Maria Suttmeier

Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier, Superintendent

August 2017 -- Please note that since the Register-Star transitioned to, some links to past newspaper articles and columns may not have transferred.

“Where Are You Going” Wednesdays

To find out where the Class of 2019 is headed after graduation, Superintendent Suttmeier invited every member of the senior class to have lunch with her. Each Wednesday, a group of seniors sat down with Dr. Suttmeier for pizza and homemade cookies while sharing their post-graduation plans and aspirations. By the end of the “Where Are You Going” Wednesday lunch series, Dr. Suttmeier had insightful conversations with many soon-to-be Bluehawk alumni.

Click here to find out where they are going!

District Insights: Finishing a Year, Looking Forward to a New One

(June 11, 2019) -- I am always amazed at how quickly a school year seems to pass. As we approach Graduation Day, we close out another year by reflecting on and celebrating the achievements of our Bluehawk staff and students. We are already looking forward to the next year and the beginning of our new, innovative 2-Year Kindergarten program.

The best measure of the educational experience offered by the HCSD is the success of our students and faculty. During this school year, there were several noteworthy accomplishments from Hudson students and teachers alike.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's June 2019 column >>

District Insights: Budget Highlights School Safety and More

(May 14, 2019) -- Each spring, we develop a budget for the upcoming school year that is decided on by district voters in May. Every vote matters and it is important to be an informed voter. I hope you find this information helpful in understanding the Hudson City School District’s proposed budget for the next school year. The date of the annual school budget vote and Board of Education election is Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's May 2019 column >>

District Insights: New Kindergarten Offering

(April 9, 2019) -- The early years of a child’s education contribute not only to their future successes in life but are the first steps on the pathway to becoming lifelong learners. It is in these formative years that children develop a love of learning and we strive to create and maintain a caring, nurturing and secure learning environment for all our students.

We are excited to announce that we will have two programs to offer incoming Kindergarten children this September. Based on their immediate academic and social needs, incoming Kindergarten students will be placed into one of the following programs: a traditional 1-Year Kindergarten (1YK) for students testing ready for Kindergarten, or the new 2-Year Kindergarten (2YK) for students who may benefit from extra time to master the traditional curriculum.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's April 2019 column >>

District Insights: Understanding Graduation Rates

(March 12, 2019) -- There are many factors to consider when evaluating the quality of education provided by a school district. For example, although often overlooked, the development of social-emotional skills is extremely important to a comprehensive education but difficult to capture with a meaningful metric. An easily measured indicator that typically receives the most attention is the graduation rate.

Taken at face value, graduation rates offer a seemingly simple comparison between school districts. With closer examination, these figures are more complex than they may appear. Many are unaware that there are two different graduation rates and what the differences are.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's March 2019 column >>

District Insights: No Science to Snow Days

(January 8, 2019) -- It’s that time of year again — when snow, ice and other wintry weather can impact the school day. Making decisions about school closings, delays or early dismissals can seem simple. However, as most meteorologists would agree, predicting the weather is not an exact science. Weather forecasts are simply estimates, so all we can do is try our best to make informed decisions based on the available data. Each weather event is different and there are many variables to consider.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's January 2019 column >>

District Insights: A Good Place to Start

(November 13, 2018) -- Over the last two years, the Hudson City School District’s capital project has brought many physical enhancements to our school buildings and grounds. From the Bluehawk Sports Complex to new learning spaces that support STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), the physical environments at HCSD have evolved to match the Bluehawk Pride we feel inside.

Even more notable are the recent improvements in our students’ academic achievements. Not only was the new Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School building a good physical space to open the school year, but our district also started the new year from a good academic standpoint compared to previous years.

I am excited to share that all grades from Kindergarten through Grade 8 saw improvement in exam results last year. 

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's November 2018 column >>

District Insights: Big Plans for the Vision 2020 Goals

(October 16, 2018) -- We have big plans to help us enhance the quality of education for all Bluehawk students to reach our Vision 2020 goals and beyond. Now that school is in full swing, I want to share some new initiatives that will be rolled out over the next two years at the Hudson City School District.

We are excited to grow the college- and career-focused opportunities available to our students as we continue to recognize the importance of preparing all Hudson graduates for life after high school. From pre-kindergarten through high school, we are continually looking for ways to provide our students with solid foundations for achieving academic success, obtaining a job and succeeding in their employment.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's October 2018 column >>

District Insights: 3 Schools, 2 Campuses, 1 Mission

(September 25, 2018) -- It is my great privilege to kick off this school year, and my seventh Opening Day as Superintendent, at the Hudson City School District. I am so proud of the work we have been doing together to improve and enhance the academic outcomes, athletic opportunities and physical environments of our schools to benefit our community of Bluehawk learners.

This September is the beginning of a new era in the Hudson City School District. On September 4th, we opened the new school year at the Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School, which was renamed to reflect the addition of a K-1 wing. Our entire elementary community—pre-kindergarten through fifth grade—is now together under one roof at 102 Harry Howard Avenue.

Change does not always come easily but it is often necessary for growth. The excitement of having our entire elementary community together under one roof helps to ease the challenges that inevitably come with change. Envisioning the collaborative teamwork and sharing of ideas across grade levels is inspiring. The idea of older students mentoring our youngest students is also inspiring. We are ready to embrace the inspirations and new opportunities that are waiting for us at every turn.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's September 2018 column >>

Superintendent News 2017-2018

District Insights: 2017-18 Year-End District Recap

(June 13, 2018) -- Before reflecting on how much we’ve achieved since September 2017, I would like to thank our district voters for approving our 2018-19 school budget. We are grateful for your support of our academic, art and athletic programs. Additionally, we are excited to extend new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) opportunities to our students in the elementary grades.

It seems like only yesterday that we welcomed staff back to school while on the grounds of the beautiful Bluehawk Sports Complex. It was a day of celebration and a new beginning for the Hudson Bluehawks as we kicked off the school year with an acrostic poem to help define what it truly means to be a HUDSON Bluehawk:

H (Heroic), U (United), D (Diverse), S (Scholarship), O (Optimistic), N (Nurturing)

Here we are 10 months later and the words used to define Hudson ring truer than ever as evidenced by what we have accomplished since opening day. As we close another school year, I’d like to highlight some of the numerous achievements of our Bluehawk students and staff.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's June 2018 column >>

District Insights: Budget Boosts STEM and Career Guidance

(May 9, 2018) -- To prepare the Hudson City School District’s 2018-19 budget, we spent the last few months carefully considering our present status and, more importantly, what must be done to continue building upon our improvement efforts. We are pleased to propose a forward-thinking spending plan that puts career readiness and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) programs at the forefront.

The primary goals of the $48,769,728 proposed spending plan are to keep strengthening academic programs (particularly Math and Science), athletics and occupational development opportunities available to Hudson students.

To help our community be well-informed before casting their votes on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the main features of the proposed budget are highlighted in this month's column as well as on our Budget Information webpage.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's May 2018 column >>

District Insights: Book Festival Celebrating 10 Years, Budget Development

(April 11, 2018) -- As the saying goes, spring showers bring May flowers. One of the most beautiful flowers in our community is the widely known Hudson Children’s Book Festival (HCBF), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary on May 5, 2018. Raising awareness of the importance of children’s literacy has been a labor of love for our district. I am proud to have co-founded this event with my friend and colleague, Lisa Dolan. I am even more proud that it continues to flourish without my direct involvement. Jen Clark and the countless number of volunteers and supporters have taken the festival to new heights.

Another important spring event is the annual school budget vote and school board election on Tuesday, May 15. We recently completed the budget development process and will share information with voters so they have a clear indication of our educational plan for the 2018-19 school year. A printed newsletter will be mailed to all district residents in early May. In the meantime, you can visit our Budget Information webpage for information and important dates.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's April 2018 column >>

District Insights: Student Safety is a Priority We Can Achieve

(March 13, 2018) -- Academic and social successes are dependent on our students and staff feeling safe while at school. Providing a safe school environment for students and staff is always a top priority, but the topic is in the forefront of our minds now more than ever.

Before outlining some of the steps we are taking to make schools in the Hudson City School District safer, I’d like to share that, since 2005, our district has consistently received the Utica National Insurance Group’s School Safety Excellence Award. Recipients of this award must meet certain criteria of enhancing overall school safety, including transportation safety, playground safety and bullying prevention programs. Furthermore, of the award program’s three levels— Gold, Platinum and Titanium — 80 percent of our district’s safety awards are Titanium.

Although we strive to keep our schools safe on a daily basis and have many safety procedures currently in place, we are continually exploring new strategies to ensure the safety and security of our school community.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's March 2018 column >>

District Insights: Nearing the Capital Project’s Finish Line

(February 13, 2018) -- It has been two years since voters in the Hudson City School District approved our capital improvement project, and we are proud of our progress up to this point.

The final stage of the capital project is to complete the transition to a two-campus school district. At a public hearing held on February 12, the Board of Education officially adopted the resolution to close the John L. Edwards Primary School (JLE) and relocate pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade (PK-1) to the new primary wing at the M.C. Smith School as planned. (There are no set plans for the future of the JLE building, but please be assured that we will keep the community informed of any updates.)

The merging of the JLE and the M.C. Smith schools is scheduled to occur in September 2018, at which point the M.C. Smith School will become a unified PK-5 elementary building. As we prepare for the transition, there are several points of consideration to ensure a smooth process.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's February 2018 column >>
(Please note that date of the JLE Parent/Teacher Conference Night has been changed since the time of publishing. The new date is Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.)

District Insights: What Mentors Mean to Us

(January 16, 2018) -- “Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington

We may not be Academy Award-winning actors like Denzel Washington, but most of us can relate to his words. Mentors are all around us—most often at work or at school—and they are usually defined by what they give to others. They use their knowledge and experiences to provide guidance to less experienced individuals. Sometimes a simple word of encouragement is the only form of support needed. A mentor can be anyone—a teacher, a community member, a peer—who helps us fine tune our skills and realize our potential.

Since January is National Mentoring Month, which was established to promote youth mentoring in the U.S., I want to highlight some of the amazing mentoring programs available to students in the Hudson City School District. We are proud to have a variety of mentorship opportunities throughout our schools that support student success and development.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's January 2018 column in the Register-Star >>

Dr. Suttmeier Receives Positive Image Award

Dr. Maria Suttmeier holds award plaqueCongratulations to our superintendent, Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier, for being named a recipient of the Sons & Daughters of Italy Positive Image Award!

The award from the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy 659 recognizes local residents of Italian heritage who promote positive images of Italian-Americans and positively contribute to the community. Dr. Suttmeier and another award recipient, Ted Filli, received plaques at a ceremony on January 7, 2018.


District Insights: Getting Ready to Close the 1st Quarter of the Year

(December 12, 2017) -- Students and teachers at the Hudson City School District are preparing to close out the first semester of the school year. Although we have many attendance days still ahead of us, the past several weeks show a good start to the year. We have seen promising student attendance numbers during the first semester.

Since missing just two school days per month can have negative impacts on academic performance, starting as early as kindergarten, we hope to continue improving student attendance through the spring. In order to do that, we will continue working with families and the community to reduce absences and truancy across all grade levels.

On behalf of the HCSD, I wish you a safe, warm winter recess and a healthy, happy new year. If you make one New Year’s resolution, please consider making school attendance a priority in your family. We are looking forward to recharging and returning to school in January, ready to get back to work and finish the school year strong.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's December 2017 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: Coursework Options on Horizon for N.Y. Students

(October 9, 2017) -- More options for required coursework are on the horizon for students in New York State. The Board of Regents recently approved regulations that will allow students to meet middle school Career and Technical Education (CTE) coursework requirements through a broader range of subjects.

Previously, state regulations required that all students completed a rigid series of coursework by the end of grade 8 that provided for the first formal introduction to CTE in two specific disciplines: Family and Consumer Sciences and Technology Education. Following the Board of Regents’ ruling, students will be able to achieve these coursework requirements through the study of business, agriculture, health sciences and/or trade and technical subjects (actual courses will vary by school district). Overall, districts will be better positioned to design meaningful programs in any CTE discipline, thus creating a link between middle and high school programs.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's October 2017 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: What Does It Mean to Be a HUDSON Bluehawk?

(September 12, 2017) -- We kicked off another school year in Bluehawk style when faculty and staff congregated at our new track/athletic field for Opening Day last week. There were a few clouds in the sky but the atmosphere was brightened by the participation of students and the sounds of Bluehawk cheers.

This is a momentous time for us in Hudson. When I allow myself to sit back and contemplate how much we have accomplished together with our community of supporters, I am filled with appreciation and awe. The overwhelming approval of the Capital Project and 2017-18 budget gave us a clear and resounding message that we have people who believe in us, who want to help us give our students the very best experience, and who want to provide every Bluehawk with the opportunity to soar into a successful future.

Just as the Capital Project is reinvigorating our campus, we too must reinvent ourselves and take the opportunity to refine what it truly means to be a Hudson Bluehawk. It sounds simple enough, but what does it really mean to be HUDSON?

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's September 2017 column in the Register-Star >>

Superintendent News 2016-2017

District Insights: A Successful School Year Comes to a Close

(June 19, 2017) -- It is hardly believable the end of the school year is upon us already. How quickly we progress from Opening Day to Graduation Day always amazes us. On Opening Day in September, we consider the possibilities offered by a new school year. As we approach Graduation Day, we close out another year by reflecting on and celebrating the achievements of our Bluehawk staff and students. During this school year, there were several noteworthy accomplishments from students and teachers.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's June 2017 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: A Budget Aimed at Improving Student Supports, Programming

(May 9, 2017) -- It’s that time of year again: budget season. School districts across New York State have been diligently preparing proposals for 2017-18 spending plans to go before voters. We think it is important to be open about the annual budget so our community can make informed decisions when casting votes on May 16, 2017.

The Hudson City School District is pleased to propose a 2017-18 budget that supports our Destination Graduation goals to raise the bar, close the achievement gap, align curriculum and instruction, and promote the social emotional development of our students. We are proud of our accomplishments so far and are committed to continuous improvement.

The $46,566,172 proposed budget not only maintains all current programs, but provides increased student supports, enrichment activities and enhancements to programs. The proposed budget increases spending by $655,801, which is a 1.43 percent increase from the 2016-17 budget. The District would be able to continue the wide variety of student supports and programs without a large increase in the general budget due in part to offsetting expenses with grant funding whenever possible.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's May 2017 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: The Virtue of School Libraries

(April 11, 2017) -- “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

School libraries, and libraries in general, give students the capability to do many things. Libraries can empower students to read more books and discover the world through reading. They give a sense of empowerment to young readers by offering children the chance to select books specific to their interests and reading levels.

In addition to offering an abundance of curriculum-based resources, school librarians provide a framework for teaching research skills and digital literacy. School libraries equip students with lifelong learning skills and the ability to retrieve and evaluate information, qualities that will help our students be successful in college and career.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's April 2017 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: Multiple Pathways to College & Career Readiness

(March 14, 2017) -- High school graduation is an event that marks a significant stage in a student’s life and it is often a primary focus of educators. Although the Hudson City School District’s slogan is “Destination Graduation,” there is another measure beside graduation rate we use to determine if we are providing a successful education: College and career readiness.

Preparing all students for college and career is a primary responsibility and moral imperative for school districts across the nation. Academic achievement is only part of a comprehensive education. School is an environment where students learn vital life skills related to behavior, communication, working in groups, self-discipline and persistence. These skills are essential to being a successful student and effective employee.

At the Hudson City School District, we offer a variety of opportunities and programs to help students develop the skills they need to succeed as college students, working professionals and active citizens. This is our overall mission in partnership with our families and our community.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's March 2017 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: Moving On Up

(February 14, 2017) -- The first step in the capital project was to move the sixth grade from the M.C. Smith Intermediate School into the Junior High School, which was completed prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Sixth grade students and teachers have adapted well to the new routines of departmentalized subject areas and transitions between classes. Although sixth-grade classrooms and lunch periods are separate from the seventh and eighth grades, students in all three grades gather in the library or play sports together in the gym before school starts. We are happy to see how quickly the sixth grade has been welcomed to the Junior High School community.

Other components of phase 1 that are moving forward are plans for the new track and athletic field facility, under roof improvements, traffic flow upgrades and renovations at the intermediate school in preparation for moving the second grade to the intermediate school this September. We are happy to report phase 1 is on schedule and running at or below budget.

As we prepare for the second-grade transition, scheduled for September 2017, there are several points of consideration to ensure a smooth process. We have spoken with administrators and staff extensively so we are better able to address aspects of staffing, planning, safety and the logistics of moving an entire grade to another building.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's February 2017 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: Diversity and Bluehawk Pride

(December 13, 2016) -- As another calendar year comes to an end, we find ourselves naturally reflecting on the events of 2016, not only in the Hudson City School District and local community, but nationally and worldwide. Many of us — not just educators — are heartbroken to see recent media reports of increased bullying and insensitive comments in schools across the nation. The frequency of these reports seems to be on the rise, even as many schools finished activities for National Bullying Prevention Month in October.

In light of these reports arising from other schools and communities, please be assured that the Hudson City School District and Board of Education are committed to providing an educational environment that promotes respect, dignity and equality that is free from all forms of harassment. These are important values in at HCSD.

Continue reading Superintendent Suttmeier's December 2016 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: The good and bad of Every Student Succeeds Act

(November 8, 2016) -- For nearly 50 years, the United States has exerted recurring efforts to design and implement an educational paradigm shift to raise the bar, close the achievement gaps and finally address the need to appropriately prepare all students for both college and career in the highly competitive 21st century. Most recently, in December, new legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, was passed to replace No Child Left Behind and it will affect every public school in the country. The act is set to take full effect in the 2017-18 school year.

Since the act is fairly new, it may take some time before the impact on our schools and students becomes clear. The most significant change we can expect is that states will have a larger role in holding schools accountable, thereby allowing for greater flexibility in school evaluations and setting goals for student achievement.

An initial review of the Every Student Succeeds Act reveals some good news and not so good news for schools across the country.

Read the rest of Superintendent Suttmeier's November 2016 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: Maintaining historic appearance, maximizing possibilities at MCSIS

(October 11, 2016) -- When planning began for our Capital Project earlier this year, we expected the typical design challenges. Our goal was to explore all options to be sure we selected the best design for our students. This was particularly true for the new primary wing addition to the historic M.C. Smith Intermediate School. Many in the community rightfully spoke out about the importance of maintaining the new addition’s architectural compatibility with the existing intermediate school.

Over the last several months, district administrators and the Board of Education have worked tirelessly with the architects to ensure the best possible building design that compliments the existing building and our academic programs while fitting within our financial means. One of our goals was to design an addition with a nearly seamless look next to the historic exterior of the intermediate school. However, soil samplings on the south side of the building revealed evidence of unstable soil. These results challenged the district and architects to formulate a more creative solution that would fit the district’s needs, both academically and financially.

After much deliberation, we were able to develop a design that offers a good compromise between structural and architectural integrity while providing a favorable academic program flow between the existing and new instructional spaces.

Read the rest of Superintendent Suttmeier's October 2016 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: Welcome back Bluehawks

(September 13, 2016) -- There is always a great sense of excitement and opportunity as we embark on a new school year. Thankfully, teaching is one of the rare professions where we get a clean slate every year and that brings hope and possibility. That is especially true this year. This is the first time in many years that we are opening our doors not designated by the state for anything. This year, we are truly beginning with a clean slate and for the first time in a long time we face the future unencumbered by negative labels.

Just as our championship athletic teams achieved their success through teamwork, this accomplishment was also a cooperative effort. It took a great deal of planning, determination and most of all, teamwork in every building at every level, as well as coordination with our community partners. We don’t want to talk only about the past or just about this school year, we want to focus on the next four years and beyond. We want to focus on our future as a district on the rise.

Read the rest of Superintendent Suttmeier's September 2016 column in the Register-Star >>

Superintendent News 2015-2016

District Insights: Honoring students and teachers at Hudson CSD

(June 14, 2016) -- These last few weeks of June mark the culmination of what was perhaps the most eventful and unforgettable year the Hudson City School District has had in recent memory.

During the 2015-16 school year, we saw our Bluehawks earn three Patroon Conference championship titles (for boys and girls varsity basketball as well as boys varsity baseball), multiple school sports records broken and significant progress toward our Destination Graduation goals. And that is where we are now: graduation. It is a bittersweet time when we say goodbye to another class of Bluehawks, but not before celebrating student achievements and successes — of graduates and returning students.

This year, many Bluehawks participated in regional, state and national events in realms such as robotics, environmental science, art, all-county music and mock trial. Furthermore, numerous students received awards, honors and scholarships for their excellence in academics, leadership and community service.

Read the rest of Superintendent Suttmeier's June 2016 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: Helping voters understand the district budget

(May 10, 2016) -- Last month’s column highlighted the incredible volunteers who help support the Hudson City School District by donating their time and talents. Without our valuable community volunteers, many of our district’s programs and events would not be as successful as they are.

As we all know, the district cannot be supported by volunteers alone. Like most organizations, public schools require funding in order to operate efficiently. New York state’s public schools are primarily funded by a combination of state aid and community tax dollars. For this reason, it is vital to be open about the annual budget so our community can make informed decisions when casting votes on May 17.

Read the rest of Superintendent Suttmeier's May 2016 column in the Register-Star >>

District Insights: Volunteers help make it all possible

(April 19, 2016) -- April is National Volunteer Month and April 18-22 is Public School Volunteer Week. This is a time to recognize volunteers — those who donate their time to benefit others. Our school district needs funding to operate, of course, but it also benefits from all the community volunteers that help make things possible by donating their time to support the district and its programs.

Read the rest of Superintendent Suttmeier's April 2016 column in the Register-Star >>

"Thank" You letter from Superintendent Suttmeier

The District was recently able to announce the great news that the Hudson City School District is no longer identified as a "Focus District" (more details in the Register-Star.)

Although addressed to parents/guardians, this "Thank You" letter from Superintendent Suttmeier really goes out to everyone. Coming off the "Focus List" is an accomplishment that would not have been possible without the hard work of our faculty, staff, students, parents and community partners!


District Insights: "Out of focus" and focusing on the future

(March 8, 2016) -- We are extremely proud to announce that as of January, the New York State Education Department has removed HCSD from the “Focus District” list. This means that HCSD, and each of its schools, has been given a designation of “Good Standing” from NYSED. For the first time in over a decade — 13 years, to be exact — not one single building in the district was identified as needing improvement or corrective action.

This is an extremely meaningful achievement. The hard work of our faculty, staff, students, parents and community partners cannot be overstated. We could not have accomplished this alone and we are grateful for the help from our faculty and community partners. Big strides have been made toward academic improvement at HCSD and the district coming “Out of Focus” is evidence that what we have been doing is beginning to work. Of course, school and district improvement is a process and this process is far from complete. Read the full article >>

District Insights: Capital Project, part 2

(January 12, 2016) -- We are building upon our Destination Graduation goals with our Vision 2020 initiative. It is a declaration of where we need to be five years from now and will guide our efforts to support the learning and success of our students. Vision 2020 goes beyond curriculum and instruction to other factors of academic success, specifically the learning environment, extra-curricular opportunities and the social-emotional development of our students.

The proposed capital project that taxpayers are encouraged to vote for on Feb. 9 goes hand in hand with this initiative. We want our students to not only pass exams and receive diplomas, but to leave Hudson High School with a well-rounded education that prepares them for college, careers and the challenges of the real world. Read the full article >>

District Insights: HCSD looking at capital project improvements, additions

(December 8, 2015) -- As 2015 draws to a close, we are preparing to move forward toward Vision 2020. If you recall my September column, Vision 2020 is designed to pull us toward the future of the Hudson City School District. It is where we need to be five years from now and there is clearly plenty of room to grow and improve. Since the start of the 2015-16 school year, steps have been taken to begin the development and implementation of a Vision 2020 strategic plan — one that will focus squarely on the continued improvement of learning opportunities for our students.

Over the summer, HCSD underwent its New York state-mandated five-year Building Condition Survey (BCS), which provided a list of recommended repair, maintenance and replacement projects, most of which fall under the “health and safety” or “structural” category. Our district is in a unique position to appropriate $1.5 million in past budgetary savings and take advantage of maturing bonds to fund the recommended BCS items totaling close to $9 million. Additionally, the district is interested in other upgrades to improve the overall quality of education and student experience. Read the full article >>

District Insights: Thankful for momentum and support

(November 11, 2015) -- 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 >>

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...

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...

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