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We hope you will enjoy this video of “All You Need Is Love” being
performed by our RVCSD Music Department.


Mrs. Crowley and Mr. Denise are back with another edition of the Friday Fitness Challenge!


3rd grader Raiya Jagodzinski’s natural disaster project was a huge hit among her classmates! Mrs. Schoonmaker’s KES 3rd graders worked on these projects following their recent environment and ecology unit. The students researched their chosen disaster, and then used the knowledge they gained to fill in the teacher created slideshow template complete with an experiment or project to share what they learned! To finalize the assignment, their slideshows were presented to their class and teachers, and were given four friendly reviews from their peers. The students learned so much and were genuinely excited to share their projects with their class. We hope you will enjoy Raiya’s slideshow and project! (You may have to pause slide #10 to view the project video.)


Please enjoy a virtual gallery showcasing some of our talented K-12 grade student artists. The artwork on display is a combination of pieces created in school earlier this year and at home through distance learning lessons.
Click here to view the virtual gallery.



During this unexpected time of distance learning, the social and emotional health of our students has been a priority for the teachers and staff at Rondout Valley. Emails such as this one confirm that our efforts are not unnoticed! “Mrs. Vitti has done a nice job working with my daughter's eighth grade class. She provides content, which I think the students could take or leave sometimes. What I truly appreciate is her connection with the students, and for the students. She gives them time to be together in break out rooms to discuss aspects of their lesson.... Which they may do to some degree, but the real value is the children seeing each other and having a chance to connect. That's the huge loss here and I think Mrs. Vitti recognizes this. She is consistent in her appointments with the class and not overly demanding on their course load, while trying to respect the children as social info individuals.” Thank you to Ms. Arms for sharing this photo and these kind words.
student - distance learning


At 3:00 PM on Memorial Day, trumpet players from across the country came together to play “Taps” in honor of our nation’s fallen heroes. Each from their own yards, driveways, and porches, students took part in “Taps Across America” and some of our High School Band students participated. We hope you will enjoy this video of RVHS Sophomore Pavlo Mysak joining in.
Follow this link to view.


Please use the link below to find several parent sessions that will be available through the District’s PPS Office. Sessions will focus on accessing district and community resources including access to possible mental health supports, access to medical care and food assistance, and an opportunity to connect with others about the struggles we are facing as parents/caregivers and as a community, as well as special education services during the time of distance learning. Be sure to check the link frequently for updates and additional sessions.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NJm1UsxuYhdQnyAPQKEVjImDXz77l1ZNwI7jG-yQEHU/edit?usp=sharing


Not all of our RVCSD families had internet service available at their homes when our school buildings were closed in March. Since then, the District has provided a total of 70 Rondout Valley families with Verizon jetpacks allowing them improved internet service. The jetpacks were distributed via in-district pick-up, home delivery through Social Workers or Courier, or mailed home via USPS.
jetpack


As a reminder to our families, the District has put together a page dedicated to providing helpful resources for our families during this time. These resources include information about available food resources, google classroom, zoom meetings, coronavirus resources, and much more. The page can be found by using this link, or by visiting the homepage of our District website.
https://sites.google.com/rondout.k12.ny.us/rvcsdfamily/home


We come to you this morning with another Friday Fitness Challenge from our IS/JHS Phys. Ed. Department! 


We are proud to announce that the total number of headbands that have been printed using our grant funded 3D printers is up to 720! In collaboration with SUNY New Paltz, six of our staff members have been working diligently to print these headbands and combine them with replaceable face shields for medical personnel in our area. These 720 headbands have a combined total of 6,125 face shields! 570 of the headbands with face shields have been donated to area hospitals, nursing homes, and fire departments. There are 150 remaining that will be used in-district or distributed to other facilities in need. Teachers are continually printing these headbands.
local agencies donations


Since the closure of our schools in March, the District has continued to ensure that our students and their siblings are not hungry. This includes the continuation of our regular backpack program, multiple pick-up locations at our schools, and home delivery of meals for those who cannot make it to our pick-up locations. We have provided over 12,500 meals to the children in our District! Thank you to all of our staff members who have showed up to prepare, deliver, and hand out meals day in and day out.
food prep  food prep

food prep  food prep


RVCSD is committed to supporting the emotional and mental health of our students. If your child is struggling, please use our counseling corner or psychologists page for valuable resources. You can also reach out directly to our counselors or psychologists. Their contact information can be found on these pages.
https://tinyurl.com/RVCounselingCorner
https://tinyurl.com/RVPsychologists


Congratulations to seniors Dante Catalfomo and Katherine Hardy who have earned the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award!

Catalfomo served as captain of the Varsity Cross Country Team and played Varsity Soccer and Indoor and Outdoor Track. In addition, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Band and Pit Orchestra. Catalfomo will be studying Business Administrating with a concentration in finance at Babson College.

Hardy played Varsity Soccer, Tennis, and Alpine Skiing. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Team, Science Olympiad, All County Band, Stage Crew and recipient of the Junior Stockholm Water Prize for her Science Research Project. Hardy will be studying Biology at Binghamton University.
senior scholar athletes


Our staff members have completed a combined 757 professional development workshops since schools were closed on March 13th. Those have included technology workshops, social and emotional workshops, and many others. Today, on our previously scheduled Superintendent Conference Day, our staff members will be attending additional virtual workshops to help them continue educating our children remotely through these unprecedented times.
Superintendent Conference Day


RVCSD will continue to distribute meals to all children ages 18 and under during the mandatory school closure. These distributions will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 PM at our High School, Marbletown Elementary School, and Kerhonkson Elementary School. If these locations do not work for you, please call 845-687-2400, press 4, then extension 4102.

In addition, there are multiple other food assistance options available to families. Those resources include Rondout Valley Food Pantry, Town of Rosendale Food Pantry, Town of Rochester Food Pantry, Ulster County’s Project Resilience, and SNAP. All of these resources, and many others, can be located by clicking “Resources for RVCSD Families” on the homepage of our website.
Food Assistance


We come to you this Friday morning with another Fitness Challenge from our IS/JHS Phys. Ed. Department! We hope you'll complete this challenge! 


The Rondout Valley Science Research program had another extraordinary year despite the difficult situation that developed this spring. The program continued to offer our students unparalleled opportunities to develop knowledge and master skills at levels far beyond their years which will undoubtedly pave the way for success and prepare them to take the lead in solving the complex issues facing our planet and society. Follow this link to read about the accomplishments of our Science Research students.
science research



We've got another Friday Fitness Challenge for you, thanks to our IS/JHS Phys. Ed. Department!


Last week, RV teachers and staff rallied together to surprise our senior class and let them know we love and miss them so much. Here's a little behind the scenes from our senior surprise!



Today's Friday Fitness Challenge is here! Thanks to Mr. Denise and Mrs. Crowley for putting this together for our community!


Mission accomplished and the surprise has sprung! This morning, every senior received a yard sign. K-12 faculty and staff members drove across the district to let our seniors know we love them and are missing them so much! Thank you to all the teachers and staff members that helped deliver them. A special thank you to Mr. Maloney who created the awesome design and a special thank you to the RVF who covered the entire cost. Thank you to everyone that helped make this happen! It takes more than a village to raise a child; it takes a district!
Principal Torok


Mr. Denise and Mrs. Crowley from the IS/JHS PE Department have put together a Friday Fitness Challenge for our community. We hope you will enjoy this challenge, and participate to help maintain your physical fitness!



Members of our High School Select Choir perform 'Seasons of Love' from the musical Rent! Every voice was recorded remotely. 



The Rondout Valley Central School District has earned the honor of being one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" in the United States for the second year in a row! This honor recognizes both the strength of our music program and also your high level of support. Thank you to our entire community for making Rondout Valley such a very special place!

best communities for music education


A huge thank-you to our Food Service staff, who continue to make sure that our students receive breakfast and lunch during school closure. Last week, the staff prepared 1,071 meals for students!!

Meals are being distributed and delivered on Mondays and Wednesdays. Information regarding food pick-up and deliveries, plus many other resources, can be found on the district website.


RVCSD is proud to announce that the total number of face shields that have been printed using our 3D printers is up to 246! In collaboration with SUNY New Paltz, six of our staff members have been working diligently for over a week to print these face shields to assist with the PPE shortage for medical personnel in our area. Our efforts were assisted this week by the Arlington Teachers’ Association and the Arlington Central School District, who donated 5,000 transparency sheets which allowed us to continue assembling face shields with multiple sheets on each. The completed face shields have been and continue to be donated to area hospitals, nursing agencies, and other local agencies in need.
3D Face Shields



The District has put together a page dedicated to providing helpful resources for our families during this time. These resources include information about google classroom, zoom meetings, food assistance resources, coronavirus resources, and more. The page can be found by using this link, or by visiting the homepage of our District website.
https://sites.google.com/rondout.k12.ny.us/rvcsdfamily/home