group holds banner in front of solar panels New track and athletic field with Catskill Mountains in background aerial view of new driveway and traffic pattern School leaders hold a shovel at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new primary wing A cameraman films afterschool students making pizza at a farm A community member reads to students in the library A view of the Catskill Mountains

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Construction of the new primary wing at MCSIS began in October 2017. Read more about the capital improvement project >>

The Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program was selected to be featured in a documentary by the the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Many community members share their time to participate in Hudson Reads, a weekly reading mentor program that aims to strengthen the reading skills and confidence of students at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School.

A view of the beautiful Catskill Mountains behind Hudson Jr./Sr. High School

Students in the new Alternative Energy course helped unveil a solar array behind Hudson Jr./Sr. High School, built in partnership with the state-sponsored K-Solar Program and NY Power Authority. (Photo: NYPA)

Please be advised of traffic pattern changes at the intersection of Harry Howard Avenue & Joslen Boulevard. Click here for more details.



School Board Meeting

The Board of Education Regular Meeting on Monday, September 24, 2018 will begin at 6:30 PM in the HHS Library.

Welcome Back, Bluehawks!

The first day of the 2018-19 school year is on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, students in Grades K-1 will attend school at the Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School in the newly constructed primary wing (102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson). Children entering pre-kindergarten in September 2018 will also attend school in the new primary wing at MCSES.

Please note changes to the traffic pattern in the front parking lot at MCSES (see map below). All traffic in the front of the building should exit onto Harry Howard Avenue.

aerial image showing new traffic pattern at MCSES

Bus Routes

Cick here to get the 2018-2019 bus routes on the Transportation webpage.

New Associate Principal

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Lisa Ruud as a new Associate Principal at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School. She joined the team of Bluehawk administrators in August 2018 and is looking forward to supporting a collaborative learning environment that includes teachers and students, as well as members of the Hudson community. Click here to learn more about Ms. Ruud >>

School Name Change

On July 2, 2018, the Hudson City School District Board of Education passed a resolution to change the name of the M.C. Smith School from Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School (MCSIS) to Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School (MCSES).* This change reflects the addition of a primary wing, which will bring our entire elementary community under one roof (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5).

*Effective July 1, 2018, as approved by the New York State Education Department

Seeking Candidates to Fill Vacancy on School Board

August 14, 2018 - The Hudson City School District Board of Education is seeking candidates to fill a vacant seat on the Board after Sumayyah Shabazz resigned for personal reasons prior to the end of her term. The temporary appointment will expire on June 30, 2019.

Anyone interested in serving the school district as an interim Board member should send a letter of interest to Leslie Coons, Clerk of the Board, Hudson City School District, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534, or by email at Letters of interest will be accepted until Friday, September 14, 2018, at 4 p.m.

Candidates should be available to attend the Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 24, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hudson Senior High School library so that the Board can meet the candidates before deciding on an appointment. Learn more about what all prospective school board members should know.

Registration Open for Afterschool Program

Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program logoMake the most out of your child's afternoons and register them for the Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program! It's FREE and it provides many enriching activities for your child, including arts and crafts, book clubs, science projects, sports and academic enrichment.

There are openings in all of our HBN ASP programs:

  • Little Hawks (Grades K-1) at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School
  • Hatch (Grades 2-5) at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School
  • Hudson Junior High School (Grades 6-8)

Visit the HBN ASP webpage for more info and contact information.

District Insights: 2017-18 Year-End District Recap

(June 13, 2018) -- Before reflecting on how much we’ve achieved since September 2017, I would like to thank our district voters for approving our 2018-19 school budget. We are grateful for your support of our academic, art and athletic programs. Additionally, we are excited to extend new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) opportunities to our students in the elementary grades.

It seems like only yesterday that we welcomed staff back to school while on the grounds of the beautiful Bluehawk Sports Complex. It was a day of celebration and a new beginning for the Hudson Bluehawks as we kicked off the school year with an acrostic poem to help define what it truly means to be a HUDSON Bluehawk:

H (Heroic), U (United), D (Diverse), S (Scholarship), O (Optimistic), N (Nurturing)

Here we are 10 months later and the words used to define Hudson ring truer than ever as evidenced by what we have accomplished since opening day. As we close another school year, I’d like to highlight some of the numerous achievements of our Bluehawk students and staff.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's June 2018 column >>

Budget Vote Results (2018-2019)

(Wednesday, May 16, 2018) -- Hudson City School District voters approved the district's $48,769,728 budget for the 2018-19 school year, with 308 in favor and 187 opposed. Voters also approved the proposition to transfer funds to a Repair Reserve by 328 yes votes to 162 no votes.

In the Board of Education election, incumbents Lucinda Segar and Willette Jones were re-elected. Ms. Segar received 363 votes and will fill the three-year term beginning July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. Ms. Jones received 357 votes and will complete the remainder of Mr. Kisselburgh’s term, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. There were 34 write-in votes.

Thank you to everyone who voted.

Solar Field Brings Savings and Educational Opportunities

The Hudson City School District continually takes advantage of available grants and savings opportunities to enhance operations and academic programs whenever possible. This year, one significant cost savings comes from the Board-approved solar project built behind Hudson Junior/Senior High School.

Click here to learn more about the solar project, which was built through the state's K-Solar Program, and what it means for Hudson schools.

District Insights: Budget Boosts STEM and Career Guidance

(May 9, 2018) -- To prepare the Hudson City School District’s 2018-19 budget, we spent the last few months carefully considering our present status and, more importantly, what must be done to continue building upon our improvement efforts. We are pleased to propose a forward-thinking spending plan that puts career readiness and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) programs at the forefront.

The primary goals of the $48,769,728 proposed spending plan are to keep strengthening academic programs (particularly Math and Science), athletics and occupational development opportunities available to Hudson students.

To help our community be well-informed before casting their votes on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the main features of the proposed budget are highlighted in this month's column as well as on our Budget Information webpage.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's May 2018 column >>

New Traffic Pattern at Jr./Sr. High School Begins on November 20, 2017

On Monday, November 20, 2017, the new driveway on the north side of the junior/senior high school campus will open. Effective 11/20, the new entrance/exit should be used for:

  • High school student and district office staff parking
  • Drivers dropping off or picking up students who go to the high school (arrival and dismissal)

Changes to the traffic pattern affect student/district office staff parking and high school parent drop off/pick-up only (until further notice). High school staff, visitors and school buses should continue to enter the parking lot through the main entrance. Parent drop off/pick-up will not be permitted to come down the main driveway. If you have a student to be dropped off/picked up at the Junior High School, please use the entrance next to the Elks Lodge (201 Harry Howard Avenue).

Visit the Capital Project webpage for more details, including an aerial image of the new driveway with arrows to indicate the traffic pattern changes.

Assessment Calendars

The Hudson City School District is committed to providing your child with a high-quality, well-rounded education that advances their intellectual, social and emotional development in preparation for college and/or career. This mission includes the use of formative and summative assessments that provide us with detailed, targeted information that identifies your child’s strengths and areas of growth. With this valuable information at our fingertips, we are able to modify or enhance your child’s instruction to ensure they reach their full growth potential each school year.

It is important to us that you know what assessments your child is taking, when they are given, and why they are given. View the assessment calendars for the 2017-18 school year to learn more.

Hudson Afterschool Program to be Featured in National Filma camera operator films students making homemade pizzas

On May 31, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) sent a small film crew to Hudson for its documentary about afterschool programs. The documentary will feature eight programs nationwide, and NAESP selected the Hudson Bluehawk Nation After School Program (HBNASP) to represent New York State.

The goal of the NAESP film is to show principals how to incorporate effective afterschool programs in their buildings. The focus of HBNASP is “Community Collaborations.”

Substitute Teachers Needed!

The Hudson City School District is accepting applications for Substitute Teachers (K-12)*. Fingerprints through NYS Education Department are required (the district will reimburse fingerprinting fees for non-certified substitute teachers after working in the district five times). Candidates are required to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Visit the Employment page for more details.

*Pay rate is $90/day for non-certified teachers, $105/day for certified teachers, $110/day for retired teachers

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HCSD Graduation Rate at a 10-year High

Destination Graduation! Hudson CSD's graduation rate has been on a steady incline, up nearly 20 percentage points since 2012, and Superintendent Suttmeier said the credit goes to our teachers.

“For the first time in a long time, our high school report card has green checks instead of red Xs,” she said. “We should celebrate and recognize the good things that are happening, while there’s still more work to be done...There will be additional challenges, but we’re on the right track.” Using data to track individual student progress and "tell the story," the district has been able to identify key areas and put programs into place to address them.

"The credit lies with the teachers,” Dr. Suttmeier said. “They take the special interest. Once they had that data, they had something they could look at, they could draw a line to each student. All hands were on deck, looking to see how they could help students succeed.”

Community Sex Offender Information

From time to time the District receives notifications from law enforcement regarding the release of convicted sex offender

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