Welcome to Roy C. Ketcham Senior High School
"Dedicated to Excellence"

RCK Wall

A Message from the Principal, Tom Stella
August 6, 2014
I hope you are all enjoying a restful summer. There are many capital projects going on at RCK.
Our new roof is being installed and we will have new bleachers on the football field come September.
DUE TO THE WORK AT RCK - REGENTS TESTING scheduled for August 13 & 14
has been moved to Wappingers Junior High School. 

An important message to RCK 10th, 11th & 12th grade students and families:


Beginning with the 2014/2015 school year, the Wappingers Central School District has moved to a “house cohort plan” for delivering improved counseling and administrative services.  In this organizational plan, the grade level guidance counselors are “housed”, 2 counselors per grade, in the grade level administrators’ offices.  This plan is now being utilized by both Roy C. Ketcham and John Jay High Schools. 


For the class of 2017 (current 10th graders), the counselors are Mrs. Diane Klemm and Mrs. Jennifer Soltish, who will be housed in Ms. Caroline Pidala’s office, the administrator for the class of 2017.


For the class of 2016 (current 11th graders), the counselors are Mrs. Antoinette Sarna and Ms. Suzanne deSimone, who will be housed in Mr. Giovinazzi’s office, the administrator for the class of 2016.


For the class of 2015 (current senior class), the counselors are Mrs. Kalah Boscia and Mr. David Townsend, who are housed in the former guidance office suite along with Mr. David Seipp, the administrator for the class of 2015.


We believe that this “house cohort model” has many advantages for our students.  If you’d like any further information, please feel free to contact my office at 298-5100 x 31004.


An important message to RCK Freshman and parents (Class of 2018):


You should have recently received the Freshman Orientation letter inviting you to Freshman Orientation here at RCK, which will be held on Aug 25.  Parents, please make every effort to attend orientation as I will be presenting the new “house cohort plan” at that time.  I look forward to meeting with you at Orientation. 

Please do enjoy the remaining weeks of summer vacation and I look forward to seeing you in September. 
June 2014

We congratulate all graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Below is a list of our seniors and the college and career choices they have made.
Krista Biggs to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - RCK Valedictorian
Janson Ho to the University of Rochester - RCK Salutatorian
Andrew Symon to SUNY Albany
Emily Vitacco to Suffolk University
Amanda Ralton to Dutchess Community College
Victoria Pemberton to Fordham University
Steven Rizzo to Marist College
Abbie Cobb to Stony Brook University
Matt Maruzzi to the United States Marine Corps
Marybelle Martinez to Johnson & Wales University
Hayley Ferris to DCC
James Martz to DCC
Michael Criscone to Nashville State Community College
Thomas Primrose to SUNY Stony Brook
Jessica Minunni to Dutchess Community College
Zoe Harris to Dutchess Community College
Kaitlyn Leahy to DCC
Tyler Rath to SUNY Onondaga
Cheyenne Marqi McCall to Dutchess Community College
Kyle Reilly to Stony Brook University
Zaniyah Wright to SUNY Delhi
Tanner Tait to Iona
Rachel DeLucia to The University of Rhode Island
Larissa Garrison to The University of Rhode Island
Mariah Molenaer to Marist College
Nicole Meybohm to SUNY Ulster
Amanda Walker to Coastal Carolina University
Amanda Drouin to Manhattan College
Lauren Ralton to Dutchess Community College
Christopher Mei to Cornell University
Brittany Cogan to Pace
Briahna Batchelor to Dutchess Community College
Damian Fender to SUNY Brockport
Joey Flanagan to Ithaca College
Nicholas DePaso to the United States Coast Guard
Kaitlyn McAuley to Iona College
Ravi Pandya to Northeastern University
Matthew Fusaro to DCC
Joe DeRosa to Quinnipiac University
Ruchi Patel to SUNY Stony Brook
Nick Fournier to DCC
Cody Leung to Cornell University
Anthony Nostro to SUNY Purchase
Abbey Turner to Niagara University
Kevin Stewart to the United States Army
Tishta Chakrabarti to University at Buffalo
James Koob to SUNY Oneonta
Noah Carbo to Stony Brook
Lindsey Graham to St. John's University
Ulysses Gonzalez to SUNY Albany
Samantha LaMonica to the University of New Hampshire
 Brian Meaney to DCC
Coty Cunningham to SUNY Sullivan Community College
Neil Patel to University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Leah Wachsmuth to Dickinson College
Juli Mangini to Stony Brook University
Frank Porter to DCC
Tabitha Suter to the College of Saint Rose
Karla Espinoza to Mount Saint Mary College
Ryan Clark to University at Albany
John Casey to Oswego
Tyler Whitehouse to NYU Stern
Noema Paredes to DCC
Taylor Richardson to SUNY Plattsburgh
Alexis DiMarzo to SUNY Plattsburgh
Sarah Cullen to Quinnipiac University
Rachel Cullen to Flagler College
Aileen Eagleton to University at Albany
Katelynn Goodyear to Alfred SUNY
Liam Mahaney to the United States Navy
Jayvon Johnson to Quinnipiac University
Erin Downing to Dutchess Community College
Daniel Alonzo to Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Victoria Bravo to Dutchess Community College
Shevon Nathai to University of Rhode Island
Megan McCarron to Oklahoma State University
Sarah Nicholson to SUNY Oneonta
Nick Scianna to Mount St. Mary College
Amanda Hanley to Hofstra University
Nicole Goldstein to the Culinary Institute of America
Matthew Krumholtz to SUNY Cortland
Casey Herzog to Quinnipiac University
Liam Cullen to Marist College
Clarissa Maldonado to FDU
Mark Joao to Springfield College
Hunter Longenberger to SUNY ESF
Steven Warren to Rochester Institute of Technology
Cassie Steinbuch to Adelphi University
Cassandra Leonard to Stony Brook University
Kelly Harper to Syracuse University
Susanna Planck-Kuney to Hofstra University
Valerie Scarano to SUNY Geneseo
Nicole Kastanis to Binghamton University
Stevel Su to Binghamton University
Learan Jass to University at Buffalo
Rachel Zielinski to Binghamton University
Victoria Muller to NYU
Katie Court to Iona College
Kaitlyn Coss to the Culinary Institute of America
Tyler Cinelli to Mercy College
Christina Howell to Mount Saint Mary College
Ryan Kleess to Hofstra University
Jadyn Queensbury to Dutchess Community College
Isabella Quinones to SUNY Oswego
S.M. Kabir to the College of St. Rose
Victor Hernandez to the University of Maine
Tom Paine to the University at Albany
Tara Grogan to Binghamton University
Michael Briccetti to Dutchess Community College
Karissa DeLuca to Hofstra University
Tara Egan to Hofstra University
Kenneth Godwin to UMass Amherst
Sabrina Blanke Adelphi University
Emily Joerg to Quinnipiac University
Jamie Ferris to Dutchess Community College
Allison Savidge to SUNY Oneonta
Kara McConologue to University of Scranton
Adam Fischer to Universtiy at Buffalo
Scott Downing to SUNY Delhi
Edward Eliassen to Dutchess Community College
 Elizabeth Muzyka to SUNY New Paltz
Nicholas J. Hart to the University of New Haven
Diella Archie to Binghamton University
Krisztina Alderson to Stevens Institute of Technology
Sabrina Blanke to Adelphi University
Adam Fischer to University at Buffalo
Emily Joerg to Quinnipiac University
Jamie Ferris to Dutchess Community College
Allison Savidge to SUNY Oneonta
Claire Johnson to University of Rhode Island
Amberly Jaycox to Adelphi University
Kyle Ioos to Sacred Heart University
Rebekah Levine to BBC&S
Brendan Lynch to Fredonia
Remona Hall-Spencer to SUNY Purchase
Sarah Brady to Fredonia
Katerina Economikos to Penn State
Denis Steuber to SUNY Cobleskill
Brianna Masterson to BBC&S
Julia Caparaz to Albany College of Pharmacy
Veronica Vassallo to Binghamton University
Rebecca Spath to Stony Brook University
Krista Biggs to RPI
Margot Mantilla to SUNY Plattsburgh
John Cenname to Pace University
Suzanne Ciechalski to St. John's University
Haleigh McCloskey to Rochester Institute of Technology
Kimberly Quiles to Springfield College
Kayleigh Matos to Hartwick
Camille Weidner to Stony Brook University
Alicia Valesey to Coastal Carolina University
Deirdre Leo to SUNY Oswego
Amber Funk to Dutchess Community College 
J.J. Mulvey to St. John Fisher College
Virup Kannambadi to Binghamton University
Alyssa Minnucci to Albany College of Pharmacy
Kathryn Lovell to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Lucy Avampato to Dutchess Community College
Samantha O'Meara to University at Buffalo
David Johnson to the College of Saint Rose
Shane Barsallo to SUNY Cortland
Tina Jing to Cornell University
Ameera Bhanji to the College at Brockport
Emma Savas to St. John Fisher College
Shirley Machado to SUNY Albany
Kevin Powell to the U.S. Army
Chris J. Whitney to the U.S. Air Force
Keith Anderson to SUNY Albany
Gabrielle Childress to Boston University
Bryan Campos to SUNY Orange
Victoria Lyman to Marist College
Emily Vaculik to the University at Albany
Melanie Monaco to DCC
Jen Bideaux to Syracuse University
Logan Mongelli to University at Albany
RJ Schoenfeld to Northern Michigan University
Gianna Cenname to DCC
Anthony Nava to DCC
Michelle DeRiggi to University at Albany
Kelly Shields to University at Buffalo
Krystal Au to Baruch College
Ann Lorraine Lim to the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Trishia Hicks to the U.S. National Guard
Ayana Phillip to SUNY Plattsburgh
Tiffani Mayol to DCC
Ann Nelson to SUNY Plattsburgh
Lea Pilon to Mount Saint Mary College
Anthony Silverence to Ohio University
Mariah Jimenez to University of New Haven
David Emory to Marist College
Ciara Mulligan to Marist College
 Shannon LaPerche to University of Scranton
Erin LaPerche to University at Albany
 Stephen Savas to Hillsdale College
 Chelsea Nkansah-Siriboe to Amherst College
 Bryan Caceres to the US Marine Corps
 Dominic Slater to the US Air Force
December 9, 2013
Dear Parents, Students & Members of the RCK Community,
If you have not yet done so we invite to visit the District Website to become more  informed on
the District Strategic Planning process. 
This important initiative will positively impact the education of our students for many years to come. 
Your feedback and input into this process in essential.  Thank you.
Tom Stella, Principal
November 2013
The Wappingers Central School District will be administering a student survey
in collaboration with the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education
of Dutchess County, Inc. (CAPE).
The survey has been developed in partnership with SUNY New Paltz and the
New York State Office on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS).
If you do not want your child to participate, you must return the form
at the bottom of the letter (which you will find in the link below) and return to the main office
 no later than November 26, 2013.
For further information, please click on the link below:
October 1, 2013
Dear Parents, Students & Community Members:
Please come join us for the
RCK PTSA 4th Annual Fall Festival/Car Show
on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 11 AM until 4 PM. 
Click here for more details!   ------->  4th Annual RCK PTSA Fall Festival/Car Show - Information
October 1, 2013
I am happy to announce our Commended Students in the
2014 National Merit Scholarship Program!
Congratulations to
Krista E. Biggs 
Abigail N. Cobb 
Tina T. Jing 
Kathryn R. Lovell 
Jennifer Ren 
Camille Weidner 

A spokesperson for NMSC commented, "The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success.  These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

On behalf of myself and the Roy C. Ketcham staff and community,
I would like to congratulate these students on their academic success!
September 17, 2013
Thank to you to all who attended today's World Cafe!
We had a great turn out and we appreciate your taking the time
to have a discussion with us on ways to further improve
our school in the future.
Do you remember what you were doing on this date twelve years ago?  Those of us of a certain age can recite exactly where we were and what we were doing on that fateful morning! 

On this date, 12 years ago four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex, as well as major damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense), leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C.,[2] but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians aboard the four planes. The great majority of these civilians were Americans, but there were also citizens of other nations who lost their lives. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States.

The loss of civilian lives as a result of this heinous crime against humanity is unprecedented in our history, far exceeding the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor where 2,402 Americans were killed, the great majority of whom were American soldiers. 

This morning, our Marquee sign has a very important message on it.  It reads, “We, Remember 9/11”!   As you leave today, take a look at it and  personally reflect on what that means to you!  At this time, let us stand as one proud school in solidarity and respect for these innocent lives who were lost on September 11, 2001. 

Please stand for a Moment of Silence!  “We Remember 9/11!”

A warm welcome to RCK to the class of 2017!
I thank all who attended our Freshman Class orientation on Monday, August 26th.   We enjoyed meeting so many of you!  As I stated at orientation and, as our school slogan, "Dedicated to Excellence", denotes ,success depends on every student's commitment to excellence.  
The likelihood of achieving success in high school is greatly enhanced with good attendance, getting involved and working to the very best of our abilities!  
If you missed the Orientation or would like to refer to any part of the presentation, please see the attached Power Point Presentation by clicking here ------>  Freshman Orientation - August 26, 2013
We look forward to a great year and a great high school career ahead.
May 22, 2013
Thank you for your support of the WCSD budget!



Dear Parents/Guardians & Members of the RCK Community:


Effective immediately we have initiated more enhanced security measures. Though we welcome our parents, guardians and community members to our school, please be aware that in order to enter our school visitors must provide photo identification at our single point of entry door.  This will continue to be the protocol during the course of the instructional day. Once admitted into the building you are required to sign in and display identification, as usual.  In light of recent events, I am certain you will understand and appreciate these enhanced security measures. 


As always, we welcome our parents, guardians and community members to our school.



Tom Stella, Principal


Good afternoon,
Just a brief note to let you know that we had a good day at school today.  I met with my staff early this morning and reviewed our safety protocols. I addressed the student body during Period 2 regarding our safety plan.  We had a very well-received moment of silence in memory of all those who lost their lives on Friday.   
I called for a school-wide moment of Silence with these words: "As a caring community we are moved and greatly saddened by the tragic events which took place in Newtown, CT. on Friday. In remembrance of all these innocent students and individuals, let us please join together as a caring learning community for a moment of respectful silence."
In case you have not yet read it, I invite you to read our Superintendent's letter, which is on the District website.
G. Thomas Stella

This is a very special time of the year.  One that calls for much reflection.  I call upon our students to remain vigilant in their studies and to focus on proper planning and preparation. 


Students, with your good effort, many of your resolutions will be realized!  To our entire learning community, my best wishes for a very healthy and happy Holiday season!

Congratulations to Masque & Mime for the wonderful production of "To Kill a Mockingbird."  The play was truly brilliant and a wonderful example of RCK's commitment to excellence not only in academics & activities, but in the development of young citizens of good character!


Many thanks to all who came out to the RCK 3rd Annual Fall Festival & Car Show.
All our clubs and athletic teams appreciate your support!
Congratulations to our school and our community for a wonderful
Homecoming Weekend! 
We invite all to our 3rd Annual Fall Festival/Car Show on
Sunday, October 21, 2012 which will take place
in the parking lot of our school from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Congratulations to Mr. Manzo, Mr. Luhmann, and the RCK Greenworks Club
for getting the RCK Weather Station up and running!
Please click on the link below to our new RCK Weather Data. 
This data is realtime from the roof top.
Congratulations to Masque & Mime! 
RCK's Masque & Mime Society is a recipient of a 2012 Dutchess County Executive's Arts Award in the Arts in Education category. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and members of the arts community will recognize them along with their fellow recipients at a special dinner reception in October at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. 
The RCK String Orchestra went to NYSSMA Majors Ensemble Adjudication last Thursday afternoon at Level 5 (out of 6 levels of difficulty) and received the highest possible rating - Gold with Distinction.  The students are very proud of their accomplishment and we are proud of them as well! 

Congratulations! The Wappingers Crew Club's Varsity Girls and Boys have qualified as Spring 2012 NYSSRA (New York State Scholastic Rowing Association) Scholar/Athlete Teams!

A special message to WCSD voters:  
On behalf of our school and our students, thank you for your support.

Congratulations to Viraj Parekh, Keith Loh, Lindsay Ferber, Ray Bartolucci, and Hilary Yao who won the WorldQuest competition that took First Place this past Saturday. The WorldQuest competition is an annual event sponsored by the Mid-hudson World Affairs council designed to encourage students to become citizens of the world by testing their knowledge in matters of international importance. This year, there were two teams representing Ketcham High School. Our teams came in first and second place. We competed against 12 other regional high schools including: Arlington (3rd place), Washingtonville, Cornwall, Spackenkill, Roosevelt, and several others.
The winning Ketcham team will go on to compete on the national level in Washington, D.C. this April. This is the 3rd year in a row that Ketcham has won the regionals and fifth time since the inception of the competition (2005) that Ketcham has won.
The team taking first place consists of:  Viraj Parekh, Keith Loh, Lindsay Ferber, Ray Bartolucci, and Hilary Yao.  They will be going to D.C. for national competition. The 2nd place team consists of:  Breanna LeChase, Graham Bass, Fraser Leslie, Akiko Endo, and Patrick Alderson.