22 December 2021
Dear RCK Families;
As we enjoy the final school days of 2021, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support this year and wish you all a very happy holiday season.
We have been fortunate to have continued success with our students and faculty in school - it may not be quite back to what it was in the past, but we have found creative ways to make new traditions for our RCK community and are grateful to our students for remaining optimistic, dedicated and determined to have a great school year.
As you may know, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) informed our district that the January 2022 Regents exams have been canceled. WCSD anticipates the need to change the school calendar to make Jan 25 - 28 regular school days for high school students. There is no current change to the June 2022 Regents exams, so please be sure to review any WCSD correspondence for future updates.
We are looking forward to great things in 2022. Masque & Mime currently held auditions for the spring musical, we are hosting Athlete Recognition ceremonies, spring concerts and planning many fun-filled events leading up to our Class of 2022 graduation.
As always, I am here for our RCK community should you have any concerns or questions. On behalf of my administrative team and all the faculty and staff here at RCK, we wish you all the best during the holiday season and in the New Year. We look forward welcoming our students back on Jan. 3rd.
23 November 2021
Good afternoon Ketcham Nation!
I just wanted to reach out to our entire RCK community and wish you a very happy and joyful Thanksgiving!
We are so grateful that the first quarter of the 2021-22 school year has been full of activities and academic advancement.
We had a great start to fall with a Masque & Mime production, homecoming, fall sports, music performances, assemblies and so many things that have our school bustling with energy.
Now that the first quarter has ended, we trust your student has found their groove with their schedule and assignments. As always, if they have any difficulty or questions, they can reach out to their guidance counselor. Class of 2022 seniors are encouraged to visit their Google classroom, the Guidance Office information board and check e-mail announcements for information regarding graduation, yearbook, college visits, military visits and more. Senior families are encouraged to visit the Class of 22 website to find out more and to volunteer for our Support Our Seniors committee.
As winter approaches, please be mindful of our delay bell schedule, which can be found on our website - https://www.wappingersschools.org/Page/8446
Please also be sure that your contact information is up to date in the WCSD portal to ensure you receive notifications for any school delays or closings.
Please stay in touch with RCK happenings like our upcoming winter concerts by visiting our website and reading the daily announcements. You can also find @ketchamnation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Again, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
19 October 2021
Good afternoon Ketcham Nation!
We have kicked off Spirit Week leading up to our annual Homecoming events. It is great to see so many of our students, faculty and staff taking part in our many traditions and showing their school spirit. I want to thank all of our grade level advisors and class officers for decorating our hallways and providing great school spirit.
This year, we are starting a new tradition with Homecoming Court. Students have been notified through Google Classroom and e-mail to vote by grade level - Senior King & Queen, Junior Prince & Princess, Sophomore Duke & Duchess and Freshman Lord & Lady. Homecoming Court will be announced during the homecoming dance.
Tickets for the Bonfire are on sale during lunch periods for $1. Bonfire tickets at the door will be $2. Tickets for the Homecoming Dance are on sale for $10 during lunch periods until Friday. Guest request forms (for non-RCK students) must be submitted to the Main Office by 10/22/21. At the dance, tickets are $20 and no guest tickets may be purchased at the event. Reminder - the dance is outdoors so please plan accordingly. There will be food and drinks for sale.
On Friday, RCK Football takes on Port Chester at 6pm. Students - please be sure to bring your school ID for admittance to the game. Please plan for increased traffic on and around our campus. Please wear your RCK colors to celebrate our team. We ask that no offensive apparel is worn and expect our community to be welcoming and spirited in the best way possible.
Today, please support our Class of 2022 fundraiser at Nothing Bundt Cakes. The store is donating 20 percent of purchases made today to RCK! See attached flyer for details - just remember to let them know your purchase is supporting RCK.
As always, we appreciate your continued support of RCK. We are excited for a great Homecoming Week!
Hello Families of RCK,
Let me start off by saying how happy and excited we are here at RCK to have your child(ren) back at school in person. It has been a pleasure seeing all the students here. I want you to know that the school year has gotten off to a great start. We thank you for your support and partnership and for entrusting us with your children.
Yesterday, we had our grade level assemblies and I am proud to say that the students exhibited excellent behavior during these events. They were extremely respectful and cooperative. At the assemblies, we covered a variety of important items. Some of the topics we covered were the importance of being on time to all classes, the proper use of social media, and behavior that does not lead to consequences. I ask that you please speak with your child(ren) about the topics that we covered but also to please review our student code of conduct.
I have sent several emails out over the last few months about student IDs. This topic was covered during each student assembly. Please make sure that your child is wearing their ID badges as this is a requirement inside our school building.
Lastly, I want to inform you of a TikTok trend taking place that is affecting schools throughout our local area. This trend is called "Devious Lick". The purpose of this trend is to steal items from school without getting caught. Stolen objects range from working towel dispensers to signs and, even more concerning, fire alarms. Theft and damaging of school property will lead to suspension or expulsion. I am proud to say that this has not occurred here at RCK and I ask that you please speak to your child(ren) regarding this matter. Your support is very much appreciated.
Have a wonderful night and thank you again for all your support!
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:
I hope this letter finds you and your family well and that you were able to enjoy the summer and get some well-deserved rest and relaxation. We welcome you back to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
September is rapidly approaching and another school year will soon begin. The faculty, staff and administration would like to welcome back all of our returning students and extend a very warm welcome to our new ninth grade students, the RCK Class of 2025!
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As always, we will continue to provide updates on our website, via e-mail and through social media. We know communication is key and look forward to keeping in touch with the RCK Community in all ways.
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If you plan on submitting an alert anonymously please be sure to check the "message center" in the application itself to see any responses to your tip, or requests from District Officials for additional information.
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