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    March 2018


    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    As the national dialogue on school safety continues, we want to emphasize that our students’ well-being remains our highest and most sacred priority. Our administration, faculty, and staff are committed to providing a safe, supportive learning environment that empowers our students. Safety Teams have reviewed all protocols and procedures with local law enforcement, and we will continue to drill our preparedness in various situations. Over the next few weeks, administration and faculty will be holding conversations with students to ensure their concerns are addressed, and their understanding of safety procedures are clear. Our support staff is available to any students who may require additional assistance in processing the recent events that have affected our educational communities.

    The phrase “See Something Say Something” has renewed meaning for all citizens, but especially our young people. If you or your child is concerned about the motivations of certain groups or individuals, we urge you to contact law enforcement and/or your building principal, or use our online tip form to let us know what is going on.

    Now more than ever, we must come together as a Wappingers community to provide our students with the highest level of social/emotional support so they are empowered in order to achieve academic success in our schools.


    The Secondary School Principals

    David Seipp

    Roy C. Ketcham High School
    99 Myers Corners Road
    Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

    Office-(845) 298-5100 ext. 31004
    Fax- (845) 298-5101

    "The mission of the Wappingers Central School District is to empower all of our students with the competencies and confidence to challenge themselves, to pursue their passions, and to realize their potential while growing as responsible members of their community







    January 2018

    Hello Families of Roy C. Ketcham,

    The opioid and heroin epidemic is a national crisis and as we are all aware drug use, addiction and deaths are on the rise, and have reached high rates in Dutchess County. We believe the best way to arm our families is through dialogue and education. 

    I am writing to share with you that Chris Herren, former NBA star, will be coming to RCK to share his story with us. Chris's story was on an episode of ESPN's 30 for 30 entitled Unguarded. It is a very powerful story and Chris gets into the intimate details of his battle with drug addiction.  

    I wanted you all to be aware that this assembly will be taking place. We hope that you will pair your child's experience with an open conversation at home about the same topic. As the story is very moving and I anticipate it may have a deep impact on teenagers, I wanted you to be prepared for the feelings it may evoke in your child(ren).  If your son/daughter may be sensitive to this subject, please reach out to their guidance counselor or social worker.

    In an effort to share information and educate our parent community, we will be hosting an evening assembly on February 7th at 7:00 PM in our auditorium.  Chris will also be speaking to our students on February 9th.

    If you wish not to have your son/daughter take part in the assembly during the day on February 9th, please e-mail my assistant

    The event is free, but you will need a ticket to attend the evening on February 7th. Below is the link to sign up for the event.

    I want to thank you all again for the partnership that we share in educating your child(ren).


    Dave Seipp, Principal



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         FIRST PLACE, STATE CHAMPIONS:  Dylan Ramage and Ezekiel Arubuike for Global Business

         SECOND PLACE:P  Mahmood Tipu - Business Law.  Dylan Ramage and Armin Kermani - Social Media Campaign.

         Ezekiel, Mahmood, dylan and Jannie Gogi, FBLA chapter president, comprise the team preparing to leave for Baltimore and the   

                   National Leadership Conference on June 28th!

    Congratulations to Special Education Teacher, Jennifer Garrison, for acheiving National Board Teacher Certification!

    Congratulations to English Teacher, Marilyn Norton, who has been named an Educator of Excellence by the New York State English Council!

    Congratulations to Science Teacher, Patricia Glancey, who made NY’s list of Master Teachers! Those who make the Master Teacher Program are of the highest performing in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.  The program was started in 2013 to help strengthen the State’s STEM program.

    RCK Art Educator, Robert Wood, has been chosen to the 2017 New York State Art Educator of the Year! Mr. Wood will receive an award and special recognition at NYSATA’s 69th annual conference “Art Connecting Community” in Binghamton, New York. Congratulations, Mr. Wood!

    Congratulations to Ketcham Field Hockey for their generous donation to the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Hurricane Harvey Supply Drive. Because of this donation, the United Way was able to send over 200 boxes of hygiene items, baby supplies and food to the Houston Food Bank and Texas Diaper Bank. Great job to the members of the Ketcham Field Hockey Team and their Coach, Erin Mulligan!

    Ketcham BOCES students attended a trip to the AG High School Day at SUNY Cobleskill. Congratulations to Kaitlin Maslosky for taking home 2nd place in the pie bake-off!

    Congratulations to RCK English Educator, Teresa Sutton for her poetry prize in the 2017 Encircle Chapbook Competition! Ms. Sutton’s book of poems is about her dad’s dementia called “Breaking Newton’s Laws.” Her book will be published in December.

    Congratulations to NYSSMA All-State Students: Daniel Coladangelo, Jacob Simonetty, Shreya Varanisi. These students will be representing RCK at the 2017 NYSSMA  All-State Conference in Rochester, NY in November/December. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at the solo festivals throughout the State.

    Congratulations to RCK’s Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Program: Kyra M. Rodriguez and Nicholas Yao. You are applauded on a job well done!