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., 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!”
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
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!
You are invited to attend RCK's annual Freshman Orientation. Students with last name beginning with A-L attend from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Students with last name beginning with M-Z will attend from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A letter will be mailed home the last week in July with further details. Please call Darlene Seckler at 298-5100 x31004 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!
Parents will follow their child's day 1 schedule on this night. This evening is intended to provide a general overview of the curriculum. If parents would like to discuss their child's individual performance, an appointment must be made through the guidance office. Parents will be able to sign up for the Parent Portal in room 212 throughout the evening. Please call Ms. Darlene Seckler at 298-5100 ext. 31004 with any questions.
Fall sports begin on 8/18. Be sure to stop by the nurse's office to sign up for a physical.
September - Sean Napora, October - Krista Biggs, November - David Riedy, December - Gerard Tierney, January - Rachel Cacace, February - Nick Scianna, March - Joshua Jordan. Click to see a list of students nominated each week by their teachers.
Catharine Street Community Center's 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast . Click above to see Poughkeepsie Journal video.
RCK Spirit Wear Sales will take place December 13th in the cafeteria. Send in your order with payment or click on the link and order on line through PayPal. You can bring your order and payment anytime to the Business Ed Office at RCK - Room 187. Sales support the RCK PTSA and RCK FBLA.