RoboRaiders following its competition at the Albany Qualifying Tournament January 14. In spite of the fact that the team's robot is not 100% finished yet, they still made it to the finals, and lost to some tough teams in the last match. (It also didn't help that the RoboRaiders' alliance partner robot broke down!)
According to Robotics Team Coach and RHHS Science teacher Yvonne Pierce, what the team is especially proud of is the awards it won, which were based on an interview with the judge panel, the team's engineering notebook, and its community service, as well as robot performance. In addition to being a Finalist Alliance Robot, the RoboRaiders achieved the following:
First Place "Think" Award for the best engineering and engineering notebook documentation. The team has never received this award before, and the students improved their writing and math skills a lot this year to win this award.
Second Place "Inspire" Award for the second place "best overall team." To obtain this award the team had to score highly in all judged categories. Inspire is the highest and most coveted award in the competition.
Third Place "Control" Award for the use of sensors and programming of the robot. This is quite an accomplishment and speaks to the amount of personal time and dedication the RoboRaiders' programming team has invested this year in their own independent learning.
The team would like to acknowledge its debt of gratitude to its two parent mentors from IBM: Steve Kocik and Susan Zichittella, who have donated many hours of their personal time to mentoring the students after school and on weekends.
Results of Water Systems Tests: UPDATED to include LAMS, RHHS and Mill Road
We have received the results of the water samples taken throughout Linden Avenue Middle School. The links below contain the list of locations which exceeded the Action Limit (greater than .015 milligrams per liter) established by legislation signed by Governor Cuomo on September 6, 2016.
At Mill Road Elementary School, any fixture identified in our results, and accessible to students, has been disconnect to prevent its use. Fixtures accessible only to adults at Mill Road have been left in service with signs posted to communicate the water should not be consumed. All identified locations at Linden Avenue Middle School and the Red Hook High School have also been labeled.
Efforts are underway to perform the remediation work for all locations. Some fixtures have been replaced and new samples have been taken. Use of the water from these locations will continue to be limited until passing results have been received.
The legislation was very specific as to the size of the samples and the procedure for the samples collection. The intent was to collect and sample water which had been sitting in the fixture, thereby better identifying the source of the contamination. More specific information regarding the testing protocols can be found at:
Paul Finch, Superintendent
RHHS Students Perform Mock Robotic Surgery at NDH
Thanks to advanced surgical robotic technology, they were able to save the banana!
Red Hook High School students sutured a banana and played the board game Perfection using a high-tech surgical robot during hands-on field trips at the start of the school year at Northern Dutchess Hospital.
Policies for All Employees for 2016-17 School Year
The Office of Curriculum and Instruction has worked collaboratively with the Instructional Technology Office to create a District Instructional Technology Plan. This three-year plan outlines a three-strand approach to infusing technology strategies into the teaching and learning environment.
Superintendent Paul Finch addresses the issues raised in the NYS Comptroller's audit of the Red Hook Central School District
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....and what that may mean for school closings and delays.
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It is important to know that some doctors are giving incorrect information to parents concerning the vaccine. Mrs. Kathy Frustaci, the Red Hook High School nurse, has been in touch with the New York State Department of Health to confirm that all seniors must have the vaccine.
Students must present doctor documentation that they have received the meningitis vaccine or appointment card to Mrs. Frustaci before the start of school in September. Mrs. Frustaci has been instructed by the Department of Health to exclude any student from school that does not have this documentation. Students will not be permitted to return to school until the required documentation is received by the nurse.
Each time a student reaches his/her senior year of high school, he/she will be required to have the meningitis immunization.
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.