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Principal Torok's Weekly Newsletter

December 9, 2019

Here are the highlights for this week. As always, do not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments or ideas.

Week at a Glance

Monday, December 2 (A Day)

Tuesday, December 3 (B Day)

Wednesday, December 4 (C day)

Thursday, December 5 (D day)

Friday, December 6 (A day)

Upcoming News & Events!

Lunch Menu for the Week

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Gander News!

Hallway Decorating!

Tis the season to show some cheer, so hallway decorating time is here. From the 9th – 11th our students will try, to put a little sparkle in everyone’s eye. The seniors and sophomores will tackle the task of making the 500 wing a winter blast, the juniors and freshmen will rise to the call to decorate the 300 wing with lights and all. So let’s join in the season of joy and hope and bring in some decorations that you have stored in a tote.

Nothing can be hung from light fixtures, exit signs, cameras, or any other object in the ceilings, please use removable items to hang decorations with and tape that can be removed. Please do not block any egresses or stairs this includes nothing on handrails. If you have any questions, please see Rich Gohl.

Athletic News!

Congrats to Senior Bryan Chorzempa!

A HUGE congratulations to Bryan Chorzempa for winning the 200 yard free style with a time of 1:45.70 and 100 yard butterfly with a time of 52.73 at the Monroe-Woodbury HS Swim Boys Meet last week. Bryan is a Rondout independent swimmer "shadowing" with the Kingston HS Boys team. Bryan now qualifies for the NYS Boys Championship Swim Meet later this winter. Congrats Bryan!! #GanderNation

Gander Gear Now Available!

Ganders Gear is now available for purchase online! This store will be open all year and the merchandise will be sent directly to the person whom orders it online. Orders are customizable and there is something for everyone! Click HERE to shop now! If you have any questions, please contact our athletic office. Go Ganders!!!

Dr. Sebald

Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education

687-2400 ext. 4287


News from Guidance

Attention Seniors!

SUNY Ulster will be visiting the guidance office on Thursday, December 12 from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM. The Ulster advisor will be here to answer any questions you may have. They will also be able to help you fill out the application for admittance. This is a great opportunity to get the paperwork process started. Please stop by the guidance office to sign up if you would like to speak with the SUNY Ulster advisor.

Scholarship Opportunity!

Are you applying to SUNY Oswego? Are you planning on studying in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)?

SUNY Oswego is offering the Possibility Scholarship. This scholarship provides full financial support for undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees, double-occupancy room and board, plus on-campus summer research project and an international research experience with an overseas partner institution.

For more info, please stop by the guidance office or click HERE.

More Scholarship Opportunities!

The listing below are scholarships offered through StudentScholarship.org. Information specific to each scholarship can be found by following the link listed for that scholarship. For for info, click HERE or stop by the Guidance Office.

  • Edison Scholars Program: $40,000 (30 Awards). Deadline: 12/16/19.
  • You Deserve It Scholarship: $1,000 (1 Award). Deadline: 12/29/19.
  • Knight Essay Scholarship: $5,000 (3 Awards). Deadline: 12/31/19.
  • Illustrators of the Future Scholarship: $5,000 (4 Awards). Deadline: 12/31/19.
  • GoTranscript Academic Scholarship Program: $1,000 (1 Award). Deadline: 12/31/19.
  • Infinity Scholarship: $1,000 (1 Award). Deadline: 12/31/19.
  • Design Thinking Scholarship: $1,000 (2 Awards). Deadline: 12/31/19.
  • SuperMoney's Financial Literacy Scholarship: $2,500 (1 Award). Deadline: 12/31/19.
  • SP Scholarship: $10,000 (10 Awards). Deadline: 12/31/19.
  • Wealth Wise Scholarship: $1,000 (1 Award). Deadline: 12/31/19.
  • GenM Scholarship: $5,000 (4 Awards). Deadline: 12/31/19.
  • Bullying Prevention Scholarship: $1,000 (3 Award). Deadline: 12/31/19.
  • GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program: $40,000 (20 Awards). Deadline: 1/3/20.
  • Foot Locker Scholar Athletes: $20,000 (20 Awards). Deadline: 1/3/20.
  • Ron Brown Scholarships Program: $40,000 (10 Awards). Deadline: 1/6/20.

Need Extra Help?

Extra help in English, Math, Science & Social Studies is now available for ALL Students after school!

Night School Info

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hoffman.

Jody Hoffman

e: jhoffman@rondout.k12.ny.us

p: 687-2400 x4209


Pampered Chef!

The Class of 2021 is hosting a Pampered Chef Fundraiser. Please go to our Facebook Page @ RVHS Class of 2021. Click on the link to view the catalog and to make a purchase. Items will ship directly to your home.

Class Advisors for 2019-2020

Class of 2020: Ms. Balestra, Ms. Hyland & Ms. Edmonds

Class of 2021: Ms. VanSickle & Mr. Loheide

Class of 2022: Ms. Abi-Hassan & Ms. Brennan

Class of 2023: Mr. Malak & Ms. Sheehan

From the RVHS Parent Association

Our next planned Parents Association meeting is Monday, January 27 at 7:00 PM in the Welcome Center. All are welcome to attend.

More News!

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Upcoming Dates!


9: Liaison Meeting @ 2:35 PM

10: Department Meetings @ 2:35 PM

13: 5-Week Ends (Quarter 2)

15: HS Music at Barnes & Noble in Kingston @ 1-3:00 PM

17: Third Meeting of the Month

18: IST Meeting

18: HS Winter Concert @ 7:00 PM (snow date: 12/19)

19: No Place for Hate Team Meeting @ 2:35 in Room 403

23-31: Winter Recess (School Closed)


1: School Closed

7: Faculty Meeting @ 2:35 PM

9: National Law Enforcement (SRO) Appreciation Day

13: Liaison Meeting @ 2:35 PM

14: Department Meetings @ 2:35 PM

20: School Closed

21-24: Regents Exams/Midterm Week

24: Quarter 2 Ends

27: HS Parent's Association Meeting @ 7:00 PM in Welcome Center

28: SIT Meeting @ 2:35 PM in Room 310

30: No Place for Hate Team Meeting @ 2:35 in Room 403