girls on chair reading together School leaders and community members hold a red ribbon at the opening ceremony of new primary wing 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 A cameraman films afterschool students making pizza at a farm

5th grade "Reading Buddies" visit pre-kindergarten classes.

The community was invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new primary wing at M.C. Smith Elementary School. (Photo: Lance Wheeler)

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)

The new Bluehawk Sports Complex, with stunning views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.

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

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

CALENDAR

DISTRICT NEWS

2019-2020 School Calendar

Click here to view the calendar-at-a-glance for the 2019-2020 school year (PDF). Please review and save this calendar as it includes holidays, half days, testing dates and more.


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


Sale of JLE Coming Soon

(August 12, 2019) -- Following the approval of our capital improvement project in 2016, which included the consolidation of elementary grades (PK-5) into one building at M.C. Smith Elementary School, the Board of Education adopted a resolution to close the former JLE Primary School.

The District is now preparing to put the JLE building (located at 360 State St, Hudson) on the market for interested buyers. CBRE will be assisting with real estate services.

Once an appropriate offer is accepted, voter authorization will be required in order to sell the building (similar to the sale of the Claverack School in 2016). Any revenue received will be applied to existing debt service. To avoid additional costs associated with holding public votes, the District plans to include the sale of the JLE building on the May 19, 2020 referendum.

Please check our website for updates about this process. 


Repairs Planned for Original Baseball Field

(August 6, 2019) – At the August 6th Board of Education meeting, the Hudson City School District discussed plans for repairs and upgrades to the original baseball field and athletic facility behind Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School. This action was developed through discussions between district leaders, members of the baseball community and local residents. In addition to saving upwards of $150,000 by upgrading the current baseball field rather than building a new one at the high school, the District is looking forward to the opportunity to keep Barrett Field in operation. Click here to read the District’s full statement.

To ensure all interested parties have a voice at the table, the District invites people to submit comments by emailing hcsdboard@hudsoncsd.org, and to participate in future Facilities Committee meetings scheduled throughout early fall. Check our website for meeting dates.


Pool Closure/Maintenance (June-August 2019)

The pool will be closed during the summer due to routine maintenance and an asbestos abatement project taking place near the pool area. It will re-open after August 20, 2019. Any updates or changes will be posted on our website. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Facilities Committee Meeting

There is a Facilities Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. in the JHS Library.


Free Summer Meals for Kids Under 18!

Our summer meal program provides FREE breakfast and lunch to children 18 and younger from July 8th to August 16th, Monday through Friday! No registration required!

We have two local sites serving breakfast starting at 8 a.m. and lunch starting at 11 a.m.:

  • M.C. Smith Elementary School (102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY)
  • Oakdale Park (132 N. 6th Street, Hudson, NY)

Click here for more information or call Chris Bateman at 518-828-4360, ext. 2104. 


Accepting Bids for Phase III Work

Since the District completed its recent capital project below budget, the Board of Education approved additional work to be completed using funds leftover in the District’s spending authorization. This “Phase III” work consists of items in the Building Condition Survey that were included in the preliminary budget but later removed due to pricing concerns, such as: window caulking and floor tiles in certain high school areas, flooring and seating replacement in the elementary school auditorium, floor tile and ceiling repair in an older section of the elementary school and asbestos removal (as needed).

The Board of Education of the Hudson City School District hereby invites the submission of sealed bids on Phase III work. Click here to read the Notice to Bidders , which was also published in local newspapers. Bids are due by Thursday, July 25, 2019.


Request for Proposals for Occupational & Physical Therapy Educational Services

The Hudson City School District, in Columbia County, NY, is accepting proposals from qualified individuals and agencies interested in providing Occupational and Physical Therapy Educational Services to selected students of the District, grades K through 12, commencing fiscal year July 1, 2019.

Specifications can be requested from the Business Office by calling 518-828-4360 (ext. 2100) or emailing coonslx@hudsoncsd.org

Proposals must to be submitted by July 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. to:

Hudson City School District
Sharifa Carbon, School Business Administrator
215 Harry Howard Avenue
Hudson, NY 12534


Pool Closure/Maintenance

The Pool will be closed from June 15 until at least the beginning of August for annual maintenance. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Important Health Information Regarding Student Vaccination Requirements

(June 19, 2019) -- Please be advised of recent changes to school vaccination requirements for children. On June 13, 2019, state lawmakers passed an amendment that eliminates the exemption from vaccinations due to religious beliefs. Please contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible to make sure that your child has all the needed immunizations so they may continue attending school in September. Click here for more information about immunization requirements and how to provide proof of immunization.

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Hudson Highlights eNews - Spring 2019 EditionHudson e-News

Read about top graduates, a school garden project, summer programs and other recent highlights from throughout the district in the Spring 2019 edition of the Hudson Highlights eNews >>

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District Insights: Finishing a Year, Looking Forward to a New One

(June 11, 2019) -- I am always amazed at how quickly a school year seems to pass. As we approach Graduation Day, we close out another year by reflecting on and celebrating the achievements of our Bluehawk staff and students. The best measure of the educational experience offered by the HCSD is the success of our students and faculty. During this school year, there were several noteworthy accomplishments from Hudson students and teachers alike.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's June 2019 column >>


Hudson Summer Festival Booklet 2019

Click here to get the 2019 Hudson Summer Festival Booklet. It contains information about:

Thanks to Dan & Mary Udell and Ohrine Stewart for their hard work on this project each year.


Camp Invention Registration NOW OPEN

It's back! This exciting, week-long STEM summer camp program offers children the opportunity to explore robots, design inventions, take apart machines, make new friends while solving challenges and more! The camp is open to students entering Grades 1-6 and runs from Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, 2019.

Registration is limited to the first 80 students, so click here to learn more about the "supercharged" Camp Invention 2019 program and how to register your child! Registration is open to Hudson students as well as students who are homeschooled or attend neighboring school districts.


Budget Vote & School Board Election Results

(May 21, 2019) -- Hudson City School District voters approved the District's $49,792,463 budget for the 2019-20 school year with 442 in favor and 222 opposed.

In the Board of Education election, incumbent Willette Jones was re-elected to a three-year term ending in 2022. She received 427 votes. Receiving the highest numbers of write-in votes to fill the other two seats were Charles Parmentier (with 145 votes) and Justin Elliot (with 63 votes). These seats are also three-year terms ending in 2022.

Thank you to everyone who voted.


District Insights: Budget Highlights School Safety and More

(May 14, 2019) -- Each spring, we develop a budget for the upcoming school year that is decided on by district voters in May. Every vote matters and it is important to be an informed voter. I hope you find this information helpful in understanding the Hudson City School District’s proposed budget for the next school year. The date of the annual school budget vote and Board of Education election is Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's May 2019 column >>


Thanks, Teachers!

For Teacher Appreciation Week 2019, Hudson students want to say "thank you!"


Kudlack and Shamrat Named Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Dr. Antonio W. Abitabile, Principal of Hudson Senior High School, is pleased to announce that Autumn Kudlack has achieved Valedictorian and Ahsraful Shamrat has achieved Salutatorian for the Class of 2019. Click here to read more about Autumn and Ahsraful.


Schools Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

All Hudson schools will be closed from Thursday, May 23rd through Tuesday, May 28th for the Memorial Day Weekend. (Tuesday, 5/28, is a Board-approved "give back" day as a result of unused emergency closing days.) Schools re-open on Wednesday, May 29th.


Annual Budget Vote & School Board Election

cast your vote on May 21 2019

Click here to learn more about the proposed budget and Board of Education candidates.


Hudson Children's Book Festival (May 4, 2019)

The annual Hudson Children's Book Festival is on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Huson Junior/Senior High School.

Need a ride? There will be free bus transportation around Hudson and Greenport from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Click here to download the bus route map (PDF).


District Insights: New Kindergarten Offering

(April 9, 2019) -- We are excited to announce that we will have two programs to offer incoming Kindergarten children this September. Based on their immediate academic and social needs, incoming Kindergarten students will be placed into one of the following programs: a traditional 1-Year Kindergarten (1YK) for students testing ready for Kindergarten, or the new 2-Year Kindergarten (2YK) for students who may benefit from extra time to master the traditional curriculum.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's April 2019 column >>


Budget Development

budgetThe district is currently developing a budget proposal for the 2019-2020 school year. Visit our Budget Information page for dates of public meetings and other important info.



Unused Emergency Closing Days

(March 29, 2019) -- Each year the school district adopts a calendar that includes extra days in case we need to close due to inclement weather or unforeseen emergencies. This ensures we can maintain the state-required number of school days (180). To date, the district used only two of the three emergency closing days planned on the 2018-19 school calendar. Therefore, due to contractual agreements and New York State regulations, the school calendar may be adjusted as follows:

  • If no more emergency closing days are used, we will not have school on Tuesday, May 28.
  • If one more emergency closing day is used, the calendar remains as is.
  • If two more emergency closing days are used, we will have school on Thursday, May 23.

We will notify you of any calendar changes by the end of April for your planning purposes. If you have any questions, please contact your child(ren)’s building administrator.


School Board Elections – Three Open Seats on 2019-2020 Budget Ballot

get involved raised handsThe Hudson City School District Board of Education will have three (3) open seats up for election this May. Each elected seat is a three-year, non-paid term ending in 2022. Prospective nominees must have a primary residence in the Hudson City School District and be registered voters.

If you're interested in joining the HCSD Board of Education, click here for more information about what school board members do and how to get a nominating petition. Completed nominating petitions are due back to the board clerk in the District Office by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1st.


Student Art Show at Columbia-Greene Community College

art show posterThe Hudson City School District Student Art Show will be on display at Columbia-Greene Community College this April. Students in grades K-12 will exhibit 2D and 3D artwork in two galleries at the college: the Kaaterskill Gallery and the Blue Hill Gallery. More than 100 works of student art will be on display.

An Opening Reception is planned for Wednesday, April 10, 2019, from 4-6 p.m. The show runs until the end of April.

 


District Insights: Understanding Graduation Rates

(March 12, 2019) -- There are many factors to consider when evaluating the quality of education provided by a school district. For example, although often overlooked, the development of social-emotional skills is extremely important to a comprehensive education but difficult to capture with a meaningful metric. An easily measured indicator that typically receives the most attention is the graduation rate.

Taken at face value, graduation rates offer a seemingly simple comparison between school districts. With closer examination, these figures are more complex than they may appear. Many are unaware that there are two different graduation rates and what the differences are.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's March 2019 column >>


Accepting Real Estate Proposals

The Hudson City School District, in Hudson, New York, is seeking proposals for Real Estate Broker Services to assist in the sale of the John L. Edwards school building. Please contact the Business Office at 518-828-4360, ext. 2100, to request proposal information. Proposals must be received by the District Clerk by 2 p.m. on March 15, 2019.


A "Momo Challenge" Advisory

The supposed "Momo Challenge" sweeping the nation has been causing concern for many parents and students. Much of this story is not real, according to several reports. Please read this letter for important information about this hoax and, more importantly, tips for supporting your children and general guidelines for staying safe online.


Graduation Rate Continues to Climb

80 percent(February 4, 2019) -- The NYS Education Department released graduation rates, and we are pleased to share that our 2018 graduation rate was 80 percent! This figure is equal to the state average and is evidence of the hard work put forth by our staff and students.

HCSD has been making steady gains over the last several years, improving from a grad rate well below 70% just five years ago. The excellent work done by our administrators, faculty and support staff, at every level, to keep our students on track for graduation is immeasurable. School leaders credit the improving grad rate to the entire Bluehawk team and, more importantly, the students themselves as well as families for supporting their child’s education.


Phone Scam Alert

(January 30, 2019) -- We recently learned of a possible phone scam by someone claiming to represent the school district, asking for donations to support the school’s athletic teams. Please know that the Hudson City School District does not make phone calls to solicit donations for our athletic teams. If you receive a phone call asking for a donation, please be aware that the caller does not represent the school district.


Mr. Vorwald Named First "Top Teacher" of 2019

HHS Music teacher Mr. Vorwald was selected as the first "Top Teacher" of 2019 by WNYT NewsChannel 13! Watch his segment below (originally aired on Wednesday, January 16, 2019):.

In addition to teaching high school band, Mr. Vorwald teaches jazz band and AP Music Theory (Advanced Placement). He also runs the extracurricular activities Tri-M Music Honors Society and marching band. He was nominated by the HHS Student Council. Congrats to Mr. Vorwald on this recognition!


District Insights: No Science to Snow Days

(January 8, 2019) -- It’s that time of year again — when snow, ice and other wintry weather can impact the school day. Making decisions about school closings, delays or early dismissals can seem simple. However, as most meteorologists would agree, predicting the weather is not an exact science. Weather forecasts are simply estimates, so all we can do is try our best to make informed decisions based on the available data. Each weather event is different and there are many variables to consider.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's January 2019 column >>


New Visitor Management Systemphoto identification card clipart

New safety measures are coming to the Hudson City School District. Effective November 19, 2018, all school buildings will begin using School Gate Guardian, a computerized visitor management system.

Any visitor entering one of our district facilities will be required to provide photo identification (such as a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID). Click here to learn more about School Gate Guardian.


Handle With Care InitiativeHandle With Care Protect Heal Thrive

(November 21, 2018) -- We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Hudson Police Department and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to provide more supports to children who are exposed to violence and trauma outside of school.

Click here to read more about the Handle With Care initiative and our partnership with local law enforcement, which aims to provide our students and families with the school-based supports needed if they are faced with violent or traumatic situations.


New Board Management System (BoardDocs)Board Docs logo

(November 7, 2018) -- The Hudson City School District is upgrading the way it shares Board of Education information by adopting BoardDocs Pro, a Cloud-based technology that can improve the school governance process while saving staff time and taxpayer dollars.

Click here to learn more about BoardDocs and how it can help streamline communication and enhance transparency.


District Insights: A Good Place to Start

(November 13, 2018) -- Over the last two years, the Hudson City School District’s capital project has brought many physical enhancements to our school buildings and grounds. From the Bluehawk Sports Complex to new learning spaces that support STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), the physical environments at HCSD have evolved to match the Bluehawk Pride we feel inside.

Even more notable are the recent improvements in our students’ academic achievements. Not only was the new Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School building a good physical space to open the school year, but our district also started the new year from a good academic standpoint compared to previous years.

I am excited to share that all grades from Kindergarten through Grade 8 saw improvement in exam results last year. 

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's November 2018 column >>


Community Open House at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School

(November 6, 2018, from 2-6 p.m.)

Come see the new primary wing at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School! We are hosting a ribbon-cutting event at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018*, to mark the opening of the “new” elementary school at 102 Harry Howard Avenue.

After the ribbon-cutting, there will be guided building tours to allow the public a chance to see recent upgrades and the new primary wing that were built as part of the voter-approved capital project. Tours will be ongoing until 6 p.m.

*There will be no student attendance on 11/6 due to a scheduled Superintendent’s Conference Day.


District Insights: Big Plans for the Vision 2020 Goals

(October 16, 2018) -- We have big plans to help us enhance the quality of education for all Bluehawk students to reach our Vision 2020 goals and beyond. Now that school is in full swing, I want to share some new initiatives that will be rolled out over the next two years at the Hudson City School District.

We are excited to grow the college- and career-focused opportunities available to our students as we continue to recognize the importance of preparing all Hudson graduates for life after high school. From pre-kindergarten through high school, we are continually looking for ways to provide our students with solid foundations for achieving academic success, obtaining a job and succeeding in their employment.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's October 2018 column >>


New Interim Board Member

new Board member Chuck ParmentierSeptember 24, 2018 - The Board of Education appointed Mr. Charles "Chuck" Parmentier to fill a vacant seat following the resignation of Sumayyah Shabazz. The temporary appointment will expire on May 21, 2019. However, Mr. Parmentier can choose to run for election to the Board (and complete the term through June 30, 2019 if elected). The newly elected seat will start a new three-year term on May 21, 2019.

 



District Insights: 3 Schools, 2 Campuses, 1 Mission

September 25, 2018 -- It is my great privilege to kick off this school year, and my seventh Opening Day as Superintendent, at the Hudson City School District. I am so proud of the work we have been doing together to improve and enhance the academic outcomes, athletic opportunities and physical environments of our schools to benefit our community of Bluehawk learners.

This September is the beginning of a new era in the Hudson City School District. On September 4th, we opened the new school year at the Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School, which was renamed to reflect the addition of a K-1 wing. Our entire elementary community—pre-kindergarten through fifth grade—is now together under one roof at 102 Harry Howard Avenue.

Change does not always come easily but it is often necessary for growth. The excitement of having our entire elementary community together under one roof helps to ease the challenges that inevitably come with change. Envisioning the collaborative teamwork and sharing of ideas across grade levels is inspiring. The idea of older students mentoring our youngest students is also inspiring. We are ready to embrace the inspirations and new opportunities that are waiting for us at every turn.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's September 2018 column >>


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.


Recycled Bleacher Fundraiser

piece of wooden bleacherPieces of the old wooden bleachers from the Hudson High School gym have been repurposed by Mr. Beyer and his Technology students. The finished pieces measure approximately 16x8 inches and cost $20 each. Proceeds will benefit Hudson Dollars for Scholars and the HHS Robotics Team.

To order your repurposed HHS bleacher, contact Mr. Beyer at beyerj@hudsoncsd.org


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


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.


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. In 2018, 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.


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 Featured in National Filma camera operator films students making homemade pizzas

On May 31, 2017, 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.”


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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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