Principal's Corner





  Intermediate Principal’s Corner –January 2018

Happy New Year to all of our Rondout Valley Intermediate School  Families!     It has been a very cold start to the year and I hope you are staying as warm as possible.

 As the school year moves on so quickly, I wanted to update you on some highlights of 2018 in our Intermediate School  community.   So what follows are those highlights:

 Movie Afternoon Rescheduled

As you know, school was canceled on the last day of scheduled classes, December 22 and as a result our Pajama/Movie assembly had to be postponed.    The movie students had voted on was “Santa Claus 2” and since this is now an entirely new season, we have decided to show a different movie.   This assembly will now be held on Wednesday, January 31 and the films we are considering are all age appropriate engaging movies based on the Civil Rights movement in honor of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month.   As soon as the movie is selected and the date is firm, I will post this information on our web page.   We look forward to a meaningful movie afternoon on January 31 but I ask your patience as the date must be flexible due to weather interruptions and availability of the High School Auditorium. 

 Gander Pride – Special Olympics: May 5, 2018
The Rondout Valley School District prides itself in being a model inclusive school district.   Each year, we participate in the Hudson Valley Region Spring Special Olympics at West Point.   This year marks the 43rd year of this event, and it will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 8AM to 2 PM.    Special Olympics is an organization that was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and it provides people with physical and intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

    Consistent with our belief in an inclusive school community, we are probably the best represented and most enthusiastic school district in the entire Hudson Valley each year at this great event.   This year we are inviting and encouraging our regular education students and families to join in the festivities and be there to cheer on our Rondout Valley Special Olympic athletes.   We will be renting a bus or two for the event so that as many of our students and families can attend as possible.   I was a spectator last year for the first time and I have to say it is such an exciting and inspiring event.   Special athletes spend the day with West Point cadet “coaches” and the bonds of friendship formed are beautiful to watch.   Please put this on your calendar and consider joining us this year.   There will be food, tents, music, and of course the opportunity to celebrate in the talents and accomplishments of our Special Olympic athletes.  

      Finally, there will be a T-shirt fundraiser to purchase uniforms for our athletes.   At our Fall Fun Festival back in October, Intermediate School students were presented with T-shirt designs created by Rondout Valley students and were asked to vote on which they wanted to see as this year’s official T-shirt.   The winning design will be on T-shirts and will be sold soon. 

    If you and your family would like to help organize a bus or get involved in the event itself, please contact me here at the Intermediate School.   We are looking at this as an amazing community event as we gather to support and celebrate our Rondout Valley Special athletes. 

 Class Trips
Part of the Intermediate School experience is a class trip at the end of the year that serves as a culmination of a great year.     I am pleased to announce the following trips and dates for each grade:

Fourth Grade – Museum Village, Monroe New York,
Monday, May 14, 2018

Fifth Grade – Ashokan Outdoor Education Center, Olivebridge, New York
Thursday, June 7 – Half the grade
Friday, June 8 – Half the grade

Sixth Grade - Medieval Times, Lyndhurst, New Jersey,
Friday, May 25, 2018

 Please understand that we are in the planning stages of these trips right now and not only are dates subject to change, but the trips themselves may be modified somewhat.    In preparation for the trips, we are applying for grants and our students will be presenting these trips to the Board of Education at the upcoming January 23rd meeting.   The following students will be representing their grade and presenting at this Board meeting:

 Fourth Grade:  Borny Hakim, Benjamin Currier, Reagan Heil

Fifth Grade :  Rowan Boyd, Joseph Soi

Sixth Grade:   Gabriella Balestra-Reyes, Mica King

No Name Calling Week:
Next  week (January 16 – 19) has been designated as “No Name Calling Week.”      Name calling is rampant in our society and our kids pick this up and sometimes adopt this as their way of talking to each other.    No Name Calling Week allows us to focus on this and encourages us to find alternatives to name calling.    With that in mind, our PBIS team has come up with a week of themes and activities to help our students.   The schedule of the week is as follows:

  Tuesday
•       Theme – Call me One Name, My Name
•         Activity- create a name tag
•         Word of the Day – Identity

  Wednesday—
•         Theme- Be Great and Powerful
•         Activity- Dress like your hero
•         Word of the Day- Hero

  Thursday-
•         Theme- Let Kindness Shine
•         Activity- wear something that sparkles or shines
•         Word of the Day- Kindness

  Friday-
•         Theme – Everyone counts
•         Activity- wear something with a number on it
•         Word of the Day – Inclusion

We have a wonderful school community here at the Intermediate School.    It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Principal of such a school.   Please do not hesitate to contact me, your child’s teacher or his or her guidance counselor if you have questions or concerns.

Wishing you the best Winter ever,

Lee Cutler
Principal, Rondout Valley Intermediate School