April 2014  
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State Exams 
The state ELA assessments will be administered on April 1st - April 3rd, for students who are present those days and the math assessments will be administered from April 30th-May 2nd for students who are present those days. There are additional days embedded in the state testing schedule for students who are absent those days to do make up testing. The entire building will be operating on a 2 hour delay schedule to administer the ELA and Math exams. The exams will start at approximately 8:00, but it is imperative that students are here on time to hear the directions and be prepared to start on time, so as to allow them the time they need to take the exam. The 8th Grade Science Performance Assessment will be May 22nd & 23rd and the written test will be given on June 2nd. Please make sure you child gets a good night sleep and eats a healthy breakfast. It has been scientifically proven that adequate sleep and a solid breakfast help students to stay focused and alert during testing.

Health Bee
Rondout Valley Junior High
Wins the Ulster County Health Bee
The $1,000 Grand Prize !!!

A gaggle of 7th graders took a school bus, with co-facilitators Mrs. Davenport and Mrs. Rice, along with our district mascot The Mighty Gander to the YMCA in Kingston and came away with a first place showing and a $1,000 check from Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, in Ulster County’s (first ever) Health Bee! Not only did we have five students and two alternates participate, but we had over twenty students come to cheer their classmates on. The students were exceptionally well mannered, exhibited passionate school spirit and were obviously the most talented school under pressure. They and their teachers represented our district in the best possible light and we couldn’t be prouder of them.

Congratulations Gander Nation!


Here at Rondout Valley Junior High School AKA “Gander Nation” we are committed to the success of your child in a climate that promotes safety and inclusiveness. Our team of highly trained professionals continues to seek out best practices in their respective fields to best service your child’s needs. Our vision of a School of Excellence is at the forefront of all that we do.

We are full on into the new Common Core Curriculum for both math and English.  Although the state’s rollout of these programs has been heaped with criticism, our teachers have persevered to work through the glitches and offer a solid curriculum to your child.

All teachers have their Homework Hotlines set up. You and your child can find out homework information by dialing 687-2400 and then your child’s teacher’s extension. The extension was mailed home in September. If you have not received one please call extension 4701 and we’ll have one mailed home to you.

The 8th grade iPad Initiative is off to a running start. These devices are excellent learning tools. Their teachers have been in workshops learning how to use these devices to make your child’s education engaging and stimulating, while learning 21st Century Skills they will need for both the workforce and higher education.

We ask that you continue to inquire from your child about their homework, their reading logs 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 when your child turns in all electronic devices to YOU. Research shows that not much good is going on after 9 PM in cyberspace. iPads, cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices are better left in your room for the night. We need your child well rested for the academic rigors of Junior High School.

Students, teachers, parents, guardians, 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 children.

Go Ganders!

Charles Tadduni
Rondout Valley Junior High School

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Parents and Guardians you may visit for more information regarding new Common Core curriculum in Math and English or follow the links below for a condensed version of that information.

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