Hudson Reads We Are One

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.

2015-2016 CALENDAR


Capital Project Community Conversations

HCSD invites community members to participate in a series of "community conversations" to discuss details, ideas, questions, and concerns regarding the proposed capital project. Although this project is still in its early stages of development, the Board of Education is committed to complete transparency and welcomes input from all interested stakeholders.

As residents of our district, your input is sincerely valued. Please join us for an open forum to discuss the capital project:

  • Wednesday, December 2nd -- 6:30-8:00 PM in JLE cafeteria
  • Thursday, December 17th -- 6:30-8:00 PM in MCSIS cafeteria

A new section for our website, devoted to capital project information, is currently being developed. Check back for announcements and updates. Please contact District Communications with capital project questions, requests for information, or requests for public presentations.

Parent Education Workshops

Confused or curious about the NYS educational standards? Let us help! Join HCSD teachers for informational sessions to shed some light on the educational standards for English/Language Arts and Math. There will be two sessions each for grades K-8, one in the fall and another in the spring.

Contact Melanie Miller at 518-567-4312 for information about childcare.

The Grades 3 & 4 workshop is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30 from 5:30-7:30 PM at MCSIS (light dinner at 5 PM. A full schedulefor all grades (K-8) is available.

District Insights: Thankful for momentum and support

Historically, the month of November is a time for expressing thanks for all we have been given. With the help and support of our families, friends and community partners, the Hudson City School District has many things to be thankful for this year.

We have been taking great strides toward our Destination Graduation goals for the past three years. The evidence is shown in our increased graduation rate (over 15 percent in three years*), reading levels, community involvement, event success and in our students’ Bluehawk pride. We have much more work ahead to raise student achievement to a level we can all be proud of, but we are thankful for the momentum we are gaining and the support we receive from the community. Read the full article.

Common Core Learning Standards Survey from NYSED

The New York State Education Department, under the leadership of Commissioner Elia, is undergoing a statewide request for the public to examine each standard within the Common Core Framework.

Take this opportunity to provide input to NYSED as they take on an unprecedented review of Common Core learning standards, with the goal of making recommendations to better serve our students. According to Commissioner Elia, "The results of the survey will directly inform any changes that we make to the standards as a result of the review."

The survey is available until November 30, 2015.

Veterans Day, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day is not just a chance to enjoy an extra day off from school or work. This November 11th, be sure to spend a few minutes on its true purpose, by acknowledging the men and women who have served during times of peace or war in our armed forces. These include the members of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the Coast Guard. The reason for observing the day is to show our gratitude to the brave men and women who sacrifice everything to make this world a safer place for the rest of us. On behalf of the Hudson City School District, we thank them for them selfless service. Have a safe Veterans Day!

Second Round of Community Feedback

The second community conversation regarding Hudson CSD’s long-range planning process, Vision 2020, occurred on October 1st.

It was a follow-up session to the August 20th input session, at which community members responded to key questions built around the HCSD’s “Destination Graduation” commitment. These goals, established in 2013, have been the focus of the district’s ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students to prepare them for college, career and citizenship.

Read the feedback here. It includes input from both the August and October community conversations.

More information on the Destination Graduation initiative can be found online. For questions regarding the Vision 2020, please call the district office at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2101.

Openings in Pre-K Program at JLE

There are openings in the universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) morning program, which runs from 8:15 to 10:45 AM, at JLE Primary School (no transportation provided).

For application information, call Nikki DeDominicis at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2103.

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. Read more...

Message from the Board: Hudson CSD Board extends superintendent’s contract

The Hudson CSD Board of Education unanimously approved a contract extension for Superintendent Maria Suttmeier through 2020.

The new contract establishes a salary of $154,452 effective July 1, 2015. The salary listed by the State Education Department in the Register Star article was incorrect by using the Superintendent’s base salary from 3 years ago making the annual raise appear much greater.

The Board extended the contract in recognition of the Superintendent’s leadership and work, which includes helping to raise the graduation rate 15 percent since 2012.

The editorial did not reflect the fact that the Superintendent voluntarily opened her 5-year contract to move to a less expensive health insurance plan that requires greater out-of-pocket expenses. It also did not include the fact that such savings helped offset a portion of subsequent raises.

Hudson CSD is now saving $11,176 a year with the superintendent moving from family to individual coverage. Part of the savings was used to fund this year’s raise.

The Hudson CSD Board of Education looks forward to continuing to work with the superintendent, staff and community to prepare our students for the future. Residents are invited to attend a Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the John L. Edwards cafeteria. At the time we will be meeting to discuss long-term goals and how to work together to improve our schools.

District Insights: HCSD looks to future with Vision 2020

We acknowledge that our district must stretch itself beyond what we imagine possible and we should never settle for less. We are better today than we were yesterday and we will be even better tomorrow — our dimensions are being expanded by each step we take together toward Vision 2020. Read more...

Hudson Community - We Will Stand Together

There are several fundraising efforts underway to support both families involved in the unfortunate car accident on Sept. 13th.  Mr. Brenneman, Principal of the M. C. Smith Intermediate School, is managing the donations for our district, a GoFundMe account has been set up for online donations and a community brunch is being hosted at Savoia Restaurant at  214 Warren St. on September 27th from 2 pm to 5 pm to benefit the families. There will be a $20 fee charged at the door for brunch plus other donations are encouraged. ALL funds will go directly to the families to defray expenses.  It is during times like this that we flock more closely together as the close knit family of Bluehawks we are. Thank you all for your generous gifts of love, thoughts and donations.

A statement from Superintendent Maria Suttmeier

We are devastated by the news that two Hudson CSD students were injured Sunday in a car accident. Our thoughts are with their family and all of those involved in this tragedy. The school district has a team of counselors available to support students and staff as needed. We are also discussing ways our school community can support the family through fundraising or donations.

Welcome back to school video from SED

Commissioner Elia and Teacher of the Year: Welcome Back to School

Community members provide feedback

On August 20, more than 60 community members attended an input session on Hudson CSD’s long-range planning process.

Using a “facilitated conversation” process (often referred to as a “world café”), residents responded to key questions built around the Hudson CSD’s “Destination Graduation” commitment. These goals, established in 2013, have been the focus of the district’s ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students to prepare them for college, career and citizenship.

Download feedback from the August 20 session. More information on the Destination Graduation initiative can be found online. For questions regarding the Vision 2020, please call the district office at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2101.

Universal Pre-K program accepting applications

Applications are still being accepted for the universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) ½ day (a.m./p.m.) program at JLE primary school. For application information, call Nikki DeDominicis at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2103.

Hudson Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament

The annual Hudson Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament is October 4, 2015 at the Copake Country Club.  The event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs on the turn with dinner to follow golf.  Raffle prizes will also follow golf.  All proceeds will benefit the Hudson Dollars for Scholars program which awards high school seniors living within the Hudson City School with financial aid scholarships for higher education. Non-golfers are welcome to attend the dinner at a cost of $25. For more information, read the letter. Fill out the registration form or sponsor form.

2015-16 Bus Routes

Dear Parents / Guardians - The HCSD bus routes on Page A7, August 11th, 2015 edition of the Register Star are incorrect and should never have been published. The routes on the Hudson City School District website are the proper ones to refer to. If you have any questions, changes or would like to discuss your students(s) bussing, please contact Nikki DeDominicis at 518-828-4360 Ext:2103. 2015-16 Bus Routes

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