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.
On Thursday, June 23 from 1-2 p.m., the Hudson CSD Board of Education Facilities Committee will meet in the Distict Office to discuss aspects of the Capital Project. Topics may include traffic study results, the ongoing design process, and the appraisal/potential sale of JLE Primary School. Community members are invited to attend.
Important changes to the STAR property tax relief program
There are new guidelines regarding the registration for New York State's STAR property tax relief program and the way benefits are received. The deadline to register for the upcoming year is July 1st.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The project is approaching the point where the Board must make a decision regarding the surface of the new football/soccer field, therefore they are holding an open forum for residents to participate in the discussion about natural turf vs. artificial turf. Please join us and be part of the process!
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Hudson High School library
Stay up-to-date on the status and progress of the project with our Capital Project eNews!
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 1, 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 (as of 6/21/2016, only PM slots are available for UPK).
(May 17, 2016) -- District voters approved the proposed budget (421 in favor, 220 opposed).
(May 23, 2016) -- Board of Education candidates Linda Hopkins and Sumayyah Shabazz have been elected to the Hudson CSD school board. Based on the number of votes for each candidate, Hopkins received the 5-year term (with 483 votes) and Shabazz received the 3-year term (with 411 votes).
The third, partial-term seat was awarded to write-in candidate Willette Jones (93 votes).*
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.
District Insights: 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.
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!
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.
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: 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...
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.
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