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  • Welcome

    to St. Peter's School

    Faith | Character | Academics

    Established in 1844, St. Peter’s School is the oldest Catholic school in New York State. Serving the Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park communities for over 170 years, we provide a nurturing learning environment where students achieve their full potential. The school offers a rigorous academic program, utilizing Blended Learning and Centers-Based instruction, rooted in the teachings and values of the Catholic faith. We develop well-rounded young adults who are prepared to face the academic challenges of high school and beyond.

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    • Click on the title to get to a link to view a slideshow of our 7th grade Confirmation candidates put together by Mrs. Runne
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    • Click on the title to be taken to a link where you can view a virtual May Crowning presented by some of our 5th and 6th grade students and put together by Mrs. O'Brien
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    • 5.11.20 Dear Parents and Guardians of St. Peter’s School: We are living through a truly unprecedented crisis. Each day, as I work through its unprecedented challenges, I am reminded, in a myriad of ways, of the sacrifices you are making to provide a Catholic education for your children. I am so grateful to you – and to our students – for the energy, faithfulness, determination and love that you are bringing to this enterprise. Our teachers have responded to your commitment by developing online education that has exceeded our initial hopes. The ingenuity they have displayed and our students’ embrace of their creativity is demonstrated on our school website, in social media, and, most importantly, in the high participation rates logged in our educational systems. None of this would be possible without you. I hear daily from our teachers; “This school is our family!” It is your spirit that makes this statement true; your partnership that makes each school a community. I know that all of us have been forever changed by this pandemic. In some cases, that change may be very hard to bear. So, once again, I ask that if your family is suffering financially from job loss or shortened work hours and are struggling to meet your household’s needs; if your children cannot access or complete work due to lack of technology in your home; if you are not certain where to turn, please do not hesitate to make those needs known to me. Tuition assistance is available. Generous donors have stepped up to make it possible for us to meet technology needs by providing the means to loan Chromebooks to students who have been working without home computers. We may also be able to direct you to other resources available through the Archdiocese. But, we cannot know your need unless you turn to us. I turn to you now with a request of my own. The pandemic has had a tremendous effect on our finances. As we adjust our plans to meet the new educational needs of our schools and students, it is more critical than ever that we know for which students we are planning. If you have not already done so, please register your children for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. Take advantage of our registration incentive rate, which allows you to save $100 on the registration fee for each child if you complete your registration by June 1. Your registration signals your continuing commitment to your school and to Catholic education. The survival of our school community depends on your commitment now. Lastly, I am more grateful than I can say for your continued tuition payments. You know that we cannot teach the children without the work of the instructional specialists, our school administrators, and most importantly, our teachers. Your tuition makes all of that possible. It is the fuel that powers the engine of education. In these difficult days, I have been more heartened than I can say by your actions, your spirit, your commitment and your partnership. In all of it, I see the tremendous love you have for your children. Know that we love them, too. I thank you again for the gift of partnering with you in shaping their future. Sincerely, Mrs. Traudt Principal
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    • May 1, 2020 Feast of St. Joseph the Worker Dear Catholic School Community, Our Catholic schools have successfully adapted and overcome every obstacle the coronavirus crisis has put in our path. Staying true to our faith-based and future-focused education, we strive to provide each student entrusted to our care an academically excellent program. Teachers have been teaching, and students have been learning, coming together each day to pray, study, laugh and love. Our parents have contributed immeasurably to this success. Each of us is indeed blessed to be part of this larger family of faith, and we will continue to support one other as we continue to walk through this struggle together. As directed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's executive order, our Catholic schools will remain closed through the end of June, thus making home-based learning our format as we close the academic year. The Health and Safety Task Force of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools will remain proactive, we continue to adapt, and we will absolutely overcome this challenge. We along with our principals and teachers will ensure for those celebrating stepping up milestones, graduations, and other achievements are honored and recognized. We continue to assemble resources for our families as we all confront this challenge: Offering our counseling program, ADAPP, which continues to be available to you and our students. You will be hearing more from them directly in the coming week with many additional resources. We must ensure we take advantage of these resources. Ensuring all students have access to meals, linked here are distribution sites throughout theArchdiocese. Expanding extended year summer learning options, both remote and in person, if feasible, will continue to be explored and offered to the widest audience possible. Working to ensure that if a family needs a device for learning and cannot afford one we secure one through loan by the school, donors or through government resources. Partnering with Catholic Charities NY myriad of offerings, download its FindHelp App today! As always, we will continue to update our website CatholicSchoolsNY.org with additional information, resources and updates. We join our Holy Father, Cardinal Dolan, and the Bishops of the United States, placing our trust in our Mary our Mother. We know that by entrusting ourselves to her maternal care we will feel the solace of her embrace. We remain inspired by the fact that as each day passes, we are closer to a resolution and better, happier days, united, in our schools, our churches, and our community, to teach, to learn and to pray together once more. Sincerely, Mr. Michael J. Deegan Superintendent of Schools Archdiocese of New York
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    • Mr. Levinson has created Google Classrooms to provide enrichment activities in physical education. Join the appropriate classroom using these codes: Students in Physical Education Grades PreK-2: mbsiqki Students in Physical Education Grades 3-8: cnegs3v
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    • Click the title and follow the link to link to a Parent Resource Guide provided by the Archdiocese
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    • Under the Our Community Tab is a link to Saint Peter's Parish where you will find links to all of Father Pat's recent reflections, the Parish bulletins, Daily Readings, Archdiocese information and plenty of other useful information.
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    • St. Peter's students who receive free or reduced lunch can pick up their meals during the time stated for their zone on the district's web site. Please direct all questions to the HPCSD office.
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