HUDSON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS
A sincere thank you to all HCSD voters. We appreciate your support!
Board of Education Candidates
The Hudson City School District has two Board vacancies, a 5-year term and an unexpired 2-year term. Five candidates are running for those positions: Jaclyn Rose Bruntfield, Joseph E. Carr, Scott diMonda, Tiffany Martin Hamilton and Dr. Lynn E. Lee. Learn more…
Budget Vote Concert
Come out to vote on May 21, 2013 then join us for an evening of music featuring student performances from all four Hudson City School District schools. The concert is at 6:00 p.m. in the John L. Edwards Cafeteria
Performances will include:
MC Smith Jazz Ensemble
Selections from Choir
And many more!
2013-14 Budget Book
Now available is the 2013-14 Hudson CSD Budget Book.
Bluehawk Blast 5K Run/Walk
The Bluehawk Blast 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Hudson High School
BluewHawk Running club, will be held Sunday, May 19, 2013. More information...
A HCSD budget forecast
Those of us working inside the Hudson City School District join our students and parents in welcoming the month of May with a big sigh of relief that the New York state exams are behind us.
Whether or not we agree with the state’s testing procedures, discouraging students from taking the test is not the solution. The state’s current accountability system requires that schools have a 95 percent participation rate. If a district does not reach the 95 percent participation rate, it will not make “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) which could affect a district’s Title I funding. Read more...
National Teacher Appreciation Week
Dear HCSD Colleagues:
Before this week comes to a close, I want to recognize your commitment, dedication, and hard work in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week.
Especially in a year when we are all feeling the pressure of tougher standards and a new accountability system, it is important to pause and give thanks for your acts of scholarship and kindness most people outside of the district do not ordinarily get to see. Every day I see teachers going above and beyond to ensure that our students have their academic and social needs met.
Hudson is a unique place to work filled with opportunities and challenges. In a district with high poverty, special education, and minority populations abounding, we don’t have the time for complacency or mediocrity. We must always strive to move and remove the barriers preventing our students from succeeding. The ability to inspire children of all ages and walks of life to learn is no easy task, but you do it with care and persistence.
Resiliency is going to be a critical survival skill for any educator these days but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not a train coming! Keep the faith, don’t get discouraged, and always get back on track when the inevitable difficulties come along.
With sincere gratitude,
McDonald and Ward named as Valedictorian and Salutatorian at HSHS
Hudson Senior High School, is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2013. Read more...
DRAFT Code of Conduct and Response Document for Public Review
2013-2014 Budget Summary
Hudson City School District's 2013-2014 Budget Summary is now available. Download the budget presentation
District Insights: Balancing a budget during an economic storm
Rising costs, declining revenues and a New York state budget crisis have made building a sound spending plan that not only meets the needs of our students, but that also meets the needs and expectations of our taxpayers, more difficult than ever. Read more...
New York State Property Tax Cap Information
Does the New York State Property Tax Cap limit your school tax increase to 2% each year? More information is available on the Property Tax Cap page.
District launches electronic newsletter
The Bluehawk e-Newsletter is a newly launched periodical from the Hudson City School District. It will offer a look at all the wonderful things going on in our buildings. In addition, there will be regularly featured articles from different departments throughout the district covering a variety of topics. Read more...
Hudson CSD to present budget forecast to groups
The Hudson City School District is bringing the district to you! We would like to present the 2013-14 Hudson CSD budget forecast to our taxpayers. If you have a group meeting in the month of March, please contact Superintendent Suttmeier’s office at 828-4360 Ext. 2101 to book the 45 minute presentation today. Let’s get together to listen and to be heard!
Some insight into the budget
For the last four years, the Hudson City School District along with all public schools in upstate New York has received less state aid each year. Consequently, the district has had record-breaking layoffs of teachers and staff as well as cuts in programs.
If New York state continues to cut state aid to public schools, the district will be forced to make deeper cuts over the next several years. We cannot depend on our local taxpayers to offset the budget deficit each year. There will come a time when we are no longer able to function with the basic academic integrity needed to provide a well-rounded education to our students. The district has been working diligently on doing the right work to improve the academic and financial status of the district, but there is just so far we can go on the resources we receive from the state. Read more...
Visitor and Staff Security
Dear School Community:
Thank you very much for all of your suggestions and comments regarding the safety of our schools. Together, we work as partners to make sure that our schools and our community is safe for everyone. We continue to encourage your involvement in our schools and welcome you as partners in your child's education. Read more...
Hudson CSD to Develop District Plan for Improvement
Hudson CSD is looking for school leadership, staff, parents, and students to participate in a meaningful opportunity to develop a district plan for improvement. Read more...
Parent Portal Open
The Parent Portal has officially been opened to the public. The Parent Portal is a free, computer-based online system that allows parents/guardians of students in grades 7 – 12 to view their child’s attendance, schedule, grades and progress reports. More information...
How to Access the Swimming Pool
Those who come to the early morning lap swimming from Monday through Saturday may enter the building from the rear parking lot near the loading dock, on the south side of the junior high school. At other times, access should be available from front or back doors. More Pool Information…