Our Dutchess schools are energized by capital improvements and a new program emphasizing the literary arts.
Dutchess Region progressed in its mission to build thriving, academically excellent school communities through transformational leadership in 2018–19. Our schools were greatly energized by capital improvements and a new program emphasizing the literary arts.
Teachers and administrators participated in an in?depth professional development course at Mount St. Mary’s College, which focused on two strategic initiatives: fortifying a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum, and applying data analytics to enhance classroom instruction. Differentiated instruction was also emphasized in these sessions because while there are hundreds of students in the Dutchess Region, each is a unique child of God with individual strengths and areas that need extra attention. When we provide specialized instruction, one child at a time, we are confident they will succeed.
The emphasis on STEM is also benefiting younger students, as our kindergarten classes have received the Dash and Dot robotics program. This course gives children hands-on experience in coding, which in turn enhances problem-solving and decision-making skills.
A number of Catholic schools in Dutchess have begun to participate in the Discovery Education training program. This state of the art program creates a dynamic classroom environment with a vast library of streaming content shown on Smart TVs. This stimulating approach taps into a young person’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.
Our Dutchess schools have been reinvigorated by a number of major capital improvements, including a new playground at St. Peter School in Hyde Park.
With beautification completed over the summer through the volunteer efforts of parents and families, renovations were truly a school and community?wide effort.
The space, which includes a state-of-the-art, four-panel rock wall, elevates the entire school by creating a stimulating and interactive learning environment.
Saint Mary, Wappingers Falls celebrated its 175th anniversary with several activities including an Alumni Mass and Open House. They also innovated a moving up ceremony for sixth and seventh graders in June.
Holy Trinity School in Poughkeepsie added Chromebooks and a 3-D printer to their technological advancements this year.
St. Denis-St. Columba students are enjoying a new reading resource room. They were also recipients of a grant to support an enhanced after school program with such activities as golf, drama, sewing, and several other clubs.
Students at St. Mary’s in Fishkill were provided with new SMART boards and an upgraded WIFI system. New Chromebooks and an on-line science program enhanced the teaching-learning platform. Several STEM days were designed to engage the students in STEM activities on all levels.
All of the Dutchess schools participated in the “Little Read” program , sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Library. Students read and discussed the LUCY WU books and were treated to a visit by the author, Wendy Wan Long Shang.
The Dutchess Board inaugurated their first “Hope on the Hudson” fundraiser and honored His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Joe Daily a long-timelocal radio host, and Regional Superintendent Mary Jane Daley.