New track and athletic field with Catskill Mountains in background 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 We Are One is a puzzle piece mural Graduating Class of 2017 with elementary students on playground

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

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

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

During their 50th high school reunion, members of the HHS Class of 1966 visited the Olana State Historic Site.

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.

One of HCSD's many student murals. The "We Are One" mural, painted by Class of 2013 students, perfectly illustrates the cultural diversity of our district.

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School Board Meeting

The Board of Education Special Meeting on Monday, December 18, 2017 will begin at 7:00 PM in the HHS Library. There will be a HHS Curriculum Workshop at 6:00 in HHS Library.


December School Closings & Early Dismissals

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Half day early dismissal for all schools. J.L.E. Report Card Conferences from 1-3 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, December 25, 2017-Monday, January 1, 2018 - All schools closed for Holiday Recess. Schools will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.


School Board Vacancy

November 13, 2017 - The Board of Education is seeking candidates to temporarily fill a vacant seat on the Board after Mr. Kisselburgh recently resigned for personal reasons. The temporary appointment will expire on May 15, 2018; however, the interim Board member can choose to run for election to the Board (and complete the term through June 30, 2019 if elected).

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 coonslx@hudsoncsd.org. The deadline for consideration is Thursday, December 14, 2017.

If you submit a letter of interest, please be prepared to attend the first portion of the Board of Education meeting on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hudson Senior High School library so that the Board can meet the candidates before deciding on an appointment. 


Festival of Wreaths 2017holiday wreath

The annual Festival of Wreaths is happening at M.C. Smith Intermediate School!

There are more than 90 festive wreaths decorating the hallways of M.C.S.I.S., and each one has a different theme. Themes include art supplies, toys, gift certificates, snacks, beauty supplies and more! Tickets are 25 cents each and you can use them to "bid" on your favorite holiday wreaths. Click here for info on how to buy tickets.

See photos of all the wreaths here. The fundraiser benefits H.O.P.E. and the drawing will take place on December 20, 2017.


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).

aerial view of new driveway and traffic pattern

The goal of this part of the capital project is to help improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety, especially during arrival and dismissal. The new parking lot configuration also includes a new turnaround section to allow vehicles to loop around the lot to exit. By offering an alternative entrance/exit, fewer vehicles will need to cross in front of the campus’ main entrances or wait behind school buses during dismissal.

As shown in the aerial image (above, courtesy of the Wheeler Drone), the new entrance/exit is a two-way road that opens onto Joslen Boulevard. The intersection, which was previously a three-way stop, will now be a four-way stop. The district received a signed letter of approval from the Town of Greenport Highway Department in January that granted permission for the district to build a new driveway in this location. The only times this intersection will experience higher than usual volumes of traffic are during arrival and dismissal (about 8 a.m. and 2:35 p.m. on school days).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the District Office at 518-828-4360, extension 2101.


Openings in Afterschool Program

Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program logoThe Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program (HBN ASP) has openings at John L. Edwards Primary School (grades K-1). It's free and it provides many enriching activities for your child, including arts and crafts, book clubs, science projects, sports and academic enrichment.

Slots are available on a first come, first served basis. Pick up a registration packet for our free afterschool program in the JLE or MCSIS main office. For more information, visit the HBN ASP webpage or call 518-828-4360, ext. 4318.



Closing Ceremony at Barrett Field (Photos by Chip Moon)

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, members of the school and local community celebrated decades of Hudson athletes at the Closing Ceremomy for John A. Barrett Field.

Closing Ceremony at Barrett Field

Thank you to Hudson graduate Chip Moon for taking and sharing great photos.


Capital Project Updatesold gravel track

Visit the Capital Project webpage to read updates and see photos of the progress.

Stay up-to-date on the status and progress of the project with our Capital Project eNews!


District Insights: Coursework Options on Horizon for N.Y. Students

(October 9, 2017) -- More options for required coursework are on the horizon for students in New York State. The Board of Regents recently approved regulations that will allow students to meet middle school Career and Technical Education (CTE) coursework requirements through a broader range of subjects.

Previously, state regulations required that all students completed a rigid series of coursework by the end of grade 8 that provided for the first formal introduction to CTE in two specific disciplines: Family and Consumer Sciences and Technology Education. Following the Board of Regents’ ruling, students will be able to achieve these coursework requirements through the study of business, agriculture, health sciences and/or trade and technical subjects (actual courses will vary by school district). Overall, districts will be better positioned to design meaningful programs in any CTE discipline, thus creating a link between middle and high school programs.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's October 2017 column >>


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.


Closing & Opening Ceremonies for Athletic Fields - Thanks for Your Support!

The Hudson City School District extends its gratitude to these individuals/community organizations for their sponsorship and support of the Closing Ceremony of Barrett Field and the Grand Opening of Bluehawk Sports Complex.


Track and Field Notice

August 21, 2017 -- The new track and field are not yet open to the public. At this time, the new track and field is only open on a limited basis for school sports teams to practice. We will let the community know when public access can be granted. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work on the finishing touches.


District Insights: What Does It Mean to Be a HUDSON Bluehawk?

(September 12, 2017) -- We kicked off another school year in Bluehawk style when faculty and staff congregated at our new track/athletic field for Opening Day last week. There were a few clouds in the sky but the atmosphere was brightened by the participation of students and the sounds of Bluehawk cheers.

This is a momentous time for us in Hudson. When I allow myself to sit back and contemplate how much we have accomplished together with our community of supporters, I am filled with appreciation and awe. The overwhelming approval of the Capital Project and 2017-18 budget gave us a clear and resounding message that we have people who believe in us, who want to help us give our students the very best experience, and who want to provide every Bluehawk with the opportunity to soar into a successful future.

Just as the Capital Project is reinvigorating our campus, we too must reinvent ourselves and take the opportunity to refine what it truly means to be a Hudson Bluehawk. It sounds simple enough, but what does it really mean to be HUDSON?

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's September 2017 column >>


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.”


Class of 2019 Brick Fundraiser

Personalized bricksBe a part of the new athletic facility by purchasing a brick from the Hudson High School Class of 2019!

Immortalize yourself or show your appreciation for someone else with a personalized brick that will be used to build the walkway to and around the entrance of the new athletic field behind Hudson Junior/Senior High School.  

Get more information about the cost and how to order here.

Thank you for supporting the Class of 2019!



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


Dan & Mary Udell Receive the 2017 Friends of Education Award

Recipients of the 2017 CASDA Friends of Education awardDan and Mary Udell of Hudson were honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award on February 16. This award recognizes the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving students and the school community. Read the full press release here

Not only do the Udells help produce videos for the Hudson City School District, but they have been reading mentors in the Hudson Reads program at M.C. Smith Intermediate School for more than a decade. From all of us at HCSD, thank you Mr. and Mrs. Udell for your dedicated service to our students!


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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 offenders in the community. Should you wish to review this information, please contact the Hudson Police Department or Columbia County Sheriff's Office.


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