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     February 21, 2021

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    We look forward to seeing our students on Monday. Please keep in mind that tomorrow is Day 6.

    We are finalizing our school picture efforts with Lifetouch and plan to offer another session on Wednesday, March 10, from 1:00-5:00 pm, for parents who have not yet had their children’s pictures taken. Retakes will be accepted at this time, as well. Parents can secure appointments by visiting FamilyID. Please keep in mind that it is unlikely children will be included in the Yearbook if their picture is not taken. Please reach out to Susan Ratsey at with specific questions regarding the yearbook.

    The survey recently sent home by the District on remote and hybrid instruction is closed. We will be looking at the results very carefully and making strategic decisions regarding in-person instruction. Your patience and understanding is appreciated as we consider a number of important factors, such as social distancing guidelines and transportation.

    The academic, social, and emotional needs of our students are extremely important. I attached two important links for you to consider on Bloom’s Taxonomy (Bloom's Taxonomy) and Maslow’s Hierarchy (Maslow's Theory of Needs Hierarchy). Both theories will continue to influence our thinking as we move through the pandemic. Mental health is becoming an increasingly important topic of discussion in our schools.

    I am pleased to report that approximately 70 percent of our students made the Honor and High Honor Roll for the 2nd marking period and many other students fell just below the 85 percent threshold. My congratulations in advance to all of our students who made the honor roll. Keep up the great work!

    Please be reminded that you and your children should be on the lookout for information regarding application to the National Junior Honor Society. Simply put, the initial criterion for potential acceptance to the society is a 90 or better cumulative GPA without failure over the past six (6) marking periods for full-time students. If you have any questions, please reach out to Advisors Erik Bjorkman, Eva Conway, or Nicholas Orlando. More information will be shared with you and your children by them in the near future.

    Please continue to complete the ezSCRN before sending your children to school each day. As always, keep your children home if they are experiencing any one or more COVID symptoms.

    Be well and be safe.
    Dr. Steven H. Shuchat, Principal
    Van Wyck Junior High School 

    Van Wyck Mission Statement

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    Welcomes diversity
    Judgement free
    Highly professional; harmonious environment

    Growing responsible members of our community
    Responsive to and respectful of all needs
    Integrated and standards-based instruction
    Focused on building community
    Forward thinking
    Innovative ideas
    Network of support
    Strong leadership



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  • Wappingers CSD is now using Anonymous Alerts® 

    The Anonymous Alerts® reporting app was created to help students, parents or community members choose a school official to contact, type of incident to report, school building and/or a specific location, set a priority level of normal or high and upload a photo, screenshot or video related to the incident.  This reporting system is meant to allow for anonymous reporting but still provides for District and Building Administrators to respond (via the app) to the person who submitted a tip to the District. 

    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.

    The purpose of the app is for members of our school and community to report suspicious activity, bullying or student-related concerns to a school administrator. For all other reports, please contact your child's school directly. If you feel the need to keep this submission anonymous that is OK, we completely respect your right to privacy and appreciate you making us aware.


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    • Download the Anonymous Alerts® app for your Apple IOS or Android Device
    • Start the App, and enter the Activation Code:  wappingerscsd
    • Submit reports to District & School Officials and check the message center within the App for additional correspondence with the District
    • Add a screenshot, photo, or video about an incident