Old cinder track and scoreboard A view of the Catskill Mountains Administrators in the auditorium Class of 1966 sits on the steps of Olana A community member reads to students in the library We Are One is a puzzle piece mural

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

HCSD administrators and Board members on Opening Day.

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 12, 2016 will begin at 7:00 PM in the HHS Library. There will be a HHS Curriculum Workshop at 6:00 PM in .


Notice About Nearby Incident Off School Premises

School officials at Hudson CSD recently notified the Hudson Police Department of a report made by two students regarding lewd behavior by a suspicious male off school premises on the evening of November 29, 2016. The incident occurred on the corner of State and 3rd after the bus dropped off students coming from the After School Program. Police were given a detailed description of the individual and are currently investigating the incident.

In light of this information and the proximity to our district, we feel it is important to make you aware of this incident. We ask that you remind your child about these important safety tips:

  • If you See something, Say something: if your child has a concern or issue, please ask them to speak with an adult immediately. If you or your child see something criminal in nature on or near school grounds, please contact district staff and the police.
  • Don’t talk to strangers: it is important to remind children about what to do if approached by a stranger, both online and in person.

For parents/guardians, we also ask that you know and follow your school’s protocols for picking up/dropping off your child, from where to park (to avoid delaying buses) to showing proper identification and signing into our schools.

As always, the safety of our students is our top priority, and while we do not wish to alarm you with this information, we felt sharing this information and safety tips with our school community was important.


Hudson Children's Book Festival Fundraiser

There will be a concert to raise money for the Hudson Children's Book Festival on Friday, December 16, 2016.

When: Friday, December 16 at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Spotty Dog Books & Ale (440 Warren St, Hudson)
What: The Annual Christmas Concert: a long-standing tradition at the Spotty Dog which features some of Columbia and Greene counties most talented musicians
Cost: $7 per person


Capital Project Updates

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Visit the Capital Project webpage for more information and past editions.


District Insights: The good and bad of Every Student Succeeds Act

(November 8, 2016) -- For nearly 50 years, the United States has exerted recurring efforts to design and implement an educational paradigm shift to raise the bar, close the achievement gaps and finally address the need to appropriately prepare all students for both college and career in the highly competitive 21st century. Most recently, in December, new legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, was passed to replace No Child Left Behind and it will affect every public school in the country. The act is set to take full effect in the 2017-18 school year.

Since the act is fairly new, it may take some time before the impact on our schools and students becomes clear. The most significant change we can expect is that states will have a larger role in holding schools accountable, thereby allowing for greater flexibility in school evaluations and setting goals for student achievement.

An initial review of the Every Student Succeeds Act reveals some good news and not so good news for schools across the country.

Read the rest of Superintendent Suttmeier's November 2016 column in the Register-Star >>


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. Learn more and view the assessment calendars for the 2016-17 school year.


Important vaccine information

Beginning September 1, 2016, all public and private school students entering 7th and 12th grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York State. Learn more about the meningococcal vaccine school requirement on the NYS Department of Health website, or download this one-page fact sheet


District Insights: Maintaining historic appearance, maximizing possibilities at MCSIS

(October 11, 2016) -- When planning began for our Capital Project earlier this year, we expected the typical design challenges. Our goal was to explore all options to be sure we selected the best design for our students. This was particularly true for the new primary wing addition to the historic M.C. Smith Intermediate School. Many in the community rightfully spoke out about the importance of maintaining the new addition’s architectural compatibility with the existing intermediate school.

Over the last several months, district administrators and the Board of Education have worked tirelessly with the architects to ensure the best possible building design that compliments the existing building and our academic programs while fitting within our financial means. One of our goals was to design an addition with a nearly seamless look next to the historic exterior of the intermediate school. However, soil samplings on the south side of the building revealed evidence of unstable soil. These results challenged the district and architects to formulate a more creative solution that would fit the district’s needs, both academically and financially.

After much deliberation, we were able to develop a design that offers a good compromise between structural and architectural integrity while providing a favorable academic program flow between the existing and new instructional spaces.

Read the rest of Superintendent Suttmeier's October 2016 column in the Register-Star >>


District Insights: Welcome back Bluehawks

(September 13, 2016) -- There is always a great sense of excitement and opportunity as we embark on a new school year. Thankfully, teaching is one of the rare professions where we get a clean slate every year and that brings hope and possibility. That is especially true this year. This is the first time in many years that we are opening our doors not designated by the state for anything. This year, we are truly beginning with a clean slate and for the first time in a long time we face the future unencumbered by negative labels.

Just as our championship athletic teams achieved their success through teamwork, this accomplishment was also a cooperative effort. It took a great deal of planning, determination and most of all, teamwork in every building at every level, as well as coordination with our community partners. We don’t want to talk only about the past or just about this school year, we want to focus on the next four years and beyond. We want to focus on our future as a district on the rise.

Read the rest of Superintendent Suttmeier's September 2016 column in the Register-Star >>


District Insights: Volunteers help make it all possible

April is National Volunteer Month and April 18-22 is Public School Volunteer Week. This is a time to recognize volunteers — those who donate their time to benefit others. Our school district needs funding to operate, of course, but it also benefits from all the community volunteers that help make things possible by donating their time to support the district and its programs.

Read the rest of Superintendent Suttmeier's April column in the Register-Star >>


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.” Read the full article >>


District Insights: The Board of Education

As a whole, the board of education of the Hudson City School District welcomes this opportunity to reach out to everyone in the community and provide a little insight into our purpose and function. We have been given this opportunity, in our superintendent’s regular monthly column, to share what the board does and how we conduct the business of the Hudson City School District. Please take this opportunity to understand our roles and let us know your thoughts on how we can better work together to achieve the goals of the district. Continue reading in the Register-Star >>


2016-2017 Bus Routes

Get the bus routes for the 2016-17 school year here >>


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