A group of students that are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable community in which all students feel welcome and accepted, regardless of race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of their identity. We focus on planning activities that will make a difference in our school and community, discussions, support, raising awareness, socialization, and having fun in the process!
Rondout Valley High School maintains an active Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). The NHS is a service organization whose members serve the school and the community. Students must have a cumulative average of 90 or higher based on credit bearing courses to be eligible to apply. Eligible students will be given an application by the NHS advisor after the close of the second quarter. There will be a spring selection process in March and an induction in April.
The object of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students of Rondout Valley High School. Candidates shall have spent at least one semester in Rondout Valley High School, and shall be members of the sophomore or junior class. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have a scholarship average of 90%. This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed, and shall be for this chapter the required scholastic achievement for admission to candidacy for membership in this chapter. All students who can rise in scholarship to or above such standard level shall be admitted for election to membership. A letter of notification and application will be mailed to the student’s residence. Their eligibility shall then be considered for Service, Leadership, and Character. Their continued membership shall then be dependent upon maintaining the required scholastic achievement and character, as well as continuing their service and leadership qualities.
Advisors: Joseph Reeder & Ashley Sasso
Newcomer's Uplifted is a program for incoming 9th graders that is facilitated by upperclassmen with the goal of strengthening community in the building and helping 9th graders make the most out of their high school experience. 9th grade students are assigned to small groups led by two peer leaders that meet weekly during lunch periods from September through January. All participating students are invited to attend a trip to Tongore Park in September and a free trip to NYC in January. Upperclassmen interested in being peerleaders submit written applications in May, are interviewed in June and attend a training in late August, as well as weekly Peerleader meetings throughout the first semester.
We have various fundraising events throughout the year. We put out a paper once a month or once every two months, depending on the finances and level of commitment from the staff. We employ writers, artists, photographers, and editors.