April 2014  
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Desiree Vandemark  HS
Submitted by Lucy VanSickle
Desiree Vandemark took a CPR class with her son at their firehouse. She recently used those skills learned to save the life of her friend who was choking on food in her store in Woodstock.  Desiree should be commended first for being willing to learn the skill and then for being able to utilize those skills in an emergency environment! KUDOS!!

Kelly Shalian   JHS
Submitted by Brenda Decker
I would like to send kudos to Mrs. Shalian as she has helped my daughter from a mediocre French student last year to now high 90's. My daughter has benefitted from her teaching style with hands on projects and her time and patience. I believe teachers should be rewarded or acknowledged for this type of dedication.

Daryl Schoonmaker, Jason Clinton, Randy Loder
Submitted by Alison Abbruzzi
Bravissimo to Rondout’s fabulous music teachers Daryl Schoonmaker, Jason Clinton, and Randy Loder for their tremendous dedication to improving the culture of our district by offering such a comprehensive and dynamic music program.  The Pops Concert was thrilling and delightful, and we are so fortunate to have music teachers of your caliber in our schools! 
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Thursday, April 17th, is a D day. 

Dear parents, staff, and students, please note that school will be in session the following days next week as a consequence of our weather cancellations this year.

Monday, April 14th
Tuesday, April 15th
Wednesday, April 16th
Thursday, April 17th

There will be no BOCES on these days. 

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Rondout Valley Hall of Pride

In the fall of 2012, the Rondout Valley School District came up with an initiative to recognize graduates who have made a special contribution or been recognized for an outstanding achievement. We received over 50 applications! The criteria for a nomination was a personal accomplishment; entrepreneurial and professional accomplishment, academic achievement, community/school service and/or leadership.

The committee had the daunting task of trying to pick a limited number of winners from a vast array of well deserving recipients.  

On Friday, April 25th we will be conducting our first ever induction ceremony and honoring the first five recipients into our Hall of Pride. We invite and welcome anyone that would like to join us. The ceremony will take place from 9:45 am – 11:00 am in the high school auditorium.  

If you are interested in joining us for this exciting event, please RSVP to Debbie Gottstine at (845) 687-2400, Ext. 4201. We ask that all visitors on April 25th enter through the 500 wing lobby and check-in. 

The Community is invited to attend  

Risky Behavior and drug use concerns in
Ulster County and the Rondout Valley Central School District
April 23 Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.
Cheryl DePaolo
Ulster Prevention Council

Thanks to the generosity of RVGA supporters and their Board, they are offering the RVGA Scholarship this year to a graduating senior in one of the regional high schools who is interested in pursuing studies in agriculture or an agriculture-related field.  The winning student will receive a $500 scholarship award.  Application form can be downloaded here if you are or know a student interested in applying.  Applications are also av
ailable through the guidance offices at Ellenville High School, Kingston High School, and Rondout Valley High School or by contacting RVGA via email to  Application deadline is May 1st.
UPK Applications Available

Letter to parents and guardians regarding grades 3-8 State Assessments

Questions and Answers Related to the NYSED Assessments, Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), and the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) 


Petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education of the Rondout Valley Central School District will be available online at and at the District Office, Kyserike Road, Accord, beginning on Friday, March 7, 2014. Completed petitions, with the signatures of Thirty (30) qualified District voters, must be filed with the Clerk of the District not later that 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014. The term of office is for three (3) years. The following vacancies, expiring on June 30, 2014, are to be filled: term of Kent Anderson, term of James Ayers, term of James Blair. The election will be held on May 20, 2014. Candidates for the Board of Education must be at least 18 years old, qualified voters in the Rondout Valley Central School District and able to read and write. They must have been residents of the District continuously for one year before the election. Please call District Clerk Debra Barbiani for additional information at 687-2400, ext. 4803.

Petition for Candidacy

The County-wide Superintendent’s Conference Day, originally scheduled for May 7th has been changed to May 8th.  Please adjust your calendars accordingly as there will be no school for children.

Please be advised that the date of HS Graduation
has been changed from Thursday, June 26th 
to Friday, June 27th

Kudos Corner: Sincere thanks never grow old. So consider writing a sentence or two to praise the efforts, contributions or accomplishments of a staff member.  We will establish a section on the main page of our website to acknowledge your submission of “Kudos”. 

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