Principal's Message From Mr. Tadduni

Summer 2018 Message from Principal Tadduni
Posted on 07/26/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Summer 2018 Message from Principal TadduniDear Parents, Guardians and Junior High Students,

I hope this message finds you having a fun summer. We are looking forward to the start of the 2018-19 school year with your child. Our goal is for every child to be successful and to reach his/her potential. Included in this letter are tips to help your child accomplish these goals. I am excited to be here for my 7th year as principal of Rondout Valley Junior High, home of Gander Nation.

I hope that you are doing some daily reading to keep your most important organ exercised, your brain. All students should have received a summer reading book from their English teachers. If you did not, you can come to the Junior High and pick up a copy. New brain research shows that reading is one of the best ways to build neuro-pathways that are vital to the development of adolescent brain growth. As a matter of fact, a study was recently done on middle schoolers and summer reading. What it found was that students who did not read over the summer were 2-3 weeks behind their peers come September. That means it takes a student who does not read over the summer 2-3 weeks to catch up to their peers who did read over the summer, putting them at a significant academic disadvantage starting off the school year.

A list of school supplies specific to the classes you will be taking is listed on the Junior High Website. All students will be enrolled in core classes; however only 7th graders will be taking Health, while most will be taking a Foreign Language. In addition to the core English, math, science and social studies classes all 7th and 8th graders will also be taking Technology, Physical Education, Home and Careers, Art and Music classes during the course of the year. We hope you are able to find the best quality supplies at the best prices with this advance notice.

We will be sending a second mailing in late August to 8th graders only that will have your homeroom teacher’s name and their room number in the letter. When you arrive for your first day of school your homeroom teacher will have your schedule for the 2018-2019 school year waiting for you. Eighth grade students may come during the day on August 30th to get their locks and set up their lockers.

Seventh grade parents/guardians please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 30th. That night we will be having our annual Seventh Grade Orientation Night from 6:00-7:30 in the middle school building. On that night 7th grade students will receive their iPads, locks & lockers, locker numbers and a handout that has your homeroom teacher’s name on it and the room number, so you know where you will start your day come  the first day of school. Bring your school supplies with you and you can put them in your locker that night. We hope you all can make it to this important and informative night. Please contact Bonnie Markle in the counseling office at ext. 4705 if you want to be there and transportation is an issue.

The following is important information all students/parents/ and guardians should be aware of:

Attendance: First and foremost, we need your child to be present in school each and every day. We know that unforeseen illnesses and emergencies may arise that warrant an absence, but unless the event cannot be avoided, we do expect your child to attend school each day. Furthermore, we expect your child to arrive to class on time. After two warnings, lunch detentions will be given to those students who arrive late to class without a pass.

Required Materials:

Your child is expected to bring the following items to each class every single day:

•Charged iPad

•Pen/pencil

•Planner (either electronic calendar on iPad or paper version)

•Loose-leaf paper

(see the enclosed supply list for teacher/class specific supply information)

After two warnings, lunch detentions will be given to those students who arrive to class without all of these required materials. It is essential that we hold students accountable, so they come prepared for each class and ready to learn.

Web Platforms: Both Google Classroom and eBackpack will be used by teacher to post and collect assignments. Both of these web platforms can be accessed on students’ iPads as well as any electronic device, such as a desktop computer or phone. It is critical that your child learn and remember his/her passwords to use and access these platforms. We also suggest that these passwords are shared with parents and guardians, so you too can access assignments.

SchoolTool Parent Portal: It is highly recommended that all parents sign up for the web-based confidential and secure Parent Portal before the beginning of school if you have not already done so. This will allow you to view assignment grades for core classes, as well as five-week and quarterly grades, attendance, schedule information, and contacts. In order to gain access the portal, please complete the Parent Portal Use Form, which you can find by either contacting Bonnie Markle in our JHS guidance office at bmarkle@rondout.k12.ny.us, or by clicking on the “Parents” section of Rondout Valley Central School website. It can also be accessed by going to the following link: rondout.k12.ny.us/parents/parent_portal_information.

Remember, each school year our student’s get to reinvent themselves. What we accomplished last year may have been great, but no one can rest on past accomplishments. Some of you may have not done your best last year, that’s okay too; with each new school year you get a fresh start. We encourage all students to participate in our school community by becoming involved a variety of activities such as, clubs, sports, band or chorus, as well as other events and happenings that are taking place throughout the school year. We want you to show your gander pride and most importantly to be an upstanding school citizen.

I am honored to be your principal and am excited about this upcoming school year. Your teachers, counselors, and I are currently attending workshops, creating the master schedule and planning for a successful 2018-2019 school year. Our outstanding custodial staff and secretaries are making sure the building and all the important behind-the-scenes effects are in top running order and ready for September. I want to invite parents, guardians and family members to get involved both here at the junior high and in partnership with your child’s educational experience. Students, parents/guardians, teachers and our entire support staff working together towards student success will make 2018-2019 a great school year.

Go Gander Nation!

Charles Tadduni
Principal
Rondout Valley Junior High School