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.
Class of 2011 & 2013
Alumni Survey Launched!
Dear Parents & Guardians,
As part of our ongoing commitment to our students, the District launched an Alumni Survey in June 2016. Beginning with the Class of 2016 graduates, we collected data on our students’ perceptions of our learning community. We wanted to know whether they felt prepared for work, for life, and for higher levels of education. We wanted to know which aspects of our program had the most impact on them and which aspects had a lesser impact. We wanted to know if we missed anything our graduates feel was critical as they progressed from freshman to graduating high school seniors. The input we received from our graduates is currently being analyzed and will be used to inform plans for future improvement.
We are now entering the second phase of our Alumni Survey project. We will be expanding our data collection to the graduating classes of 2011 and 2013. Surveying the young adults in these cohorts will allow us to collect more nuanced information from students who have had several years of work and/or higher education experiences since receiving their Red Hook High School diplomas.
In order to collect the desired feedback, the District will launch a Twitter Feed to make our alumni aware of the survey. The feed is called “@TheRHHSSurvey,” and both the District (@rhcsd) and the Guidance Office (@redhookguidance) Twitter accounts will follow @TheRHHSSurvey. In addition, we will be posting information about the survey on the Guidance Office Facebook page, and working with the Senior Class Student Council to get the word out to improve our response rate.
The Alumni Survey of the Class of 2011 & 2013 will be administered via SurveyMonkey. It is critical that students, themselves, respond to the questions so that we are measuring their first-hand experiences of the District. Parents are welcome to email their feedback about their graduated students experiences to the District at email@example.com.
Paul Finch, Superintendent
Results of Water Systems Tests: Mill Road and Red Hook High School
November 15, 2016
On September 6, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed legislation requiring school districts in New York State to test potable water systems for lead contamination and to take corrective action. The threshold for action is a finding greater than .015 milligrams per liter. In compliance with that legislation, the district collected over 500 samples at the three school buildings. Test results have been received for the Mill Road Elementary School and the Red Hook High School. The PDF links below provide details of the locations exceeding the action threshold. Results from samples taken at Linden Avenue Middle School have not yet been received but will be included below when they arrive.
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:
At Mill Road Elementary School, any fixture accessible to students identified in our results has been disconnect to prevent its use. Signs have been installed on identified fixtures accessible only to adults at Mill Road and at all locations at the High School.
Remediation work is under way using our available inventory of faucets and water fountain parts to make the repairs. Additional parts may be needed to complete the remediation. Follow up water samples will be collected and tested to confirm that the repairs have been effective.
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.
Dr. Maureen Terranova, an obstetrician/gynecologist on the medical staff at Northern Dutchess, and Matthew Wolfe, a representative from Intuitive Surgical, demonstrated how the da Vinci Surgical System works and answered questions about healthcare technology. Fifteen members of the Red Hook Robotics Club watched as the surgeon controlled the robotic arms and surgical tools from a console several feet away.
Each student had an opportunity to perform robotic tasks from suturing to handling small objections with the surgical tools. Physician assistant Roberto Dos Reis, registered nurse Melissa Pellicane and Dr. Paul Pietrow of the hospital’s medical staff also assisted, answering questions about their careers and leading the students through the activities. The morning session was supported by the Rhinebeck Science Foundation.
Northern Dutchess Hospital offers da Vinci surgery to perform precise urological, gynecological, colorectal and gastrointestinal procedures. The hospital purchased the newest da Vinci Xi model earlier this year from California-based Intuitive Surgical, investing $2 million to bring major medical center technology to the local community. For information, visit www.healthquest.org/davinci.
Enhanced Weather Station Installed at RHHS
Dear Community Members:
Red Hook High School is the proud new host to an enhanced weather station. This weather station, part of the MESONET system, is one of only 17 enhanced detection systems in New York State. MESONET is a network of weather stations created by New York to improve forecasting.
The basic system collects data at regular intervals on precipitation, temperature, humidity, wind speed/direction, solar radiation, barometric pressure, soil temperatures (at 5, 25, 50 cm), and soil moisture (at 5, 25, 50 cm). Our enhanced system also collects data using LIDAR, Microwave Radiometers, and a Sun Photometer. These systems collect data on vertical wind profiles up to three kilometers, vertical temperatures up to 10 kilometers, and sunlight at different wavelengths.
We are excited about the prospect of teaching students about the instruments associated with this weather station, analyzing the real time data, and learning how real scientists use this information to make better predictions. (I was hoping it would make the snow closing decisions for me, but unfortunately it lacks that special feature!)
Paul Finch, Superintendent
Policies for All Employees for 2016-17 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.