Community Conversation Thursday, October 1, 2015 Professional Development Graduation

Learning doesn't stop for the summer at HCSD! Teachers participated in a Summer Institute for a variety of professional development opportunities.

Congratulations Class of 2015! Check out photos in the Register-Star here. Credit: Art Cusano

2014-2015 CALENDAR


School Board Meeting

The Special Board of Education Meeting on October 19 has been rescheduled to a Regular Meeting on Monday, October 26, beginning at 7:00 PM in the JLE Cafeteria. There will be a Curriculum Workshop at 6:00 PM.

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.

Hudson Children's Book Festival Barbecue

The Hudson Children’s Book Festival Chicken Barbecue is on Wednesday, October 7 at Hudson High School. Pre-sale tickets are $11 and $12 at the door. More information about this event is available in the flyer. Download the ticket sales form.

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.

Welcome back to school video from SED

Commissioner Elia and Teacher of the Year: Welcome Back to School

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.

Hudson Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament

The annual Hudson Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament is October 4, 2015 at the Copake Country Club.  The event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs on the turn with dinner to follow golf.  Raffle prizes will also follow golf.  All proceeds will benefit the Hudson Dollars for Scholars program which awards high school seniors living within the Hudson City School with financial aid scholarships for higher education. Non-golfers are welcome to attend the dinner at a cost of $25. For more information, read the letter. Fill out the registration form or sponsor form.

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

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