Students eating breakfast in cafeteria Children and their teacher smile during the snow nature walk A student does a science experiment with a college student from Bard Students work on individual laptops Two boys with blue and gold facepaint Jungle Book Kids cast

Some students at MCSIS received Mr. Brenneman's "Principal's Award" and they got to celebrate with a special breakfast!

Students enjoyed a snowy nature walk where they saw animal tracks, nests, scat and even a confused caterpillar.

Undergraduates in the Citizen Science program at Bard College visited the Intermediate School to conduct science experiments with students.

These Chromebook laptops provide students with the means to conduct research in the classroom, remotely work together on projects, and easily connect with teachers and peers outside of the classroom.

Students show their Bluehawk Pride during a football facepainting event.

MCSIS Drama Club & CCYT Theatre Inc. present Disney's Jungle Book KIDS on May 10, 2017.


Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School

Fall Fest at MCSIS

M.C. Smith students are invited to the MCSIS Fall Fest on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m.! There will be many fall and Halloween crafts, games, face painting, cookie decorating, dancing, a COSTUME contest and more!

Admission is $3 per student. Permission slips are required for entry (they were already sent home with students). Snacks, drinks and other goodies will be available to purchase for $1 and under.

Changes to Bus Routes

September 27, 2017 -- In an effort to decrease the amount of time some of our students have been waiting for their afternoon buses home, the district has opted to add four new bus routes, which has reduced waiting time considerably. In addition to the new routes, the existing routes 10, 11, 12, and 13 have been adjusted as well. Please refer to this notice (PDF) which gives a description of each route, the locations and grades they serve.

As indicated in the notice, all the routes in question now start at 7 a.m. – which gives time for all students to get breakfast if they choose to do so. At dismissal there are no longer any “B” runs – your student will not have to wait for their bus to return for the second run – and they will board at dismissal or as soon as the bus arrives to load at their building. Please expect to make changes to the time you were meeting your student at the stop or when they are dropped off in the afternoon – all "B" run students will be home / at the stop approximately 20 minutes earlier than they currently are.

The changes are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 2, 2017 so please be prepared for the new routes and times to take effect on that date. If you need to make other arrangements with sitters, please be sure to send a letter in writing to your child’s main office for the changes to take effect.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we implement these changes. It is with the safety and best interests of all our students in mind that we continuously striving to improve our transportation department and how we transport our students each day.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call your child’s building or the Transportation Department at 518-828-4360, ext. 2103.

Updates to Bus Routes

September 11, 2017 -- Due to some timing issues with dismissal, we will be shifting the order of the routes for Bus 2 in the afternoons only. Currently, we start by picking up Route 4 from the JHS first at dismissal. However, starting Monday, September 18, we will be starting with Route 6 at the MCSIS building and then coming up to pick up Routes 4 and 5 from the JHS.

Route 6 MCSIS - Due to this change your students' bus will be dropping them off at the bus stop in the afternoon immediately after dismissal - they should be dropped off at their stop at approximately 2:45 to 2:50 p.m.

Route 4 & 5 JHS - Due to this change your students' bus will be dropping them off at the bus stop in the afternoon approximately 20 minutes later then it currently does.

There are no changes to the morning pick-up and all three routes will remain the same. If you have questions, please call 518-828-4360, ext. 2103.

Download the letter from the HCSD Transportation Department (PDF).

Ways to help your child attend school every day

Every day counts!

The New York State government has launched an initiative to help parents improve their children's attendance. This website offers tips for encouraging your student to attend school every day. It can help you boost your child's confidence, keep your child on track with school work, keep your child healthy, and protect your child from bullies.

Help MCSIS by Enrolling Your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card!

Price Chopper Tools for SchoolsHave you linked your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card to our school? Simply sign up and shop to help Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School earn free classroom equipment and supplies, all donated by the Price Chopper "Tools for Schools" program! Earn double points for our school when you purchase store brand products.

Enroll your card at the Price Chopper Tools for Schools site. The school code for MCSIS is: 16140

CMH Dental Van Returns for 2017-18 School Year

The Dental Van from Columbia Memorial Hospital is returning to MCSIS on Thursday, November 14, 2017 (through January 9, 2018)! With a completed and signed consent form, sent home from the school, your child can be seen for dental services on the mobile dental van. Services include:

  • Dental exam and digital x-rays
  • Cleaning and flouride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Fillings and simple tooth extractions

Each visit is about 20-30 minutes and a report will be sent home with your child after each visit. Participating children will also receive a gift bag with toothpaste, toothbrush and other products.

A consent form will be sent home from school. You complete the conesnt form, CMH provides the care! If your child is covered by insurance, the insurance company will be billed (simply include information on consent form), however no insurance is required for your child to participate. If you have questions, please call Columbia Memorial Hospital Dental Program Office at 518-697-7892.

Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You!

This year, some HCSD teachers are piloting a communication platform called LivingTree in order to share important information with the parents of their students. Parents will be able to receive messages, photos, event notifications and more directly from their child's teacher. LivingTree even has instant translation for more than 40 languages!

So if you see an email in your inbox from LivingTree it is not junk, it is from your child's teacher!

Get more information and quick start guides here >>

Chores for Change

Children watch a screenThird grade students decided to participate in a civic-minded project called “Chores for Change” after reading books on children’s rights, sustainability, water accessibility and educational differences of children in various communities around the world. The students persuaded their parents to allow them to earn money for doing household chores. To date, they have earned more than $100 to put toward a clean water well project or purchase a goat for families in Africa. The project will continue through the spring.

Annual Turkey Trot

Kids run a race in front of the schoolThe annual Turkey Trot at MCSIS was on November 18th and more than 20 frozen turkeys were awarded to students in grades 3-5. Each turkey weighed more than 22 pounds!

Students who had collected enough PBIS tickets were allowed to participate in a fun race competition to win Thanksgiving turkeys. The boys and girls who finished in the top two spots in each grade level won a frozen turkey, and random names were drawn for additional prizes in between races. The MCSIS Glee Club kicked off the event with the “Star Spangled Banner.” Students who chose not to run still participated in the Turkey Trot by cheering on their classmates with chants such as, “One more lap!”

A BIG thank you to ShopRite on Fairview Avenue and Hudson Community Schools for donating the turkeys!! See more photos on our Facebook page >>

A Visit From Hudson the Railroad Puppy

A boy pets a gray dogHudson in Hudson! Local celebrity Hudson the Railroad Puppy and his dad, Richard Nash, came to M.C. Smith Intermediate School.

The students learned about Hudson and his "magic paw" before his visit. Mr. Nash answered any questions the students asked. They got so many pets and licks from Hudson! Even students that were uneasy about dogs ended up petting him by the end of his visit!

See more photos on our Facebook page >>


Changes to 2016 New York State Assessments

The New York State Department of Education has recently issued changes to the Grades 3-8 English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests, which will be in effect for the 2016 tests. The changes include fewer test questions, untimed testing and greater teacher involvement in creating and reviewing tests.

Here is a letter sent home to parents on March 8, 2016 about the NYS assessments in math and ELA that will take place in April. The letter explains how the district uses the test results to improve education for students and the changes to help address concerns of parents and educators.

If you have any questions about the assessments, please do not hesitate to contact your child's principal.

More information:
Grade 3-8 Test Changes Flyer for Parents - English
Grade 3-8 Test Changes Flyer for Parents - Arabic
Grade 3-8 Test Changes Flyer for Parents - Bengali
Grade 3-8 Test Changes Flyer for Parents - Spanish

Afterschool Instructional Services available

The Hudson Intermediate School, through the Community Schools Grant, is able to offer After School Instructional Services to all of our students. The program will be offered after school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday until 3:45 p.m., beginning immediately and running through the end of the school year in June.

Please let us know if your son/daughter will be able to attend by returning this form to MCSIS. If you respond yes, we will contact you with a starting date and the name of the teacher they will be working with. Students will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis. Please call if you have any questions (518-828-4360, Ext. 1112).

Hudson's "Lights On Afterschool" Featured in ASW:NYSAN Newsletter

The recent newsletter from AfterSchool Works: New York State Afterschool Network contains a blurb about MCSIS' afterschool program. Check it out here, and then head to their Facebook page for photos!

Mission Statement

Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School has a new page for its Mission Statement. Check it out here, and you can always find it on the left MCSIS Links sidebar.

MCSIS news archive >>


Intermediate School 518-828-4360
Main Office ext. 1112
Principal Mark Brenneman ext. 1111
Nurse’s Office ext. 1118
Guidance Office ext. 1117
Attendance ext. 1117 
Dignity Act Coordinator Christine Cranna ext. 1127

Fax Number: 518-697-8434

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