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 We Are One is a puzzle piece mural

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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

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.

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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School Board Meeting

The Board of Education Regular Meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018 will begin at 6:30 PM in the HHS Library. There will be a Community Budget Workshop at 6:00 in HHS Library.


School Safety Letter from Superintendent Suttmeier

February 22, 2018 -- As we return to school after winter break, we continue to process the senseless and horrific event that took place in Parkland, Florida on February 14. Superintendent Suttmeier issued the following letter to reassure Bluehawk families that the safety and security of our students is our number one priority. The letter also contains information about how we can best support our children during these times.

Click here to read the full letter (which will also be sent home with students).


Cosmic Bowling Fundraiser (Hudson Dollars for Scholars)

Help support the local scholarship program Hudson Dollars for Scholars by enjoying a night of cosmic bowling, music, food and fun!

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hoe Bowl Lanes in Catskill, NY
Cost: $25 per person (includes 4 games, shoe rental, 2 slices of pizza, and donation to HDFS)

Please sign up in pairs by emailing Bob Conte at coach517@ymail.com (single players will be assigned a partner to play Scotch Doubles format).


Kindergarten Screenings for 2018-19 School Yearkindergarten

Beginning on Monday, March 5, 2018, we will be conducting screenings for students entering Kindergarten in September 2018. Screenings will take place from Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 23, 2018. Please contact the John L. Edwards Primary School main office at 518-828-4360, ext. 4317 to schedule a screening appointment.

Children must be five years of age or older on or before December 1, 2018 to be eligible to enter Kindergarten this coming fall. Students must also reside within the Hudson City School District. For more details, please visit the JLE webpage.

*Please note that children entering kindergarten in September 2018 will attend school at the Montgomery C. Smith School (102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson) in the newly constructed primary wing.


Pre-Kindergarten Registration (2018-19 School Year)

Pre-kindergarten registration is now open for children who are currently 4-years-old (or will be 4 years of age by December 1, 2018). We offer half day and full day programs. Visit the Registration webpage to learn more about the programs and how to apply.

*Please note that children entering kindergarten in September 2018 will attend school at the Montgomery C. Smith School (102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson) in the newly constructed primary wing.


"Pajama Jam" Fundraiser for HCSD Music Department

Pajama JamDid somebody say “pancakes?” Join us for the second annual "Pajama Jam" concert and pancake dinner fundraiser to support the Hudson City School District Music Department! See musical performances from students in grades K-12 while enjoying a pancake "breakfast for dinner." Plates cost $5 each and include: pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice.

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Hudson High School cafeteria
Cost: $5 per plate, tickets purchased at the door (performers eat free!)

We hope to see you at this concert fundraiser that benefits the HCSD Music Department!


CASDA Honors Craig Bender with 2018 Friends of Education Award

Craig Bender, a volunteer with the Hudson City School District, will be honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award on Thursday, February 16th at the Friends of Education Dinner. CASDA presents this award to recognize the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving students and the school community.

Mr. Bender has been a volunteer in the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School for more than five years. During this time he has been an active participant in the Hudson Reads program, instilling a love of reading that supports academic growth. Along with his wife, he established a writing award for 6th grade students. Craig has also hosted field trips at his equine rescue farm for 4th graders, allowing them to interact with nature and discover organic farming. Craig’s most significant impact, however, may be through the Kids Need Music program, a non-profit organization he founded to provide instruments and opportunities to Hudson’s music students. What began modestly has grown into a program that donates more than 50 instruments each year. Music teacher Leah Phillips states that “without his help, our music program would not be what it is today.” Craig Bender’s endless generosity makes him a genuine Friend of Education.


Dr. Maria Suttmeier holds award plaqueDr. Suttmeier Receives Positive Image Award

Congratulations to our superintendent, Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier, for being named a recipient of the Sons & Daughters of Italy Positive Image Award!

The award from the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy 659 recognizes local residents of Italian heritage who promote positive images of Italian-Americans and positively contribute to the community. Dr. Suttmeier and another award recipient, Ted Filli, received plaques at a ceremony on January 7, 2018.



District Insights: What Mentors Mean to Us

(January 16, 2018) -- “Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington

We are proud to have a variety of mentorship opportunities throughout our schools that support student success and development. Since January is National Mentoring Month, which was established to promote youth mentoring in the U.S., Superintendent Suttmeier highlights some of the amazing mentoring programs available to our students in her January 2018 column >>


Pre-Payment of School Taxes

(December 28, 2017) -- Please note that the Hudson City School District cannot accommodate pre-payment of school taxes for federal tax purposes. Payment of 2017-18 school taxes was due in August and October installments. Per New York State law, our district cannot provide property tax bills for the 2018-19 school year until after the school budget has been adopted (the budget vote is on Tuesday May 15, 2018) and the subsequent tax warrant has been issued. While Governor Cuomo’s recent Executive Order No. 172 gives counties and towns the ability to collect their 2018 property tax payments by the end of 2017, it does not authorize school districts to collect the 2018-19 school taxes before the adoption of next year’s budget.


New School Board Member

On Monday, December 18, 2017, the Board of Education appointed Lucinda Segar to fill a vacant seat following the resignation of Mr. Kisselburgh. Ms. Segar's 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).


District Insights: Getting Ready to Close the 1st Quarter of the Year

(December 12, 2017) -- Students and teachers at the Hudson City School District are preparing to close out the first semester of the school year. Although we have many attendance days still ahead of us, the past several weeks show a good start to the year. We have seen promising student attendance numbers during the first semester.

Since missing just two school days per month can have negative impacts on academic performance, starting as early as kindergarten, we hope to continue improving student attendance through the spring. In order to do that, we will continue working with families and the community to reduce absences and truancy across all grade levels.

On behalf of the HCSD, I wish you a safe, warm winter recess and a healthy, happy new year. If you make one New Year’s resolution, please consider making school attendance a priority in your family. We are looking forward to recharging and returning to school in January, ready to get back to work and finish the school year strong.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's December 2017 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.


Openings in 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 at John L. Edwards Primary School (Grades K-1), M.C. Smith Intermediate School (Grades 2-5), and Hudson Junior High School (Grades 6-8). The current afterschool session is still accepting participants and runs through the spring. Slots are available on a first come, first served basis. 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. Thank you to Hudson graduate Chip Moon for taking and sharing great photos.

Closing Ceremony at Barrett Field

The Hudson City School District also 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.


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.


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


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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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