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 A community member reads to students in the library A view of the Catskill Mountains

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

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)

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 Elementary 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.

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DISTRICT NEWS

Suspicious Activity Reported (12/12/2018)

Suspicious Activity Reported on Arthur Avenue: Yesterday evening (Wednesday, December 12, 2018), at approximately 4 p.m. a student reported a suspicious person in the area of Arthur Avenue and Joslen Blvd. According to police, the student was approached by a man in a vehicle who repeatedly asked the student if he needed a ride, even after the student refused more than once. After driving down the street, the man turned around and drove back toward the student. At this point, the student reported the individual to neighbors. The suspicious person was described as a clean shaven African American male with short hair in his 30s, driving a dark blue Toyota SUV. Law enforcement was notified. We share this information as a precaution and ask that you report any suspicious persons or activity to law enforcement.

School Board Meeting

The Board of Education Special Meeting on Monday, December 17, 2018 will begin at 7:00 PM in the JHS Library. There will be a JHS Curriculum Workshop at 6:00 PM in . Click here for meeting agendas and minutes


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

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.


Harlem Wizards at Hudson High School

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 3 p.m., come see the Harlem Wizards play at Hudson High School! This is a fun annual fundraiser to support our D.A.R.E. program, run in collaboration with Officer Hoffman and the Hudson City Police Department. There will be a 50/50 raffle and the Wiz Kids program, which allows any child wearing a Wizards jersey to go out onto the gym floor and warm up with the Wizards before the game

Doors open at 1:30 p.m., game starts at 3 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults, and can be purchased with an order form through the main office of each school or online at the Harlem Wizards website. Courtside Plus tickets include a 15-minute "meet and greet" with players before the game.


New Board Management System (BoardDocs)Board Docs logo

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.”


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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