October 2014  
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Junior High School Climate Survey for Parents

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I am tremendously excited about entering my third year as principal at Rondout Valley Junior High School AKA “Gander Nation”. Please know, 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 Common Core Curriculum for math, English and social studies.  Although the state’s rollout of these programs was heaped in criticism, our teachers have persevered to work through the glitches and offer a solid curriculum to your child. In our second year of the Core we are building upon our success from last year. 

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 4705 and we’ll have one mailed home to you. Also, please do not forget to sign up Parent Portal by calling the same extension. Parent Portal allows you to see into your child’s teachers’ grade books to see if there are missing assignments and what upcoming assignments are. 

The 8th grade iPad Initiative is in its second year. These devices are excellent learning tools. Your child’s teachers have been in workshops learning to improve their skills so that they can 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, quiet location for your child to do their homework and 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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