School Board Meeting
The Board of Education Regular Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016 will begin at 7:00 PM in the HHS Library.
Facilities Committee Meeting
There sill be a Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting on Monday, April 18, in the District Office from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Notice of Budget Hearing, Annual Meeting, and Election
Notice is hereby given that a Budget Hearing for the residents of the Hudson City School District, Columbia County, New York, will be held at the Hudson Senior High School, 215 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, New York on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. (EDST) for the purpose of discussion of the expenditures of funds and the budgeting thereof for the 2016-2017 school year. Read more here.
HCSD proposed 2016-17 budget
On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, voters will go to the polls to cast their votes on Hudson City School District's 2016-17 proposed budget, as well as three (3) open seats for the Board of Education.
For more budget information and meeting dates, visit the Budget webpage.
HCSD now accepting Board of Education nominating petitions
The Hudson City School District Board of Education will have three (3) Board seats open for re-election on the May 2016 Budget Ballot.
Click here for more information.
Nominating petitions are available starting March 9th in the Central Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Petitions are due back to the District Clerk by Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 5 p.m.
Leslie Coons, District Clerk
Phone: (518) 828-4360 Ext. 2100
Kindergarten screenings for September 2016
The Hudson City School District is now performing Kindergarten screenings for the 2016-17 school year. Parents of children who will turning 5 years old by December 1st, 2016 should contact the JLE office (518-828-4360, Ext. 4317) to make an appointment for Kindergarten screening and to get a school registration packet. The registration packet can also be downloaded here.
Pre-Kindergarten applications (2016-17)
Do you have a 4-year old child, or one who will be 4-years old
on or before December 1st, 2016?
Do you live in the HUDSON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT?
If you answered "YES" to both of these questions, we are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017
Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program and the Targeted Pre-Kindergarten (TPK) program. See this flyer for more information.
For more information or a registration packet please contact:
Nikki DeDominicis at 828-4360, Ext. 2103
Hudson Children's Book Festival 2016
The 8th annual Hudson Children's Book Festival is happening on Saturday, May 7th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hudson Jr./Sr. High School.
There will be continuous bus transportation from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Click here to download the bus route map
(Credit for the art goes to David Biedrzycki, who is a participating illustrator for the 2016 festival.)
Volunteers help make it all possible
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 column in the Register-Star.
Johnston & Pulcher Bus Company honored with 2016 Friends of Education award
Tami Johnston and Debbie Pulcher of the Johnston & Pulcher Bus Company that serves the Hudson City School District were honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award on April 20th at the Annual Capital Region Education Awards Dinner. This award is presented to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals serving students and their school community. Read more here
"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
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 >>
Resolution to reimburse new substitutes for fingerprinting passed by Board
At the January 25th meeting of the HCSD Board of Education, the Board passed a resolution to reimburse the fingerprinting fee for new employees who apply to be substitutes.
After working five times, any new substitute employees (teachers, teacher assistants and aides, and kitchen substitutes) can complete a reimbursement form and then be reimbursed by a separate check, free of taxes, for the full amount of the fingerprinting fee.
For applications to be a substitute, visit the Employment Opportunities page.
District Insights: Capital Project, part 2
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 >>
Hudson CSD welcomes new School Business Administrator
Just in time for the new year, the Hudson City School District would like to welcome Sharifa Carbon, the new School Business Administrator for the district. Read more about Ms. Carbon and what she hopes to accomplish at HCSD.
HCSD graduation rate at a 10-year high
Destination Graduation! Hudson CSD's graduation rate has been on a steady incline, up nearly 20 percentage points since 2012, and Superintendent Suttmeier said the credit goes to our teachers.
“For the first time in a long time, our high school report card has green checks instead of red Xs,” she said. “We should celebrate and recognize the good things that are happening, while there’s still more work to be done...There will be additional challenges, but we’re on the right track.” Using data to track individual student progress and "tell the story," the district has been able to identify key areas and put programs into place to address them.
"The credit lies with the teachers,” Dr. Suttmeier said. “They take the special interest. Once they had that data, they had something they could look at, they could draw a line to each student. All hands were on deck, looking to see how they could help students succeed.” Read the full article >>
District Insights: HCSD looking at capital project improvements, additions
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
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 >>
Second Round of Community Feedback
The second community conversation regarding Hudson CSD’s long-range planning process, Vision 2020, occurred on October 1st.
It was a follow-up session to the August 20th input session, at which community members responded to key questions built around the HCSD’s “Destination Graduation” commitment. These goals, established in 2013, have been the focus of the district’s ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students to prepare them for college, career and citizenship.
Read the feedback here. It includes input from both the August and October community conversations.
More information on the Destination Graduation initiative can be found online. For questions regarding the Vision 2020, please call the district office at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2101.
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.
Message from the Board: Hudson CSD Board extends superintendent’s contract
The Hudson CSD Board of Education unanimously approved a contract extension for Superintendent Maria Suttmeier through 2020.
The new contract establishes a salary of $154,452 effective July 1, 2015. The salary listed by the State Education Department in the Register Star article was incorrect by using the Superintendent’s base salary from 3 years ago making the annual raise appear much greater.
The Board extended the contract in recognition of the Superintendent’s leadership and work, which includes helping to raise the graduation rate 15 percent since 2012.
The editorial did not reflect the fact that the Superintendent voluntarily opened her 5-year contract to move to a less expensive health insurance plan that requires greater out-of-pocket expenses. It also did not include the fact that such savings helped offset a portion of subsequent raises.
Hudson CSD is now saving $11,176 a year with the superintendent moving from family to individual coverage. Part of the savings was used to fund this year’s raise.
The Hudson CSD Board of Education looks forward to continuing to work with the superintendent, staff and community to prepare our students for the future. Residents are invited to attend a Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the John L. Edwards cafeteria. At the time we will be meeting to discuss long-term goals and how to work together to improve our schools.
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...
Hudson Community - We Will Stand Together
There are several fundraising efforts underway to support both families involved in the unfortunate car accident on Sept. 13th. Mr. Brenneman, Principal of the M. C. Smith Intermediate School, is managing the donations for our district, a GoFundMe account has been set up for online donations and a community brunch is being hosted at Savoia Restaurant at 214 Warren St. on September 27th from 2 pm to 5 pm to benefit the families. There will be a $20 fee charged at the door for brunch plus other donations are encouraged. ALL funds will go directly to the families to defray expenses. It is during times like this that we flock more closely together as the close knit family of Bluehawks we are. Thank you all for your generous gifts of love, thoughts and donations.
A statement from Superintendent Maria Suttmeier
We are devastated by the news that two Hudson CSD students were injured Sunday in a car accident. Our thoughts are with their family and all of those involved in this tragedy. The school district has a team of counselors available to support students and staff as needed. We are also discussing ways our school community can support the family through fundraising or donations.
Community members provide feedback
On August 20, more than 60 community members attended an input session on Hudson CSD’s long-range planning process.
Using a “facilitated conversation” process (often referred to as a “world café”), residents responded to key questions built around the Hudson CSD’s “Destination Graduation” commitment. These goals, established in 2013, have been the focus of the district’s ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students to prepare them for college, career and citizenship.
Download feedback from the August 20 session. More information on the Destination Graduation initiative can be found online. For questions regarding the Vision 2020, please call the district office at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2101.
Universal Pre-K program accepting applications
Applications are still being accepted for the universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) ½ day (a.m./p.m.) program at JLE primary school. For application information, call Nikki DeDominicis at (518) 828-4360, ext. 2103.
2015-16 Bus Routes
Dear Parents / Guardians - The HCSD bus routes on Page A7, August 11th, 2015 edition of the Register Star are incorrect and should never have been published. The routes on the Hudson City School District website are the proper ones to refer to. If you have any questions, changes or would like to discuss your students(s) bussing, please contact Nikki DeDominicis at 518-828-4360 Ext:2103. 2015-16 Bus Routes