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

August 29, 2022

Dear RHS Parents/Guardians,

It is with great pleasure and excitement to introduce myself to you as the new Acting Principal of The Randolph Holder School for Social Justice. It is an honor to lead a school that values the social, emotional, and academic growth of all children.  Together, we will bring opportunities for your child to participate in meaningful learning experiences.  

I have been dedicated to the field of education for the last 18 years.  My educational experience has included being a special education teacher, an Assistant Principal of a 3K-8 school, and a Principal of a middle school.  

On a personal note, I am a mother of two boys. Our weeks are filled with homework, studying, and chauffeuring them to various events. I know the struggle of balancing work and home life. I also know the value of a community to help raise our children together. Please do not hesitate to reach out for support, questions, or concerns. You are part of your child's educational experience. Together we can ensure your child receives the best education they deserve.

I look forward to meeting you and would like to invite you to an in-person meet and greet on Wednesday, September 14th at 8:15am.  I will also be available virtually on Wednesday, September 14th at 6pm.  Please use the link below to access the meeting via Zoom.  If you are unable to attend, feel free to email me at jkrudis@schools.nyc.gov



Joann Krudis


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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.