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Principal Torok's Newsletter

October 2, 2023

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, October 2 (A day)

Tuesday, October 3 (B day)

Wednesday, October 4 (C day)

Thursday, October 5 (D day)

Friday, October 6 (No School)

Homecoming Events!

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Upcoming News & Events!


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Mental Health Matters!

RVHS places a high priority on the mental health and well-being of students and staff. Your mental health influences how you think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life's setbacks and hardships. We want our students to know it's okay to ask for help.

Freshmen Head to SUNY Ulster on 10/2!

Reminder! Students in 9th grade will participate in the R.Y.A.N.’s Ulster County Youth Rally on Monday, October 2 at SUNY Ulster. The event is aimed at promoting awareness and prevention surrounding the disease of addiction.

The busses will be departing RVHS at 8:45 AM and will return back to the school at 12:30 PM. Students may want to pack a light snack. Lunch will be served when we return at 12:30 PM in the cafeteria.

Night School Starts on 10/2!

Night School starts Monday, October 2. Night School & Regents Prep will be held from 2:35-4:30 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Questions about Night School, contact Ms. Balestra.

Night School Supervisor

Ms. Balestra

687-2400 ext. 4252


Lunch Menu for the Week

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Health News!

Healthy Reminders from Nurse Redmond!

Now that we have a few weeks of school under our belt, we wanted to take a moment to remind students to use good hygiene practices to stay healthy, such as good handwashing especially before/after eating, whenever they touch their mouth/nose or eyes, and after using the bathroom. Covering coughs/sneezes with a tissue and staying well hydrated will help stop the spread of bacteria and viruses that cause illness. Lastly, as always, starting the day with a healthy breakfast gives the body energy to keep it healthy and the immune system functioning. Stay healthy Rondout!

College & Career News!

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Become a Jack of All Trades & Enjoy Job Security!

With trade work, once you become certified in your field, you can basically always count on finding a job. Not only this, but you can enjoy more mobility.

Anywhere you choose to live, there will be a need for mechanics, plumbers, builders, or other trades.

Club News!

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Gander News!

Newcomer's Uplifted Field Trip to Tongore!

The annual Freshman Field Day at Tongore Park in Marbletown was filled with fun, food, and opportunities to get acquainted. Grade 9 students were divided up into groups and spent time learning more about each other. Groups were led by Peer Leaders who were selected last spring and underwent training prior to this event. After the ‘get-to-know-you’ session, the groups were matched up for some friendly competition in games like trivia, Pictionary, relays, variations of Rock Paper Scissors, and more. This was all part of the Newcomers Uplifted Program that will have these same groups reunite throughout the Fall semester with more activities and information to facilitate the transition to the high school!

Sticking with the Best in the Halls!

The Rondout Valley High School hallways are getting some love! Students in Intro to Art are working together on “Tape Mural” projects, which are blueprints for paintings that will be in the different wings throughout the building. We can’t wait to see the final products!

Get your Music Booster Card!

The Rondout Valley Music Department, in collaboration with the Rondout Valley Education Foundation, are currently hosting their annual discount card fundraiser! Discount cards are only $10 each, can be purchased online, and will be mailed to you upon receipt of payment. $9.50 of each $10.00 order goes directly to supporting our music students!!! To see the full listing of participating businesses and to order a card, click here.

Parents Needed!

Attention Rondout Valley High School families! The PTSA is back and is looking for parent volunteers to take on leadership roles. If you are interested, please reach out to Assistant Principal Ryan Judge at rjudge@rondout.k12.ny.us. Once there is leadership in place, we will share other ways to get involved!
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News from Guidance

Counseling Office

For 2023-2024, the students are assigned to Counselors as follows:

  • Holly Miller, Grade 9
  • Courtney DeMarco, Grades 10–12 (A–K)
  • Jody Hoffman, Grades 10–12 (L–Z)

  • Alison Klein, College & Career Counselor
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After School Support!

After-school help is available for all students from 2:35-3:35 PM for English, Social Studies, Science, and Math every week. Please review the schedule. Transportation is available. After school busses leave at 3:35 PM and 4:45 PM daily.

Schedule Changes!

Reminder the deadline to drop a course is Friday, October 13. Please scan the QR code to submit your request and your counselor will contact you as soon as they can.

Campus Parent (Parent Portal)

The Parent Portal through Infinite Campus allows families to monitor their child’s progress, grades, and attendance. If you need assistance accessing the portal the portal, please email Randi Chase at rchase@rondout.k12.ny.us. If at any time you have a question about your child’s assignments, please contact your child’s teacher or counselor.

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RVHS Staff Directory

To reach a phone extension, dial 687-2400 and then the extension. To e-mail a staff member, please add @rondout.k12.ny.us to the user's e-mail below.

Upcoming Dates!


3: Faculty Meeting

5: 5-Week (Quarter 1) Marking Period Ends

6: Homecoming Food Truck Festival 4:30-9:00 PM

9: School Closed

10-11 Senior Portraits (2:30-8:30 PM)

12: HS Evening Parent Conferences 4:00-7:00 PM

13: HS Afternoon Parent Conferences 12:30-2:30 PM

14: PSAT Exam at 7:45 AM

16: Liaison Meeting at 2:35 PM

17: Department Meetings at 2:35 PM

18: Picture Make-Up Day

24: Third Meeting of the Month

24: School Improvement Team (SIT) Meeting at 2:35 PM in Library

26: No Place for Hate Team Meeting at 2:35 PM in Library

27: Staff Development Day (1/ Day for Students)