Principal's Message from Mr. Tadduni - March

Principal's Message from Mr. Tadduni - March
Posted on 03/26/2018

Students, parents, guardians and community members, please know we are committed to the success of your child in a climate that promotes safety, equity and inclusiveness. Our team of highly trained professionals continues to seek out best practices in their respective fields to best service your child’s academic needs and support their social and emotional growth.  Our vision of a School of Excellence is at the forefront of all that we do.

I want you to know that your child’s safety is our number one priority. Since I have been principal I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best school personnel in relation to school safety, including daily conversations about school safety with our School Resource Officers, Senior Crisis Counselors and faculty members who are trained First Responders. We practice more safety drills than required by the New York State Education Department and are much attuned to what is going on in the building and community, as it relates to safety. 

As we move into Spring, we know there can be many distractions from a long school year and we want to make sure that all students are striving to finish the year strong. To that end we want to remind you and your child that you can find out homework information by dialing 687-2400 and then your child’s teacher’s extensions. The extensions were mailed home in September. If you have misplaced it please call extension 4705. Also, please do not forget to sign up to Parent Portal, if you have not already done so, by calling the same extension. Parent Portal allows you to view your child’s current grade, see if they have missing assignments and to view when upcoming assignments are due. This is a great tool and gives you the most up to date information, per class, on your child’s progress.

The iPads can be excellent learning tools. Your child’s teachers have been honing their skills in their implementation into the curriculum for the last few years now, helping to make your child’s education engaging and stimulating. Your child is learning vital 21st Century Skills they will need for both the workforce and higher education.
In these trying times we will be utilizing Mindfulness practices both in large groups and individually to help support and promote thoughtful communication, good choices and sound reasoning. There is much research that supports the utilization of Mindful practices and individual well-being. 

We are also looking to promote the good things that your child is doing outside of the classroom as well. Please let us know any awards or special achievements your child has received/achieved so we may share those out with our school community. 

We ask that you continue to inquire from your child about their homework and how they are spending their free time. Please stay in contact with your child’s teachers and school counselor. We encourage you to have a set time and quiet location for your child to do their homework, as well as setting a time when your child turns in all electronic devices to YOU. Research shows that not much good is going on after 9 PM in cyberspace and that many students are up past midnight responding to texts, on social media sights or surfing the web. The latest research also shows a direct connection between the amount of time anyone spends on social media and the rates of depression. IPads, cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices are better left charging in your room for the night. We need your child well rested for the academic rigors of junior high school.

Parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators and other support staff working in partnership,  is the single most important factor in your child’s success. Please do not hesitate to call me if there is anything you feel needs my attention. I am honored to be working with your child.

Go Gander Nation!

Charles Tadduni
Rondout Valley Junior High School