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.
Red Hook Robotics Teams Excel in Area Competitions
Red Hook High School's FIRST Tech Challenge Varsity Robotics Team 6567 RoboRaiders rolled over the competition to come in 1st Place at a competition in Albany on January 19, 2019. Our Varsity Team also won the Inspire Award for best overall team, the 2nd Place Design Award, and the 2nd Place Think Award for its engineering notebook.
Red Hook High School’s first year Junior Varsity Robotics Team 14245 Red Storm unexpectedly stole the show by coming in 2nd Place. The team also won 2nd Place Control Award for programming and the 3rd Place Think Award for its engineering notebook.
Both high school teams have now qualified for the Hudson Valley Regional Championship at Pace University on February 10. RoboRaiders have also qualified for the Excelsior Regional Championship (the rest of upstate NY) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica on March 9 and 10.
In addition, Linden Avenue Middle School's FIRST Lego League Robotics Team Raiderbots won in Millbrook on January 19, 2019. They took 1st Place in Robot Performance and won overall Tournament Champion! The team also advances to its regional championship at Dutchess Community College on February 9.
We are very proud of these hardworking future engineers and scientists! Congratulations RoboRaiders. Red Storm, and Raiderbots!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Katie Zahedi (email@example.com) or Mr. Rob McKiernan (firstname.lastname@example.org).For substitute aides: Mrs. Erin Hayes (email@example.com) or Mrs. Stacie Fenn Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).For substitute custodial workers: Mr. Perry Sheldon (email@example.com).For substitute food service workers: Mr. Larry Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org).For substitute bus drivers: Mr. Jeff Popp (email@example.com).Message from the SuperintendentDear Parents/Guardians:I am writing to thank you for supporting our November 6 professional development day for Red Hook Faculty and Staff. As a parent, I know it is often an inconvenience to arrange for child care on these days. Rest assured, however, that our work is focused on learning how to better serve your child(ren).By way of example, here is a sampling of the topics covered:
As with all organizations that desire to improve, these professional development opportunities are critical to success. Again, I thank you for your understanding and support.Regards,Paul Finch, Superintendent of Schools
- Instructing students who have experienced different forms of trauma
- Department/Grade-Level Coordination Meetings (i.e., expectations, curriculum, etc.)
- Middle and high school grade levels data analysis and the instructional implications
- Technology workshops (e.g., Microsoft Forms, Messaging Apps, OneDrive Tutorials, Internet Safety, ADA compliant webpages)
- Mindfulness in the classroom
- Visitations to community resources
- Responsive Classroom training for support staff (i.e., teacher aides, monitors, etc.)
- Food safety protocols for cafeteria staff
Good News Headlines!
Looking for some good news about teaching and learning in our school district? Please check out the Headlines section below!
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.
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.
Auditorium Project Update
The school district is currently waiting for the State Education Department to give its final approval on our design specifications for the new auditorium at Red Hook High School. We expect that this approval will arrive within the next month. In the interim, we have been carefully watching market conditions and discussing how best to position the project for contractor bidding. Our hope is to put the project out for bid in early February and award contracts in March. Activity on the site should begin as soon as the weather allows for site preparation work.
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!
Website Accessibility Statement
The Red Hook Central School District is committed to making this website accessible to visitors with disabilities. We are continually working to increase its accessibility and usability, and to conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. If for any reason you cannot access any of the material on our website, please contact us and we will work to resolve the problem.