DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- It is that time of the year for students throughout Dutchess County.
Students are heading back to school, ready to begin the 2016-2017 school year, ready for a year of homework, books and hopefully not many dirty looks from their teachers. Some schools were back in session Thursday with others going back on Tuesday.
Over the summer, students from the Millbrook and Arlington school districts participated in a national leadership conference and Students Taking Action with Recognition event in San Diego and took home several awards. The meeting provided students with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and impact a city with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
Red Hook and Rhinebeck High School were ranked among the top 500 high schools in the nation according to Newsweek. Red Hook Senior High School came in at No. 350. It had a 97.5 percent graduation rate, with 87.9 percent of its students college-bound. Its college readiness score was 75.4 percent. Rhinebeck High School was ranked 388th. Its graduation rate was 94 percent, 94.9 percent were heading to college and college readiness was assessed at 75.1 percent.
The Wappingers Central School District received a donation of 21,000 books from First Books , a nonprofit organization. The Wappingers Congress of Teachers Local Action Project led the effort, a yearlong process involving getting signatures from teachers, those retired and people in the community. Books will be donated to the community and to local daycare centers.
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