M.C. Smith Elementary School News Archive


“The Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon Kids” on Friday, May 11

Pirates Past Noon posterThe Montgomery C. Smith School Drama Club and Columbia County Youth Theater, Inc. present, “The Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon Kids.” The magic begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018, in the MCSIS auditorium (102 Harry Howard Ave, Hudson). The performance is open to the public and admission is free.

Under the direction of former Hudson teacher Edgar Acevedo, Columbia County Youth Theatre Inc. (CCYT) produces the school’s drama programs. Join the CCYT and MCSIS Drama Club for this free event!

Student Art Show at Columbia-Greene Community College

pencil drawing of carThe Hudson City School District Student Art Show will be on display at Columbia-Greene Community College beginning on Monday, April 9, 2018. Students in grades K-12 will exhibit 2D and 3D artwork in two galleries at the college: the Kaaterskill Gallery and the Blue Hill Gallery.

An Opening Reception is planned for Tuesday, April 10, from 5-7 p.m. The show runs until the end of April.

(Pictured: pencil drawing by Hudson High School senior, Tanzil Sami)

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 >>


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.

Stuff the Bus Food Drive Helps Donate 1,000 Pounds of Pet Food

elementary students at a pet shelterStudents and staff at the Hudson City School District donated more than 1,000 pounds of pet food to local organizations during the holiday season. M.C. Smith Intermediate School added pet food to its annual Stuff the Bus event this year, and students who collected the most donations got to deliver the items in person to Out of the Pits and Animal Kind. The human food donations were brought to the Catholic Charities food pantry. The HCSD Transportation Department also contributed mass quantities of pet food and monetary donations for Animal Kind and the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

See more photos of the kids delivering donations on our Facebook page.

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.

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).


Annual Turkey Trot

Kids run a race in front of the schoolThe annual Turkey Trot at MCSIS was on November 18, 2016 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 >>

"Dads Take Your Child to School" Day on September 20, 2016

Clip art father holding child's hand

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, we invited fathers (and stepfathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, etc.!) to our annual "Dads Take Your Child to School" breakfast event. Thank you to all the male caregivers for being involved!

MCSIS Dads Breakfast 2016


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 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

Feb. 13 Hudson show spotlights Civil Rights story

A high-profile performance that spotlights a Civil Rights story came to M.C. Smith Intermediate School! Ally Sheedy, perhaps best known for her roles in "The Breakfast Club" and "Psych," is directing a one-woman performance based on the 2015 memoir, “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March” by Lynda Blackmon Lowery.

Here is a short video about the performance, courtesy of Lance Wheeler:

You can also watch the video on YouTube.

For more information, read this article from the Albany Times Union.

"Stuff the Bus"

stuffthebus Students at the Intermediate School brought donations to Catholic Charities and the Columbia Greene Humane Society this week. The 15 kids who donated the most food helped Mrs. Ordway's class load and unload the donations!

Thank you to MSJ Bus Company for generously donating the bus.

More photos on our Facebook page.


HIS collects Box Tops for Education

ShopRite Box Tops for EducationThe Hudson Intermediate School is once again collecting box tops. Please send them in with your children or drop them off in the lobby. A list of participating products is available. If you register with ShopRite online we get double the points when you purchase these items at Shoprite. Register online at ShopRite for My School


Dads Take Your Child to School

Dads Take Your Child to SchoolOn September 22, 2015 over 350 people participated in M.C. Smith Intermediate School’s third annual Dads Take Your Child to School Day.The event began at 7:15 a.m. in the cafeteria with a light breakfast and refreshments.

Dads Take Your Child to School (DTYCTS) is a campaign to promote father involvement by encouraging fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, and other significant male caregivers to take their children to school or Head Start in September and remain involved throughout the year. 

Major League Baseball donates Mets tix to MCSISMajor League Baseball

Major League Baseball has donated 250 Mets tickets to the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School! Students who won the Principal’s Award in the first and second trimesters, as well as members of the Hatch Afterschool Program, will be heading to Citi Field on Wednesday, May 27 to see the Mets play against the Phillies. Thank you to Major League Baseball and the Commissioner of Baseball for this donation!

Students visit Lincoln exhibitDaughters of the American Revolution

On April 23, students in the Afterschool Program visited the Daughters of the American Revolution to see the Lincoln Funeral Train exhibit with Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Dolan. In late April, Hudson honors the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln and his subsequent trip back to Illinois on the Hudson River RR, passing through towns with tracks bordering the Hudson River.

Winter edition of Smith Spotlight is released

Check out the 2014-15 Winter Edition of M.C. Smith's "Smith Spotlight," a magazine that was launched last year "by the students, for the students." This edition uses mathematical averages to show which AmeriCorps members are the best at Chubby Bunny, which teachers are the most fashionable, and which activities are most favored by students. Read it here!

Hudson CSD shares survey results

Hudson City School District is sharing the results of a recent survey that asked teachers, students and parents to give their thoughts about how well their schools are performing in important areas such as district leadership and capacity, school leader practices and decisions, and curriculum development and support, among others. According to Superintendent Maria Suttmeier, “The survey showed that our district has made a number of advancements, particularly in school safety. And looking toward a bright future, we will keep building on our accomplishments, while striving to improve areas of concern.” The district reviewed these results with site-level administrators and shared their findings with the Board of Education on Monday, March 23, 2015. See the results…

Read-a-thon is another huge success100 days of school

The Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School held its annual Read-a-thon on Friday, February 13. This all-day event celebrated and promoted literacy through a number of fun educational activities. The theme for this year’s celebration was “100 days of school,” as the day fell very close to this landmark. Read more...

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 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday until 3:45. If they are a participant in the afterschool program, they can just walk there when done. If they do not attend the afterschool program, they will need to be picked up at the front door of the school at 3:45. Please let us know if your son/daughter will be attending by returning the slip below. If you respond yes, we will contact you with a starting date and the name of the teacher they will be working with. Please call if you have any questions. Click here for the form to fill out.

Two classes pilot ChromebooksMrs. Parmentier's class uses Chromebooks

Mrs. Parmentier's and Mrs. Semanick's classes are participating in a pilot program to integrate the use of Google Chromebooks into education! Mrs. Parmentier's class kicked off the day with StarWalk, an online library where students can choose from fiction and non-fiction books that are aligned with the Common Core. Then they initiated their Google Classroom lesson which walked students through writing and math assignments at their own paces while Mrs. Parmentier walked around to provide support to students. Mrs. Semanick's class did a "web quest" on author Rick Riordan's website.