Graduating Class of 2017 with elementary students on playground A view of the Catskill Mountains Old cinder track and scoreboard Administrators in the auditorium Class of 1966 sits on the steps of Olana A community member reads to students in the library We Are One is a puzzle piece mural

Class of 2017 graduates join future Bluehawk graduates on the JLE playground.

A view of the beautiful Catskill Mountains behind Hudson Jr./Sr. High School

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HCSD administrators and Board members on Opening Day.

During their 50th high school reunion, members of the HHS Class of 1966 visited the Olana State Historic Site.

Many community members share their time to participate in Hudson Reads, a weekly reading mentor program that aims to strengthen the reading skills and confidence of students at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School.

One of HCSD's many student murals. The "We Are One" mural, painted by Class of 2013 students, perfectly illustrates the cultural diversity of our district.

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District Insights: A Successful School Year Comes to a Close

Bluehawk, earth and gradution cap(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 >>


Hudson Summer Festival BookletHudson is a Summer Festival

Click here to get the 2017 Hudson Summer Festival Booklet. It contains information about:

Thank you to the Dan & Mary Udell and Ohrine Stewart for their hard work on this project each year.


Hudson Afterschool Program to be Featured in National Film

On May 31, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) sent a small film crew to Hudson for its documentary about afterschool programs. The documentary will feature eight programs nationwide, and NAESP selected the Hudson Bluehawk Nation After School Program (HBNASP) to represent New York State.

The goal of the NAESP film is to show principals how to incorporate effective afterschool programs in their buildings. The focus of HBNASP is “Community Collaborations.”


Pre-K Programs

We are now accepting applications for 2017-2018 Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Targeted Pre-Kindergarten programs. Registration forms can be found on the Registration webpage.

If you have questions, please call Nikki DeDominicis at 518-828-4360, ext. 2103.


Planning Committee for New Track/Field Grand Opening Ceremony

join an Athletic Field Ceremony Committee for the purposes of planning a grand opening ceremony for the new track and athletic field

Help plan the grand opening ceremony for the new Bluehawk track/field!

We are looking for members of the school and community—including staff, students, alumni and residents—to join an Athletic Field Ceremony Committee for the purposes of planning a grand opening ceremony for the new track and athletic field. This event is set to occur in late summer/early fall.

Please send your name and contact information to communications@hudsoncsd.org and let us know if you are interested in participating.



Budget Vote Results

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hudson City School District voters approved the district's $46,566,172 budget for the 2017-18 school year with 346 in favor and 155 opposed. Voters also approved Proposition 2 (land donation to the City of Hudson) by 426 yes votes to 73 no votes. In the Board of Education election, incumbent Carrie Otty received 419 votes to 17 write-ins. Thank you to everyone who voted.


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 >>


Parent Letter Regarding Netflix Series "13 Reasons Why"

You may have heard about or watched the new Netflix series entitled "13 Reasons Why." Due to its popularity among young adults and the serious nature of the show's topics, the District issued this letter with helpful resources for families. Please read it carefully, and contact your child's principal or counselor if you have any questions.

Visit the National Association of School Psychologists website for further information as well as guidance for educators and families.


Community Sex Offender Information

From time to time the District receives notifications from law enforcement regarding the release of convicted sex offenders in the community. Should you wish to review this information, please contact the Hudson Police Department or Columbia County Sheriff's Office.


Substitute Teachers Needed!

The Hudson City School District is accepting applications for Substitute Teachers (K-12)*. Fingerprints through NYS Education Department are required (the district will reimburse fingerprinting fees for non-certified substitute teachers after working in the district five times). Candidates are required to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Visit the Employment page for more details.

*Pay rate is $90/day for non-certified teachers, $105/day for certified teachers, $110/day for retired teachers


Dan & Mary Udell Receive the 2017 Friends of Education Award

Recipients of the 2017 CASDA Friends of Education awardDan and Mary Udell of Hudson were honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award on February 16. This award recognizes the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving students and the school community. Read the full press release here

Not only do the Udells help produce videos for the Hudson City School District, but they have been reading mentors in the Hudson Reads program at M.C. Smith Intermediate School for more than a decade. From all of us at HCSD, thank you Mr. and Mrs. Udell for your dedicated service to our students!


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Capital Project Updates

Stay up-to-date on the status and progress of the project with our Capital Project eNews!

Visit the Capital Project webpage for more information and past editions.


Assessment Calendars

The Hudson City School District is committed to providing your child with a high-quality, well-rounded education that advances their intellectual, social and emotional development in preparation for college and/or career. This mission includes the use of formative and summative assessments that provide us with detailed, targeted information that identifies your child’s strengths and areas of growth. With this valuable information at our fingertips, we are able to modify or enhance your child’s instruction to ensure they reach their full growth potential each school year.

It is important to us that you know what assessments your child is taking, when they are given, and why they are given. Learn more and view the assessment calendars for the 2016-17 school year.


Class of 2019 Brick Fundraiser

Personalized bricksBe a part of the new athletic facility by purchasing a brick from the Hudson High School Class of 2019!

Immortalize yourself or show your appreciation for someone else with a personalized brick that will be used to build the walkway to and around the entrance of the new athletic field behind Hudson Junior/Senior High School.  

Get more information about the cost and how to order here.

Thank you for supporting the Class of 2019!



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.

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. 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 >>


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: 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. Continue reading in the Register-Star >>


2016-2017 Bus Routes

Get the bus routes for the 2016-17 school year here >>


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