School leaders hold a shovel at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new primary wing Students with a bloodhound in front of a police cruiser Students eating breakfast in cafeteria 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!

Wiltsie the Bloodhound, a NYS Police K-9, visited MCSIS with Troopers Fran Torhan and Kristi Wilson to teach students about her job.

Construction of the new primary wing at MCSIS began in October 2017. Read more about the capital improvement project >>

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.

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Festival of Wreaths 2017holiday wreath

The annual Festival of Wreaths is happening at M.C. Smith Intermediate School! The fundraiser benefits H.O.P.E.

There are more than 90 festive wreaths decorating the hallways of M.C.S.I.S., and each one has a different theme. Themes include art supplies, toys, gift certificates, snacks, beauty supplies and more! See photos of all the wreaths here.

Tickets are 25 cents each and you can use them to "bid" on your favorite holiday wreaths. Buy tickets and place them in the envelope(s) on the wreath(s) you want to win. You can send money in with your kids or buy tickets from Courtney McDonald in the main office. Tickets should bereturned to teachers or the main office. The drawing will be Wednesday December 20.



Holiday Concert Schedule

holiday wreath music notesAll M.C.S.I.S. winter concert performances are on Thurs., December 7, 2017. The schedule is as follows:

9:30 a.m. - Grade 2 classes, Grade 4 band, Grades 3 & 4 music classes (Trimester 1)

1 p.m. - Grade 5 band, Grade 5 music classes (Trimester 1)



December School Closings & Early Dismissals

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Half day early dismissal for all schools. M.C.S.I.S. Report Card Conferences at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Monday, December 25, 2017-Monday, January 1, 2018 - All schools closed for Holiday Recess. Schools will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.


Stuff the Bus Food Drive

MCSIS is accepting donations for its annual Stuff the Bus food drive until December 19, 2017. Donations of human food and pet food are accepted. Donations will be given to the Catholic Charities food pantry as well as Out of the Pits and Animal Kind.


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.


CMH Dental Van Returns for 2017-18 School Year

UPDATE (11/8/2017): Due to the volume of children participating this year, the CMH Dental Van is extending its time at JLE through November 21. The van will relocate to MCSIS on either November 21 or November 27 (instead of November 14, as originally planned).

The Dental Van from Columbia Memorial Hospital is returning to MCSIS at the end of November 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.


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



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.


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 >>


CONTACT INFORMATION

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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