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Computer Programming Comes to Red Hook

74 students from elementary through the high school are learning the basics of computer programming using a web based program called Crunchzilla. The program is intended to be a fun and exciting introduction to programming concepts and building computer games. With funding from RHEF and the guidance of six Red Hook teachers, this after-school initiative seeks to spark students’ interest in computer programming with the goal of building regular after school clubs and ultimately introduce computer programming in to the district’s course offerings.

Building Relationships through Mentoring

The RHHS Mentoring club holds monthly activities that develop a sense of community and acceptance amongst students, faculty, and staff and allow for bonding experiences between adult members of the school community and up to 50 students identified as at-risk. Monthly events are funded by RHEF and create unique opportunities for students with limited access to resources and support to gather, socialize, be creative, and feel accepted and valued. The events offer adult participants the chance to interact with their mentees in a positive and nurturing environment and include activities ranging from creating holiday crafts, to hosting a community breakfast.

Career and College

Thanks to the support of our generous community RHEF continues to help fund the work of Career and College Transition Specialist Peg D’Onofrio. In addition to two information-packed seminars on college admissions and financial aid, Ms. D’Onofrio was able to organize field trips to college fairs this fall. “The buses were sold out so to speak,” says D’Onofrio. “I really believe there were kids (and parents) on those buses that would not typically have engaged in that kind of event. I do think that my position has reached some of those kids who were not considering college and now feel it is an option. It has allowed for more brainstorming and dialogue and parents are more involved in the process because they are able to meet together with me and their son or daughter. I see more students engaged.”

Leadership Conference

Twenty students from Linden Avenue Middle School and Red Hook High School, along with their advisors, attended the Red Carpet of Leadership Conference November 23-25 in Albany with support from RHEF. Sponsored by the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities (NYS CLSA), the conference fosters leadership skills among both high school and middle school students throughout New York State. The goal of the conference is to inspire participants to learn and take home ideas to make a difference in their school and in the lives of their peers and community members. During the conference students exchanged ideas, learned about different programs that are used by other student leaders throughout the state, and had the opportunity to hear internationally known motivational speakers.

LAMS student Jennifer Rowland is a member of the statewide student board and LAMS Student Council Advisor, Kim Goldhirsch, serves on the statewide Executive Board. Last year, Ms. Goldhirsch was recognized the New York State Middle Level Advisor of the

Thank You!

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our summer fundraising event at the Bard Spiegeltent. The Foundation raised over $40,000 in funds that will go to benefit Red Hook students and everyone had a great time. Thanks to our generous donors, to the Fisher Center, and to our wonderful volunteers for supporting public education in our wonderful community.

Frank Knobloch

Frank Knobloch

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of our dear friend and colleague Frank Knobloch. Frank was dedicated to public education throughout his life, as a teacher, as a long-time Board of Education member here in Red Hook, and as a founding member of the Red Hook Education Foundation. He inspired a group of community volunteers to start the organization in order to champion excellence in education. His idealism, wisdom, experience, and extreme kindness will be profoundly missed. Frank truly made our community a better place.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook on Saturday, July 12, from 1 pm with a time of sharing at 2 pm. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. at the Elmendorph Inn, 2562 N. Broadway, in the Village of Red Hook.

Memorial donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the
Red Hook Education Foundation, PO Box 2, Red Hook, NY, 12571, or by donating on this website.

The full obituary is available at:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=frank-knobloch&pid=171632014&fhid=5763#sthash.IY4rVsKV.dpuf

Please join us for our 4th annual fundraiser party at the Bard Spiegeltent: dinner, sangria, dessert, dancing, a silent auction, and more, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 22nd.

Tickets are:

  • $250 sponsorship (includes 2 tickets plus acknowledgement in the program)
    $100 suggested donation
    $50 minimum donation

To purchase tickets click here, or call 845-758-7900

Career and College News

For the last four years the Foundation has supported Career & College Transition, initially by working with community volunteers to stage career and college fairs, and for the last two years by providing funding for programs lead by Career & College Transition Specialist Peg D’Onofrio. D’Onofrio has been guiding district students working on college selection and application, as well as financial aid and scholarship opportunities. “Thanks to the support of the Red Hook Education Foundation we have made great strides in how we deliver college and career counseling,” says Joe DeCaro, Director of Pupil Personnel Services. These programs have been so well attended and the feedback from students and parents so outstanding, that RHEF recently pledged to continue to support Career and College Transition programs at up to $5,000 for the 2014-15 school year.

3D Printing Technology Takes Off in Red Hook

This spring, RHEF funded the purchase of 3D printers for Linden Avenue Middle School and Red Hook High School. 3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model using a large variety of materials. “The 3D printers have created a surge of excitement with our tech students and is spreading throughout the high school,” says Technology Education Instructor Tim Fitzmaurice. “Students are starting to solve their own design problems by drawing parts for projects using Inventor software. Now they can look at the design as a 3D rendering and can actually create a model they can hold in their hands to analyze. We have been showing it off during our morning television broadcast to the rest of the school and have already seen an increase in enrollment in our design classes for next year.”

3D printing is one of the fastest growing methods of manufacturing in the world today, and Red Hook students now have the opportunity to experience this process firsthand. High School student Jake Hrycun recently designed an air intake connector for his car engine using Inventor software, printed it on the Makerbot 3D printer, and successfully installed it in the engine.

At the high school, every technology-based class now has experience using the printers. At the middle school, five technology education classes will explore 3D printing from the 6th to 8th grades. School faculty fully anticipate that cross-disciplinary collaborations will begin to emerge as a result of this new technology (e.g., with art, geometry, and chemistry.) When the worldwide education experts from the New Media Consortium Horizon Project identified technologies that were expected to have a major impact on STEM+ education in the next several years, 3D printing was consider one of the most important technologies.

3-D Printers are Revolutionizing the Classroom

RHEF is working with the school district to create opportunities to enhance 21st century learning skills for all students. With support from our generous donors, RHEF recently funded the purchase of 3-D printers for Red Hook High School and Linden Avenue Middle School.

Why 3-D printers?

3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model using a large variety of materials. It is one of the fastest growing methods of manufacturing in the world today. Our students will now have the opportunity to experience this process firsthand.

“Students will learn how to be ‘makers,’” according to RHHS Technology teacher Tim Fitzmaurice. “Having a 3D printer in a school is like having an engineering education in a box. Students learn the value of innovation and iteration.” 3D printers make it easy for teachers to seize the interest of their students and enhances hands-on learning by doing. It brings objects out of the computer screen and into the hands of students for inspection and analysis.

At the high school, every technology-based class will have an experience with this new technology. These classes will include (but not be limited to): Principles of Engineering, CAD, Technical Drawing, Production Systems, Transportation Systems, Residential Structures, Architectural Drawing, and Aerospace Design. At the middle school, five technology education classes will explore 3D printing from the 6th to 8th grades. School faculty fully anticipate that cross-disciplinary collaborations will begin to emerge as a result of this new technology (e.g., with art, geometry, and chemistry). There may also be opportunities to support extra-curricular activities like the Robotics Club.

In addition, RHEF is funding the cost for district technology teachers to travel to a one-day 3D printer conference in New York City.