RV Recognized as “Champion of Change”

Rondout Valley Recognized as a “Champion of Change” by NYS School Boards Association
Posted on 06/21/2022
RVHS Principal Jessica Torok accepts Champion of Change bannerThe Rondout Valley Central School District (RVCSD) was honored by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) through their recognition program, Champions of Change, at a recent Board of Education meeting. Rondout Valley is one of only 14 school districts in New York State (NYS) that has been selected for this program in the past six months. 

According to NYSSBA, the Champions of Change program was started as an opportunity to give NYS school districts an unexpected recognition or “pat on the back.”

RVCSD was named a “Champion of Change” for its recent partnership with the Ulster Prevention Council, which offered a customized program to help meet the needs of Rondout Valley High School (RVHS) students. The Ulster Prevention Council works throughout Ulster County to prevent substance abuse in youth and families through evidence-based school and community prevention services. 

The RVHS program, which launched in February, helped students increase capacity in necessary skills such as communication, conflict resolution, and goal setting, while also helping them build relationships and reconnect with one another, especially after these past few years. In addition, the program assisted students with decision making, social media-related issues, and the provision of social-emotional support. 

The RVHS program was different in that the Ulster Prevention Council “pushed into” classrooms, with the goal of reaching the students on their level, and helping them improve their skillset as it related to the topics presented. 

On behalf of the District, RVHS Principal Jessica Torok accepted a banner from a NYSSBA representative during a Board of Education meeting on June 14. Also in attendance were representatives from Ulster Prevention Council. The banner, which celebrates Rondout Valley’s meritorious program, will be displayed with pride at the school.

Ms. Torok looks forward to expanding this program in the High School in the years to come. “Thank you to the New York State School Boards Association. We are so honored to receive this recognition,” she said. “This is just the beginning for our work with the Ulster Prevention Council and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them to craft custom programs that fit the needs of the Rondout Valley school community.”