Principal's Summer Message

Principal's Summer Message
Posted on 07/26/2017
photo of summerDear Parents, Guardians and Junior High Students,

I hope this message finds you having a fun summer. Summer can be the best time of the year to spend quality time with family and friends and forget about school for a while. I am excited to be here for my 6th year now as principal of Rondout Valley Junior High, home of Gander Nation, and while I will miss working with Mrs. Ayasse I am very happy to be working alongside Mr. Cutler who will be taking over the reigns as the principal of the Intermediate School.
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, please see information at the bottom of this letter for instruction. 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 2017-2018 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 Wednesday, August 30th. That night we will be having our annual Seventh Grade Orientation Night from 6:00-7:30 in the middle school building. You will be able to meet and hear from your child’s teachers, students will get their iPads, locks, 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. 
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 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 a great school year.

Go Gander Nation!

Charles Tadduni
Rondout Valley Junior High School

Attention parents/guardians of incoming 7th graders:
The summer reading book Wonder is finally here. We will leave the books in boxes in the Middle School vestibule outside the downstairs main office. Books can be picked up Monday-Thursday from 8 AM to 4 PM. 
Wonder is a fantastic book about a middle school student dealing with and persevering through a serious medical condition. The book is humanistic, humorous and heartwarming.  It’s has been made into a movie which will be released this November. You can a watch a trailer of the movie on YouTube as well.