girls on chair reading together aerial parking map School leaders and community members hold a red ribbon at the opening ceremony of new primary wing Student do a science experiment with college students from Bard College kids sitting on stage kids wearing chef costumes at Odyssey of the Mind competition Students with a bloodhound in front of a police cruiser Students work on individual laptops

5th grade "Reading Buddies" visit pre-kindergarten classes.

The MCSES Drama Club and CCYT present, “The Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon Kids” on Friday, May 11, 2018.

These second graders are the first Odyssey of the Mind team from Hudson to participate in the regional competition in almost a decade.

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

The community was invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new primary wing at M.C. Smith Elementary School.

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.

New traffic pattern


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Suspicious Activity Reported (12/12/2018)

Suspicious Activity Reported on Arthur Avenue: Yesterday evening (Wednesday, December 12, 2018), at approximately 4 p.m. a student reported a suspicious person in the area of Arthur Avenue and Joslen Blvd. According to police, the student was approached by a man in a vehicle who repeatedly asked the student if he needed a ride, even after the student refused more than once. After driving down the street, the man turned around and drove back toward the student. At this point, the student reported the individual to neighbors. The suspicious person was described as a clean shaven African American male with short hair in his 30s, driving a dark blue Toyota SUV. Law enforcement was notified. We share this information as a precaution and ask that you report any suspicious persons or activity to law enforcement.

New Visitor Management System photo identification card clipart

New safety measures are coming to the Hudson City School District. Effective November 19, 2018, all school buildings will begin using School Gate Guardian, a computerized visitor management system.

Any visitor entering one of our district facilities will be required to provide photo identification (such as a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID). Click here to learn more about School Gate Guardian.

Fall Festival (Friday, November 30th)

The annual MCSES Fall Festival for Grades 3-5 is rescheduled for Friday, November 30, 2018 from 6-7:30 p.m. The festival will include activities, crafts, music and games, as well as snacks and beverages for sale.

Permission slips need to be returned to the school by Wednesday, November 28th, along with a $5 entry fee.

Winter Concerts

Monday, November 19, 2018

  • Kindergarten Music Concert at 9 a.m.
  • First Grade Music Concert at 10:15 a.m.
  • Pre-K Music Concert at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

  • 9:30 a.m. - 2nd Grade Music Classes, 5th Grade Band, and 5th Grade Trimester 1 Music Classes
  • 1 p.m. - 3rd Grade Trimester 1 Music Classes, 4th Grade Band, and 4th Grade Trimester 1 Music Classes

All performances will take place in the MCSES auditorium.

Dismissal and Afternoon Pick Up Procedures

Please review our guidelines for dismissal and afternoon pick up to help us ensure a safe and smooth dismissal each day.

Ways to Help Your Child Attend School Every Day

Every day counts!

Did you know that missing just two school days per month can have negative impacts on academic performance, starting as early as kindergarten? New York State 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.

"Dads Take Your Child to School" Day on September 18, 2018

Fathers (and stepfathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, brothers, uncles, godfathers, and father figures) are invited to bring their student to school and enjoy breakfast together for the annual "Dads Take Your Child to School" Day at MCSES on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

The breakfast for Grades 3-5 will be served from 7:15-8 a.m. in the MCSES cafeteria. The breakfast for Pre-K through Grade 2 will be served from 8:10-8:45 a.m. in the MCSES cafeteria.

Clip art father holding child's hand

Information from Open House (K-5)

MCSES held an early open house on August 29th to allow parents a chance to see the new primary wing before school opens. Construction and cleaning are finishing up, and we will be ready to welcome our students to the new M.C. Smith Elementary School on Wednesday, September 5th.

If you missed the open house, click here for important information about parent drop off/pick up, school breakfast, new visitor procedures and more.

There will be another opportunity for parents to tour the building at our Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

aerial view of school parking lot and traffic pattern

Help MCSES 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 Elementary 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 MCSES is: 16140

School Name Change

On July 2, 2018, the Hudson City School District Board of Education passed a resolution to change the school name from Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School (MCSIS) to Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School (MCSES).* This change reflects the addition of a primary wing, which will bring our entire elementary community under one roof (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5).

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, students in Grades K-1 will attend school at the Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School in the newly constructed primary wing (102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson). Children entering pre-kindergarten in September 2018 will also attend school in the new primary wing at M.C. Smith Elementary.

*Effective July 1, 2018, as approved by the New York State Education Department

Camp Invention 2018 Recap

girl smiles with cardboard projectOur first year of Camp Invention was a huge success! Students had a blast during the week-long STEM summer camp, developing their problem-solving skills and creating innovative designs. Activities included designing mansions with environmentally friendly features and working in teams in teams to create inventions that solve everyday problems.

Big thanks to Ms. Smith and her team of teachers (including Ms. Backlund, Ms. Ordway and Ms. Sullivan) and the honor society students who joined Camp Invention as Leadership Interns. Check out the activity descriptions below and follow this link to see a photo slideshow.

If you missed out on Camp Invention this year, don’t worry! We’re excited to announce that Camp Invention will be back again in July 2019. We also plan to expand the program to include more students and a wider age range of participants next summer. Click here to read about the program, and stayed tuned for details about next year’s Camp Invention!

Band Program Sign Upselementary students holding instruments

Any Grade 3 student has the opportunity to join the band program for the upcoming school year! Students entering Grade 4 in September 2018 can request to join the band program by handing in a completed form to Mrs. Phillips.

Click here to get more information and to download the band form.


Mission Statement

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

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Main Office ext. 1112
Principal Mark Brenneman ext. 1111
Nurse’s Office ext. 1118
Guidance Office ext. 1117
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Dignity Act Coordinator Christine Cranna ext. 1127

Fax Number: 518-697-8434

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