Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a quality educational experience that is inclusive of the arts, science, technology, and emphasizes social-emotional development; such that ALL of our students are engaged in creative learning experiences that will move them towards academic and personal success. We aim to ultimately empower our students to become Drivers of their Destiny…

Our Mission

At RHS, our mission is to cultivate academic pride and civic responsibility as our students are infused with the love of learning through discovery and explicit instruction that integrates the Arts, Science and Technology.

Our Instructional Focus

School-wide practice of intentionally designed learning targets will inform teachers' development of coherent pathways for mastery in ELA and Mathematics, with ongoing Teacher, Peer and Self-monitoring; thereby enhancing Academic Vocabulary while activating students as owners of their learning.

Our Promise


My Promise

Today is a new day and I will do my best

I will make choices that will help me succeed

I am responsible for what I do

I choose to learn

I can learn

I will learn

Today will be a great day!



Success-bound, we pledge to maintain our:

BELIEF: that every child can learn

 DETERMINATION:  to create a significant learning experience that is appropriately challenging for the individual learner; and 

 COLLABORATION: among colleagues, with our parents and all stakeholders

Principal's Message

Coming soon!

We are a Leader in Me School!


We implement the Mood Meter


What is the Mood Meter?

The Mood Meter is a tool used to recognize and understand our own and other peoples' emotions. It's divided into four color quadrants - red, blue, green, and yellow - each representing a different set of feelings. Feelings are grouped together on the mood meter based on their pleasantness and energy level.

Some classroom teachers utilize the MOOD meter both in school and through remote learning, to gauge their students readiness.  We believe that especially during these UNIQUE times, it is critical to address the Social Emotional Balance or all P.S. 253Q community members.  We encourage you to utilize the MOOD Meter provided to the right with its corresponding descriptions below:


  • Red feelings: High in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., angry, scared, and anxious)
  • Blue feelings: Low in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., sad, disappointed, and lonely)
  • Green feelings: Low in energy and more pleasant (e.g., calm, tranquil, and relaxed) 
  • Yellow feelings: High in energy and  more pleasant (e.g., happy, excited, and curious)

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence: Mood Meter Overview Video

To see more resources for Social Emotional Balance, please visit our Guidance Corner.

We utilize Operoo and ClassDojo to communicate with families


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Website Statement on Accessibility

We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site,

please contact Ms. Vasquez, Assistant Principal at (718) 327 - 0895 to request assistance.